Ever since suburbanites stuck MARTA with that Jim Crow acronym "Moving Africans Rapidly Through Atlanta" back in the day, the homegrown transit authority has been trying to shake its bad rap. But with Soulja Girl spazzing out on Rosa Parks and the Southwest Dekalb High School drum majors making a diss anthem out of "Bitch U Ride the Marta Bus," it's been one hell of an uphill battle in recent years.
Now here comes a rapper named Will with a new album Stoned on Marta available on Bandcamp for free. (That's 2 dollars cheaper than a one-way fare, FYI.) As far as I can tell, Will — who hails from Zone 4 according to Maurice Garland who discovered him on Twitter — is not out to clown Atlanta's alternative mode of transportation. He's merely chronicling his story as a hustling-class brother with a BREEZE card whose preferred pastimes include smoking-out, drinking-out and riding-out — often at the same time, hence such titles as "Toast to the Occasion," "Twisted on the Highway," and his between-stops mack-down "Sex on the Ceiling."
The 16-track LP ain't bad, in fact it could be the best PR boost MARTA's had in the ’hood since that whole "Take marta, itsmarta" campaign. The title alone lends instant street cred. It's probably not on MARTA CEO Beverly Scott's iPod, but Will should get as much mileage out of the project as he can: Shoot a viral video while stoned on the train. Call up Soulja Girl for a cameo. Get the SWD drum majors to do the Dougie on it. Then drop that sequel, Stoned on Delta. TSA will have a fit.
Never you mind those pesky allegations concerning the supposed disappearance of his prized gold chain and the subsequent kidnapping/assault of the man suspected responsible: Dungeon Family cohort Killer Mike would prefer that you focus instead on his upcoming album PL3DGE, which is set to drop in early 2011. Above, check out the newly released video for the song "Ready Set Go." It's passable, if a bit passionless, and features the talents of MC/caged bird T.I. (Tip's Fuck A Mixtape was the original host of the jam).
And, oh yeah, Killer Mike has now changed his stage name to the family-friendlier Mike Bigga. That is all.
Before ’Bama native and Atlanta resident Yelawolf became the Interscope artist-on-the-rise that he is today, he paid some unorthodox dues — doing everything from working on an Alaskan fishing boat to being a skate-rat in Berkeley, Ca.
Turns out dude was pretty much homeless for most of the year he spent in Berkeley. He relives it while revisiting his old stomping ground there in Peoples Park. The most haunting party of the video follows, when he performs his blog hit "Pop the Trunk" with bare-bones piano accompaniment. Chilling stuff, courtesy Yours Truly.
The trailer containing most of their musical belongings and merch (T-shirts and records) that was padlocked to the hitch of Keenan’s car was stolen, leaving the group pretty high and dry.
Tonight (Tues., Nov. 30) a handful of bands are getting together to play a benefit show at 529 to help raise money to buy some new equipment. Turf War, Demonaut and a few other unannounced bands and DJs will be on hand. Hawks aren’t playing, but they’ll be there with a table set up to sell the few records the thieves didn’t take. The cover is $5 and the music starts at 9 p.m.
If you can’t make it out tonight but would like to donate some money to the cause, you can do so via Paypal with Keenan’s e-mail address: email@example.com
Cox has since put them back on the Deerhunter / Atlas Sound blog.
Update: On Mon., Nov. 29 Sony admitted its mistake when a spokesman told Billboard Magazine: "The Bradford Cox tracks were mistakenly removed. We advised Mediafire that the titles were mistakenly taken down. We have communicated all of this to Bradford Cox and his manager."
Along with the albums, Cox also included the messages he received referring to each of his blog posts, along with the phone number included with the messages, adding "Feel free to call or email and let them know what you think."
Cox also says "I can understand them requesting for me to remove a cover but the only one I can imagine that happening with is Dylan. Which was on Vol. 1. Which was not deleted."
That's just speculation, but it almost makes sense. Sony is the parent company of Columbia Records which is Bob Dylan's label. But again, the one volume of Bedroom Databank that was not deleted is the only one that contains a Dylan cover. So why did this happen? Did some sort of key word seeking software misfire? Who knows? But in the bigger picture, Sony claiming ownership of songs recorded in anyone's bedroom and posted on a blog is absurd, and Cox's label 4AD is in no way related to Sony.
I called the number listed in the message that he received hoping to find out why the posts were cut but was sent to a voice mail box.
In the meantime, all four volumes of Bedroom Databank have been reposted. Go get them before big brother strikes again.
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Pulp vocalist and all around wild man Jarvis Cocker played "Dressed For Rain" from the Carnivores' side of the recently released UK split 7-inch with Brooklyn's Dinosaur Feathers, during his Sunday Service radio show for BBC 6.
You can listen to the entire show on the BBC's website, and it's a pretty good one. Jarvis has impeccable taste and the Carnivores track sounds right at home amidst the Jam, the Velvet Underground and the Flying lizards.
If you don't have time for the whole show, check out the CliffsNotes version (above) with the song sandwiched between Cocker's commentary about the song and his sign-off.
And that’s okay. It has been like that since the earliest days spent playing at the original Die Slaughterhaus in Home Park, and it’s always been the kids in the crowd getting ramped up and causing all of the property damage. But Saturday night’s show felt different, ritualistic. Audience participation is part of the Black Lips' mythology now, and like Pavlov’s dogs, when the crowd heard the opening jangle of “Bad Kids” or the rolling bass of “Oh Katrina” they became a mass of snarling, drooling beasts.
Beer cans, shoes and other projectiles rocketed over the crowd while geysers of beer spray erupted all around. One by one, elated young girls and awkward dudes stormed the stage to clown around, dance and eventually fling themselves back atop the sea of bouncing heads and fists. One guy in the crowd was so worked up that he beat another guy over the head with an orange road cone, which just kind of happened to be lying around for some reason. He hit the other kid so hard that the cone broke into pieces. The cops took him away and the bloodied victim disappeared into the mob scene. This happened right after I saw a young heathen child whip out both breasts, neither of which looked old enough to vote, but I can’t be sure. I didn’t check her I.D.
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