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


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)

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:


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.


And here is what the AJC reports:

Under-21 crowd shut out

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...

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?

Rilo Kiley at Variety Playhouse.

I went and saw Rilo Kiley play at Variety Playhouse on Saturday night. This is the first time I've had the pleasure of seeing them play live, and I have to admit, I'm a total fan now.

Through all the screaming males in the room ("Jenny, I love you!"), the band was highly personable and made the venue seem like it was more intimate than it actually is. Of course, after watching her prance around in short shorts between the guitar, the keys, and even a stint on a cowbell during "Breakin' Up," it's no mystery why every man in the room was professing their love to Jenny Lewis. Hell, even my man friend, who was completely unfamiliar with Rilo Kiley, was asking me twenty questions about them after the show.

Performance-wise, the sound was incredible. There's nothing better than a band who back up their recorded material with a stellar live show, too. Considering the band has a slew of side projects they each do, they incorporated some of the songs from their other bands into the set, and it was beautifully done. Even the lighting reflected the songs, with blacklights (appropriate for the latest album, Under the Blacklight, which you should make sure you own if you don't already) shining on the stage during "Dreamworld" and red lights to indicate the saucy feel of "Moneymaker."

I took a couple of pictures, but they suck so bad that I don't want to put them here, so you get promo shots instead.