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FREEDOMERICA DAY – 4th of July Fireworks

So cause around these here parts we support FREEDOM, and AMERICA, and FIREWORKS we documented some of our shenanigans on the fourth of July 2010.

Many of the crazier looking pictures were achieved using a blatant disregard for safety, string, and duct tape combined with a long shutter speed on my Canon 7D.

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First Attempt at Light Painting

So after doing some research about it on the interwebs I decided to take my first shot at light painting.

That’s when you take your camera out somewhere really dark, and with an open shutter draw crazy designs in the air with a light source.

What follows is a small gallery of some shots I took using some sparklers. It was me, a friend, a vacant lot in the woods, and my Canon 7D.

They’re not nearly as cool as some of the more advanced techniques and pics you can see online, but it’s a start.

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Peelander Z at Common Grounds – Gainesville, Fl – April 23, 2010

So I went to see the band Peelander Z at Common Grounds last Saturday night.

They’re a Japanese punk rock band, that wear brightly colored outfits, have costumes, and have a great deal of audience involvement. There’s a giant squid, limbo, crowd surfing, chants, hand motions, silly wigs, conga lines, loud punk music, multiple choice song selection, and they gave out drumsticks and various pans to hit.

It was incredible fun and full of joyous spectacle.

They’re pretty awesome to say the least, if you ever have a chance to check them out live I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Here’s a bunch of pictures:

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I, much like a lot of people first heard of Japandroids last year from the pitchfork review.

An 8.3 on pitchfork usually means that the music is something I’d hate, but I’m glad we agree every once in a while.

I downloaded their album, gave it a quick skim and kinda forgot about it for a bit.

Last summer I was on a trip to San Francisco and saw that they were playing in town, so I decided to see how they were live. Turns out it was pretty amazing. The guys just have such an earnest quality, a lot of emotionality if you will, that translates to something amazing when you’re literally a foot away from them.

I remember waiting over 90 minutes to try and get a ticket for the small venue, The Hemlock Tavern. I can’t really remember too many specifics about the show itself, I remember hearing a good number of the songs off of their album Post Nothing, and they closed their set with an awesome cover of Mclusky’s To Hell With Good Intentions. It was easily one of my favorite shows of 2009, I took a ton of really awesome pictures of them performing, and got them to autograph a vinyl copy of their album for me. It was a pretty awesome way to spend my last night in California.

Since then I’ve revisited Post Nothing a whole ton of times, and can easily say that it is one of the best records of 2009.

It starts off with a song song that perfectly conveys the feel you’re gonna get from the whole rest of the album. The Boys Are Leaving Town begins with 15 seconds of single not strumming before the fuzz soaked chords blast out. They don’t sound harsh, just fuzzy. While all the songs are fuzz drenched, it never becomes a wall of noise, it’s always got a nice melody under the surface, there always sounds like there’s something more than the fuzzz, and that’s what helps to make them sound great.

At 35 seconds the drums kick in. To guys, one guitarist, and one drummer.

There’s a total of two lines in the song “They Boys Are Leaving Town, Will We Find Our Way Back Home“. They’re repeated, sometimes with both members of the band singing at the same time, sometimes with Whoooaaaa thrown in, but that pretty much sums up the song writing style of a lot the album. Instead of lots of filler lyrics they just say what’s important and say it simply and repeat it.

A lot of the lyrical content seems to take place in between those lyrics, about the life that comes after leaving town, growing up, coming to terms with the changes involved with coming into the world, and what to make of it. It’s a relationship album too, about half the songs are about girls.

The song Young Hearts Spark Fire has the lines: We used to dream, Now we worry about dying, I don’t wanna worry about dying, I just wanna worry about those sunshine girls. It just feels so real, without attempting to poeticize things, they just say how they feel, they sing it in harmony, and it sounds 100% genuine.

That’s the best thing I can say about Japandroids as a band, they always sound 100% genuine. There’s no irony to their music, they’re just two dudes, singing and playing their hearts out.

And they play those hearts out quite well. There’s some great riffs on the album, Crazy/Forever has a stand out catchy riff, while most of the other songs have various different sounds that string through different harmonies. There’s no solos or guitar heroism if you will, but there’s this dynamic to most of the songs, where the heavier and lighter parts of the chords being played stand out from each other. Sometimes you’ll hear the crunch and then part of the chord will change and you’ll hear the brighter notes changing through the fuzz. It all sounds quite dynamic, even though a good portion of the songs are just chord progression. The progressions never seem like filler cause there isn’t your common AB, AB, C, AB son structure, so the songs always sound large, and formidable.

They’re lo-fi if lo-fi sounded a lot better, and they’re refreshing in this time of generally shitty rock. They’re a breathe of fresh air, without pretense, but full of ambition. Suffice to say Post Nothing is a great album. Japandroids is an awesome band, and I hope that they continue being awesome in the future.

Speaking of the future I guess I should mention their new single that you can listen to on their myspace. It’s called Art Czars and it’s super awesome.

I’m really sorry if you want more screaming
You missed my heart but you’ve got my ears bleeding
Here’s your money back
Here’s your punk rock back