The Spooks are a side project of the Black Lips along with local musicians Mark Naumann and Adam Bruneau (The Kiwis). The band is Halloween themed as they dress up in white sheets like ghosts for their shows and the music is a very “spooky” variety of psychedelic garage-punk. They finally released their debut album, Death From Beyond The Grave, a project that had been in the works for years. The first side of the record is the album itself, and the second side is a bunch of live cuts. If you enjoy the Black Lips and that whole genre, then you will probably love this. I will pull this out and jam it to scare little children when Halloween comes back around, but I can’t see myself spending a considerable amount of time with it. Here’s a cut from it:
Glen Iris is an Atlanta super group comprised of Chris Strawn (Brass Castle), Justin Hughes (Batata Doce, Elevado, Missile Command), and Jonathan Lueke (Ice Caps). They rock out hard, as you would expect from these gentlemen. They are playing tonight at the Drunken Unicorn, so if you are looking for a show to catch, you should check it out. Here’s a jammer:
Feeding Fingers are an Atlanta band that do the post-punk-goth-new-dark-wave-whatever stuff, and they do it rather well. At times it certainly leans towards being too derivative and dated, but nevertheless there is good stuff going on here. Whether you are a fan of this style, or just dabble in it like me, their newest album, Baby Teeth, is well worth looking into. They are playing a show with The Orphins and Club Awesome at The Earl February 28 before embarking on a European tour.
- Posted by Davy Minor on February 11, 2009 at 7:01 am
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Atlanta’s Batata Doce is super group of sorts featuring members of Elevado and Missile Command with vocalist Leticia Arioli, who sings in Portugese. The end result is a very interesting breed of Brazilian garage-pop. They are currently on tour, and you can read about their exploits so far at Pine Magazine. Here are their remaining tour dates throughout the Southeast:
Batata Doce Tour Dates:
9/30 – Blacksburg, VA @ XYZ Gallery
10/1 – Richmond, VA @ The Triple
10/2 – Greenville, NC @ Spazzatorium Galleria
10/3 – Columbia, SC @ Hunter-Gatherer Brewery
10/4 – Savannah, GA @ Hang Fire
10/8 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
10/9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
- Posted by Davy Minor on September 30, 2008 at 3:24 pm
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I just wanted to say thanks to Elevado, This Piano Plays Itself, Eric Guenther and Ben Wetzelberger of From Exile, and Missile Command for playing our One Year Anniversary party last weekend and thanks to all of you for coming out. It was truly an epic event. Here’s some pics from the night:
This Piano Plays Itself:
Biggie C video taped almost all of the sets, so expect videos posted soon. Just an extra note, in all of the madness of the DJ Douschebag set, I spilled beer on my laptop, so until I get a new one in a couple of weeks, I’m borrowing computers to blog, so I will be limited a tad bit in my posting.
Tomorrow night you can catch Missile Command at The Earl:
Portishead‘s new album, Third, is out in April.
Stars will be in Athens, Ga at the Georgia Theater on March 22nd, but is skipping Atlanta.
Tokyo Police Club have also forsaken Atlanta to play in Athens, Ga on April 7th at the 40 Watt. They also have their first full length album out called Elephant Shell.
Lil’ Wayne got arrested for having drugs on his tour bus.
Passion Of Weiss had this Chris Rock video up today and I remembered how much I loved it when it came out back in the day:
Yeah Yeah Yeahs are working on a new album.
Liars‘ Angus Andrew suffered a back injury but it is unclear if this will affect their upcoming tour. Remember they are scheduled to play The Earl with No Age on Valentines Day.
Bradford Cox has posted demos and out-takes from their Fluorescent Grey EP on his blog.
Pine Magazine interviews Matthew Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces. I can’t wait to see them next week.
Blitzen Trapper will be at The Drunken Unicorn March 20th.
Be Your Own Pet have a new album, Get Awkward, out on March 18th.
The Coachella East fest will be called “All Points West Fest”.
Scott Weiland is talking Stone Temple Pilots reunion.
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta has a new solo album out February 5th called Calibration. TMV‘s The Bedlam in Goliath comes out Tuesday. I’m about to freak out waiting to hear these.
Tapes ‘N Tapes have their second album, Walk It Off, coming out on April 8th.
The Streets have a new album coming out in April.
The guys from Hot Chip have side projects.
Black Moth Super Rainbow will be at The Drunken Unicorn on March 10th.
Midlake are working on a new, “darker” album.
Pelican will be at The Drunken Unicorn on March 12th.
Mike Doughty will be at The Melting Point in Athens, Ga Sunday night.
You want to watch Amy Winehouse smoking crack? ok, sure:
Feist “I Feel It All”:
Saul Williams “Sunday Bloody Sunday”:
The Mars Volta “Wax Simulacra” on Letterman:
- Posted by Davy Minor on January 23, 2008 at 8:14 pm
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This Saturday night, come join us as we celebrate an entire year of blogging. We have two of our local favourites playing, Elevado and This Piano Plays Itself and a few surprises. The show is free and we’re going to have some kegs of beer for you to drink for free too. Also, we’re going to be raffling off tons of prizes including a pair of tickets to see Super Furry Animals, The Fiery Furnaces, and Holy Fuck at The Variety Playhouse in a few weeks. There’s just no reason to miss this one. See you Saturday!
