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***September Thirtieth Two Thousand and Fourteen***



Football season is upon us!  May the gods shine brightly on your fairytale football team, I hope you win the
longsnapper category every week!


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I'grams:


Burt and his grandma.  Cary, NC.  


Rambo.  Lake James, NC.  


Blue-tailed skink.  Cary, NC.


Heavy Rescue.  Marion, NC.  


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Lyncs:

This is rad: Steven Soderbergh performed an experiment on "Raiders of the Lost Ark" - removed the sound, removed
the color, and added the score from "The Social Network," and created essentially a black-and-white silent film that is
a work of art.  It's trippy and amazing at the same time.  Watch it here.   

Not much else this month really, spent a ton of time on Hopscotch nonsense.  All of the show reviews are here.  And
there are
five slabs of photos from Hopscotch in the photo journal this month...some good ones, some whatever ones.  
Deal with it.  

See the above excuse for the scant few music reviews this time, but I did get to both of the Merge subscription seven
inches and the very interesting Fujiya & Miyagi record.  



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Belle & Sebastian
with Luke Temple
The Fillmore Miami Beach
9/28/2014

For the second year in a row we traveled to a foreign country to see our beloved Belle & Sebastian - Montreal last
year, and Miami Beach this year.  Sure, Miami Beach isn't technically a foreign country but it might as well be - there
were certainly more women walking around in thongs than you typically see anywhere else in this country. 

Our tickets were general admission so we got there early and got a good spot up front - I've seen B&S many times
but always from far away; this time, only one row of people separated us from Stuart Murdoch and company.  They
were performing as a thirteen piece with the regulars joined by a quartet of violin mercenaries from New York (as
both the band and the crowd found out when Stuart talked to them during the set).  The band kicked off with the in-
strumental "Judy Is a Dick Slap," complete with Stuart playing a keytar, and it only got more awesome from there. 
Lots of classics throughout the set including "I'm a Cuckoo," "Like Dylan in the Movies," "Dog on Wheels," "The Boy
With the Arab Strap," "Legal Man," "Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying," "Judy & the Dream of Horses," and the
always perfect " "If You're Feeling Sinister."  According to the band this was their first show ever in Florida, something
Stewart joked about on a couple of occasions.  Also, unbeknownst to me and probably a lot of the crowd, he is
married to a gal from Florida, and told a funny story about his first trip to the state on vacation when some people
pulled up next to him on the highway and offered him some Ritz crackers.  It was more or less a perfect show, and
well worth the cost of airfare and hotel and tickets and whatever else we spent.  I mean, the beach was nice too, so
that was also a plus. 

A brief note about opener Luke Temple - I dug it, but not sure much of the crowd did.  He has a really heavy Jonathan
Richman vibe - classical guitar, sparse drummer, hell he was even wearing a very Jonathan Richman-like shirt.  The
vocals sounded more like James Mercer of the Shins though, and the songs had a jazzy-folk-pop thing going on.  the
crowd was very loud during his set, and as his music was pretty quiet it was pretty awful.  He tried saying something
to the crowd a couple of times, which has never, ever worked in the history of live performances, they just get indignant
at being told what to do.  I would check him out again though, hopefully in better environs.    



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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
with Steve Winwood
PNC Arena
9/18/2014

I don't often go to large "arena rock" shows - I think the last one I saw actually held in a basketball stadium like this one
was REM (with Lucious Jackson opening!) at the Dean Dome back in 1995 or 1996.  For some reason I felt it incum-
bent to see Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers while it was still possible though, high priced tickets and nosebleed
seats be damned...it's not often you get a chance to see someone who has written as many hit songs as he has. 

After paying twenty dollars for parking, more than I almost ever pay to actually see a show, we got inside and found
that our section had been closed off and they upgraded our seats to better ones downstairs - score!  You can more or
less guess the set list, basically a lot of his hits (both from his solo and Heartbreakers records) along a number of with
tracks from his new album "Hypnotic Eye."  The crowd sing-along for "Freefallin'" was pretty impressive, almost as
impressive as the drunken dancing by the fratboys a couple rows in front of us...they were FEELING IT.  I knew it
would be a sound good and be a professional performance, you don't stay on top like Petty has for this long if you're
putting out a sub-par product - but I was impressed with just how good it actually was.  Even from the other end of the
stadium where we were seated, it was engaging and exciting to watch the band perform; I was also surprised at how
funny Petty was, his between song banter was pretty strong.  They played for about two hours, closing with probably
their best song "American Girl."  It was money well spent. 

It's definitely worth mentioning the opener, since it was the rock legend Steve Winwood.  Yeah he played his eighties
hit "Higher Love" and it sounded fine, but the highlight was the retrospective of songs from some of the different groups
he has been a part of over his career  - Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home," an number of Traffic jams, and a
couple of Spencer Davis Group songs including the ender of "Gimme Some Lovin'," one of the best parts of the entire
night. 



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"Carnies. Circus folk. Nomads, you know. Smell like cabbage. Small hands."

This is the Oneida & Liars split EP "Atheists Reconsider" that was released on the seemingly now-defunct Arena
Rock Recording Co.  The whole thing is rad and definitely worth hearing.    
01 Rose And Licorice
02 Privilege
03 All In All A Careful Party
04 Fantastic Morgue
05 Every Day Is A Child With Teeth
06 Dorothy Taps The Toe Of The Tinman

13th Floor Elevators - It's All Over Now, Baby Blue.  I may have posted these songs before, but it's not like you
can listen to 13th Floor Elevators too much.
Bonus: Slide Machine

Barzin - Pale Blue Eyes.  What I said about the Elevators also applies here.  
Bonus: Past All Concerns

Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Get Up Morning.  I've been loving the boss sounds of Eddy for a while now, but
I only recently got around to spending some time with the self-titled debut album.
Bonus: Precious Rose

Modey Lemon - Dr. Body Snatcher.  I like this band while I'm listening and forget about them pretty much all the
rest of the time.  

Unnatural Helpers - Medication.  Seattle garage rock, pretty straight-forward but decent.  

Whatever Brains - NPTO.  I've easily taken more photos of this band than anyone else, ever.  Their live shows are
manna from god, whatever the hell manna is.  Hopefully it's a good thing otherwise the saying doesn't make any sense.  
Bonus: Yellow Death 2000





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