Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Old 97s at the Tabernacle.

In case anyone missed them (and I know the majority of you did), I did make it to the Tabernacle Friday night to catch my most favorite band in the whole, wide world, the Old 97s. In fact, even though I missed a couple songs because whoever was in charge had them on earlier than they were supposed to go on, I'm pretty sure the euphoric state I was in made up for it.

I was front and center to watch the foursome, and I pressed against the people in front of me to get as close as possible to catch all windmill action from Rhett Miller, as you can see in the picture.

I think anyone who has seen them live can attest to the fact that they bring it, even after years together. They're tight. They're amazing. And that's why I love them.

The Republic Tigers.

The Republic Tigers out of Missouri are out with a self-titled EP (click for iTunes link) full of sweetness that will make you call up your dentist to check for cavities. It's airy and full of the promise your mom can't give you about the future of music. True story. If you want a small sample, they're gracious enough to give out one of their songs.

The Republic Tigers - "Buildings and Mountains"

They'll be at SXSW, and I might fight someone if I don't get to see them.

MGMT - "Time to Pretend" Video.

I'm not a film expert by any means, but hell, what I am is one who appreciates a video that reaches the mesmerized part of my brain. Thanks to MGMT, we can all watch one!

Time to Pretend video. Look out for the flying dolphins. They're trippy. Just like the rest of the video.

You can get their album, which is blowing up like a volcano on Vesuvius, from this link.

Eugene Francis Jnr

I want to pass on an artist who was brought to my attention, and I am really intrigued on the sound, because it has this sort of Beck thing going with an electronic sound that's hooked up with a singer/songwriter vibe. Sorry, but I think electronics always add a ton of kick to anything. Like the special, secret ingredient your grandma won't tell you about. That's what Eugene Francis Jnr does for me. He's got an album hitting on April 28th called The Golden Beatle, and I certainly wouldn't mind having my greasy little hands on it. You have a couple months to save about $10 to buy it . . .

Check out "I'm Maculate" and "My Own Pollution."

And - here's a nice video to watch ("Poor Me"):

Air Traffic to Release Fractured Life in US.

You like Brit rock? I got Brit rock for ya. Yes, I do. And it comes from Air Traffic in the form of pianos that command and vocals that haunt. After listening to "Shooting Star" on their MySpace player, I'm actually bobbing my head. In public. Isn't that the ultimate test of what's good? Lucky for us, this stuff is now available to you in CD form (and by now, I mean February 5th) with Fractured Life, which you can get on iTunes. Unfortch, there are no US tour dates as of yet, but if they catch on like I think they will, that will soon change. Yay for us!


Here's some news from the band opening up for the Bravery on this tour, which will be hitting Atlanta on February 5th, at the Roxy. . .

Switches (doesn't that third kid look like Warren from the Judies?!) carry a nice little mix of noisy guitars and rhythm-filled drumbeats that will have you clapping right along with them. If you like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, then this might be right up your alley.

Stream "Lay Down the Law" here.

The rest of the tour is as follows:

Switches Tour Dates w/ The Bravery
30 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
31 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
01 Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
02 Los Angeles, CA - Crash Mansion
05 Austin, TX - Emo's
06 Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
07 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
08 Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre
09 Atlanta, GA - Roxy
12 Toronto, ONT - Opera House
13 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
14 Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre
15 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
16 Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
18 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
19 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
21 New York, NY - Terminal 5
22 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore at TLA

The Devil Stole the Beat.

Mark your calendars now, because in less than a month, the Devil Stole the Beat is back with two solid nights of amazing talent, and yours truly just happens to be sponsoring the Friday night festivities. That means that if you're reading this, you should come out and support the cause. It's cheap! Only $6 will get you access to eight acts! Want to know the line-up? Okay. Here it is:

-Wednesday, February 20
Opening night party at Cypress Street Bar, on the corner of Sixth & Cypress
817 W Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

-Thursday, February 21
BMI showcase, Smith's Olde Bar - $6
Preparty hosted by Driveafastercar.com & Muzak

Purevolume.com Stage 4 full band sets
12am Wild Sweet Orange
11pm Silver Seas
10pm Spring Tigers
9pm Judi Chicago

PASTE Magazine Stage 4 songwriter sets
1130pm Matthew Mayfield
1030pm Arum Rae/J.P. White
930pm Deke Spears
830pm Gabe Dixon

-Friday, February 22
ASCAP Showcase, Smith's Olde Bar - $6
Preparty hosted by Confessions of a Music Addict & Weeman Entertainment

Purevolume.com Stage 4 full band sets
12am Modern Skirts
11pm Pasadena
10pm Ski Club
9pm Skyline Drive

