Corndogorama 2009: Saturday (Day 1)


All photos by Clint Miller

We got a later start yesterday than I would have liked and didn’t make it to Corndogorama until The Goldest began their set. I loved their EP, but in previous occasions thought their live show was a bit lacking. This time they sounded really good.

I got some lunch at the Australian Bakery, which has served as our Corndog home base for escaping the heat and grubbing, and then caught Sonen. Their set at last year’s corndog was lackluster, but this year it was not enjoyable at all. The vocals were very loud in the mix, and these two so called “vocalists” have no business singing. It was hard to even give the music underneath much of a chance with how bad the vocals were.

Next, Nomen Novum played one of the better live sets I’ve seen them do. They started out with some guitar loop build up songs and then moved to more electronic stuff near the end. While the duo churned out the tunes, they were joined by a dancer for this set who even contributed some neat sound effects using blades of grass.



Next up was Electric Cycles, one of the few bands on the lineup I was unfamiliar with, and they played some retro rock n roll garbage. They were jumping around and playing their instruments well, but their music is so lame and cliche’ to me.

Ocha La Rocha played the main stage next, and it sounded like Black Crowes meets Widespread Panic, which is way outside of my enjoyment range. If you read this blog regularly, you already know my disdain for all of this boring retro-crap, so I’ll spare you.

Things picked up with Club Awesome playing a typically great set. Definitely a band worth enduring the oppressive heat.

Then Thy Mighty Contract played next and they seem to get better every time I see them. Such a perfect amalgamation of style and talent. I totally heart this band.

Sealions played next on the side stage, and they sounded really good. They sort of remind me of Summerbirds In The Cellar with less ardor. This three piece has a lot of potential and I’m thrilled about the prospect of their first full length album dropping sometime this year.

Wizard Smoke was a sludgy metal band that managed to be brutal and silly at the same time. It was a fun change-up for the fest, but nothing going on here I haven’t seen a thousand other bands do.

As the Corndog eating contest got set up, the crowd was inundated by a terrible country cover band called Sinners and Songriders. I really enjoy Antic Clay‘s solo works, so it was a shame to see him playing in this format. Then the crowd packed around in front of the stage to witness the Corndog contest.

I caught a tiny bit a Hawks thrashing things and then left the fest for a short refueling break. When I came back, I was disappointed with realizing that I got The Subsonics and Dropsonic mixed up, and it turned out the one I didn’t like was playing. So I went to The Earl and got a drink before enduring some pretty uninspired music from The Empties. After that, Noot d’ Noot went on the main stage and played the standout set of the day. The ten piece jammed out a funky dance party that ended way too early. It took me a while, but I’m squarely on their bandwagon now.

Afterwards I tried to listen to The Judies, but they were terrible. Since I don’t like The Howlies or Modern Skirts, and the rain began pouring down, the rest of the night disintegrated into a blur of booze and bars. Now that I have almost recovered, it is time to take on the second half.

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38 Responses to “Corndogorama 2009: Saturday (Day 1)”
  1. Andy Says: June 28th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Once again Davy showing what an idiot he is and how little he knows about good music. “Doesn’t like Howlies, Modern Skirts, Dropsonic, called Wizard Smoke silly, just now likes Noot d’ Noot”

    I remember when he slammed All the Saints, Snowden, the Black Lips, and Deerhunter (who later on was recognized as having ohm park’s #1 album of 2008 haha) Davy you truly are a complete dumb ass!!

  2. TheShua Says: June 29th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    @Andy: People may not always agree with Davy or the other writers of the site and this is a good thing, why the world is interesting, etc.

    However, with the sheer volume of music websites competing for eyes, anyone who is a regular reader of Ohmpark could be said to generally agree with the perspectives put forth here because otherwise they would spend their time on websites that were more appealing to them.

    And this is where I point out that in order to post a comment, linking to insound.com was not a requirement. Cheap shots for cheap traffic? Parasite.

  3. Phoebe Cates Says: June 29th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Clearly Davey was joking, because anyone can see that Wizard Smoke is the best new band in Atlanta!

    Sorry you didn’t make it to our set at 12:45 PM. Of course, NO ONE was there that early. But trust me, we KILLED!

