From the first strangulated aaargh to its final, rumbling growl 16 songs and 73 minutes later, Tom Waits first official live album since 1988s Big Time captures every oblique aspect of the singer/songwriters funhouse mirror persona. This 2008 tour document cherry-picks superb performances from his European and American dates (with two tracks recorded at Atlantas Fox Theatre on July 5, 2008) as Waits gargled-with-razor-blades voice slices through highlights and obscurities predominantly derived from his more recent catalog. A multitalented, five-piece band brings ragged yet sophisticated energy as the singer ignites audiences with his edgy carnival barker/drunken pirate vocals and tattered ballads of humanitys forgotten everyman wandering down lifes darkened, seedy backstreets. While a DVD of his very visual style would have been a most appreciated addition, a bonus 40-minute disc of hilarious spoken patter helps provide a fuller representation of a typical Waits show in all its magnificently loopy glory. (Anti-) 5 out of 5 stars
If you've ever been to a neo spoken word event in Atlanta, you'll be amused.
No longer shall he walk softly and carry a big pick:
Due to the current U.S. Economic Recession Atlanta emcee Señor Kaos is forced to cut off all his hair to save money.
Welcome to the "Funeral Of The Fro."
Follow along as friends share their favorite "Fro Memories" and witness as the man who's fro ruled in 09 (and for the past 7 years), cuts it all off.
Also Señor Kaos performs with 4-Ize the fans get the see the new hair cut live and direct for the first time. Check for Señor Kaos on the new 4-Ize project "Illuminated Animals." (Available for Free Download at www.4ize.com starting TODAY) Also make sure you download SK's latest project "Walk Softly & Carry A Big Brick"
Filmed And Edited By B Price. Haircut by Harold (Classics Barber Shop Atlanta, Ga).
Download Walk Softly & Carry a Big Brick.
Señor Kaos performs with Raekwon, and Capone N Noreaga. $18. 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 5. Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. Stay tuned to win free tickets from Creative Loafing.
The folks over at Merge Records have released some great recordings over the years, almost none of which* have sold as many copies as the locally-brewed, universally-lauded Neutral Milk Hotel classic In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. To put a yummy little cherry on top of their recent 180-gram vinyl reissues of both of that band's albums (!), they recently posted two live videos of an exuberant Jeff Mangum tearing through two great NMH jams - Aeroplane's "Two-Headed Boy" and "April 8th" from the underrated On Avery Island. The video was apparently shot way back in 1998 during a show at NYC's famed Knitting Factory.
Alls I gotta say is what basically everyone has to say, which is where you at, Mangum?
Real Estate is the latest of the delightfully fey and arty indie-rock darlings to charm the pants off of the blog world and with good reason. The self-titled, debut full-length from these New Jersey newcomers is rife with instant nostalgia that colors the wilting melodies of such songs as Pool Swimmers, Atlantic City and the album's lead number, Beach Comber. From beginning to end, the album swells with a languid pace, loose arrangements, and the kind of muffled silence that fills the blanks between each billowing guitar string and low-fi, lyrical echo. The über-easy listening experience is arresting but requires some patience. Or maybe a handful of Klonopin. Either way, it's a pleasant ride. (Woodsist) 4 stars out of 5
Times are tough and the business of selling records is a rollercoaster ride that rises and falls with the floundering economy. But when Alex Knoel learned that his favorite record shop, Reactionary Records, was in danger of going out of business, he decided to do something about it. Reactionary co-owner Paul Tilghmon was already putting together a festival, the first of an annual punk rock blowout. But as soon as Knoel caught wind of it he grabbed the reins. "Reactionary is the only place where I can see my old band's sticker stuck on the counter by the register," Knoel says as he taps the Barberries sticker on the glass case that shows off a spread of CDs and collectible odds and ends from the Saints, Minor Threat and Bonnie "Prince" Billy. "It's a great record store and I'm kind of a workaholic, so I wanted to help out."
Knoel agreed to book some bands for the festival and use it as a benefit for the store. He sent e-mails to 20-plus bands. "I hoped to hear back from 10 of them, but I started getting one confirmation after another," he adds. And not all of the confirmations were from Atlanta bands.
(Photo by Chad Radford)
On Sun., Nov. 29, several local musicians are gathering at Smith's Olde Bar to hold a benefit concert for the Shanghai Gesture's drummer David Hulsey who was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.
$12 (adv). $16 (door). Show starts at 7 p.m. Smiths Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522.
Donations are also being accepted via PayPal.
(Photo courtesy myspace.com/theshanghaigesture)
Atlanta is in an interesting space right now. With the mayoral race up for grabs, the unemployment rate more than 10 percent and the elimination of the city's housing projects, it's fair to say the proverbial pendulum is swinging in a new direction. Insiders are quickly becoming outsiders. Outsiders have moved inside. And somewhere in the middle of the mayhem sits Bobby Creekwater.
Although he has yet to release an official solo album, the Atlanta native isn't a newcomer by any means. In the early aughts, he signed to Loud Records as one half of the group Jatis.
"The label didn't really know what to do with a Southern rap group at the time," Creek recalls. Eventually, he signed with Eminem's Shady Records/Interscope in 2005, though his solo album would never see the light of day. After the industry took a nosedive, the label needed its cash cows (namely Em and 50 Cent) to drop more records. Creek's album was inevitably pushed to the side. After a brief stint in New York, he returned to Atlanta and amicably split from the label a few months ago.
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According to AllMusic.com, Cartel is an emo band, but it's impossible to glean any emotional response from a group that's so vanilla-bland that there's no way to discern one song from the next. Cycles is the Conyers quintet's third album the one that's supposed to restore its cred after that ill-advised MTV reality stunt in which they lived in a bubble for 20 days. Sure, they're an easy target, but the soul-less whining and compression that coats every sugary surface of Let's Go, Faster Ride and Deep South not to mention the computer-generated vocal harmonies that bind them all together ring out with the grace of a leaf blower. The only thing that separates the group from the Avril Lavignes and Ashlee Simpsons of the world is gender. (Wind-Up) 1 star out of 5
It ain't as easy as it looks. This foolishness can be taken for granted, these reckless acts overlooked. But these Dangerous Moves require a fierce cunning veiled under ignorant bliss. It's craftiness, deceit, deception and stupidity all thrown into a high-ball glass.
Yes, I'm being a bit theatrical. Its basically me and some other clowns getting wasted, and then me trying to piece together scribble on cocktail napkins to meet a loose deadline all while trying to come off half-intelligent. The trickery is the difficult part. And mostly it seems all for naught.
Many of my ideas for Dangerous Moves sizzle like firecrackers when jotted down on paper, but a wrong turn here, a miscalculation there, and the sparkle never materializes a fizzle of follies. In a one-word analogy, there have been some bombs. Between the alcohol-tasting and messy note-taking, most of these things never pan out. So if you thought the ones that made the cut were bad
Id been trying to put this one together for months. It seemed like an absolute homerun sitting pretty on the south side of town. Ive got the local knowledge in my back pocket, I thought. With my home field advantage, theres no way it could let me down.
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