Monday, April 30, 2007

Your Plans for Thursday.

I can't stress how bad ass this line-up is. There just aren't enough words. So, instead, I'll give you a picture. We'll be at the EARL Thursday, and you should be, too. This is a collective effort, and I'm personally super excited about seeing these bands because I'm a virgin to all of them. Or something like that.



Oh, and just to let everyone know, Kelly Clarkson will be in Atlanta on August 28th for her summer tour. Um, I know I lose many cool points there, but I seriously don't give a poo because I love her. LOVE. HER. Really. And that new song...wow. I might actually brave the twelve year olds to see her. I mean, I do have a Kelly Clarkson ringtone afterall.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself!

There's so much going on this Saturday (April 28th) that I don't even know where to start.

First of all, LB and I are having a killer 12-hour long "Cry Tough Metal Bash" during the Inman Park Festival. The RSVPs are in the multi-hundreds right now but there's still time to get in on the fun if you want to check it out.

I just got word that Johnny Colt (who used to play with) The Black Crowes is throwing a party/art show at Compound. He probably has more friends than we do so you can bet that this one is going to be packed ;)

If you're in the mood for something a little more laid back, check out Eren Cannata on Saturday at CJ's Landing. If the thought of visiting Buckhead makes your skin crawl, it appears that he's doing a residency every Saturday at Smith's Old Bar starting June 16th. This New York boy sounds like a poppy mix between John Mayer and teen heartthrob Teddy Geiger. Apparently Cannata broke into the business by starring on multiple episodes of As The World Turns and spending time backstage with his pops who played with Billy Joel.

Check it out for yourself:

MP3: Eren Cannata - "Blame It On The City"

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Baby 81




I’ve been sitting on Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's new album, Baby 81, for quite a few weeks now and have finally gotten around to giving it another listen. I liked it the first time around, but you know, second time’s a charm. I first learned about BRMC from Jay Harren when he worked at 99X and did Tuesday Tutorial on the morning show. I’d like to thank the brains behind 99X for taking that away from me. Thanks!

Anyways, I really liked the track Jay played, although I can’t really remember which one it was since it was so long ago and I’ve added to my collection since then, becoming a fan of everything they put out. Baby 81 hits the public next Tuesday, and if I didn’t already have the luxury of having it, I’d purchase it for sure. BRMC has a way of making their guitars really "dirty," so to speak, and I really heart the way the music seems to be drawn out in most instances to match the vocals. It’s a math problem that works. For some reason, anytime I hear anything from this band, I immediately think of it as a religious experience, just because the music is so powerful and uplifting without being too intrusive on your ears. It’s thirteen songs of nasty, sweaty rock (but not in the way that reeks of 80s hair bands or anything of that sort) that I could lick up with a spatula. Mmm. If you want a preview, the whole album is streaming on MySpace right now. The single "Weapon of Choice" is very much an indication of what you’re getting from BRMC this album, and it’s awesomeness times infinity.

My favorite part of new albums by bands I love is what follow them…a tour! And of course, they’ll be stopping in Atlanta June 7th at the Roxy. The only thing that sucks about this is that I think the Rock-n-Roll sushi place I hit before shows is now closed. So sad. Sake and BRMC would’ve been fetch. Guess I’ll have to settle for some other crappy over-priced Buckhead food.

Oh, and here's a special sneak preview of a couple songs in video form...

Monday, April 23, 2007

this will turn out to be the greatest or the dumbest idea in history

new york magazine reports:
"Last week, emo stars The Academy Is ... were in town to check out their clique’s new clubhouse, Angels & Kings (or AK-47) on 11th Street near Avenue A. The appeal? “Free drinks! And they’ll let us in,” says drummer Andy “the Butcher” Mrotek. Apparently, Mrotek isn’t alone with this problem. . . Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz complains that when he goes out, bouncers don’t recognize him. And even if they do, his whole entourage usually can’t go in with him. . . So he, along with promoter Jamison Ernest and his band’s managers, Bob McLynn and Jonathan Daniel of Crush Management, are opening AK-47. “This is a bar for all the rejects,” promises Wentz. His bandmates, along with their friends (and fellow Crush clients) from The Academy Is …, Gym Class Heroes, and Cobra Starship, plan to hang there when they’re in town. . . Wentz, who’s 27, says the bar, expected to open around April 30, will be decorated with mug shots of Sid Vicious and Johnny Cash. The bands will pick the jukebox music, and drink specials may be tied to their song names." read more here and here.

