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***October Thirty First Two Thousand and Seventeen***

I kept my halloween costume low-key this year.  



Moth or butterfly?  Asheboro, NC.  

Suspicious sunning.  Cary, NC.  

Buick Skylark.  Cary, NC.  

Magnum PI - the next generation.  Cary, NC.

Non-Smokey Mountains.  Marion, NC.



Even by my very low standards, I ain't got much this month.  

This doc called "Streetwise" about street kids in Seattle in the early eighties is fascinating, well made, and most of all
really sad.    Crazy post-script - one of the girls actually ended up being one of the victims of the Green River Killer.  You
can watch it on youtube here.  

A couple of photo journal entries, one of Lola's second birthday and another from our recent trip to the NC zoo.


Guided By Voices

To paraphrase Uncle Bob towards the end of the night - "This was billed as a night with Guided By Voices - our encore
is longer than any opener we might have had!"  I mean, he's not wrong.  This write-up feels like it should be nothing but a
bunch of short bullet points, basically the review version of GBV themselves. 

 - I left after two and a half hours...I felt like I had gotten my money's worth of Bob and company.  It's entirely possible
   they're still playing. 
 - According to, they played 52 songs.  Honestly, that number feels much lower than I would have guessed.
 - They played a lot of the last two records, but Bob also knows what most of the crowd wants to hear, and every three
   or four songs he's throw in a "Motor Away" or "Echoes Myron" or "My Valuable Hunting Knife" to re-energize the
 - They played the national anthem before the band took the stage...I have no idea if this was an ironic decision or not. 
   It's possible no one knows. 

 - "KISS is the dumbest motherfucking band of all time."
 - He mentioned they already have a new album in the can for release in March and the demos for a double album that
   will be out next summer.  The man is a machine. 
 - Bob was much chattier and rantier than usual, giving Trump the business at every turn.  And plenty of entertainers as
 - "With all due respect to the Foo Fighters, I hate the fucking Foo Fighters."
 - When I pointed out to the guy beside me that he was about to sit his hoodie into a pool of beer, he shrugged, sat it in
    the beer anyways, and then offered to share his vape pen with me - I politely declined.  The world is a weird place. 
 - "I bet Tom Brady never wrote a song in his life."
 - I'm so happy this band has been in my life for more than two decades. 


"Oh, I'm in no condition to drive. Wait a minute. I don't have to listen to myself. I'm drunk."

David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights - Christopher Columbus.  New Zealand pop greatness, as always.  
Like Rain

Lydia Loveless - Bilbao.  I'm not as nuts for her most recent record "Real" as I was for the previous one "Somewhere
Else," but these are two damn songs.  
Same To You

Some selected cuts from the Trojan Producer & Upsetter box sets.  
Clancy Eccles All Stars - CN Express
Jah Lloyd - White Belly Rat
Lee Perry - Yakety Yak
Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Jungle Lion
The Upsetters - Popcorn
The Upsetters - The Vampire

I needed more songs for this month, so let's hear it for some of the best jams of 1989!
De La Soul - Eye Know
Fugazi - Margin Walker
Kate Bush - This Woman's Work
The Cure - Lovesong
The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored

***September Thirtieth Two Thousand and Seventeen***

Life is short, live your dreams.  Doubly so if your dream is to play saxaphone to chickens.  



Afternoon walks.  Cary, NC.

Claimed she was a cat while wearing this.  Cary, NC.  



In my lone non-skate choice this month, how about a documentary on the rise & popularity of darts in England?  Take a
look at "Bullseyes and Beer: When Darts Hit Britain" if this sounds like it might scratch an itch you have.  

More "raw" files from the most recent Lakai video:
Vincent Alvarez (one of the funnest people in the world to watch.)
Riley Hawk (yep, the son of Tony...the kid might be just as good as his dad, but in a totally different way.)

In other Girl Skateboards news, some kind soul took all the Mike Carroll & Rick Howard footage from the many
episodes of 411VM,  and made a compilation out of it.  

Real Skateboards put out a (mostly) am video called "By Any Means" - everyone was great but jesus christ, Zion
Wright is on a whole other level.  

