Showing posts from July, 2012

Jeff the Brotherhood at Berkeley Cafe - 6/13/2012

Jeff the Brotherhood
Berkeley Cafe

I was immensely excited for this show.  Jeff the Brotherhood put on the best show of last year's Hopscotch festival, a packed, sweaty affair at Slims where the crowd was as receptive as any I've ever seen for a band in Raleigh.  Also, this weird girl spent much of the show dry humping my leg while I tried taking photos.  It's the little things that makes a show memorable you know?

No one dry humped me at the Berkeley Cafe, and the crowd wasn't nearly as excited and animated save the pack of girls who were posted up at the front of the stage right next to of which kinda looked like Spicoli from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."  But the band still destroyed - particularly my ears and my brain - in the best way possible.  Lots of songs from their last couple of full-lengths "Heavy Days" and "We Are The Champions", plus a handful of new tracks that will presumably be on their upcoming record.…

Amendment One Benefit with John Darnielle / Mac McCaughan / Greg Cartwright at Motorco - 4/19/2012

Amendment One Benefit
with John Darnielle, Mac McCaughan and Greg Cartwright

For reasons that are completely beyond my grasp, this stupid state decided to write bigotry into the constitution...but before that vote happened, there were a number of benefits to raise money to fight the intolerance.  This particular gig featured three of my favorite performers from the state - Greg Cartwright of the Reigning Sound, Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, and Jon Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.  They played the entire set together, taking turns performing songs and sometimes collaborating together. 

Being a fundraiser, most of the set list was made up of requests made by folks who donated a little extra cash to hear their favorite songs played.  These ran the gamut from fan favorites to obscure b-sides to random covers the musicians may or may not have had any idea how to play . Case in point - someone asked for Darnielle(?) to play David Bowie's "Suffragette City."  …

Whatever Brains / Burglar Fucker at Kings - 4/26/2012

Whatever Brains
with Burglar Fucker

I went and saw Whatever Brains play live again.  Shocking, I know.  This time it was the release party for their second album, which like their first album is also self per usual, they like to keep things comically difficult.  They were awesome, but then again they're always awesome.  Their new record?  Also awesome.  Don't really have much else to say about, honestly...I've proven time and time again I have no idea how to properly describe this band.  I'm pretty sure "awesome" covers it. 

Not really sure how to describe Burglar Fucker either, but for different reasons.  Their name might be fantastic but their music was a hot mess to these ears.  They had a couple of brief moments when they reminded me of Nation of Ulysses at their wildest, and when I say brief moments I mean about three minutes total out of the whole show.  It was the skronky saxophone basically.  They played on the floor and yo…

Terry Malts / Spider Bags at the Pinhook - 4/17/2012

Terry Malts
with Spider Bags
The Pinhook

I was incredibly excited for this show...I'd listened to the most recent Terry Malts album "Killing Time" nearly non-stop during the month before the band was to come to town, so I was well primed.  I tried talking some friends into going, but like with many of the shows I get most excited about, they were clueless.  Clearly, the world would be a better place if everyone just listened to me and did exactly as I said.  Then again, that would have resulted in a packed, sweaty show, which - while good for the band - ain't as much fun. 

Anyways, yadda yadda yadda, the Terry Malts were really fuckin' awesome live.  Their record sounds like the perfect combination of the Ramones and Jesus & Mary Chain, but live I didn't hear as much of the chainsaw/shoegaze guitars, and they sounded more akin to the Stiff Little Fingers.  They played pretty much their entire new album, including my favorite track "Waiting …