ESPN on the television, music in the background, chicken wings, and a group of friends discussing the most important topic on everyones mind as of late: Where is Lebron James going to play at his next NBA season? That was the scene as I walked into Bobby Creekwater's Castleberry Hills home.
With such a laid back atmosphere its hard to imagine that Creekwater has just released what could be considered one of his most pivotal mixtapes yet, Not Now But Right Now.
This mixtape was very important because it allowed me to reconnect with my city, says Creekwater whose major label flirtations took him so far from home that the city almost forgot about him. To be supported by your own backyard is everything, for them to champion you is a great thing. The city raised me, its like my mother in a sense and for your mother to support what youre doing is very important.
The Atlanta native seems like hes been on the verge of blowing up for quite some time now, but that has yet to transpire. Instead hes stuck somewhere between burgeoning rap star and underground favorite.
I can see why its that way because Ive been taking the approach of an underground MC thus far, Creekwater says.
Sitting in his living room wearing a white tee, basketball shorts and a fresh Atlanta Braves fitted over his trademark bald head, Creekwater has a calm, confident aura about him.
Im a lot more seasoned and a lot more aware of a lot of things, so going into this I knew what I wanted to do, he says.
After a few short-lived deals, it seemed like Creekwater was finally going in the right direction when he signed a deal to Eminems Shady/Aftermath/Interscope in 2005. The move allowed him to see the other side of the music business while simultaneously creating a fever pitch buzz for himself with a slew of appearances and stellar mixtape releases.
Unfortunately the timing was off and an official album was never released to the chagrin of fans. Instead Creekwater decided it was time to move on, and in 2009 he and the label amicably split.
Since then, Creekwater has positioned himself as one to watch. Prior to his latest effort, he had two acclaimed mixtapes, Back to Briefcase 2 and Back to Briefcase 2: The B-Side, released earlier this year.
While the lyrics are still full of punchlines and memorable quotes, there's something refreshing about his newest work.
Where some of the other things I released were a little bit more edgy or sometimes a little bit more hip-hop based, this is a little more refined and musical, Creekwater says regarding the noticeable difference.
This is definitely the beginning of something, he declares. If you pay attention from this particular project on, things are going to change and look a little bit different.
(Photo from Bobby Creekwater's MySpace)
Stankonia Studio has always been the place to experience good music. The studio has hosted live shows, listening parties and the like throughout its history. This summer the recording spot is adding another showcase of great sounds to the list.
The Inside the Music series will provide fans of local Atlanta artists a setting to become familiar with their music through live performances, Q&A and more.
The first show in the series will be hosted by Maurice Garland with performances by the eccentric foursome Hollyweerd and Greg Street protege Cyhi Da Prince. Hollyweerd recently partnered with Fadia Kader to move their musical career skyward. Cyhi Da Prince received recognition from Kanye West for his contribution to Yelawolf's "I Wish" remix. Tonight fans can preview where both of these acts are headed with an open bar on deck.
$10. 9 p.m. Stankonia Studios. 677 Antone St. NW. 404-355-2121. http://www.showclix.com/event/10125.
On Lazerproof, the genre-defying Major Lazer (DJs Diplo and Switch) and English electro-pop duo La Roux join forces to make one of the odder mash-up mixtapes in recent memory.
Weirdly, this unlikely combination works more often than not, largely thanks to the inventive use of samples here. Everyone from Drake to dubstep producer Rusko is sampled or featured on the mixtape, and these samples bridge the musical gap between Major Lazer and La Roux. (Though past Diplo and Switch collaborator M.I.A. is noticeably M.I.A.. I wonder why.)
One of the mixtapes best moments comes with Philadelphia rapper Amanda Blank delivers lines that would make the 2 Live Crew blush on the Mad Decent Remix of La Rouxs Quicksand. Another highlight comes with Im Not Your Lemonade, which combines La Rouxs vocals with Gucci Manes Lemonade before blasting off into an electronic remix of the Gucci track by ATL producers Heroes andVillains that would have fit in perfectly with Diplos excellent Free Gucci mixtape from earlier this year.
The Jamaican music-influenced Major Lazer gives a lot of the tracks here have a warm feeling thats perfect for summer. Cover My Eyes (Costra Nostra Edit) gives the ballads synths a tropical makeover. A reworking of Hold Yuh, one of this years biggest dancehall tunes seasmlessly makes the transition from a relaxed love song to a club banger by the tracks end.
Lazerproof is available as a free download from Mad Decent.
The fourth annual Mondo Homo festival is descending upon Atlanta once again from Thurs., May 27 - Mon., May 31. Head over to MONDOHOMO.COM for a complete list of music, film, spoken word, cabaret and various other activities going on around town throughout the fest.
Sat., May 29 will feature a a full day of musical performances from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m., covering everything from hip-hop and disco to punk, electro and rock and roll, all under the direction of Sissy Nobby.