  4. Andy Says: June 29th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    @The Shua. I agree that a difference of opinion makes life interesting. I do find ohm park to be entertaining. I just wanted to point out how wrong Davy usually is and back it up with a link to a site that shows how well some of the bands that he slams are doing. I find it especially ironic that bands that he initially talks the most shit about end up becoming popular and then all of a sudden they put out ohm parks “best record of 2008″.

    Insound doesn’t need “cheap traffic” because they consistently have great taste in music. Maybe that is why they have loads of advertisers/sponsors and put together hugely successful festivals and ohm park doesn’t.

  5. Molly Ringwald Says: June 29th, 2009 at 1:58 am

    I agree with andy. ohm park in general is pretty harsh for no reason. you can say you dont like a band without saying they suck. its fun to read sometimes but it makes you guys seem like pompass indie assholes. btw i have seen noot d noot play far better sets than that. you couldnt even really hear the keyboard guy or the emcee that well. they have been awesome for years.

  6. Davy Minor Says: June 29th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    ok, a few things

    1. I think my sarcasm might have confused you, but I would love you to reference my slamming of Deerhunter, All The Saints, or Snowden. We were hyping Deerhunter before Cryptograms even came out.

    2. If I cared about how well a band was doing, I’d be talking about the Jonas Brothers and the Black Eyed Peeeeeeeeeeeeeees

    3. If you are going to pretend to be two different people, you should at least go to another computer so I can’t tell it is from the same IP address. Very rookie trolling here

    4. I am sad I didn’t catch Attractive Eighties Women kill it.

    mmmmkay?

  7. Breezy Says: June 29th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Davy, as always, we see almost eye to eye on this music thing.

    I was very sad that most of the bands were not exciting. I was also very sad that there was not a single hip hop artist.

    This is a music festival for ATLANTA artists, hip hop is a huge part of ATL, and there are a ton of excellent hip hop artists here in Atlanta that have better music and put on a better show than 80% of what I saw this weekend.

    Also, Noot d’Noot funked up it, I love that shit.

  8. Sheena Easton Says: June 29th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    1)”i’m hanging out with All the Taints, Blowden, Rearhunter #drunkfaketwats” I’m bet Bradford would especially appreciate that last one. I’ll let him know next time I see him.

    2)Im sure you are too embaressed to admit that you own all of the Jonas records and masturbate to them.

    3)public WAN hot spots (bars, coffee shops etc) usually only on use 1 IP address. Didn’t you go to GA Tech?!? shit get your money back.

    4)The fact that you missed Attractive Eighties Women further proves that you suck.

    5)Almost every other music blog in the southeast is more well known than ohm park and ohm park has been around a lot longer than most of them.

    hmmmmkay?

  9. Alex Says: June 29th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    @ Sheena Easton

    1) You’re a douche
    2) Agreed. That probably is embarrassing.
    3) Tough to imagine that Andy, Molly Ringwald, and Sheena Easton were all grabbing coffee in the same bar at the same time while reading Ohmpark. But if they were, that’s a bar I hope to never frequent in the future. You know, because you’re a douche.
    4) Shame to miss such an amazing band. Attractive Eightes Women are, after all, playing nothing but Atlanta shows until August and were once featured on Good Day Atlanta. SUPERSTARS!!!
    5) Commenting on blogs is WAY cooler than creating and maintaining a blog. But you know what’s EVEN COOLER!?! Commenting on a blog you claim to hate. You know, because you’re a douche.

  10. Ben Says: June 29th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Andy, Molly Ringwald, and Sheena Easton seem to all have the same exact grammatical errors! OHM PARK 4 life!!

  11. Clint Miller Says: June 29th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Again people not getting jokes. “”i’m hanging out with All the Taints, Blowden, Rearhunter #drunkfaketwats”

