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***September Thirtieth Two Thousand and Eleven***


Fall is finally here.  No better time of the year for a nice bike ride.  As you can see, I'm ready...


Burt, doing his Morrissey impression.  Cary, NC.

Confetti, Flaming Lips during Hopscotch.  Raleigh, NC. 


Linkery and such...

A documentary about The Gathering of the Juggalos.  As I said elsewhere, if life were discovered on another planet
I'm not sure I would find it any more creepy and fascinating than I do these tragic creatures. 

Skate videos of the month:

1) This Lucas Puig TWS Pro Spotlight video is one of my favorite videos in a long, long, LONG time.  Dude is so
     damn talented it almost makes me feel nauseous.  Hell, just go to the Cliche site, every video they've made is gold.
2) The eS Tri-X Northwest tour video is the opposite of the above video - pure hesh - but almost as rad.  Even better,
     you can download the thing over on the Thrasher website

Some search phrases that have led people here in the past month:

betty white eating a hot dog
jiffy froberg
2011 homecoming court
stoned party dog
weird prom suit

There are a couple of new photo journal entries, one with a collection of somewhat recent band photos from various
shows, and another with the photos from my recent week at the Outer Banks with some good friends.

Between the vacation and Hopscotch, only a handful of music reviews over at the other site - GG King, Mahmoud
Ahmed, Girls, Future Islands, Blasted Canyons, Wooden Shjips and more. 


I went ahead and put all of my Hopscotch festival reviews over on the review website.  Specifically, you can find:
Day one HERE,
Day two HERE,
Day three HERE.

Also, I put all my photos from the show there too:
Day one HERE,
Day two HERE,
Day three HERE.


Deja Mi Fest - Durham
with American Aquarium, Stuart McLamb, and Gray Young
Motorco Music Hall & Fullsteam Brewery

I could get used to to Deja Mi throwing all these free gigs.  The first one in Raleigh was a larger, multi-day affair featuring a
bunch of touring bands, but this Durham outing was more focused on our great local acts.  And as an added bonus, there
were a bunch of food trucks there so that I was able to stuff myself silly while rocking out. 

The first act was Gray Young and they played inside of Full Steam.  I mean, not inside of the giant beer vat or anything,
though that might have been kind of awesome.  I've been meaning to see them for quite some time, so it was great to
finally be able to check that off my list.  They were quite good, very much like their or some
such ridiculous descriptor.  What I'm saying is they reminded me a lot of Appleseed Cast, and maybe some older bands
like Sunny Day Real Estate and Christie Front Drive.  Since those are three bands I've loved for years and still to this day,
being reminded of them is very much a good thing.  And now I'll have to work on crossing them off of my list of "bands I
need to see again". 

Stuart McLamb from the Love Language was up next, playing a solo set in the garage of Motorco.  He played a mix of
electric and acoustic songs, mostly Love Language tracks from their first two albums but a few covers as well - I remem-
ber "Jealous Guy" was in there, and a Frank Black song that escapes me now.  I remember Stu sounding particularly
great on "Lalita" and "Blue Angel", but that's probably because those are two of my favorite Love Language songs.  At
one point he took his acoustic, sat down on the edge of the stage, and a played a few songs sans amplifications.  Hell,
if I had a booming voice like his, I'd perform in this fashion all the time - it's powerful stuff. 

I missed the next band shooting the shit with friends and eating from the many food trucks always parked at these venues,
but eventually I staggered back into Motorco, to the main stage this time, where American Aquarium were closing out
the night.  They play very straight-forward rockin' alt-country, a mix of classic mid-nineties local output like Whiskeytown,
and singer BJ's obvious hero Bruce Springsteen.  Catchy songs full of pedal steel and organ and vocals with a strong
drawl, it's like they read my mind on what makes a good alt-country song.  Well, to be fair, that's pretty much what every-
one thinks a good alt-country song ought to sound like.  Except maybe Howe Gelb, who thinks they should sound like a
combination of long winded "King of the Road" covers and beat poetry.  But that is another story entirely.  These Raleigh
kids play constantly, so if you've never seen them before don't worry, they'll be playing again very soon.  And probably
again soon after that.  This is a good problem to have. 


