Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Ring in the New Year...

I did this last year. I'm sure there are some people out there who are going to be scrambling for something to do on Sunday, which happens to be New Year's Eve. I saw on the news that the government will allow alcohol to be served late that night considering the circumstances surrounding the holiday (those being consumption of alcohol in large amounts, basically). So, if you have no plans yet for "Amateur Night," here are a couple of suggestions:

*Once again, Snowden is going to be ringing in the New Year at MJQ, this year with Gringo Star and Deerhunter. You can get tickets here. They're $10, and you must be 21 to purchase them. I did that last year, and I was in bed passed out by 1:00. I'm such a trooper.

*Atlanta Music Guide is doing their annual "Heathen Chemistry" thing at the Spotted Dog. There will be DJs and food and drinks. It's all inclusive and costs $60...if you want to go, get tickets here. It says the Mayor of Ponce is DJing. I think that guy is a douche.

*There's some kind of big DJ thing going on at the Loft. It's called Liquified '07, and you can get more info and tickets (which are $30) here.

*If you're a hippie, you probably already have tickets to the Widespread Panic show at Philips. If not, you're going to have to shell out a lot for them. Have fun with that. Here's a link.

*The Selmanaires are going to be at the EARL with Tenement Halls and Thee Crucials. Those tickets are $10.

That's all I got that's worth mentioning at the moment.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

"it's the wrong kind of place to be thinking of you..."

current location: hard rock hotel, chicago

current mood: astounded

last night, i was able to cross something off of my "things to do before i die" list. i had the pleasure of finally seeing damien rice in concert at the vic theatre in chicago. i've been in love with this man for some time now and his performance only made me fall even harder.

he started his set off with "delicate" and at the end of it, lisa hannigan came out and they went straight into "volcano". i swear, her voice is absolutely angelic. i had to scalp tickets so i ended up sitting next to a stranger (who i would later find out was a stock broker named matt) but he commented on how the stage was set up like someone's basement. i have to agree because there was a coffee table with a lamp on it beside the piano and a disco ball just laying on the ground. it was very intimate and i loved it. damien went to the piano for "accidental babies" and about halfway through the song he said, "fuck it. what do you all want to hear?" someone yelled, "the professor" so he picked up his guitar and went right into it. after that, they put the disco ball to use and he played "eskimo". having never been to the vic, i was unaware of how amazing the sound in there was. it is easily the best sounding venue i have ever been to. every song from "cannonball" to "cheers darlin'" to "cold water" sounded perfect. actually, at the end of the show, all the lights were turned off and damien unplugged his guitar and played "the blower's daughter". not a soul in the audience made a sound. you literally could have heard a pin drop. i was a little disappointed that he didn't play "9 crimes", but his demeanor and showmanship more than made up for it. i will honestly never forget the night i finally saw damien in concert.

damien rice - "9 crimes"

i love men with accents.
that is all.

Who's Not a Rockstar?

Yeah. I was (jokingly) accused of not being as rockstar as I used to be early last night, so I decided to go and prove the accuser wrong. Thanks to Caren West, there was another fabulous afterparty at Piebar last night following the Butch Walker show, and I went...and I took the accuser with me since he apparently is an acquaintance of Mr. Walker. Once again, Caren threw a super party (big ups to her for the dress she was wearing, which I am now totally in love with), and Butch was nice enough to converse with us "little people."

To prove my rockstarness, I made sure I got tipsy, inadvertently dumped an entire liquor drink on poor Butch, sang "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" at the almost-top of my lungs, stayed out til 4:00 this morning, and still made it to the "real job" showered, and on time. Dude, if that's not rockstar, I'm not sure what is. I missed the show due to consumption of dinner beverages, but I heard from a good source that Butch put on his usual energetic and engaging performance. I also heard the pseudo-go-go dancers from July were not present. For reasons I've made known, this makes me smile.

Thanks to Butch and Caren for giving me back my rockstar status.