    First of all this was said on twitter, where things are a little looser. Statements just aren’t as serious when you have to say them in 140 characters. Second we have always supported Deerhunter, All The Saints, and Snowden. I do remember back in the day we wondered what all the Snowden hype was about, don’t even know if we posted that but we definitely didn’t trash them. We almost always go see bands first before/if we trash them. We don’t just take others’ words for it or believe the hype, hence why we just hyped Noot D’ Noot. We don’t really like funk, we had seen them a few times before live and although we appreciated what they did, it didn’t quite hit us right. The show at Corndogorama sold us both so Davy let people know that. Next, those 3 bands were not playing a show that night, thats why it was fake, further proof of that is he used stupid names for them and said they played at Dottie’s (aka Lenny’s before it WAS Lenny’s years ago). And “twats” was a silly name for “tweets”, he wasn’t calling the guys in the real bands twats or fake. So anyway that’s why we aren’t a comedy site because apparently people don’t get the jokes. Go ahead and tell your buddy Bradford, we love him and I’m not as special as you to be be his friend but I bet he has a sense of humor, I can tell you that. Plus even IF we were being dicks, what he is gonna do? Deerhunter got the #1 Album because that’s how we felt. We even discussed between us if giving them #1 was biased from us being an Atlanta blog and eventually decided that we are just lucky to have them in our city. That album got #1 because it was the best thing to come out all year. We don’t kiss people’s ass in the “scene” just to get coverage or be somebody’s friend, we do this because we love it. Which is obvious since we make no money doing it whatsoever. In fact Davy loses money every month paying for the server space so people can read Ohmpark.

    Which leads me to my next point. “Almost every other music blog in the southeast is more well known than ohm park and ohm park has been around a lot longer than most of them.” What blogs are you referring to? Largehearted Boy and Cable and Tweed are the ones that come to mind and they have both been around longer than us. Anyway I’m not interested in your subjective bullshit opinions anyway, if you wanna back this statement up with some numbers then go ahead. Also the reason sites like Insound and Metromix get so much traffic is they have financial backing. Insound has been selling you stuff since it’s first day, which was in the 90s. Have you ever seen an Ohmpark ad anywhere? We can’t afford that shit, any traffic we get pretty much comes from google or word of mouth. Again we like people to read us, but we do this because we love it and if people don’t read it then there is not much we can do. For the most part Ohmpark is just Davy and I, we do what we can but we don’t have tons of cash or employees.

    re: Missing Attractive 80′s Women. They came on at 12:15, sorry but that’s just not a time I can get to a show on a weekend. Hell even Bonnaroo sets start at 1 normally. So do we suck or does Corndogorama suck for putting them on so early when both days were full of shitty bands at much later spots? We HAVE listed them in our “What up in the ATL?” posts multiple times.

    and Yep, fuck Howlies, Modern Skirts, and Dropsonic. Wizard Smoke was silly, I agree as well, I wish Maserati would have played instead. Print it, tell your friends, put that shit on my grave as a quote. I don’t enjoy those bands.

    Oh yes and two people happen to go to the same Coffee shop/bar/whatever and troll ohmpark with anonymous names. If you wanted us to take in value in what you have to say, put your name on it. When we put up our new site design we started using our real names for just that reason. In fact why don’t use just save us some time and tell us what band you are in that we slammed, or who your friend’s band is that we slammed. Don’t be a pussy, we aren’t gonna kick your ass or attack your band/business/web site or whatever just because we don’t like YOU. For the record “Sheena Easton” was a different IP but they would have been stupid not to go use another IP after getting called out on it. And if you are 3 different people you should all hang out because you guys love to troll and state unfounded bullshit.

    And if you do decide to respond to me could you at least say something with some substance? Just go your local middle school if you want to call people names or make stupid ass masturbation jokes.

  12. Jayson Says: June 29th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    booooooooyeeeeaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh

  13. Phoebe Cates Says: June 29th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    For the record, I am not associated with any of these trolls, despite their seemingly related screen names.

    I also never meant to imply fault with Ohm Park for not showing up for our dreadfully early set. As I said, NO ONE was there. It’s Corndogorama’s fault we went on so early, but SOMEBODY has to go first, I guess.

    Half the reason you play something like Corndogorama is that you hope to impress people who’ve never seen you before, make some new fans and maybe some press or bloggers will write something nice about you. Of the 25 or so people who were there, about 10 were long time fans, three new fans bought our CD AND the watermelon guy gave me a free slice! Certainly not the success we’d hoped for, but far from a total failure.

    Also, to “Alex”, I’m sorry our lack of out-of-town shows leaves you less than impressed with us. We all have day jobs and we don’t tour. We just want to play shows and have fun with our friends. If you’d like to see what we’re all about, hit me up at contact [at] attractive eighties women [dot com] and I’ll gladly put you on the guest list at our next show.

    xoxo,
    Phoebe Cates

    PS – I maintain that Wizard Smoke rules!

