Ike Turner, one of the inventors of rock 'n' roll, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the age of 76. I wanted to post something here because I was disgusted by the arms-length coverage the media accorded him, and the way they focused almost exclusively on his monstrous reputation as an abusive husband to Tina Turner.
Considering how bad he came off in Tina's book, I, Tina, and the nasty rendering of that book in the 1993 movie What's Love Got to Do With It, it's not surprising that people would rather just acknowledge his passing and forget about him. Still, I expected more of august publications such as the New York Times, which turned Turner's death into a referendum, asking, "Should we forgive him"? (To be fair, the Times also published a thoughtful memoriam by Jon Pareles.) The real question, though, is do we need to forgive Turner to appreciate his music?
I planned for this post to be a protest, a way to shed light on Turner's real achievements. Unfortunately, I don't know much about Turner's history. Like everyone else, my knowledge of him solely consists of a classic single, 1951's "Rocket '88," perhaps the first rock 'n' roll song ever recorded; and his broad caricature in What's Love Got to Do With It. I'm unequipped to combat any of the stereotypes held against him.
THE SECOND COMING: Fronting the next wave of alt-rockers, Silversun Pickups (above), joined Silverchair, the Shins and Modest Mouse at the 99X Mistletoe Jam at Gwinnett Arena last weekend.
(all photos by Perry Julien)
It's been awhile since Atlanta was consumed with lust for all things Drive-By Truckers, the kind of frenzy former CL editor Tony Ware alluded to in a Nov. 30, 2005, edition of his late, lamented RedEye column. "The Drive-By Truckers look at something internal and eternal in the South and Southern rock; the songs explore how good men can do bad things but bad things don't have to overtake good men," he wrote.
Too bad the Truckers' last album, 2006's A Blessing and a Curse, didn't generate the same kind of passion from its fans. I thought the album was fine material, but it drew some criticism for being too mainstream Americana and not containing enough awe-inspiring Dirty South-sized visions.
Hell, I almost completely forgot that the band released a covers album with the great Bettye LaVette, The Scene of the Crime, earlier this fall. Judging from the dearth of local press, I'm not the only one, either. The Recording Academy did not, however, since it earned a 2008 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
So let the band's upcoming opus, Brighter Than Creation's Dark, be a reminder of the great Truckers' considerable powers. It comes out via New West Records Jan. 22, just like the new albums from the Selmanaires, Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause, and the Whigs. Read the track listing below.
Perhaps mindful of the aforementioned criticism, the Athens band has excluded Atlanta from the first round of dates for its tour next year. You'll have to drive an hour-and-a-half to Athens to see them on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11-12, at the 40 Watt. Boo-hoo!
The annual benefit for the H.E.R.O. (Hearts Everywhere Reaching Out) for Children organization, dedicated to helping youngsters with AIDS, features ED ROLAND â Mr. Collective Soul himself â in a rare, acoustic, solo setting. Removed from his group's arena-rock bluster and pumped-up arrangements, his hooky, melodic songs shine just as brightly, and the intimate setting encourages digging deep into his fertile catalog. Roland has been an Atlanta musical fixture since the band's 1993 debut, so his "friends" will likely be well-known local artists. The combination is sure to yield a terrific night of music even for non-CS fans. $20-$30. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 770-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com.
DOOMSDAY: MF Doom on the cover of his 2004 collaboration album, Madvillainy, with producer Madlib.
I told you so.
Hate to say it, but I heard through the digital grapevine (e-mail/MySpace) that Tight Bros. promoter Randy Castello was only one of many pissed people after MF Doom's lip-synched performance at MJQ last Thursday, Dec. 13.
I wasn't there to see it for myself, but sort of predicted as much in our Holiday Guide preview of MF Doom's show that ran a couple of weeks ago. (Click here to read it.)
Anyway, thanks to Marc Crifasi (formerly of WRAS-FM [88.5] and Criminal Records), who reposted Randy's original MySpace post. Funny stuff. Although my gut tells me that it's all a part of Doom's act.
To be continued, perhaps...
Subject: Repost: MF Doom in not a nice person
Body: On top of this when I called the number he kept trying to offer me a Macy's gift card. What a dick!
Many apologies go to all of you who came out to the MF DOOM show last night at MJQ and paid $30 of your hard earned money only to watch him lip sinc (sic) for 20 minutes at 1:30 in the morning. This was by far one of the single worst experiences Iâve had as a club promoter and I sincerely apologize if you walked away feeling cheated. To make matters even worse MF DOOMS appointed doorman took off with all the money from the door after the show! As soon as we realized the money was stolen we decided to help ourselves to all of MF DOOMS merchandise which included a bunch of T shirts and posters. So, in an effort to make it up to everyone who walked away feeling cheated, weâre giving away all the merchandise for free so come and get it while supplies last!! And if thatâs not enough, feel free to let MF DOOM aka Daniel Dumile know how you really feel by calling him at his home in Kennesaw Georgia.