If you ever counted DC out, their new promo video will change your mind right quick.  They have a stacked deck of
up-and-comers, a crapton of Brazilians, and a few vets that still turn heads.  For me personally, getting a bunch of new
Wes Kremer & Tiago Lemos footage is reason enough to pay attention.  Lemos does a backside tailslide that might
be a 100 feet long...that is not an exaggeration.  


It''s that time of year again, Hopscotch Music Festival in downtown Raleigh.  As always, it was pretty fun.   You can see
all my photos via the
photo journal page, and read daily reviews if you're so inclined at the below links:
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four


with Essex/Muro

It seems like nearly every time BODYKIT has played lately, I've been out of town or already had tickets to something
else - and that was going to hold true again for their upcoming Hopscotch performance as well.  Luckily, this last-
minute benefit show for Charlottesville popped up...well, not lucky that the events of Charlottesville happened, or that
Nazis still exist, but lucky for my eyes and ears.  As always, the two of them  (Rich and Josh) had set up their table full
of electronics on the floor, away from bothersome intrusions like lights and sightlines.  Much to my delight and their
chagrin though, there was still enough light coming from the stage that I managed to get a couple of decent photos of
the band for the first time ever.  Take that, band who doesn't want their photo taken and I should totally respect that
instead of being an asshole!  They still sound a lot like Liars to me (Liars of the past few years specifically, but less so
their newest record "TFCF"), but as I've noted before this is not a genre of music I know a ton about and my compar-
ison game is pretty limited.  They're heavy, they're distorted, they're electronic, there are samples, Rich sings and/or
yells, and it makes me think of my early high school years listening to Ministry.  I may not be able to describe it, but I
like it, and I'm excited they have a full-length record coming out soon. 

The only thing I knew about Essex Muro is they seem to play out a lot and they recently released an album on local
label Sorry State - this lead me to believe that while it wasn't a forgone conclusion they were a hardcore band, the
odds were heavily in that favor.   The verdict: they were a hardcore band.  Hardcore has never done a ton for me, but
as far as the genre goes they were perfectly fine - the singer was excitable, the band played fast, and the set was short. 


"I do not see plays, because I can nap at home for free. And I don't see movies 'cause they're trash, and they got
nothin' but naked people in 'em! And I don't read books, 'cause if they're any good, they're gonna make 'em into a

Hey here's the Superchunk EP Leaves In The Gutter, which is basically the Learned To Surf maxi-single and why
they didn't call it that I don't know.
Learned To Surf
Misfits & Mistakes
Screw It Up
Knock Knock Knock
Learned To Surf (Acoustic Demo)

Cocteau Twins - Iceblink Luck.  This will always be "that song that Jeremy Klein skated to in Ravers."

El-P - Tougher Colder Killer (feat. Despot & Killer Mike).  Is this the roots of Run The Jewels?  It's from his 2012
record "Cancer 4 Cure," which predates the first RTJ release.  Wait, El-P was also on a Killer Mike track from the
same year...fuck, who knows.    

Here are some Ramones songs.  They were a band that wrote catchy songs.  You might have heard of them.    
Blitzkrieg Bop (Single Version)
Do You Remember Rock N' Roll Radio (Demo)
Judy Is A Punk (Demo)
Needles & Pins (Early Version)
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Single Version)

Songs Ohia - Blue Factory Flame.  When Jason Molina passed, the world lost one of it's best songwriters.  Do your-
self a favor and listen to as much of his material as possible.  
Ring The Bell

The Strokes -  Last Nite (Original Demo).  Remember when the Strokes were a thing?  That first record is still
pretty damn good.  

***August Thirty First Two Thousand and Seventeen***



Instagrams -

Shit machines.  Cary, NC.

Lola put Burt to bed.  Cary, NC.

Old Dirty Bastard's biggest fan.  Cary, NC.  


Other Pics -

Somewhat recently refound scans from our Cambodia trip in February of 2008.  Not sure I posted them previously...the scans
were pretty
shitty, took a bit of tweaking even to make these few presentable.  


Videos and Such -

Somehow I went most of my entire life without seeing
Hard Ticket To Hawaii, and for that it hurts all the way down to
my soul.  So much insane dialogue, so many nutso acting performances, so many...boobs.  Lots of boobs.  

