Georges Bataille Battle Cry, Atlanta's noisiest purveyors of no wave-tinged post-punk, just uploaded two new releases onto its Bandcamp, on the heels of their debut two-song cassette released in April.
Such Sweet and Hellish Moments of Desire is a surprising new direction for the band, stripping away all percussion and almost all vocals for a series of dark ambient transmissions that could resemble David Lynch's nightmares. As though the traditional GBBC songs were slowed down to a 100th of the frenetic tempo normally deployed by the band, tones and chords are smeared across the landscape littered with post apocalyptic visions and doom riffs. The audio is just as barbarous, but this is more for inward seething than public displays of harm and dancing.
>> Jay-Z may have sold a million albums to Samsung for its new Jay-Z phone, but did you know that in the past, on occasion, Jay-Z has been known to use a phone that wasn't a Samsung Jay-Z phone? True story.
>> Watch Alpine (the band) cover Radiohead's (the band, not the song) Bends classic second single "Just" for AV Club's Undercover. Speaking of just doing it to yourself (you do, and that's what really hurts), what are we going to do with you, Chief Keef?!
>> Stream No Age's "No Ground," right now, no excuses.
With nearly 200 artists and more than 80,000 attendees, Bonnaroo is one of the largest four-day festivals in the country. This twelfth annual party on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, blends genres of people and music for four days of camping and good times. Some of the highlights this year were: Paul McCartney, Bjork, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jack Johnson, Wu-Tang Clan, A$AP Rocky, Jim James, NAS, The Sheepdogs, Pretty Lights, ZZ Top, and Billy Idol. After four days of heat, crowds, and a lot of walking, I can't wait until next year!
Don't forget, on Thursday night (June 20) CL celebrates the release of its 2013 Music Issue with the second annual Throwdown at Terminal West. Distal, Speakerfoxxx, Divine Interface, and the Difference Machine are all on deck. Also, those in attendance will be voting to send one of the night's acts to perform at the next CounterPoint Fest.
Keep an eye on Crib Notes tomorrow and Thursday, as we'll be giving away a few pairs of tickets to the show.
>> When Katy Perry was 15, she bought a box of color and went black and has never gone back. Speaking of John Mayer, John Mayer has a new song called "Paper Doll." It's about Taylor Swift. Death to Vevo.
>> Full Stream Ahead: Letlive, The Blackest Beautiful
The lineup is as follows:
Friday, September 20
North Mississippi Allstars
Drivin N Cryin
June 14-15, 2013 - Last weekend, Atlantans enjoyed the annual Midsummer Music and Food Festival, a free event in Candler Park. Friday evening brought a nice, mellow warm-up to Saturday's maximum-capacity crowd. Friday featured Neil Cribbs, Reynolds & Williams Band, and Coy Bowles of Zac Brown Band. Saturday's lineup included acoustic Webster Humpage, electro dance favorite Stokeswood, the down-home Southern style of Connor Christian & Southern Gothic, the alt bluegrass of the Whiskey Gentry, the horn-filled funk and soul of the Soul Rebels, and finished off the evening with the crowd-roaring favorite Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
The food was as plentiful and eclectic as the music. Packing in 25 of Atlanta's best food trucks, attendees sampled everything from gourmet mac & cheese and fries, Cajun, Vietnamese, Southern, Latin American cuisine, and vegetarian goodies. And they didn't forget desert favorites such as classic custard, cupcakes, kettle corn, and all-natural popsicles.
By the end of Saturday night, everyone's stomachs, souls, minds, and ears were well-nourished from a festival that won't soon be forgotten.
As Baths, Will Wiesenfeld produces an artier, more experimental take on the laptop electronica-postrock hybrid of the early-2000s. The solo electronic pop project revives and invigorates a style shaped by the Postal Service, the Notwist, and Berlin's Morr Music label, while playing up the driving, emotive force presented in those decade-old sounds. On record, Wiesenfeld largely borrows from the textbook of Jimmy Tamborello (the Postal Service's producer-half/sole Dntel producer) with nostalgic melodies, highly processed edits, and cinematic edits. Live, Wiesenfeld barely contains his energy and creative impulses, reacting physically to each twist of a knob or sample trigger. Baths now comes through Atlanta performing songs from his recently released Obsidian LP on Anticon, a dark and demented answer to the projects's somewhat sunny debut LP. Tracks like "Miasma Sky" (below) play like digital symphonies of sampled strings and overpowering emotion as if Xiu Xiu toned down the shock tactics or if Bjork tailored her icy, Matmos-produced Vespertine for the dance floor.
Baths, Houses, and D33J play tonight (Mon. June 17) at The Masquerade (Hell). $14. 7 p.m.
>> Have y'all heard Yeezus, yet? It leaked, so people are listening to it and talking about it. So what is Kanye talking about on Yeezus? "We get a lot of Kanye rapping about fucking white women, which obviously makes him feel like a real man, a powerful man, a revolutionary man. What it really makes him, though, is just a man. A disappointing, very average man." Ech. The NYT didn't love it, either. Anyway, after that, go back in time, with the miracle of the internet, and sink into a very longread interview with Kanye, just before 808s and Heartbreaks dropped. And last but not least: Konkratulakions, Kimye!!k!k!!
>> The Arctic Monkeys debuted a new tune called "Mad Sounds" this past weekend.
>> Full Stream Ahead: Smith Westerns, Soft Will
Around 11 a.m. on June 12, rapper J. Cole tweeted the venue where he would be performing later that night. But even before this tweet, fans lined up in front of Center Stage on West Peachtree Street as early as 3 a.m. the previous day. They stood outside in the 90-degree weather to pay only a dollar to see the rapper perform. Security at Center Stage estimated 760 people lined up outside before the doors opened. Inside the air was thick as fans waited for J. Cole to grace the stage. The North Carolina rapper sparked a mini tour in conjunction with his newest album, Born Sinner, out June 18.
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