East ATL punk rock record shop Reactionary Records is closing its doors and moving to a booth in the Kudzu Antique Market at 2928 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur. The shop thats been located at 465-A Flat Shoals Ave. since Feb. of 2009 is closing at the end of May and is scheduled to reopen in its new location sometime during the first week in June. While it's sad to see Parking Lot Paul leaving the East Atlanta Village, moving his store's stock to Kudzu means no more unrequited record store drive-bys, no more text messages asking "hey dude, are you open?" and no more "back in 5" notes pinned to the door for hours. If the Kudzu market is open, Reactionary is open. Game on.
Even more change hits the airwaves come mid-June when The Voice of the Arts, WMLB AM 1690's Music Director Neal Cohen says heads off to Chicago to live with his fiance. Twain's Billiards & Tap is hosting a farewell party on Wed., June 2 with performances from Jeffrey Bützer, Tom Cheshire and A Fight to the Death.
More bad news came across state lines last weekend when word spread that Nikki Darlin of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Lady rock tigers Those Darlins broke both bones in her left forearm after playing a show at The Nelsonville Music Festival in Ohio. What happened? Well, the official version goes like this,
Darlins wear cowboy boots. Cowboy boots and country fields can make even the baddest darlin come down hard... and Nikki is bad.
Fill in the blanks as you will
In the meantime darlin' Nikki has undergone surgery and is on the mend, but will be out of commission throughout the month of June which has led to the band canceling a hotly anticipated Australia tour.
On a happier note, Atlanta's latest pop/indie rock newcomers Gold-Bears were invited to play this year's NYC Popfest on Sat., May 22. Other acts who played the bill included the Wake (Factory Records), Tender Trap and several others.
In the meantime Gold-Bears have a new, three-song 7-inch out on Magic Marker Records. Stewart Anderson of Boyracer (Slumberland/Sarah Records) and Tricia Yates Fanclub (555) plays drums, some guitars and backing vocals on the song "Jezzer."
The Balkans have also released some new material in form of their (sometimes-monthly?) third mixtape. This one's a little more listener friendly than the previous two in that there's less noisy fodder and practice tape to sift through. The selling points for the new mixtape are a couple of demos of new Balkans songs (tracks 2 and 8), and there's even a cover of the dB's "Neverland" (track 9). The indie rock youngsters are kicking off an east coast tour with Predator this Sat. with a show at Spring 4th Center with local hip-hop groups Tom P, Aleon Craft, Hollyweerd and Vonnegutt. More show info on can found via the event's Facebook page.
...and on an interesting note, Crib Notes learned today that Balkans singer/guitar player Frankie Broyles will also be playing drums with Predator on this tour. More details on that coming soon.
In other touring news Judi Chicago are kicking off their Bright Lights, Fun City UK tour with a DJ set/party at Sound Table on Edgewood Ave. on Wed., May 26. Black Dominoes and DJ Gnosis are also lined-up to spin records.
Taking things up a notch, according to remhq.com, [R.E.M.] has just completed the second phase of recording their new record, the follow-up to Accelerate, in New Orleans with Jacknife Lee and his team. The guys will be hitting the studio again this Summer to continue work on the record, which is tentatively expected to be released sometime in 2011
Grip Plyaz -- the Atlanta emcee who The Fourth Ward MC who coined the indie hip-hop battle cry Fuck Dat Hipster Shit" has a new album in the works, dubbed Purp, Wind & Fire, and by all reports it's shaping up to be a concept album. Grip has been working with producer Nick Kage of the Weathermen for his first studio album in two years.
The album is being constructed at an undisclosed studio on the west side, and there's a new video slated to hit the web this week. In the mean time, look-out for a preview of Purp, Wind & Fire in June on The Smoking Section titled: 6pack Vol. 1: A Prelude to Purp, Wind & Fire.
...and last but not least, old school ATL psychedelic soul rocker Hermon Hitson has been back in the studio to record a new song, titled Writing You Letters That Ive Never Mailed, along with a cover of Gary Wrights 1976 hit Dreamweaver. No word yet on when or where they will materialize.
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