Monday, May 31, 2010

The Oracular Spectacular Adventures of Bobby Ray

Posted By on Mon, May 31, 2010 at 4:35 PM

B.o.B. dropped by the BBC's Radio 1 studio this week and recorded a cover of MGMT's 2008 hit, "Kids." Bobby Ray's version doesn't stray too far from the original, but somehow his buttery voice and the occasional ad-libbed "heys" inject a certain freshness into the track. Above, watch the track performed live at London's King College, the same day as the studio session, May 27th. Oddly enough, the show was just a couple days past the original May 25th release date for Bobby's album (remember the mixtape?). This all begs the question: How did a hip hop album get released ahead of schedule??

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k-os throws himself a surprise party

Posted By on Mon, May 31, 2010 at 2:00 PM

K-os shirks off past success; says 'Yes!' to his authentic self.
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The Great White North is a land of great obscurity. To the typical American imagination, the mention of Canada conjures up images of draft dodgers, hockey and austere landscapes. For rapper/singer/multi-instrumentalist K-os, it's home. "When people think of Canada, it's snow and open land," he lamented during a recent phone conversation. But K-os is proof that his homeland is much more.

In the mid-aughts, K-os had two albums certified platinum in Canada. He quickly found success wasn't all he had dreamed of. It was strange, he says, "making money, and then wondering if what I was doing was even good, or if I was just being used by the music industry as a poster child for this or that." The internal struggle that accompanies success is well-documented, but feeling its grip firsthand took K-os by surprise. "You start to wonder, is this really me? And then you realize, it's not," he explains.

His most recent album, Yes!, is a concoction of disparate influences that was born out of his desire for a return to emotional normalcy. Now, he says, "I'm a little more cool with myself. I love myself more. [Yes!] was me trying to find myself in relation to music without [success] being the thing that I'm searching for."

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

On the road with Noot d' Noot pt. 1

Posted By on Sun, May 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Road noots

Lexington, Kentucky. 'bout halfway thru the trip, 4 encounters with the law, 2 tickets, 1 member down, 7 shows down, close to 2000 miles and feeling good.  Couldn't be a nicer, more accommodating band to be out here with.  We were joined by BP Helium this evening as a stand-in stunt double known as "Mecha-Dookie Platters."

All the drives have been pretty epic so far, but we are about to hit the coast again, so hopefully more time to check in with blogs n' such.  Then we can fill you in on some stories such as leaving Denny's and having an offer made on Effectiv to a cat who "just got out of prison, and wants to be you friend... And if you need 'em I got some Cannibals in the Mist."  More soon.

Noot d' Noot is currently out on the road with Of Montreal. Click below for the remaining tour dates.

(Photo by Josh Brasted)

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Something to step out to ...

Posted By on Sun, May 30, 2010 at 4:40 AM

If you think putting on your prom dress and sipping cosmos after a trip to see Sex in The City 2: Electric Boogaloo is gonna make for a "crazy" weekend, think again. Grip Plyaz and A. Leon Craft show you how it's done in the "Step Out" video, directed by Corey Davis. This might be the greatest Atlanta video about stepping out since that last Atlanta video about Steppin' Out.

"Step Out," from Grip's upcoming 6 Pack vol. 1: A Prelude to Purp, Wind & Fire mixtape.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Photos: Big Boi, Yelawolf, Jay Electronica get their Shrine on

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 10:17 PM

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Big Boi/KIN show

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If you've ever wondered what that temple with the onion-shaped dome on Ponce de Leon Avenue looks like on the inside, just imagine walls of photos featuring pasty, old white men in those pimped-out red beanies that resemble mini-KFC chicken buckets turned upside down on top of their heads.

Atlanta's Yaarab Shrine Temple certainly was not built for Big Boi and company. The acoustics were wack and the floorboards were weak, but it was still the perfect place to hold last night's secret show, spread by word-of-Twitter and Facebook only hours before the curtains went up at 8 p.m.

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Yeezy returns with 'Power'

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 7:55 PM


Y'all heard this yet? Kanye's back! His first album since the vomit-scented Auto-Tune disaster that was 808s and Heartbreaks is said to be titled Good Ass Job (really). And now we know what it will sound like, at least partially. "Power" is a rollicking King Crimson-sampling jam featuring Dwele, who previously provided vocals on Kanye's "Flashing Lights."

