Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Carousel 5



So I've talked about Carousel 5 before, because, well, I like them, and I think you will, too. They graciously sent me their new CD, Counter Clockwise, and I've given it a listen at my leisure. And I likey what I hear! I'm not sure what it is, but there's a pretty sick calming effect...maybe it's Tori's vocals? Maybe it's the bwangy guitars (yeah, I make up words, deal with it). Maybe it's the underlying jazzy sensation pouring out of every song. Whatever the case may be, their formula works well to ease the senses.

Honestly, it's nice to hear something like this come along in this town. Why? Well, not to dog anyone, but I'm finding myself repeatedly bored with most of the acts I see over and over again, save my staple favorites. Although I'm still recovering from The Devil Stole the Beat last week (by the way, our show on Friday sold out at Smith's! Yay!), I'm going to jump back in the saddle on Friday night, February 29th, to catch Carousel 5 at Red Light Cafe. It's $5.00, and I feel like you may want to spend your Friday night there, too, if you go listen to the songs on their MySpace page (linked above).

Friday, February 22, 2008

Tonight is When It Happens.

I've been going on and on about The Devil Stole the Beat, and it's finally here. Despite the rainy day, there will still be a nice, warm venue for you to use as shelter while you get to witness some of the best up and coming bands from the southeast. I think that's reason enough, but if you need more, the $6 cover for a multitude of acts should persuade you even further.

So come out and rub elbows with me and some other fun music related people at Smith's Olde Bar tonight. All the bands are linked in this blog if you want to get a preview of what you're going to get hit with.

Cheers!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

He Stole Your Beat, So Get It Back.

The Devil Stole the Beat is finally here! Beginning tomorrow night, Atlanta will be at the mercy of music. The full schedule can be found here.

I will most definitely be showing my elusive self at Smith's Olde Bar (bring earplugs, because homeboy who's doing the sound there must be deaf since my eardrums have all but busted the past two times I've been upstairs) Friday night for the stellar ASCAP line-up. Any other outings will be based purely on my unexpected hectic schedule. Unfortunately, this hectic schedule is not due to me vacationing in the south of France or some other exotic country.

No, my schedule is due to work/life/trying to enroll in a master's program. Because of all of this, I'm not finding much joy in this whole blogging thing anymore, especially since I feel like it takes, takes, takes, while I give, give, give. I haven't completely decided yet, but SXSW will most likely be my last hurrah, depending on everything else. I'm finding it hard to address all the emails I'm sent daily, and that just makes me stress out, when really, I shouldn't be stressing about a personal journal that doesn't manage to put any kind of money in my pocket so that I may have a roof and pay my bills. Not that I need to justify my decisions to you, but if you want some kind of explanation, there it is.

Something has to give somewhere. I just got a great promotion at my corporate job that I'm beginning to like more and more everyday, and with that comes more work, longer hours, and less time to sit around and listen to/form and opinion on music. Capisce?

This is not to say I will never blog again. It is, however, to say that when I do blog, it will be when I want or can, and I'd appreciate less of the "have you listened to _____ yet?" and "I sent you ______ a couple months ago, and a post before the CD release/show would be great." Yeah, I'm sure it would, but sleeping would be great for me, and that takes precedence. Sorry.

See you on Friday?

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Review: Kurt Cobain About a Son (2007)

In stores: February 19
(Thanks Walter)

Directed by: AJ Schnack

Synopsis: Kurt Cobain's life in his own words, literally.

Review: In an hour and a half, you see Kurt Cobain as he is: straight-forward, happy, funny, frustrated, thankful but always real. It's creatively told by hearing his voice accompanied by images of different parts of Washington (Aberdeen, Olympia and Seattle). The only time you see images of Cobain himself are at the end of the "conversation" just before the credits. The other unique quality you hear in Son is no song by Cobain is to be heard. That absence is vital because your mind won't be clouded with his public image and instead solely concentrating on this human being who's a musician, husband and a father.

Verdict: A
See it if you're intrigued with Cobain, love Nirvana or just want to see something good.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Radiohead Atlanta Update.

I've been told that the pre-sale for Georgia is sold out. That happened in 5 minutes.

This means that the regular sale on Saturday is also going to be a bitch.

C'est la vie, eh?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

On a Personal Note...

This is nothing to do with music, but I wanted to say something about a tragedy that happened over the weekend, mainly because it involved some girls from my alma mater, Georgia Southern University, and also from a sorority I briefly belonged to ten years ago, Kappa Delta. (I ended up as a sister of ADPi, but nevertheless, I did spend some time in the KD house, and I still keep in touch with some of them even today.)

