Local neo/future-funk princess Janelle Monae has finally unveiled the official video for "Tightrope," the first single from her upcoming album The ArchAndroid (out May 18 on Wondaland/Bad Boy Entertainment). It. Is. Awesome.
Set in an insane asylum called the Palace of the Dogs whose residents are all inexplicably well-dressed (and also apparently well-schooled in the movement arts), "Tightrope" finds Monae dancing on tables, slithering down hallways and wandering around in the woods. Big Boi does his Big Boi thing, looking here like he just stepped off the set of an Old Navy commercial.
Godfather of punk and Stooges frontman Iggy Pop, now 62, on the saddest, most awkward stage dive of his career:
When I landed, it hurt, and I made a mental note that Carnegie Hall would be a good place for my last stage dive.
Poor guy. I mean, that audience didn't even try to catch him. Though I guess that's the caliber of people you get when you start to charge a bazillion dollars for tickets to your shows. Or when you do this.
(Via Rock & Roll Daily)
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The Wu-Tang Clan recently announced that it will be holding auditions for MCs who think they have what it takes (defined as Witty Unpredictable Talent And Natural Game...and $23.50) to be one of the next nine Wu-Tang generals. Why the venerable institution of Wu has sunk to this level in opening its doors to the plebeian masses I don't profess to know. Hopefully it isn't for the money. Yet in this moment of weakness...greatness!
Wu-bosses Method Man, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah released their collaborative effort Wu-Massacre today, a half-hour romp that sees the three MCs and their guests (including Ghostface's son) trading verses and spinning narratives of gangster life. The album leads off with "Criminology 2.5," -- an update of the original, which appeared 15 years ago on Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., and an appropriate reminder/declaration that the trio are still three thugs from Staten Island who bang harder than anyone else.*
Other bright spots include Meth's venomous delivery in "Gunshowers," Ghostface's artful narration of "Pimpin' Chipp," and longtime Wu-Tang producer Mathematics' contributions to "Dangerous" and "Miranda" (not so much to "Meth vs. Chef, Part II"). I could go on and on. But you should just get the album.
*Well, maybe they have gone a little soft in their old age. In "Our Dreams" the three wax poetic over a Michael Jackson sample and a sugary RZA beat, rapping about "sweet life" and "trips to the mall for family pictures." Just a slight departure from spitting about robberies and flipping crack.
Other than the bass-playing leader, you're never quite sure who may appear at a Charlie Wooton Project show. As his band's name implies, Wooton doesn't have a specific set of musicians that accompany him when playing live. Rather, as heard on the recently released debut under his moniker, Wooton keeps his music fresh with a diverse set of exceptional performers that usually change show by show, week after week.
It's no surprise that the Louisiana-bred founder of the cross-pollinated Zydefunk would release an eclectic solo album that incorporates good time R&B (the late Donnie McCormick's "Daydreamin'"), fluttery Afro-pop ("Tell Me"), frothy reggae ("Unexpected Kisses") and righteous funk-jazz fusion ("Higher Than Low"). That's a lot of territory to cover, especially for a bassist who keeps his distance from the vocal microphone, wisely letting others take the spotlight. But the songs, many constructed by overdubs, flow together with nonchalant ease, creating a vibe and riding it, rooted by Wooton's wonderfully elastic, unpredictable bass playing.
$15-18. 7:30 p.m. Sun., April 4. Eddie's Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com.
(Photo Courtesy Charlie Wooton)
Lil' John Roberts celebrated his birthday at 595 North Saturday night with special guests Mark de Clive-Lowe, Bembe Segue, and DJs Tabone and Kai Alce. Not to be confused with a certain Atlanta artist bearing a similar name, Lil' John is the legendary drummer who, along with the Chronicle, helped spark the emergence of Atlanta's nu-soul scene in the mid- to late-90s as a staple at Yin Yang Café.
