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New Order – Leave Me Alone
Aug 31st, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – New Order – “Leave Me Alone”.

Album #2 was Power Corruption and Lies by New Order.  I love this song.

Wish us luck as we look at another house tonight … I think this is #4 in the past few days.

The Cure – Push
Aug 31st, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – the Cure Push.

I’ll post twice today to start this week off right.  Things have been crazy with trying to find a new place while living in a temporary furnished condo and working from home and getting to know our neighborhood.  But we’re getting there, slowly but surely.  I think we’ll be living somewhere around the Central District/Beacon Hill in the next couple of weeks.  I am hoping to post once a day again going forward …

I hardly ever answer those “Pick your favorite albums” type things that come through on Facebook, but I did do one today, in which you had to pick 15 albums in under 15 minutes that affected you or will stick with you permanently.  Of course, #1 for me was “The Head on The Door” by The Cure (it was either that, Disintegration, 17 Seconds, or Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me), so here is the song “Push” from The Cure in Orange video from that album.

Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Aug 24th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun.

I made it to Seattle, and it’s almost as hot here as it was in Durham (I think I just missed a major rainy patch, so this is nice).

The trip out here was great.  Packing up our shit and getting rid of a lot of belongings that couldn’t fit into our moving pod was not any fun at all, but we somehow got through it and left last Sunday.  We left later in the day than we planned, but were able to get to Knoxville, TN.  The next day we had lunch in Nashville with a friend of Kyla’s who was very nice and showed us a bit around the area we were in, and then we went to Memphis.  We spent a few hours on Beale St. watching kids do back flips for money (literally) and washed up blues musicians perform for tourists like ourselves.  We made it to Little Rock, Arkansas that night.

After visiting Little Rock’s farmer’s market the next morning, we made it to Dallas in the afternoon and visited my brother and his family.  It went too fast, and I hope we can get out there to visit again.

We made it to Albuquerque the next day via some small highway that goes from Denton to Roswell (and almost ran out of gas on the way).  I saw my cousins Mark and Lisa and my friends Nick, Shenoah, Lisa, and Kathy.  I ate red chile carne adovada at a restaurant called Maria and Tito’s that blew me away in its perfectness.

We drove through Durango, CO and Salt Lake City, UT, and then on to Boise and Pendleton, OR.  We stayed at a great little bed and breakfast there that looked like a regular motel on the outside but was cozy and nice on the inside.

We then ate at the Hedge House and Pix Patisserie in Portland, OR and ended up in Seattle on Sunday evening.  Our rental condo is very nice and the weather is HOT, which is crazy.  So it has been a good drive and transition back to the PNW, and I missed it a lot more than I thought.  I’m very glad to be back, although I miss Durham in many ways, too.  Now I hope to see some old friends out here in the next few days.  And this will be the last grunge posting for a long time, I hope.

Spanish Summer 1993
Aug 13th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Spanish Summer 1993.

From Chris:

This is my very first youtube video. There may be more later.

lo-budge, Buh-bLAM and I were in Spain the summer of 1993 at lo-budge’s summer castle. lo-budge, his brother and I were shooting billiards when this guy Ace showed up to teach us a thing or two on how to do it.
Congrats, lo-budge, on your move to Seattle. We’ll keep posted on this site to follow your adventures in your new home town.

Goodbye, Durham
Aug 12th, 2010 by lo-budge

No video today – I just wanted to post that today was my last day at work and now we’re packing like crazy to move away by Sunday.  My next post should be from either Nashville or Dallas, or maybe not until mid-week in Albuquerque.  But I’ll try to post something before we get to Seattle.  I can’t believe this weekend is already here.  It seemed so far away a few months ago.

Durham Skate Plaza
Aug 11th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Durham Skate Plaza.

This skate park in Durham opened up less than a year ago.  It’s near downtown across from a police sub station and near the Farmer’s Market.  At first I thought a skate park across from a police station would make it just a daily scene of arrests, but the other day (I pass it on the way home from work every evening) I saw a cop help bandage up a 12 year old who had wiped out, and I never see any cops hassling anybody.  It’s a nice park and fun to watch everybody at, and Simone is now very aware of what skateboarders are.  Here’s hoping that she someday skates herself!  I still have my Powell Peralta Mike Saiz mini which will be her first board, unlike my first shitty board:  a Nash Executioner (one step below the Kamikaze, but I remember it fondly).