  14. Clint Miller Says: June 29th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I didn’t expect them to be associated with you Phoebe. We did want to catch you guys and had a friend who did show up tell us it was fun. Aren’t you the band that did the “Hipster Douchebag” song that referenced Preston Craig?

    I also speak for myself. Davy may have seen you before because he hits more shows than I do.

  15. Andy Says: June 29th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I had no idea that this would get this out of hand. It was certainly not my intention. I did also post as Sheena Easton from a friends computer this morning. I am not trying to hide anything I just didn’t want their ip scanned. I honestly did not think that people who are so willing to dish out personal insults would be so affected by receiving some back. Seriously Ohmpark if you are gonna talk that much shit about bands in your own city then grow some balls and be prepared to get some back in return.

    If you read my initial reply I did say that I find Ohmpark to be entertaining and that I appreciate a difference in opinion. I do have a lot of friends in bands in Atlanta and a lot of them have played at corndogorama over the years. What you may not realize though is that most of them don’t make any money playing corndogorama and that a lot of them have to drive for hours and lose money just to do what they love. Sounds kinda familiar doesn’t it?

    My whole point is that anyone can go to a disappointing show then come home, sit safely behind a computer, and talk shit on the internet. That takes zero balls. Bands however, don’t have the luxury of being in a controlled environment with a spell check and blog to hide behind. I think its your duty as a music blog to tell people when you do or don’t like bands. I just think its unnecessary to insult them to the degree that you guys do. Just tell us that you didn’t like their performance and why. It’s very easy to take statements out of context on the internet.

    I hope that had enough substance for you… or at least a much as “Rearhunter, Blowden, & Fuck Howlies”

  16. Phoebe Cates Says: June 29th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Yes, I believe you’re referring to our song “They Shoot Hipsters, Don’t They?” You can hear a live version here: http://attractiveeightieswomen.com/press/hipsters.mp3

  17. Davy Minor Says: June 29th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    For the record, Clint’s novella up there doesn’t exactly represent my feelings on this discussion. We’re two different people so we have diff opinions.

    Personally, I love it when people come here and talk smack back at me and totally welcome it. I was more disappointed with how weak your game was, not that you were firing back.

    Expect a lengthy diatribe soon on this from the safety of my controlled environment.

    PS I think Ohmpark’s new tagline is going to be “The Least Popular Blog in The Southeast”.

    LULZ

  18. Chris Says: June 29th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Hmmm…..Corndog, I remember seeing the listing when it was published, no thanks.

    I can see Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun in the air-conditioning.

  19. Holly Says: June 29th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    It’s Ohmpark’s blog and they can say what they want. There’s no rules that say you simply politely state “well, this band wasn’t for me but I’m sure someone will enjoy them” and move on. It’s not a masturbatory blog for their cherry picked bands or publication that exists solely for the reason of being reprinted in someone’s press kit which might lead to additional ad sales, a la some other publications in this town. When bands put it out there on stage, unfortunately they leave themselves open for opinion and feedback, whether positive or negative. Same with writers/bloggers, visual artists, whatever. So have a thick skin, take the criticism like a man/woman, and get over it.

  20. Andy Says: June 29th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I’m sure this had to be entertaining for Ohmparks readers if nothing else.

  21. kimb Says: June 29th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    oh, i love it…it’ll give me something to bring up later when im fucked up.

  22. Clint Miller Says: June 29th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I have no problem with people talking shit about us, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to respond to it. My problem is when you make baseless claims like: “I remember when he slammed All the Saints, Snowden, the Black Lips, and Deerhunter (who later on was recognized as having ohm park’s #1 album of 2008 haha)” and “I find it especially ironic that bands that he initially talks the most shit about end up becoming popular and then all of a sudden they put out ohm parks best record of 2008″ which are completely untrue. Black Lips would be the only band we’ve said anything negative about in that list of bands.

    And yes it’s obvious that “(anyone can) sit safely behind a computer, and talk shit on the internet. That takes zero balls” You’ve proven that by posting under 3 different names so you could attempt to validate your own opinions by creating new fake points of view. We aren’t insulting anyone, we are saying how we feel about bands and backing that up with reasons. Sorry our tone or chosen words aren’t your cup of tea. To me insulting is when you say things like “Im sure you are too embaressed to admit that you own all of the Jonas records and masturbate to them.” We don’t say stupid shit like that about bands on the blog.

