Thursday, August 30, 2007

Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs


Music journalist and pop-culture analysist, Chuck Klosterman, will be at The Decatur Book Festival this Sunday, September 2nd at 2:30pm. He's being interviewed live by Josh Jackson on the Decatur Library Stage.

I personally heart Klosterman because I find him to be one of the most honst and intelligent music critics today. He's a senior writer for SPIN, has contributed to Blender and a handful of other notable publications and has written some great books including Killing Yourself To Live: 85% of a True Story, Fargo Rock City, and more.

Basically, if you love music and pop-culture you should be there. It's free.

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Yeah, I am with Miss Baker. This week is a mutha!

Variac broke up. First they were changing their name, then they weren't. Now they're toast. I guess breaking up is hard to do but I must say I am sad to see them go.

Mutemath and Eisley are playing at The Tabernacle on November 3rd. Tickets are already on sale so if you feel like bending over and taking it from Ticketmaster I would recommend getting some since Mutemath is well worth the money. I wonder if Eisley and New Found Glory will collaborate on something in the future since Sherri from Eisley married Chad from NFG?

Ok, I am going to make this statement knowing full well that I might have to deal with some retaliation. The new Rilo Kiley , Under The Blacklight, is crap. I am not dissing the band as a whole because their last disc was good. People want to say, "Wow, they branched out in their songwriting!" I feel like this new disc is nothing but a disjointed pile. First it's country, then funk, then disco, and then indie-pop. It sounds like a cover band doing impersonations of real bands that have actually chosen a genre. Coaster!

*End Rant*

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Don't Take it Personal.

I have some *personal* things I'm dealing with this week, so I can't get into all the awesomeness that's going on. Sorry.

I'll just say that Friday night, I'll be at Blind Willie's to see Greg Hester do his Van Morrison tribute, otherwise, I'd be at Smith's Olde Bar to see the Beggars' Guild.

And then I'm going to sit at home the rest of the holiday weekend and sulk that I can't afford tickets to Ryan Adams. Yep. I'm that upset that I'm literally not going to leave the house. I'm just going to listen to Easy Tiger on repeat until my iPod goes dead.

Of course, if anyone feels like donating a way into the Fox to see Ryan Adams because I'm the great person I am, that's always appreciated. I'll be happy to pay you with a coupon for a free combo at the Varsity. But act fast. It expires this Friday. Kthanks.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Time Is Not on My Side.

Since it's not really helping that I have zero time to do anything at the moment, I'm going to leave you with this:



Go do it!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Humpday Inboxoscopy, Part Deux.

I've neglected the inbox, and it's not happy with me...at all. So here you go. Pick at it like you would your mom's meatloaf.

>>Warm in the Wake is releasing a new album (American Prehistoric) next Tuesday, August 28th, on Livewire and I have a couple of mp3s you can listen to, which I wouldn't pass along if I thought it sucked ass. Therefore, I think it's awesome. Here's one that might make you want to reach up and cut a slice of the sun down from the hotter than hell sky.

Warm in the Wake - "Devil With a Fist"

>>A friend tipped me off on a band that happens to be opening for Queens of the Stone Age next month when they hit Atlanta called Dax Riggs. He didn't give me the obvious comparison to the Black Crowes, but I swear, if I didn't know this guy was from Louisiana, that would've been my first guess just by listening. They have a swamp sound. Dirty. Like a swamp. And it's, dare I say it...good.

>>I mentioned that the new Rilo Kiley is the poo, and I meant it. It appears that their opening tour act is a lovely match. Check out Grand Ole Party. Chick vocals and a slightly dark, haunted musical accompaniment make this something you'll want to further explore.

Grand Ole Party - "Look Out Young Son"



>>Remember those cheesy movies from the early 2000s that wavered on the wave left by John Hughes? Remember how the Donnas were featured in Drive Me Crazy and Jawbreaker? Well, if you don't, I do! They're playing the EARL on October 13th, and not only do they all have good hair, but they also have a new album out on September 18th called Bitchin'. Which, I'm sure it will be.

>>The GoStation? Yes. It's kind of like Oasis without the anger and without the British accents. Or am I completely hearing shit that isn't there? You tell me.

