It's not a stretch to say that Mike WiLL made damn near everything in 2013, and to cap the year off he recently inked a deal for his Eardrumma Records imprint.
Mike WiLL posted a photo on his Instagram account with Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, and former executive and his current manager, DJ Mormile. The caption for the pic read: "Label Deal | Interscope Records at brunch. Salute to my manager, @fakeworksince1978 and Jimmy Iovine. #EardrumaRecords is official."
According to the folks over at Forbes, Mike WiLL earned almost $1.1 million in the last 12 months, and his catalogue of singles hit $9.8 million. A lot of Mike WiLL's success can be attributed to his graduating from working with artists who fall into the southern trap production realm to lending his talents to a myriad of different performers.
From Rihanna's "Pour it Up," to wrecking-ball-riding-Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop," 8.4 million Mike WiLL-produced singles were sold in 2013. Not bad for the guy who told Creative Loafing two years ago that having his own label was a "dream" he's had since 2007.
"As big and broad as it sounds, I'm about to change the game," Mike said. "I'm building a company, you feel me?"
Yes, sir. We do.
Speedy Ortiz - "Tiger Tank"
Although it's only the initial lineup, the 2014 edition of Savannah Stopover is shaping up to be a packed bill of largely indie rock, be it garage, pop, noise. With a handful of Georgia-bred acts (the Whiskey Gentry, Easter Island, T Hardy Morris, the Silver Palms) and many others from outside state lines (Speedy Oritz, Small Black, ARP, Weekend, Those Darlins, Bleeding Rainbow, et al.), the annual coastal festival has long served as a collective mid-market stop for bands and acts touring to and from various larger U.S. festivals like SXSW. Venues are often non-traditional, with the city's modestly vibrant music scene packed out with visiting acts. As founder Kayne Lanahan suggests, "At Stopover, you might find your next favorite band in a small dive bar, the ballroom of a 19th century mansion, an outdoor beer garden, or a haunted cemetery. It's like no place else on earth." Tickets are on sale now via Stopover's website. The final lineup will be announced Jan. 15. In the meantime check out the initial lineup after the jump.
Here are 10 Americana (for lack of a better term) albums (in alphabetical order) that I fully enjoyed this year.
Guy Clark, My Favorite Picture of You
Guy lost his wife and lifelong companion/collaborator Susanna in 2012, and this album is a fine tribute to a wonderful person. Getting on in years himself, Clark has never shied away from dealing with the reality of life's challenging moments, and does so with his usual grace and honesty.
Bob Dylan, Another Self Portrait
While the material here is from a three-year stretch (1968-71) when Dylan was going through one of his transformative stages, it stands as a more cogent and listenable collection than the original Self Portrait album. The stripped down demos with David Bromberg are amazing, and the peek into how certain songs mutated over time is fascinating.
Justin Timberlake brought his 20/20 Experience Tour to a sold out Philips Arena on December 17th. Performing with a 12-piece band, the Tennessee Kids, back up singers, and dancers, Timberlake played a three-hour, 27-song set that included hits such as, "Cry Me A River," "Suit and Tie," and "Mirrors."
More photos after the break
Couldn't make this up ... Macaulay Culkin's Pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band the Pizza Underground is coming to the Mammal Gallery Wed., March 19, to play a show with La Femme (France) and TV Dinner. Yes, now you can witness the star of the Home Alone franchise and his friends take the "what if we did this?" stoner quandary to new lows as they cheese up your favorite Velvet Underground songs with such lyrics as "I'm beginning to eat the slice," and "I'm waiting for the delivery man."
At least there will be pizza courtesy of Cameli's.
>> Want to listen to Stephen Malkmus and Grantland's Chris Ryan talk about the Portland Trail Blazers, and the NBA, and the Portland Trail Blazers, and the NBA, and the Portland Trail Blazers, and the NBA, and the Portland Trail Blazers, and the NBA? Here ya go.
>> "What am I doing reading Rolling Stone? You know what I mean?" ~ Henry Rollins, in Rolling Stone
>> Nardwuar welcomes Chance the Rapper to Vancouver, BC Canada.
