Gentleman Jesse Smith (who dropped the 'and His Men' part of the group's moniker a while back) will be recording songs for his sophomore LP over the next few weeks. The title of the album is Leaving Atlanta, and is subtitled, Feel Good Songs for Bad Times.
Leaving Atlanta is the follow-up to Smith and Co.'s 2007 self-titled debut (Douchemaster). This one is going to be another home-recorded affair produced by drummer Dave Rahn, who produced the group's first album was well of the recordings by the Carbonas and Jay Reatard's Blood Visions.
Crib Notes is particularly excited to report that CL editor Mara Shalhoup is celebrating the release of her first book, BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family at Eyedrum with a reading/signing on Tues., March 2 at 7 p.m.
There will be DJ sets from Scott Morris (aka Dookie Platters of Noot d' Noot), and an art show featuring works from photographer David Stuart and multimedia artist Fahamu Pecou. Free. Eyedrum is located at 290 MLK Jr. Drive SE. 404-522-0655.
In other Eyedrum news, the monthly Kirkwood Ballers Club is happening tonight (Mon., Feb. 22) at Eyedrum. The free-form open mic night for experimental music gets started promptly at 9 p.m. For this months installment there will be an emphasis on improvisation. Half of the night will consist of typical sign ups, the other half will consist of sign ups for group improv. Names will be randomly selected for trios, duets and quartets ... in an effort to further explore the communal aspects of making music.
Also, the two-day Yuri Landman Homeswinger Workshop is taking place at Eyedrum from Wed., Feb. 24 to Thurs., Feb. 25. The Home Swinger project is a four-hour workshop in which attendees build their own 12 string electric instrument under Landman's guidance. After the instruments have been completed, attendees have the option of performing in an ensemble with other attendees, jamming on a Sonic Youth-style noise/drone piece.
Since 2006 Landman has constructed one-of-a-kind instruments for the likes of Sonic Youth, Lou Barlow, Health, Liars and more. The cost to attend a workshop is $140 (due upon registration). Register for the Yuri Landman worskhop.
Nuface Entertainment and Brantera Music Group are looking for character actors to appear in a Marvin Gay tribute video featuring Maze and Frankie Beverly performing the song "Silky Soul." Cast members needed include a middle-aged male, a 20-something black woman with soul, a middle-aged couple, a young college-aged couple and a 20-something diva. The casting session's time is TBA, but will be the week of March 1. The cast members will receive $80 each on completion of the video. Interested parties should e-mail a full body shot, a head shot and contact information to email@example.com.
Opal Gallery in Little Five Points is hosting an exhibition of photographs by David Johnson from March 11 to May 1, titled Out of the Shadows. In 1946, the 20 year-old Johnson was the first African-American student to study at the California School of Fine Arts (now known as San Francisco Art Institute). Under the direction of Ansel Adams, he photographed his neighborhood, San Francisco's Fillmore District. In his first Atlanta exhibition, Johnson showcases his portraits and documentation of the Fillmore as a vibrant center of jazz music from 1946-1963. The opening reception with the artist will be held at the gallery on March 25 from 6-9 p.m. More information regarding the time and date for a talk with Johnson and the show's curator Edward Spriggs will be announced soon.
A Fight to the Death has a new album in the works, titled The Gesture of a Gentleman. The CD release show is scheduled for Sat., May 15, at the Star Bar. The group's website is being regularly updated with in-studio videos and song clips as they go through the process. When they're finished, the group plans to cull the material together for a DVD.
Pianist, song and scriptwriter Jeffrey Bützer is trying his hand at managing as he is now handling business affairs for Atlanta post-punk/indie up-and-comers Small Reactions. "Cult Hero Jonathan Lewin" is a sneak peak at their forthcoming album.
Nomen Novum has a new EP together, titled Go Primal It's free for the taking from nomennovum.net/goprimal. The audio files come packaged with a PDF booklet, liner notes and photos. The EP is a collection of field recordings, songs and experimental weirdness bound by a theme of primordial ooze.
Atlanta/Athens twee pop group Casper & the Cookies are heading out on tour this month in support of their '09 album Modern Silence. This time around the group's lineup features Jason NeSmith (vocals, guitar, keys), Kay Stanton (vocals, bass, keys, guitar), Jim Hix (guitar, keys, vocals, bass), and they are joined by Greg Sanders (drums). In the meantime, the Superions (featuring Fred Schneider of the B-52's) are releasing a self-titled EP on Feb. 23 via HHBTM (US)/Revolver (UK), which includes a C&C remix of the song "Who Threw That Ham At Me?"
Casper & the Cookies' play Caledonia Lounge in Athens with Lesbian Afternoon & Timmy Tumble on Wed., March 10 and again in Decatur at Kavarna with the Shut Ups on Thurs., March 25.
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Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?