Friday, December 28, 2007

I love iTunes gift cards!

Getting an iTunes gift card for Christmas is just the ticket I need to enjoy some great melodies - especially if they're by Ladytron! After upgrading some of my songs to iTunes Plus (I have to at the rate I burn CDs), I bought some tracks off Ladytron's recently released Witching Hour (Bonus Version) album (on iTunes at least). What the bonus version includes is the Witching Hour album, most of the tracks from Extended Play and five remixes that are as cool as cupcakes (two for "Soft Power," two for "Destroy Everything You Touch," and one for "International Dateline"). At any rate, I've been listening to them for the past hour or so non-stop and thought I'd share some good music with you. Hope you have a happy and safe New Year. :-)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

News Bites.

Happy reading.

*This is slight, considering that I'm sure my grandfather would have already disowned me by now if I were a porn-making criminal.

*I'm surprised it's taken this long for a supposed loner to go solo.

*Let's hope that two of the biggest douchebags in the limelight don't mate and produce mini douchebags.

*If you plan on sitting in front of a TV for NYE, you can pretend like you're at a Radiohead concert.

*I guess being a washed up child star would drive you to drink. And drive.

*However, being a teen star that's not quite washed up will drive you to do the same thing. Boo hoo.

*Although this is literally last week's news, I still feel compelled to ask why it is that the most annoying, dumbass people are so freakin fertile. Gah.

That's all that is going on in the world of entertainment for now...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

People Like Us!

Looks like the winners have been posted for that little contest I mentioned last month. Thanks to all of you who voted and whored us out to your friends. We made the Top 20 out of 99 blogs in the contest. So, yay! Thank you, gracias, gratzie, merci.

This is the end, my friend.

I think I deserve an after work beer due to this...

Ring In 2008 With...

I post something each year with a rundown of your exciting options of ways to ring in the New Year. Let's all hope we can bypass vomiting amateurs and just enjoy ourselves, our friends, and our ability to hear the music. Awwww, look who's sappy today...

Ohhhh, and my 28th birthday is this Saturday, so if you happen to be anywhere near the ice skating rink in Centennial Park that evening, be sure to scope it out and see if you can find a tall brunette with a pillow strapped to her ass, wearing a tiara. That would be me.

ALL OF THESE WILL TAKE PLACE ON NEW YEAR'S EVE!!!

SMITH'S OLDE BAR NEW YEAR'S EVE SHOW: I'll be here staying true to my local rock roots, as usual. Warm in the Wake, Modern Skirts, and Rantings of Eva all play. This is a pretty spectacular line-up, and one that's sure to keep my blood pressure down. $15 at the door, plus 2 cans of food.

VINYL/THE LOFT: As usual, Vinyl is having DJs and dancing. If you're not old enough to party with those of us who are legal, then you can party at Vinyl. It's 18+ and that link up there will take you to a place where you can find tickets.

LENNY'S BAR: Lenny's is having something called the Five Dolla Holla. It looks like Red Bull and Jager will be involved with it. And it's $5 to get in the door.

PHILIPS ARENA: If you're into eating 'shrooms, smoking pot, wearing patchouli, and starting and ending every sentence with "man," then you might have plans to see Widespread Panic at Philips Arena. $49.50.

FOX THEATRE: Of course, if you're completely over WSP, you can always mosy over to the Fox to see the Derek Trucks Band.

THE EARL: Hopefully you've already purchased tickets to see Band of Horses (who happen to grace a Ford commercial with their mondo hit "The Funeral"), because it's sold out. $20

THE DRUNKEN UNICORN: The Black Lips are scheduled to set their unique brand of psychedelic rock down on the Unicorn. What a way for them to end an amazing year.

STAR BAR: The Forty-Fives will be playing with Gringo Star, The Booze, and El Capitan. I've managed to get away with not seeing any of these bands this year.

THE MASQUERADE: If you're into the heavier kind of rock that I'm not...then you can see Boy Hits Car and local bands Dear Enemy and City Sleeps (who I actually do like a lot) at the Masquerade. $13


Sure, there are a ton of other things going on next Monday night. However, I'm sticking to the live music and usual venues for my list of "places to go, people to see." Happy New Year! And, I would just like to thank Santa for my new iPod Nano. I love, love, love it, much like I love the White Chocolate Caramel Latte cheesecake...mmm.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

P.S. I Love You

Genre: Soundtrack
P.S. I Love You out December 21
(Thanks Arbell!)


The cool thing about this soundtrack is it's not all sappy. For instance, you got the opener ("Love you 'Till the End" by The Pogues) reminding me of The Cure, which is a good band. Then you got a James Blunt track from All The Lost Souls and a Flogging Molly tune, "If I Ever Read This World Alive."

The two songs that make this album of various artists are "Everything We Had" by The Academy Is... and "In the Beginning" by The Stills. The reason why I picked these two are they sum up what the movie is about - love in today's society. They are neither lovey-dovey nor to the point (you know what I mean). If anything, be a sport and have a listen to those two tracks. You can also check them out when you hear them in the film when it hits theatres tomorrow.

Verdict: C+
There are definitely no Moulin Rouge! reenactments going on like when I'm singing along with Ewan McGregor (growl), but The Stills and The Academy Is... tunes are worth getting on iTunes in case you don't have the albums!

Monday, December 17, 2007

A Fun Band You Should See.

I went to Smith's Olde Bar last night for an early show and ended up staying to check out Judi Chicago, just because I've heard some good stuff and wanted to see for myself. These guys are fun. I love watching grown, shirtless men dance around and have fun with their performance, and these two guys have that down pat.

They use electronics to aid them onstage - and very much remind me of Chromeo, a band I've loved for a while now. That whole joking demeanor and energetic showing makes me want to see this band again. I'll even brave the too-cool/scene/club hipsters to do so. Yes, I'm that serious.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

2007 Top Picks.

Here it is, the much anticipated list of albums that were my favorites this year. To be quite honest, I haven't been loving as much as I normally do. Maybe it's been my lack of listening this year due to a busy life away from a monitor. Or maybe it's that it takes more to impress. Who knows?

These are going to be in no particular order and are basically picked based on what I've listened to the most and continued to go back to, even after the initial release month. That generally means I like it.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight. I'm still listening to it, despite the crap all the snob ass critics wanted to give this album. It seems to have worked for them, considering the fact that the live show pulled out energy and crowd pleasure more than any band I've seen this year. That, and MTV gobbled it up like a binging model for every commercial and shit reality show they could muster up after someone over there got their ears on it. Kudos to them.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketFionn Regan - The End of History. This kid is great. He really, really is. You'll be hard-pressed to find any other folk singer/songwriter with lyrics and music that's so honest. This album drips in passion. It's campfires and marshmallows and cold weather.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRyan Adams - Easy Tiger. I'm a sucker for Ryan Adams. No, I don't think he's hot. I think he's an amazing writer, one I can respect and listen to and actually feel. So that earns his last LP a spot on my list.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRantings of Eva - Lowering the Curtain on Memphis. The first recorded material by a local band that's been around made me happy. So, of course, I'm going to list this. Even though it was released in February, I'm spinning it about every other week. "Bright Side" is the stand out tune and has been popping up all over podcasts and blogs for the past year. That should say something...