The GoStation - "All Together Now"



>>Heads up - The Other Sound Festival is taking place once again the first week of September (and, um, apparently, that's just around the corner now). Here's the line-up:

Thursday, Sept. 6 @ Drunken Unicorn

9:30 PM – Envie
10:15 – Mary O. Harrison
11:00 – Pistolero
12:00 - Moresight

Friday, Sept. 7 @ The EARL

8:45 PM – Fernandina
9:40 – Citified
10:20 – The Yum Yum Tree (side stage)
11:00 – The Press
11:40 – Lay Down Mains (side stage)
12:20 – All Night Drug Prowling Wolves

Saturday, Sept. 8 @ Lenny’s

8 PM – No Disassemble (side stage)
8:35 – Silent Kids (main stage)
9:10 – Novelift (side stage)
9:45 – The Jupiter Watts (main stage)
10:20 – The Orphins (side stage)
11:00 – One Hand Loves the Other (main stage)
11:45 – Club Awesome (side stage)
12:30 – Luigi (main stage)

Sunday, Sept. 9 @ 11:11 Teahouse

7 PM – Jeff Evans
7:45 – Batata Doce
8:30 – Tenth to the Moon
9:30 – Untied States

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tigers are Picky, Too.



A little late this week with the Pick of the Week, yes, I know. Heaven forbid I have a life or something! Despite the fact that there are a million and one good shows happening on Saturday, I’m going to pick a band that’s having their CD release party at the EARL this Friday night. Tiger! Tiger! I saw them play there about two years ago, and I thought that they were great. Enough to stick out in my mind later on, which always seems to be an indication of something good, right?

Maybe it was the fact that they have two girls out front singing and playing, and I was pretty attracted to the dirtiness of the music and how well it fit with the attitude these chicks were oozing. They go together like peanut butter and chocolate, and after seeing one of their sets, I vowed to follow them. I suck at doing that, but after revisiting the grimy guitar riffs and generally punked out vocals, I’m putting my best foot forward to see them whenever I can. Maybe one day when I own a place that has a garage, I’ll hire them to play a party...and literally be a ‘garage band.’ Nyuk nyuk.

This line-up is one of grandeur, even though I’m the first to admit I’m not normally cool enough to follow these bands...Tenement Halls and Thee Crucials will be in tow for support. Check out their songs on MySpace to get a little taste of The Kind of Goodnight.





Other tidbits worth mentioning today…

***I got the new Rilo Kiley, Under the Blacklight, in the mail yesterday, and I’m in love with "Breakin’ Up" and "Dejalo." This album is well worth the buy.

***Saturday night's for fightin'! Or seeing a good live show. September is most certainly impending...

>>>>>Vinyl: This show marks the highly anticipated return of Estates' lead singer, Franc, who has been out of the country for several months. No, really, he has. Support from Winston Audio and Summerbirds in the Cellar. (BTW, there are two bands on this bill that have been past CoaMA Picks of the Week.)

>>>>>Lenny's: Hometown heroes turned national touring powerhouse, Snowden, will be playing.

>>>>>Smith's Olde Bar: Modern Skirts are here tonight, rounding out the list.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

I'll Second That


So Leah mentioned a few posts ago that The Booze's show at Vinyl tomorrow is her pick of the week. I am going to second that! Variac and Beat Beat Beat round out the bill . . . be there, or, um . . . be square.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Madness Leads to Exhaustion.

I can't tell you how much I love having a "real" job when I'm trying to keep up with the musical offerings around here. Mostly because I'd rather hang out til the wee hours every night at Smith's Olde Bar this week for Open Mic Madness, yet, the reality is, I turn into a pumpkin at midnight.

Therefore, I have no time this week for blogging about the next coolest tidbit of music news, tour, album release, whatever, etc. that I get in my inbox on a daily basis.

I did that whole judging thing last night from about 9:30 til 12:00, so I didn't actually see every band that played, but I'll just tip you off on a band that stood out. Walcott. They're from Athens. Not the kind of thing I normally listen to, and not something my girly tastes would follow, but I think out of all the bands I saw last night, they were the tightest musically.

I'll be up there again tonight hanging out, possibly judging again (we shall see about that). If you're in the mood for something fun, this really is. The place was packed last night. It was Tuesday and you couldn't move. It's something like $8.00 to get in the door, but well worth it if you're going to find someone you lurve. Oh, and I thought I heard there were a couple open slots left to enter for tonight if you can hop on it quick enough. Get in touch with the OMM guys here.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Added to ECHO.

