It's been a great last few months for Anti Hero Skateboards, multiple tour videos packed with so much amazing ripping. It helps having Grant Taylor around, who seems to produce roughly have the footage for all of these clips. 1. Anti Hero Israel tour
disrespect to the always awesome Spider Bags, but the impetus for my
driving out to Chapel Hill on this Thursday night was to see Australia's
And to also eat at Carrburritos obviously, but that part is a given for
any trip to Chapel Hill. I'm not sure what is in the water down under,
but it seems like nearly every Aussie band I have lent my ears to
lately I come away loving, and that was definitely true with this four
piece from Melbourne. On record they sound a lot like kids who grew up
on the New Zealand sound of the Clean and the Bats and the 3ds and that
crowd - that may or may not true, and it seems entirely possible that
Australians would never admit to being influenced by New Zealanders (I'm
possibly creating a rift between the two countries completely out of
thin air mind you), but pretty much everyone seems to hear the same
thing as me. Live you get that vibe as well, but there is something
else there, some- thing almost Stone Roses-ish...Stone Roses with amazing
harmonies. They were quite endearing and funny between songs as well,
seemingly fascinated with American truck stops and weird flip flops (or
as they called, them, thongs) and talked of going to F. Scott
Fitzgerald's grave and farting. It was everything I could ever want out
of the live show of a new favorite band. The Aussies don't often make
it past the west coast, but I hope they travel back over here to the
east again and often.
I was feeling kinda beat but if Spider Bags
are playing it's not like you can't watch at least a couple of
songs...and once you've taken in a couple of songs, you might as well
see a few more, until you get sucked into nearly the whole damn set.
There was a guy posted up front and center who clapped along vigorously
throughout the whole song for most of their set, a level of enthusiasm
that was impressive at first and quickly escalated to fucking annoying.
The band didn't give a shit though, powering through jam after jam and
making me happy by performing "Que Viva Rock n' Roll" and "Keys to the
City" back-to-back. As with every other time I've seen them, they're
still the best live act in the area - here's to seeing them at least a
few more times before the end of 2015, as one should.
not often I go to giant, expensive stadium shows where you can enjoy a
corndog or nachos (or both) with your rock-n-roll, but how many more
chances is there going to be to see the Rolling Stones?
I know it's a well worn trope, but any or all of the band could keel
over from old age any minute now. The family felt the same as I did,
and made the trip down from the hills to join Chelsea and I for this
gigantic concert extravaganza.
I've been to a number of
NC State football games at Carter Finley, but for some reason the crush
of fans looking for parking and walking to the venue seemed ten times
greater. My best guess is that at football games tons of people get
there hours early and trickle in slowly through the day, whereas this
concert was mid-week after work so everyone was coming at the same
time. Due to my mom's anal retentiveness, we got there plenty early and
sat around the parking lot for a while, enjoying refreshments and
watching all forms of humanity stream by. A truck parked a couple over
from us was breaking the cardinal rule of playing a band the day you are
going to see them, but other than that it was mostly just a bunch of
almost-drunk, middle-aged (and much older) white people ready to have a
The Avett Brothers opened. We saw a couple
of songs. I question that they are all brothers. I think at one point I
commented that it was music for people who wear large neck amulets.
That's all I really have to say on that.
As for the real
show - our seats were pretty much dead center, which turned out to be a
pretty good spot. All of the floor seats were crazy expensive (as
opposed to the regular expensive where we sat), and unless you were in
the very front I'm not sure it was worth it. They had a penis-like
extension that reached out pretty far into the crowd, which Mick and
Keith did a fair amount of strutting up and down. It actually sounded
pretty decent where we were sitting, or at least as decent as you might
expect from an outdoor stadium show. The set list was as expected -
lots of their most popular songs like "Jumpin' Jack Flash,"
"Satisfaction," and "It's Only rock-n-Roll" that I honestly never need
to hear again. But they also played a bunch of their other hits that
never get old such as "Honky Tonk Women," "Miss You" (that disco bass
line will always rule), "Sympathy for the Devil," and "Gimme Shelter."
waited way, way, WAY too long to write this review, so it will be a
very abridged version because I can barely remem- ber shit. Long story
short, they held a two day mini-festival of (mostly) local punk and
garage bands in the sweatbox known as Slims. I didn't see all of the
bands because I am ultimately a very lazy person, but this is who I did
- three piece who played a soulful, bluesy version of garage rock.