And FYI today-

**A guy named Wiener finally gets his fill of John Lennon's past from secret FBI papers.

**Lifetime acheivement awards are in order, and it looks like hippies are all over this one.

**Procol Harum is having issues with one of my most favorite songs EVER. Did they actually have any other songs?

**Locally, Jon Harris and the Sin Hounds will be playing with the A-Sides (love them!) at Blind Willie's on December 28th That's the day before my birthday. And the day before you come see Chris Unck & the Black Roses, League of Evil, the Beggars' Guild, and Rantings of Eva play our first showcase, eh...

**Cable & Tweed informs readers of an interesting little happening going on tonight.

**You Ain't No Picasso thinks the new Bright Eyes is going to be worth it.

Ally called me last night. She's in Chicago at the moment and wanted to tell me how bad ass Damien Rice is live. Lucky bitch.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Pick of the Week...Number...Hmmm.

I have no idea where I left off on the numbering. As you'll recall, I didn't do a Pick of the Week last week. I did get a Dick of the Week out, though. I'm still pissed off about it, so there's not a new one.

This week, not much is going on in the world of music, other than Butch Walker tonight at the Loft and whatever other shows I listed yesterday that I don't feel like backtracking for you today. (Just scroll down, it'll all be fine, I promise). I know I've mentioned that show like three times already, but I would feel like I'm doing an injustice if I don't try to convince you to attend. There may not even be tickets...I don't know. You can get the info here, but I suspect you can't buy them online since it's now the day of the show. You'd probably have to get them at the door.

Anyways, back to Pick of The Week. I think I'm going to go with All the Saints this week. The bassist is a friend of mine, and while I didn't care for them at all to begin with, and still have a hard time at shows just because it's so loud, he passed their recorded material on to me, and I'm in love with it. This music has a vintage sound to it that's reminiscent of the seventies, and I can dig it, because, like we've already established...I'm a not-so-closet hippie. There's not a whole lot going on here in the vocal department. It's all about the music. It is, for lack of a better word, highly psychedelic. If you want, they're playing Smith's Olde Bar at 8:00 on Thursday for the 99X Sunday School on the Road series. It's free. You have no excuse not to attend. Unless you're under 21.

And lastly, elsewhere in the world of music...

**Axl Rose is delaying the release of his record. This is almost as shocking as when I found out Doogie Houser was gay.

**Yoko Ono's driver is/was apparently psycho. Once again, she's not to blame here.

**Ruben Studdard, past winner of American Idol who is proving to the world why he won, thinks Alabamans are fat and wants to change that. This from a man named after my most favorite fattening sammich.

**What We All Want has the new Chromeo leak up, and I am in love with Chromeo.

**The Swear is in search of a drummer. If you drum, you can contact them here. They didn't say this, but I imagine you have to know what you're doing and not suck ass.

Monday, December 18, 2006

News You Can Use.

Things are slow right now, but that doesn't mean I've run out of things to say...

*Check out Atlanta Music Guide...they named Estates as their December Band of the Month. Of course, this comes as no surprise in the department of my tastes.

*Speaking of Atlanta Music Guide, they're doing this Heathen Chemistry thing again on New Year's Eve at the Spotted Dog located on North Ave (right by the Marta in case you want to be safe that night). Get more info here.

*I heard that Spectralux is shooting a music video and looking for a "fit female" to star in it. You can email ( them and get more info if you're interested. I'm not fit in any way, so I have to pass...

*If you like Christmas music done in the country way, then check out Rev. Andy's show on Album 88 tomorrow night at 10 p.m.

*Atlanta band, the Woggles, have signed with Wicked Cool Records.

*Heavy Mojo went to London and ending up winning the Global Battle of the Bands. Congratulations are in order for them!

*I like Ray Charles and pretty much all things Motown, so the death of Ahmet Ertegun is kind of significant.

*Britney Spears, a girl-not-yet-a-woman who has two human children, has been named the worst dog owner. Birth control pills seem like a better idea everyday with people like that out there...

*Trey Anastasio was arrested for popping pills and then driving around. Genius!

Show News:

*Tonight, if you hit the Killers' make-up show, you'll get to see Sparta and Cartel open up for them. I like Cartel. I know, I know...but I do. Call me a teenage girl, I don't even care.

