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***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

***June Thirtieth Two
Thousand and Seventeen***

The republicans keep going on and on about immigrants stealing our jobs, but you never hear nary a peep about
human bankers being replaced by horses!  HORSES ARE THE TRUE ENEMY PEOPLE, WAKE UP!!!


I'grams -

Lazy butterfly that let me get too close.  Cary, NC.

Dodge Town Wagon.  Charlotte, NC.  

Countryside.  Wake County, NC.  


Links -

Manolo's Tapes, FTC Revisited
- this cat Manolo took the first two FTC videos and chopped them up a bit, throwing
in some unseen footage.  I watched the originals so many times the number may not be quantifiable by modern science,
so this one is a no-brainer.  

New Balance: Solo Brasileiro - the filming on the New Balance vids is so good that it almost doesn't feel like skate-
boarding any more...but anytime you get to see footage from Tom Knox and Jack Curtain and pretty much this entire
team you gotta stick those petty concerns in your back pocket and just watch.  

Two new entries in the photo journal - beach photos from our trip to Emerald Isle, and a collection of randomness.


Spiral Stairs
With Mac McCaughan
Cat's Cradle Back Room

Hey, I saw  Mac McCaughan play again!  For those keeping track at home, you're doing better than me - I've lost
count at this point the number of times I've seen the Superchunk frontman in his various forms.  He played sitting down
with an acoustic guitar, which seems normal but I feel like most of the times I've seen him solo he's played an electric. 
There were a couple of new songs, some of his solo songs, and of course a few Superchunk songs - "Driveway to
Driveway," "Sick to Move," "Digging for Something," the rarely heard but awesome "Rope Light," and "Nu Bruises,"
which Mac noted might be the first time he's ever played that one on an acoustic guitar.  Given that I've gone to see
this man play dozens upon dozens of times, is it even necessary to point out that it was great?  Well, it was, as always. 

Back in my Bay Area days, I got to see Scott Kannberg's first post-Pavement band Preston School of Industry a few
times since he was also living in the area at the time, and it was always delightful - more understated/less bombastic
than the work Stephen Malkmus was putting out by himself, but just as catchy.  Soon after he started performing under
the name
Spiral Stairs (his nickname on the early Pavement records), but his sound remained the same.  And then
after the release of "The Real Feel" in 2009...he disappeared.  Yadda yadda yadda, it's a few years and some random
festival Pavement reunions later, he puts out a really good new platter called "Doris & the Daggers," goes on tour, and
luckily I get to see him play again for the first time in at least a decade.  They kicked off their set with a cover of Roxy
Music's "Flesh and Blood," which reminded me to listen to more Roxy Music (I have this same thought every time I
hear Roxy Music).  After that, it was lots of tracks from the new record, and towards the end they even tossed in a
couple of Preston School of Industry gems.  This was all great, don't get me wrong, but my inner fanboy ecstatic he
was ending the show with a few Pavement jams.  Looking at his set lists from other gigs this is pretty common, but you
know what's not common?  Pavement drummer Steve West was at the show as a spectator, and actually got behind
the kit for a four-song pseudo-Pavement reunion: "Hit the Plane Down," "Date with IKEA," "Kennel District," and the
one that unsurprisingly got the biggest sing-a-long, "Two States."  It was a little sloppy, as I don't think Steve had played
these songs in ages, but that just added to the charm.  It was a great night all around, and hopefully it's not another
decade before Spiral Stairs decide to do this again.  Also, a full reunion Pavement tour would be totally fine with me. 


Iron Maiden
With Ghost
PNC Music Pavilion

As you could easily guess from my show history, I don't go in for these types of huge concerts at arenas or amphi-
theaters or in this case, pavilions.  Sometimes though, you just decide you've never seen
Iron Maiden and they aren't
getting any younger, so why the hell not? 

