Once again the future of Reactionary Records is at stake, not because of lagging sales, but because the Thai & Sushi place next door -- the one with the wildly imaginative name, Thai & Sushi -- is knocking down the wall and moving into the record store's space, probably some time in July. Word on the street has it that owner, "Parking Lot Paul" Tilghmon, has his eye on a couple of potential locations. More information will be reported here as it becomes available.
On Fri., April 2 Judi Chicago celebrates the release of its Ben Allen-produced sophomore full-length, Bright Lights, Fun City, which you can read about in CL's Vibes section this week. Machines Are People Too, Kid Stuff and Chief Acid Officer open. $10. 8 p.m. Fri., April 2. Lenny's, 486 Decatur St. 404-577-7721.
Speaking of Ben Allen, the local producer who's best known for his work with Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley and most recently with the Constellations Virgin Records debut, Southern Gothic, is featured in issue 76 of Tape Op magazine. The cover reads Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Puff Daddy? Pick it up and see for yourself.
Burgeoning, young indie strummer Jake Cook, aka Trench Party, and local label Terminal Detour have created a new, half-hour podcast that Cook describes as bumbling dialogue and poetry and music. The first episode was recorded yesterday using my 4-Track tape recorder.
Download the Terminal Detour podcast.
Experimental rock act Jungol is playing a CD release party for its second CD, Over the Sun and Under the Radar, at the Earl on April 30.
Over the Sun and Under the Radar showcases Jungols renewed vision of more concise songs with prominent vocals. It also demonstrates their passion for creating new sounds through the use of samplers, synths, glockenspiel, field recordings and string arrangements.
ATL goth-pop trio Feeding Fingers is back in town after a two-week European tour that kicked off in the Netherlands and took the group to Rome, Italy, where it shared the stage with electro-industrial pioneers Nitzer Ebb before heading off to Romania and Poland. Guitarist/vocalist Justin Curfman, bassist Kris Anderson and drummer Danny Hunt will head back to Europe in May to play the world's largest goth and dark music festival in Leipzig, Germany. In the meantime, you can catch the group here in Atlanta when they play the Drunken Unicorn on Fri., April 9, with Untied States, Mermaids and True Womanhood.
On May 13 Crib Notes reported that Zoroaster's van was stolen from the Thunderbox's parking lot where they practice. The following week, shortly after the group returned from SXSW, the group's van had been recovered. According to drummer Dan Scanlan, the van is back and in working order, but they have to start with a screwdriver now if they're going to drive it anywhere.
One-handed blues and soul guitarist Lefty Williams brings his Spring Meltdown Tour 2010 on April 23. Cope opens. $7 (in advance through www.lefty-music.com) $10 (door). 9 p.m. Zuffys Place, 1860 Corporate Blvd. 404-343-1171.
Electro-funk punk duo Futureshock has officially changed its name to Weapons of Audio.
At age 20, in 1946, David Johnson traveled from Jacksonville, Florida to became Ansel Adams' first African American student at the California School of Fine Arts ( currently the San Francisco Art Institute). Adams counseled him to "photograph what you know best". And, with a camera won at age 14 in a contest, he began to make photographs that documented African American culture of the 1940's and 1950's and the civil rights movement of the 1960's. He also photographed important political and cultural leaders such as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, A. Phillip Randolph, and the poet Langston Hughes. Johnson devoted many years to documenting San Francisco's Fillmore District, which was in the 1940's and 50's, a vibrant center of African American Jazz. In clubs that were long famous but have sadly vanished, Johnson photographed stars such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Nat "King" Cole, and Billie Holiday. Much of his work celebrates the vibrancy of this neighborhood and its role as historical jazz center and home to an African American population that had migrated from the Southern states to seek work in the war industries.
A selection of Johnson's photography is showing at Opal Gallery through May 1. 484 B-2 Moreland Ave.
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