DANIEL T DUMILE
xxxx xxxxxxx DR NW
KENNESAW GA xxxxx-xxxx
All the best,
Randy Castello / Tight Bros Network
By Lee Valentine Smith
Clever, funny, often profane and never boring, singer/songwriter BOB SCHNEIDER is back in town Mon., DEC. 17, with copies of his recent double-live album on Shockorama, Songs Sung and Played at the Same Time on Guitar with People in the Room. The discs, recorded in Austin, Texas, in front of a vocal group of die-hard fans, presents the laid-back entertainer in fine form, playing audience favorites. Be ready for a few selections from his "rock opera," Fuck All You Motherfuckers. AM shares the bill. $15 plus two cans of food. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com.
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Many people within Atlanta's indie hip-hop world already know that Arc the Finger Records no longer exists. After putting out three albums in 2006 (Cadillac Jones, Collective Efforts and Intellekt & Dirty Digits), the label has been inactive all year. It seemed like it would return once its owners, Brian Knott and Kevin Elphick, reorganized the business. Instead, Arc the Finger Records is officially finished.
Casual readers of Crib Notes may not understand how important Arc the Finger Records was to Atlanta. When I moved here two years ago, Arc the Finger was the only game in town, and the only label consistently mounting quality shows. (Peace to Dropbombz and 4 Kings Entertainment.) Its roster â Psyche Origami, Collective Efforts, Minamina Goodsong and, momentarily, Intellekt & Dirty Digits â was the best of the city's backpack crop.
But at the dawn of 2008, the backpack era is ending. Proton, Supreeme, Gripplyaz and Yelawolf, all former outcasts in the sometimes conservative indie-rap scene, have put in major work this year, performing dozens of local gigs and cranking out mixtapes. Along with them, and a new wave of artists, including the Dreamer, Clan Destined, Stacy Epps (who just moved back from L.A.), Mojo Swagger and many others, have created a fresh and provocative underground hip-hop scene unencumbered by expectations of keeping it real or rejecting the ever-present mainstream.
Knott acknowledged as much when I conducted an interview with him last week. "As a record label, when I think about our legacy, what we accomplished was to define a specific era in Atlanta underground hip-hop," he told me. "As this year ends, and our record labelâs done putting out those records, now weâre curious as to who will define this next era of what comes out of here."
Yes, it appears that underground hip-hop is finally coming back and reinventing itself. But don't forget that Arc the Finger kept the scene alive when it was at its weakest point and, to be frank, a lot of those aforementioned acts were sitting on their ass and not doing shows. Love it or hate it, the label made its mark in local rap history.
Initially, my conversation with Knott was not only going to include details of ATF's demise, but a preview of the upcoming A3C Festival, which takes place March 20-22 at the CW Atlanta complex. However, Knott says he has some exciting news about the festival, and he can't reveal the official details until sometime during the next several days.
So this interview is split into two installments. The first covers Arc the Finger. I'll post part 2, which encompasses A3C, when Knott is ready to make the announcement.
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We're pleased to announce more reasons for folks to come check out our annual Fiction Contest party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Eyedrum. Not only were we blessed with a record number of submissions this year, but we've also got some cool sponsors (CafÃ© Intermezzo, Chattahoochee Review) and cool judges (David Fulmer, Joshilyn Jackson, Fiona Zedde).
Now we're a bit geeked to have confirmed one of the more mood-enhancing musical acts in town in the form of Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel. Featuring Scott Burland (pictured, at right) on theremin and Frank Schultz on lap steel, this duet is often described as experimental, ambient and minimalist â their music seems to come more in surges and streaks, strains and swoops, with stops and starts thrown in for good measure. You might call it sonic! It's intoxicating stuff that stands on its own or as a heady soundtrack behind the winning entries, which will be read by the winners at the end of the evening.
Check out this U.K. appearance ...
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(photo by Brian Crumb)
Album 88 (WRAS-FM 88.5) caps another year of programming with the musical showcase WRASFEST. Previous editions have featured buzz bands such as the Selmanaires and Deerhunter. The 2007 installment ventures outside of Album 88's traditional indie-rock pastures for a more eclectic lineup featuring avant-garde soul starlet Janelle Monae, funky-breaks ensemble Cadillac Jones (pictured), experimental punk trio Chopper, rap group Clan Destined and organic-electronic crew Random Rabbit, among others, Fri., DEC. 14. $8. 7 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.
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"Punk" style like this seems like it is the polar opposite of punk. Bradford Cox…
They're kind of starting to look like a joke of themselves. Song's good though.
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