For today's Roll Call we call out Dan Scanlan of Zoroaster.
Who are you?
Dan Scanlan, drummer, noise maker for Zoroaster.
Describe yourself in three words.
Pretty Fucking Awesome.
Who dead or alive would most you like to meet?
Dick Wolf, Creator/ Executive Producer of Law and Order. I'd like to thank him for giving me a reason to spend every second of my spare time on the couch!!
Who would you most like to slap in the face?
What song do you wish you had written?
Happy Together by The Turtles....quite possibly the best song ever!
Elvis Costello or Elvis Presley?
LP, CD or MP3?
LP , but really I like 8-tracks, I'm waiting for their resurrection someday.
If you could start one trend, what would it be?
Canceling American Idol... Does that count? Well it should!!
If you could end one trend, what would it be?
Nickleback, My Chemical Romance, what's that other really shitty band...? Yeah, that one too!!
With whom would you most like to play a game of spin the bottle?
Megan Estes. Mariska Hargitay, aka Detective Olivia Benson, I really like Law and Order... and Tom Cheshire.
(Photo by Kevin Griggs).
Tonight (Tues., Dec. 30th), Atlanta-based singer Diane Durrett performs a rare and intimate gig at Blind Willies. Durrett has been around the Atlanta Blues and singer/songwriter scene for many years, and has released four well received albums.
In 1999 Durrett took the plunge most musicians only dream of and moved to Nashville, with the big plans to make it in the music industry. Several peripheral jobs later (including a rather interesting stint as a limo driver) she has written a book called Driving Music City. Basically, Durrett has compiled a collection of vignettes describing her experiences chauffeuring some major superstars around Music City. Interspersed with anecdotes from her own music career and family history, Durrett pulls back the curtain just a bit to expose a few somewhat shallow and trivial secrets about the stars. Scattered and tangential, this aint Shakespeare, folks. Hell, it aint even the National Enquirer for that matter.
But Durrett is a much better singer than an author, and her show at Blind Willies will be a real treat for her local fans. Hopefully she will sing more than she talks.
Diane Durrett plays Blind Willies tonight. $Call. 9 p.m. 828 N. Highland Ave. 404-873-2583.
(Photo courtesy of Diane Durrett).
This is the third installment of Fringe Factory's HOT DAMN soul series that places an emphasis on '60s soul, R&B, psych, garage and rock and roll sounds.
Live music will be provided by Atlanta band, the Soul Shakers.
Cost is $7 and everything gets started around 9 p.m. The Soul Shakers will perform at 11:30 p.m. The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. 644 North Highland Ave. 404-874-5756.
By Michael Gerber
Dead Confederate make unhappy music, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. On Sat., Dec. 20 at Variety Playhouse, the band presented its cathartic world of guitars banging away in dark corners. Right away the Nirvana comparisons the group have drawn with their latest CD, Wrecking Ball, were obvious. A clattering of moody and frustrated noise conjured up vivid memories of the grunge era. Dead Confederate have mastered the art of losing themselves in messy and hopeless dark rock. Its a combination that has a unique power to take over the senses.
The headliners of the night were Manchester Orchestra. Right away, it was the cleanliness of their sound that stood out, which was a drastic contrast to Dead Confederate. These were nice guys who opened with a joke (a tongue in cheek ode to 50 Cent) and went on to play youthful anthems primed for popular embrace.
Vocalist, guitar player and frontman Andy Hulls bearded and flannel-clad exterior resembles a young Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers, but there wasnt too much Southern about this rock. Instead, they played something that had more of a suburban feel to it, with songs that felt dreamed up in an Alpharetta bedroom, shared for the first time with friends in a basement, and finally fleshed out as independence replaced high school and parents. Im guessing. This is all based on the little that I know of where theyre from, their ages and the undeniable emo hand stirring their songs.
Hull reminisced about seeing Death Cab for Cutie at Variety Playhouse, and pointed to the exact spot where he was stood during their show and apparently, shit [his] pants. So it was something special to see the crowd singing along to his lyrics when he did the same thing with Ben Gibbard only a few years ago. Their set played like a triumphant homecoming: inspired, grateful, and it only got better as the night went on. Both bands demonstrated why theyve become critical darlings over the last year. If this is the future of Southern rock it, the future has a lot in common with alternative rock from the '90s.
(Photo by Shana Langfur)
Since around Thanksgiving of this year the weekly Thursday night Kirkwood Ballers Club experimental open mic night has offered an early, online registration form to level the playing field for musicians who want to play each week, and to stimulate attendance.