I've been informed that this Echo Project Fest is getting less patchouli-fied by the day. You can see that this is somewhat true with the addition of The Flaming Lips, Thievery Corporation with Full Live Band, Les Claypool, The Bravery, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Secret Machines, MSTRKRFT, JJ Grey & Mofro, Son Volt, The Egg, The Album Leaf, Man Man, Tea Leaf Green, The Benevento - Russo Duo, Lazaro Casanova, and Telepath

I like the Secret Machines a whole lot, and the Bravery is decent live. Not sure about the rest, but I know people are probably drooling over the Flaming Lips and Clap Your Hands Say Blah. I mean, Yeah. So, if you're interested, there's still time for the early bird tickets. Just go to the website. They always have more information because they are large and in charge, while I'm a measly messenger.

Rilo Kiley, Etc.

I had the chance to do a phone interview with the bassist of Rilo Kiley, Pierre de Reeder, so that's what I spent a small portion of time doing Friday afternoon. I suck at asking people stuff, so here's the best I could do (besides fall in loooooove...man, Christopher Cross is a bad ass!).

I didn't know this, but Pierre designed a t-shirt for this charity called the Yellowbird Project that makes money specifically through t-shirts (which, by the way, are really cute...and the artists are hands-on in what they look like, so that's also very cool). The charity Rilo Kiley supports is the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund in order to help out Free Arts for Abused Children. Go check that out...

I also had to dig into Pierre about the kind of music that influences him and then what he's currently into at the moment since I'm curious like that.

Influences: Considering Rilo Kiley is one of those bands that's awesome together, but also does side projects that are different in sound (Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins and the Postal Service, Blake Sennett with the Elected, and de Reeder with a solo project), de Reeder said that this was a hard question to answer. But, he was able to give me an answer I could definitely understand...everything from the stuff he listened to as a kid to anything he's heard now. Notably, he said Tom Jones and reggae.

What does he listen to for leisure now? "I've started to buy a lot of records. I've recently picked up bands like Queen and the Talking Heads on vinyl." I did have to comment on that because I've been in a retro mood here, too.

I didn't think about how hard this last question might be on a whim, but I got a good answer...if you could see three bands play under one roof in one night, who would it be (and of course, whether they're actually living makes no difference)? "Ah man, that's a really tough one!" (Sorry! I know it is...) "I can think of so many, but if I had to narrow it down, probably Bob Marley, the Beatles, of course, and Neil Young. But then I would also love to see someone like Mozart or Paganini."

Pierre is busy with Rilo Kiley touring around for their new album (refer to an earlier post), but he's planning on having his solo record out sometime early next year. I linked his MySpace above if you want to check out the songs, they're very light and airy, and above all, refreshing.

Naturally, I couldn't leave him without asking for confessions, right? He got my email and sent me these, and I think the Star Wars one is a hoot...you can tell by talking to the guy that he has an adorable relationship with his daughter.

"- For an occasional midnight snack, I've been known to eat a whole head of iceberg lettuce.

- I can be caught singing standards, songs of yesteryear, just about
anywhere.

- I tell a made up Star Wars story to my daughter every night, at her request, that has both me and her as two of the characters.

- I've always wanted to sing the national anthem at a baseball game.
"

I'm excited to see them when they're here next month.

And now for the ecetera part of the post...

I will be at Smith's Olde Bar tonight judging Open Mic Madness and just hanging out in general, so come say hello. Or "I hate you." Or "you suck." Or "did you get dressed in the dark?" You know, whatever. It will be a fun time, I promise.

Monday, August 13, 2007

I'll Pick Booze Over Tea, Please.



Pick of the Week! Yay! I'm suddenly excited now that I have the super fun picture to hand out.

So, I've been in Atlanta for a while, and despite my efforts to catch this band, I never have. But I know lots of people like them, and I do find myself listening to their songs on MySpace pretty often, so since they have a show this Friday, August 17th at Vinyl, I pick the Booze. They have a rock-dance party sound that may not be "new," but is definitely unique from most bands around the area. As an added bonus for our friends up north, it looks like they're hitting Maryland and NYC in the fall, so if you like them, you can have a shot at them live.

If they look familiar, it's probably because Butch Walker took the majority of them on tour with him. Fo real. Check out his pictures.

I bet my mom would love this band's music, because she's the one who introduced me to that sixties pop rock when I was a wee girl discovering the vinyl and Dad's hugetastic stereo system. And that's probably why they appeal to me. I've also mentioned how lately I've thrown myself into the soulful oldies playlist, so the Booze are right up my alley. They make me want to throw my shoes off and dance barefoot in my uber old apartment in a poodle skirt. Yeah? Please, you know what I mean...at least, the chicks should. Everyone's invited over when the weather gets cooler for dancing and martinis. I'll even move the furniture. (Oh, crap! I think I just gave birth to a really awesome idea for a showcase! Details to follow.)