What can we learn from "Power"? Mostly, that Yeezy still can't take a joke. "Fuck SNL and the whole cast/ Tell ‘em Yeezy said they can kiss my whole ass/ More specifically, they can kiss my asshole," he spits in response to some lame old Saturday Night Live skit that everyone else has forgotten about. Oh, Kanye. As petulant as a five year-old and just as classy. Welcome back!

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Spread Love remembers Guru this Memorial Day Weekend

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 7:30 PM

guru tribute

Gangstarr's Guru might be gone, but a couple of Atlanta's premier DJs will keep his memory alive this Memorial Day weekend with a Guru tribute. The tribute is set to feature DJ Kemit, Rasta Root, Dubmack, Jo Stu, and a live band lead by Luke Austin with special guest Minister Server.

DJ Kemit, Rasta Root, Dubmack, Jo Stu, Luke Austin, Minister Server. $10-$15. 10:00 p.m. Fri, May 28. King Plow Arts Center, 887 W Marietta St. 404-541-9040.

On a happier note, DJ Kemit is hosting his own birthday party tomorrow, and everyone's invited. Music will be provided by Dave Soul, Ramon Rawsoul, Salah Ananse, and the birthday boy himself, DJ Kemit.

DJ Kemit, Dave Soul, Ramon Rawsoul, Salah Ananse. $10-$15. 10:00 p.m. Sat, May 29. North Event Venue, 595 North Avenue. 404-835-2329.

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Soulja Boy and Justin Bieber want to ruin your day

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Well, this is just awful news. It seems Atlanta bubblegum (w)rapper Soulja Boy and Canadian whozit Justin "The Biebs" Bieber have teamed up to produce a slice of truly terrible tween-baiting mall pop. The offending anthem is entitled "Rich Girl" (it's not a Hall & Oates cover, though I wish it were), and listening to it will hurt your brain. Seriously, this song has zero personality. This is one lazy-ass slice of Pro Tooled nonsense from a couple of the pro-est tools around.

Soulja Boy has never been the most compelling rapper, but, Christ, Ben Stein would have brought more energy to "Rich Girl." Soulja is just pathetic, sleepwalking his way through vague references to young, moneyed women and the cars they drive. He even drops this stinkbomb: "And I know you rich/ And you know I'm rich/ So together we filthy." That sound you just heard was me shuddering uncontrollably.

And now it's stuck in your head. Happy Friday!

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Chad Rad's weekend concert picks May 28 - 29

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Fri., May 28 -- Dream brothers Gil Mantera and the Ultimate Donny wield the cutting edge of electro, synth-pop party soundtracks with a soft-focus image and a white leather disposition. The Party Dream's sound is a breezy, dance floor throwback to the Miami Vice decade that's cut from a cloth of vibrant, '80s pop beats and over-the-top sex jam crooning that takes shape in a scene of feathered hair, big bass and billowing clouds of smoke machine ambiance. Guyliner and Sunbears open the show. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.

Fri., May 28 -- The Letters Organize, Whores, Wolves and Jackals. $?. 9 p.m. 529. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.

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Elevate kicks off Sunday at the W downtown

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM

No need to sneak into the neighboring apartment complex's pool this Memorial Day weekend. Elevate — courtesy of CaZ (DJs Mike Zarin and Chris Nicholson), 4Deep and SouthCity Productions — kicks off the season this Sunday at the W downtown (45 Ivan Allen Blvd.), from 1-10 p.m.

Apparently the weekly event drew quite the crowd all last summer, with the otherworldly view of the city from the W's 16th floor rooftop pool, groovy house music, and specialty fruit infusion cocktails.

Elevate's first installment for 2010 features music by Wiseacre, a house DJ out of L.A. who can definitely hold his own at the deepest of house music parties, let alone a poolside session. You'll have to dip in the pool to cool down, for sure.

You can RSVP for free entry at, or pay $10 (cash only). Don't forget to save a few bucks for parking. Memberships are available ($50), and include bar discounts and quicker entry. And for all you who incessantly complain about smokers, you'll be happy that Elevate is a non-smoking event. To top it all off, you can nab a hotel room discount for the long weekend ($109/night).


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