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketEisley - Combinations. Wow, really. They're young and in charge with their sophomore album, and that's why I get excited when it shuffles along in the iPod mixes.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketGreat Northern - Trading Twilight for Daylight. I love this band. They're angelic and soothing and everything that's right with the world. I can't believe I haven't heard or seen more about them. Although, I think if the dudes picked up on how hot the chicks in this band are, that may change...

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketAmy Winehouse - Back to Black. Okay, I may not think she's a stand-up individual, and I may not agree with her ethics as far as behavior goes, but the woman can sing. And she can make me believe that someday, in the current state of the world, I can flashback to the age of Motown and jive.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketMagnet - The Simple Life. Yet another songwriter that manages to make me tap my feet profusely against that little pedal in the car that's on the left side and doesn't move. (Is that the footrest?) Anyway, it puts me in a good mood, and I've had to retreat to it a lot in the past few months I've had it.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThe Western States Motel - I like this album because it makes me look cool. Truly, it does. When I tell people about it, or I let them have a listen, they're instantly hooked and impressed with my vast knowledge (*snort*) of sunny California rock.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketEvan McHugh - From the Second Chair. Another local talent that's bustling right beneath the surface of superstardom is Evan McHugh. His endearing lyrics and catchy musical accompaniment make his debut full-length one that I can listen to just as often as the rest of the better-known acts.


There you have it. If I can find the time, I'll do the opposite of this and list the worst. But I really don't think I'll have the time, especially since about 75% of what I've heard falls in that category...

Feel free to comment!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Under the Christmas covers

Okay, since the Music Addict's on holiday mode, I will pay homage to her Christmas cheer by telling you some great Christmas song covers by groups/artists from today. These will make you forget the 900 other covers of these hits you'll hear or have heard on the radio. Feel free to comment on ones I've missed, which are a lot since I only mentioned a whole four.

Red Letter Agent - O Holy Night
You can listen to it on their MySpace page and hear it on one of the 99x Christmas CDs from a while back. It will leave you with chills (not from the cold) because it's so pretty. And yes, 'pretty' is a nice word to describe it.

Hip Heavy Lip - You're a Mean One Mr Grinch
It's a great take on the Seussical classic hit with Cindy Who and Max, the Grinch's dog. I'm sure it's somewhere on cyberspace.

Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone - Baby, It's Cold Outside
On the Elf soundtrack, her voice keeps you smiling and the easy listening tune will brighten any day.

Coldplay - Have Yourself a Merry Christmas
Hopefully, it will be up on MySpace soon. This one is up there with Judy Garland it's that good!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Memory Almost Full

CD Review
Paul McCartney Memory Almost Full
CD/DVD Deluxe, Super Duper, Special Edition

This was better than I expected when I popped it in. I'm also surprised because I'm not that big of a fan of Beatle solo stuff. Memory gave me a sense of who Paul is as a songwriter and as a human. He much more than the charming Beatle that complimented the rebel (John), the quiet one (George) and the "lovable mascot" (Ringo). For 65, he's a phenomenal composer and musician - as if we didn't know already! Memory talks about his parents, Linda, Heather and so on in a surprisingly moving way. You hear bits of Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road, "The White Album," etc. and have a few Wings moments in this enjoyable combination (see what it says in the parentheses what songs, didn't do specific Wings references but they're present). Plus there's two great instrumental tracks ("In Private" and "222") that's quite nice and am pleased Paulie has them on here.

Verdict: B+
Stocking stuffer approved.


Tracks (CD)
1. Dance Tonight ("Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds")
2. Ever Present Past ("Baby You're a Rich Man")
3. See Your Sunshine
4. Only Mama Knows ("Eleanor Rigby")
5. You Tell Me ("Golden Slumbers")
6. Mr. Bellamy ("She Came In Through the Bathroom Window," "Eleanor Rigby," "Strawberry Fields" piano ending)
7. Gratitude ("I've Got a Feeling")
8. Vintage Clothes
9. That Was Me ("Flying," "A Day in the Life," "Cry Baby Cry")
10. Feet In The Clouds
11. House Of Wax
12. End Of The End ("Golden Slumbers")
13. Nod Your Head ("Helter Skelter")
14. In Private
15. Why So Blue
16. 222

DVD (the first five tracks were taken from London live)
1. Drive My Car
2. Dance Tonight
3. House of Wax
4. Nod Your Head
5. Only Mama Knows
6. Dance Tonight (music video - see below!)
7. Ever Present Past (music video - see below!)

"Dance Tonight" (Yes, you see Natalie Portman)



"Ever Present Past"

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Addendum.



I completely forgot! Next Thursday, December 6th, at Lenny's, a band I'm fond of will be playing their last show. The Five Foot Flame will participate in 99X's Sunday School on the Road with Warm in the Wake and Morning State.

So, basically, there's a good little musical journey to be made next week before I take Saturday to sip on free drinks in a pretty dress with a handsome boy at the company holiday party...

They Might Be of Interest.

I'm in holiday mode, so blogging will only happen when I really feel like it. Which will probably not be very often.

NATIONAL NEWS

**In case you didn't hear, Butch Walker lost all of his possessions in a fire out in Malibu. He was renting Flea's house. That really sucks. I'm sorry for Butch and his family. He's a super nice and talented guy, so this is a real shame, especially considering he lost lots of music related items. You can read more here.

**A couple of notable deaths have occured. Quiet Riot just got even quieter, while the emo scene just got louder.

**And the downward spiral just keeps getting steeper for Amy Whinehouse. (Nope, I didn't spell that wrong, either.)

**If this is true, then I'm buying a grave site, because Armageddon is near.

**Frank Sinatra teams up with Warner Music. Does he really has a choice at this point? Shame, shame, I know your name...

LOCAL NEWS/SHOWS

**Since Atlanta's scene has left my fancy untickled lately, I'm going to hit Vinyl next Wednesday to check out Hod Rod Circuit from Connecticut.

**There are more benefit shows/concerts/fundraisers/etc this time of year than ever.

********Keep in mind that any show at Smith's Olde Bar tacks on 2 canned goods to the cover price through December.

I'm keeping extra green beans and corn that I will never eat handy in my car for occasions like:

-->Rantings of Eva, Judi Chicago, and Black Volt on Sunday, December 16th for "Music for the Mangled" at Smith's Olde Bar.

-->A Moonshine Christmas at Lenny's on Saturday.December 15th.

-->Paws for Applause at Vinyl on Thursday, December 13th with The Modern Society.


Stay tuned for when I actually write about something of substance...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Don't Shoot Me Santa!

It's that time of the year again! Get out your yarn scarves and fingerless mittens and download The Killers' new single, "Don't Shoot Me Santa," on iTunes. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and check in the coming weeks for cool music finds to give your special someone (friend or "friend") something fun this holiday season :-)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Inboxoscopy Long Overdue.

I didn't even bother to proofread this, so if there are errors, forgive me.



