Friday, April 24, 2009

Xiu Xiu frontman Stewart cancels Sat. WonderRoot show

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart has canceled his solo appearance at WonderRoot this Saturday night (April 25) due to a family related matter. Anew date is being scheduled sometime in July. In the meantime the show on Saturday night is still happening with opening bands Imagination Head, Green Monsters and Nerdkween. $5. 8 p.m. WonderRoot. 404-254-5955.

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The Coathangers unveil "Stop Stomp Stompin'" video

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 6:21 PM

The Coathangers - Stop Stomp Stompin from Extra Zero Media on Vimeo.

Earlier this week the Coathangers unveiled the video for "Stop Stomp Stompin'" from their sophomore album, Scramble on Suicide Squeeze Records.

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Air Loaf: Music for the weekend

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 3:00 PM

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CL's Chanté LaGon and Chad Radford chat about upcoming shows for the weekend, including Tealights at the Drunken Unicorn (Sat., April 25), Jamie Stewart from Xiu Xiu at Wonderroot (Sat., April 25), and Richard Lloyd at the Earl (Sun., April 26).

Check out this week's Sound Menu for a more comprehensive list of upcoming shows.

Air Loaf is broadcast weekdays on 1690 WMLB-AM at approximately 8:10 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.

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Roll Call: Peelander-Z

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

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Who are you?

We are Peelander-Z from Z area of Peelander-Planet. We eat smiles that's why we make you smile at our show.

Describe yourself in three words.

Yellow, Red & Green.

Who — dead or alive — would you most like to meet?

I want to see my mother in Kobe, Japan. I miss her cooked Okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza).

Who would you most like to slap in the face?

I want Bruce Lee to slap my face to wake me up every morning. Please Mr. Kung-Fu!!!!

What song do you wish you had written?

Thriller of MJ!!!!! Also that choreography!!!!!! We want to make this song's PV of Peelander-Z.

Elvis Costello or Elvis Presley?

Daughter of Elvis. Hahaha~~~

Actually, we have a secret charactor on this tour. His name is Peelander-Elvis. He is a cool-Tokyo-City-Cowboy!!!! Don't miss him and kiss him at the show.

LP, CD or MP3?

No!!! Cassette tape is the best!!!! I'm writing songs with a cassette recorder!!!!

If you could start one trend, what would it be?

Okonomiyaki (Japnese pizza) party~~~~

I miss my mom~~~

If you could end one trend, what would it be?

Cell phone~~!!!!

Don't look for me~~~~~!!!!

With whom would you most like to play a game of spin the bottle?

We want to do with all of horror move characters. Best one is Chucky of CHILD PLAY!!!!!! He may bite me, but I want to bite his tongue, too. Yes, we know crazy horror kisses.

"Let's Go! Karaoke Party" mp3

Peelander-Z plays the Earl with Attractive Eighties Women and Excalibrah. $8 (adv). $10 (door). 488 Flat Shoals Rd. 404-522-3950.

(Photo by Miyuki Samata)

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Interview: J.G. Thirwell of Foetus, "The Ventures Bros." et. al.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 5:53 PM

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Under his various monikers (Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Wiseblood et. al.) J.G. Thirlwell has long fostered a cinematic quality with his recordings. His latest release, the soundtrack to seasons 1-3 of Cartoon Network’s animated series “The Venture Bros.” finds a home for the visual aspects of his music. But whereas much of the score is drastically diminished throughout the show, removing it from the television screen gives the music a life of its own.

When the Australian-born New Yorker came stateside in the early ‘80s he was playing in a little known band called the Immaculate Consumptive alongside fellow Aussie Nick Cave. According to legend the band split up soon after Thirlwell ruined their piano by playing it with his feet. The story may or may not be true, but it illustrates the off-kilter composer’s sense of humor and awkward modes of expression.

Though he’s often associated with industrial music luminaries Throbbing Gristle, Einsturzende Neubauten and Cabaret Voltaire, Thirlwell is cut from a different cloth. His records straddle numerous avenues of music, careening from symphonic clatter, atmospheric drones, punk, jazz, metal and big band explosions. On “The Venture Bros.” “Tuff” lays the groundwork for fast-paced thrills that snake through a maze of horns, staccato drumming and electronic rhythms in “Node Wrestling.” “Mississippi Noir” switches gears with a sparse round of banjo, and “No Vacancy” erupts with a finale of piano, horn and bass clusters that are seething with high-drama and intrigue. Taken in all at once, it can be a challenge to the attention span. But from beginning to end “The Venture Bros.” soundtrack roars with the same teeth-gnashing rush that has come to characterize Thirwell’s sound.

