Monday, September 28, 2009

Video: Goodie Mob reunion revisited

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 11:39 PM

The Goodie Mob reunion is one week to the wind, so we're taking a last look back at the buildup to the biggest show of the year with some footage from their MARTA press tour through the S.W.A.T.S. and a little concert footage.

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Sean Costello: Sean's Blues

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 8:47 PM


This isn't the career overview the late Atlanta blues guitarist deserves, and might still get in the future. It is, however, a terrific recap of Sean Costello's earliest years, from his 1996 debut at the age of 16 until 2002. That makes it of particular interest to those in the Atlanta blues community who followed him during these years as he was finding his voice, style and stage presence while holding court at Northside Tavern and other local clubs. More than half of the 20 tracks are previously unreleased and every one is a worthy addition to Costello's existing catalog. Label owner Michael Rothchild's informative liner notes are tinged with bittersweet memories of the personal and professional relationship he and Costello shared. But it's the music included here that backs up his claim that the guitarist was one of the country's finest, most talented and committed contemporary bluesmen. (Landslide) 4 stars out of 5

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Wavves vs. Black Lips: Vengeance is mine, saith Swilley

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 6:36 PM


In case you've missed the excitement, has a pretty entertaining run-down of the ridiculous brawl that came to a head this weekend between Wavves' manager and Jared Swilley of the Black Lips.

The whole situation is just plain annoying, not to mention Swilley's comments in the interview reinforce some pretty gnarly, negative stereotypes about southerners. In the interview with Buddyhead, Swilley admits to approaching Nathan Williams of Wavves (whom he has publicly dissed) at Daddy's Bar in New York and saying, "You're that faggot from Wavves and I don't like you!" — sounds like fighting words to me.

Swilley also issued the following warning to Williams: "He's coming to Atlanta October 3rd and we're gonna get ugly on him. We're gonna destroy their van, we're gonna destroy their faces, we're gonna get crazy on em'. Nasty style."


If I were Williams, I would take heed. Truth be told, the Black Lips are like a gang. If you mess with one of them, you mess with all of them, and Atlanta is their turf. Then again, it sounds like the Wavves crew rolls the same way. Looks like Oct. 4 is going to be a legendary night when Wavves plays the Earl.

(Top photo by Chad Radford)

(Bottom photo courtesy Wavves)

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Butthole Surfers at the Masquerade

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 6:06 PM

There was a disturbing number of children at Saturday night's Butthole Surfers show at the Masquerade. And by "disturbing number," I mean two — or two that I came across. But I'm talking 7 or 8 year old boys, staring intently at the huge projection films playing behind the Buttholes, or eventually slumped asleep in their mother's arms.

It brought two things to my mind. 1) Dear fellow Buttholes fans: we are old. 2) I am trying to imagine what effect watching those projected movies would have on an 8 year old boy.

For most of the night much of the left side of the stage was dedicated to the juxtaposition of various vagina images with medical oddity surgery movies. Vagina. Bloody unidentifiable genitalia. Vagina. Lacerated eyeball. Etc. I can't help but think that if either of those boys ever comes across a real vagina, the first thing they will think of is pulsating gore and Gibby Haynes droning "I don't give a fuck about anything."

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Morning Wood: "Flat Shoals Rider," DJ Jesster

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 3:16 PM


"I'm so Eastside / drinkin' liquor / The back of the Civic got that EAV sticker."

DJ Jesster's "Flat Shoals Rider" — the perfect way to wake up a mundane Monday. Plus, the bass had my earbuds rattling like four 15's in the back of a box Chevy, so I had to post.

(Shouts to DJ T Wheatley.)

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Rakim brings back-to-future flow to A3C Festival

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 12:00 PM

OH MY GOD: Rakim headlines this year's A3C Festival.
  • OH MY GOD: Rakim headlines this year's A3C Festival.

Considered by many to be the greatest rapper of all time, Rakim's hip-hop legacy is bulletproof. Scores of MCs have come and gone in his time — in fact, a whole generation has come and gone since his last album, 1999's The Master. After more than a half-decade of delays, his long-expected work The Seventh Seal is finally due Nov. 17, according to the rapper's camp. (Fans have every reason to be skeptical of that date, but we got Only Built For Cuban Linx...Pt. II so anything's possible, right?)

To give an idea of just how old some of these Rakim tracks are, he imparts that he had to edit out a "2004" reference in one of them. "I've got some songs on there that are from 2004, some that might be from 2003, as well as some from 2009," he says. "But I don't think you'll be able to tell [the difference]. I try not to reference certain things people might be doing or wearing today in my songs, so they stand the test of time."