The Booze boys have an album currently available on iTunes, Easy Beats in Modern Time, and if you want to know how to get summa dat, just redirect yourself this way. I heart "The Next Train."



I'm almost miffed that once again, I have to miss them play because I will be whooping it up at Chastain for Kenny Loggins with my mom and my sister, and...whoever else. Maybe ol' Kenny will hit the hay early and I can shoot back for the Booze...

Friday, August 10, 2007

Let’s Break the Walls Down and Finally Live...



...‘cause you and I have so much to give.


What could possibly make a Thursday at work better than receiving the new release from Eisley? Not a damn thing. It’s almost like a higher power knew I needed this album at this very moment in life. I have, in the past, expressed my views on Eisley and how much they make me feel. I am still not sick of the previous album, Room Noises, and now I’ve got Combinations attached to my hands. The way this band manages to make music that perfectly matches the high and velvet-like vocals that emit lyrics anyone can grasp onto and etch into their emotions is severely uncanny and admirable. There isn’t really a comparable band touring now.

I have this feeling if you go to their MySpace page and take an initial listen to the songs that you won’t even have to take anything I say into account. You will just love it. It’s powerful and so much more mature than anything you’ve heard from Eisley in the past. When I say that, I mean that I have plenty of tracks from the last album on my “Bath Mix” playlist, but with this release, I’d probably stick the tracks on the “Get Over It” playlist instead. You can tell they’ve grown as a band and as people with the display of darker lyrics and a larger range of musical stylings. I’m not only a fan of the single “Invasion,” but also “Go Away” (which I find myself wanting to shout quite often), and “Come Clean.” Oh yeah, and for sure “A Sight to Behold.” These kids are like the modern day Sound of Music, as in, the long and drawn out parts of some of the slower songs make me feel like I should be sitting on top of a grassy, windswept knoll. I think I can honestly say that the first listen through of Combinations has been the best 34 minutes of my life in a very long time. And I have had some damn good times…

Hey, here’s an idea. Maybe if you’re opting for a date night made of everything good, you could go to the Loft this Saturday, August 11 to actually see them perform these stellar songs in person. If you see Claire, buy her a drink or tell her how she looks taller in person. If you want the album, it officially comes out on Tuesday, August 14th.

Eisley - "Invasion" (stream)

And nothing is complete without a video.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Close Only Counts . . .



Youngstown Ohio pop-punkers, Ten Count Fall, just wrapped this past week out on The Vans Warped Tour with the release of a new EP, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. They just announced their addition to the Purevolume Showcase during the Atlantis Music Conference, September 20th at The Loft.

Download the digital EP, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, exclusively on iTunes.

Better Than Cherry Pie



I have said it before and I will say it again. Alabama's Sons of Roswell is probably one of my favorite regional acts burning up the East Coast this summer and they just announced that they're slated to play The Atlantis Music Conference (Star Bar, September 20th).

If you want to see them before then, they're out on the road with Centro-Matic and Jason Isbell for a few dates in Kentucy, Tennessee, and North Carolina. I am headed to Nashville on August 24th to catch them at The Mercy Lounge.

Here's a treat for your listening pleasure. It's a good one!

DOWNLOAD: "Cherry" - MP3

Because I'm Awesome! Uh-huh!

Sometimes I get CDs that make me want to sterilize my CD player. It doesn't happen often. But I tell you what, that CD player is mega-old, and I don't want it getting mad at me and crapping out because I dared to put something as awful as the Dollyrots in rotation. Even if it was only for a solid sixty seconds before I decided the single, "Because I'm Awesome," is the worst display of "rock" that I've been bombarded with in the past six months or so.

In fact, it was so bad that I actually had a "gentleman companion" use it to torture me when I would leave the room. He'd pop it in and press play and crank up the volume so my neighbors might think I have a shit taste in music, and just to irritate me in general. The sick sense of satisfaction that would ooze across his lips anytime I would scream, "What the f*ck are you doing? Turn that shit off!" was quite priceless.

Possibly more disturbing is that I was at Johnny's Pizza in Inman Park on Sunday night for a drinky drink, and when I emerged from breaking the seal, I heard this poison being played over the loudspeakers. I've also seen the band make an appearance on a Kohl's commercial. And, in addition, I have lost a few ounces of respect for Joan Jett upon hearing from the promo people that she personally signed this band herself to her Blackheart Records label.

With chorus lyrics like this:

I’m a leader, I’m a winner, And I’m cleaner
Cause I’m awesome
I don’t need you cause I’m neato and I beat you
Cause I’m awesome
That’s right


...who needs real talent? It's genius! And if you didn't grab a biscuit to soak up my sarcasm on the way in, there's still time left.

