>> Oh, Na Na. Ella no.
>> In case you were busy watching Clint Eastwood talk to a chair, The Heavy did "What Makes A Good Man" on Letterman, last night.
>> Spoonman Britt Daniel talks don't call it a supergroup Divine Fits with Rolling Stone.
>> Randy Jackson no longer AI judge, dawg.
>> Gucci Mane's video for "Too Damn Sexy" features a bevy of ladies that are just that.
>> Belle & Sebastian albums ranked from worst to best by someone that is not me and therefore probably not even close to being right. UGH.
>> Janelle Monae knows an android when she sees one.
>> Watch Beachwood Sparks perform live in the KCRW studio.
>> "You can't stop synergy." ~ No Doubt/Target
>> Woods tourdates, y'all.
>> Download This: Maria Minerva's "Fire."
>> RIP Chris Lighty
Anyway, it’s hard to see the forest for the trees, but in the post-No Bunny/Vivian Girls world, noise pop seems to be continually migrating toward this wistfully Spicoli-esque aesthetic, which doesn't leave much wiggle room for surprise or rumination. But to get hung up on such an angle kind of misses the point as these songs are all about the moment.
Whatever the case may be, Green sings yearning and primitive pop tunes that evoke feelings of elation and melancholy, wrapped in simple melodic hooks that don’t make the brain work too hard — like a stepchild to the Ramones and the Ronettes, imbued with a dose of stoner irony, there's depth here if you're looking for it. For more on this check out her Milo Goes to Compton 12-inch, or the Green One EP (which you will find to the right).
Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias brought their joint tour to Philips Arena on Wednesday night. Our photographer Perry Julien caught the only thing that anyone really cares about, Ms. J.Lo and her glitzy stage show.
A clown getting car-jacked, a 40-oz. guzzling midget, milk-sipping quadruplets, a dancing Pakistani, balloons everywhere, and more booty popping than a lil bit. Yeah, the new 2 Chainz and Kanye video for "Birthday Song" is full of it. This might be the most colorful, over-the-top visual depiction of ratchet reality ever. It's so absurd, it's artful. Shot in Yonkers, New York by director Andreas Nilsson, who's collaborated with Kanye West in the past, the video features several extended continuous shots, including one that follows 2 Chainz from the living room to the kitchen to the backyard without any cutaways.
In his recent interview with Sway of MTV, 2 Chainz said he had to rein in some of the director's wild ideas:
One of the good things about checking out older bands (if you’re a working stiff like myself, at least) is they tend to go on sooner, do the damn thing, and get you home early enough to avoid hitting the snooze button a dozen times the next morning. Headliners Sublime with Rome hit the stage before 9:30 p.m. last night after two strong sets by openers Pepper and Cypress Hill. But lesson learned, it’s not exactly 1992 anymore.
>> The New York Times attends Madonna's North American MDNA tour opener.
>> The Guardian(.co.uk) is streaming the new Vaccines LP Come Of Age.
>> Gaga stops to smell the roses.
>> Kitty Purry e-dumped by Juan Mayonnaise.
>> In honor of the 10th anniversary of I Get Wet, Andrew WK did "It's Time To Party" on Coco.
>> Helmets, swords, and bleeding from the eyes in Dawn Richard's new video for "Wild N Faith."
>> Curl up with some tea, a kitty, and The Staves and Keaton Henson's unplugged "Icarus."
>> And the most iconic and most beloved ultimate riff lord of all time is... Dimebag.
>> Where Dan Deacon gets his ideas.
>> Download: West Coasters B. Bravo & Teeko's bootsy-bouncing "More Than Just a Dream."
>> Get better soon, LeAnn Rimes!
It’s been seven long years since the group’s last album Die Bobby Die, was released in 2005. Since then a couple of split singles with Tiger! Tiger! and Black Lips, and a split cassette with Balkans have surfaced, but that’s about all they’ve had to offer. If it’s seemed like they’ve been particularly quiet as of late now you know why. “Bus 16,” “Haywire,” and “Peanuts” — it’s only three (of the album's 15) winding quips of nervy and ramshackle noir-punk made the only way that singer/guitarist Clay Reed, drummer Buffi Aguero, and bass player Rob Del Bueno (Man, or Astroman?) know how. No surprise punches being thrown here, but that’s okay. "Peanuts" delivers the goods, and if the rest of the album plays out like this, it will live up to all of your expectations, and everything else that the promise of a new Subsonics record has to offer. Stay tuned for more.