In this snippet from the CL's 2006 cover story on Yin Yang, Jason Orr of FunkJazz Kafé recounts how he met Lil' John, who eventually moved to Atlanta and became an integral player in the scene before going on to record for and tour with such acts as Goodie Mob, Monica, En Vogue and Janet Jackson:
Jason Orr: I was managing soul artist/singer/songwriter Vinnie Bernard, and his band called Original Man. "Buzzy" Jackson -- Maynard Jackson's son -- was the drummer. But he couldn't keep good time. Little John was living in Alabama. I just happened to see him one night in Pearls, and he had that big Dr. Seuss hat on. We got to know each other, and I asked him, "Hey, would you like to play with us?" He was like, "I'm in Alabama -- if you'll come get us." So, we would go get him and the sax player, Melvin Miller. Then we added DJ Kemit, which was a big step because Kemit was in Arrested Development.
Little John: I was helping Original Man develop their sound, so I moved to Atlanta with just $1,000 in my pocket. Jason looked around and found me a nice apartment in the West End, Cascade Heights. From there, I handpicked a bunch of musicians that I liked to play with and formed the Chronicle.
See more pics from the party courtesy photographer Carlos Bell's Facebook page.
Once upon a time in Athens, Ga., there existed a "musical" "group" known as Drunk & Furious. They were really not that good, and they knew it. So they broke up. Actually, if you believe their MySpace, they died:
Born in Athens, Ga in the Fall of 2003, D&F was a performance art troupe that "sung" filthy, offensive bluegrass fusion rock. They are the ashamed owners of two Flagpole Music Awards (stolen). The band passed away in 2005 in a hideous roadside accident. They were hit by a bus whilst urinating on the side of a busy highway during rush hour. Their carcasses were eaten by bears.
But this Thursday at the famous and shameless Clermont Lounge, D&F are scheduled to emerge from the grave and perform once more.
Attention music blog readers: do you want to keep music in Atlanta schools? Yes? Then head over to the Star Bar in L5P this April Fool's Day (Thursday) at 8 p.m. Catch performances from the Forty-Fives, All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, the Young Antiques and the Pinx.
Proceeds from the show will benefit music programs for Maynard Jackson High school as other well as various other Atlanta schools.
DJs Kevy Duty and Steve Quinn will be spinning records as well.
And don't forget to wish All Night Drug Prowling Wolves' Tom Cheshire a happy 40th birthday (and his buddy, Eric Lee, a happy 50th)!
$7. 8 p.m. Thurs., April 1. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave.
In anticipation of The Burrrprint 2, Gucci Mane's upcoming DJ Holiday-helmed mixtape, a "trailer" has been released for the project (above). It consists of a Gucci verse (from "Atlanta Zoo") laid under images of a pre-prison Gucci wildin' out and some Burrrprint collaborators (Wacka Flocka Flame, OJ Da Juiceman, etc.) lip-synching Gucci's rhymes.
I don't know if you've heard the track already, but I gotta say, the lyrics are pretty inane, even for the mastermind behind "Wasted": one stanza finds Gucci musing "your girlfriend thinks my earrings are erotic/ my Lambo doors open upward, they're robotic." Geeew.
The Burrrprint 2 drops April 13 via Asylum and, as previously reported, it will be sold in retail stores. Mixtapes gone mainstream, y'all! Sigh.
Thanks to the release of Valleys of Neptune, a collection of unearthed studio material, legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix is enjoying a resurgence in popularity some 40 years after his death. I mean, the guy's on the cover of Rolling Stone, for God's sake! Actually, now that I think about it, that probably doesn't mean much anymore. Just trust me when I say that he's totes famous all over again.
Cue the vultures! The aforementioned dinosaur of print music media have announced that Hendrix's brilliant second album Axis: Bold as Love will be released in its entirety as "Rock Band"-compatible downloadable content, with other albums to follow. Now you too can be a Rock God! Just don't set the little plastic guitar on fire; it's not good for the environment.
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
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?