Sadly, it turns out that the World Famous Mic Club's new digs at the Royal Peacock were only temporary, making the weekly MC battle's four-week stay there one of its shortest residencies ever. The separation comes on the heels of the Nov. 27 edition, where a scheduled MTV shoot failed to go as planned. According to Mic Club host D.R.E.S. tha Beatnik, a producer for MTV's "Made" was unable to get Royal Peacock owner Berhane Hagos to sign a standard shooting agreement, which would've allowed MTV Networks to film on location. I contacted Hagos to get his side of the story, but he was unavailable for comment before press time.
The episode is supposed to follow a 17-year-old kid from Athens who wants to be "made" into a freestyle rapper. Atlanta rapper Mike Bigga (aka Killer Mike) serves as his "Made" coach. To save the shoot, D.R.E.S. moved the production to an undisclosed rooftop in Midtown. (Check out the behind-the-scenes video posted on www.micclubatl.com.)
Following termination of the partnership between Mic Club and the Royal Peacock, D.R.E.S. is on the lookout for a new spot to call home. In the meantime, Mic Club will make the switch from a weekly to a monthly format beginning in January. Stay tuned for more details as they develop.
Drone rock foursome Lyonnais has spent the last year sculpting the sound and mood of its full-length debut, Want For Wish For Nowhere. Though the album is in the can, the release date remains in limbo while the group searches for a label. The album is by turns massive, psychedelic and abstract, while sticking to a palette of experimental pop atmospheres. It is appropriate for boutique label Geographic North, which is co-owned by Lyonnais members Farbod Kokabi (guitar/synth) and Farzad Moghaddam (bass/synth). But that's not in the cards, according to Kokabi. "We considered it, but early on decided against that route primarily as a means of [avoiding] nepotism," he says. "It's date night and we'd rather eat out."
In the meantime, the band has self-released a short run of the album on cassette to have something to show for the year — and something to sell during a quick, pre-Christmas stint of shows in the New York area. During the trek to NYC, the group will hit up Greenwood Electronics — a new Brooklyn-based studio owned by Ryan Rasheed (Prefuse 73, Leb Laze) and Brad Hurst (Mexcellent) — where it plans to record yet another album.
On Thurs., Dec. 9, local hip-hop incubator SMKA Productions celebrates its two-year anniversary with a show at the Star Bar. Aleon Craft, J-Live, Jarren Benton, and A-1 head the bill with a few surprise guests and an SMKA band jam session featuring drummer Alien Warr and DJ Dibias on the turntables.
Archival label Dust-to-Digital recently released four new titles, including a smoking two-CD set of sermons from the Rev. Johnny L. "Hurricane" Jones called The Hurricane That Hit Atlanta. There's also a compilation titled Baby, How Can It Be? (Songs of Love, Lust and Contempt From the 1920s and 1930s); a documentary film called Ten Thousand Points of Light; and a documentary titled Let Your Feet Do the Talkin'.
Noise-pop underdogs Gold-Bears have signed to Slumberland Records, home of Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Crystal Stilts and Brilliant Colors. The band's 11-song debut album is due out in April 2011.
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