Sunday, November 23, 2008

Concert review: Quintron and Miss Pussycat

Date: Saturday, November 22
Venue: Eyedrum
Support: Hawks, The Carbonas

Seeing Quintron and Miss Pussycat was a bit of fresh air. There wasn't any sweating due to a billion bodies trying to see. After Hawks and Carbonas played (rather heavy for the setting), a puppet show opened up the headliner's -for seriously. It was lead by Quintron's wife, Miss Pussycat, who also did backup vocals and played maracas. Seeing Mr. Quintron was interesting because he had a great trick up his sleeve. His entire band is himself and a machine he invented out of an organ, how cool is that? He's like "Bert" from Mary Poppins, but cooler! To describe the sound (or somewhat ballpark it), think LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire with White Stripes vocals. However, it's hard to say since I've heard nothing like it before, which is good. Overall, it was a relaxing evening enjoying a brewski and popcorn while listening to fun music.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Coldplay hints at a farewell... NIN pics

Apparently Chris Martin would like he and his band mates to wrap things up be the end of 2009. The writer of the story doesn't appear to be a fan in the first place, along with giving away personal political choices, which is a waste of ink. Read the blurb here.

Also, Nine Inch Nails did a Monday night show in Columbus, OH with some sweet deals - $17 seats!! But where are all the Trent baby fans (pics here)? And how come those cheap seats weren't available for the Duluth and Nashville show? IMO (internet slang- LOL!) school nights don't count as an excuse for this deal...

Monday, November 17, 2008

New Ladytron video in the works

Ladytron stated in a MySpace bulletin moments ago that a video is in the works for their track "Tomorrow." If they were to pick a song off their latest album, Velocifero, I think they should have done "The Lovers." But that's just me. The release date is TBD and it will be directed by Neil Krug, who did a Boards of Canada unofficial video to "In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country" and Dri's "Two Are One" music video. Till then, watch "Runaway" and other great music videos by them and enjoy!

Atlanta shows for the week

Apart from seeing the new Bond movie, here are some potentialities for music entertainment of wide range...

Tuesday 11/18
Kings of Leon at Tabernacle
Toadies at Masquerade

Wednesday 11/19
Broken Social Scene at Variety Playhouse

Thursday 11/20
Copeland at Masquerade

Saturday 11/22
Quintron and Miss Pussycat at Eyedrum

Friday, November 14, 2008

art at mattress factory studios.

if you're into music and art, here is a super fun thing going on in atlanta tomorrow. it's from noon to 10pm, so you can probably find at least a few minutes to stop by and check out the local talent. and it's freeeeeee! just like america!

more info here.

tonight in atlanta

i'll be here. well, i'll be here if my plane leaves on time and fog doesn't keep me from it.

duke spirit ticket giveaway for athens folks.

hello. if you live in athens, or if you're close to athens, or if your boyfriend moved away and went to school in athens, and you need an excuse to show up on his doorstep, then maybe i can help you out!

the duke spirit is playing with eulogies at 40 watt on november 29th. if you want to go, just email your name. put 'duke spirit' as the subject, please. then, next thursday, i'll announce a winner. cool?

ps-if you can't go to the show, then don't enter the contest. it is a huge pain in the ass when you say, 'yay! i won! oooh, but wait, i can't go...' don't do that shit. please. it's annoying. kthanks.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

new army navy video

featuring that comedian with the big ass gap in his teeth. (yes, i know...he has a name. paul scheer. i'm pretty sure he made me laugh once upon a time when i had cable and could watch vh1.) army navy! i like it. yay!

new CD releases for cold weather.

the british columbians out of vancouver have a new album packed with canadian flavor that in some instances (like on "in the leaves") make me feel like i'm listening to kansas while johnny cash sings, except if johnny cash were into canadian campfires rather than rings of fire and kansas were flourishing in 2008. but don't let that fool you. listen to "hoodoo" and you'll begin to wonder if your ex-hippie dad influenced them to go searching for CCR or jimi hendrix to pull musical ideas from. the point is, their sound is all over the place, and that might be a nice thing for those of us who have multiple musical personalities. this band is the zyprexa for such a disease...

then you have the in endeavors with you've got your friends, i've got mine. i'm more inclined to lean into their spoon meets kings of leon meets modest mouse rock sound.

and lastly, here's a band that makes my ears hurt because it's like the muppets got together and figured kermit could sing in a band. frontier ruckus. that wasn't a compliment.

whatever you're looking for on this fabulous thursday, there are a few bands you can check out at your leisure.

as an addendum, check out paste magazine's sampler CD picks and rate the songs up. you'll see a familiar band in there! (cough..ahem..rantings of eva..coughcough)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Get your goth on!

