Friday, May 11, 2007

"Did you come here for my money? I gotta know, did you come here for the show?"

Why is Tally Hall so damned addictive? Atlantic is re-releasing their 2005 album Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum while the band claims to be working on a large-scale project to coincide with the re-release. This project must be something if it’s keeping the band holed up off the road this long . . . they haven’t played many shows other than SxSW in March and last week’s gig at NYC’s Knitting Factory with Action Action. If you aren’t already a fan, check them out. They’re Queen on crack and I’m in love with “Good Day” although their cover of The Killers “Smile Like You Mean It” is pretty campy.

It’s old news but The Afghan Whigs are putting out a compilation of old songs with two new treats ("I'm a Soldier" and "Magazine") thrown in for hard-core fans. The album is called Unbreakable and it's out June 5th. If you consider yourself a hardcore fan, shoot me an email and I’ll tell you a secret.

The Florida Music Festival is going down next week (May 16-20, 2007). You’ll have to visit the site and judge this year’s headliners for yourself as I’m not going to get opinionated here. I will say that Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music is in the line-up and after all these years he still kicks it.

Be sure to catch Pretty Girls Make Graves at The Earl in Atlanta on Tuesday May 22nd because this tour will be their last. Losing a band member has destroyed their will to carry on.

Early bird tickets for The Austin City Limits Festival (September 14-16, 2007) are sold out, but have no fear . . . you won’t get a monetary break, but you can still get in as of now. This year’s line-up looks killer -- Damien Rice, Muse, Amy Winehouse, Spoon, Atlanta’s hometown hero Butch Walker and about a hundred more acts.

The Ike Reilly Assassination’s new disc We Belong To The Staggering Evening, dropped last Tuesday and to put it bluntly, I am in love. This album, available on iTunes, is chock full of as much brilliantly off-putting material as his earlier albums like Salesmen and Racists and Cars & Girls & Drinks & Songs. The biggest difference in Staggering is that there’s no major label involved (like in his early works) so it’s free to be grittier and more lo-fi which seems like a good fit for the subject matter. Ike has all of the pop-sensibility of a devious, swaggering version of Tom Petty and he makes politically mouthy artists like Green Day and The Dixie Chicks look like fluffy little kittens. The band is touring behind this album and just announced their first round of dates. The new single “When Irish Eyes are Burning” is on their Myspace page but for instant gratification here are some music treats (that aren’t posted anywhere else) courtesy of the Ike Reilly Assassination:

“You’re So Plain” – Ike Reilly Assassination

“8 More Days Til The 4th of July” – Ike Reilly Assassination
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