Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Old 97s Most Messed Up Released Today

finally, the day i've been waiting for since hearing that the old 97s were putting out a new album - release day! i am even wearing my too far to care anniversary t-shirt today like the giant nerd i am. appropriate then that they'll be gracing atlanta in exactly one month from today (that's may 29th for those of you who don't know what day it is) at terminal west.

anyway, i got a good taste of this album from lead singer rhett miller's solo performance earlier this month, so i've literally been chomping at the bit to have access to the whole thing. have mercy, the guys are back in a big eff bomb droppin' way. in pure vintage old 97s form, most messed up speaks of lovin' and leavin' and drinkin' and sinnin'. all of my favorite things wrapped up into 39 minutes of guitar-twanging bliss. old fans will appreciate the signature riffs and gritty story-telling of "nashville," while those who haven't had the experience will find themselves repeating the tongue-in-cheek air of the title track, "most messed up."

personally, this album is not leaving my cd player for the next 3 to 6 months, and if you want to see a spectacle, you can find me in the front row singing along with a beer in hand, at terminal west next month.

listen to the first single "longer than you've been alive" - a tip of the hat to the years this band has been doing their thing.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Benefit Concert for Sarah Jones Fund

thrive entertainment is selling tickets to see collective soul at southern ground amphitheater on may 31st - which you can purchase here. i'm sharing this because part of the proceeds will be donated to the sarah jones scholarship fund that has been set up in memory of sarah jones, a camera assistant who was tragically killed in february while filming the gregg allman biopic, midnight rider. i didn't know her, but i have a few friends who worked with and knew sarah, and given that atlanta boasts a huge film community, what happened to her really hits close to home. a pledge site has been set up to bring awareness to set safety, and a large number of camera slates have been dedicated to sarah (slates for sarah). her story has literally touched thousands of people, including me.

if you feel inclined or moved, you can donate directly to the scholarship fund through this address:

BC Education Foundation Sarah Jones Scholarship Fund
c/o Brookland-Cayce High School
1300 State Street, Cayce, SC 29033

here is a really nice tribute video to sarah.

James Bay - Running

oh, you like singer-songwriters, do you? have you heard of james bay? he's from across the pond and he's got a new song called "running" that you can listen to below. while it's slow, it's got a pretty solid presence of drums and pianos and some other instruments i can't put my finger on. cymbals, maybe? plus, this james kid has a beautiful voice, so that's an added bonus. if you want more of james bay, you can listen to his demos on soundcloud. thank god for some added talent to the pool of performers.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lily Elise - Let It Go

i'm posting this because i really enjoy the lyrics, and because i like the combination of piano and synth that make up the music. plus, the vocals from lily elise (who, was apparently on the voice, which i would never know because you could not pay me to watch that trashy tv shit) are pretty amazing, too. a little too poppy for my ipod's diet, but still, worth a listen nevertheless. she reminds me a lot of ellie goulding, who seems to be doing just fine in the mainstream musical realm. so, if that's your cup of tea, you can check out "let it go" in anticipation of elise's upcoming ep.

Kissy Sell Out - The Promise

do you guys remember crystal waters? i do. i think she's still around, actually. of course, what i remember had to do with cruising in a jeep down the strip in panama city when i was 17. yeah, boy!

anyway, kissy sell out is bringing 90s house music back to the front lines with "the promise" ep. i'd link you to the band's page, but the internet police tell me it's a bad link. so you can just listen below and click around on your own if you so desire.and, i'm thinking that anyone who plans on going to a blacklight rave this weekend might want to check this out.

The Sonic Revolvers - Wishing Well

for anyone who tends to cling to the "vintage" sound of the 90s (omg, is that really vintage now? i feel like a fossil, if so...), the sonic revolvers are bringing you a piece of that to this century with "wishing well," which is being released on june 2nd. i'm hearing a similarity to the bush sound that was so popular in the heyday of grunge. while i'm personally not really into this, far be it for me to deprive you of it, especially because i know quite a few people who long for something new that reminds of them of something old. take a listen below if you fancy.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Show Announcement - Cut Copy

yo yo yo. bowery south is bringing cut/copy to the ATL on june 10th. you can now buy tickets at this link. they'll be breaking down their sick beats at variety playhouse. no doubt that those who choose to stand in front of the stage are going to get the best deal here, since it's practically impossible to contain the dancing bound to happen from these brits and their musical genius.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Claire London - Hit the Switch

when you take a lady with an amazing and haunting vocal presence and join her with eerie electronic music, you make me happy. that's what claire london has managed to do for me with "hit the switch." i like this chick. thanks to the brilliance of soundcloud, i get to explore further when i'm so inclined. so, i do, and i did with her. she's got a really versatile catalog that showcases her awesome vocal abilities. i am definitely interested in her upcoming EP. check it out.