Classic Eric B. & Rakim albums such as Paid in Full and Follow the Leader sound timeless largely due to Rakim's futuristic-sounding, mesmerizing flow. He and fellow Long Islander Eric B. revolutionized hip-hop's sing-songy, elementary style with innovative sampling, scratching and intricate rhyme schemes.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Best local hip-hop act that breaks all the rules: Hollyweerd

Posted By on Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Remember that scene from "Chappelle's Show" when Charlie Murphy recalls the time when the late Rick James came to his brother Eddie's pad and started jumping up and down all over the leather sofa with his muddy platform boots on, yelling "Fuck yo' couch, nigga!" Well, that's HOLLYWEERD to the nth degree. Take the lineup: a self-styled savant who goes by "the Dreamer," two full-time tat artists (Tuki Carter and Chris "the Love Crusader" McAdoo) from City of Ink, and a jazz-sax journeyman who calls himself the mythical Stagolee. That ain't no rap group, it's a band of gypsies. Since materializing out of thin air nearly two years ago, the four-man crew has busily crafted its own unruly narrative. The three mixtapes released in the past 12 months showcase the group's penchant for combining sweet indie-pop incarnations with self-indulgent fantasy funk. It's a nutty mix. Yet somehow they've managed to turn their wild inconsistencies — from constantly evolving musical influences including OutKast and the Doors to hit-or-miss live performances — into the main attraction. Like a traveling freak show, Hollyweerd piques our curiosity. No matter how odd, we can't turn away for fear of missing what might happen next.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Dangerous Moves: Mayor of Ponce crowds surfs @ Zach Wolfe's studio

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 10:09 PM



Sweaty strangers in flannel are grabbing my ass in a warehouse off Dekalb Avenue. Half a pint of Wild Turkey convinced me it'd be a good idea to free fall from the rafters into a sea of hipsters. Maybe I just couldn't hear him correctly over the blaring amps of the Black Lips, but a wild turkey has never steered me wrong before. Fuck it. It's chaos by design, and it's a beautiful thing.

It's a Saturday night and we're in superstar hip-hop photographer Zach Wolfe's studio. He's quite possibly the coolest person, other than Chad Radford, to hail from the home of Captain James Tiberion Kirk. A pasty white boy from Iowa and he has the Dirty South in the palm of his hand. The guy has his adopted city railed out on a table and it's yelling, Snort This.

Problem: Zach's grandiose studio has an equally substantial August power bill.

Solution: Let's party.

A couple hours of preparation, a couple of runs to Green's, and a couple hundred kids turn up for a guerilla-style Black Lips show. A benefit fit for scoundrels.

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Pearl Jam cuts corporate ties, throws industry a Monkeywrench

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 8:18 PM


By Matt Camp

Pearl Jam, one of America's most popular and ever-present bands has cut its final tie with the record industry. It is releasing its ninth album, Backspacer, through its own record label, Monkeywrench. The group has signed a deal with Target to distribute its album, however.

It is widely believed Pearl Jam wanted to cut all corporate ties but decided that without a proper distribution channel, album sales would suffer.

Pearl Jam is not the only band to cut ties with corporate America, but it is the most successful band to do so. It will be interesting to see if this is the future of the music industry, as a whole.

Pearl Jam goes on tour next month.




Relocated Venue

Seattle, WA

Oct 3rd

Quest Field

Kappa Sigma House, University of Washington

Portland, OR

Oct 5th

Nike Amphitheatre

Cheryl Jackson's Sweet Sixteen, Avondale Estates

Los Angeles, CA

Oct 10th

Staples Center

Open field between 6th and Washington Ave

Dallas, TX

Oct 15th

Exxon Music Park

Bobby Johnson’s Keg Party

San Antonio, TX

Oct 17th

AT&T Center

The Alamo *not affiliated with rental car company

Atlanta, GA

Oct 23rd

Verizon Wirless Amphitheatre

Lambda Chi Alpha House, Georgia Tech

Charlotte, NC

Oct 26th

Lowe's Motor Speedway

Corner of I-77N and I-277W

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Juliette Lewis puts on a helluva freak show

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 5:03 PM



By Kelli Goldman

The vivacious Juliette Lewis' performance last night at the Drunken Unicorn was out of this world. Scantily clad and gyrating, off-the-wall Lewis brought to the audience a seductively captivating sexual freak show.

"When I started this music thing five years ago, I meant it," said Lewis. And did she ever. Mostly playing songs from her new album Terra Incognita, but still revisiting her older tunes with the Licks, Lewis moved the audience with her heavy beats and breathing, heart-felt screaming lyrics and wailing guitar and drums. It was hard not to feel a personal connection with Lewis as she directly addressed the audience several times in the tiny venue.

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