Friday, June 24, 2011

Neko Case & Nick Cave & True Blood - Epic Win

I had to share this because I'm one of those ridiculous people who has been sweating blood waiting for the new season of True Blood...

Neko Case and Nick Cave (they should call their venture NC Squared, shouldn't they?!) have teamed up to duet out the Zombies' "She's Not There" and I can't think of anyone better for this. Wow, HBO, kudos to your marketing team on that one. It's only the hottest, spookiest, sexiest tune to hit TV since...well, ever, as far as I'm concerned. Mmmm!

Listen to the Neko Case and Nick Cave cover of "She's Not There"

Download from iTunes here.

The official press release has all the juicy details..



WaterTower Music has announced the upcoming release of “TRUEBLOOD – MUSIC FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES – VOLUME 3” due in stores and online this fall. The follow up to the first two Grammy® nominated soundtracks will consist of new songs from the upcoming forth season of the acclaimed HBO drama as well as music from the show’s wildly successful 3rd season.

Music is an essential element in developing the tone and atmosphere on the hit television series. The sexy, supernatural world of Bon Temps comes to pulsating life through the edgy songs and season three is no exception. An exceptional duet recorded by Neko Case and Nick Cave will be the first track from the collection to make its debut. Case and Cave have recorded a new version of The Zombies’ classic “She’s Not There” which will be available at all digital retailers on June 26, after the premiere episode.

"I am so excited about Neko and Nick's cover of ‘She's Not There,’" says True Blood music supervisor and soundtrack producer Gary Calamar. “I would have been thrilled to have either Neko Case or Nick Cave individually work with us this season, but to have a collaboration like this blows me away. Two of my favorite artists whose music is perfect a fit with the atmospheric and soulful Louisiana settings of True Blood. This is a fantastic way to musically kick off the new season!”

Washington-bred Neko Case’s mix of country, gospel, torch, and pop, and her five full-length solo albums have won her much critical acclaim, countless devotees and two Grammy nominations. Internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, performer, script writer and novelist, Nick Cave’s career spans from the 80s Australian post‑punk group The Birthday Party, to legendary band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to the irrepressible raucous and raw Grinderman.

Information on the additional tracks included in “TRUEBLOOD – MUSIC FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES – VOLUME 3” will be released later this summer.

Centered in the fictional town of Bon Temps, the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning True Blood series follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin), who can read minds, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer).Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series Six Feet Under) is creator and executive producer the show, which is based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

Gary Calamar serves as music supervisor and soundtrack producer for of “TRUE BLOOD – MUSIC FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES – VOLUME 3”

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rock n Ride - June 25th in Atlanta

Here's some info on something super fun going on in Atlanta on Saturday afternoon. The Grady Rock n Ride! This is for a really good cause and has a roster of some stellar Atlanta bands. I may have to stop over to catch the Pelvis Breastlies and Yacht Rock. Read on!

Health Foundation’s “Rock‐N‐Ride” presented by AirTran Airways is right around the corner. On Saturday, June 25 motorcyclists will gather at Killer Creek Harley-Davidson in Roswell to kick off the event that benefits Grady Health Foundation and Gold Shield Atlanta. Ride registration begins at $40 and includes a commemorative Rock‐N‐Ride T-shirt, a ride pin and complimentary bike parking downtown at the festival. The event starts at 11:00am with entertainment by RATL at Killer Creek Harley‐Davidson in Roswell. Kickstands up at 2:00pm and the group will head downtown for the “Party on Peachtree” – MusicFest ‐ which begins at 3:00pm. Don’t ride? Don’t worry you can join in the fun at 3 p.m. on Peachtree Street which will be shut down between Harris Street and Ellis Street for the first time ever. You won’t need a ticket to get in, so stop by and shop at the local artist market, purchase your exclusive Rock-N-Ride merchandise, eat drink and be merry and do it all with a light heart knowing that a portion of the proceeds from this public event will benefit the two organizations. In addition, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department will also be out hosting a boot drive, so make sure to bring a little extra cash and say thanks to those who put their lives on the line each day for our states resident’s. The event honors first responders from across Georgia and supports traumatic injuries treated at Grady Health System, metro Atlanta’s premier Level 1 Trauma Center. Gold Shield Foundation is dedicated to assisting surviving spouses and dependent children of law enforcement officers and firefighters inured in the line of duty.

11:00am – 1:30pm: Ride Registration and Pre‐Ride Party at Killer Creek Harley‐Davidson featuring RATL
2:00pm: Ride leaves Killer Creek Harley‐Davidson for MusicFest
3:00pm: Rock‐N‐Ride MusicFest Opens

**3:30pm: Six Shot Revival ‐ Main Stage
4:30pm: Pelvis Breastlies ‐ Velvet Underground Stage*
5:30pm: Yacht Rock ‐ Main Stage
6:30pm: Stonerider ‐ Velvet Underground Stage*
7:30pm: Mother’s Finest ‐ Main Stage
8:45pm: Ledfoot Messiah ‐ Velvet Underground Stage*

*Velvet Underground is located inside the Hard Rock Café
** MusicFest is located on Peachtree Street between Harris Street and Ellis Street

Monday, June 20, 2011

All Time Low - Free Ticket Giveaway - July 14th Tabernacle Atlanta

Yo! AT&T is having a summer concert series throughout the US, and one of the cities they're gracing with a show is Atlanta. I have two pair of tickets to pop-punkers All Time Low up for grabs. If you'd like the tickets, shoot me an email and tell me what your favorite All Time Low song is. I would hate to give these away to someone who isn't a fan...ya know. Don't email me unless you're sure you'll be able to make it to the Tabernacle on July 14th. My email address is on the right side of the bloggity blog.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Save the Date to Save the Dogs

Here's a fun little event featuring a way to help out some adorable furry pals. Head over to the Family Dog in Morningside (love this place; get Shawn to make you a fun drink!) on June 22nd from 4pm on to help benefit homeless puppy doggies through Barking Hound Village. It's free to hang out, and 10% of the proceeds go to BHV Rescue. We looooove puppy doggies!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bright Eyes' "Jejune Stars" Video

I like signs that light up. I also like this song.