PASTE Magazine Stage 4 songwriter sets
1130pm Rick Brantley
1030pm Rising Appalachia
930pm Christopher Denny
830pm Evan McHugh & Eryn McHugh

Be there!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

CD Review: Juno soundtrack

(Photo courtesy of imdb.com)

I think everyone has that one soundtrack they cherish as much as the movie they know every line to. Pulp Fiction, High Fidelity, Trainspotting, Empire Records, The Graduate and Saturday Night Fever are a few that come to mind. Well, to add to this list of soundtrack greatness and "desert island" discs is the music from the motion picture Juno. Thanks to getting the hookup from Arbell, Juno came in the mail Friday and I have listened to this compact disc nonstop until 15 minutes ago when I'll finally import it into my iPod.

The first thought I had listening to this album is the music tells more of a love story than the film itself. From the get go, you hear the opening credits track, "All I Want is You" by Barry Louis Polisar, "Dearest" by Buddy Holly and "Sea of Love" by Cat Power. In between these tracks along with other notables are Kimya Dawson making up six not forgetting to mention the Moldy Peaches track making a grand total of seven. From the minute-and-then-some track, "Sleep," to Sonic Youth's cover of "Superstar" (I can't help but think of Tommy Boy every time I hear that song), it's all here!

Other cool tracks I didn't notice off the bat from the film until I put the CD in are "Vampire" by Antsy Pants (which is made up of kids) and "I'm Sticking With You" by The Velvet Underground. Tracks I did recognize that I think shaped the movie (even though they all shaped Juno) are "Tire Swing" by Kimya Dawson, "Expectations" by Belle & Sebastian and "Anyone Else But You" by The Moldy Peaches. As a bonus, the last track is Michael Cera and Ellen Page's cover of The Moldy Peaches track from the last scene complete with hearing the runners before the track is over.

Overall, the soundtrack is as eclectic as "Juno" the character and worth getting in some way, shape or form.

The "sacred vessel" tracks:
1. All I Want is You - Barry Louis Polisar
2. My Rollercoaster - Kimya Dawson
3. A Well Respected Man - The Kinks
4. Dearest - Buddy Holly
5. Up The Sprout - Mateo Messina
6. Tire Swing - Kimya Dawson
7. Piazza, New York Catcher - Belle & Sebastian
8. Loose Lips - Kimya Dawson
9. Superstar - Sonic Youth
10. Sleep - Kimya Dawson
11. Expectations - Belle & Sebastian
12. All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople
13. So Nice So Smart - Kimya Dawson
14. Sea of Love - Cat Power
15. Tree Hugger - Kimya Dawson & Antsy Pants
16. I'm Sticking With You - The Velvet Underground
17. Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches
18. Vampire - Antsy Pants
19. Anyone Else But You - Michael Cera & Ellen Page

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I Guess They Caught On.

Looks like Ticketmaster read my post about getting the Old 97s' name wrong on the show listing. I'm hoping they didn't print hundreds of tickets with the same mistake, as well, but that remains to be seen. I know this because when I checked the show listing today, it had been changed! See, one person really can make a difference! Plus, I'm sure they didn't like the fact that I bad-mouthed them to the large number of readers. (And don't think I'm being cocky...I know for a fact that they read my post.)

Who wants to start a coup? Anyone? Bueller? ;)

Natalie Warner

In light of American Idol, and the fact that despite my efforts to completely ignore that it's going on, I can't due to the media coverage, I'm going to pass along an artist that I will file under the ever-growing "guilty pleasures" category. If you like poppy artists who feed off Natasha Beddingfield, Kelly Clarkson, and maybe a smidge of Feist, who add their own life details, then you'll be happy to know Natalie Warner. (Guys, let me just go ahead and say that she is adorably cute, and that may be reason enough for you to just go listen to her...)

I got a demo of "Last This Time" (which can be found on her MySpace player, linked above) some months ago, and I'm not going to lie - it went straight on my iPod and still resides there after the initial obsession. This, of course, prompted me to listen to the rest of the songs, and...wow! It's perfect for setting the mood for girl time! And by that, I mean I would totally ride around in the car singing this stuff with my girlfriends, because we do those types of things. I know you're jealous. So, go check it out for yourself. There are no show dates listed yet, but she's got a new album out, and she's also based in Shreveport, so I'm sure she'll be hitting Atlanta.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Another Reason I Hate Ticketmaster.

This weekend, the NHL All-Star Game will be played at Philips Arena. In light of that, Wyclef Jean will be at the Tabernacle on Friday night, January 25th to raise money to benefit Usher's charity, New Look Foundation.