Chad Radford:  How long ago were you approached for The Venture Bros. Soundtrack?

J.G. Thirlwell:  Oh I think we first started talking about it in like 2002 or 2003. Right now I’m working on the score for the fourth season. The soundtrack comprises scenes that were drawn from the first three seasons, but there is a lot more music that’s on the score.

The show’s creator Jasckson Publick first approached me when they were working on the pilot. He heard a Steroid Maximus album, called ¡Quilombo! that had crystallized the idea for "The Venture Bros." in his head. He approached me about it and I wasn’t in a position where I really wanted to score it at that time. I had been working on Steroid Maximus and Manorexia tracks that eventually became the score. I edited it together and submitted it to the Cartoon Network. They picked it up and came back to me again and I thought that it could be an opportunity to stretch out into another field and do something that I hadn’t done before.

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Win free tickets to Contamination tour 2009 at the Masquerade

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 3:59 PM

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The Contamination Tour is a rite of passage for burgeoning metal bands. Neurosis, Mastodon, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Nile, High On Fire, Cephalic Carnage and dozens of other acts have all appeared on past line-ups. The Contamination Tour 2009 continues the legacy as German headliners Obscura make their American debut in support of a new full-length for Relapse due out in February.

Fellow new Relapse signees, South Carolina's Graves of Valor and Abysmal Dawn from Los Angeles, round-out the bill.

Tickets to the show are $12, BUT!!! If you send an e-mail to Crib Notes with "Contamination 2009" in the subject line, you will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the show at the Masquerade on Wed., April 29. Winners will be picked at random.

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Live Shot: Peter Stubb at Reactionary Records

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 1:20 PM

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Mitchell Powers who directed I'm Like This Every Day, the documentary film about the Dalton, GA-based schizophrenic folk/punk singer/songwriter Peter Stubb, caught these photos at Stubb's performance at Reactionary Records on Sat., April 18. Click below to see more.

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Roll Call: Laura Gibson

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 1:00 PM

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Who are you?

Laura Anne Gibson.

Describe yourself in three words.

Bread and butter.

Who — dead or alive — would you most like to meet?

Elizabeth Cotten, Saint Francis, Oprah.

Who would you most like to slap in the face?

I could not slap a face.

What song do you wish you had written?

"Eidelweiss" (by Rogers and Hammerstein).

Elvis Costello or Elvis Presley?

Emily Dickinson.

LP, CD or MP3?

LP, Hands down.  CDs and Mp3s will never feel as precious.

If you could start one trend, what would it be?

Kill 'em with kindness.

If you could end one trend, what would it be?

Kill 'em with attitude.

With whom would you most like to play a game of spin the bottle?

Leonard Cohen.

Laura Gibson plays the Earl with Damien Jurado and Ben Trickey on Thurs., April 23. 8:30 p.m. $10. 488 Flat Shoals Rd. 404-522-3950.

(Photo by C. Charles Bowden)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Steve Albini ruminates on Record Store Day...

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 2:57 PM

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In an ad for Chicago's long-standing record shopping institution, Reckless Records that appeared last week's issue of the Chicago Reader, veteran musician / producer / philospher and Touch & Go Records icon Steve Albibni (Shellac, Big Black, Rapeman) weighed-in with a heartfelt essay on Record Store Day.

In his essay, titled Tomatillos, "pop" & Neil Young,  Albini likens honest-to-goodness record stores to farmers' markets, and explains just what it is that makes them so much cooler and culturally relevant than the Best Buys and Barnes & Nobles that dot the landscape.

Click below to read the essay as it appeared in the Reader.

(Photo by Chad Radford)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

DOOM postscript: 'The character that I hired, he got paid for it'

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 9:40 PM

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I'm a little late on this, but it looks like DOOM has finally, unequivocally, admitted that other people have performed for him at his shows.

HipHopDX: So just to get it out of the way, can you address the recent scandal where you were allegedly sending an impostor to perform in your mask at DOOM concerts?

DOOM: [Laughs] Alright. Here's how I look at it, because the wording in there is kinda funny. "Impostor." Impostor would imply that the character. I liken it to this: I'm a director as well as a writer. I choose different characters, I choose their direction and where I want to put them. So who I choose to put as the character is up to me. The character that I hired, he got paid for it. There's no impostor.

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