so somewhere in this vicinity i'm assuming.



i have a few thoughts on this-

a.) first of all, as far as i know, pete is still straight-edge. as are two other members of fob. so i just think it's kind of weird he's the spokesperson for the bar.
b.) secondly, i personally am pumped about this. i've been needing a reason to visit ny more often. especially if they have a karaoke night because that would be killer. leah, claire... vacation??
c.) lastly, "drink specials may be tied to song names" has sparked my interest. i'm going to see how many i can come up with. feel free to add your own...

- same bloody mary
- checkmaker'smarks
- of all the gin and tonic joints in the world
- thnks fr horsemen th mmrs
- black russian mamba
- red bulls and vodka in brooklyn (i like this one the best)
- champagne cocktail for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends
- viva la white russian girl
- crab apple martini kids
- you're car bomb crashing, but you're no wave

Weekend Update.

Confession #6

"I admit to having a massive man-crush on Justin Timberlake. I like James Morrison…and I’m not into soccer mom rock. I have an irrational hatred for most contemporary hip hop. It sucks, it’s retarded and I don’t ironically listen to it to seem hip and street. I also feel the same way about emo. It’s as bland as 80s hair metal was. But with a different haircut and belt (I’m allowed to say this because I was in a shitty hair metal band when I was little). I pee before going onstage…5 or 6 times. Then I do a shot of whiskey. Then I scream as loud and as high as I can for 1 minute. I tape my boot zippers up. Every time I hit certain notes onstage, I pee a little in my pants. Not much, just a drop or two. I’m a red wine aficionado and snob. I hate bad breath. I love puppy breath. This is feeling so 'MySpace profile…'" – Butch Walker

If you weren’t at the Tabernacle Friday night, then you missed Ally falling down the stairs. You also missed a really super animated show given by Butch Walker. Honestly, the guy is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Ally and I stood back by the bar and made sure to sing the ballads to each other as loud as we could without people hearing us butcher them. Looking around at the teenage show-goers made me reminisce back to my high school days when I would follow this kind of poppy rock stuff religiously. So much, in fact, that I decided to get in character for a minute to ask my man friend if he wanted to come hang out in my hot tub after the show since my parents were out of town (wink, wink).

Seriously, though, I’ve always said Mr. Walker is much underappreciated by the music community, and I’m hoping that after this tour (which just ended), people will wake up and realize he’s a performer to be reckoned with. He rules the stage, which is evident when you see him and he just demands your attention. No one else up there with him can do that.


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On the local front, I managed to catch James Hall Saturday night, and this was my first time witnessing him. I’ve always heard great things, and now I know why. The sound is very in-your-face and captivating. I’ll be going to see him again when he plays a full show. Although, he will be playing during the 500 Songs for Kids shindig on May 11 at Smith’s Olde Bar if you happen to be there for that.


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Don't forget that this Thursday, CoaMA will be sponsoring an unplugged show in the Atlanta Room at Smith's Olde Bar with Jonathan Eller, Dreaden, Harrison Hudson, and Elevation. You should probably scrape together $6 and come see them and say hey to us. Word.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Long Live The Kween


I have been a fan of Atlanta's lo-fi sweetheart Monica Arrington, who performs under the name Nerdkween, for quite some time now. If you're into the likes of PJ Harvey or Martha Wainwright then you might want to check her out. Her music combines sweetness and grit in a way that is very refreshing. Rumor has it that she's hard at work right now on a new album that will be released on Stickfigure Records sometime this summer. You can preview the live version of "If", along with other tracks off the upcoming release by visiting her Myspace page. Here's a live track for your listening pleasure if you need some instant gratification:

MP3: Nerdkween - "If (Live)"

Friday, April 20, 2007

Calendar Entries Out the Booty.