June 16 - Star Bar - FREE!

Free show at the Star Bar June 16th presented by Team Luis! Ya got Baby Baby headlinin' this shizz! This is a band I can get behind thanks to their quirky lyrics and dancey dance tunes. You should go, because it's all, like, FREE and stuff!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See

I'll admit it, it's been a quick minute since I've caught up with the Arctic Monkeys. At least since that "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" bit was playing all over the damn place. I'll give them this, the buzz they create is almost immeasurable. I managed to find a couple places to preview a bit of this new album they released this week, Suck It and See (love the album title, btw, guys). What to say, what to say...the music iteself is full gritty, grabby rock yum. Their use of guitars is so freakin' fabu. The snarky overtone of lyrical content ("Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair") is admirable. I like a band that just says it. Ya know, let's not sugar coat stuff. The world is a happier place when we just tell it like it is. So, my verdict is a thumbs-up!

Grab the album at their online store.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Stars - The Bedroom Demos

Just a heads up that one of the most amazing bands I've ever had the pleasure of exposing my critical ears to has dropped a new album, The Bedroom Demos. That band is Stars. I've been privy to them for a few years, and they never do me wrong. You've got the ethereal lady vocals that meet up with breathy man vocals and electronic/rock music in a most beautiful way. Looks like my favorite from them of all time, "My Favourite Book" is on there in a more calm-like version. Ahhhh, thank you, Stars. I needed this little gem. Fan-freakin'-tastic!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Noel Stephen & the Darlings

Got a little submission from this band from Atlanta called Noel Stephen & the Darlings. Can I just say "praise the musical gods!"?!

If you're familiar with another band that used to hang around these parts called Snowden, this guy's voice reminds me Jordan Jeffares' fabulous vocality. Noel Stephen boasts some pretty great music behind those adorable vocals, too. Always a plus! It's a cross between folky obscure indie boomness, alt-country twang, and old-school saloon music (check out "Constellation" from the link above to see what I mean). I like them even more that they have pictures of four-legged furry friends as their cover art. Needless to say, I lovvvveeeee this stuff. I do. I love it.

You can catch them June 20th at Wonderroot Community Center

Friday, June 03, 2011

June 10th - Star Bar - Atlanta

Our buddy Team Luis is throwin' a show with Cousin Dan next Friday, June 10th. No time listed, however, Star Bar doesn't get kickin' til around 9pm, so that's a good indication of when you can expect sound check. Or somethin'. While I've heard plenty about this dood, this is the first time I've checked it out. You like Chromeo? You should. They're awesome. Anyway, Cousin Dan is like Chromeo. When I tell the man about this, he's gonna insist we hit every Cousin Dan show. Hey look! I'm nice and I'm putting a taste of it here for ya. And C-Dog, I'll be yer "Internet Girlfriend."

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Merrifield Records Gives Good Love.

When you drop names like "the Bravery" and "Louis XIV" - I listen!

I did not know about the Shapes until they magically floated into my inbox, and after listening and feeling like I'd reverted to my post-teenage pop punk haven, I suddenly felt a twinge of my favorite band, the Old 97s, because of how angry this song is. And, I super love it! This is the anthem for the "We Hate People" club, which I have a long-standing membership in. So, check out The Shapes' "I'm OK."

The other part of the "love" comes from the Danvilles' "I Tell You," which you can watch below. It kind of make me want cheese (ya know, 'cause of the whine), but it doesn't suck. I like cheese. And I really love wine.

Best part? You can download free-ness at the Merrifield Records site.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Georgia Theatre Re-Opening! Tickets Up June 6th

Check it out, yo. The Georgia Theatre in Athens is about back on its feet after that terrible fire incident a couple years ago. They're coming back with a bang - just look at the scheduled line-up:

August 01: The Glands, with Madeline. Post-show free dance party with Immuzikation
August 02: Chuck Leavell and Friends, with SNAP!
August 03: Open House with Kenosha Kid
August 05: Blackberry Smoke
August 06: RJD2
August 09: J. Roddy Watson and the Business, Don Chambers and Goat
August 10: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
August 11: Big Boi
August 12: Drive By Truckers
August 13: Drive By Truckers
August 14: Gillian Welch

Single show tickets for the two-week long celebration go on sale Monday, June 6th at 10 a.m., from $10 to $30 and are available online on the Georgia Theatre's website.

ARTlantis - June 4th

Hey y'all, do ya like art? Do ya like music? Me, too! That's why I'm gonna head down to 1085 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (it's that Druid Hills Baptist Church there by the corner of Ponce and N. Highland) on Saturday, June 4th. There you'll find ARTlantis! It's music, and art, and cool people who aren't at the Va-Hi Summerfest ridiculousness. Line-up of musical guest can be found here. My frand, Jenny Birdsong, will have some of her hawt art up there, so you should look for it. Broaden your horizons and see some of the local talent on the art side.