Friday, August 26, 2011

Mojo Vinyl opens in Roswell

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Who in their right mind would open a record store in 2011? Rand Cabus that’s who. Mr. Cabus is the proprietor of one Mojo Vinyl, a new record store that opened up May 1 in historic Roswell. Judging by the video he’s got a pretty tight shop up there and is selective with the stock that he carries. I spy a some choice ’60s-’80s rock and new wave joints on the walls: Pil, New Order, lots of Led Zeppelin, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass… Apparently he has a copy of the Rolling Stones’ Their Majesty’s Satanic Request but we think he means Their Satanic Majesties Request ;) … We kid the independent record store owner because we love the independent record store owner, and now there’s a reason to hit up Roswell aside from Whirly Ball.

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Jack of Hearts releases Hard Feelings

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 1:43 PM

There’s all sorts of implied sex and violence going on in Jack of Hearts’ new video for the song “Kill the Girl.” None of it seems to bode well for anyone involved as the video unfolds, either. The power of Noir adds an entirely new dimension to this already secretive and seductive number. With all of its David Lynch/Calvin Kleinisms the video doubles as a teaser for the band itself repping both the sound and vision that Jack of Hearts has cultivated with its debut album, Hard Feelings, which has been an entire year in the making.

Tonight, Jack of Hearts celebrates the release of Hard Feelings at the Basement (underneath the Graveyard) with Brittany Bosco, Sealions and Speakerfoxxx.

$5. 10 p.m. 1245 Glenwood Ave. 404-662-8686.

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Win a pair of tickets to One MusicFest this Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 11:42 AM

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One MusicFest is happening this Saturday, August 27, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the first person to correctly answer the following:

Name the group, the album title and the song title from which the Native Tongues collective took its name.

Be the first person to list all three in the comments section of this post and the pair of tickets are yours.

Good luck!

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Tracklist: Yeah-e-Yeah

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 10:08 AM

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>> You should watch Rihanna's slo-boozy video for "Cheers (Drink to That)," right now.

>> Beyonce getsweat.

>> Watch (or don't!) Kanye's 15 minute, auto-tuned, free-form toast to the douchebags.

>> This is an amusing anecdote involving Chris Cornell, his ex-wife and an overly ardent female fan.

>> A picture of Avril Lavigne holding the saddest boot in the world.

>> I think I figured it out; DMX loves jail.

>> Janelle Monae: "The Afro-Punk audience supported me from the beginning."

>> Please embed this big dumb hook deep in your brain.

>> "Terra Incognita" is a new song by Atlas Sound.

>> Mraz and Swift, together at last.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Air Loaf: Nophest

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 5:00 PM

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CL's Chante Lagon and Chad Radford talk about the annual underground music festival, Nophest, taking over East Atlanta this weekend. Chad is even curating the event at the Earl tonight.

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East Atlanta rocks out with the 5th annual Nophest

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 1:11 PM

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Remember when music festivals weren't extensions of "extreme" corporate branding? Me neither. But the guys at Nophi Records plan to go back to those "non-corporate, no-bullshit" days. Starting tonight and going through the weekend, three venues in East Atlanta will host the city's underground and experimental music.

CL's own Chad Radford curated tonight's event at the Earl, which he conceptualized as "awesome and bombastic." Performers include the experimental XO (check the crazy lights from their stage show), the dark Hip to Death and the disgusting A. Grimes. The show rounds out with Vegan Coke and The Different Machine.

Nophest. $7.50 per day, $15 all weekend (online only), or $10 per day at the door. August 25-28. 529, the Earl, Eastside Lounge, Joe's Coffee.

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OutKast gets blended and mashed on The Dub Below

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 1:02 PM

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If you couldn't tell by the title, or Esperanza's cartoon illustration for the cover art, The Dub Below is a tweaked-out dubstep homage to the original ATLiens, OutKast. The project, produced by Justin Padron, mashes up artists such as Ellie Goulding, Rusko, Dillon Francis and Cher Lloyd with a handful of Andre 3000 and Big Boi’s staple cuts, and melts them all together with a monstrous dub step drift.

