Here are some random items from the wonderful world of music:
Word on the street is that grungy metal band Celephais is breaking up. I'm crying at the thought of never seeing Eric Rozsa play a power riff in his tighty-whitie underwear again. If you haven't experienced the power of Celephais, read Chad Radford's story in CL's April 25 issue here.
Progressive hardcore trio Light Pupil Dilate has signed a deal with international metal imprint Lifeforce Records. Clap your hands and say, "Yeah!" The band's label debut, Snake Wine, comes out this fall. And yes, CL published an article on the band way back on Sept. 25, 2003, courtesy of Kevin Forest Moreau. You can read it here.
T.I. wasn't the only ATL winner at the BET Awards. Others included Gnarls Barkley (Best Group) and Ludacris (Best Collaboration for "Runaway Love" w/ Mary J. Blige). Just thought you'd like to know.
Manchester Orchestra signed a deal with Sony imprint Canvasback to nationally distribute I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child. Congratulations to the band, which is currently on its third national tour this year (!) with Colour Revolt. But what's up with all these Atlanta bands (Selmanaires and the Whigs, I'm talking about you, too) pushing the same records without putting out new material? I want some new promos, dammit! Anyway, I wrote a little profile on Manchester Orchestra in CL's April 11 issue, and you can read it here.
Dead clubs: Club Uranus, 3049 Peachtree Road
New clubs: Sugar, 257 Trinity Ave.
It's been a busy week for T.I. It started inauspiciously with a confrontation with Chaka Zula, co-CEO at Disturbing tha Peace Records (Ludacris, Chingy). According to an MTV News story, the two faced off during a luncheon in Los Angeles hosted by Warner Music exec Kevin Liles. They began arguing -- no one knows what it was about -- and then T.I. punched Chaka in the face. A lot of people (mainly bloggers) opined that it was a continuation of the years-old rivalry between DTP co-CEO Ludacris and T.I.
By Tuesday, however, T.I. bounced back with a win at the BET Awards for Best Hip-Hop Artist. (He apologized for the fight during his acceptance speech, and said, "There's a fine line between brilliance and insanity.") His fifth album, T.I. vs. T.I.P., comes out Tuesday, July 3, and while reviews of it have been decidedly lukewarm, it will probably sell a butt-load of copies when it first hits stores. In this week's issue of CL, I weighed in on Tip's latest would-be trap-sterpiece. You can read it here.
Sometimes, national magazines give major love to the people you least expect. I remember when, two years ago, the Fader put Maceo on the cover. He may be the least-known cover subject in the magazine's seven-year history. The story was even written by Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz). The rapper hasn't exactly set the world on fire since, even while other Big Cat Records stars have moved on to major deals (Rasheeda to Imperial/EMI, Gucci Mane to Atlantic). "We're just going to come right out and say that our Maceo feature was one of the most slept-on looks in the history of the mag," read a subsequent blog post on the Fader's website.
Fast-forward to the June issue of Spin, which has a very long article on Uncrowned. This doesn't mean that the long-suffering hard-rock band has signed a major deal and is about to blow up like Hinder. Instead, the story follows Uncrowned during this year's SXSW as it tries to network with label executives and other industry slugs. It's called "The Art of Hustle," and it doesn't really have a happy ending.
Earlier this month Uncrowned posted a long note on its MySpace page about the story, just in case anyone got the false impression that the band is a wannabe. "Let me straighten up some things. First I was raised to be a bottom feeder of society. I wasn't given a chance, and I am very uncomfortable around money. When we waltzed up into the Four Seasons, the first thing I saw was an orange Lamborghini, and fifty year old men with 20 year old girls in 900 dollar dresses. This was so ludicrous to me." That sounds ludicrous to me, too.
The note, which is credited to the entire band, goes on to read, "I don't want your Kobe filet, or your orange Lamborghini. (although I will have a few of your 13 dollar martini's please) I already have something I have never hadâ¦a familyâ¦Uncrowned." It's a contradictory statement, sure. Uncrowned was clearly at SXSW in search of a major recording contract and/or opportunity. But I guess that's understandable. When your life's work gets interpreted by someone else, you tend to issue clarifications, no matter how slight or insubstantial the errors.
You can read the article here. Uncrowned plays at the 10 High tonight (June 27).