This is significant to me, because the opening band is my favorite band of all-time forever and ever, the OLD 97s!!! I have never seen the band live because they never come here. I have only had the pleasure of watching lead singer Rhett Miller do the solo thing on two separate occasions. I only found out about this show on Friday. I almost peed in my pants.

And now, I have to curse the people holding these tickets, Ticketmaster, because the $30 ticket will end up costing around $45 after all of their fees and other bullshit they tack on because they can. Ticketmaster, I hate you more than anything I have ever hated. Like brussel sprouts. I would rather eat a million of them than have to deal with Ticketmaster.

Not only do the tickets have all the extra fees, if you go to the show listing, they didn't even get that right. Oldies 97? Wtf is that? An imaginary radio station that's hosting Wyclef at the Tabernacle? Someone needs to get a job demerit for that fudged listing. My feelings are actually a little hurt for the band. I mean, YOU GOT THEIR NAME WRONG!!!! I guess nothing is sacred anymore.

Anywho, I'm not even sure I'll be going, because of other financial problems I'm dealing with. Leah is sad. That is all for now. Thank you.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Record Labels Going Down, Down.

Another one bites the dust! Am I the only one who is set off at the fact that record labels are dropping artists when they won't do a song and dance like a cat on a hot tin roof? I mean, come on. This is really sad. Who are they picking up when they drop someone? Fall Out Boy? Against Me? Ashley Tisdale? Whooooooo?

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go read some industry news. I'm not a huge fan of Annie Lennox, but I definitely think she's an icon in the music world, and to read her account of how she was treated by her label before they ditched her is highly disturbing.

Of course, she's not the only one this has happened to, and she won't be the last. You know the world is coming to an end when Oprah (who I really, really do NOT like, which is why I will probably be voting for Hillary instead of Oprah Obama) gets her own network and Annie Lennox doesn't want to sing anymore. Gah.

Oh, and I guess that little tidbit from Perez Hilton yesterday is actually true. Yay! Coachella, here we come...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Is Coachella Moving?

Yes, I read Perez Hilton. It's my substitute for watching TV.

Perez reports that Coachella may be moving to the east coast this year. How great would that be for those of us who can't afford to go all the way across the great United States?!

I'm sure we'll hear more about this later on in the year.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Silversun Pickups Remix.

I'm way behind on this. Like an entire month. But better late than never, eh?

I simply love the Silversun Pickups. It never gets old as far as I'm concerned. And now they've gone and released some remixes on iTunes. Yay! I'm really hooked on the Jimmy Tamborello (from Postal Service) version of "Lazy Eye" due to the introduction of hand claps, which make any song better. They do! You can go check it out on iTunes and buy them there.

Here's the video of the original to wet your whistle.

The Mission District.

Alright, here's a good band for when you're looking for pop-punk to listen to when you've got the windows down and the wind blowing through your hair. For real. It's like a cross between Mae and Motion City Soundtrack without the discombobulated lyrics. Catch the Mission District, another good thing out of Canada besides the maple leaf. Cute boys with long hair and tunes to shake your tush to never fail to amaze me. Call it a guilty pleasure, but I'm intrigued and wouldn't mind hearing more out of them. If you want to indulge with me, please do.

The Mission District - "Anchors"

The Missoin District - "Youth Games"

The Mission District - "Age of Pretending"

The Mission District - "Come On"

The Blakes.

Light in the Attic Records out of Seattle sent me this band called the Blakes, and it's taken me way too many months to listen to them. Sorry - I won't miss the boat again on this. I mean, I think I've already established that all the really great stuff is in Seattle and that's why the Southeast is having trouble catching up right now...

Eh, anyway, you can check out this band from the video below. Very catchy, radio-friendly rock that will make you want to move. Trust me, sitting in a public place right now is making me look like a retarded noodle from listening to it.

Goldfrapp Video - "A&E"

Goldfrapp, a lady who has definitely made it onto my Bath Mix playlist, has a pretty sweet video out now for her new single, "A&E" where she walks among nature that comes alive. No shit. She's got some leaf monster things dancing around her, and I'm pretty sure I'm now going to have some interesting dreams tonight. This is like Sesame Street on acid. Check it out:

Pop Death Squad This Thursday.

Pop Death Squad, who I love for bringing free shows to Atlanta once a month, will be sponsoring another kick ass event this Thursday, January 17 at Star Bar beginning at 9:00. Bring your wallet for the PBR since you won't have to pay to get in. You will, however, need to be 21 years old. Sorry, kiddies.

