Saturday, January 28, 2012

Air Loaf: Jeff Mangum

Posted By on Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM


CL's Chante Lagon and Chad Radford discuss Neutral Milk Hotel's enigmatic leadman Jeff Mangum. He plays at Variety Playhouse on Feb. 1.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Air Loaf: Music for the weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM


CL's Chante Lagon and Chad Radford pick out the best concerts this Saturday, including the SMKA four-year anniversary at Star Bar, Wowser Bowser at the Drunken Unicorn, and the Benjamin Deacon Lunchbox tribute show at the Plaza Theater.

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Tracklist: Alec Baldwin uses Spotify to make classic rock-filled mixtapes

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Wait take it again I think I blinked.
  • Wait take it again I think I blinked.
>> Lana del Rey to re-release Lizzy Grant LP. Also, the reviews are rolling in.

>> Stereogizzle has the very very newest music vid from Field Mouse.

>> I scream, you scream, we all scream for the new Schoolboy Q Habits & Contradictions.

>> Watch totally unknown unsigned complete nobody artist Adele do something called "Turning Tables" live on From the Artists Den.

>> Watch a super 8 montage for the Ex-lovers' peppy dream pop "Starlight Starlight."

>> Interview interviews A$AP Rocky.

>> Elton John loves that sweet Pepsi money.

>> Uncle Karl made Azealia Banks a sweater with his face on it. Thanks?! Now with video.

>> Jean Paul Gautier makes Amy Winehouse halloween costumes?

>> Pre-wrestlemania Hulk Hogan was a session bass player and almost joined Metallica.

>> Alec Baldwin's favorite records. Related: How to dj a party.

>> Vanilla Ice gets into the indie rock game.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

VIDEO: The return of D'Angelo

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Thank God for YouTube.

If not for the wacky video-sharing site, we'd probably never be able to see D'Angelo — the soul singer who disappeared for around a decade or so after making an ass-load of great music — return to the stage today. He was, after all, half a world away in Stockholm, Sweden.

Yes, lucky for us there is a Youtube and that tons of folks with camera phones caught footage of him performing (songs both new and old).

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How to rock like the 1%

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

  • Dreamboats!

Having been on both sides of the music machine (the music and now, uh, the machine), I'm frequently saddened but rarely surprised by the depth of the devolution from DIY garage band-ism to overpaid PR flackery, from three chords and an attitude to pay-for-play and Dad's credit card. This stuff is wild, y'all! Bands aren't really bands anymore; they're just teeny, tiny corporations. But as we know, corporations are people, so boom-ba-ba-loom-ba-wow.

But I guess I've still been holding out to a degree, harboring some essential smidgen of naivete, some shard of innocence that allows me to get by day to day without giving up and wandering the streets, searching for change on the ground, humming that goddamn Adele song that's objectively pretty good but then you hear it a thousand times and it starts to sound like nails on the world's longest chalkboard but ANYWAY.

The point is, TIME has an awfully depressing story (via Gawker) guest-written by a young and optimistic indie rock band called Two Lights, a band whose music is actually not all that bad (again, objectively, in a Coldplay sort of way), but who claim - nay, boast - that they've spent over $100,000 to date trying to kickstart their music career.

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Damn, Bernadette Seacrest hurts so good

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 2:57 PM


It's been a minute since we awarded Bernadette Seacrest best vocalist in our 2007 Best of Atlanta issue.

But apparently, ain't a damn thang changed. In her debut video — meaning, this is her first real music video and not just a recording of a live stage performance — the Atlanta-based swing noir singer comes off like one spicy milf. (Actually, scratch that, I don't even know if she's a mom.) Directed by Ramsey D. Yount (with Jon Milavec pitching in on cinematography), the video for "Where Does It Hurt" captures Seacrest's seductive, haunting vocal delivery in a visual statement that makes her tatted-up sass and humor the star of the show.

Yeah, I'm in love.