If they're so awesome, then they might be hitting a venue that isn't Swayze's when they make it to Atlanta. Oh yeah, and they wouldn't suck. And on top of that, I wouldn't be using their CD as a coaster to help me drown my sorrows.

I'd give you a more rounded opinion about the CD, but come on kids, you read the chorus lyrics...I couldn't get past the first song.


Claire drinks the Bacardi...



I drink the beer...


And we both eat pizza.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Emerald City



Barsuk must be pretty confident that John Vanderslice's new album, Emerald City, is stellar because they're currently letting people stream the entire thing off their website. Check it.

Hey iPod junkies . . . if you buy it on vinyl you get a single-use code for free MP3s. Thanks Barsuk!

Humpday Inboxoscopy.

Oh, that sounds so nasty, doesn't it? And I made up a word in the same instance.

>>>Like Claire mentioned yesterday, Rilo Kiley is exploding with promo since their new one Under the Blacklight is set to be out August 21st. If you keep up with us, then you already heard the single "Moneymaker" since it was linked to stream on this post. If not, you can do that now. Or, you can skip to the bonus stream of "Silver Lining" that'll be found here.

They'll be in town at Variety Playhouse on September 29th.

Rilo Kiley - "Silver Lining" (stream)



>>>When I was in college, I got hooked on this song called "Burn One Down" by this dude called Ben Harper. I was well aware of the subject matter the song dealt with, and though I didn't fall into the whole, "OMG, this song is about smoking pot! Let's burn one down!" I really dug the beat, so I listened to it often. I never really shopped around for any of his other stuff, but I will say that I like him. And I got a nice video for "In the Colors" off his new album Lifeline that looks like fun. You can watch it here.

>>>Okay, now, don't get me wrong, I have a soft spot for power pop-punk. I house plenty of Motion City Soundtrack, the Academy Is..., and Panic! At the Disco in my library. Because of this, I tend to get excited when I see Epitaph is ready to roll out the next rage for tweenage girls all over America. Unfortch, the band they sent me today kind of put me off because the music sounds almost exactly like MCS, except the vocals are a lot deeper, and...not really tickling my fancy. Meh. If you want, check out Farewell here.

I'm just going to say, "Adios." Heyo!

>>>Let's talk about Fishhawk, a band emerging from the 'burbs of Atlanta that has such a unique and different sound that it's like a breath of fresh air from...crappity crap crap. This is something unlike everything else being shoved down your throats. As in, it's pop/funk made by white kids who actually know what they're doing! Holy shit! That's like, unheard of! I am actually really enjoying this stuff. It makes me bob my head. It makes me want to find the nearest roller rink and strap on some Brownies and groove around the circle to this stuff. Just take a listen. Think Gorillaz or Gnarls Barkley. Seasoned with some Outkast. I will be letting you know when they play out next. They're relatively new on the scene. In the meantime, I'm special, so I've got a mp3 for ya.

Fishhawk - "Who Shot JR"

>>>What are you doing Friday night? I'm going to Smith's to see Novah. I have been highly obsessed with their song "Puzzle Pieces." To the point where I might have to have therapy to remove myself from it. Singer Paul Warner has assured me that they'll be trying out some new tunes this show, so make plans to be there. Until then, this should hold you over.

Novah - "Puzzle Pieces"

They open, so get there early enough to see them. I'd say 9:00. Gah! I just love them!

>>>Lastly, now that I've figured out how to use Photoshop a little bit, I'm obsessed with making dumbass pictures. Claire and I were having drinks one night and decided that whenever we like a CD and give it our "Seal of Approval," we should have a graphic for it. So, we might be using these in the near future...






It's so ridiculous, it's funny. Notice my head is slightly bigger because I'm completely full of myself.

Oh, and today just happens to mark birthdays for a couple of people I like. Chris Langley, who drums with Rantings of Eva (who is also playing with Novah on Friday) has one, and so does the only male besides my father that I trust, my brother, James, the badass. James (who obviously did not get his taste in music from moi) is 23, and this is how he's spending his birthday:



Maybe he'll get a pass to the pool. I hear it's hot in Iraq. Happy Birthday to them!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Moneymaker

Rilo Kiley's new single, Moneymaker, off their upcoming release, Under The Blacklight, has a nifty video that's already available for your viewing pleasure.