The opener was Ghost from Sweden.  The singer dresses like a demented pope and the rest of the band is wearing
masks.  I know this more from seeing photos of the band than what I saw on the stage, because we were so damn far could kinda make out the pope hat at best.  They sounded pretty good - much more melodic than I was ex-
pecting based on their look (you always expect a demented pope to shade more to the black metal descriptor, right?). 
There were a lot of Ghost shirts in the crowd, so clearly this was a pretty popular opener - I give them the thumbs up as
well.  Still, it's weird watching a metal band when it's still daylight outside.  Pretty sure they played the Lincoln Theatre
not too long ago, I'd be down to see them again in that more intimate setting. 

While there was no shortage of the expected white trash and rednecks at the show, the percentage was much lower
than expected.  And speaking of percentages, I figured the crowd would be at least 70% male, but in reality I'd put that
number closer to 80-85%.  It was a real schlong city.  The guy behind us spent a long time giving dating tips to a seven
year old, threatening to beat someone's ass over the phone, and referring to someone as "a sack of chicken wings
sewn into human form."  The guy that was briefly in front of us took his shirt off, threw it into the crowd, and then walked
away never to be seen again.  I would bet at least 50% of the crowd was wearing Maiden shirts - I gotta think that band
makes more off of merch than they do music and concerts combined. 

Speaking of Maiden, eventually they took the stage just as it was getting dark.  It was everything I hoped it would be -
huge "Indiana Jones" set, flash pots going off left and right, crazy lights and smoke, different Eddie banners for every
song, and most importantly, the band sounded great.  Probably the most impressive part was how active and agile the
band was, especially singer Bruce Dickinson - pacing the stage, jumping off of monitors, up and down from the multiple
tiers of set - I bet he covered five miles easy, not bad for a man nearly sixty years old!  Long story short on the set, the
highlights were "The Trooper" and "Number of the Beast," but they didn't play "Run to the Hills" much to my chagrin -
something I would have known if I had looked at their set lists before the show, as they've been playing the same set
for this entire tour.  The lack of that song was my only complaint from an otherwise stellar show.  Next time I'm splurging
for better seats though. 

Oh, and then as we left, I saw more people so drunk they were walking leaned back at a 45 degree angle than I've ever
seen in my entire life.  Which was especially impressive because all the beer was shit and it cost twelve bucks a can. 
Some of those folks must have spent their whole paycheck to get to that state, that's dedication. 

(Photo found online, as far as I know Miley Cyrus was not at this concert.)


"Can you feel the tension? I can. I can feel down in my plums. Getting a nice, bluish hue. Getting ready to take them
down to the farmer's market."

A chunk of classic early nineties hip's like being back in high school all over again.  Every single one of these
songs is an all-timer.  
Da Lench Mob - Guerillas in the Mist
Eric B & Rakim - Let the Rhythm Hit'em
Nice & Smooth - Sometimes I Rhyme Slow
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Appreciate

Royal Headache - Another World.  Stylistically this band is all over the map, hopping genres on nearly every song.  
This is usually a sign of groups not being able to do anything well, but that's not the case here.
Love Her If I Tried
My Own Fantasy

Run The Jewels - 2100 (feat. Boots).  What the hell can I tell you about the new Run The Jewels that everyone else
hasn't already said?  It's awesome, obviously.  
Legend Has It
Talk To Me
Thieves! (Screamed The Ghost) (feat. Tunde Adebimpe)

Superdrag - Keep It Close To Me.  Revisiting the third Superdrag album "In The Valley Of Dying Stars," which is
damn near pop perfection.  If their first record gets a 100 (and it does, don't argue with me), this one is at least a 95.  
Lighting The Way
Some Kind Of Tragedy
True Believer

***May Thirty First Two
Thousand and Seventeen***

Sex kinks are getting weirder and weirder every day.  I can't keep up with all of them.  


Instant Grams -

Vintage Land Cruiser.  Morganton, NC.  

This cat ain't right.  Marion, NC.  

Decaying castle.  Glen Alpine, NC.  

Cow watching.  Raleigh, NC.  

Sunset.  Pine Knoll Shores, NC.  


Other photos -

Some scanned film shots from the time I saw King Khan at the Local 506 not long after I moved back to North
Carolina...summer of 2008 probably.  Long exposure plus hand-held, manually triggered flash gives the laser results,
which was my style at the time.


