Although there is no cover art or track sample available just yet, it seems Black Lips' have officially wrapped up their seventh album and deemed the effort Underneath the Rainbow. Scheduled to drop March 18th on Vice Records, the LP was produced by Dap Kings' Tommy Brenneck and the Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney, and serves as the band's love letter to the expected shenanigans that go hand in hand with coming up in the South, like "doing bathtub drugs and drinking bathtub gin," as Jared Swilley explained to Rolling Stone Magazine.
In the meantime, the band plans to perform a hometown New Year's Eve show at the Drunken Unicorn with Subsonics. Revisit the completely NSFW video for "Family Tree" from the band's previous, Mark Ronson-produced LP Arabia Mountain and check out the track list for the new album after the jump.
The show premieres on Sun., Dec. 15 at 8 p.m., but will also air Wed., Dec. 18 at midnight, Thurs., Dec. 19 at 9 p.m., and Wed., Jan. 1 at 7 p.m.
Atlanta-based trumpeter Joey Sommerville is a guy with a lot on his mind, and he's not shy about opining, especially when it comes to the music he's dedicated his career to - jazz, that is. In a recent conversation, Sommerville, who's putting the finishing touches on a new album titled, Overnight Sensation, and is set to perform Fri., Dec. 13, at the Musical Winter Nights concert, shared a few thoughts about the current state of jazz and his place within the music.
On what kind of jazz artist he is: "I shun categorization. I think music is music. It's either good or bad. Either you like it or you don't. ... I consider myself more of a contemporary jazz artist, if you have to put a name on it."
For more than 20 years, singer and guitarist Simon Joyner has amassed a stark body of songs steeped in the ramshackle imagery and narratives embodied by the people and the landscape of the American Great Plains - namely that of his hometown, Omaha, Nebr. Currently making his way across the country, performing in people's living rooms, Joyner makes his way to Atlanta tonight (Wed., Dec. 11) to play a show in the Locust Lofts in Avondale Estate's Rail Arts District. (buy a ticket to find out the address). Tickets are $15 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
For these stripped-down performances, Joyner plays an acoustic guitar and sings a few solo numbers, and some with a trio rounded out by Noah Sterba (keyboard, guitar) and Kevin Donahue (drums, bass). A handful of videos from these shows have been making their way around the Internet this week, painting a picture of these shows as intimate settings in which the group runs through a comprehensive set of songs touching on everything from Joyner's 1994 early masterpiece, The Cowardly Traveler Pays His Toll on up through 2012's Ghosts. You might even hear some newer numbers if the mood strikes. "House shows are generally the most fun to play, but it's difficult to support a national tour by just playing fun shows in people's basements," Joyner says. "These shows have been set up as a sort of a community kind of thing where people will come out to support the music, while creating a more personal kind of experience," he adds. "It's also been a really nice change of pace."
... And it's not too late to make a request, so let him know if there's something you want to hear when you buy your tickets.
Sure, the holiday season can be a time of rampant materialism, with folks trampling over each other to get their hands on sale-priced flat-screen TVs and such, but it can also be a time of giving back. Case in point: Atlanta-based professor/model/hip-hop artist Linda Pearl Fils-Aime, aka A Lady Named Pearl, is bringing together a bevy of Atlanta's soul music luminaries to host Pearl's Christmas Kindness, a benefit concert designed to help children in Haiti.
Going down Dec. 12, Pearl's Christmas Kindness (now in its third year) is set to feature live performances by singers Anthony David, Heston, Rahbi, Bosco, Miranda Nicole, and more. All proceeds from the event are slated to go to Educate Haiti Now, a nonprofit organization with a mission to rehabilitate that nation's education sector and ensure that its youth have access to quality education.
>> Cher Lloyd is the latest artist to cover (and possibly improve upon) a Katy Perry song. Her acoustic cover of Teenage Dream track "E.T." at Billboard's Women In Music event was a tribute to the lady Perry, Billboard's 2012 Woman of the Year. You remember.
>> This one time at a show at the Mayan in Los Angeles Pixies bassist Kim Shattuck got overly enthusiastic and jumped into the crowd and yeah that's probably why she got fired.
>> "I think that anybody who's anti-selfie is really just a hater. Because, truthfully, why shouldn't people take pictures of themselves? When I'm on Instagram and I see that somebody took a picture of themselves, I'm like, 'Thank you.' I don't need to see a picture of the sky, the trees, plants. There's only one you." ~ Ezra Koenig
>> Fader's amazing Best of 2013 Listmania includes important lists such as the Top 8 Directions From the 2 Chainz #MEALTIME cookbook and Chief Keef's 7 Most-Used Emojis.
>> Lorde's hairstylist and makeup artist show NYLON how to get her "Team" video hair and makeup.
The jangle-pop band's critically acclaimed A&M albums, The Swimming Pool Q's (1984) and Blue Tomorrow (1986), had previously only been released on cassette and LP in the US, but never on CD.
The deluxe CD treatment, funded through an aggressive Kickstarter campaign, raised $21,584.
Continue reading Bobby Moore's CL feature, "Swimming Pool Q's 'A&M Years' revisited: Atlanta new wavers resurrect major label beginnings," published on June 12, 2013.
A "wreck the walls" party is currently being planned at Young Augustine's next door. So come pay your respects while the city erases yet another important piece of local history, surely making room for another living-shopping-condo-monstrosity experience, or something else that's equally as atrocious as what's currently being built atop the remains of what was Lenny's second location just a few blocks away (486 Decatur St).
>> "You can't pretend to be something. You listen to Nas' first album Illmatic. It's street stories. As he got more rich, he wrote songs like 'You Can Hold My Ice.' He wrote different kinds of songs, and that's just who he became at that point. And that's what the art form of hip hop is. It's about your experiences." ~ Jensen Karp, on Chet Haze
>> Gawker's (Rich Juzwiak's) super duper exclusive and very real and not at all fake interview with Vegas automaton Britney Spears is perfect.
>> Dum Dum Girls tour dates, y'all.
An experimental super group of sorts, Waking Astronomer finds Alexa Lima, Jeremi Johnson (10th Letter), Brett Leggitt (Deku), Afua Richardson, and Saira Raza melding an instrumental palette of piano, flute, cello, vibraphone, bass, and subtle beats with cool, subterranean samples for a slowly burning hybrid of soulful, jazz, and electronic music textures.
Waking Astronomer makes its live debut at the Left Field Experiment at 529 on Thurs., Dec. 19, with AF THE NAYSAYER, JP Villa, Prime8 Pimpin, and DJ sets from Divine Interface, the Morkestra, and Knumbskull. $5-$7. 9 p.m. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
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