Transit, the long-running drum and bass night at the Mark Ultralounge, will soon be no more. Anthony Rotella, aka Mayhem, the ringmaster behind the 404 Audio crew and record store, made the announcement last month. Since I haven't paid much attention to jungle music since the late '90s, I didn't learn of Transit's premature demise until a few days ago. I've never been to an event, but I have to respect 404 Audio's hustle -- it brought many of the genre's top players to Atlanta, from DJ Hive (who headlined June 7) to Photek. Last year, Transit earned a CL Best of Atlanta award for Best Weekly Club Night.
The final Transit party takes place July 5 at the Mark. Ironically, the night is also Transit's three-year anniversary. The lineup hasn't been announced yet. "This is absolutely not one to miss and will go down in typical anniversary format," writes Mayhem in a post on the 404 Audio MySpace page. "Please try your best to come out and support these final nights as I want to leave on the most positive note that we can!"
The major news for all Smashing Pumpkins fans, besides the recent reunion, is the residency of shows in Asheville, N.C. The Pumpkins have scheduled seven shows at the Orange Peel to promote their new album, Zeitgeist, which has a scheduled release date of July 10.Before hitting the road to Asheville, however, the Pumpkins â with their new lineup of members Jeff Schroeder and Ginger Reyes â holed up in Atlanta to film the video for the new album's first single, "Tarantula."
On the band's website, Billy Corgan wrote to fans, "After a month of rocking in Europe, on Wednesday morning we got on a plane and flew from London straight to Atlanta to film a video for 'Tarantula.' I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that making the video was a blast, and all of the extras involved really made it a special moment that I think you're going to enjoy."
After shooting the video, the band headed to Asheville, but not before stopping at a Cracker Barrel right outside of Atlanta. In the band's blog, Corgan exclaimed his Southern chain restaurant experience as wonderful, and the whole band was pleased with the hospitality.
"The food was amazing," Corgan stated, "and we all tested our intelligence playing the wooden-triangle-with-holes-and-golf tees-game. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm sorry; and it's much too complicated to explain."
As band names go, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone serves an unusual purpose â it's brutally accurate.
Founding (and only) member Owen Ashworth spoke about the tour that will bring him to the Drunken Unicorn tomorrow, June 26, just prior to heading out on the road.
Of the battery-operated keyboards that have defined his singular sound, Ashworth says it was a keyboard his brother lent him that first provoked his fascination with the simplistic instrument.
"It kind of sounded down on its own; the arrangements sounded skeletal but complete to my ears," Ashworth said of the inherent moodiness Casio keyboards evoke.
"It was an interesting challenge writing songs on a little keyboard. I think having self-imposed limitation can breed really interesting results."
"Itâs like a class assignment, like 'Write something in the noir style, in 150 words.' Having those limitations is just a really good way to build my skill as a songwriter," Ashworth continued, correctly presupposing a familiarity with his history as a film school drop-out.
In turn, the reporter correctly guessed that Dogme 95, the film movement pioneered by Lars von Trier, influenced Ashworthâs self-imposed restrictions.
"I loved the idea of art being made under extreme conditions. I think Dogme 95 was absolutely part of that influence," he confirmed.
And with that, a quiet high-five to Intro to Film.
CFTPA plays with the Donkeys and Tree Creature at the Drunken Unicorn Tuesday, June 26. Tickets are $7 in advance.
CL hasn't shown much love to Bryan-Michael Cox, but it isn't because we don't recognize what he's accomplished. There are so many songwriters, singers, rappers, bands, session musicians, industry executives and random celebrities in the ATL that it's hard to cover them all. But he's slowly building a resume of hits, ranging from Bow Wow's "Like You" and Mary J. Blige's Grammy-winning "Be Without You" (a co-write with Johnta Austin) to Jermaine Dupri's "Welcome to Atlanta" and Usher's "Confessions."
It wasn't Cox's many accomplishments that led me to blog about him, however, but his appearance as a judge on MTV's "Making the Band 4." You'll find him among several judges/mentors, including Michael Bivins of New Edition fame, and Joe, who will help P. Diddy assemble his latest prefab gimmick â uh, I mean, R&B group. Cox didn't have much to say, though. I assume he'll get more camera time as the series unravels.
And oh yeah, welcome to Crib Notes, y'all!
The beautiful and talented Kelly Love Jones made a stop at the CL offices to play a special acoustic set. Listen by clicking on the "+ audio mp3" button or download it to your favorite mp3 player.
Kelly Love Jones, Live at CL's offices - Download
Photo by Edward Adams
Photo by Edward Adams
Photo by Edward Adams
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