*If you're not going to the Tabernacle, then you can check out Winter Ransom at Lenny's tonight.

*Auditioning Alice is going to be over at Lenny's on Wednesday, December 20th.

*This Thursday, December 21st, Luna Halo is playing with Elevation and Kyle Dreaden (from Jil Station) at Vinyl. You shouldn't have to work the next day, so go out and have fun.

*Dropsonic will be at the EARL on Saturday, December 30th. You need to make sure you go OUR showcase the night before, though.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

my best of '06

and now, i give you my best of '06.

10. bishop allen - every EP (especially april)

ok, so technically bishop allen didn’t release an LP this year, but using a sufjan-like technique, they have released an EP for every month. the april and july EPs were particular favorites of mine. every month i’ve found myself itching to hear the new material and i can honestly say i have yet to be disappointed.

bishop allen - "flight 180" (april EP)

9. the essex green - cannibal sea

yeah, i don’t know why, i don’t know why-y-y… this band hasn’t made more lists this year?!? the essex green was easily one of the best bands of the year for me. i consider cannibal sea to be the archetypal indie pop album. switching back and forth, sasha bell’s dreamy lead vocals on songs like “cardinal points” and “this isn’t farmlife” balance perfectly with chris ziter’s enchanting lead vox on “don’t know why”. i will say that I have not seen them live, but with an album this great i find it highly unlikely that they would disappoint.

the essex green - "dont know why"

8. the fratellis - costello music

this year, for whatever reason, i really got into the brit music scene. the fratellis haven’t really made much of a name for themselves in the states yet, but it’s only a matter of time. their debut LP has been on constant rotation in my itunes since i first heard these guys play on nme radio. the song “flathead” has the ability to get stuck in my head for days. that being said, i would definitely vote for costello music as catchiest album of the year.

the fratellis - "flathead"

7. thom yorke - the eraser

i’m a sucker for anything radiohead related. working with longtime radiohead producer, nigel godrich, thom finally released his solo other project that really explored his electronic/experimental side (much more so than radiohead). in “atoms for peace”, thom sounds like he holds a constant hummmm in the back of his throat while somehow managing to sing on top of it. it’s so awkward that you don’t really know if it’s terrible or brilliant. naturally, i side with the latter of the two.

thom yorke - "harrowdown hill"

6. brand new - the devil and god are raging inside me

it’s no surprise that brand new made my list. as far as i’m concerned, this band can do no wrong. released just this november, their album is phenomenal. i found myself listening to it as i was driving up to ellijay late one night and i literally jumped in the middle of “luca”. that’s when i realized what separated this album from their previous ones- it’s capable of being the entire soundtrack to a scary movie. the lyrics are still amazing, but they definitely stepped it up and played much harder this time around. and i think i love jesse lacey. oh, and i just heard that they will be playing back-to-back shows at centerstage on april 17 & 18. mmmm.

brand new - "degausser"

5. snowden - anti-anti

anti-anti proved to the world what we ATLiens have known for some time- snowden is one hell of a psychedelic band. for me, snowden combined everything i love about animal collective and fused it with the best of wolf parade. the first time i heard Jordan sing, “filler is wasted” i was a believer. i’ve noticed that they’ve made several best of lists so far, but i’m sure all you locals will agree that there is nothing like a hometown snowden show (or a listening party at the local).

snowden - "ccounterfeit rules"

4. annuals - be he me

this was the first band i really blogged about on here (...i think) and after seeing them live i’m fully convinced of their genius. they aren’t afraid of being too weird because, well… they really are genuinely weird. this isn’t meant an insult because it makes for simply incredible experimental rock/pop. when i listen to “bleary eyed”, i get this edge-of-my-seat feeling that can only be attributed to their spontaneity. same thing goes for “dry clothes”. i mean, you have to give credit to a band that is able to hold your attention by repeating “dry clothes” over and over again for literally the last minute and a half of the song. annuals will be at the variety on jan. 26 and i cannot wait to see them again.

annuals - "dry clothes"

3. oh no! oh my! - oh no! oh my!