Lakai released their new video "The Flare Video," which I haven't seen but luckily Thrasher has been releasing the
"Extra Flare" clips for some/most/all the riders (not sure yet), which are sort of the "raw" files showing the struggle &
glory as each dude filmed their part.  Every one I've seen so far has been gold, with
Simon Bannerot getting my pick
as most amazing and
Raven Tershy as most enjoyable.  Plus Manchild and Jon Sciano ain't nothing to sneeze at

After a prolonged period of riding flow despite having already been pro for another company in the past, Chocolate
finally pulled the trigger and not only put 
Yonnie Cruz on the team, they bumped him straight back to the pro ranks
again.  Well deserved.  

Only one photo journal entry, some band photos from my extremely sparse show attendance these days.


With Waxahatchee and Ex Hex

I go from having never seen a show at the North Carolina Museum of Art to seeing two in two weeks...not only that, but
two of my all-time favorite bands.  Life is weird like that sometimes. 

Superchunk might be on my Mount Rushmore, but the band I was most excited about was openers Ex Hex.  I've seen
them a few times, but it had been a little while because apparently Mary Timony had been focusing most her time on
the Helium reissues and reunion shows.  In that time my love of their album "Rips" has only grown stronger - for my
money, the best power pop record of the last decade at least.  Just like every other time I've seen Ex Hex, they did not
disappoint - their short set was a mix of most of "Rips" plus a couple of new tracks which leaves me hopeful that their
sophomore effort will be along shortly.  It's rare I give a shit about the playing prowess of a guitarist, but Mary is just so
talented and fun to watch that in her case it's worth a mention - she is completely mesmerizing.  On top of that, their set
also featured both a drum solo and a bass solo (complete with hammer-ons!) that was totally awesome and not
annoying/indulgent like these things usually are.  Everyone pray to the god of your choice that there is a new Ex Hex
record in the near future, along with a tour to support it.  I need this.  The world needs this. 

You ever have one of those bands that you think you'll probably like, but you just need to spend more time listening to
their music?  Waxahatchee is one of those bands for me.  It's unclear to me if Waxahatchee is technically just front-
woman Katie Crutchfield and the rest are hired guns, or if it's an actual band, but either way her sister Allison (formerly
of the amazing Swearin') is now playing with her.  This information has no bearing on anything except to give me an
opportunity to remind everyone that they should be listening to Swearin'.  Anyways, here is my half-assed review of a
band I know nothing about...the five-piece was all female, and was wearing matching suits - except for Katie, who had
this flowing white dress thing that would have looked right at home on the stage of the Grand Ol' Opry in 1975.  From
a technical angle, the whole lot of them was damn talented.  Their upbeat songs, which was at least 2/3rds of their
set - I was feeling it.  Not entirely sure what to compare it to though, which drives me crazy - maybe a little bit like Jenny
Lewis? That's probably a fairly shit comparison but my music review OCD requires a comparison to something.  The
mellow songs I could have done without...they made me think of Lillith Fair, which makes me think of Sarah McLachlan,
which makes me think of sad puppies and kitties, and I hate thinking about sad animals.  At the end of their set I felt
the same as at the start - I need to spend more time listening to their music.

I'm not going to spend a lot of time on Superchunk - I've written about the group so many times before, likely more
than any other band by a long shot.  Their shows are always kinda the same - they play a ton of songs I love, Mac
jumps around a lot, Jon and Jim make the occasional witty quip, and I enjoy the hell out of myself - it's why I keep going
back again and again.  Here are my few notes that were, um, noteworthy: there was a lot of political talk from Mac,
which isn't surprising given the current climate.  They thanked pretty much every town in the Triangle sans Cary - pro-
bably an intentional omission, but shitting on Cary is just what the Triangle does.  Jon specifically noted he wanted to
thank Fuquay, but not Varina.  Given the show was outdoors and all ages, there were a number of kids there, and
specifically there was a 5-6 year old boy in the very front air drumming along with the songs that delighted me to no
end.  Given the impending remastered re-release of their first self-titled record, they played a bunch of songs off that
one.  Finally, and most importantly, the encore was two of my very favorite jams of all time: "Cast Iron" and "Detroit
Has a Skyline." 

