Okay so it’s finally time for the Soul Train Awards, which taped in Atlanta on November 10 and airs tonight at 9 p.m. on both BET and Centric. This is probably one of the times when it’s definitely better to see it on television because, in person, the show required patience greater than most humans possess.
It all started out shaky. First of all, the arrival time for those with tickets was 7:30 p.m. The show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. and the purple carpet kicked off around 6 p.m. Atlanta traffic, however, did not get that memo thanks to a multi-car accident around 14th Street.
Of course the line to get in at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre was longer than a church sermon but getting in was a lot easier than anticipated, allowing enough time to pop into the social media room before taking a seat at the top mezzanine, dead center, where the view was wonderful. The only problem was there was no show. Comedian Damon Williams was funny but there’s only so much a person who isn’t the main attraction can do.
Col. Bruce has a lot of shows on the books over the next two months, but if there's one that's really worth hitting up, it's the show at the Five Spot on Sat., Nov. 27.
Joining the good Col. for this go-around is Dennis Palmer of Chattanooga's old-timey avant-garde duo the Shaking Ray Levis, Alabama madman Davey Williams, Duane Trucks (younger sibling to Derek Trucks younger), Kevin Scott and Kinah Boto. It's a strange but world-class ensemble of players meshing equal parts seriously wacky improv, jazz and Southern rock.
If weird, outsider and avant-garde music with a Faulknerian sense humor is your thing, go have your mind blown by these guys. It doesn't get much weirder than this.
$10 9 p.m. The Five Spot. 1123 Euclid Ave. 404.223.1100.
Back when we were brainstorming for the Music Issue, one of the artist-to-artist mashups we dreamed up was an interview between Janelle Monae and Andre 3000.
Seemed like a no-brainer considering their shared musical eccentricities (not to mention they both managed to find a creative partner in Big Boi).
The full 20-minute, commercial-free episode is posted on the Liberator Magazine blog. Be careful of the audio on that bad boy (hint hint: her initial meeting with Sean Combs is mentioned near the end), there's even an ear-piercing "emergency broadcasting" interruption around the 1:46 minute mark.
Besides performing "Sincerely, Jane," "Dreams Are Forever" and "Tightrope," Monae talks about how she got fired from Office Depot for using the work computer to hustle her CDs. Funny, I use my work computer to hustle CDs, too. Ms. Monae's The ArchAndroid is certainly one of the year's best.
This one is reported to be the first of many virtual 12-inches to come over the next several months, and it's intended to be a viral sort of thing leading up to the release of his album, which is going to be titled, Solar-Hop Chronicles: Arts & Craft. These Craft singles don't actually have anything to do with the album, but they're meant to keep the momentum going.
Craft and SMKA have been in the studio for over a year at this point, hammering out an album that's filled live instruments and a very big sound that carries him far from the confines of hip-hop.
But for now, Check it out the Matt & Kim joint.
Yoko Ono is the ultimate outsider. As the wife of John Lennon she is often vilified as the woman who broke up the Beatles. Although her avant-garde leanings are a far cry from the pop and rock and roll origins of her fallen husband's songwriting, she is an indelible part of the Fab 4's story, and the keeper of Lennon's legacy.
"...he did a lot of drawing. It was kind of like his security blanket. He did a lot of it and he was expressing himself and what was going on in his life in different ways."
On Dec. 3, 4 and 5 you can see Lennon's work for yourself at the Westin Buckhead at 3391 Peachtree Rd. On Fri., Dec. 3 the show is open from 5-9 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The show is free, but there is a suggested $2 donation for entry.
Read the interview on CL's Culture Surfing.
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Combichrist is one of the biggest aggrotech/industrial bands in the world thanks to its bombastic sound and post-apocalyptic theatrics. But while the band performs in front of thousands in Europe, Russia, South American and elsewhere, it maintains a strong cult status here in the United States. Though Combichrist mastermind Andy LaPlegua is originally from Norway, having originally established himself in the electronic rock underground as a member of Icon of Coil, many may not realize that he has called Atlanta home for several years now. With the fall leg of Combichrist’s tour coming to an end at the Masquerade on Thanksgiving eve, before the band heads back out for a short December stint that includes an opening slot for Rammstein at Madison Square Garden, LaPlegua took a moment to talk about living in Atlanta, touring and his other musical endeavors.
You’ve lived in Atlanta for a few years now. Why did you choose to move here from Norway and what has kept you here?
Well, initially it was because of my ex-wife that I moved there. The reason I stayed was because it’s the perfect place to go between touring. It’s kind of quiet and I like the weather, except for July and August. And it’s a good hub for traveling anywhere. It’s kind of in the middle of everywhere, between Canada, South America, Europe, the East Coast, the West Coast, wherever.
You’re involved in the Atlanta music scene in many ways, from your rockabilly band Scandinavian Cock to your monthly industrial Das Bunker nights at the Shelter. How do you feel about the local music scene? Is it another reason that you stay here?
I first heard a track from Israel's Borgore on some forgotten mixtape earlier this summer. The track, "Love", is deliciously, offensively NSFW, and borrows from one of heavy metal's tried and true formulas, luring the listener in with soothing melodies before attacking with an onslaught of noise like some sort of synthesized Siren. The equally dirty "Ice Cream", as well as songs like "My Favorite Tingz" and "Sunsets ft. Diplo" from the Borgore Ruined Dubstep EP , prove that while the producer can craft pretty tunes from a variety of influences, he also really enjoys ripping his work apart with brain-rattling low frequencies.
This Friday, Atlanta Dubstep bring Borgore to the King Plow Art Center, along with Atlanta's own sound innovators, Judi Chicago. Local djs Ployd & Shortstack also provide support. More info and tickets here.
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Check it out.
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