Monday, April 09, 2007

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"
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