**The Devil Makes Three. Milan Entertainment sent me a song from this band that makes me want to get really drunk. Mostly because it's a song about drinking, and its blues/folk sound just makes me think I'm sitting in a seedy back alley bar where they serve you whiskey in a dirty glass.

The Devil Makes Three - "Old Number Seven"




**Soulsavers bring pianos and vocals so deep, you might need floaties when you listen to it. No, seriously. This is like some Johnny Cash shit. It's haunting. You might get lost in it. They're only playing a few shows, and none in Atlanta. But, if you happen to live in or travel to California, NY, DC, or Pennsylvania, then check their website to see when they're playing.

Stream the single: Soulsavers - "Kingdoms of Rain"

**I have to mention a band when I notice the following things: (a) they're from Seattle, (b) they list Phil Collins and Usher as influences, and (c) their album is called The Album That Killed Its Parents. So here is a mention for Gray Beast. I'm thinking that this music will come in handy for 'chill out' time. I'm thinking wine. I'm thinking a big furry rug. And finally, I'm thinking a fireplace. Unfortunately, I only have a rug and it's not furry. Go listen. I'm immediately fond of what I'm hearing.

**Compilation CDs are my absolute fav. I think I'm a master at compiling, and if you ask people that have been on the receiving end of that, they'll tell you the same. So, naturally, when I hear there is a compilation CD that has a tracklist of guilty pleasure covers done by indie artists, I begin to salivate. I only have the MySpace link, so go check out Guilt By Association. It's yummy. (And by yummy, I mean Devendra Banhart covering "Don't Look Back in Anger.")

**I'm a Georgia Southern grad. I was there in the midst of National Championship fever. Our star running back went on to play in the NFL...for Da Bears. There's a band called Da Bears from San Diego that have a nice grasp on the whole surfer rock thing. This isn't your mama's surf rock, though, so don't write it off. This is the kind of rock that makes me think I have pink bubbles floating through my veins when I listen to it. It's happy. It's like skipping down a brick road wearing pigtails and a sun visor made out of colored plastic. In your skinny jeans. I kind of want to get a case of beer and hang out with these guys.

**Got an email from a band out of New York called Bloodshot Revival. I'll say they've got a nice punk/indie thing going on. I'm reminded of a cross between the big power pop bands, like Motion City Soundtrack, and...and...well, I can't place my finger on just one other band. As in, it doesn't really stand out. Eh.

**The Color Wheels are a husband and wife team who, once again, have some of that 90s revival sound, and it's good. They also remind me of the Postal Service or Radiohead with their incorporation of electronic music. It makes me so happy when someone sends me music that isn't all-around crap.

**I've been really gravitating toward chicks with soothing voices and light-hearted music. And that's why I like Spider. It's so happy and so depressing at the same time. Spider manages to have the female version of Damien Rice effect on me. And, if you're someone who often reads this blog, you'd know that I'm emotionally attached to the latter, and I think I'm slowly picking up that same vibe with Spider's calming sense.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Plajia



Here's a band from Montreal that sent me some of their songs. As I listen, a small smile stretches across my face, because I hear a twinge of the 90s, which I have been saying is about to explode back onto the scene for about two years now. I love it when I'm right. But, I also have boobs, making that a blatant fact.

Plajia's got this rock power chord thing going on in their song "Dummy," but it's still boasting a light and airy feel to it that makes it easy on the ears. And that's never a bad thing.

Plajia - "Dummy"

I listened to the other tracks they sent me, and I didn't too much care for the cheesy pop and listless lyrics in "Beautiful Explosion." Maybe I had too much Mexican food earlier or something. "Beating the Charms" is okay. It's kind of retro and flowy. It reminds me of seeing fairies in a forest. (And no, I've never actually seen a fairy in a forest, but I imagine if I were going to, this song might be on the soundtrack.)

If you like it, you can go to their MySpace and get more. Holla!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Pick of the Week - Autovaughn and PJA

Well, I appear to be sick, which never happens. Therefore, I missed Tori last night, and am slightly devasted after seeing pictures of the show on ajc.com. I think we should just not talk about this any further.

There is a lot going on tonight, though, if you're in the mood to practice that whole "Thursday is the new Friday" schtick that I've been campaigning for the past couple of years.

I already mentioned earlier this week that you can swing by Star Bar and get a free show presented by Pop Death Squad.

Or, if you happen to prefer the Midtown area to the tourist trap of Little 5 Points, head to Smith's Olde Bar to see a band from Florida that I have praised in the past, Plain Jane Automobile. These guys are really great, and they have a nice, enthusiastic following in Atlanta. So, jump on the bandwagon. I'll approve this time. As an added bonus, Autovaughn, who come from Nashville and seriously kick ass, are also on this bill. I would be at this show if I could manage to get all of the snot to excrete from my nose/head area.

Hey, I have an idea since I've been slacking on this as of late...

I'm making the latter show my:



If you're able to breathe, I'm jealous. So go to one of the shows and breathe the music for me. Nyuk nyuk.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Do You Have Some Time?

Surely you've heard of street teams, or maybe you've been on one. You probably like music enough to talk about how much this band or that band is the poo doo dong, right? Well, if you care to get free tickets and/or free CDs for that, and you have some extra time to do street promo, Matador Records and Beggars Group are looking for Atlantans to help them out.

Normally I wouldn't pass along info of this sort since everyone is always looking for street team people, but this caught my eye because I actually really like the artists on this label, and in this case, I'll help them out.

Think about it, the more you let those who are uneducated know about great bands like St. Vincent, Film School, Devendra Banhart, and Yo La Tengo, the more you don't have to listen to crap like Fergie and whoever sings that dumbass umbrella song.

If you're interested, here are the qualifications:

All it takes is a little bit of time each week and a love of music. Perks include free shows, free records and more.

Yes? Then email Claire Taylor. Easy enough, right?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Why Don't You...

Go to this site and follow the instructions to show how much you love us. Oh, yes, we have no shame in asking for your support. It's just how we are.



In other news, Tori Amos will be at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday night, with support from Yoav. This show is going to be amazing and probably make me cry. I'll be back with a report on Thursday if I can pull myself from Tori-land.



If you're looking for a cool show on Thursday, look no further than this here flyer. It's pretty much going to split your face open. Oh, and it'll do it for free, so you can afford to pay the high doctor bill for the stitches you're going to need.



Lucky for Atlanta that there is a bunch of awesome music rolling through town before the holidays where we get to wonder how we were spawn from the crazy people we call 'family.'

Saturday night, I'm pulling a double. That means I'm grabbing the boy and going to watch Joanna Newsom play her harp along with the ASO relatively early on in the night, and then we're going to head over to Star Bar where Pop Death Squad is presenting the Empties and James Hall under one roof. You can't go wrong with a night like that, now, can you?

Friday, November 09, 2007

"I've seen fire, and I've seen rain..."