My calendar is stacked for the next two weeks. Boohoo. Whenever will I sleep? I've begun a strict diet of coffee and nicotine as of today until May.

>>>Tonight, April 20th, Butch Walker will be at the Tabernacle. I'm going, because Butch himself was a doll enough to pen me in on the list. If you haven't seen him, I highly recommend it. The dude is energetic and talented, and he's from Atlanta! That's always kick ass. The Honorary Title is opening up, and I actually really like them, too, so big ups there. Ticket info here. I hope to have debaucherous stories after this show. Fo real. I'm going to try to get a bad boy confession from Mr. Walker...

>>>Tomorrow night, April 21st, I have to go to a wedding. But don't think I'm not going to haul ass back to civlization after it to catch Rantings of Eva and James Hall play the Julia Dream's CD Release show at Vinyl. 'Cause I am. I'm thinking of dressing like a total hooker just for shock value. $10.00.

>>>Sunday night, April 22nd, the Killers play the Fox. If you don't have tickets, tough shit. It's sold out, and has been for a while.

>>>April 26th: Get off your ass and come to Smith's Olde Bar to see this happen and to say hello to us, the ladies who write this little bloggity blog. Now's your chance to tell us how much you love us...or hate us. We'll take either. And I drink vodka.

>>>Friday, April 27th: Go to the Drunken Unicorn to see one of my favorite local bands, Summerbirds in the Cellar. Cinemachanica is also playing. Yay! Really, Summerbirds are smashing my face with their tunes. Anyone know a good plastic surgeon?

>>>Saturday, April 28th: I'm out for shows this night. Why? Because it's Metal Month, and Claire and I are throwing a Cry Tough Metal Bash. I'll probably pass out before 11:00p.m., as we're starting early. I'm so seriously metal, I got a girl who looks just like me to pose for the invite...




Lastly, a big HELL YEAH to Snowden, who will be touring with Kings of Leon. Those guys completely deserve it, because they make music that makes you feel good.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

"when your name breaks on my lips, will you know the sound?"

confession #5:

"speaking of ugly celebrities... i always get told i look like some dude from the used, encino man, or charles manson. not so great."
-josh tillman



i don't really know too much about j. tillman. what i do know, is that according to my itunes i have listened to his song "when i light your darkened door" 34 times over the past 3 days. i tend to be a bit of a sucker for folk singers, but believe me when i say that it's one of the most beautiful songs i've heard in a very long time. for me, j. tillman falls somewhere in between ryan adams and nick drake. his latest release, cancer and delirium, is intimate in a way that makes you want to curl up in a blanket with bottle of whiskey and just watch the rain. or maybe that was just me.

mp3: j. tillman - "when i light your darkened door"


>>in other news, the past two days have been pure heaven for me. watching manchester orchestra and brand new perform two days in a row was almost more than i could bare. overall, they all played great sets and you could tell that the guys all really get along with one another. it seemed like on every other song jesse would play with andy or vice versa. even kevin devine danced around with them. i just wish that brand new would have played some stuff from your favorite weapon. but i was still completely in awe.

>>i don't really care one way or the other, but this could prove to be interesting.

>>lastly, the futurists will be playing a "secret" show tonight at under the couch. i don't really know any details but i would assume that the show will start somewhere around 8.

it's early and i'm rambling... i apologize.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Live and Learn




House of Fools will be in Atlanta tonight at Vinyl. Sorry for the late notice.

If you don't know this band, you should. They're on Drive-Thru Records (which is known for it's pop-punk roster) but sound nothing like their average band. They're much more laid back with great melodies and sporadic eclectic instrumentation.

