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***September Thirtieth Two Thousand and Twelve***



ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!  Hopefully everyone has set their fariytale football rosters accordingly. 
I drafted a centaur with my first pick. 


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Instagram-ery.


Dog & Lady.  Chatham County Line, NC. 


The view.  Mt. Mitchell, NC. 


The forest.  Mt. Mitchell, NC. 


Dusk.  Raleigh, NC. 


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I have no special links this time around.  Go dick around on youtube or something.

This time in
Photo journal land: some band photos from before Hopscotch, and a collection of random nonsense.

Music reviews this month - Chromatics, Jeff the Brotherhood, Boyd Rivers, Spencet Dude and the Doodles, Liars,
Moonface,
and more.


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Most of my review writing this month was around the Hopscotch Music Festival that happened earlier in the month. 
I posted the write-ups and photos over on the review site...see individual links below. 


On day one I saw
Young Magic, Jon Mueller's Death Blues, Altos, Screaming Females, Liars, and Trash
Talk.  Read the reviews here.  Look at the photos here



On day two I saw Jenny Besetzt, Matthew E. White, Love Language, Built to Spill, The Jesus & Mary Chain,
Hiss Golden Messenger, Yo La Tengo, Mountain Goats, and Killer Mike
.  Read the reviews here.  Look at
the photos here



On day three I saw Oneida, Old Quarter, Mount Moriah, The Roots, Nobunny, Danny Brown, Lambchop and
Sunn O))).  Read the reviews here.  Look at the photos here



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Mike Scheidt
with Nate Hall
Kings
7/18/2012

Metal front men making solo records - it's the new black.  Whether it's a desire to express their folkier side or just want-
ing to make music without dealing with pain-in-the-ass band mates, it seems to be happening a lot lately. 

Nate Hall was the first half of tonight's show.  Nate is probably best known as the singer and guitarist of US Christmas,
a band I have written about many times.  Probably because I like them a lot.  Also probably because they are friends of
mine.  I've really enjoyed Nate's first solo record "A Great River," and was glad to finally hear the songs live.  His set
stuck pretty close to the album  - the accapella mountain ballad "When the Stars Begin to Fall," the Townes Van Zandt
cover "Kathleen," and a selection of his own dark, haunting songs.  I know I've compared Nate and USX to Neil Young
before, but with this solo material the comparison is more apt than ever.  This feels like a natural progression for Nate,
and an enjoyable progression at that. 

Mike Scheidt is also the face of a metal band - the Pacific Northwest institution Yob - and like Nate, Mike has just re-
leased his first solo album "Stay Awake" via Thrill Jockey.  I've seen Yob before but knew nothing of solo record, so
I was a blank slate regarding this performance.  Unlike Nate who came across as a man well versed in folk music,
Mike's songs sounded more or less like metal songs rearranged for the acoustic guitar.  It was still plenty enjoyable,
just different.  Mike has such a strong voice that it might be tough for him to sound anything other than metal.  Towards
the end of his set Nate joined Mike on stage and they teamed up on a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers," a
grand song done right.  As a side note, I need to make myself a mix of all of the Stones' best country songs.  I'd prob-
ably listen to that more than anything else they've put out. 


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"
All you got to do is use your instincts. How do you think a lion knows to tackle a gazelle? It's written, it's a code written
in his DNA, says, 'Tackle the gazelle.' And believe it or not, in every man there's a code written that says, 'Tackle drunk
bitches.'"


Some selections from the great "So Young But So Cold: Underground French Music 1977-1983" compilation. 
Mathématiques Modernes - Disco Rough
Bernard Szajner - Welcome (To Heathrow)
Ruth - Roman Photo

Built Like Alaska - Antique Love.  Great, underrated Central Valley band that never quite got out from under the
shadow of Grandaddy.
Bonus: The Saint Is Here

Jeff The Brotherhood - Heavy Damage.  Easily one of my favorite bands going these days, especially live. 
Bonus: U Got The Look

Little Brother - The Yo-Yo (Remix).  I decided to wait until way after they broke up to get into these local hip-hoppers. 
Bonus: War

Lovers - From A Highway.  Speaking of underrated bands, Lovers are probably at the top of that list.  How they aren't
hugely popular is beyond me. 
Bonus: Saint Jude

Red Sparowes - In Illusions Of Order.  Hey, it's a long instrumental postrock song!

Total Control - Carpet Rash.  Side project of Eddy Current Suppression Ring.  Best band to sound like the A-Frames
since the A-Frames. 
Bonus: Retiree
Bonus: Rogue Abortion





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