There are more big names included in Big Ears 2014's lineup, such as John Cale, Television, and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood (performing a Reich composition), but for the most part, the avant-garde and the experimental will have a heavy presence. Lounge Lizards and Tom Waits guitar veteran Marc Ribot is slated to play a set with his band Ceramic Dog, as well as a solo soundtrack performance of Charlie Chaplin's The Kid. Electronic dynamos Vladislav Delay, Dominick Fernow (Prurient), and Tim Hecker (who delivered an amazing set in 2010) are also on the bill, but one of the most exciting inclusions is the collaboration between Japanese noise legend Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley (Sunn 0)))), and innovative electronic musician Oren Ambarchi. More acts will be added as the festival draws closer.
See the Big Ears Festival Website for the entire lineup. Tickets go on sale Fri., Dec. 6. - tomorrow cannot come fast enough.
>> Lana Del Rey really just wanted us all to be together so she could visually close out a chapter before she releases her new record, Ultraviolence.
>> Grantland's Wesley Morris on R. Kelly's Black Panties: "These are growlingly, mellifluously, purringly sung serenades over mid-tempo, quiet-storm beats. And the woman in his bed - or on his floor, his car hood, or kitchen sink - is neither object nor mere penis receptacle. She is something to live for, something to do, something that, like Kelly himself, needs to be done." Hmmm. Further reading: Timeline: The life and career of R. Kelly
>> Full Stream Ahead: Widowspeak, The Swamps, Brendan Benson, You Were Right, and I Heard the Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel From the Nashboro Label, 1951-1983.
>> Oh, Katy Perry.
Widely recognized as a hip-hop epicenter Atlanta's music industry has vigorously evolved from OutKast's breakout success and Jeezy's trap rap style, to rap producers like Heroes X Villains transcending prosperously into the electronic scene. The event was a pure representation into Atlanta's current eco-system with heavyweights rubbing shoulders with the industry's hottest rookies. Don't be surprised if a recap video sets the Internet on fire recapping the event in the next few days.
As the label's third release, CGI continues to evolve its output of left-leaning electronic music. The collective is making impressive headway in a city with a climate that's not currently conditioned for such a mature electronic sound. But that's not to say Atlanta isn't beginning to open up. Thankfully, people are starting to take notice of CGI founder Matt Weiner, and his efforts to bring the underground to surface level.
Jerome will perform live, creating a dance floor experience that closely mirrors his 12-inch release which is actually pieces of a live studio session whittled down to its most compelling section.
CGI Records Release Party ft. Jerome, Jeff Zagers, Anticipation, and Weiner (TWINS) perform with a DJ set from REKchampa. Thurs., Dec. 5. 529 Free. 9 p.m. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
2. Mood Rings is opening for former labelmate Washed Out at Terminal West in what may be the chillest New Year's Eve show ever. What better way to bring in the new year than with shoegaze and melancholy synth beats?
One hundred discounted $15 tickets will be available to Red Bull Sound Select subscribers who RSVP.
>> Brand (Get it? BRAND. Okay, fine it's a little early in the sentence for this kind of thing but alright just keep reading ugghhh NEVERMIND) new Adidas family member Kanye West wants a Warhol* of Kim.
>> According to Fader, Zuse, Jose Guapo, Rome Fortune and Pee Wee Longway are 4 Atlanta (honorable mention) rappers to watch in 2014. According to Vulture, Laura Marling, William Tyler, Valerie June, Richard Buckner, Mar Seck, Sarah Jarosz, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Aoife O'Donovan, Rokia Traore, and Alasdair Roberts & Friends all released great folk albums in 2013.
The Head is sharing the stage with White Animals this Sat., Dec. 7 at Smith's Olde Bar, and we have a pair of tickets to give away. All you have to do is be the first person to leave the correct answer to the following question in the comments section of this Crib Notes post and the tickets are yours.
How old were twin brothers Mike and Jack Shaw when they started the Head?
Tickets are up for grabs now. Go!
Psychedelic jams tend to run one of two routes when tripping out into infinity. Sure, there's the high road lighted by distorted squalls of feedback, fried solos, and overall maximum sensory overload. But there's an alternate lane of lysergic monotony driven by only a chord or two. The Electric Nature - albeit masters of both - follow up their recent split with Forget the Times with this new, extended jam of hypnotic, locked-in repetition. "Winter Jam" maximizes its 11-minute duration with a slow and steady march toward the horizon. Although the pace never builds, keeping to its drugged but headstrong speed, lead member Michael Potter riffs into oblivion in a sprawling spiral. Each cycle of the dark motif adds layer upon layer of reverb and echo. The wordless vocals only add to the wide-eyed disorientation, otherwise known as an aural trip. "Winter Jam" will be available on Sunup Recordings' upcoming Living Room Visions Winter Tape, but you can stream it now below.
>> Beyonce, The Streisand Effect, rinse and repeat. Speaking of rinsing and repeating, Team Adams' Tessanne Chin yes Tessanne Chin improved on Katy Perry's latest Prism single "Unconditionally" last night on The Voice. TESSANNE CHIN.
>> Full Stream Ahead: Guerilla Toss, Gay Disco, Neil Young, Live At The Cellar Door, R. Kelly, Black Panties. Speaking of Kells, he wants you to upload your #BlackPanties pictures to Instagram to get in on the action. Ick.
>> The Hirschkraft Slayer Dashboard crunches the data to find the most evil Slayer album of them all. Speaking of super-fans, in honor of its 10th anniversary, online Guided By Voices database gbvdb.com has posted a classic Bee Thousand/Alien Lanes-era show from Middle East in Cambridge, MA to celebrate the big occasion.
>> "Sometimes I wish I was Jesus, I'd get my Airmax on and run across the sea for you." ~ Eliza Doolittle
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?