This advancement in open-mic technology was hatched after a few disgruntled Ballers started balling about not being able to snag one of the eleven 15-minute slots available each week between 9 and 11:30 p.m.
"We used to have people coming out one week and singing up to come play the following week and we started getting a lot of flack for it," says KBC founder Randy Castello.
The idea for online registration was spawned by his Tight Bros./Fifth Planet Press cohort Nisa Asokan who is using a similar means of RSVP for a group art show in Spring of 2009.
"It seemed like the right thing to do because not everyone wants to show up between 8:30 and 9 o'clock to sign up," Randy adds. "Now they can do it from home and when they're done they can start promoting right then and there. The response has been good and every week we only have about four or five slots left by the time we get there, and we're seeing lots of new faces and lots of quality stuff."
The Kirkwood Ballers Club takes place at the Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge on Thurs., nights. Theres no cover charge. Doors open 8 p.m. and the music begins at 9 p.m. 644 North Highland Ave. 404-874-5756. RSVP.
Chris Devoe and Rachael Spiewak are spinning records tonight (Fri., Drc. 26th) at El Myr in Little 5 Points to raise funds and spread awareness after suffering a violent home invasion on Dec. 3rd in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood.
There will be no cover charge at the door but there will be a push for donations throughout the night as well as a raffle for prizes.
Word on the street has it that there will also be Jello shots served.
The benefit starts at 10p.m. El Myr. 1091 Euclid Ave. 404-588-0250.
The folks over at RecordStoreDay.com are giving away a free download of a super secret Christmas song collaboration that will only be free on Christmas Eve. and Christmas Day.
Apparently upper management wants to keep who it is a secret, but if you look at the banner ad above you can probably figure out most of the equation.
If you're interests are piqued, go check it out.
"The team of me and Mark just isn't a very productive one," Smith laughs. "Mark slept on it a little and [the band] totally missed our deadline to have the song to him."
The record's sleeves didn't show up until months later. As a result, it's the only Gentleman Jesse vinyl release that's never demanded a repress. Christmas songs come a dollar a dozen in December when people actually enjoy, or at least tolerate, the seasonal cheer. A Christmas record that comes out after the holiday doesn't stand a chance. Want proof? Even though only 500 copies were pressed three years ago, the release still sits on shelves in pretty much any record store in town.
That's not to say the songs are bad by any means. The record is a split single between the long dead Gentleman Jesse and His Men moniker, and Fever B (a.k.a. Brian Hermosillo of Donny Denim, the Fevers and the Sweet Faces). On the a-side Gentleman Jesse's "Christmas Hangover" is a concise, barreling anthem that counters a scaled down intro with busy licks and holiday cheer. On the flip-side Fever B's "Down with Christmas" is a primitive, anti-holiday mantra that builds on the grooves of gritty rock 'n' roll.
Both numbers fit perfectly as opposite sides of a very catchy single. But bad timing has kept it from becoming notable. "The records showed up on Christmas eve eve.," Smith adds. "We had them in time to give one to my parents without a cover and that was about it."
This year there's plenty of time before Christmas, and still plenty of Gentleman Jesse's "Christmas Hangover" to be had.
Gentleman Jesse plays w/ the Long Shadows. $5. 9 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 25. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Rd. 404-522-3950.
Back in 06, when NY hip-hop critics began hailing the arrival of Atlanta-based rapper Young Jeezy, it left a lot of southern rap aficionados a little mystified. It wasn't so much that we weren't feeling Jeezy's trap-or-die flow, we just didn't expect those East Coast hip-hop snobs to jump on the Snowman's jock so quick.
Well, looks like it's about to snow again. Another Atlanta trap-rapper OJ da Juiceman (coincidentally affiliated with one-time Jeezy rival, Gucci Mane) has been creating quite a buzz with such mixtapes as Culinary Art School and I Got the Juice. And Fader, for one, has taken notice. The music mag typically favors alternative progressives (Kanye West and No Age cover reversible sides of its December issue argue amongst yourselves), so the interest in OJ is suspect.
Call me a paranoid Southerner, but their praise of the artist seems like a joke everyone is in on but da Juiceman, himself.
You make the call. Check out the video interview above that Fader filmed over lunch with OJ in NY.
Here's a seasonal list for you.
From Kurtis Blow's "Christmas Rap" (1980) to Killer Mike & Grind Time's "A Christmas Grind" (2003), CL contributor Maurice Garland includes all the Christmas gift rap imaginable and some not so, like Eazy-E's "Merry Muthaphukkin Christmas" on Ozone magazine's list.
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