And songwriter/guitarist/collaborator Charles Williams' lyrical treatment burns a happy hole in my heart. If you're not familiar with Seacrest, her story is as amazing as her, well, everything else: Check out Chad Rad's two-year-old feature on Seacrest and Her Provocateurs 2010 release The Filthy South Sessions.

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DTP's Rudy Currence drops Digital Analog mixtape

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM


You gotta give it up to the folks over at Disturbing Tha Peace.

Although Ludacris’ famed label is known mainly for pumping out hip-hop music, DTP has been responsible for getting some quality R&B joints out to the listening public. Case in point: singer/songwriter/musician Rudy Currence.

A native of South Carolina, Currence signed up with the label a little more than two years ago; in that time, he’s lent his gospel-inspired vocal abilities to a holiday album (Last Christmas), a cut by Quincy Jones featuring Ludacris and the group Naturally 7 (“Soul Bossa Nostra”) and more.

Currence’s latest release is the mixtape Digital Analog, which includes the DJ Don Cannon-produced, hip-hop/soul flavored cut “The Other O.T.H.E.R.” (see video below) and 10 other tracks.

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Tracklist: The Disney Joy Division t-shirt has left the Magic Kingdom

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Whats in your pocket?
  • What's in your pocket?
>> Florence minus the Machine on the cover of the March Q.

>> Tokyo Jihen is over. Long live Shiina Ringo.


>> AV Club talks to Hold Steadyman Craig Finn.

>> Cocaine is a helluva drug, Whitney Houston.

>> The Red Hot Chili Peppers went and made another one of those music video things.

>> NY mag: "Born to Die is a lot like watching the movie Showgirls."

>> Disney World joyless, once more.

>> Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo officially sitting in a tree.

>> Watch the Queen Diva of Bounce Music Big Freedia do "Excuse," and "Na Who Mad" on Kimmel.

>> Off Future is coming to Atlanta.

>> Rihanna and Chris Brown are in high school forever.

>> Ciara to "act" in Adam Sandler "garbage."

>> Tennis has a tumblr.

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Alley Boy wants in, Debo-style

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 10:52 AM


Atlanta MC Alley Boy has been steadily making a name for himself on the underground mixtape circuit for a couple of years. You may have heard him on "Rob Me A N*gga" off of Freddie Gibbs's Cold Day in Hell in addition to tracks by Trouble, Juicy J, Slim Dunkin (R.I.P.) and Waka Flocka. He's primed to make a name for himself with the release of his newest mixtape, Nigganati (#NoTypo), which is set to be released today on

On leaked single, "I Want In," it seems as if the Duct Tape MC intends to Debo his way into the fold of Atlanta's hip-hop elite — whether they like it or not. With a couple of thinly veiled darts sent at T.I. and Young Jeezy, Alley Boy is pretty much ensuring that he'll soon be the talk of the town.

Alley Boy, "I Want In"

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Stream Of Montreal's new record

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 6:56 PM

A couple months ago, Athens psych-pop overlords/noted costume enthusiasts Of Montreal unveiled the first single from their upcoming studio release, the sure-to-be-inscrutable Paralytic Stalks. Today, SPIN hosts a "First Spin" for that record, complete with a full album stream and deliciously overworked analysis of each song from Kevin Barnes himself.

As CL's Chad Radford noted last month, Paralytic Stalks seems a more darkly perplexing outing from these guys than we've heard in maybe ever. (And that's saying something, given Barnes' manic depressive musical history.) The songs veer wildly from the familiar Bowie-funk that's characterized recent Of Montreal to some sort of blown out Flaming Lips style bad-acid rock vibe and way beyond.

Like all Barnes' records, Paralytic Stalks is dense and deeply considered; more than the others, though, it seems a true amalgam of the band's history. There is respective attention paid to the early jangle-pop that put the band on the map, the darkwave synth of its later days and, as suggested above, hints of some new flavors as well. It's weird! And good!

Paralytic Stallks emerges in physical form on February 7 via Polyvinyl. Grab dat.

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