James Taylor - One Man Band CD/DVD

Available Tuesday, November 13
at Starbucks and other locations that sell CDs and DVDs

One of the neatest sights to see is a musician tell the audience the stories behind the songs. Sweet Baby James does just that on this intimate performance with a pianist and a drum machine - for real! Reminiscing about the 1970s in the days with Carole King and admitting what his songs were really about ("The Frozen Man" was about his father), you feel like you're on the back porch at his house doing story time.

What's also good to hear and hard to come by nowadays is a musician such as Mr. Taylor sounding the exact same as he did when he recorded these some. Watch the DVD on a quiet night or listen to the CD when you're Sunday driving. It's like an extended version of VH1's "Storytellers" without commercials.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Year Zero Remixed

This is going to be so freakin' cool - Nine Inch Nails is releasing Year Zero Remixed (aka: Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D or Halo 25), a remixed version of their latest album, Year Zero, coming out November 20.

The tracks..
1. "Gunshots by Computer" - Saul Williams
2. "The Great Destroyer" - Modwheelmood
3. "My Violent Heart" - Pirate Robot Midget (fan remix)
4. "The Beginning of the End (J-Type Overdrive Mix)" - Ladytron
5. "Survivalism" - Saul Williams
6. "Capital G" - Epworth Phones
7. "Vessel" - Bill Laswell
8. "The Warning" - Stefan Goodchild featuring Doudou N'Diaye Rose
9. "Meet Your Master" - The Faint
10. "God Given" - Stephen Morris & Gillian Gilbert
11. "Me, I'm Not" - Olof Dreijer (of The Knife)
12. "Another Version of the Truth" - Kronos & Enrique Gonzalez Müller
13. "In This Twilight" - Fennesz
14. "Zero-Sum" - Stephen Morris & Gillian Gilbert

Sunday, November 04, 2007

I'm Not There Soundtrack

Have you ever been pleasantly surprised over something you wouldn't have dreamed would surprise you? That's how I felt when I put I'm Not There in my CD player (thanks to Sam). The reasons why the soundtrack to the Bob Dylan biopic is pretty darn good...

I've haven't been this excited about a movie soundtrack since Trainspotting... okay that's a slight exaggeration. Not knowing a whole lot about Bob Dylan or his work, There was neither hard to follow - by "hard to follow," I mean you don't have to be a Dylan fanatic to get it. It's ideal to listen to on a lazy Sunday morning or a peaceful drive. You don't feel like you're listening to a "best of" tribute CD, even though in a sense you are...

I think one of the gutsiest moves musicians make are doing covers from legendary peers. If one does this, it's a make or break deal. Luckily, it worked out for the 25 or so musicians on this two-disc compilation of Dylan songs. To answer why it worked is because the musicians featured aren't a flash in the pan - Willie Nelson, Iron & Wine, Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Los Lobos, Jack Johnson, Mark Lanegan (yay!) of Screaming Trees and The Gutter Twins and more. You can hear his sound and lazy vocals in the musicians without it being cheesy or a mockery...

The one piece of the puzzle that connects the CD and the listener together is the movie itself. Unfortunately, I'm Not There doesn't come out until November 21 and even then, it's a limited release. If it's as original as Todd Haynes's Velvet Goldmine, we're in for a treat. Hopefully, the times could be a changin' and they might show There here come November 21!

Until then, pick up a copy. If you're a tech savvy person and own the tinker toy called a iPod, it's available on iTunes. If you're need a couple recommendations to twist your arm, check out "Mama, You've Been on My Mind/A Fraction of Last Thoughts on Woodie Gutherie" by Jack Johnson or "Man in the Long Black Coat" by Mark Lanegan.

The tracks...

Disc One
1. "All Along the Watchtower" - Eddie Vedder and the Million Dollar Bashers
2. "I'm Not There" - Sonic Youth
3. "Goin' To Acapulco" - Jim James and Calexico
4. "Tombstone Blues" - Richie Havens
5. "Ballad of a Thin Man" - Stephen Malkmus and the Million Dollar Bashers
6. "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" - Cat Power
7. "Pressing On" - John Doe
8. "Fourth Time Around" - Yo La Tengo
9. "Dark Eyes" - Iron & Wine and Calexico
10. "Highway 61 Revisited" - Karen O and the Million Dollar Bashers
11. "One More Cup of Coffee" - Roger McGuinn and Calexico
12. "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" - Mason Jennings
13. "Billy"- Los Lobos
14. "Simple Twist of Fate" - Jeff Tweedy
15 "The Man in the Long Black Coat" - Mark Lanegan
16. "Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)" - Willie Nelson and Calexico

Disc Two
1. "As I Went Out One Morning" - Mira Billotte
2. "Can't Leave Her Behind" - Stephen Malkmus and Lee Ranaldo
3. "Ring Them Bells" - Sufjan Stevens
4. "Just Like a Woman" - Charlotte Gainsbourg and Calexico
5. "Mama You've Been on My Mind" / "A Fraction of Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie" - Jack Johnson
6. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" - Yo La Tengo
7. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" - Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
8. "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" - The Hold Steady
9. "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" - Ramblin' Jack Elliot
10. "Wicked Messenger" - The Black Keys
11. "Cold Irons Bound" - Tom Verlaine and the Million Dollar Bashers
12. "The Times They Are a-Changin'" - Mason Jennings
13. "Maggie's Farm" - Stephen Malkmus and the Million Dollar Bashers
14. "When the Ship Comes In" - Marcus Carl Franklin
15. "Moonshiner" - Bob Forrest
16. "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine," John Doe
17. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," - Antony & the Johnsons
18. "I'm Not There," Bob Dylan with The Band

The Trailer

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Get Your Gun

If you like old school country (think Mr. Cash) with a modern twist (think Ryan Adams), you're going to love Mice and Rifles. These guys are from Austin, TX and they're releasing an album at Stubb's on December 14th. Check out "Balance" on their Myspace page if you're looking for some new indie tunes.

For some reason, I can't stop listening to Emma Burgess today. She's totally chick rock/folk, but her stuff is cute and poppy without being Britney or Christina. Her album "Swim" isn't new, but it's good so check it out on her Myspace page.

Adios.

You're A Wolf Boy, Get Out Of This Town



Sea Wolf played at The Earl on Sunday October 28th. Once in a while, Atlanta really surprises my by completely dropping the ball. This was one of those times. Although there was surprisingly only a handful of people out on Sunday, it seemed like the people that were there were happy that they showed up.

The ladies and gentlemen in Sea Wolf were not only totally cool (i.e. chatting with their fans) but they put on a killer live show. I can honestly say that this group sounds just as good live as their recorded material on Leaves In The River, if not better.

Eclectic music is often times hard to pull off, but the ladies on cello and keys were total pros and lead vocalist, Alex Brown Church is a star.

My favorite song, Black Dirt, went over well live but unfortunately isn't on their Myspace page. It's worth picking up the album (or downloading it on itunes) just for this song.

This might be the best show I have seen in a while and here's to hoping that Sea Wolf hits Atlanta again soon.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

You've Dug Your Grave, Now Lie In It

Remember this name - Kenotia (pronounced: keh-no-shhha). Because their catchy tunes will be stuck in your head all day!

