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
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.
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
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,
Ahmed, Girls, Future Islands, Blasted Canyons, Wooden Shjips and
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
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 album...post-rock/post-emo 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
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
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.
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
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
I watched a little bit of Active Child before heading
out. I'd heard their name before and that's about it - turns out
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 goes...you could do worse.
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.
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
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
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.
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.