I think I forgot to save many links this time around...here's an awesome Gilbert Crockett skate part, dude is too good. Apparently all the hot talk after this came out is the size of his pants...skaters get worked up over the dumbest shit.
journal entries, the biggie is all the photos from this past Hopscotch Music Festival, and the other is some snaps of baby Lola. I guess that is a biggie too, just in a different way.
I actually wrote some music reviews this past month...the new Protomartyr kills.
Decided on a whim to go get my post-rock on with Caspian.
I hadn't paid much attention to them since their first re- cord "The Four
Trees," but I was pretty sure they would deliver live. I might have
even seen them in concert once back in my SF days, but it's been so many
bands over so many years, shit is starting to get fuzzy. They're on
the the heavier side of the post-rock spectrum but not quite metal, and
despite vocals on a couple of songs they very much feel like an
instrumental band who just happens to forget to accidentally not sing
every once in a while. They showed up at Kings like a pro outfit with a
full light show including glowing matching boxes(?) on top of each of
their amps and lots of strobe. More importantly they sounded amazing -
even though I barely know their material, they held my attention
throughout. Yeah, they do that same quiet-loud-quiet thing that all
these bands do, but they did it at about the highest level possible.
I'd gladly go see them again, and I bet I even remember this show this
Technically the opener was Circle Takes the Square,
but the gig was advertised as a co-headlining tour...maybe they take
turns each night headlining or something, I'm both too lazy to figure it
out and don't really care. They were what I guess you'd call prog
metal...not my bag. It can be fun to watch prog bands play because you
never know what kind of crazy direction it is going to go, but that got
old pretty quick. Even worse, as near as I could tell none of the songs
were about the game show Hollywood Squares...I wanted songs about Jim J
Bullock and Shadoe Stevens goddammit!!! For the record, all of my
Hollywood Squares humor fell on deaf ears with my British show
How many times have I even seen Archers of Loaf
at this point? I think this is the fourth time since the "reunion,"
and who knows how often during their initial run. What I do know for
sure is they instantly make me feel like I'm a kid again - no different
than that first time I saw them in high school, senior year I think,
just after "Icky Mettle" came out. No diff- erent mentally at least - my
back, legs and feet might argue differently.
What can I
say about a show that I've seen so many times before though? It was
highly entertaining, but that's no sur- prise. Matt Gentling has let his
hair grow out, which adds an extra layer of movement to the lurching he
already does while playing bass. Eric Johnson was wearing a bad ass
Pipe shirt and I would gladly stab a drifter in the buttocks to get one
exactly like it that fit me. They played all of the "Vs. the Greatest
of All Time" EP, though not in order. They were playing a lot of "deep
cuts" according to Eric Bachmann, and after a false start on "South
Carolina" Eric com- mented "...deep cuts so deep I can't remember how to
play them." There was a ton of tracks off of "Icky Mettle," 3/4ths of
the album maybe. Other highlights included "Fabricoh," "Harnessed in
Slums," "Dead Red Eyes," "Nostalgia," "Form and File"...fuck it, every
song was a highlight. The encore was the biggies - "Wrong," "Web in
Front," and finally "White Trash Heroes," with everyone (plus an extra
dude) playing guitar except for Gentling. The crowd was singing along
so loudly to some of the songs it sounded like an adult version of Kidz
Bop was being held ; in the Cradle. It was a great night.
Local punk rock killers Flesh Wounds
opened the show and burned through fifteen or twenty songs in barely
over thirty minutes (probably the longest set I've ever seen by them).
The constant touring as both this band and as Mac McCaughan's backing
band the Non-Believers has made them incredibly tight. Guitarist and
lead singer Montgomery Morris seems angrier with each passing show -
it's like he's trying to dominate the music more than actually just play
it. Considering how many punk bands these days seem like lovable good
guys on stage, it's kinda nice to have a little snarling attitude come
at you. Also, he spits a lot. Speaking of Pipe, they ended their set
with a cover of the local legends, and Flesh Wounds did a great job of
owning it like they wrote it.
It's been so long since Jeff the Brotherhood
came to the Triangle to play, I had to go to Asheville to see them.
Ok, technically I was already up there showing the new baby off to the
family, but when I saw they were playing I extended my stay through
Sunday night so I wouldn't miss them since they never make it any
further into the state these days.
As expected, it was a
weird and mostly young crowd - kids with crazy tattoos and piercings
talking about train hopping, rowdy crowd surfers, someone hanging from
the rafters (the ceiling is really low in this club), and at one point a
girl was on stage next to the band doing difficult yoga poses, which
even seemed to amuse the band. One guy in the front ex- tended his hand
out and held it in a thumbs up for a large chunk of the show. Also, it
was hot as goddamn balls in there, and packed, so the smell was just
Despite all of that, I had a damn good time, mostly
because JtB were killing it. It had been a little while since I had
seen them last, and their set-up had changed a little - Jake is now
playing a full six-string guitar instead of only three strings like he
had every other time I've seen them. He killed it on his clear acrylic
guitar regardless, and probably would have done so even on one string.
Jamin no longer was running their own personal light show via some foot
switches and cheap mechanic lights, which I always enjoyed for the
record, but I guess it's a little less shit to set up at every show for
them. The set was a good cross section across their whole catalog,
including a couple of covers - Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" and Teenage
Fanclub's "Mad Dog 20/20" (this cover also available on their EP "Dig
the Classics"). They had a giant set list on the ground, but it seemed
to be used more as a suggestion than a bible as they seemed to kinda
play whatever they felt like.
It was a damn good time,
smelly street rat kids and all. I was so sweaty when I left that I put
on an unwashed thrift store t-shirt I had in my car just to get dry.
You can't catch herpes from a t-shirt can you? Eh, it's too late now.
Belle & Sebastian - Allie. "Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance" is probably my record of the year - and this is my fav- orite song on it. The other song is top notch too. Bonus: Nobody's Empire
Ex Hex - Don't Wanna Lose. "Rips" is a nearly perfect power pop record. Even narrowing it down to my favorite four tracks was nearly impossible. Bonus: Everywhere Bonus: New Kid Bonus: You Fell Apart
Holopaw - Academy. Hadn't thought about these guys since the days of Ugle Cassanova. Still sounds the same, not that that is a bad thing.
King Khan & the Shrines - Luckiest Man. "Idle No More" came out over two years ago and I just finally got around to spending a lot of time with it...good record, not as good as the previous release "What Is?!". Bonus: Pray for Lil Bonus: Thorn in Her Pride
Love As Laughter - Dirty Lives. For some reason I've bought this record twice (these particular tracks being from "Laughter's Fifth"), and I'm not even mad because I'm such a fan. Criminally underrated act. Bonus: In Amber Bonus: Survivors
The Hold Steady - Banging Camp. After not listening to them in ages, I let a Hold Steady CD run a few times in a row in the car - still a damn good rock band. Bonus: Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night