Apparently they interviewed and hired actual porn stars for the Moneymaker video, including Hailey Young, Faye Runaway, and Tommy Gunn. I personally think that this song sounds a little bit like Rock N Roll Hoochie Coo. Rick Derringer would be proud.

Get your softcore on:

Tegan and Sara.



Tegan and Sara. Those cute chicks who sing awesome songs. The just released The Con, and reached a major point with it...their first top 40 debut. Since I got my hands on it today, I've been listening to it nonstop, and it's easy for me to hear why their super girly vocals and female-oriented rock has hit it big with a large audience. Of course, I've also fallen into one of those bitter moods that girls tend to do when guys pull that shit where they like to confuse the hell out of you...

Moving on...I put up an mp3 last week because it was one of the tunes that stood out in my inbox. I'll link it again here in case you missed it. These girls remind me of one of my most favorite bands of the 90s...the Murmurs! Songs that flow all over the place, up and down, back and forth, and dealing with growing up, falling in love, leaving, and all the other crap we all have to deal with.

Tegan & Sara - "Back in Your Head"

This song is going to give you a really good idea of what the rest of the songs are like...and they tend to stick close to the older stuff. So, if you're already a fan, you'll love it. If you're not yet, then get put your cursor up there and click.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Get Your Grubby Little Hands On These!



If you feel like you've been in a music drought, have to fear. This is going to be a good fall for new releases. Check out a few cool things that are coming out in the next 6 weeks:

The lovely ladies in Eisley have a new release out next week (August 13). It's called Combinations and you can check out a track on their Myspace. They'll be at The Loft on August 11th, just a few days before the new album comes out if you want to see them live.

August 21st is going to be a good day because you can pick up:

Menomena's "Friend and Foe"

The New Pornographers' "Challengers"

Rilo Kiley's "Under The Black Light"

MC5's "Greatest Hits"

There's some new vinyl from Andrew WK available on August 28th. You can also pick up a 2 DVD + Book set from The Clash that day.

September 4th you can pick up new music from both Spiritualized and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

September 11th, which seems like an odd day to release a record, is the chosen release date for the new Deerhoof, Figurines, Pinback, The Shout Out Louds, and The Go! Team.

Back To Pickin'.

I haven't done a Pick of the Week in a while. I have a good excuse, though! I've been trying to figure out how to work Photoshop better so I could make this kick ass "award" to give out when I pick someone. It looks like this:



I'll try to keep up, I promise. (PS - I know I suck at Photoshop. I'm not a graphic designer. The only thing I can draw is bubble letters.)

So, my Pick for this week is a band that doesn't play out often at all, and when they do, it's normally in a small place like a coffee shop or something like that. I like knowing about bands like this because it's like you can watch them come together and get acquainted with their music at an early stage.

I mentioned them in a blog post last week since they have a show at Johnny's Pizza in Inman Park this Saturday, August 11th. I was actually at Johnny's last night...they apparently have jazz on Sundays. It's a small place, but I can't think of anything better than really cheap beer, really greasy pizza, and really good music on a Saturday night.

Sooooo, if you want to pass up all the larger shows on Saturday and put yourself in a more chill environment (man, I'm getting old when I get more excited about pizza and music than raging with the hipsters...), come see Carousel 5. They're a four-piece band rounded out with a frontlady and are worthy of a listen. Their music is rock, but definitely leans on the pop side as well. They list the Sundays as one of their influences, and I can definitely hear that, and I sure as hell dug the Sundays when they were gracing the radio waves. (They covered "Wild Horses" in the 90's, remember? I'm pretty sure that was the soundtrack for the rollercoaster scene in Fear.) They also kind of remind me Dar Williams, probably from the ethereal vocals...it's an uplifting sound. I like the song "So Absolutely" that they have on MySpace (link above), so go listen. If you likey, they have a CD called Retrostatic that you can buy.

Friday, August 03, 2007

I'm Terrified.

I'm almost positive that I was telling someone, somewhere this past week that I'm picking my "Oldies" playlist over all of my other ones on a more regular basis because I can't find much new material that I dig to the fullest extent.

However, this song is the shit! Why, you ask? Well, it's got a very motown/old school rock sound that's like a big bowl of Rice Krispies doused in sugar.

Um, I like it.

Trevor Childs - "Terrified"

I Miss You. I'm Going Back Home To The West Coast.

I got a package on my doorstep today from my best friend in NYC who just so happens to know what I like when it comes to music. This disc has an awesome track, West Coast, from Jason Schwartzman's new band, Coconut Records.