Only Burger
Aug 10th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Only Burger (Durham, NC) : VendrTV.

This is a place I try to eat at whenever I get the chance.  They often park their truck where I work during the week days, and at weekends they often show up in the parking lot of the best beer store in this state, if not the nation, called Sam’s Blue Light (also called Sam’s Quik Stop).

Don’t let their shitty website fool you.  Read the comments about it here, or check out their MySpace page.  Just recently I was there and this guy gave me a free bottle of Stout to thank me for my business over the years after I told him I was leaving to Seattle this weekend.  I told him that for all the great beers the PNW has, there is no beer store quite like this in that area.  It was always nice (three times a week or so) to stop in and listen to the Clerks style employees blast heavy metal music from a boom box and talk about new beers they were receiving and having tastings for.

Fullsteam Brewery opens this weekend in Durham.  Kyla and I have been eagerly awaiting the opening, which was originally supposed to happen back in May, but got pushed back.  I’m going to have to pick up some of their beers to bring to Seattle.  I did get to try some of them recently when a bar near where I work hosted some of their kegs for people to try for the first time, and it was great.

I haven’t had a beard ever since I left Portland, where I had a pretty decent one, so I stopped shaving last Friday and should have a good one by the time I get to Seattle.  It may go away if I schedule my third interview for a job I applied for to be there in person, instead of from on the road.

Carolina Chocolate Drops Preview “Genuine Negro Jig”
Aug 9th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Carolina Chocolate Drops Preview “Genuine Negro Jig”.

Less than six days until I leave Durham.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops are Durham-based and are pretty well-known nationally (in the bluegrass and old-time string band genre, and even outside of it).  They have performed many times in the area where I work, which hosts summertime concerts on the grass.  But alas, I have never seen them perform.  I thought this video was interesting in covering what they chose to call their album as well as their discussions of the rarity of black country musicians.

And, at long last, the oil spill meter is coming off the page today.  I’m not convinced that oil isn’t seeping from the sea floor, and the additional news that Matt Simmons died today seems  a little suspicious to me as he was a major critic of BP throughout this ordeal and led many to think that the main leak has been hidden from sight and the full enormity of this catastrophe has not been made public yet.  But I’ll try to quit talking about it here until any major new info is found out about it.

LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad – Live @ Electronic Beats
Aug 6th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad – Live @ Electronic Beats (Part 1).

From Chris:

I don’t know if lo-budge will post this today, because it certainly ain’t from North Carolina. Back in ’01 or ’02 or ’00, lo-budge and I went to go see LTJ Bukem at the Justice League on Divisidero Street in San Francisco. I remember I asked him to come along with me to see the show. We had a great time. We didn’t really know what to do with ourselves during the show because there was really nothing to look at and focus on, so we just nodded our heads to the beat and sipped beer and watched LTJ play records. I think we were both really feeling it though. LTJ is quite mid-90s. I really liked his style of Drum and Bass, which is very hypnotic and dreamy. I dust off my drum and bass records once in a while and space out to it. I still love it.

Superchunk – Watery Hands
Aug 5th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Superchunk – Watery Hands.

Superchunk put Chapel Hill on the musical map for me when I lived in Albuquerque as a teen, and now they live in Durham and run Merge Records from downtown.  It boggles my mind that Merge is in this city since I like so many bands on it, but this town never seemed particularly indie-rock to me. David Cross and Janeane Garofalo being in this video is an added bonus.

Which reminds me of more things I will miss:

1.  My bowling league, Splitzkrieg, which had a few Merge employees in it.

2.  Dain’s, the place I had a hot dog and beer for lunch today while my car was at

3.  Neal’s Garage, where they said my car was good to go for the long trip.  My car has been very low maintenance since we have owned it, and I am grateful for that.  Neal’s has been a very honest and affordable garage that I trust.

Of all the states in the South, I think North Carolina has come the furthest along in micro breweries and good beer in general.   There are so many new micro brews in the Triangle alone that sometimes it feels like a mini Portland or Seattle to me.  But I’m sorry to say that none of them come close to my favorite of all time, Pelican Brewery in Pacific City, OR.  Well, they come close, but there’s just something about that brewery on the beach in Oregon that makes it a great destination.

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