  23. Chris Says: June 29th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Are we going on record here to say that it is “wrong” to masterbate to Jonas Bros’ records?

    Just looking for clarification?

  24. Wotan Says: June 29th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Sorry you found it silly, Ohmpark. The name and the lack of beards must contribute to that.

    But thank you for the photos and writeup.

  25. Andy Says: June 29th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    C’mon Clint don’t take this so seriously!! To me “All the Taints” “Blowden” and “Reerhunter” are not necessarily compliments. Like I said if you are gonna dish it out be prepared to take it. Again I can’t believe that this has gotten so blown out of proportion.

    Are you saying that you don’t think those Jonas Boys are good looking?

  26. Davy Minor Says: June 29th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    @Wotan

    I meant silly in a more positive connotation. I like silly metal music, I’ve just heard it done before so many times. i did like it though.

    @Trolly McClueless

    Misinterpretting my epic twitter post as anything more than silliness is hard for me to fathom. I think you’d be hard pressed to find another music writer in the world who has slobbed Bradford Cox’s knob more than I have, hence one wouldn’t think me calling them “Rearhunter” to be anything serious. Also the twitter post preceding the one you referenced is: “Gnomevaginaview on triple word score ftw”. That might have been a clue about the nature of my twats.

    I think this might be a record for comments on this blog. Thanks everybody, keep it up!

  27. Clint Miller Says: June 29th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    well like I said, you didn’t get the joke. We love all 3 of those bands. And I still maintain that your game is weak and you are full of shit. Talk all the trash you want, just don’t resort to the tactics of trolling idiots.

    re: Wizard Smoke. I also find Dethklok, The Sword (which the singer wore the shirt of), and Dragonforce to be silly but that doesn’t mean they are bad bands. Wizard Smoke was cool, just not my thing, I like Maserati better.

  28. Andy Says: June 29th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    If this is the record then ohmpark should be thanking me. Like I said above, I also posted as Sheena Easton I am not trying to hide anything.

    Clit I mean Clint you are in the wrong line of work if your are gonna cry like this every time someone ruffles your feathers. Be a man like your boy Davy and take off your skirt.

    To Ohmpark readers:
    You are welcome for probably the most entertaining writing that has ever been posted on this site. No wonder it broke the record.

  29. Wotan Says: June 29th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    @ ohmpark compadres

    I get what you’re saying. Appreciated. That was our first show, come see the second!

  30. Clint Miller Says: June 29th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    You were trying to hide something before you got caught.

    OH JESUS CHRIST, THIS IS HORRIBLE. Why in my 27 years of life have I never realized that if you take the “N” out of my name it makes in into a part of the female anatomy. I’m calling my parents tonight and ask them why they didn’t stick with Rufus, my great grandfather’s name which they originally planned on naming me.

    You lose Andy. I think I have proved all you bring to the table is name-calling and baseless accusations.

  31. Andy Says: June 29th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Get caught for what? Pointing out that you clearly can’t take what you can dish out? Actually wait.. you did that yourself.

    BTW this is my last post. It’s been fun boys. Keep up the good work!

  32. Clint Miller Says: June 29th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Caught posting as 3 different “people”

    I am glad to see that you are done posting though. I can’t believe you didn’t give up earlier.

  33. Brandon Says: June 30th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I agree that the least popular blog in the southeast is a great TAG!!!!

  34. Brandon Says: June 30th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    @ andy. you are not very entertaining. take it personally. i like this blog and we all know that the writers have very specific tastes in music. because they bash a band doesn’t mean that i won’t like it, it just means that they either belong on the floor of a record store or in esquire’s music section. and sometimes that’s what i’m looking for. if i’m looking for a good band that fits into ohmparks realm of sweet listens i come here. you should not.

  35. JOE Says: June 30th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    ohmpark is fucking 1337.

  36. Alex Says: June 30th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    @ Phoebe

    I take back what I said about Attractive Eighties Women. I was just trying to be a dick to Andy. I’ve seen you guys several times and I think it’s awesome. My apologies

    @ Andy

    You’re still a douche

  37. Christie Brinkley Says: July 1st, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Whoa, there! Come on guys, we all love rock ‘n’ roll, right? Let’s stop fighting, put some Misfits on the jukebox and drink some PBRs!!! Seriously, come down to the local later tonight, and Christie Brinkley from AEW will buy all y’all a beer, and we can hug it out!

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