Released today and already hard to find copies, Atlanta-based band (Marietta if you want to get technical) Kenotia's debut album, You've Dug Your Grave, Now Lie In It, was released at Best Buy, Hot Topic and fye locations across the country. This group of five 20-somethings have the energy to play way more than the 35 minutes of fun on the nine-tracked CD.

How does Kenotia sound? Think Angels & Airwaves and 30 Seconds to Mars sound with a younger, sweeter Garbage vocals. The combination is not bad and vocalist Carly's voice takes you to places where only unicorns go... kidding. But seriously, her vocals carry a lot of weight and carry it well. The instrumentation is well-balanced and good chill music when hanging out with friends or keeping yourself company. When you look on their MySpace page, don't be weird about the word "emo" as a description of their sound. The undertone is there, but it's very much considered alternative rock and ambient sound.

As far as the songs themselves, you're kept in the same mood where you say, "Nice," at the end of every song, even the instrumental track, "86 Seconds Later." "Decorating For Cinco de Mayo" and "Until This Day" are my recommendations if you plan on testing them out on iTunes, where they are also available.

If you fancy them so much you want to see them live, they'll be at Tony's Bar & Grill in Sandy Springs on November 3 and at Swayze's Marietta/Kennesaw on November 7 before they go on tour. Don't dig your own grave and not go!

The Devil Stole the Beat Dates Announced.

The time is approaching for the annual Devil Stole the Beat showcase. That means February is right around the corner, kind of, but it also means you have plenty of time to build yourself up for the extravaganza.

The dates are February 20-22, and it's going to be at Smith's Olde Bar again (yay!). And it's only going to cost you $10 if you want access to all three nights of musical fun, thanks to the big name sponsors, BMI, ASCAP, Purevolume.com, Paste Magazine, DiscRevolt, and CWPR.

This is also going to serve as a friendly reminder that it is now time to purchase a new 2008 calendar so you can put cool stuff in it. You're welcome.

CD Release Worth Your Time...Fishhawk



And this shall be my Pick of the Week!

I'm a big fan of new and unusual sounds, which is why I'm happy to pass along this tidbit of show info for you. The next local show I'm pulling my ass out of a warm bed for is the Fishhawk CD Release, featuring a band I've been trying to catch, Winter Ransom.

Just to give you an idea, I was hanging out at Johnny's Pizza Thursday night right before close, and someone threw Fishhawk over the loudspeakers, and the whole place came alive like they'd just been hit with a defibrillator. I've included a download of their single on here in the past. If you weren't paying attention then, give it a whirl now. If you want something fun, catchy, and innovative compared to every indie rock band riding the waves of the scene right now, then you need to be at this show. I've only heard good stuff, which, of course, makes me curious.

So, mark Saturday night off for this. It's at Vinyl, and it's $10 at the door. Pay your rent, and save a few bucks for this.

Your 33 Black Angels.



So, a reader pointed this band out to me, as some readers often do. Hey, I can't get to everything all the time, right? And apparently, Rolling Stone thinks they rock it out, too, as can be seen here.


Your 33 Black Angels
is a good mixture of rock with a twist of pop that has a gritty retro feel, and it's sure to make you feel naughty with smart lyrics. Tell it to me like it is! This band can do that. What's even better is that they've been doing this on their own so far, releasing their CD Lonely Street all on their lonesome. So go take a listen, and thank the dude who brought it to my attention.

I think I smell an idea burning in my brain...having readers submit something I MUST know about? What do you think? Click the comment box. Or email me.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Paste Takes a Page...




PASTE Magazine is taking a page from Radiohead's recently buzzed book by allowing readers to buy a subscription to the magazine for what they think it's worth. You can pay anywhere from $1.00 and up, depending on what it's worth to you. If you pay more than what they normally charge for a subscription ($19.95), then you'll get thanked in a PASTE issue. You can be kind of famous. Almost famous, if you will.

The gift-giving holidays are coming up, so maybe this is a good idea for anyone who is uber cheap (like myself, for instance) to get gift subscriptions for the music lover/snob in their life, no?

Saturday, October 27, 2007

London Calling in Atlanta!!

Get ready kids, a rockumentary is coming to Atlanta! On Friday, November 9th, Joe Srummer - The Future is Unwritten, about The Clash's frontman, will be playing at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. I know you're going to ask me, "Should I stay or should I go?" Go!

The official website
The MySpace Website

The trailer...

Thursday, October 25, 2007

This Made Me Wet My Pants.



James Hall (formerly of Pleasure Club) will be playing Atlanta on November 17th, and I'm super stoked! They'll be at Star Bar with the Empties, who also are a great live act. Mark your calendars for that one, I already have. I've been unimpressed with Atlanta's music scene as of late, so I'm ready to dive into this. And as always, Star Bar has cheap beer, and this is a Saturday night, so you know...plan on a good time.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Local CD Release - Athens Style

Announced today: Summerbirds in the Cellar and Dead Confederate will be holding a joint CD release with guests Warm in the Wake at 40 Watt Club on November 9th. You lucky Athenians! This is a really super line-up, and you'll be pleased with the showing. And it'll only cost you a mere $7. Not only that, but here's a secret I was told:

"The first 50 people through the door will get a free copy of Summerbirds' new release Druids AND a copy of Dead Confederate's new EP."

Make your plans now.

Ryam Adams - Follow the Lights



Yesterday was the release day for the snack-size EP from Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Follow the Lights. After giving the seven songs a good listen, I'm calm and collected. Instead of jumping all over the place with the genre-hopping usually found, this collection stays on the blues/folk course quite nicely. It's not exactly rock, but it's not exactly country, either. It's balancing on the fine line between the two that Adams typically has no trouble teetering between on other albums. A clip of "Blue Hotel" is posted on his MySpace site, and you can find two other streams here. If you give your ears those three songs and you likey, you should just go ahead and get the entire thing, because the samples are an excellent indication of what's contained on that disc.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Pickings.

This weekend I purchased MegaMan 1-8 for my XBox, so posting is a miracle right now because I'd rather be conquering Dr. Wily and his goons.

**The Pendletons are doing a mini-tour after hitting CMJ last week. Maybe this time around I can actually catch them.

10/24 New York, NY Arlene’s Grocery

11/01 Atlanta, GA Lenny’s

11/08 Athens, GA Caledonia Lounge

11/28 Atlanta, GA The Earl

**Great Northern is coming to town again on Friday, October 26th at the EARL. YOU SHOULD GO! Was that loud enough for you? They really are that amazing. You can read up on them here. There's nothing better than a soothing, yet eerie display of female vocals ala Emily Haines to get me in the right mood for, well, anything.

Video below of "Low is a Height," which is easily one of my favs from the album, which you should own if you don't already.



**Asobi Sesku is coming out with a new single called "Strawberries" on the verge of their European tour. They're offering the single on red vinyl. Yes. That's awesome. Colorful is always amazing.

**All you Mars Volta fans will be excited to know that they have set a date for their newest release, The Bedlam in Goliath. The magic date is January 29, so that means you can either hold onto your Christmas giftcard, or wait to return that crappy gift Aunt Sue thought would be awesome for you in order to purchase it.