This week they have a really super line-up including a blog favorite, the Pendletons, along with The Lord is My Shotgun and Ghostfinger. I might have to tie one for this show since I'm laying out of work Friday to pick-up my just-back-from-Iraq brother in the morning from the airport. Yay!

Colour Revolt to Release Album Under Fat Possum.

Colour Revolt, out of Mississippi has announced they'll be releasing their new stuff, Plunder, Beg, and Curse, on Fat Possum Records come April 1st. In case you haven't had the pleasure of listening to them yet, you should check it. There's a great rock coming out of them that can easily remind me of a little Beck at the harder times, and a little Pinback at the softer ones, and probably some other stuff I can't really pinpoint because it is WAY too loud in Taco Mac right now. Thanks, trivia guy. Anyway, you can download one of their new songs on their MySpace site, which I have linked for you above there.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Rantings of Eva and AutoVaughn. Star Bar. Friday nite.

I discovered I missed people-watching and got up-to-date with the PDA displays, pick-up lines and random guys sporting wigs, fake moustaches and sunglasses (Reno 911 style). After killing time at Criminal Records and the Vortex (where I had a bowl tater tots), Atlanta's Rantings of Eva was in the middle of one of their tunes. With a CD out sometime soon, they're sure to draw even more people in when they play at Smith's Olde Bar in February.

AutoVaughn of Nashville followed Rants and the Rolling Stones and TV on the Radio tunes playing during their sound check (hearing "Staring at the Sun" made me a happy girl). Starting out with "Rock Your Body" and some previews for their EP or LP (to be determined), the energy Rants gave out to the Star Bar continued on till 1:30-ish. AV will also be playing at Smith's Olde Bar next month.

So, here's whatcha gotta do for these two: check out their MySpace pages (links are above), download their songs on iTunes, and wait it out until February to see them in the flesh at Smith's Olde Bar. :-)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Go See Something This Weekend.

The week is winding down, and you should be getting a new wind from the holiday lull. That's on top of the fact that pretty much everything on TV is a rerun due to the writer's strike. If you want to see some music, try these out this weekend:

-Friday, January 11: STAR BAR
Autovaughn is coming in from Nashville, TN. I think I listened to their CD on repeat for an entire two months when I got it oh so long ago. So, I'm going to be here to finally see it happen live. You can read my ancient CD review from Southeast Performer magazine here.

If I had money, I'd be at Variety Playhouse all weekend. The Dresden Dolls will be there tomorrow night.

-Saturday, January 12: THE EARL
Attractive Eighties Women will be releasing their new CD with Pistolero opening up for support. Admission includes a CD! That's a bonus in itself.

And the other reason I'd want to cop a squat at VARIETY PLAYHOUSE...
Yo La Tengo is playing. I really like them. A lot. They've been around for a long while, and I always manage to miss them for some reason or another. I don't see that it's sold out, so I may try to swing this still.

Playboy Never Lets You Down.

I think it's safe to say that Playboy is an icon of today's culture, since they tend to tap into all of the arts, aside from the art of a woman's body.

This year, they're doing Rock the Rabbit, which sounds pretty incredible and includes some of my favorite new artists like Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, Tokyo Police Club, Hot Chip, and Daft Punk, as well as veterans like The Shins and Duran Duran.

They'll be raising money for Rock the Vote by selling t-shirts designed by the artists centered around the infamous Playboy Bunny head.

Playboy Rock the Rabbit has a MySpace if you want to keep up with this. I've already requested an invite to the SxSW Late Night Party . . .

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Just So You Know...

Radiohead has announced that they will be hitting Atlanta on their North American tour. No, I don't have an exact date. But I will tell you that it will either be in the spring, or the fall, but not the summer. How's that for vague? I do what I can. When I have more info, I'll be sure to pass it along like a good blogger.

In other news, yours truly is officially confirmed to attend SxSW. Well, I won't be registered because I have a non-existent expense account, but I will be there during the conference, and will be attending parties and blogging (hopefully) with the free WiFi at my value motel. Woot! Unless someone wants to donate some kind of access to the shows. Or sell me a couple of wristbands when the time comes. Anything works . . .

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

To Read With Your Coffee.

Today is my Dad's birthday - so I will be doing family time during normal writing hours. It's also Elvis' birthday, in case you haven't turned on the TV to see all of his movies being played in a marathon to celebrate. How about some news tidbits to make up for time spent elsewhere? Yes?

*Taylor Hicks gets dumped. You know, I would have NEVER seen this coming if I wasn't certain that the world wasn't ready for the next Michael Bolton...

*Ladies, make sure you check your boobies every month. Bif says so.