Singer had a nice set of pipes - a couple of their songs reminded me a
little of early Bob Seger. The band was a little sloppy, but still fun
- they used to be from Greensboro but now live in Baltimore - damn that
city for constantly stealing our best. They were one of my highlights
from last year's Hopscotch, and probably the best thing at this Fest.
Really should have seen them more when they were still local. Top notch
garage psych, with the occasional foray into AC/DC style riffage.
- You can't have a fest like this and not include Charlotte's finest. I
don't think I had seen them since before the singer's injury, but they
were just as great as ever. The band now features members of (now
defunct? Still not clear.) Last Year's Men as the rhythm section. They
performed a great cover of the Stooge's "1970."
- newish local four piece that really impressed me - instrumental
stoner surf punk, if there is even such a genre. Reminded me of a
heavier Family Dollar Pharoahs, a great local band that broke up
possibly before most of the band was even born.
- the new hot shit in the local punk scene, it's most of the kids from
Last Year's Men, and as men- tioned above I have no idea the status of
that band that I loved so much. I assume they're either broken up or on
hiatus, and if that's the case Natural Causes are a pretty great
consolation prize. This group is a little less Reigning Sound-ish
soulful garage, and more in the vein of spazzy synth punk ala Lost
Sounds. They also would occasionally get a little snotty and aggressive
in a Circle Jerks kind of way. These kids are playing constantly so
I'm sure I'll see them a lot more.
- The whole band was wearing matching shirts that read "Black Zin Gang"
and they said it was their first show in a year. I've always been
impressed by them - they're not really punk or metal or any one genre in
particular, just heavy in the best sort of way. I'd really like one of
It was a fun time, outside of all the sweating I did. Hopefully they do it again next year.
"Do you have a plunger here, while I'm thinking of these things, uh, for
the morning, you know, my plumbing is just so bad. Well, of course yours
is good plumbing here, right? Yeah, I would imagine, yesh, don't worry
about it, you know, everything will be fine. I've just been bound up
lately. It's, it's been driving me crazy. I've been eating a lot of
cheese for some reason. I don't know what it is, I've got a craving for
the stuff. Think maybe that's an allergy or something...I don't know, I
can't get enough cheese. I feel like a big mouse." Grandaddy - Beautiful Ground. Some B-sides and alternate takes from their second album "The Sophtware Slump," which is one of the best albums of the past two decades for those keeping count at home. Bonus: Hewlett's Daughter Bonus: Our Dying Brains Bonus: Wives of Farmers
Mandolin Orange - Cavalry. A local country folk duo that I've not been able to get enough of the past couple of years. Bonus: House of Stone Bonus: There Was a Time
Morrissey - First Of The Gang To Die. After recently seeing Morrissey live I revisted his great 2004 album "You Are the Quarry." Probably the bet thing he has released outside of his early-to-mid nineties golden years. Bonus: The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores
Oblivians - Call The Police. The band released a great new record...back in 2013. I only just recently found time to give it more than a passing listen. Totally great. Bonus: I'll Be Gone Bonus: Little War Child
Radiohead - Karma Police. I hear this band is getting a lot of buzz in certain circles. Bonus: No Surprises
Sharon Van Etten - Every Time the Sun Comes Up. Every record she puts out has two or three perfect songs. These are those two from 2014's "Are We There." Bonus: Tarifa