Their debut album, Live and Learn, came out last month and is well worth picking up. Four tracks off the new album are up on their Myspace page as well as additional tour dates that seem to show them routing north. Unfortunately my favorite track, "Until It's Over", isn't up for preview but if you want to pick up the album, you can get it off Drive-Thru's site.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

THE "NEW" NEW AUTHENTIC

1999 marked the year that ska sweethearts, The Robustos, said farewell to their hometown on the stage of East Atlanta's now defunct Echo Lounge.

Fast-forward eight years and it appears that the critics' darlings have a reunion in the works. Details were just spilled:

The Robustos
Friday June 22, 2007
@ The Earl
Ages 21+ welcome
Tickets: $12.00
Doors: 9:30pm

I'm not a gambler, but I would bet that this show sells out so if you're in, get your tickets in advance.

Just to refresh your memory, The Robustos released Introducing . . . The Robustos in 1997 on Ska Satellite Records and a follow-up (and final release), 1999's The New Authentic, out on Beatville.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

"somebody get my phone so i can throw it in a public pool and watch it float..."

confession #4:

"i always get told i look like ugly celebrities."
-adam of the academy is...



the academy is... have given me another reason to love boy bands with their newest release, santi. maybe i'm biased, but i can't quit listening to this album.

2005's almost here will always be one of my favorite albums. that's just how it is. period. but santi is pretty damn awesome, too. so i sat out on my balcony for a long time yesterday dissecting each song and comparing how the two albums differ as a whole. i concluded that the guys have ditched pop for what i'm calling after-sex rock. bill's vocals sound like he's just had an amazing shag session (leah quit drooling). the only exception to this would be on "everything we had". i don't know what happened on that song. it's the only one i skip. maybe i just can't take him seriously, who knows... in my opinion, "seed" is their strongest track and also my favorite. i love the "yeahhhh...haha" part. then there's "sleeping with giants" which starts a little slow, but then turns into one hell of a ballad with some killer guitar riffs. the track "neighbors" is another favorite thanks to siska's bass lines and butcher's drumming. choosing to work with producer butch walker was the right move because santi is a solid album. i'm just thankful they didn't succumb to the whole hip-hop thing that is so popular with other fueled by ramen bands right now.

put simply- buy this album. i did. twice.

mp3: the academy is... - "we've got a big mess on our hands"

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Dick of the Week. Ahem.

I love it when I catch wind of band boys being arrogant assholes so I can point it out. Not like I was appointed to do such a duty, but I feel like I’m obligated to somewhat stick up for the people who are behind the press, mainly because I’m one of those people and I know how it feels when a dude basically tells you that you suck for not doing things exactly how they would like them done. As if we owe you anything. We don’t. If anything, YOU owe US for putting your name out there, talking you up, asking people to come out to your shows, putting you in magazines for random people to read, etc, etc. I could go on and on, but I’ll stop because you probably get the gist of what I’m trying to convey here.

So, here you have it, long overdue, the Dick of the Week. I’ve been thinking lately that this band has gotten a bit cocky for their own good, considering the fact that the new material kind of sucks compared to what they were first coming out with a couple years ago. Then I find out that they light into the editor of Southeast Performer for not covering their live show, even though they had a CD review slated to run in the same issue. I know for a fact that this editor never runs more than one thing in one issue on a band because it’s protocol. I guess they think they should be the exception because they figure since they’re already over saturating the city by playing every other week, they might as well do so in print publications, too, right?

This band also seems to think that the reason they didn't get all the coverage they feel like they deserve is because the editor has a personal issue with them. I believe that they actually told her she had no integrity. Puh-lease. Grow up and smell the professionalism, guys. If she really had a problem with you, then she probably wouldn't have run your CD for review at all...DUH.

Get off your high horse, Kill Gordon. Those of us who were there from the beginning have grown tired of the blatant brash behavior you’ve recently decided to display. No one wants to see one, much less more than one, piece of coverage on you.

Okay. I’m done. That’s all I’m going to say. It’s only my opinion here, but I know I’m not the only one with these thoughts.