Continuing in its tradition of presenting genre-bending electronic artists, Moogfest, the music festival honoring namesake synthesizer inventor Robert Moog, will motor into late April of 2014 with arguably its most impressive lineup in its brief history (including the few years it started out in NYC). The now Asheville, NC-based festival has always maintained a stellar reputation for curating a diverse musical showcase with a wide-ranging group of musicians, but 2014's lineup seems particularly heavy with electronic pioneers and innovators. Kraftwerk, celebrating their fifth decade in music, will be performing three of the group's 3-D shows, featuring elaborate light/image projections synched to hits such as "Trans-Europe Express," "The Model," and "Musique Non-stop." Synthesizer legend Giorgio Moroder, whom listeners might recognize as the man responsible for the music in Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," is also performing. Other notable performers include ground-breaking performance artist/musician Laurie Anderson and disco legends Chic with Nile Rogers. You remember that song "Le Freak"? Of course you do! Representing the more contemporary side of electronic music are artists such as Daedalus, Dan Deacon, Gaslamp Killer, RJD2, Sasha, Wolf Eyes, and many many others. It's also worth mentioning Moogfest's daytime seminars which will allow attendees to hear from Moog enthusiast Keith Emerson, inventor Don Buchla, film composer Cliff Martinez, Moroder, Anderson, and other important figures in the field of electronic music.
The building once home to longtime Little Five Points music venue the Five Spot is expected to reopen next spring with different ownership, major renovations, and a new name: Aisle 5.
Last March, longtime owner Bryan Aust closed the 12-year-old venue and sold the building to Brian Deerfield, Nick Weinberg, and Richard Edge. Deerfield and Weinberg, who work for local promoters Reverb Entertainment Productions, have previously booked shows at venues such as the Apache Cafe, Five Spot, Georgia Theatre, and Terminal West.
Deerfield tells CL the new venue will be a "multi-genre room where locals artists can hone their craft," will remain open to national touring acts, and occasionally host stand-up comedy events.
"We want to make it nicer, but keep the spirit of the place alive," he says.
They've pooled together cash for the purchase and found a few key investors for the upgrades to the building's A/C unit, bathrooms, and floor plan. It'll also make the venue ADA-complaint for the first time. So far, they've raised around 80 percent of their goal and are looking to raise another $55,000 through a recently launched Kickstarter campaign.
After purchasing the building, the new owners have worked on improving the look and feel of the venue. They had spent the past several months gaining approval for their plans from neighborhood groups and obtaining a liquor license. Deerfield says Aisle 5 plans to hire the contractors responsible for Terminal West's construction.
"To keep it as a live music venue was an uphill battle," he says. "We had to convince the neighbors to keep it as a music venue."
Ally Stevens, the Five Spot's former talent buyer, will continue to book artists for Aisle 5's shows. The venue's tentative opening date is scheduled for sometime in mid-March 2014.
>> Wait For It: Montreal, Quebec indie rock band Arcade Fire show up at toward end of the Holiday Edition of Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns for a nice little run through of the popular Christmas song "The Little Drummer Boy."
>> Someone is trying to sabotage (un saboteur!) Lana Del Rey's chances of winning an Oscar for her Great Gatsby soundtrack song, "Young And Beautiful."
>> Angel Haze goes rogue, leaks her new album, and somehow... it works? Huh? But maybe not in the long run? Only time and albums sales will tell.
There are two things you need to know about Atlanta weirdo wunderkind Adam Babar: He's constantly pursuing any artistic impulse that comes to mind and he is willing to put himself completely out there for his music. Whether manning guitar with Faun and a Pan Flute, leaving voicemail-based instrumentals on Nomen Novem's answering machine, or culling dreamlike collages riddled with beats as Easily Suede, or curating the Primitive Patterns label, Babar leaves the creative doorway wide open, barely checking incoming or outgoing ideas along the way. The latest fruit of that ethos brings the first release of Suffer Dragon, a new duo featuring Babar (guitar) and fellow Faun-man Daniel Betts (drums).
With what might be the first "textclusive" release, Suffer Dragon just dropped Tryna Suffer, a two-song set that is free to the first 10 people who text 678-982-0458. Almost like a modernized Dial-A-Song updated for the smart phone era, lucky listeners will receive the Suffer Dragon release via text message. Making Tryna Suffer available this way also uses the phone against itself, removing potential distraction or fidgeting with e-mail or social media and making it the player. You either have to launch the audio attachment and listen to the track, or navigate away from it to carry on with other things. There's no multitasking here; this is active listening.
Songs will be sent to the first 10 texters after 6 p.m. tonight (Thurs., Dec. 19).
Suffer Dragon, Distant Planet with Lemonade Dance Troupe, and In Sonitus Lux play the Mammal Gallery on Fri. Dec. 20. $5. 9 p.m. 91 Broad St. SW. 770-605-0990.
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