Problems Releases New Single "Terraces"

if EDM and new wave got married and had an illegitimate child, it would be this song, "terraces" by an australian guy who calls himself problems. it's realll sexy. i liked it so much, i listened to another track from the EP for the ages called "capture me" and instead of being immobile like my current state, this song is taking me on a mental vacation to a sensual lounge with a fancy low-lit bar, where a blast of wind is blowing my hair and boys are buying me drinks while really hot models dance slowly around me. anyway, i approve of this musical creation of ecstasy and will be adding it to my sexy times playlist. australians always gotta be doing that to me, i swear.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Diamond Mind EP Fake Tape

got a submission from canada, who, contrary to popular belief, exports more good music than bad. we can add diamond mind to the good - thank god, eh? calling themselves a chamber-pop group, diamond mind has a nice, ethereal sound to them that reminds me of coffee shops and sunshine. and probably the 60s, except i wasn't alive then, so i just have to imagine what it might be like. you can listen to the single "better alone" posted below. i'd also checkout "dragon egg" on that stream. i really enjoyed it.

Bootstraps Whitney Houston Cover - I Wanna Dance With Somebody

a sure way to grab my attention is to tell me that someone has taken one of my favorite pop songs from the preteen years of my life, and covered it acoustically. i will bite EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. typically, i hate covers because some rapper has taken it and turned it into an over-auto-tuned steaming pile of musical poo. but this, this right here, folks, i can appreciate.

bootstraps  has released a hot little cover of "i wanna dance with somebody" (which, by the way, i practice heavily on my home karaoke machine because i love it so much...) in a very sad, sullen manner a la every storyline of grey's anatomy ever. you may have heard it on last week's episode, or, you can listen to it below. it's like whitney has come back and haunted me via bootstraps' eerie guitar/piano version of her upbeat & happy rendition.

bootstraps will be present on may 16th at vinyl. tickets are cheap and can found here.

MAX - Streets of Gold

i'm not one to discriminate against pop. well, i'm not anymore, at least. not since i developed a hard crush on bruno mars and his michael jackson reincarnate self. so, i will share this little bit of poppy man love from MAX (max schneider). maybe one day he'll win a slashy award for his abilities in acting slash singing! while he just dropped this "streets of gold" song (posted below), i decided to listen to some of his other stuff while i checked it out. i have a feeling this guy is going to be hashtagged by seventeen year olds across the states in no time. he's cute, and he can sing a tune you can dance to (specifically "mug shot"), or woo over. so, if you're into that, or need something to make you feel young, go on and hit that MAX soundcloud.

he's playing terminal west on june 15th, bee tee dubs. tickets are on sale for that show this friday, april 11.


Sleeper Agent - Waves Acoustic Video

while it's fun to watch people stand around and sing, i found the most endearing part of this acoustic video to be the adorable dogs and kitteh shown in the beginning. it looks like those guys help sleeper agent get their gear together to perform. it's cute. watch "waves" here. i was going to post it, but that shit is way too big to put on this tiny template of mine. sorry.

looks like they're playing the warped tour at lakewood amphitheatre on july 24th. i would go, but i would probably look like a cougar next to all the barely legals getting their punk on.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Review: Rhett Miller - Eddie's Attic - 4/3/14

not like i make a big secret of my love for the old 97s and their whiskey-slinging, road-touring, lovin' and leavin' songs, so it should come as no surprise that i'm still reeling from the amazing performance front man rhett miller gave at eddie's attic last night. eddie's boasts such an intimate setting that mr. miller was able to take advantage of playing to a group of his biggest fans in the ATL in a small space devoid of screaming drunks, allowing for song requests and crowd connection that isn't typically found in larger venues. even with a small stage to work with, rhett was able to display his expert guitar skills and signature windmill action, in addition to that i'm-makin'-love-to-my-guitar hip sway that all the ladies swoon over, and all the mens envy.

