Monday, February 27, 2012

Lil Wayne has a promising future as a basketball analyst

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Or maybe not. This clip comes from the pre-show for last night's alley-oop contest NBA All-Star Game, where the West beat the East 152-149, a totally reasonable score for a game where absolutely no one plays defense. Watch as a visibly intoxicated Weezy gives his sage prediction on who would win the contest and who would end up the game's MVP. "Uh, can I get three choices?" he asks. Sure, why the hell not.

Bonus comes when TNT analyst Charles Barkley expresses his desire to "find [Wayne] after the game." To be a fly on the wall...

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Bear in Heaven release 'Reflection of You'

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Here it is, the new video for Bear in Heaven’s “Reflection Of You." Be warned, it’s a bit dizzying. You know that feeling you get when you’ve had way too much to drink and the room starts spinning and it just keeps getting worse, finally reaching the point where you can’t stay on top of it anymore? It’s sort of like that, and although it never quite crosses the threshold, it comes close. So if you're prone to seizures you may want to avert your gaze now. Otherwise, watch it for as long as you can.

The new Bear In Heaven album is set to hit the streets April 3, 2012, via Dead Oceans/Hometapes, and it’s still gonna be called I Love You, It’s Cool. The release date is still a few months off and the band has put the album up as a stream on its website — slowed down about 400,000 percent to stretch a single play out all the way until midnight the day the album drops. It’s been going since Dec. 12, and it sounds pretty cool as a constant, unwavering drone, like a million mad bees.

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Tracklist: The Sex Pistols signed a record deal

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM

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>> It would be a bigger surprise if Bruce Springsteen didn't show up unannounced to the thing in New Jersey.

>> Stream the new Magnetic Fields, Love At The Bottom Of The Sea.

>> Oh na na!

>> Watch Sinead O'Connor perform an amazing new song "The Wolf Is Getting Married" live on the Graham Norton Show. TEAM SINEAD FOREVER.

>> Wayne & Garth Arctic Monkey make a rock n roll music vid.

>> Everything on Azealia Banks is real.

>> "From a random mumble, listening to conversations in the back and making sense of melodies." ~

>> Hairpin editor Edith approves of the new Chiddy Bang LP Breakfast.

>> Coldplay play Kimmel's Oscar Party.

>> A Flaming Lips, Yoko Ono collaboration? Sure why not.

>> Shins on SNL March 10th, says Jonah Hill.

>> Kid Rock is up to something good, dammit.

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Chad Rad's concert picks (Feb. 27-Mar. 4)

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Monday, February 27

>> Stallone, WYMYNS PRYSYN, Nigredo. Free. 9 p.m. @ 529

>> DJ Klever spins for the PBRart party. Free. 9 p.m. @ The Graveyard Tavern

>> Agent Orange, Burns Like Fire, El Caminos, Bullets Are Good Food. $10 (adv). 7 p.m. @ Masquerade (Hell)

>> Dirty Hotel Sunshine, Leland Sundries, Jon Hildenstein. $5. 8 p.m. @ WonderRoot

Tues., Feb. 28
>> Better Than Something: A Jay Reatard documentary film. $8. 8:30 p.m. @ the Earl

>> Citizen ATL w/ DJs Ree De La Vega + Speakerfoxxx. Free. 9 p.m. @ Star Bar

>> Deicide, Xeroderma, Disfigurement, Lestregus Nosteratus. $16 (adv). 7 p.m. @ Masquerade (Heaven)

Wed., Feb. 29

>> W.I.C.'s We Invented Cool CD release party w/ Clan Destined, Joe Stu. $7. 9 p.m. @ the Drunken Unicorn

>> The Left Field Experiment: 10th Letter, Unda, Chris Case, t8r(tot), Psych Army DJs, Divine Interface DJ set, Hosted by DT. Free. 9 p.m. @ 529

>> Shearwater, Lily and the Tigers. $12. 9 p.m. @ the Earl

>> Ben Trickey, Blake Rainey, Jason Floyd Hatcher, Michael Bradley, Joel Burkhart. $5. 9 p.m. @ Star Bar

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Damon Moon turns death into ghostly dreams

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 1:14 PM


Damon Moon knows all too well the irony of living with a loss that inspires one to create something new. This week, Damon Moon & the Whispering Drifters released Lungs, Dirt & Dreams, a ghostly, woodsy, angry, lonely Americana-man record that will invade your blood stream upon first listen if you have a pulse. The Atlanta band's sophomore psychedelic folk album was inspired in part by the loss of Moon's brother, who he never got the chance to connect with. What complicates the darkness of the LP, however, is that it was obviously made just as the dawn was approaching. There’s a lightness to it, as if Moon woke up on dewy grass after a night of stumbling through the darkness, finally able to see the road so clearly. Time will tell for Moon and his ever-revolving cast of Whispering Drifters, but it’s a green light from us.