A video preview can be found here.

**Got a sample single from The New Whole Usuals that isn't bad. Reminds me a little of old school Outkast in that it's kind of bouncy. Yes, bouncy.

The New Whole Usuals - "No Name Sally"

**If someone can tell me what the hell this band is thinking, then I'll give you a virtual thumbs up. In a nutshell, that means I'm not a fan.

Dubious Ranger
- "Slow Day"

**Here's a documentary from Les Savy Fav. Enjoy.



**And lastly, to comment on the new law affecting nightclub establishments, apparently all of the music venues are in the clear due to a loophole. That being said, I'm not going to put it past the City to realize that they'd be practicing a sort of double standard before going after places like the Masquerade, Drunken Unicorn, or all the venues at CW Midtown Complex...

Left in the Sawdust with Killers on the loose

You've seen what the Hot Fuss was all about and took a road trip to Sam's Town, now get ready to be left with The Killers' not-so-sloppy seconds. On November 13th, the Las Vegas foursome are releasing Sawdust, a collection of B-sides and unreleased tracks. Included in these lucky 17 tracks are a Joy Division cover of "Shadowplay" (also on the Control soundtrack) and a new track featuring the one and only Lou Reed.

The Line-up...
1. "Tranquilize (featuring Lou Reed)"
2. "Shadowplay" (Joy Division cover)
3. "All The Pretty Faces" (also on the Sam's Town Best Buy bonus CD)
4. "Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf "
5. "Sweet Talk"
6. "Under The Gun" (also on Hot Fuss Limited Edition)
7. "Where The White Boys Dance"
8. "Show You How"
9. "Move Away" (from Spider Man 3 soundtrack, also on iTunes)
10. "Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll" (also on Hot Fuss Limited Edition)
11. "Who Let You Go?" (available on iTunes)
12. "The Ballad of Michael Valentine" (also on Hot Fuss Limited Edition)
13. "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town" (Kenny Rogers cover)
14. "Daddy's Eyes" (also on Sam's Town Best Buy bonus CD)
15. "Sam's Town (Abbey Road Version)"
16. "Romeo and Juliet" (Dire Straits cover)
17. "Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Remix)" (also on iTunes)

Now for a "tiny" vent, why not put these lost gems in there?...
"Oh Yeah, By The Way"
"Where is She?"
"Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" (Morrissey cover)
"Desperate"

Preview of coming attractions from The Killers...
"Don't Shoot Me Santa" (single) out December 1
Untitled Album #3 out mid-2008 (the reasons are unknown)

Monday, October 22, 2007

"It really doesn't matter if I'm wrong I'm right"

I know it's been dog years since the release (October 5 nationwide), but in case you were interested, here's a review/analysis of Across the Universe I wrote. A foreshadowing of the review, I saw it twice last week and am sure to see it again soon. Don't say I didn't warn you if you're cukoo for the Fab Four by the time you're done reading!

The Review ... and then some.

Friday, October 19, 2007

You're Kidding, Right?

In case you don't keep up, this is going to be a major blow to anyone underage who wants to go see a show. Thank you to the City of Atlanta for further taking away. I'm sure the struggling musicians, promotors, radio stations, and business owners are very happy about you taking away their ability to make money.

Way to help the economy!

Here's the official vote:

"CLETA WINSLOW, CHAIR

07-O-2135 ( 3) An Ordinance by Councilmember Cleta Winslow to amend the provision of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances forbidding persons under specified ages from entering, remaining in, or loitering at certain licensed premises as codified in Chapter 10, Article I, Section 10-12 entitled “Persons Under Specified Ages Forbidden To Enter, Remain In Or Loiter At Certain Licensed Premises”, to strengthen efforts to curb underage drinking; to repeal conflicting ordinances; and for other purposes.

ADOPTED ON CONSENT BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 13 YEAS; 0 NAYS"

And here is what the AJC reports:

Under-21 crowd shut out

By ERIC STIRGUS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 10/18/07

The days of nightclubs hosting "18 to party, 21 to drink" events may soon come to an end in Atlanta.

The Atlanta City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday prohibiting anyone younger than 21 from entering or working at businesses where alcohol is consumed. It should go into effect next week.

Councilwoman Cleta Winslow, who wrote the ordinance, said she is troubled by the city's law that allowed 18-year-olds to work in businesses where people are drinking. It does not affect restaurants where alcohol is served, nor supermarkets or convenience stores.

Winslow worries about teenagers drinking in strip clubs or bars and endangering themselves.

"Since a person under 21 can't drink in a nightclub, they should not be in these establishments," said Winslow, chairwoman of the council's public safety committee.

Greg Pridgeon, chief of staff to Mayor Shirley Franklin, said she would not veto the ordinance. Pridgeon said Franklin was concerned that the old rules allowed teenagers to drink and harm themselves or others.

"It seemed a little inconsistent you had people [under 21] working in these establishments and people who were patrons having to show ID to get in," Pridgeon said.

Winslow said teenagers working in strip clubs are more likely to fall into prostitution or taking drugs.

"We need to help our young ladies feel like they have some self-worth," said Winslow, 55, who said she worked three part-time jobs while in college. "We need to be more about protecting our young people. Even at 18 because the mind is not as mature at that level."

Pete Carver, an employee at the House Nightclub in Underground Atlanta, disagreed with Winslow's thinking.

"A lot of 25-year-olds act like they're still in high school," said Carver, 31.

Carver described the ordinance as the latest attempt by local government to "micromanage" the area's nightlife. DeKalb County commissioners are considering rolling back last call on most days from 3:55 a.m. to 2 a.m. After a string of fatal shootings in the Buckhead party district, the Atlanta City Council in 2003 ordered bars to stop serving alcohol at 2:30 a.m. and to close their doors at 3 a.m.

Although the House Nightclub does not permit anyone in under 21, Carver said decisions about age limits should be left to business owners.

"The city can't make the best judgment for every individual nightclub," he said.

At Goosebumps, a strip club in downtown Atlanta, the management said it would comply with the ordinance, although it has some dancers younger than 21. The club requires dancers older than 21 to wear plastic wristbands to prevent anyone younger from being served alcohol.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Topher's Last Solaris?

This is some cool stuff! The Music Addict forwarded me an email from a reader about this cool clip below. When I first saw it, I immediately thought of the "Dark Side of Oz" theory (where Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz match up). This time around the synchronicity gives more of a "neato!" reaction rather than "rad!" (Also before I go on, other blogs and what not mention this same theory, so I am in no way taking this as my discovery!)

The Lightning Bug Situation's "Topher's Last Song" and "Pitter Patter" (off their album A Leaf; A Stem) appears to be in perfect unison with the 1972 Russian film, Solyaris (or Solaris). Syncing songs of the present with films of the past are rare to find, but really cool to watch. Instead of hearing "the lunatic is on the grass" in "Brain Damage" when the Scarecrow's on the grass like Oz, it starts to rain in Solaris when the lyrics state, "here come the rain" in "Pitter Patter." And to answer your question dear reader, this does not appear to be a hoax. :-)

Watch and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

See, Do, Hear.