Deja Mi Fest
With Free Energy, Wye Oak, and Active Child
Lincoln Theatre (or rather out in front of it)

The Deja Mi app put on a free two day festival all around Raleigh, and this was the big headliner gig.  They set up a
stage in front of the Lincoln Theatre, invited some food trucks and paid for some buzz-worthy out-of-town indie bands to
come peddle their sounds to the masses.  they also apparently invited a thunderstorm which greatly delayed things, but
nonetheless, free is free and my grumpy ass can only bitch so much. 

This thing was going on all day but between the rain delay and my general laziness I got there in time to see Philadelphia's
Free Energy.  I love their song "Dream City" but didn't know much else about them.  Turns out that song was fairly rep-
resentative - they have a big corporate pop sound, with Weezer/OK Go style songs that sound like they should be on
top 40 radio, but still easily loved by the non-top 40 crowd too.  Yeah, some of it's a bit cheesy, and they have a stage
presence that is probably more appealing to 14 year old girls than me, but they were still enjoyable.  And even live
"Dream City" is a great song.

Wye Oak was the real motivating factor for me coming out, and they were up next.  This coed duo from Baltimore were
rumored to be ferocious live, and that rumor proved to be well founded.  I'd listened to their record a while back and was
really neither here nor there on it, but after seeing the band live I need to go back and revisit it ASAP.  It was instantly
obvious where the band's reputation comes from and why Merge signed them - singer and guitarist Jenn Wasner.  I
don't mean to sell her band mate Andy Stack short, who does a great job, but she is completely captivating.  And I'm
not just talking about being captivating to my base animal tastes, physically ogling her (she reminds me a bit of Patricia
Arquette from the mid to late nineties) - no, she shreads a guitar, has a great voice, and really owns the stage.  You
can't stop looking at her.  You don't want to stop looking at her.  I wish I was looking at her right now.  You could probably
compare them to a more rock version of the Spinanes, and I loved the Spinanes.  Maybe a hair of early Liz Phair be-
fore she started sucking.  I want to see this band again and again. 

I watched a little bit of Active Child before heading out.  I'd heard their name before and that's about it - turns out they
are eletronica harp rock!  Yes, harp rock!  On top of that, the singer has this crazy voice...I guess what I'm saying is this
group is the male version of Joanna Newsom.  Only less attractive and much less irritating.  I didn't mind it actually, in
the small dose I saw, but not sure I could sign on for a full show or buying an album or anything.  But as far as electronic
harp rock could do worse.


"Aww, hell, that's the office. I can't believe I gotta go in on a Wednesday. Them people can't wipe they ass without me."

Cheap Trick - Southern Girls.  There's a real good chance I've posted this multiple times.  And that doesn't matter
when you're posting one of the greatest pop songs of all time.
Bonus: Come On, Come On

East River Pipe - Spotlight.  One of the very few Merge bands I'd never spent much time with, but after listening to
"Mel" quite a few times (the album this song was taken from), I need to rethink that policy.

Gayngs - Faded High.  I realized that somehow I knew all the songs from this record, even though I only recently gave
it some serious spins.  Not sure how that happens.  Watching a lot of online videos I guess. 
Bonus: The Last Prom On Earth

Graveyard - Submarine Blues.  Nate from USX turned me onto this Swedish band.  They ain't metal but they seem
to hang with that crowd.  More seventies-inspired bluesy hard rock really. 
Bonus: Thin Line

Joe Pernice - I Go To Pieces (Del Shannon cover).  I suppose it's the artist's prerogative, but I'd muchly prefer an
album of Pernice originals to an album of covers., where this came from. 

Magnolia Electric Co - Don't Fade on Me.  I know I should probably have some discerning ear  and tell you the diff-
erences between these two bands, but Jason Molina is Jason Molina to these ears.  And it's all amazing.
Bonus: Lonesome Valley
Songs Ohia - The Old Black Hen
Bonus: Whip Poor Will

Meric Long - Couples.  Before it was The Dodos it was Dodo Bird.  And before it was Dodo Bird it was just Meric
Long.  I was pretty happy to find this first EP from when it all started.  Dude was great from the very start. 
Bonus: Notes

Too $hort - We Do This (feat 2Pac, MC Breed & Father Dom).  Oakland represent.  The A's shitty season might
be over, and the Warriors (probably shitty) season may never happen, but Too $hort is always in season.


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