Lynx -

Real Skateboards put out a banger of a joint part featuring Chima Ferguson, Davis Torgerson, and local hero
Justin Brock
- that nollie over the huge street gap by Davis is WHOA.  It's crazy what people just thrown into a web
part these days, but then again almost every part released is a web part these days.

Numbers released another team edit - I'm still not sure I'm fully backing this team, something about it rubs me the
wrong's definitely not the skating though.  He might be a kook in real like but I still get happy watching Eric
ride on a board.  And my god, Antonio Durao...what he can do makes no goddamn sense.  

I didn't do shit as far as photo journaling goes.  


Redd Kross
With Maple Stave
The Pinhook

Much to my delight, the Pinhook moved the start time of this show back one hour at some point between my leaving
the house and it actually starting...I guess the upside is I got to catch up on all of those news articles I had saved on my
phone as I stood around waiting for that hour.  The downside is...I had to stand around for that hour.  It's not watching
paint dry that is the true measure of time moving slowly, it's waiting for a show to start. 

The lone opener was Maple Stave, a local band that's been around for a while, but that I had somehow never seen
before.  This trio was some good, old fashioned late-nineties-style math rock - angular rhythms, no bass, aluminum
baritone guitars, some vocals but mostly instrumental, small tinges of Jawbox, larger tinges of Hurl and Dianogah...
they sounded like an act My Pal God would have released if Maple Stave had existed in 1997 (the band is old, but not
that old).  I would have literally shit my britches to have local talent like this twenty years ago, but these days this type
of music just doesn't get my juices flowing like it used to.  By no means am I saying Maple Stave was bad - they were
actually impressively strong musicians - it's more that my tastes have shifted, as they often do when you age from 20
to 40.  I wasn't mad about seeing them though, and I'm glad bands like this still exist out in the music world.  

Let's move on to what motivated a lazy asshole like myself to drive over to Durham and walk a few blocks in the rain to
get to the Pinhook...Redd Kross.  The most noteworthy difference this time around - the Melvin's Dale Crover was the
guest drummer on this tour.  The songs still sounded pretty much the same, but the drums definitely felt heavier, or at
least were being hit much harder.  Most of the set was a mix of old and new, including a few songs from the (somewhat)
recent and (very) excellent "Researching The Blues" - specifically, they played my favorite song "Downtown," and the
gig goes down in the book as a success for that track alone.  Somewhere around the middle of their performance they
played their 1984 record "Teen Babes From Monsanto" in full from start to finish, to commemorate their recent re-
release of the title.  What can you really say about vets like Redd Kross that haven't been said so many times before? 
They deliver an arena-worthy performance no matter the size of the room, and the packed crowd ate it up.  Standing
at the front of the stage to take photos, I could see their set list was nearly Guided By Voices in length - I lasted about
three quarters of the way through before that extra hour of standing around waiting spoke up and told me enough was


"Look, you think I want to be wasting my prison phone time on you? I could be calling a joke hotline."

Cornershop - Call All Destroyer.  A recent nostalgia trip reminded me how much I used to love the Cornershop
record "Woman's Gotta Have It."  Very fond memories of a show they played with Seaweed opening and Superchunk
as the headliners, one of my all time favorite live line-ups.  
Hong Kong Book Of Kung Fu

Mikal Cronin - Control.  It took a little while for the third Mikal Cronin record to grow on me, but I got there eventually.
Made My Mind Up
Turn Around

Mount Moriah - Calvander.  Speaking of third records by bands on's another one.  As always, love love
love Heather McEntire's voice.  
Chiron (God in the Brier)

Preoccupations - Monotony.  This band has sort of a Magazine vibe...that's a good vibe to have.  

Reigning Sound - Can't Hold On.  A couple of tracks from the free EP the band released via Scion called "Abdi-
cation...For Your Love" that's damn good and the whole thing might be available if you scour the Scion music site.  

Watching My Baby

I'm pretty sure I don't have to talk about this particular collection of classic REM songs, they more than speak for them-
(Don't Go Back To) Rockville  

Driver 8
It's The End Of The World As We Know It
Radio Free Europe


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