I enjoyed the hell out of myself.  I look forward to seeing them again and again. 


Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble
Cat's Cradle Back Room

I've been listening to a metric shit ton of Stereolab this summer, so Laetitia Sadier releasing a new album under the
name Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble and going on tour could not have happened at a better time.  No, she/they
didn't actually play any Stereolab songs, but it was close enough - and getting to hear that deep, soothing voice of hers
sing anything was more than ok with me.  As for that voice - Laetitia might have aged (as have we all unfortunately), but
she sounds as perfect as the first time I heard her 25 plus years ago.  I can't say a lot about the set list because I don't
know her solo songs on that level, but I'm pretty sure a goo chunk of them was from their the latest album "Find Me
Finding You."  A few other observations:

 - Laetitia not only plays her guitar left-handed, but with the strings upside-down aka "Jimi Hendrix style."  I have no
   idea if calling it "Jimi Hendrix style" is actually a thing.  I probably made this same observation (at least mentally) the
   last time I saw Stereolab, but that was a long damn time ago. 
 - Including Sadier, the band was a four piece - drums/bass/guitar/synths.  Actually, everyone but Laetitia had synths,
   and at a couple points they were all playing at the same time.  They all also provided backing vocals here and there. 
 - The drummer was a total bad ass, rocking beats with one hand that most drummers half-assedly do with two.  Not
    that he only had one hand, it was just often engaged with other percussion like them shaky egg things, or playing

Sure, like the rest of their fans I'd love for Stereolab to reform and record new music, but this is truly the next best thing. 
While at the show, there were even a few moments where if I closed my eyes I could convince myself it actually was
Stereolab...with her voice, anything she does is going to invite the comparison, but she seems more than able to stand
up to her own legacy. 


Belle & Sebastian
North Carolina Museum of Art

Seeing Belle & Sebastian is always noteworthy, as they're the wife's favorite band (as well as one of mine), a band
we've traveled to different states and countries in order to see them perform live.  But not since our days in the Bay
Area have we been able to see them where we live, and that made this gig particularly special.  They performed at
the outdoors amphitheater at the North Carolina Museum of Art - I'd never seen a band play here before, and as
always I was skeptical of an outdoor show as the sound is usually garbage, and summer weather in the south isn't
the most conducive to standing in a crowd.  This place is great though - the sound was excellent, the sold out show
was full without being packed, and by sheer dumb luck that almost never happens around here in July, the weather
was perfection - low humidity and not too hot.  Perhaps best of all, there is a general admission standing area right
in front of the stage, leading to us getting the closest we've ever gotten to B&S live. 

Enough logistics though, how was the actual show?  Great, it's even possible for them to have a bad
performance (I may be slightly biased here)!  No string section this time, but they did have a local dude playing the
various trumpet parts (they typically recruit local folks for this role to cut down on touring costs, plus it's gotta be a hoot
for whoever gets to be in the band for a day).  As always they played plenty of hits ("The Boy with the Arab Strap," "I'm
a Cuckoo," etc); they also performed a couple of new ones, including the (supposedly) live debut of their new single
"We Were Beautiful."  The real story of this particular gig was how many older deep cuts were on the set list...hell, they
played five or so tracks from "The Life Pursuit," probably more than they did when they were actually touring to support
that record.  And they didn't even manage to play "Funny Little Frog," the one song from that record they play all the
time!  You can see the full set list here, but it's impressive the number of songs they haven't played at all in the last
decade, or only a handful of times. 

So, a damn fine time was had by all.  Hopefully the turnout and the enthusiasm the Triangle showed Belle & Sebastian
will translate in them playing again here the next time they tour the States...or at least within driving distance!


"If you wanna smear mud on your ass, smear mud on your ass - just be honest about it. Look, Gene, I've never told
anyone this before, but I can suck my own dick, and I do it a lot."

Cause Co-Motion! - Only Fades Away.  This band should have been bigger...they really understood a pop hook.  
Which Way Is Up?