- Posted by Davy Minor on January 13, 2008 at 8:14 pm
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An EP, or Extended Play, is the sweet spot between a full album and a single. Typically between 10 and 25 minutes, although what has come to define the difference between EPs and LPs can sometimes be blurred. Usually EPs get a bad rap, as it carries with it connotations of being “less-than” and not good enough to be a proper album, but I like seeing variations in the art medium. There are EPs like Alice In Chains’ Jar Of Flies and Radiohead‘s Airbag/How Am I Driving? that beat most full lengths. Also, EPs afford an artist the chance to showcase things that don’t fit in the context of a larger piece of work, or explore a different sound without moving fully in that direction. Anyways, I’d take an EP of nothing but the goodness over a full-length comprised mostly of filler surrounding a few good songs any day.
In 2007 I actually heard many great EPs. A few of which I’ll give honorable mentions that just missed this list that are worth-while include Joanna Newsom And The Ys Street Band, Vampire Weekend, and Black Kids‘ Wizard Of Ahhhs, of which I’ve come around a little bit on now that I’ve listened to it more. Here are the 10 most essential short-length albums of 2007: Click here to read the entire post…
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- Posted by Davy Minor on December 25, 2007 at 10:49 pm
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The newest fest to spring up in this golden age of weekend festivals was right here in Atlanta last weekend. My crew ran 5 cars deep last Thursday afternoon in very little traffic or delays (just me making a few wrong turns) on the way to The Echo Project. We arrived around 5pm to find a very empty field:
We setup camp and commenced drinking at our campsites. Thursday night Dubconcious performed about 50 feet from our camp, which was almost at the entrance of stage area. One very nice thing about a small festival as opposed to, say, Bonnaroo, is most everyone is a short walk to all the action. Friday we went to the stages before noon and were rewarded with a Flaming Lips sound check. They performed at least 2 full songs and treated it as a mini-performance:
We then checked out Elevado next, and now that I know their new album well, it was very enjoyable. They seemed to be having some issues with the sound equipment, and were not very happy about. Frontman Justin Sias was hilariously crazy jumping down in the audience to dance around, crawling under the stage and disappearing for a while and then for the finale laying motionless in the audience clutching a ghetto trombone. Between how good this band is and all they do with ISP, i definitely put them in the high echelons of Atlanta’s kickass music scene. The Echo Project security tried to stop me from taking pictures with my cellphone because i didn’t have a photo pass, but since no one will give me a photo pass, we gotta go guerrilla: Click here to read the entire post…
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- Posted by Davy Minor on October 18, 2007 at 10:47 pm
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The Echo Project has revealed what artists are playing which days. I also just realized Elevado is on the line-up. I’ve been jamming their latest release hard lately:
There’s a bunch of cool stuff going on at Islands/The Unicorns camp.
Somebody died at a recent Smashing Pumpkins show.
ok, here’s bunch of great random tracks for today cuz that’s the kind of mood i’m in:
- Posted by Davy Minor on September 26, 2007 at 4:48 pm
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Not much blogging over the long weekend while I was out enjoying the beautiful weather and sweet events. I spent alot of time in East Atlanta including the East Atlanta Strut and the Go Funk Yourself uber-house party. The really fun weekend is mostly a blur to me and I don’t have much objective journalism for you, so here’s some tunes from some of the artists I might have seen:
Parade : Answer Me : Lunch Lady
Anna Kramer : Anna Kramer : I Can’t Take It
Elevado : This World Is On Fire : Postcard From Four Walls Down
Howlies : Howlies : Angeline
This week is fairly enormous for great shows. Tonight I’m going to see Bjork and Klaxons at the Fox. Diplo is going to be at MJQ tonight too. Wednesday night at Lenny’s is Zoroaster‘s CD release party featuring Daath. Wednesday night is also the beginning of Atlantis Music Conference, Atlanta’s answer to South By Southwest. Thursday night John Vanderslice and Bishop Allen will be at The Earl. Pretty much every venue in town has an interesting show Friday night but i like the Eyedrum show with Vietnam, Random Violets, Subliminator, and Tree Creature. Saturday night is just ridiculous. Do Make Say Think and Atlanta’s Moorish Idols are going to be at The Earl. Queens Of The Stone Age are at The Tabernacle. Girl Talk and Dan Deacon are at MJQ. Then Sunday night The Apples In Stereo will be playing for free at Piedmont Park(Park Tavern).
Bjork : Volta : Wanderlust
Queens Of The Stone Age : Era Vulgaris : I’m Designer
Zoroaster : Dog Magic : Brazen Bull
Do Make Say Think : You, You’re A History In Rust : In Mind
Girl Talk : Night Ripper : Give And Go
Moorish Idols : Moorish Idols : Fer-De-Lance
- Posted by Davy Minor on September 17, 2007 at 2:40 am
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