Monday, March 31, 2014

Marching Band - "Die In My Arms" Single

i like stuff from europe. this tidbit of sunshine pop, "die in my arms," that found its way to my inbox comes from the land of sweden. it's a thoughtful and well-played out track featuring unassuming guitar riffs and vocals that sound like springtime. marching band has just released a full length album that you can catch on soundcloud, if you're so inclined.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Free $20 For an UBER Cool Ride

it's the weekend, y'all! time for dranks and frands and music and having a good time. the lovely folks over at UBER know you're going to have too good of a time to be driving yourself around town, if ya know what i mean, so they sent me this code for new users. you could even cheat and use a different email address for a new account if you have already discovered the i'm-so-rich-and-classy-i-ride-in-like-a-celebrity feeling before. i won't tell anyone.

so, go ahead. have that shot of tequila when you're out and about. feel no guilt!

put that app on your smartphone, and sign up at UBER for $20 off a ride - good until may 31, 2014, but only if you sign on the dotted line this weekend. it sounds like you can use it anywhere in the good ol U S of A.

don't say i never gave you anything.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

KONGOS Supply the iTunes Single of the Week

i'm not sure what this genre of music is, but interesting is a good way to describe it.

KONGOS is the band, and the song they're pushing is "i'm only joking," which is pretty fantastic in that it sounds like a modern, updated, synthesized, bongo-driven version of Joe Dolce's "Shaddap You Face." some of you probably aren't old enough to remember that song...

anyway, hop over to itunes for a free download of the song from the below video. the video version is not clean; the download supposedly is, though.

Upcoming ATL Live Music

of course, there's always a ton going on, but a few look like they'd interest me further. thanks to the bowery south for bringing some worthy shizz to our fine city.

>april 10: ben kweller at the EARL. if you're into that folksy, young, and charming boy thing, then this is the show for you. dudes, you could probably pick up a chick pretty easily at this show. get tickets here.

>april 14th: the sounds at terminal west. good god, i love the sounds so freakin' much. they make an appearance on every single playlist i have that throws me into a fit of dancing. while they got the beat, they also have a real snarky attitude, which i can get with. plus, blondefire is opening, and that makes this show a total deal. tickets here.

>april 30th: christina perri at buckhead theatre. i would love to attend, but better than ezra trumps this show in my personal book. this is a total girly show - especially since she's gained her fame from launching that song "a thousand years" for twilight breaking dawn. but i gotta give this perri lady some major props for her impressive ink. tickets here.

>may 12th: chromeo at variety playhouse. chromeo, chromeo, where for art thou, chromeo? i'll tell ya where - they're tucked into my back pocket forcing me to funk it up. i've been listening to them for years, ever since i discovered the "needy girl" video. they've had their ups and downs, but i suspect their impending rise to the top is now solidified with their new single, "jealous." get yer tickets here, yo.

>may 18th: we are scientists at the EARL. saw these guys way back when. i haven't kept up with them, but anytime i hear a riff from an older track of theirs, i swear to myself to google them and see what they're up to. looks like they're still alive and touring. tickets here.

The Griswolds - "Mississippi" Magic Man Remix

watch the symbolism and writhe in the irony of the griswolds' visual rendition of "mississippi." i think this is supposed to be an artsy fartsy video that represents more than what it is. if so, i totally get it.

The Henry Millers - "Posies"

brooklyn-based the henry millers have released a new single from their upcoming album of the same name, "posies." i like the music, but i'm confused by the overly juvenile lyrics that mimic that stupid ring around the rosy song from your childhood (how depressing...pretty sure that song is about the plague). it's pretty catchy, though, i must say. my ears are keen on the light-hearted nature of the actual music - to the point that i forget that i don't care for the lyrical content of it. i decided to check out some more of their soundcloud while i was there, and i've decided to add the henry millers to the list of things i like. maybe these guys will make their way to the ATL and i can hear them in person.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hump Day EDM Stand-Off - Courtesy of Adam K & Pairanoid

look, y'all, it's hump day. let's celebrate with a picture of a camel and some "exclusive" EDM from adam k. and pairanoid. while i mostly think EDM sucks (unless i've had, like, five drinks), i'm feeling generous today because it has just dawned on me that there are only two days left until the weekend. also, these guys are canadian, and i tend to enjoy canadian music (unless it's that butt rock shit or avril lavigne).

so, if you want a little wednesday lift to get pumped for MJQ tonight, or your impending weekend of popping, locking, grinding, and/or humping, you can stream this new EDM track, "eliminate" here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Summer Show Overload

I highly recommend the following shows, mainly because I will be at them rocking my face clear off my skull.

>Thursday, April 3rd: Eddie's Attic: Rhett Miller (SWOON) Tickets HERE

It's not like I make my love for the Old 97s and Rhett Miller unknown. Pretty much every juke in Atlanta (and various other towns) has had to endure my endless life soundtrack. Rhett dons the lovely, romantic, sullen side of that grit in his solo project. And, Eddie's is the perfect place to see him. Here's one of my faves from him.

>Wednesday, April 30: Variety Playhouse: Better Than Ezra Tickets HERE

Ever since I was just almost old enough to drive, I've been a big fan of Kevin Griffin's unbelievably high-pitched range and clever catalog of tunes. I guess you could call my love for BTE undying, in a way. Throughout high school, college, even grad school, I have changed immensely, but my face still lights up at any one of their notes I hear at any given time. 

I listen to this every time I'm on a plane headed to New Orleans. Also, they just dropped a dope new single, "Crazy Lucky," that you can listen to on USA Today. I likey.

>Wednesday, May 7th: Masquerade: Margot & The Nuclear So and So's Tickets HERE

While they've been traveling the indie circuit for a while, I've only caught them once, and that was probably about five years ago. I'm due for my next Margot show, and this is it! They have several band members, and instruments that make for a super powerful sound. This video is a good example of some real musicians who actually play instruments and stuff. 

>Thursday, May 29th: Terminal West: the Old 97s Tickets HERE

I got so severely excited about this show that I now have an extra pair of tickets in case anyone wants to buy them off me for face value. 

My favorite band of all-time. So much, in fact, that I have branded my car with their band sticker. I have never done that in my entire life (except maybe once in high school, and we will not be talking about that band sticker - it's too embarrassing), so you know it's endless love. The fact that I get a double-dose of alt-country perfection is almost too much for me to handle. I haven't checked out this venue yet, so I'm excited for that, too.

I'm leaving this video, because I caught them at SummerFest years ago, and this is easily one of my fave songs.

>Friday, August 8th: Lakewood Amphitheatre: NIN

My good buddy, CBird, got me a ticket to this Nine Inch Nails show, and I am going!! The last time I saw them was when CBird took me in 2005. It was at the Tabernacle and the Dresden Dolls opened. I had an out of body experience. While I'm sure nothing will ever top that, I am grateful for this band, and my friend. Trent Reznor is too hot for his own good. Le sigh.