>> FOR SALE: Elvis, slightly used, still sounds great.
>> Julian Casablancas did "River Of Brakelights" on Fallon, last night. Definitely needed more guitars.
>> Chromewaves provides excellent A/V from night one of SxSW. Do not miss the Fanfarlo stuff.
>> Weezer are still having fun with the music video. These guys are never growing up!
>> MGMT to play new hence there for: bummer song on SNL, April 24th.
There's no reason why anyone should have heard of the band Floor. The Miami sludge-punk trio languished in obscurity from 1992 to 2004 and rarely played shows outside of their hometown of Gainesville, Fla., just up the road. So why, then, after fizzling out of existence six years ago, did Floor have to book two reunion shows in Atlanta to meet audience demands? And why is the group's catalog most of which has remained unreleased being issued in a mammoth box set from Robotic Empire?
As Factory Records founder Tony Wilson's character explains in the film 24 Hr. Party People, "The smaller the attendance, the bigger the history. There were 12 people at the last supper. ..."
Much of Floor's mystique comes from the fact that it's where guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks cut his teeth before moving on to the more formidable band Torche. Floor was underexposed and underappreciated in its time, and went out with a whisper rather than a roar. Since then, the group has become something of a holy grail for Torche fans. The vast majority of their songs have been sitting on tapes, stored away in a fabled suitcase in a closet for years, their fate unknown. But after increased demand from Torche fans, the band has compiled almost everything they ever recorded into one ridiculously lavish box set titled Below and Beyond.
$10-$12. 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun., April 3-4. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.
(Photo courtesy Floor)
Erykah Badu, neo-soul queen and hip-hop's baby mama of choice, has the net buzzing with her latest video "Window Seat." It's the first single off her new album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, which drops today.
Shot in downtown Dallas, Tex., the video makes allusions to JFK's assassination as Badu walks through the street near the Texas School Book Depository peeling off layers of clothing. By the time she strips down to her birthday suit, a single gunshot lays her down flat in the same spot President Kennedy was killed. Next to her head, the blue blood spilled on the ground supposedly reads GROUP THINK.
So what should we learn from this, boys and girls?
Considering Reggae's influence over American music, you'd think it'd be easier to guess the next big cross-over artist. A few Jamaicans are lucky enough to score a chart-topping hit or two, while others become ubiquitous with the US pop landscape. In a place where "economic crisis" is an understatement, success is often measured in the distance one's music can travel from home. Busy Signal approaches American audiences head on, toasting over hip-hop number ones and lending his baritone to a Phil Collins interpolation. Plugged not Thugged recently posted a roundup of Busy's takes on pop singles, and he's found his way onto a pair of Major Lazer remixes.
Equally interesting are the percussive African sounds featured on several Busy Signal hits. This Friday night at MJQ, I heard Atlanta's DJ Mafioso drop 'Up in Har Belly' in a killer set, and tracks like 'Da Style Deh' and 'Jafrican Thing' further the Motherland tone.
Above, view Busy Signal's politically charged video 'The Days.' The track, heavy with explicit language, dropped in 2007, but is definitely worth a re-visit.
Have you ever had a night when none of your friends wanted to go out and you couldnt bear to watch bad TV and drink stale fridge beer by yourself? Having one of those nights, I ventured to the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club alone.
The Yacht Club, as its commonly called, is a dark cave of a place. The smell of mouth-watering barbeque occasionally breaks through the smoky musk that permeates the two rooms that make up the yacht.
What is that youre drinking, a green tea? a patron asked of my Hoegaarden. He was swilling a Pabst Blue Ribbon draft and wore a hat emblazoned with Country-Fed Meat Co.
After Atlanta's own Clan Destined opens tonight (along with the Nice Guise) for GZA of Wu-Tang, run home and download their new mixtape album. I just finished listening to A Story Never Told: F#$% a Mixtape and it sorta reminded me of the theme/skits from De La Soul is Dead with its satirical take on today's mixtape-crazed street rap. Don't want to give away the whole thing, but here's the premise as it plays out over the course of the skits on the album: "DJ Beef" and his gang of mixtape niggas branded Felon Frontz Family (cough, cough, Gangsta Grillz) take over Clan Destined's album after the duo decides, with some reluctance, to pay DJ Beef a stack ($1,000) to make them a mixtape. DJ Beef proceeds to "pour some gravy on it," and it turns out like this instead of this.
Listen to/download the whole thing, gratis. It's classic: A Story Never Told: F#$% a Mixtape
Atlanta native Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) cut his teeth on comedy. He has written for "30 Rock," acted on NBC's "Community," and has a Comedy Central special. But just because comedy seeps into his rap (oh yeah, he's a rapper too) doesn't mean you shouldn't take him seriously. Glover said to the Village Voice:
"I never go into an album thinking, 'This needs to be a little funnier.' I only look at scripts or jokes that way. There's no winking at the culture of hip-hop. I'm dead serious."
Harpist and composer Joanna Newsom sold out the Variety Playhouse March 26. She recently released a triple album called "Have One On Me." She was joined by Fred Armisen of SNL who performed as a German character called Jens Hannemann doing a skit called "Complicated Drumming Technique."
(Photos by Dustin Chambers)
During SXSW, Donnis performed his single "Gone" alongside Travis Barker and DJ A-Trak at the Rare Finds: Texas Takeover/Fools Gold showcase. According to herfection, the official music video for this track is on the way.
Local band the Coathangers has survived the first (and last?) MtyMx, a three-day festival organized by Brooklyn D.I.Y. promoter Todd P and held in Monterrey, Mexico. The event was rife with problems. A third of the 75 bands scheduled to play canceled (possibly due to the drug-related violence that plagued the city in the days leading up to the festival), buses shuttling fans from the just-ended SXSW in Austin, Texas were late or never materialized, and Todd P himself didn't show up until late into the fest's first night. Suffice it to say that morale and attendance were low.
Before their day-one appearance at MtyMx, the Coathangers played several shows at the notoriously sweaty and gritty SXSW. On March 27 the quartet stole the show in L.A. at Waved Out, another petite first-time music festival put on by indie blog Aquarium Drunkard.
If you're impressed by the Coathangers' tenacity, or just want to see a good show, catch the four young women at 529 on April 6.
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