TRIPLE CD RELEASE: Damon Moon & the Whispering Drifters, Sleepy Genes, Cassandras. $8. Price includes all three records. 8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 25. The Basement at Graveyard Tavern, 1245 Glenwood Ave. 404-662-8686.

You like a lot of books by Jack Kerouac and Robert Pirsig. What about those books interests you?
Damon Moon: I actually have a tattoo [of Pirsig] on my arm from one of his books, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

[Moon shows his bottom left arm, which has the same green plant with a silver wrench sprouting out of it that appears on the book's cover]. Oh wow. Okay, that's really important to you.
Yeah [laughs]. Pirsig changed my life, big time. Those books are a huge part of what I am, and even the music as well.

So that explains the instrumental song on the record.
Yeah, Robert Pirsig's Blues. That was just kind of funny to me, calling it that. It's [a] really spacey [song]. Reading his stuff, you get really spacey and whatnot. So I just wanted to give a little nod to him.

So what is Lungs, Dirt & Dreams about for you?
For a little while, I noticed this theme in my life of people leaving a lot. To me, the whole thing was like, you can go through some really dark things and you can come out better than you were. There's darkness and then there's light. And even though there's darkness, you can choose light. And so it's supposed to be a really positive thing, even though everything on the record is pretty sad sounding.

I could sense both listening to it.
You could?

Good. It's kind of this double edged sword. Basically I wrote [the title song "Lungs, Dirt & Dreams"] one night and I demo'd it really quickly, and I sent it to my guitar player, Chris [Cooke]. I thought at the time the song was about being frustrated with the music industry. But then he called me the next day, and was like "You didn't have to tell me that's what the song is about. I know that song is about the death in the family that you just went through." And I thought about it, and I was like, yeah, I wrote a song about something but it was about something else. After that, [I thought] that title has to be something.

What death in the family was he referring to?

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Balkans get a Daytrotter session in time to break up

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM

It’s ironic that Daytrotter released a session with Balkans less than a week after the group unceremoniously announced via Facebook, “Balkans has been put on hold indefinitely as we focus on other projects.”

In other words the group is done, which is disappointing to say the least. All of those shows and all of those songs are now just things of the past.

Frankie Broyles is doing his solo thing now, and is currently out playing West Coast dates with Atlas Sound, Carnivores, and White Rainbow. Woody Shortridge is now playing bass for the Dog Bite band. Catch them at the Drunken Unicorn on Mon., March 5 with Grimes and Born Gold.

Long live the new flesh.

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T.I. feat. Young Jeezy: 'F*ck Da City Up' video

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

What better way to get your weekend started off than by watching the just-released video for "F*ck Da City Up," the thoroughly nihilistic title track from T.I.'s New Year's Day mixtape? Watch as Tip and Young Jeezy, all decked out in Georgia team paraphernalia, stroll through the beautiful post-apocalyptic wasteland that is Atlanta. (Also, they blow up some buildings downtown and set some cars on fire. Whoops!)

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Weekend music update (Feb. 24-26)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Friday, February 24
>> Methuzulah (House of Halogens EP release party), Poodie Kinte, Ras Kofi, Binkis Recs, DJ Locsmif. $5. 9 p.m. @ 529

>> BOSCO Kickstarter party w/ Speakerfoxxx and Ira G. $?. 9 p.m. @ the Sound Table

>> Moon Taxi, Apache Relay, the District Attorneys. $10 (adv). 8 p.m. @ Masquerade (Hell)

>> Turn Off The Radio Sound System and DJ Mikeflo (Dead Prez tour DJ present Random Dope with special guest performers: Alive & Well (Mikeflo & Ekundayo), Rasheeda Ali, Richelle L. Brown (aka Cornbread and Sa-Roc). $7. 9 p.m. @ Apache Cafe

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Photo: Mirror Mode at the Star Bar on Feb. 23

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Allen Taylor of Mirror Mode
Mirror Mode played second on a lineup filled out by Divine Interface, Factory, and Dog Bite at the Star Bar last night (Feb. 23). With pop tendencies notwithstanding, Allen Taylor and Dan Wakefield played a set of drifting electronic grooves that skirted the ethos of new wave experimentalism while always keeping one eye on the beat.

Taylor and Wakefield, along with Lockett Pundt (of Deerhunter), make up the Lotus Plaza live band for a show at 529 on Wed., March 7, with Mirror Mode, Psychic Ills, X-Ray Eyeballs, and Lyonnais. $8-$10. 9 p.m. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.

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