I don't even want to go into how many CDs I have to listen to and report back on. So, for now, I'll once again empty my inbox.

***Division Day covers a song I almost forgot about, and they do it well with their own flavor of sauce.

Division Day - "More Than This" (original by Roxy Music)

Catch the live show on October 22nd at Vinyl.

***Preview the new Ryan Adams material. I'm still in love. Ahhh.

Ryan Adams - "Follow the Lights"

Ryan Adams - "My Love for You is Real"

Release date is October 23rd.

There's plenty more where this came from, but eh, I think I'm on overload. C'est la vie...

Monday, October 15, 2007

Mail Dump.

No, I'm not at CMJ. I actually have to make some kind of living. But I've been getting plenty of emails about it.

**The GoStation covers New Order. I love love love New Order. Of course. Check out their rendition of "True Faith." It's pretty much spot on...

If you happen to be at CMJ, here's their showcase info: Tues 10/16: Official CMJ showcase @ Crash Mansion (12am).

**Army of Me has added some tour dates with Silversun Pickups and Paramore. In case you're not keeping up, I've loved them for a while. I guess other people do, too. Man, I should bet on football...

DATE CITY VENUE
10/18 Waretown, NJ Station 36
10/19 Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar
10/20 Baltimore, MD Fletcher's
11/8 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
11/17 Charlottesville, VA Satellite Ballroom
11/29 Richmond, VA Y101 Snowball @ Toad's Place

**People seem to be grabbing onto this Sea Wolf guy. If you're interested in videos, check this one out...

"Winter Wolves"

If you want to catch him live, stake your claim at the EARL on Sunday, October 28th.

**The Lodger is a trio I've touched on before, citing that I love their Brit popness. They're playing Athens on November 3rd if you can make it over to Flicker Theater. I actually wish I could.

The Lodger - "Kicking Sand"

The Lodger - "Many Thanks for Your Honest Opinion"

**I got a submission from a guy overseas and I, um, actually really like what I'm hearing. It's really uplifting and cheerful. I have a link to his band called Goodtimes Goodtimes, and I highly encourage you to check it out. This isn't something some label will be shoving down your throat.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Artists to Depress You.

**Yoav, who is opening up for Tori Amos on her North American tour, has sent a couple of streams, and I must say that this guy is the perfect partner for Amos' spiritual musical stylings. With a vocal range that tests the entire roller coaster of sound on "Beautiful Lie," Yoav's sound is one that you'll likely be attracted to and stuck on at first listen. I think it's safe to say that I'm officially a fan. He's kind of fun to look at, too...

Yoav - "Beautiful Lie"

Yoav - "Club Thing"

**Are you incredibly depressed? You know how misery loves company, right? Well, a co-worker told me about this girl, and then I saw a blip on her in People Magazine. And VH1, I think. Anyway, listen to A Fine Frenzy if you need some of that music that sets off the waterworks. It's good to cry every now and then. "Almost Lover" is sure to hit your soft spot, because, hey, who hasn't been there?!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Monday, Monday

***Here's a nice "Loving Hands" remix of Dappled Cities' "Fire, Fire, Fire" that kind of makes me wish I liked to boogie. Like, if I ever did, I'd certainly want this playing. It's like the slow mo version of what those crazy club kids do.

Dappled Cities - "Fire, Fire, Fire"

They're hitting the road, but no plan to come to Atlanta. But, if you happen to be lucky enough to live in one of these spots, try to catch them.

Oct 11 2007 - Crocodile Café - Seattle, Washington
Oct 12 2007 - Media Club - Vancouver, British Columbia
Oct 13 2007 - Berbatis - Portland, Oregon
Oct 15 2007 - Bottom Of The Hill - San Francisco, California
Oct 16 2007 - Spaceland - Los Angeles, California
Oct 17 2007 - Club Congress - Tucson, Arizona
Oct 19 2007 - Emos - Austin, Texas
Oct 20 2007 - Cavern Club - Dallas, Texas
Oct 23 2007 - 7th St Entry - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 24 2007 - Schubas - Chicago, Illinois
Oct 26 2007 - El Mocambo - Toronto, Ontario
Oct 27 2007 - Club Lambi - Montreal, Quebec
Oct 28 2007 - Middle East - Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 29 2007 - Johnny Brendas - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 31 2007 - Mercury Lounge - New York, New York
Nov 1 2007 - Mercury Lounge - New York, New York

***When I read that an artist has played with Ben Lee and Rachael Yamagata (who hooked up with Rhett Miller on his last release, The Believer), then I'm likely to take notice. That's why I figured I'd listen to Chris Stills. After giving it a listen, I've decided it's too redundant for my taste, and not really groundbreaking. But, as always, you can decide for yourself.

Chris Stills - "Fool For Love"

***Forever the symbol of the break-up of one of the biggest and most respected bands of all time, Yoko Ono has set up an online peace demonstration. I can go for that, considering my kid brother is over in the middle of a violent war right now. It's called Imagine Peace, and it comes on the verge of the emergence of the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, coinciding with John Lennon's birthday, which is this Tuesday, October 9th.

***If you're into quirky, experimental sounds, and you haven't caught onto the Octopus Project yet, then you might want to. The music has electronics throughout that make me think someone is going to pop out and dance some kind of Irish jig. It also makes me wish I had a pet leprechaun that could make up words to these instrumental songs. Despite all of that, I still don't care for it.

They're coming to Atlanta this Thursday, October 11th at the Drunken Unicorn.

The Octopus Project - "Truck"

The Octopus Project - "I Saw the Bright Shinies"

Friday, October 05, 2007

I Can't Keep Secrets.

Butch Walker is playing a last minute "secret" show at the Loft next Friday, October 12th.

Tickets are $10 here.

New Releases - October 9

You might want to drink one less beer this weekend in order to purchase one of these new releases.

*Band of Horses - Cease to Begin

BoH has been one of my favorite bands for a good amount of time. One of the best songs of all time ("The Funeral") came from the last album, and this album is shaping up to be just what the music doctor ordered. They'll also be playing a free show on October 14th at Unplugged in the Park.



*Plumb - Blink

Plumb is in my catalog because of her sickeningly awesome song "Stranded" that was featured in a teeny chick flick that I shall not name. She's ethereal. And this is a treat.



*Eric Clapton - Complete Clapton

Does he really need an explanation? Yeah, I didn't think so.



*Beirut - The Flying Club Cup

Highly anticipated and receiving praise already, this is one sure to hit a 'top release' list somewhere on the Interwebs.



*Fiery Furnaces - Widow City

I love this band! They're also featured in the latest Filter Magazine. A big spread with pretty pictures. I'm excited about this because the organ laced folky/experimental nature of the music makes me want to turn cartwheels.



*She Wants Revenge - This is Forever

I'm curious to see if this seemingly one-hit wonder band is going to be able to jump back into the hearts of wannabe hipsters. Uh, and I'm the only one who's noticed they used the exact album cover they did with the last album, except in black?

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Breaking News.

Breaking things is mucho fun! Especially when it's the news...

***White Rabbits have added tour dates to their schedule and are going to be hitting Atlanta on November 6th at the EARL.