in between the hilariously delivered storytelling, rhett played many old 97s favorites like barrier reef, salome, niteclub, doreen, victoria, big brown eyes, timebomb, four leaf clover, indefinitely, question, and you belong to my heart. yet, he was still able to play some solo numbers. he also played a good bit of the new new, which i was real excited to hear since the album hasn't dropped yet. his encore included the first single off the album most messed up, "longer than you've been alive." free download at the link there, homey.

honestly, i was more than pleased with everything i heard. old school fans are going to love the new stuff. there's a whole lot of mention of whiskey and gettin' it on and being messed up. the most messed up, in fact. believe it when i say you'll find my ass parked front and center when the 97s come back to atlanta may 29th at terminal west. except this time, i'm not wearing heels.

here is some evidence of what a great guy mr. miller is. he stayed and chatted with fans, took pictures, and signed swag even after performing for an hour plus and guzzling back a couple neat jamesons. see?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

CYHSY- On Sale Friday

if you're inclined to grab clap your hands say yeah at the masquerade on june 7th, you might wanna make sure you have this link to secure your tickets when they go on sale this friday, april 4th, at 10am.

you can listen to their single, "coming down", by clicking play below.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Steel Panther Releases "All You Can Eat"

well, i'll be damned, i've just gotten the best news ever. my favorite cock rockers, steel panther, have gone and blown their lyrical load all over the place with this new album, "all you can eat." i've come to this conclusion after streaming "party like tomorrow is the end of the world," and from the opening line commanding listeners to have sex with every female of the species you see, all the way to the suggestion of making some cougar porn - it's pure gold. i'm really drawn to the rawness of the riffs coming from "gangbang at the old folks home", too.

these guys not only put on a fan-freaking-tastic live show, they also make my stomach curl into fits of laughter with their overly crass originals. i've added "ride the steel panther tour bus" to my bucket list.

you can get a taste of the panther here.

no tour date listed for atlanta, but cross your fingers that one pops up like the bulge in starr's skin-tight leather pants. yeah, i went there.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

BOROKO - Virtue & Vice

for anyone who craves a nostalgic, yet, updated sound from their beloved new wave era, i give you boroko, led by tim fontaine's vocals. this guy's making me think that his fellow australian, michael hutchence, and dave gahan impossibly had a baby and crowned him the second coming of new wave, with a surprise jazzy twist.

if you're interested in that, you can see this beautiful live recording in the video below, or you can stream their album on soundcloud.

S. Carey - Crown the Pines

s. carey (of bon iver) might have just stolen my heart away from damien rice. big statement, folks. today is release day in the land of all things musical, so i feel like i should tell you about this album, "range of light." the tracks i've heard boast peaceful tunes, full of melancholic piano and lyrics that tug at the heartstrings. i'm a fan. i'm especially a fan of the song in the video here. holy schmack. it's going to haunt me all day.

s. carey will be at eddie's attic on april 11th. get your tickets for this one.

iLL BLU - Blu Magic

someone sent me this press release to let me know that some people called iLL BLU were dropping a single called "blu magic" on may 5th. okay. so, i listen to it.

i imagine if i revisited the super swanky resort in mexico that i patronized a few weeks ago, this would be playing. i also imagine that if i were to grab a drink at any of the hundreds of W hotels in the world, this song would be playing. is there a genre for that? the "contemporary swank hotel soundtrack" genre maybe? anyway, if you're into that kind of thing, visit them on soundcloud.

Grace & Tony - The Greenroom Sessions

the quality of this video is pretty crappy. the sound is all over the place. i realize the rawness is the point of this whole thing, but really, i hate that.

however, i really love this interesting collaboration and the music the duo grace & tony are making with cellist malcolm parson. they're planning to post these backstage impromptu musical collabs twice a month.i am really diggin' on the marriage of orchestral strings with the banjo. it's a sophisticated folk sound that i'm sure i'd never tire from.

if you want to keep up with these sessions (and, if you appreciate real musicians, you'll want to), you can find them on the boot. if you want to see them in person, it looks like may 18th is your chance at the red clay theatre in duluth. you could make a day of it! hit the jeju spa, then head over for some punkgrass tunes. what a great idea.