Three girls were driving back to Statesboro from Atlanta on Sunday, when right before reaching their destination, they were in a car accident on I-16. Two of the girls died at the scene, and the third girl has been in ICU hanging onto life for the past four days. She died tonight.

I just want to express my deepest sympathy to the KD ladies, and to the friends and family of all three girls; Melissa Eustice, Jamie Carter, and Jessica Fulmer. While I was at Georgia Southern, a similar situation took place, and ADPi lost a sister. The community support was amazing, and I think through the thoughts and prayers I've seen expressed this week, that same support is being felt now.

Here is a news story about the accident, as they still have not found the car that caused the wreck.

This video pays respect to the girls, so if you're so inclined, here it is.

I Just Blogged To Say, "I Love You."



Terri had a great idea to post two playlists for the greeting card holiday that happens tomorrow; one for the attached, and one for the singles. I suppose I will follow her lead for two reasons: (1) I'm a chick, and (2) making playlists is my single most favorite hobby, which my dear friends can attest to.

So, here are two playlists. One for if you're googly-eyed in lurve, and one for if you're pining after someone, or just bitter and black inside about being forced to remember that you have no special someone to buy you a cheap ass stuffed dog that sings from CVS.

I Heart You.

1. "Part One" - Band of Horses (from Everything All the Time)
2. "You Are the Moon" - The Hush Sound (from Like Vines)
3. "Golden Star" - My Brightest Diamond (from Bring Me the Workhouse)
4. "Falling Slowly" - Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova (from the Once soundtrack)
5. "Gotta Have You" - The Weepies (from Say I Am You)
6. "My Favourite Book" - Stars (from In Our Bedroom After the War)
7. "Fall At Your Feet" - Magnet (from The Tourniquet)
8. "Lovers Rock" - Sade (from Lovers Rock)
*Disclaimer: Laugh all you want...you know Sade is the reason for the Baby Boom!

I Hate You/Wish You Would Realize I Was Alive.
*Disclaimer: Yes, I know this playlist is bipolar, but isn't love bipolar?! This is the story of descent into misery. Have at it. Cheers.

1. "The Nicest Thing" - Kate Nash (from Made of Bricks)
2. "All I Need" - Radiohead (from In Rainbows)
3. "No One's Gonna Love You" - Band of Horses (from Cease to Begin)
4. "Someday Soon" - Doves (from Some Cities)
5. "Academia" - Sia (from Some People Have Real Problems)
6. "On Again, Off Again" - Sean Lennon (from Friendly Fire)
7. "Breakin' Up" - Rilo Kiley (from Under the Blacklight)
8. "Wish the Worst" - Old 97s (from Hitchhike to Rhome)
9. "You Suck" - the Murmurs (from Murmurs)
10. "Go to Hell" - David Ford (from Songs for the Road)
11. "Rootless Tree" - Damien Rice (from9)

So there it is. A trip inside the emotastic brain of Leah. Happy Valentine's Day...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

"My Funny Valentine... My Bloody Valentine"

“The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don't wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules. Anyway... I've started to make a tape... in my head... For the first time I can sort of see how that is done.”
– Rob Gordon (John Cusack) High Fidelity (2000)

Whether you call February 14 Valentine’s Day or Singles Awareness Day (SAD), it’s still going to happen. Here, from me to you, are two compilation tapes. The origin of this musical goodness is a combination of the following: my iPod nano “classic,” driving, album recommendations/mixed CD’s from friends, coffee, shows, movie soundtracks, avoiding the radio, boredom and mocha with skim. Like Cusack's character from High Fidelity, I indeed spent ages on this. If you end up making these “tapes” for someone, please don’t say, “I totally thought of this!” and give me credit. Much love~

Compilation One: For the individual who fancies someone and the potential aspects that might be going through his/her mind when thinking about the intriguing creature of his/her affection.

1. Wonderful You – The Dandy Warhols Welcome to the Odditorium
2. Rules of the Game - Brazilian Girls Talk to La Bomb
3. Because I Want You (Ladytron Club Mix) – Placebo Because I Want You EP
4. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever To Tell
5. Let’s Get It On – Jack Black High Fidelity soundtrack*
6. Hyperballad – The Twilight Singers She Loves You
7. Under Starlight – Red Letter Agent Under Starlight
8. Sexy Boy – Air Moon Safari
9. Strange Powers – The Magnetic Fields Holiday
10. I Want You (She’s So Heavy) – The Beatles Abbey Road*

Compilation Two: For the individual who is experiencing, thinking or saying: “He/She’s just not into you,” hates/loves/wants to be single (again), at the “getting over you” stage, a reality check (aka: he/she found out about your “pottery class”) and “It’s not you, it’s me.”