to be honest, i don’t really know what it is about this band that i love so much, but from the moment i heard “walk in the park” i was hooked. you know that weird group of guys in school that always wore the japanese animation shirts and played that magic game during lunch? well, imagine those aforementioned guys formed a band. but guess what? they don’t suck. eccentricity is the essence of oh no! oh my! their lyrics are very tongue-in-cheek and i love it because you can’t tell if they are serious or just stupid. not to mention the fact that they play nearly every instrument imaginable on the album. oh no! oh my! have fulfilled my quirky quota for the entire year. ironically they were home schooled, too.

oh no! oh my! - "walk in the park"

2. ben kweller - ben kweller

oh, ben… we go wayyy back. i’m with leah on the concert this year. it was incredible even though he didn’t play “this is war” (no, i’m not bitter). ben has always been a favorite of mine and he certainly didn’t disappoint with his self-titled full-length this year. from “run” to “penny on the train track” to “magic” the entire album is amazing. each song is beautifully written and completely relatable. ben is clever and he gets it. period.

ben kweller - "this is war"

1. manchester orchestra - like a virgin losing a child

i can’t quit listening to this album. i’m actually a little ashamed of just how high my itunes play count is. it’s that good. andy hull is one of the few songwriters that literally makes me weak in the knees with his music. i was lucky enough to see them play at lollapalooza this year and their performance was one that i will never forget. at the end of “i can barely breathe” the guys nearly broke their instruments because they were playing so hard (chris in particular). i’m so glad they are from the A because i could watch them perform every night and never tire of it. rumor has it that they will be touring in the new year with their good friends, brand new (!!!!!). great job, guys. like a virgin losing a child is perfect.

manchester orchestra - "where have you been?"

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

We Needed a Facelift.

So, I spent some time dorking it up, and now we have a more personalized interface for the time being. Bear with us...we aren't computer dorks, we're music dorks, so we can only make it look as good as it can with our limited knowledge.

I hope you guys like the new look.

This weekend, if you're into the whole "Americana" type music, you might want to head to the Loft on Friday night to see Tim Brantley, Pasadena, the Beggars' Guild, and the Lonely Hearts. Tickets are somewhere around $10.00.

Also, on Saturday night, the 16th, one of my most favorite and heavily played bands at the moment, Leslie, will be at Vinyl with the Cogburns and Thee Crucials. Seriously, people...if you haven't seen Leslie, go! 'Tis the poo. 'Tis also $7.00.

Apparently the Killers are going to be playing a little make-up show at Philips Arena on Monday night, December 18th. You can find all the lovely info on that here. They're going to play an entire 45 minute set! (In case you were wondering, yes, you should pick up your biscuit and soak it in the sarcasm.)

If you're into getting your money's worth, then you should probably try and hop on that Butch Walker show being held on Tuesday, December 19th at the Loft. Get your tickets to that here.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

2006 Tops.

You will begin to see in the next few weeks a numerous amount of "Best of 2006" lists popping up all over blogs, magazines, and other sorts of publications. It's inevitable. It's what we live for. Last year, if I recall correctly, I did two separate ones...a "guilty pleasures" list, and "best albums" list. This year, time will probably only permit me to do one, and that's the "Best of 2006." I suspect Ally is working on hers as well. I want to get mine out of the way. I'm going to do ten of my favorites. There are probably more, but these are the ten I keep coming back to and have decided I simply cannot live without. You're going to notice a pattern in these, I'm sure. Enjoy.


The Believer by Rhett Miller
It's no secret that I'm obsessed with Rhett Miller. One of the highlights of my year was getting to meet him before he played in Central Park when I was up in NY this past June. The dude just speaks to me, and even though this album is much poppier than any material he put out with the Old 97's, I can't help but love it...because it's him. Same half-drunken voice, same heartaching lyrical content, same rockin' guitar riffs. My favorite tune? Probably a toss-up between "My Valentine" and "Fireflies."


Chemical City by Sam Roberts Band
If Canada weren't so effing cold, I would probably move there just so I could be surrounded by bands of this caliber all the time. I had the pleasure of catching this band live with Ben Kweller this year, and my God, they are just something else. The music gives me this hopeful feeling, and you can actually feel the blood, sweat, and tears that these guys put into their songs. I could listen to "Bridge to Nowhere" on repeat all day long and never tire of it. I have a feeling that this band is going to totally blow up soon, and I'm glad I'm already acquainted.