I know this album came out in March, but damn, Schwartzman just keeps cranking out indie/pop that is so catchy and adorable I can't stop hitting repeat. I was a fan of Phantom Planet, but I think he's bumped it up a notch with this new project.

Check out West Coast on their Myspace and buy music from Coconut Records on iTunes.

Here's a little live footage too:

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Thursday News Roundup.

Local News:

>>>One of my favorite bands, the Beggars' Guild, has been receiving a hell of a lot of recognition since coming off playing at Bonnaroo. They're planning to hit you with some rockin' new tunes come fall (and really, fall needs to hurry up and come before this humidity makes my skin melt away), and in addition to that, if you're up for a live performance by these guys, Smith's Olde Bar will be catering to them on August 31st. That's payday, so I'll probably be there.



>>>If you're planning to catch the Futurists tonight, make sure your ass is at Vinyl before 8:00pm, because that's when they play.

>>>Singer/songwriter extraordinaire Ryan McDougall posted a new song on his MySpace page for anyone who wants to check it out. I saw him perform "Hallelujah" at that 500 Songs for Kids thing and I almost cried. Almost.

>>>I forgot to mention this in the show posts yesterday. Ben Kweller will be playing the 99X Unplugged in the Park show this Sunday, August 5th. It's free. It's at Park Tavern. And um, if you're not 21, then fuhgeddaboudit. You can't get in.

>>>Rich over at Cable & Tweed has a post up today about an interesting show. Hey, anything at one of my most favorite places to sing karaoke is worthy of a mention. Oh, and in case you're wondering, that'd be the Clermont Lounge. I'd like to give a shout out to my BFF Blondie here while I mention it...



Leah, Blondie, and Claire chillin' at the Clermont Lounge...

And Elsewhere in the World...

>>>Filter has some news about Metric, and the only disheartening thing is that they never come to Atlanta. Makes me sad considering they are easily one of my favorite bands EVER.

>>>Think you've seen all of the Beatles? You're probably wrong.

>>>She might have the most perfect rack, but is she destined to be a singer, too?

>>>Metal videos galore! What's not to love? And where the hell is my AquaNet?

>>>I wonder if you get a bonus guide on how to best snort the ashes of your loved ones when you buy the book?

>>>These birds are doing so well that they're having to extend their tour. And if you're lucky, you can catch them at Chastain on August 26th.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

It's Pure Madness.

This happens in Atlanta every year, and it's probably one of the best ways to get a taste of some up and coming artists around the area you don't already know about. What is it? Why, it's Open Mic Madness! I've been the past three years, and it's always a fun week of, well, madness, hence the name. Put on by Josh Rifkind (the same genius behind 500 Songs for Kids), the contest will take place at Smith's Olde Bar (admittedly my fav local venue) August 13-18.

Mr. Rifkind emailed me earlier this evening asking for my services as a judge, which I will gladly do again seeing as I had a blast doing it last year. He also informed me that he's still taking submissions from bands and solo artists. Which means that if you're not savvy on the music front, you can still send him your stuff. So, go do it! (I'll make it easy for you...here's the link to submit.)

In case you need some kind of prompting, the 2003 winners were the Whigs, and uh, unless you've been under a rock, you know that they've been featured in Rolling Stone and got a pretty sweet record deal recently. And I'll attest to the fact that this is how I first learned of the Futurists, who may not have won, but are still on the fast track to being famous with that awesome sound of theirs and their pretty little faces.

It's August! Where's Your Calendar?

As I was looking at my calendar this morning, I thought to myself, "Wow, there's a ton of good stuff going on this month!" So I figured I would share what I have on my plate in case you think you might want to partake in any of that.

>>>Wednesday, August 1 (tonight!) - A band I've gotten a small sample of and absolutely loved is playing the EARL tonight. They're called the Postmarks. If you need some midweek music loving...that's the place to be. $8.00

>>>Thursday, August 2 (tomorrow) - The Futurists are playing at Vinyl with Tokyo Police Club. I love love love the Futurists, and though I haven't spent time checking out the other band, I've only heard awesome things from people who I like to think have good taste. 'Tis a mere $10.00 for entry.

>>>Friday, August 3 - If you haven't seen Leslie yet, get off your ass and go to the EARL tonight. Just do it. I've noticed over the past year that their crowd has more than tripled since I first saw them, so maybe you are listening to me! Alright, I won't take all the credit, but this is the only place to be tonight. The fact that they're opening for the Mooney Suzuki doesn't hurt either. $10.00!