1. Never There – Cake Prolonging the Magic
2. Stay With Me – The Faces A Nod is as Good as a Wink… To a Blind Horse
3. All the Pretty Faces – The Killers Sam’s Town (bonus track) and Sawdust
4. Beauty*2 – Ladytron Witching Hour
5. Unlovable – The Smiths Louder Than Bombs*
6. Underneath It All – Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
7. Llorando – Rebekah Del Rio Mulholland Drive soundtrack*
8. Tire Swing – Kimya Dawson Juno soundtrack
9. Slow Hands – Interpol Antics
10. Debonair – The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen

* not available on iTunes

The end.

Radiohead Announces Tour Dates.

Okay, kiddies. I just got word that Radiohead will be playing at Lakewood Amphitheater (which, last time I checked about five or six years ago was called Hi-Fi Buys, but I think they went out of business, so maybe it's back to being "Lakewood") on May 8th.

Tickets go on pre-sale February 14th through W.A.S.T.E., and the general sale will be Saturday, February 16th. Happy Valentine's Day to you, I guess.

May 5 - Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, Florida
May 6 - Ford Amphitheatre - Tampa, Florida
May 8 - Lakewood Amphitheatre - Atlanta, Georgia
May 9 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Charlotte, North Carolina
May 11 - Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge - Bristow, Virginia
May 14 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - St Louis, Missouri
May 17 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, Texas
May 18 - Superpages.com Center - Dallas, Texas

You can probably get the tickets on Ticketbastard.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Mmm. Pancakes.

Sorry I haven't got any music related info for you today. I'm taking a little "studying for the GMAT" hiatus.

However, here is something that you might find interesting. Tomorrow is free pancake day at IHOP. If you're someone who is up between 7-10 a.m., then you can get some free pancakes!

I'm going to try to ignore the snooze option so I can partake.

Cheers!

Why I'm in 'Love' again

I had an out of body experience last night. See why I want to go back to Vegas and what I'll be listening to for the next two months. Thank goodness for YouTube.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Someone likes Red Letter Agent...

If you find yourself saying, 'nothing's on' for the next few Monday's, tune into ABC Family's Kyle XY and have a listen to Atlanta's own Red Letter Agent. It all starts tomorrow when their song "Under Starlight" will be heard (remember "Under Starlight" when I post another blog later this week - *hint hint*). This is the first of many 'appearances' RLA with have on this show. They're also in the works to play at SXSW - you know, the music festival Leah's been super excited about going to and drops those magical initials as much as possible. :-)

A "by the way" on RLA: This is a really good band and should be heard by all Atlantans and beyond. I've been a supporter of these chaps for quite some time now and maybe, just maybe, I might get to have a chat with these guys after the dust settles for them a bit. :-) You can hear them on their MySpace page (link above) and check them out on iTunes.

PS: If anyone can YouTube when they come on and let the band know, you will be RLA's best friend!

The name of the show again: Kyle XY on ABC Family

The times:
Monday 2/11/08
song: "Under Starlight"
Time: 8pm EST

Monday 2/18/08
songs: "Hide Your Love Away" & "Hooked To You"
Time: 8pm EST

Monday 2/25/08
song: "Burn The Good Ones Down"
Time: 8pm EST

Monday 3/17/08
song: "Thin Colored Wall"
Time: 8pm EST

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Jaymay.



Finally! A chick singer/songwriter that doesn't put me to sleep! Man, is that hard to find. Please don't bring Brandi Carlile into my obvious distaste for girls and guitars - because I might scream if I have to hear anything else about her! Bleh! I was over her before VH1 ate her up like recently rescued island refugee (can you tell I've been catching up on LOST?). Enough, already.

Moving on...the hot stuff you're about to encounter is going to come from Jaymay. She's a haunting vocalist and captivating instumentalist that oozes future hit after hit. There's a jazzy, big band, folkly, rockish style that's kind of sucking me in. Yes, that's broad, but accurate. Just listen and you'll see what I'm talking about. I've even included a freebie mp3 here for you. She's got an album you can take advantage of through iTunes called Autumn Fallin'. Looks like she'll also be somewhere during SxSW on March 12th.