Everything All the Time by Band of Horses
There's nothing about this album that I don't like. Ben Bridwell's vocals are distinctive and engaging, and the music is very powerful behind it. My favorite song is "The Funeral," which, if I had to pick a "Best Song of the Year," it would definitely win that title. This album is appealing to music lovers across many genres, and is appreciated by lovers of new and old alike.


Anti-Anti by Snowden
Ah, finally, a band from Atlanta that's getting all kinds of national press because they don't suck! The album doesn't either. Even though I've seen them play these songs out live more times that I can possibly count, I never get sick of them because they're awesome. "Filler is Wasted" is probably my favorite, in addition to the title track. I mostly like it when I'm in the car and can play it loud. Yay for them.


Friendly Fire by Sean Lennon
Picking up where I'm sure his father would've left off if given the chance, Sean Lennon has managed to bring about intriguing instrumental sounds to couple with his somewhat high-pitched vocals and complicated lyrics. Listen to "Dead Meat" to get a grasp on it. This is a match made in musical heaven that makes it's way onto my iPod more than most everything else. The dude lives up to his genes. I'm sure Julian is less than thrilled about that...


Dying to Say This to You by The Sounds
Oh man, this might be the only reason I miss going to the gym...because I would listen to this on repeat. It's the only album (besides Panic! At the Disco) that can make me run faster, lift more, and push harder. There's some anger behind the content that shows through in the album, but it's done in a poppy/dance tone that makes burning energy fun to do. Check out "Hurt You" and "Ego" if you wanna get your tush in gear. I promise, it works.


Ben Kweller by Ben Kweller
Love love love Ben Kweller and his innocent and unsuspecting attitude. Easily one of the best live shows I've seen this year, probably because he has this awesome album with new material. I cry when I hear "Magic," and I feel like I can change the world when I hear "Penny on the Train Track." That's in addition to the sing along I manage to somehow burst into when I hear "Sundress." I'm sorry I didn't know about him earlier in life.


Black Holes and Revelations by Muse
Matthew Bellamy's "my pants are too tight and I'm probably not producing any sperm" high-pitched vocals are calling to me on this one. They're telling me to drop everything and dance, and to be mad at the state of the world. They're telling me that there's a light at the end of the tunnel, and that this album is paving the way. "Supermassive Black Hole" and "Starlight" are my favorites, and though this album will probably not stand the test of time, it's certainly been with me since I acquired it.


Knives Don't Have Your Back by Emily Haines
Being a huge fan of Metric, this album belongs in my collection as a given, but it didn't get there by default. It's haunting tone and wicked piano skill twist my emotions like the third turn of the Mindbender at Six Flags. Yet, another reason Canada seems appealing...this songstress' soft vocals will sing you into a calm state with her lullably-like demeanor, and you'll love every minute of it. "Doctor Blind" got me hooked on her solo stuff.


The Dust of Retreat by Margot and the Nuclear So and So's
And lastly, the album that is perpetually stuck in my CD player. Despite two cancelled live shows in Atlanta, I happened to catch them before all of you even knew who they were (thanks Jason!). Yes, I knew who they were before you decided to love them. There's evidence floating around, so you can research it if you don't believe me. This collection of songs sends me into a whirlwind of emotion that I cannot even begin to describe. Every song is full of power and obvious talent. What else would you expect from an 8-piece band? A side of biscuits?

Friday, December 08, 2006

And the Winner Is...

I put all the names of the entries to the Snowden/Forward Russia! contest in a coffee cup and picked Andy McMillan as the winner. So, congrats to him. In case you were wondering, the answer was Christian Cox, and it was on the front page of the site, as well as in the "News" section. He's a friend of mine, and he's amazing at what he does...and I know how hard he worked on that site, so you should check it out sometime. It's purty.

There's a million and one shows tonight, but if you go to one, I suggest you layer. It's cold as a polar bears naughty bits!