David Bazan - Both Hands.  I don't know what prompted David Bazan (aka Pedro the Lion) to go eighties new
wave, but I ain't mad about it.  It actually goes well with his somewhat monotone voice/sound.  
With You

The Bob Seger System - 2+2=?  Bob ain't just pap such ala "Like A Rock" -  the dude knew how to write some 
damn good songs, especially in his early days.  
Ramblin' Gamblin Man

The Clean - Crazy.  The great thing about the Clean and really only becoming a fan in the last few years is they re-
leased a lot of material and I'm constantly finding great old material that is new to me.  
E Motel

I have a shitload of cover songs saved in a folder on my computer.  Here are a few a like that have nothing in common
other than I didn't scroll past the letter "B" looking for something to post.  
Ryan Adams - Revelator (Gillian Welch cover)
Animals - Bring It on Home to Me (Sam Cooke cover)
Beck & Emmylou Harris - Sin City (Gram Parsons cover)
Black Box Recorder - Uptown Top Ranking (Althea & Donna cover)
Blonde Redhead - Le Chanson de Slogan (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
Bush, Kate - Sexual Healing (Marvin Gaye cover)

***July Thirty First Two Thousand and Seventeen***

A rough visual approximation of what it's like to take a baby on vacation to Maine.  



Albino alligator named Luna.  Fort Fisher, NC.

BFFs.  Cary, NC.

Ford Falcon.  Durham, NC.

Celebrating her 23 month birthday with a celebrity.  Cary, NC.  

Clouds.  Wrightsville Beach, NC.  


Other pics:

All from our cross country drive, late winter 2008.  Taken with my old Yashica tower medium format.

Death Valley NP.

Southern Utah near Zion NP.  

Zion NP.  

Zion NP.  


It took me a couple of months to get around to this Pyramid Country vid - I blame all the short videos and single parts,
it's hard for me to commit to anything over 10-15 minutes these days.  This one is worth it though...really feeling the
work Tyler Franz is doing, and any Ryan Lay footage is good footage.  Note to all skate video creators: if you're
going to insist on lofi filming equipment, at least do us the favor of putting everyone's footage in it's own distinct part
so we can tell who the hell is doing what.  Actually, that just applies to everyone, regardless of footage fidelity.  

I'm not sure I ever thoght the world needed another Brandon Westgate, but here comes Mason Silva to show me that
you can never have too many dudes who skate this fast and pop this high.  He turned pro with this "Red Balloon" part,
and it's incredibly well deserved.  

Spent most of my website time this month editing and creating five entries in the photo journal from our trip to Maine.
It was a fun trip.  Going on vacations is a pretty great thing to do, right?

No show reviews...Hopscotch looms large a little over a month from now though.  Did post a couple of music reviews.  
The new Spiral Stairs is great.  


"Everybody panic! Oh my God, there's a bear loose in the coliseum! There will be no refunds! Your refund will be
escaping this deathtrap with your life! If you have a small child, use it as a shield! They love the tender meat!"

Badly Drawn Boy - A Minor Incident.  A couple of BDB songs from the "About A Boy" soundtrack.  At the time I
always thought he was a little overrated, but then he dropped out of sight so fast he's probably underrated now.  
Something To Talk About

Baroness - Shock Me.  I've listened to the 2015 album "Purple" a shit tom over the last couple of months...both mel-
odic and heavy, a combination that rarely works but this is one of those exceptions.  
Try To Disappear

Brad Pot - Dipped in Batter.  Pretty straight-forward australian punk, who have been dominating the world at this
genre for the better part of a decade.  Possibly the best part though is Itunes listed the artist name as Brad A. Potts.  
Hit Me

Nick Drake - Pink Moon.  Stop me if you've heard this one before...

Perfume Genius - Longpig.  PG's second album "Put Your Back N 2 It" is still his masterpiece, but the other slabs
have good songs too.  
No Good

Prince Buster - Al Capone.  Ska classics, as occasionally featured on beer commercials aimed at white fratters.  
Take It Easy

Wu-Tang Clan - Da Mystery Of Chessboxin'.  I'm pretty sure these songs require no blurb.  I will say that as a
middle aged white dude, I have no idea how to appropriately handle writing the name of the last song - add asterisks?
Remove it entirely? Leave it listed as the Wu intended?  I went with the last option, but I'm not comfortable with it.  
Protect Ya Neck
Shame On A Nigga


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