When the chorus of your song includes a line about pulling two women and burning rubber while leaving Magic City, the legendary Atlanta strip club located across the street from the Greyhound station — making it the first sight some people get of the city — where else is there for you to shoot the video? On top of the club, of course. CL was on the set when T.I. and Atlanta rapper du jour Future shot the video on the roof of Magic City back in December. Today Future dropped the video for the remix to "Magic," his infectious club hit from his upcoming major label debut Pluto, due out in the first quarter of this year.
The fire-eating chick in the club is lucky Future didn't make it rain that night.
Stay tuned for this week's CL cover story on the new breed of Atlanta-based rap video directors, including Decatur Dan, the man behind "Magic."
DJ AHuf, visiting from Charlotte, was standing in front of MJQ's Saturday night crowd — an audience that Sofa King Evil of Cobra Corps (Jay Envy, Heroes x Villains, Martina McFlyy) faces three times each month. AHuf, who's opened for DJ Scratch, played what their crew members liked — namely, songs frequently spun on Hot Spot ATL. Sofa King Evil, however, played songs that people didn't even know they wanted to hear.
At 11:30 p.m., Sofa King Evil warmed the crowd up with a few spurts of sirens, a sped-up version of Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and then the first few verses of Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Otherside" — a song that he'd also weaved into his 2010 Christmas mix. A group of girls, sporting jeans and leggings underneath their skirts, skipped onto the dance floor. By then, people had already started to nod and shrug their shoulders as they took the first sips of their $3-$6 drinks. One woman even started to sway and grind behind her date as he laid down bills at the bar.
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Since 2006 Lee Tesche of Lyonnais has found himself in the midst of a low-key and experimental gospel/soul trio spread out between London, New York, and Paris, dubbed Algiers. Made up entirely of Atlanta expats Franklin James Fisher (vocals, guitar, piano, and percussion), Ryan Mahan (vocals, bass), and Tesche (guitar, programming and production), the group has done a good job of keeping itself under wraps, all the while collaborating through the mail. But now they’ve got a new 7-inch out via Double Phantom, and it’s a monster. It breaks the mold of dream pop and electronic music that's become the label's M.O. over the last year.
The record features two cuts, “Blood” b/w “Black Eunuch,” both of which are free for the taking via Algiers’ Soundcloud page.
Twenty copies of the 7-inch are available for free at Criminal Records with the purchase of any Double Phantom, Geographic North, or Hoss release. This same special is taking place at Amoeba Records and Origami Vinyl in Los Angeles, Academy Annex and Permanent Records in New York, and Rough Trade East and West in London.
The group has a cache of songs in the can that are currently being compiled for a full album that’s due out later this year.
As CL's tireless link compiler/ideas man Spencer Sloan reported in his latest Tracklist, the indisputable Greatest Songwriter of All Time Mr. Neil Young recently posted a 37-minute video to his website with raw audio of a sprawling studio jam featuring none other than inimitable Young compatriots Crazy Horse. Unsurprisingly, it's fucking great.
Last week Young dropped the news that he'd been working on new material with the group, who've long been associated with Young but who haven't been credited on an album since 2003's fair-to-middling Greendale (if this audio is any clue, they've stepped their game up since). One album is reportedly completed, with another in the works. Wowza! I think I speak for all Young fans when I say that this is glorious news. As is the aforementioned jam sesh, a mostly instrumental medley of psych-infected new material and classic CH tunes like "Cortez the Killer". I'm drinking coffee and listening right now and you don't even wanna see how hard I'm rocking out.
Credits for the track, from Young's site:
Engineered and mixed by John Hanlon at Audio Casa Blanca Jan 6, 2012, assisted by Mark Humphreys and John Hausmann
Video by Ben Johnson
Music by Crazy Horse
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Monday, January 30
W.I.C., Lacuna M, Misery Loves Chachi. Free. 9 p.m. @ 529
Tues., Jan. 31
King Khan and the Shrines, Jacuzzi Boys, Paint Fumes. $13-$15. 9 p.m. @ The Basement
Tycho, Beacon. $12 (adv). 8 p.m. @ Masquerade
The Hotels, Highlander, Ghost Lights, Leotards. Free. 9 p.m. @ 529
Order of the Owl, Death of Kings, Prime Mover. Free. 8 p.m. @ Star Zone Bowling
Just a few days before their stop at The Earl in East Atlanta, I was able to get in touch for an interview over the phone with rising indie dream pop band Twin Sister's lead singer, Andrea Estella. She talked about everything from her family roots in Puerto Rico, to looking forward to checking out some whale sharks at the famous Atlanta Aquarium.
Kevin: 2011 was a big year for Twin Sister. New album In Heaven was released, tour dates all across North America and Europe. Do you have any personal memories or highlights of the year that stick out?
Andrea: I feel like I’ve had so many things happen that it’s difficult to pick out one moment. Someone actually asked me this last night. The day we were approached by Domino was definitely pretty memorable.
Kevin: Care to elaborate on how you guys and Domino got together exactly?
Andrea: I guess the best way to phrase it is…unusual? Haha. They ended up sending us a message over our MySpace page, which is pretty archaic by now. And then they started coming out to our shows, and we just really hit it off and they decided to sign us.
Written by: Kevin Crawford
Photography by: Nikki Hagemeyer
Twin Sister and opening touring band Ava Luna played a packed house at The Earl last Wednesday night. Judging by the crowd’s reception of both bands, it was another great night for the East Atlanta venue scene.
Ava Luna got things started, a large group of seven, combining everything from James Blake-esque vocals all the way to playful electronic noise. Relying heavily on synthesizers and a soulful three woman choir, Ava Luna captivated the attention of the audience with big R&B numbers such as “Clips” and “Past the Barbary”. The group seems to be not only a throwback to the old school crooners, but also invigorates a new unique sound in the electro genre as well. Ava Luna leaves the crowd begging for more.
At around the 11:05 P.M. mark, the members of Twin Sister finally rush the stage, and start things off with some of their big time hits, including notable single “Bad Street” off their debut LP In Heaven. The Atlanta crowd is mesmerized by the killer guitar work of Eric Cardona, pulling the crowd into a dream-like frenzy with songs such as “Lady Daydream” and “Daniel”.
What sets Twin Sister apart as a live act is their ability to constantly adapt, changing how each of their songs sounds, shedding new light on their catalog every time they perform. For instance, on the big dance number “All Around and Away We Go”, vocalist Estella and bass player Gabe play off one another’s talents in perfect unison, as keyboardist Dev Gupta and drummer Bryan Ujueta provide the incredible background melodies.
The atmospheric touches are the little things that Twin Sister utilizes all too well, making them one of the most distinct up and coming bands in the indie scene to date. One moment they are playing off the crowd’s energy and building up a jam session, then the next they are making ambient soundscapes putting everyone in a calm trance. After a stunning performance, they came back to the stage for one more track entitled “Milk & Honey”, leaving the members of the Atlanta audience with something to remember for a long time to come.
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