***I used to be a high school teacher. This is one of the reasons I quit:



Kudos to Escape the Fate for keeping it nice and original and ripping off Van Halen in their "Situations" video. I'm sure your parents are really proud.

***Just a couple months after releasing his latest full-length, Easy Tiger, Ryan Adams is staying true to his multiple release roots and coming back with a seven song EP on October 23rd called Follow the Lights. This comes right after his Atlanta tour date, October 14th at the Fox Theatre. (Oh, and guess who's not going? Me! Thanks to his booking people for not hooking me up. Preesh. Oh, and you're welcome for the heavy coverage I've given him.)



That is all for now. Carry on.

Music News You Can Use.

Attention, attention! Press releases out the wazoo have initiated this post.

*Luke Temple is going on tour with The Good Life. I don't really care for this music, but I do care for the Good Life, hence the mention. Temple's singer/songwriter abilities can't be denied, but they're a little too on the folk side for my taste. Check out this link for some free downloads or to sample his work.

*Fans of Nick Drake will be happy to learn of the box set, Fruit Tree, that's due out November 6th. The label is even throwing a limited number of vinyl in the mix, so you can dig on that if you're into the gritty retro sound. And who's not?

*With the recent release of Beyond the Neighborhood, Athlete's got a new video out for "Hurricane." In addition, here's a nice bonus mp3 for you. I heart this one. Let's just say, it's going on my "Make Out" playlist. Mhmm. Get you some of that.

Athlete - "Airport Disco"

Athlete - "Hurricane"



*I can sometimes be found on a barstool crooning along with Prince over my beer, so naturally, getting a link of Ben Harper covering "Purple Rain" is sure to perk my ears. Let it perk yours, too. Do that here. Owwweee!

*Rolling Stone has a good breakdown of the highly anticipated Radiohead release, In Rainbows. I love rainbows! It's available for digital download next Wednesday, October 10th. Ah, Radiohead.

Musical Samples From Up and Coming Bands.

These are all a steal. It's the equivalent of shopping at Ross.

*A blog fav, the Pendletons, have announced the release of their first full-length album, Oh, Me!, and I couldn't be more thrilled. Just let your ears justify that last statement:

The Pendletons - "Sad Songs"

The Pendletons - "Not Gonna Stop"

Ack! It's so damn good that my feelings are actually hurt. Thank the stars and heavenly bodies above for this band.

*We're all aware that there's a ton of sappy piano playing dudes out there spilling out everything contained in their completely open and exposed hearts. Here's another one. Ben Jelen hails from NY, and that chick from the 4 Non Blondes seems to like him enough to put him on her label. But I'm . . . slightly bored.

Ben Jelen - "Mr. Philosopher"

And if you prefer remixes, then you might dig this. I, uh, steer way far clear from clubs, but I can tolerate this. I like the retro-80s inspired vocal enhancement.

Ben Jelen - "Pulse (remix)"

*Speaking of remixes and retro things and the such, I got this today, and I almost crapped my pants when I heard it. For the record, I loathe everything Fergie "makes." Her lack of originality is an earsore on everything music stands for. But, damn, DJ Axel got me to listen to her. Well, her, and Salt n' Pepa, and JJ Fad at least.

DJ Axel - "Push It Fergasonic"

"Supersonic?" Hellllo, elementary school, so we meet again . . .

*Do you like bad chick pop-rock? Huh? Well, do ya? Then you'll be salivating for this. Sick of Sarah! I'm sick of Sick of Sarah. Nyuk, nyuk.

Sick of Sarah - "Hello Good Morning"

So what? I've had a long day, and it appears I woke up on the cranky side of the bed this morning. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Shows You Must See.

A preview of things to come. Get your calendar/PDA/celly out for these.

*This Friday, October 5th, one of the blog's fav local bands is tearing up the Masquerade. Estates are back on a roll since rescuing their singer from immigration hell, and you need to recognize if you have yet to do so. Unless you're going to see Randy Travis, in which case, I'm wondering why you're even reading this blog . . .

*Sunday Funday can commence on October 7th with Athens' Modern Skirts. It's a free show, as it always is . . . Unplugged in the Park at Park Tavern. But, if you're not 21, don't bother! They frown on the underagers.

*Pistolero is having a CD release party on Thursday, October 11th at my favorite shady strip joint, the Clermont Lounge. As an added bonus, Warm in the Wake is performing, and they're enough reason for you to go support the night. Bring cash for booze . . . they don't accept plastic. Hey, if the strippers are au natural, so is the money, I guess. If you decide to get hammered, no worries. The Clermont usually has vacancies, and the rooms are only $40 a night! What a steal. (Alcohol swabs not included.)

*If you're not hitting the ECHO Project Festival, head to Vinyl Friday, October 12th to see Ponderosa, who happen to include half of Variac's old members.

*Trances Arc has the CD release party set, and it sounds like a doo doo ton o' fun. Seeing that it's the Friday before my most favoritest holiday EVER, October 26th may have me over at the Star Bar. In costume. My name's Leah, so I get first dibs on the sci-fi gold bikini chick, aka Princess Leia. The band is actually requesting that showgoers wear a costume (dress code = Casual/Inter-Galactic/Sci-Fi), so play along! Dressing up is fun! Think of all the creative 'stuff' you can get into later on . . . $10, and that includes the CD.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Try to Control Yourself!

For all you Joy Division and even New Order fans, the wait is almost over for Control, a biopic on Joy Division's frontman, Ian Curtis. The film based on the book, Touching From a Distance, is sure to be one of the most talked about and praised film this year. Shot in black-and-white and music played by the actors themselves live on-screen, the movie starring Sam Riley (playing Curtis) and Samantha Morton (playing his wife, Deborah) appears to do everything but disappoint even the truest enthusiast. Control's director, Anton Corbijn, himself is a devout fan and even directed the music video for "Atmosphere" in the late 80s.

If that isn't enough, The Killers are covering "Shadowplay" adding to the soundtrack with Iggy Pop, The Velvet Underground, Sex Pistols, David Bowie and more. Control starts October 10 (limited).

What Is Music Worth To You?



Saturday night I saw The Redcoats (featuring the kiddos from Second Shift), The Silent Years, and Autovaughn at The Star Bar. It was only their first show, but The Redcoats must being doing something right already because they packed the house early. I haven't seen the Star Bar that crowded in a while! If you haven't seen The Silent Years, you really should. They were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! No wonder Spin chose them as one of the top 100 rock bands this year and they're on CMJ's radar as one of the top 10 bands to see. These guys sounded solid and they were fun. They threw percussion instruments into the crowd and pretty soon everybody was playing along. Do yourself a favor and go listen to them now. I'm not sure if The Silent Years were just a hard act to follow, but I was not blown away by Autovaughn.

In other news, you can pre-order Radiohead's new album, In Rainbows, right now. Believe it or not, you can pay whatever you want to pay for it. Always radical, Radiohead has decided that you can choose how much you value their music by how much you are willing to pay, or in other words, they're trusting you to be honest. Pretty crazy, eh?