*I'm wondering when the entire music industry is going to catch on that labels are just money hoarding pimps. This and this say that will happen sooner than later. And they can all thank Radiohead.

*The Golden Globes are suffering a loss due to this writer's strike. Heads up to the big exec guys: PAY YOUR WRITERS! Geez.

*I'm going to try even harder this year to actually make it to SxSW.

*And now, to end this post, I will not link anything, but will just weigh in on this whole Britney Spears meltdown that the entire world is being subjected to: Ms. Spears is an example of white trash with too much money and a need for attention. It's really too bad that she has received so much attention that she cannot even run her own life and is negatively influencing those of two young children. We all know this. We have all known this for a while. So, this is a plea for all the blogs, TV, commercial, and now, even movie people to just shut up about it already. Shut. Up!

Have a lovely Tuesday.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Brash Nash.

The mail lady at my real jobby job has come through once again! If you're not a female who lurves songs that rip the opposite gender a new one, then you might not dig this. I, however, happen to be one of those females, in case you somehow missed that over the past couple of years. So, I was very happy to take some of my downtime to check out this CD by Kate Nash that just landed (literally) in my lap last week, Made of Bricks.

You probably don't want your preteen daughter listening to Nash's uncanny manner of insulting any man boy who has crossed her path in a very wrong way with songs like "Dickhead" and "Shit Song." But then again, one of the singles, "Merry Happy," manages to balance out all of that hate at the end of the CD with an aura of, well, happiness. Luckily, the other thing I love about this album is the fact that this is not just some chick and her guitar. Nope. It's a mix of electronics and a thick British accent, and it's oh-so-lovely. It's kind of like when you go to Cold Stone Creamery and make your own mix of all your favorite things to put in the bowl, and it tastes so perfect, you're convinced it should be bottled and sold. If you have no idea what I mean, just trust me . . . it's pretty much the best thing ever.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Sometimes I Wonder...

Does anyone even read this? Do you even like it?

Have you ever heard of Bloggies? Did you know they're taking nominations right now? Did you know that you've been reading this music blog and that I spend lots of time on it? (And so do the other girls.)

Are you really working right now?

2008 Bloggies - Nominate your girls.

Really, guys. Gratzie!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

I love iTunes gift cards! Part Deux

After being super stoked about the Ladytron finds and the iTunes Plus updates, I hit a brick wall on what else to get with the remaining winnings for five songs... So, I ended up with the following five (along with commentary) that won a spot on my iPod nano "classic" (aka: the first iPod nano that is nowhere to be found in the Apple store).

"Left Side Drive" - Boards of Canada. This band was suggested by two great people who work at American Apparel when we were talking of spacey music playing in the store. It's very chill, optimistic and transcendental.

"Faster Kill Pussycat" - Paul Oakenfold featuring Brittany Murphy. I heard this song two Halloween's ago and fell in love with it. It's very dancie and you lose yourself in the beat.

"Life On Mars?" - David Bowie. It's one of those songs you hear from time to time that grab your attention. It's a classic!

"Shadow of the Day" - Linkin Park. I woke up hearing this song having no idea who played it. A couple weeks go by, and I find out it's Linkin Park. It's mellow and quite good in my opinion.

"Love Will Tear Us Apart" - Joy Division. It breaks my heart to hear this song, but it's unusually gorgeous. It's also from the Donnie Darko and Control soundtracks.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

New Year, New Music.

I cannot even begin to get to everything that has been sent my way in the past month, but I'll randomly put some of it up for your listening enjoyment. Happy New Year.

***In a couple of months, March 8th, to be exact, Jonathan Rice is going to be rolling into town to play the Loft. This kid doesn't even look like he's old enough to drive, but he is, just like he's able to make beautiful, shiny music with a personal fav of mine, Jenny Lewis. You can stream his duet with her below:

Jonathan Rice & Jenny Lewis - "End of the Affair"

***One of the most jaded singer/songwriters I've ever had the pleasure of catching on to is releasing a new album in March. David Ford stays true to his condescending lyrical content on Songs for the Road, which can be sampled on his media player website. Seriously, I love, love, love this guy. He's so dark that it's frighteningly soothing to know that my life doesn't suck nearly that bad. The first single is "Go to Hell," if that tells you anything...

***All you kids who dig on that electronic stuff should check out Temposhark if you haven't already. I must say that I hate admitting when I like something that's probably got a pretty short shelf life, but I'm going to say that I like this. It makes me want to move my tushy.

That's all I got for right now that's worth mentioning. If you're looking for something to do this weekend on the end of live music, Trances Arc is playing at Smith's Olde Bar on Saturday, January 5th with the Empties and Evoka.