Jaymay - "Blue Skies"

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Keep Your Eyes Ahead


Sub Pop just released The Helio Sequence's 4th studio album, Keep Your Eyes Ahead, on January 29th. Guitarist/Vocalist Brandon Summers and Drummer/Keys player Benjamin Weikel have created what I think might be their best album yet. It's really dreamy and totally addictive.

Keep Your Eyes Ahead is out on CD and Vinyl (thank god because I am over iTunes) and quite a few of the tracks are available to preview on THS's Myspace page. If you're short on time, I recommed "Shed Your Love" and "Lately".

If you're on the West Coast, you have a chance to catch these guys on the following tour dates:

Feb 9 2008 Portland, Oregon
Feb 25 2008 Visalia, California
Feb 26 2008 Los Angeles, California
Feb 27 2008 San Diego, California
Feb 28 2008 Costa Mesa, California
Feb 29 2008 San Francisco, California
Mar 1 2008 Reno, Nevada
Mar 7 2008 Portland, Oregon
Mar 8 2008 Seattle, Washington
Mar 9 2008 Boise, Idaho
Mar 10 2008 Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 11 2008 Denver, Colorado
Mar 17 2008 Tucson, Arizona
Mar 18 2008 Phoenix, Arizona
Mar 20 2008 Provo, Utah

They sound quite a bit different from when I saw them at SxSW about 6 years ago, but I think the evolution is a vast improvement.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Harrison Hudson CD Release.



Guys, if you're looking for weekend plans already, then go ahead and jot down (or type in, for you technically savvy folks) Harrison Hudson's CD release at Vinyl Saturday, February 9th. They may be tearing up the Nashville scene now, but they used to kick it all over Atlanta when they were based here not so long ago. Thankfully, they always make sure to visit often.

There's something refreshing about hearing a band mature over time, both physically and musically. Listening to the tracks contained on Blood, Sweat and Sweat makes me smile, because HH has obviously grown to be a seasoned rock band. Rock. What is rock anyway? This stuff is like a melting pot of any genre that massages your eardrums, from Cash to the Stones, to the Killers...it's all there if you listen as intently as I've found myself doing. The first couple of songs on their MySpace page are straight from the new album - and I think you'll find that the little taste you get will have you salivating for more like Pavlov's dog. "Baby Blues" has a sweet tinge of pop rock reminiscent of the bands popular in the sixites. "Kill Her With a Kiss" is an endearing ode to the wanted girl, and at the same time, the one you want to be (unless you're a guy, duh).

So, go listen, then go see, and go say hey to Harrison.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

A3C Festival Announces Artists.



The annual A3C festival that we see in Atlanta every year has announced some of the line-up that hip hop fans can look forward to witnessing this year. It's going to take place March 20-22 at the CW Midtown Complex (which is that music venue monstrosity on the corner of W. Peachtree and 17th for those who aren't familiar).

Main acts announced so far include Del the Funky Homosapien (recently covered by Paste Magazine), and Cool Kids (who are also appearing at Coachella). You can read more here.

Destroy Cowboy.

I'm getting lots of musical love from the UK lately, and that makes me warm inside, because I'm a fan of almost everything that comes from overseas. Destroy Cowboy isn't much different from that. The main vocals actually have a Michael Stipe-esque feel to them, which makes it interesting, and different, still, because the music isn't really like REM at all. Destroy Cowboy's use of sound effects bring a powerful extra umph to their tracks, and that's always welcome as far as I'm concerned. People must be catching on, because they're kicking ass opening for bands like Stars and Apostle of Hustle. I'd say that's impressive enough for you to take a listen, yes?

The Duke Spirit - Neptune.



A great band out of the UK, The Duke Spirit, is set to release their sophomore album, Neptune, on iTunes beginning Tuesday, February 5th. After listening to "Echo Song," I think my pulse rate has dropped considerably from the soothing vocals over monotonous keys and other dinging sounds. The other songs you'll find on their player aren't necessarily like that, so make sure you check more than that one. There's nothing better than a band that can fold female vocals into seemingly male-dominated rock and make it sound like a recipe for success, like they do on "Send a Little Love Token." Kudos to them for doing so.

The Duke Spirit will be making an appearance at SxSW on March 12th at the KRCW Showcase.

Virginia Coalition - Home This Year.



I got a little memo that Virginia Coalition, a radio-friendly folk rock trio, will be releasing a new album called Home This Year on March 18th. I wouldn't bother to mention this normally, but I went and listened to the single, "Sing Along," and I like the airy, comfortable feeling that saturated my bones when it surged through my earbuds. So, there you have it. They'll also be at SxSW on March 14th, although I have no idea where yet since it's not listed. But, there's a heads up for ya.