That's going to take a lot of dancing!
The Lids were a great band, and B'Jay (Bobby Ubangi to you) was a good friend of mine.
I have to agree with Jake; the bands that Chad thinks are good pretty much suck across the board. This is not a result of my band not getting coverage, or someone else's band not getting coverage, it's a result of Chad not knowing very much about music. And as other readers have noted, when you heap praise on bands that sound like they spent ten minutes making their record, it makes them feel like there is no reason to spend any longer on the next one. For the record, I think there are two bands on Jake's list that don't suck. But I think that the law of averages would dictate that in a city of this size, there are probably a lot of good bands - they just don't seem to catch Chad's "ear". The only bands that catch Chad's "ear" are his hipster friends' bands. I've seen countless great shows by out-of-town bands that didn't make Chad's list of recommended shows. One new local band that has two good records out is called The Head, though you never see anything about them in CL. Or some of the more prog-leaning bands like the Ghosts Project, or Brass Knuckle Surfer; there must be many many more who can actually play their instruments and write a decent song. Instead we read every week about bands that really aren't very good. The Black Lips are great guys, but do you really think anyone will remember them for their music? The same is true of all the other "bands" like Back Pockets, Coathangers, Carnivores, etc. that can barely play their instruments but have made friends with Chad. Anyone that knows the local scene can read CL and know that they won't learn who the best bands in town are, but an out-of-town reader would probably come to the conclusion that there aren't any good bands in ATL. I think that Jeff Clark is right about one thing - CL would be very wise to dump the entire music department and start from scratch. I did appreciate one readers comment that there are now a lot of blogs that cover local music, but I do tend to read CL out of habit, as it was once a pretty decent music magazine.
looking at your other comments, it seems that you are the one who gushes over a tissue box. out of your six whiny comments, three of them are defending chad and CL. i have nothing against chad or CL, but i'm old enough to remember when people actually cared what CL thought about a band. in the above comment, you seem to be on crack, or just incapable of basic logic.
There are a lot of great musicians in Atlanta, not that anyone would know by reading CL. In any other city, no one would give this band the time of day, let alone a gushing review. If CL wants to be taken at all seriously as a music mag, they need to find some writers that know about music. CL covers the same 5-10 lame bands every week, while much better bands play in town all the time without getting any attention.
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