Man, my list of boycotted local bands seems to be growing at an alarming rate…

Monday, April 09, 2007

IT'S SHOWCASE TIME



We thought we would mix it up a little bit this time around and do something different. On April 26th, come check out Jonathan Eller, Dreaden, Harrison Hudson, and Elevation doing something out of the ordinary . . . playing acoustic.

Oh . . . if you see the ladies of COaMA (Leah, Ally, and Claire) buy us a drink because it's Metal Month.

STEVIE NICKS IS AT IT AGAIN

Ok, laugh at me if you must. I'm a big girl. I can take it.

Yes, she isn't an 18 year old hipster but Stevie Nicks is a total badass. Unfortunately she is about to be on tour with Chris Isaak (which is about as hip as getting a hand-job from your kid sister's ugly best friend).

If you're a fan and you want to shell out some major dough to see her at Chastain in June on the Crystal Visions Tour then wander over to this auction where you can bid on premium seats until April 13th at 5:00pm. If you don't know anything about Stevie Nicks, then at least tell your parents about this. They will thank you right before they slap you for having no musical class.

Ted Leo's Living with the Living



In a day when so many previously non-political artists are taking a stance to assure a Grammy nod, Ted Leo’s refreshingly authentic social commentary shines through in his music just as much as it has for the past decade. The strict vegan, along with his band The Pharmacists, released his fifth full length studio album, Living with the Living, on March 20, 2007. Produced by Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, Living proves to be a Molotov cocktail of explosive blues-tinged punk mixed with light-hearted summer sounds and even reggae. The latest effort by the D.C.-based trio envelopes an instrumentally experimental complexity with a lyrical simplicity that combine for a well-rounded compilation of songs. Living’s most memorable tracks are heavily stacked mid-album and surprisingly embody more of Leo’s social views than his political agenda. The endearing “A Bottle of Buckie” is a stand-out track that shows sometimes you need nothing more than a good friend and a bottle of cheap Buckfast wine. Leo comforts the listener with this laid back track only to black their eye with the next. The garage-metal antics of “Bomb. Repeat. Bomb.” combine with both spoken word and chanting group vocals to create a track that is so politically fierce that you might be inclined to turn off Living with the Living and initiate change.

It's Been a Long Time.

I know, and I can't apologize enough for being a slacker. Not like you care, but I'm having a life, and blogging is exhausting and takes time I don't have. So...there you have it.

>>On the local front, last weekend I actually went to a show. I went to Vinyl to see Dreaden (former front man of Jil Station, who I've spoken highly of in the past), and wound up sticking around for Slow Motion Crash and another band I can't remember the name of. The verdict? This being Dreaden's first solo gig, I thought it wasn't bad considering the dude performed alone with his keyboard. I think he has the capacity to build up a sound that might be a little on the dance-rock side (kind of like Mika, but with much less witty lyrics) once he gets a full band and finds himself musically. Overall, it was definitely not bad in my book, and I enjoyed it.

Slow Motion Crash, a band who I've seen pop up on some bills in the past, didn't really do it for me. After about two songs I decided to take myself down to the basement green room and hang out with the Judies instead. I don't know what it was that turned me off exactly, I just know that it sounded like a typical rock band with no outstanding sound to display. But hey, that could've been the vodka talking, only I doubt it.

Dreaden is actually playing a little singer-songwriter showcase we're sponsoring at Smith's Olde Bar in the Atlanta Room on April 26th. It's going to be $6.00 and if you're reading this, you better be there. Jonathan Eller will also be playing, and so will Elevation and Harrison Hudson. Come out. Come meet us.

I haven't been to any shows other than that one, really. What can I say? Nothing. I suck.

>>Elsewhere, lots of things are going on. I'll talk about a couple.

>>>>Tori Amos is coming out with a new album called American Doll Posse (to be released May 1st) and it looks like it's a collection of songs sung by five different personalities. Check her website to see more. I've listened to the single, "Big Wheel," and the only way I think I can describe it is by the mental image it gives me. I feel like I should be sitting in an old western saloon with a six shooter strapped to my hip like a bad ass. Listen...