Like the rest of the world, I am counting down the days until Twilight hits movie theatres. Yes, I put away the entire 2,000+ word series in two weeks when I first got my hands on the books because they're damned awesome! [Ahem, Leah, you know you're obsessed with Harry Potter . . . back me up here on the kids' lit.]

Anyway, apparently the Twilight soundtrack is currently at #1 on Billboard. This is the first time a soundtrack has hit #1 (before the movie's release) since 2002. If you feel like getting your goth on (or in the case of Linkin Park, your redneck on) then check it out:

Track listing
"Supermassive Black Hole" (Muse) – 3:29
"Decode" (Paramore) – 4:22
"Full Moon" (The Black Ghosts) – 3:50
"Leave Out All the Rest" (Linkin Park) – 3:20
"Spotlight" (Twilight Mix) (Mute Math) – 3:20
"Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)" (Perry Farrell) – 3:27
"Tremble for My Beloved" (Collective Soul) – 3:53
"I Caught Myself" (Paramore) – 3:55
"Eyes on Fire" (Blue Foundation) – 5:01
"Never Think" (Robert Pattinson) – 4:29
"Flightless Bird, American Mouth" (Iron & Wine) – 4:00
"Bella's Lullaby" (Carter Burwell) – 2:19

Samples of the songs are available for preview on iTunes. You can also check out the first single, "Decode" by Paramore which already has a cool 7 million plays on Myspace.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Barcelona's Absolutes

Barcelona is finally touring behind their September 2007 release, Absolutes. As of now I don't see an Atlanta date but those in New York have an opportunity to catch the band with Low vs Diamond at the Bowery Ballroom on November 9th and my Austin buddies get their chance at Emo's on December 14th. Tour dates run right up to Christmas.

You'll probably like Barcelona if you're a fan of Athlete or Augustana. You can stream Absolutes from the upper right hand corner of the band's site or by clicking here.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Concert review: Nine Inch Nails

Band: Nine Inch Nails
Support: Health
Date: 10.31.08 (Halloween)
Venue: Sommet Center, Nashville, TN

Seeing them in Duluth, GA a few months back up in the seats, it was an entirely different experience seeing them less than 20 feet from the stage. I should point out the little school girl came out in me because Trent Baby Reznor is effing HOT! Moving on, the band was introduced by a rough start... Health should be heard at the Variety Playhouse on a Tuesday. The vocals were refreshing, but the jauntiness and their showmanship were very unsatisfying. From the bass being too loud and Jake being to the back of us the entire time, it was a disappointment.

On a lighter note, the music selections heard on the speaker for NIN to show up were quite satisfying (Ladytron's "WhiteLightGenerator" and Joy Division's "Transmission"- woo hoo!). In the middle of the Joy Division track, NIN started playing "999,999" going into "1,000,000." The first thing we see is Robin Finck sporting a Texas Chainsaw Massacre/Michael Myers mask- brilliant! (Girl moment: I swear during the first song, Trent baby looked at me- ahhh!) Apart from the annoying attempted mosh pit/heavy swaying and funny cigarette smelling (yuck!),the same set list was used pretty much. The highlight of the show was hearing two tracks not heard in Duluth- "The Hand That Feeds" and "The Great Destroyer." Another highlight was seeing the "Ghosts" tracks up close. I've gained an appreciation for the album after I saw them perform up close despite my initial reaction. Overall, it was worth five hours of travel time to see this legendary group again. To top the night off, I lost my voice from a severely dry throat due to a cold. However, seeing the weirdos who dressed up for Halloween after the show and IHOP with my boyfriend made it not seem as bad. :-)