>>>Tuesday, August 7 - Ah, the moment I have been waiting for since the fall! Ben Kweller returns to the Variety Playhouse. Woot! Tim Fite opens up, and I'm going to stick the "Penny on the Train Track" video here because it is hilarious. Old people are so effing amusing. $16.00



>>>Friday, August 10 - Stellar line-up for the show at Smith's Olde Bar with Rantings of Eva, Red Letter Agent, and Novah. It's alt rock wickedness at it's finest. Novah's got good tunes, and well, I think everyone already knows my thoughts on RoE...and since I'm putting relevant videos here, this is kind of cool.



>>>Saturday, August 11 - I had no idea that one of my favorite drinking establishments (Johnny's Pizza in Inman Park) has live music! So, last time I was stumbling out of there, I caught a glimpse of their upcoming shows and noticed a band I had seen at Lenny's one night a couple of months ago and decided at that point that I definitely wanted to see them again happens to be playing. Score! They're called Carousel 5 and they've got a chick fronting them, and her voice is phenomenal.

>>>Monday, August 13 - Tonight, Rufus Wainwright and Neko Case are going to be at the Tabernacle. I just hope I get to see Rufus wearing that sweet lederhosen...I mean, just look!



So, plenty to do in the next couple of weeks, and this doesn't even begin to completely cover it.

Listen to Something New.

Guess what? I'm broke. Severely broke. So I'm just going to spend normal beer drinking/dinner date time blogging. Woohoo! Aren't you so excited? I know I am. (Disclaimer: This also means that guest list spots and free drinks are more welcome than ever before. Thank you.)

Let's hit my mailbox, shall we? I get lots of submissions from artists who are relatively unknown, and when I say "unknown," I mean that I don't know them. You might. I can't keep up with all that's cool because I'm not cool. Word.

>>Got an email from a fan/artist out of Washington state named Aaron Schroeder, and I went to check it out since he boasts influences like the New Pornographers, and I've always thought that band is fantastic. While it's not nearly as powerful as a full band, the folk-rock tunes Schroeder has available are refreshing. The songs tell stories and flow pretty sweetly with superb backing vocals. Luckily, if you like what you hear, you can actually buy his new album, Black & Gold. I suggest you check out the stand-out track I listened to on MySpace called "What We Don't Know," or "Don't Go Home," which appears to be off an older album. If you're into Ben Kweller (who happens to be at the Variety Playhouse next Tuesday, August 7th, by the way), you'll probably dig this.

>>If you don't know me personally, then you're completely unaware that I'm a big dork and really heart Harry Potter. Yes, I finished the book, yes I've seen/own all the movies, yes, I even have a Gryffindor scarf for the winter time. So, naturally, when I received this email about Art Brut and the fact that Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter himself!) loves them, I had to pass along the info to my fellow fantastical magic-loving friends. Check it out! I'm jealous of these guys...



Oh, and they have a video out for "Direct Hit," and I really don't understand it, but I'll pass it along for entertainment anyways.

Direct Hit Video

>>I received an EPK from a band out of NY called Future in Plastics. This is one of those bands that I just don't get. I just don't know what the hell is going on...I can't tell if it's the vocals (which are kind of making me wish I had an ice pick nearby so I can gouge out my eardrums)...or what. I like the music. The lyrics are quirky, as I would expect from a band like this. I have a feeling they're probably lots of fun live, if you're wasted on a Friday night, but um, I, eh, I just...can't. Sorry.

>>Let's balance out the bad NY submission with a decent one. Luke Temple. This guy's press accolades read like the Nestle Toll House cookie recipe. For a minute I thought I was listening to a chick, but it turns out, this guy just has a supreme voice, and he knows how to use it. He's got an album coming out this month on August 21st called Snowbeast. Some of the songs are twangy, some are poppy, but mostly, he might be the male modern day version of...Sade. Now that I've said that, if you end up getting the album and making a baby, don't say I didn't warn you.

>>Sometime last week, I gave praise to Robbers on High Street. Their album is out now, so you know, go get it. I have it and it rocks the booty to the core. And here's a special remix for ya to chomp on.

Robbers on High Street - "Married Young (The Glass Remix)"

>>Here's a heads up from yet another band out of NY called the Teenage Prayers. The heads up is because they're going to hit Atlanta in September for the Atlantis Music Conference. They must have some kind of credentials, considering they're slated to open up for the Hold Steady pretty soon. I have to say, I listen to "Good Voodoo" and it makes me want to dance around and kick my feet in the air. Very catchy beats from these dudes, so you can check that, and if you like it, plan to hit their showcase next month (at Star Bar September 22).