**Cadillac Jones @ the EARL

**Foreverdown will be playing at Under the Couch. It's an early 7:30. If you're a blog reader, you may know that Jon from JonPlusTrae is in that band. If you didn't know, well, you do now. They're kind of the male version of Ally and I.

**If you're OTP, Chainestereo is having a show at the Loco's in Gainesville, GA.

That's going to do it, I think. I'm still looking for a band to headline the January showcase since I pretty much got shat on. If anyone feels like helping us out, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

For Your Information.

**A band that has come to Atlanta a couple times was recently on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show to perform their song, "Typical." The band is Mute Math, and there is a video of them performing on YouTube if you're interested in checking it out. Just click on the link below...

Mute Math on Jimmy Kimmel Live

**If you're going to be hanging out in Atlanta around the holidays like I plan to do...since I live here...Butch Walker will be having a special, just-announced, not-so-secret show on December 19th at the Loft. The Loft is small. You can get tickets on Ticket Alternative. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Mr. Walker doesn't get nearly the credit he deserves, not only for his live show, but for the musical empire he's created. Go see him!

We also have confirmed the following for the next showcase: Chainestereo, Bang Bang Bang, and Trances Arc at Vinyl on January 20th. You can tickets to it from Ticket Alternative. You should probably do that. It would be nice.

UPDATE: Apparently that line-up is not going to happen, as it was just brought to my attention that Trances Arc "had a change in their schedule." So, thank you for that. Thank you for having me sell this to the lovely people at Vinyl, only to have me eat my words so that I now look like a dumbass. Now that they cannot play, I need to find a "headlining" band for that night, however, skipping town and not having to deal with this sort of shit ever again sounds like a much better idea. Eff this. Really.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

"she's makin' movies if you know what i mean..."

i don't know what it is with me and bands out of portland lately, but blitzen trapper is my latest love and rightfully so.

alright, just go with me on this...
when i was little, my parents would throw these ridiculous pool parties, turn up their jukebox, and open the sliding glass doors so the music would blare outside. i can remember listening to the kinks and creedence clearwater revival for hours and hours. for some reason, every single time i hear blitzen trapper it sort of takes me back to those days. this band has successfully fused country twang, indie rock, and electronica which is something not many bands today have been able to do without sounding like everything else. in my opinion, their self-titled debut in '03 is much stronger than their more fluid, sophmore effort, field rexx. i suppose i can post two tracks and let you all decide for youselves, though.

blitzen trapper - "pink padded slippers" (blitzen trapper)

blitzen trapper - "summertwin" (field rexx)

either way, try and tell me you don't feel like you've known them forever!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Love Snowden? Enter the Contest...

Time again for a contest. This time, you’re going to get a pair of tickets to the Forward Russia!/Snowden show next Thursday, December 14th at the EARL. If you’re not in the loop, this is a coveted thing! It’ll be a highly attended show, and if it happens to sell out, I wouldn’t be surprised. In addition to a pair of tickets, you’ll get a signed copy of Forward Russia!’s album, all brought to you by the friendly folks at Filter.

Soooo, what is the contest? I like trivia, so let’s go with that. How about a trivia question about Snowden, since they’re from Atlanta? Sounds thooper! Okay, email me at with the answer, and I’ll pick a winner this Friday. I repeat, you have until this Friday to find the answer. It’s an easy question, too, so don’t get your panties in a wad.

**Snowden launched a new website this summer. Who is the designer?

Email your answers in, and I’ll keep them until Friday, when I pick someone.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

episode 2.0 - "bad impersonations"

sorry for the delay, technical difficulties.
but i finally got this one up and running. go ahead and give it a listen even though a few of the shows we discussed were last night. it's a lot more entertaining this time around. well, it was for us at least!

episode 2.0:

the explorers club - "forever"
novah - "deadly waterparks"
elvis perkins - "ash wednesday"
estates - "houses"
chainstereo - "magnetic south"

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also, especially if you have a show coming up, send us an mp3 for possible use in future episodes.

that's it for me. i'm having a ryan adams moment and now i'm gonna have to go watch elizabethtown.
thank you, cameron crowe.