Subsonics play Drive Invasion at the Starlight Six Drive-In. Sun. Sept. 2. 7 p.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. $20-$25. Click below to see a full schedule of bands performing this year, as well as movie times.
As we mentioned earlier this week, Labor Day is on the way, and that means Atlanta’s house music heads are gearing up for another installment of House in the Park. Since launching in 2005, the event has grown into one of the nation’s premier outdoor music celebrations, bringing together thousands from across the globe each year.
This year’s edition of House in the Park (taking place Sunday, Sept. 2, and featuring DJs Ramon Rawsoul, Kemit, Salah Ananse, and Kai Alce) is set to be particularly special — and that’s because the event is moving to its brand-new digs at Grant Park.
We recently checked in with Rawsoul — the creator of House in the Park — and got the lowdown on the event’s new location and more.
When you created House in the Park years ago, did you ever think it would get this big?
Ramon Rawsoul: I had no idea, man. Year one, I was just like: “I wanna do a picnic.” Of course, I’m from Chicago, so I was inspired by [the long-running house music event] Chosen Few ... But year one, was just like, “Let’s just throw a picnic. Let’s see some of these people we see out at 4 a.m. in the middle of the day.” And the first year [when it was held at Candler Park], it went well. We had a lot of obstacles, but it went well. We then moved, for the second year, to Perkerson [Park] ... and it started blowing up. So by year four, I’m like: “Hey, I’ve kinda got something on my hands.”
So, what prompted you to move the event to Grant Park?
Go Dreamer dropped the second installment of his Animals vs. Machines trilogy last week. And it's called Animals vs. Machines 2 Side: (A)nimals.
Convoluted title aside, this free 11-song LP is some straight-up sophistifunk from the most underrated producer and peculiarity to emerge from Atlanta's otherground. Formerly known as one of the creative forces behind Hollyweerd, the self-branded "weerdo" reminds listeners why he's such a musical curiosity — especially when he dares to choose his own humorously off-key, airy ’80s vocals over the emotionless pitch-correction of Auto-Tune on "With You," "Match My Style" feat. Spree Wilson, "Lil Hollween/B.O.T.N. Part 2," and "Reality or Make-Believe" feat. Rome Fortune.
But beneath that oddball delivery lies a producer with a sixth sense for crafting slow, succulent grooves ("Hold it Down") and pop-inflected indie dance incarnations ("Shaking Not Stirred"). He's a crude romantic with a freak-a-zoid sense of humor, but remove Go Dreamer's off-kilter mask and you'll find a refined musician with an almost-mainstream appeal.
Not that the weerdo tag isn't warranted. It's just that Go Dreamer tends to limit his left-field leanings to his conceptual approach. Take "Blade of the Night Part 1," a scary-movie prequel with a haunting synth bass line and synthetic drum kicks over which he sets out to seduce his prey ("Friday the 13th/Dreamer goes lurking") with his metaphorical blade: "Curiosity killed the pussy but the pussy got nine lives," he raps, "and come to find she was a vampire with them fangs between her thighs." It's appropriately tongue-in-cheeky. The track ends with a pre-recorded chop-up of conversational foreplay as his suitor for the evening auditions her orgasmic moans for him. Even with a porny echo effect added, it manages to avoid the raunchy juvenilia of rap's stereotypical sex interludes for something more hypnotic.
Then there's the hilarious, if not hella misogynistic, hoe-slayers' bass anthem inspired by — get this — "Dragon Ball Z" cartoon character Goku's raging transformations ("Supa Sayin" feat. Grip Plyaz). Indeed, it's a different type of come-hither club jam from an altogether different type of Atlanta player. But if Go Dreamer's artful swoon doesn't pique your interests, you're probably not all that interesting.
Mary J Blige brought "The Liberation Tour" to Atlanta's Chastain Park on Tuesday night. Opening was soul singer D'Angelo who's back on the road after spending a decade as an R&B recluse since his last album Voodoo (2000).
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