ATLs favorite flower punk The Black Lips will be throwing down for Converses "Band of Ballers" basketball tournament in Atlanta on Sat., May 1. Other teams lined-up to go full-court include Jim Jones, Jay Electronica, Sean Price and such local musicians as Shawty Lo, Pill, Of Montreal, OJ Da Juiceman, Donnis and Jermaine Dupri.
The Black Lips will be receiving $5,000 from Converse for participating, which will be donated to the Auditory Verbal Centre Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of deaf children, some of whom have been outfitted with cochlear implants that allow them to play music. The Black Lips are challenging their challenges to do the same... donate to charity, that is.
Stay tuned to the Black Lips' Facebook page for ticket giveaways, or be one of the first 30 people to head down to Criminal Records (1154 Euclid Ave. in L5P) and sign up to be on the guest list. Tickets will also be given away through V103 FM and various Atlanta music blogs as well.
The charity train keeps rolling when on Fri., April 30 (the night before the basketball tournament) AthFest, Inc., will place a Gretsch Electromatic solid-body electric guitar signed by the Drive-By Truckers, and their album cover artists Wes Freed on eBay. Proceeds from the auction will fund AthFest AfterSchool, an educational outreach division of AthFest with a mission to educate young people about music and arts by brings musicians/music business leaders to local schools. AthFest 2010 takes place June 24-27, 2010.
Grinder Nova is celebrating the release of its brand new Cordoba Raza b/w Tijuana Sidewinder 7-inch (Malacas records) with a release party on Sat., May 7 at The Star Bar. Pinche Gringo from (Chapel Hill, NC), the Mystery Men?, Jeffery Bützer and the Atomic Rockets open the show. The band also says that there will be dancing girls, Piñatas, chicken shit bingo on-hand as well, and the first 100 people through the door will get a free copy of the single.
In the meantime check out the "Cordoba Raza" MP3
In other 7-inch news the Balkans are about to release the "Bill Spills," "Leopard Print" b/w "Georganne" single via Double phantom Records. The group will play a 7-inch release party at 529 on Sat., May 8 with Future Islands, Lower Dens, #Phonepunk#. $7. 9 p.m.
Double Phantom has a slew of new releases in the works as well, including 7-inches from Anna Kramer, and the Selmanaires. No dates have been set for those yet. But in the meantime the NEC will celebrate the release of an extremely limited vinyl pressing of there latest EP Is, with a set of tonally perfect, psych rock rhythms that are both improvised and stylized for dirty, melodic perfections. Locals Abby GoGo and Predator, along with Birmingham, ALs the Dirty Lungs also perform. Free. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018.
GG King also recently released the "Babbling Voices" b/w "Insomnia" 7-inch on the Boston-based label, Local Cross Records.
Paste Magazines Senior Contributing Writer and former editor-turned producer Steve LaBate, along with director Scott Sloan (1-900-Fantasy, Inside Jones) are hitting the road to create their first documentary film, 40 Nights of Rock & Roll. As the title suggests, the two are setting out on a 40-day trek across the country to prove that rock and roll is alive and kicking around in pretty much every corner of the country. Here's where they'll be filming.
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