Tori Amos - "Big Wheel"

>>>>A band called The Graduate just released an album called Anhedonia, and since I was graced with it in my mailbox, I'm going to share it. I'm digging the poppy sound it carries, and I'll probably try to catch them June 11th at the Masquerade. It's definitely not your indie kind of crap that isn't ear-friendly unless you have an acquired taste. Check it out.

The Graduate - "Sit and Sink"

>>Annnnnnd, how about a few songs I've come across that I think are cool? Okey dokey.

>>>>A friend of mine sent me this and I heart it so so so much. Mostly because it reminds me of the kind of stuff I really loved in high school, when I wasn't nearly as cool as I am now. Chyeah. It also reminds me of Chicago and Usher. If you can hear where I'm coming from on that, then kudos to you.

Timbaland - "Apologize"

>>>>A friend of mine and I were tooling around on MySpace the other night and came across this really old Queen song by accident, and I swear to God, it's the corniest song ever, but it's pretty amazing. The lyrics are stupidly sick. I have to share it with the world. Have to. I'd be doing an injustice if I didn't.

Queen - "Don't Stop Me Now"

>>>>Lastly, Claire (known as "cashton" on here) has declared April "Metal Month." It's an attitude, and it's a way of life, and we are celebrating it by acting "metal," listening to metal, and using the word "metal" as often as possible. In honor of that, I'm going to include a metal bonus track for the masses. I encourage you to dig through your collection and pull out Poison, AC/DC, Kiss, Def Leppard, or whatever else you used to rock to and revisit the awesome nature of "metal" in general. This band is completely metal since they managed to actually get people killed in a very freak way.

Great White - "Once Bitten, Twice Shy"

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

"lots of people are brave until they find themselves alone..."

oh mr. fairchild, where have you been all my life?



jim fairchild, aka all smiles, is more likely known for his contribution to the late, great band known as grandaddy, but don't presume for a moment that his solo effort is anything less than spectacular. despite preconceived notions, jim's vox are nothing at all like jason lytle's. they are much softer and in some ways, ben kweller-like. the album, ten readings of a warning, is centered around piano and acoustic guitar melodies. "summer stay" is the most upbeat track and could easily be placed in some melodramatic, west coast reality tv show. whereas, "of course it's not up to me" is a slower, piano number that almost makes you think he's sitting right beside you. whatever the style, all smiles is more than worth checking out. in fact, it's a must. you can catch him friday night (4/6) at the tabernacle with the decemberists.

mp3: all smiles - "of course it's not up to me"

mp3: all smiles - "moth in a cloud of smoke"

Monday, April 02, 2007

there is no cure for a simpson.



step 1: brace yourself.
step 2: read this.
step 3: cringe at the mere thought.
step 4: now read this.
step 5: proceed to laugh your ass off.

...should be interesting, to say the least.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

"common sense won't pay the rent and doesn't grow on trees..."

confession #3:

"i once had a glow in the dark skeleton named lynyrd no-skynyrd. i found him at a crash site."
-darroh of fair to midland




while prog rock is not exactly the type of music i listen to these days, there's no denying that fair to midland have a powerful sound that 105.3 the buzz lovers will soon worship.

aside from the obvious influence of tool and the mars volta, i now understand why i was reminded of system of a down when i listened to these guys. turns out system's lead singer, serj tankian, personally selected the band for his label, serjical strike records. the thing that catches me about this band is their awesome creativity that they've integrated throughout their music, lyrics, and even song titles. their name even comes from an old texan saying "fair to middling". their forthcoming LP, fables from a mayfly, hits stores june 12. in the meantime, they've been busy touring with flyleaf, as i lay dying, poison the well, and fear before the march of flames. they also are scheduled to play both coachella and bamboozle (which i'm still contemplating this year).

fair to midland is the type of band that you need to see live in order to fully "get it". be sure to catch them tomorrow night, 4/2, at the masquerade with flyleaf. doors @ 7. word.

mp3: fair to midland - "vice versa"