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***September Thirtieth Two Thousand and Fifteen***

So fuckin' excited that Fall is here.  Or Autumn, if you're a fancy person.  

Instagrands -

Lola and her guardian.  Cary, NC.  

The littlest A's fan.  Cary, NC.  
(The kid is kinda dominating the photo stream these days, obviously.)

Lynx -

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.  
Anti Hero Israel tour
2.  Anti Hero Euro tour "What's Up Monkey?" - part one, part two, part three, and part four.  

I'm always down with anyone named Tom K putting out a new part - in this case it's Tom Karangelov, he skates to
Yo La Tengo, and does a whole shitload of wallrides.  

David Sedaris wrote a new short story regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage.  As with all things he writes,
it is great.  

I forgot to add any photo journals.  I really need to catch up on my photo editing.  There have been a few music reviews,
with emphasis on the word few.  


Spider Bags
With Dick Diver
The Nightlight

No 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 Dick Diver.  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.


The Rolling Stones
Carter Finley Stadium

It's 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 good time.  

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." 


Rock n' Roll Partyfest
6/20/2015 & 6/21/2015

I 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 see...

Thick Modine - 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 enough. 

Drag Sounds - 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. 

Paint Fumes - 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."

Acid Chaperone - 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. 

Natural Causes - 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.    

Black Zinfandel - 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 those shirts. 

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


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