Watch more videos from acts performing this year.
$15. 2 p.m. - 1 a.m. Eyedrum, 290 MLK Jr. Drive SE. 404-522-0655.
Straight outta the rumor mill, and now seemingly confirmed by a post on Big Boi's Twitter page is the announcement of a free Big Boi concert happening tonight, May 27. (That's his new video for "Shutterbug" up top.)
RT @TheRealBigBoi and J Electronica are playing a free show in Atlanta tonight at that temple across the street from Krispy Cream [sic] on Ponce.
Also rumored to be playing is upstart YelaWolf. The show is supposedly set to begin around 8. But you didn't hear it from us.
EDIT: The Facebook page confirms that the show will take place at the Yaarab Shrine Temple at 400 Ponce de Leon Ave.
BREAKING: Blanket Jackson signature a fake! or something! YOU'VE BEEN HIT BY, YOU'VE BEEN STRUCK BY, YOU KNOW THE REST.
>> Arcade Fire announce new album, The Suburbs. The Arcade Fire are a good band, but for some reason (their lyrical history, perhaps) all I can think of looking at that cover, with that title, is Revolutionary Road and how much I want to murder that movie. So, hopefully, The Suburbs is nothing like that!
>> The Architecture of Fear: David Byrne shares his thoughts and observations on his recent visit to ATL.
>> The Whigs (!) go unplugged for Spin magazine.
>> Robert Johnson's music was recorded at the wrong speed. WHOOPS! Someone is so totally getting dug up from their grave, brought into the boss's office and fired for this one.
>> A.V. Club talks to Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) about Phil Ek, album art, and, of course, Exile On Main Street.
>> Johnny Rotten's still got it! And by it, I mean he still knows how to be a drunk ass.
>> Mariah Carey is pregnant. or going to rehab. or has the flu. or something else. They just don't know, but they have to run something.
>> Willie Nelson got a haircut, FUELING PREGANACY RUMORS.
>> The worse of two singers won a televised karaoke contest last night.
>> Jamiroquai dude leaves BEEP filled voicemail.
>> Interpol 40 Watt gig cancelled.
>> Local H gig shows up online.
Check out the video for Little Tybee's "Nero" from their forthcoming album, Humorous to Bees, due out sometime in the Fall of 2010.
...I think we have a contender for the best local music video of the year on our hands here.
Follow the jump for Little Tybee tour dates
James Murphy produces bad-ass dance-floor fodder that masquerades as a Brooklyn-hip descendant of the Eno/Roxy Music '70s. And why not? Dude has impeccable taste in line with the era, and it's always crept into his albums. But at the heart of This is Happening, corporal prompts propel his bold-faced hero worship. "One Touch" reaches the album's energetic peak with a post-industrial stomp that recalls the good KMFDM albums without shedding an ounce of swagger in his voice. "All I Want" resonates with a guitar whine lifted from Bowie's "Heroes," and "I Can Change" taps into the sweet and lovelorn techno moods of Erasure's most searching moments. All of these elements are interwoven so as not to overpower, while simultaneously creating instant, post-modern nostalgia. "Pow Pow" is a little too dorky for its own good, but it's impossible not to nod your head along. (DFA/Virgin) 4 out of 5 stars.
This episode of Air Loaf originally aired on Wednesday, May 27, 2010.
CL's Chante Lagon chats with Chad Radford about perennial pop rocker (and Georgia boy) Butch Walker, who played at the Variety Playhouse last night.
When it comes to Scottish-born, Brit. folk icons of the '60s & '70s it doesn't get much cooler than Bert Jansch. He's a virtuoso but not a show off, and a reserved performer whose songs wrap all sorts of bleak imagery in a tangle of pretty and unpretentious strums and coos.
The good news is that the inimitable Mr. Jansch is opening for Neil Young at the Fabulous Fox Theatre This Saturday, May 29. This is his first set of U.S. appearances since 2007, following a tour that was canceled last year due to illness. Bert's back and he's hot on the heels of a great album, '06s The Black Swan, and CD reissues of three of his essential albums from the '70s, LA Turnaround, Santa Barbara Honeymoon and A Rare Conundrum (Drag City).
The bad news is that he's opening for Neil Young and tickets are $75-$225. Seriously, who can afford that?
The bottom line is this. It costs $75-$225 to see a Neil Young solo acoustic show? It's a SOLO concert! There's no band to pay, just two guys playing guitars all by their lonesome selves. Let's say you want to go and maybe take a date or a friend or whoever. You're looking at spending $150-$450. You would think that Neil Young would be the kind of cool guy that would at least give you a $35 nosebleed seats at least, but no such luck. Freedom ain't free cheap, and when Neil Young is asking $225 per seat the terrorists have won.
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