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>> The return of Bryan Adams!
>> Awesome designer Frank Chimero celebrates Kid A.
>> Jesus Franco’s 1971 film Vampyros Lesbos has a soundtrack worth blogging about.
>> How you doin', Christina Perri? (less talky, more rocky.)
>> Tokyo Police Club ('Memba them? I DO!) stop by Daytrotter for a short, sharp session. ("Top Five" is the keeper shee.)
>> Pretty Amazing's Top Downloads of September 2010: Kanye in the lead.
741 Spring St. 404-870-0040.
Sun., Oct. 31 — Three 6 Mafia, Project Pat, Lil Wyte, Tom P, Jamie Drastik and DJ Golden and Maurice Garland hosts. $30-$120. 8 p.m.
529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
Fri., Oct. 29 — Hand Of Doom (Black Sabbath Cover Band), Meowhaus (Bauhaus), Ted Kennedys (Dead Kennedys), Iron Crypt (Motorhead) $7. 9 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 30 — Fresh and Onlys, Royal Baths, Mermaids (Tropsicle record release). Free. 9 p.m.
1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354
Fri., Oct. 29 — Blonde Redhead, Pantha Du Prince. $20. 9 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 30 — Grupo Fantasma, Noot d' Noot. $15-$17.50. 8:30 p.m.
Pill is no stranger to Atlanta's gentrification issue. (For proof, see this CL feature.) Knowing this, the sister of his former manager Derek Schklar, who, according to XXL, "works in the human rights field," encouraged Pill to submit a short video on the matter to the Testify Project, which will submit stories of various human rights violations to the United Nations.
If Pill's video is chosen (XXL indicates that it already has been), it will be screened, along with other finalists, on November 25 for U.N. delegates in Geneva, Switzerland. It's part of the United States' Universal Periodic Review. Don't know what any of that really means? Me either. Gotta hand it to Pill, though, for his enthusiasm in tackling such a troubling and under-explored issue that plagues not only Atlanta but countless American cities. If Crib Notes gave a Humanitarian Rapper of the Year award, we'd give it to him.
Say what you will about Mr. West's personality issues, but don't say he lacks ambition. This past Saturday, Kanye West premiered his 35-minute film/Thriller-esque music video, Runaway, simultaneously on MTV, BET, and VH1. Weeks leading up to the world premiere, Kanye was seen globetrotting from Paris to Japan screening the film to the who's who of the international scene. Now that the world has seen it there has been a lot of discussion on the message, symbolism, and music of Runaway.
Forget the bill for a moment. Tonight it's all about location. When it comes to the history of recorded music in Atlanta, 677 Antone St. NW is hallowed ground — similar to Hitsville, U.S.A., Motown's first headquarters in Detroit on 2648 West Grand Blvd., or the former home of Stax Records (926 McLemore Ave.) in Memphis.
For a rising artist, stepping foot inside the studio where OutKast and other Dungeon Family acts cemented their legacy is like touching the hallowed tree stump before performing at the Apollo Theater on Amateur Night.
So when Jeron Ward of Stankonia and Royal Flush Entertainment decided to focus on artists on the verge for round two of Stankonia's Inside the Music series, we had to be down.
Now back to the bill. These aren't emerging acts as much as a legit mix of proven, sometimes overlooked, talent on the rise (including several we've covered in the past) — such as Aleon Craft, Laws, Sean Falyon, FKi, Grip Plyaz, Young Lyxx. Come for the history, stay for the future.
Sounds by DJ Jamad, Jackmaster Solomon, FU. Hosted by Maurice Garland. $12. Purchase advance tix at showclix.com. 9 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 28. Stankonia Studio, 677 Antone St. 404-355-2121. Open bar sponsored by Conjure Cognac and Coors Light.
Howlies have a new 5-song digital EP, titled Stunned, out this week, which should also be showing up on record store shelves as a 10-inch record by the end of the week.
Head over to Howlies' Band Camp page for more.
Thus far the line-up includes performances from a good swathe of the city's chamber pop and off-kilter fusion-type acts, including: Cousin Dan, Jeffrey Bützer, Hello Ocho, Book of Colors, Adron, Sealions, Little Tybee, Tealights, Venice is Sinking and Samadha. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music gets started around 6 p.m.
Who could blame these guys for being just a little jaded after slugging it out for so many years and never consummating a reliable record deal? “Losing Streak” is the album’s opener, which shows off a spacious and aggressive approach to the their trademark rock and roll stylings, and settles on a distinct, but hard-to-embrace sound. There are elements of gritty indie rock at work here, but there’s also cut-and-dry major label alternative rock songwriting as well; the latter of which smooths out the compelling jagged edges. They’re not Mission of Burma, but they’re not quite Alice in Chains either. Rather they fall somewhere in between, and the chemistry throughout VI is top-notch. But their pursuit of the perfect sound leaves no room for spontaneity, tension or any kind of work-a-day emotion at all. The rhythms are quick and guided by chugging guitars with an emphasis on melody that Dropsonic hasn’t ever really pushed this hard, which helps gain a lot of mileage for this record.
But there’s also a sense of sane, competent passion in Dixon’s voice. Unrestrained honesty of this stature generally goes a long way when it’s got at least a few frayed ends of sanity unraveling in the tumult. But here every note, every riff and every lyric is arranged by-the-book.
Crib Notes never wants to steer you wrong. Earlier this month, we let you know about a Halloween weekend full of Memphis rap legends. Unfortunately, due to unreported circumstances, the 8Ball and MJG concert originally scheduled for Friday, October 29th, has been canceled. According to the show's venue, Center Stage, refunds are available at the point of purchase. Three Six Mafia's show Sunday is still on like popcorn.
The good news is, California boogie-funk overlord Dam-Funk, will be swinging back through the The SoundTable that very evening for a recently announced dose of the same sort of heat he brought this summer. Stone's Throw lists the event as both a live solo performance and dj set. Local DJs Karl Injex and Daz-I-Kue also perform.
Dam-Funk live at The SoundTable. 483 Edgewood Avenue. Fri. Oct 29, 11pm. $10, $5 with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While their Oscar-winning original song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," for the 2005 film Hustle & Flow served as Hollywood's intro to Three 6 Mafia, the Memphis hard heads have been raising hell for years. "Tear Da Club Up," anyone?Marvin Gaye's "Is That Enough" from his Hear, My Dear album, but also for the vocal sample from Triple 6 affiliate Project Pat that gave the hook its syrupy flow.
(I used to get into arguments with closed-minded folk about Pat having the most underrated flow in hip-hop until I felt vindicated a few years ago after attending a book signing for renowned spoken word/afro-punk artist Saul Williams where he pretty much said the same thing while discussing the unheralded merits of Southern rap. But that's a whole ’nother blog post.)
For a pair of tickets to Sunday night's Three 6 concert at 688 Club on Spring St. — featuring Project Pat, Lil Wyte, Tom P and Jamie Drastik — name the original song that Project Pat's "sippin on some sizzurp" line was sampled from.
First come, first served.
What about the Billy Squier Metropolis score? Stroke me, stroke me....
Thanks for this wonderful news. Radar defined synergy. The band was greater than any player…
Second Hand Swagger!!
Totally original!!! Love love them!
The Quaildogs for sure!
It looks fun cheers
Stick to the Blues,the reason most people come to this is to hear Blues music…