“Rosa Parks” combined with Rusko’s “Everyday” and “International Players Anthem” blended with Dillon Francis’ remix of Sigma’s “Lassitude” come together with an intricate and often times hypnotic grind. As does “Skew It On the Bar-b” vs. Cher Lloyd's “Swagger.” But each one inevitably looses something integral along the way, particularly when it comes to the OutKast part of the equation. Dre and Big are Dre and Big because their songs have always been so inventive and distinctive. They are the central focus of this project for good reason, but giving them the dub step treatment here only bends them to serve a formula, no matter how daring or experimental the mixing and mashing may be throughout.

These seven tracks are thoughtfully reconstructed, show off some impressive skills and are well-suited for a night at the club, but they needlessly muddle up the flare of the original songs and don’t serve any real-world purpose. If anything, a session with The Dub Below demands a revisit to the originals, just to set the brain and the ears back on track.

1. “Black Ice” vs. “Lights” — Ellie Goulding
2. “Rosa Parks” vs. “Everyday” — Rusko
3. “Bombs Over Baghdad” vs. “Cracks” — Freestylers
4. “International Players Anthem” vs. “Lassitude” — Sigma (Dillon Francis remix)
5. “Wheelz Of Steel” vs. “Lassitude” — Sigma (Dillon Francis remix)
6. “Jazzybelle” J Padron (dubstep remix)
7. “Skew It On The Bar-b” vs. “Swagger” — Cher Lloyd (Dillon Francis remix)

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Tracklist: Stop The Virgens

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 9:51 AM

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>> Remembering Aaliyah.

>> Clapton be shoppin. You can't stop a Clapton from shoppin.

>> Oh, no no no no Joseph Gordon Levitt. Just... no. No... no.

>> Listen to the female 50% of The Fiery Furnaces, Eleanor Friedberger, on World Cafe.

>> Jeff The Brotherhood: Stream the album, watch the video, enjoy.

>> Kasabian has a new video for "Switchblade Smiles." Watch it!

>> Lil Stephie Malkmus plays Amoeba Music, has pedals.

>> Amy Winehouse's Back To Black is now the biggest-selling album in the UK in the 21st Century.

>> The Wall Street Journal talks to Beirut's Zach Condon about The Rip Tide.

>> MTV VMAs still a thing.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Catching up with Doorly at IDentity Fest, and more electronic tomfoolery

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 6:00 PM

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It's every Republicans worst nightmare come true. Your preacher warned you about this, and now it's here: The Euro-fication of America at IDentity Fest!

Youngins dressed in their raver finest of neon knock-off Wayfarers, ripped up panty hose and bandana scarves hit Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood yesterday for the all-day electronic music festival. This event would have never been popular when I was in high school in Rascall Flats-loving Marietta, but here were well-adjusted teenagers in Ke$ha-inspired Halloween outfits ready to dance their asses off. High-brow acts like Booka Shade and Hercules and Love Affair played alongside party-hardy Chuckie and Atlanta's own Le Castle Vania. I was most looking forward to Hercules and Love Affair, but they were scheduled at 2:15—who did they expect to be there that early? Jam band Disco Biscuits also performed to their loyal stoned fans (think Phish), but they were the oddities of the line-up.

Rusko, Kaskade and Steve Aoki were the headliners. Did you know that techno champion Kaskade served as a missionary in Japan? Neither did I, but I thought that trivia might put some of those God-fearing Americans at ease. Aoki, half-brother to model Devon Aoki and heir to the Benihana restaurant fortune, founded Dim Mak Records in 1996, and boy have things changed for electronic music since then. The label has released music from MSTRKRFT and the Klaxons, but now it's Aoki who's the biggest star. Every song Aoki played, he shouted, "This is my new song!" His stage set-up was impressive, with giant letters "AOKI" that corresponded to the screen behind him. Collaborators like Lil Jon and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer appeared in the videos projected on the screen, acting as a pre-recorded cameo. Aoki was exhausted after jumping around on stage and even climbing a rafter at one point, way more action than a typical DJ. Still, it made me wonder how people who actually sing and dance do it.

DJ Doorly played the Advent stage, and I caught up with the affable Brit to talk about the difference between American and European audiences.

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Kathleen Hanna to DJ High's Culture Shock party

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 1:59 PM

It looks like Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill / Le Tigre will be the guest DJ for the High Museum’s Culture Shock party on Sat., Oct. 29 (8 p.m. to Midnight), which coincides with the Picasso to Warhol show that opens Oct. 15. Viva la Revolution Girl Style Now!, ... again!

More details coming soon.

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