Few things mystify in the internet age more than the continued hype and buzz surrounding the group Death Grips — well that and the appeal of Honey Boo Boo. The group known for its no holds barred cacophonous mixture of hip-hop and noise, managed to keep up this air of mystery going into its third and most recent release, the No Love Deep Web EP. With this newest offering being unleashed unto the world through filesharing services such as BitTorrent and Soundcloud the group garnered much attention within the online music community. Through what many believe was initially an attempt to circumvent Epic's unwillingness to release the album, it soon became one of the most buzzed about marketing/distribution methods in recent memory (sans Radiohead with In Rainbows).
Having known that their last tour was canceled altogether I anxiously anticipated my chance to witness the madness and mystery incarnate. Even while standing in the crowd at Space 2 at the Sound Table, camera in hand, I found it hard to believe that I was actually about to see the group that had remained a mystery for so long. Murmurs in the room reflected my sentiments, but once MC Ride and Zach Hill took to the tiny stage reality set in: We were in for one hell of a show. Topping out at around 45 minutes, the show was a constant peak of blistering sound with no pauses. And yes, I just mentioned Death Grips and Honey Boo Boo together in an article, the first sentence nonetheless.
A soulful collaboration between Cole Alexander of Black Lips and former Cee Lo Green backup singer Curtis Harding, Night Sun's formation was an organic one, with the paths of its respective members having crossed on a few different occasions. So far the results have been a catchy, funky couple of tracks, including "No Pressure," which straddle a sound that's equal parts Southern garage rock and gospel soul. Judging by the other potential collaborators revealed towards the end of this clip, Night Sun could rise rather quickly, as long as it doesn’t get eclipsed by each of its members’ steady gigs.
I once got stuck standing in line with Mable in the Clermont Lounge’s bathroom, before I knew who she was. I don’t know how the men’s room works, but in the women’s room there is but one stall within quite a spacious room. We had been standing there listening to drunk girls change inside for what seemed like forever when she looked at me, shook her head and shouted, “Y’all need to hurry up! There are people out here!” Then she took what must have been quite a refreshing swig of her drink. She brings that same spunk to her performances too. I’ve been a fan ever since.
>> New Jaden Smith jawn (feat. Bieb), y'all.
>> "I'm Mark Foster." ~ Mark Foster
>> In case you missed it, Diamond Rings did "I'm Just Me" on Letterman.
>> Full Stream Ahead: Andy Stott, Luxury Problems
>> Family support and tracklist for Solange's True EP.
>> Kylie Minogue talks process for The Abbey Road Sessions.
>> Christina Aguilera does not care for God-knows-who in Buttfuck's opinion.
>> Best Coast loves Windows 8.
>> Deryck was Avril. (sadface emoticon)
>> Watch The Shins/ Dr. Dog play Austin City Limits.
>> LCD Soundsystem in pictures.
>> Download: Wiz Khalifa's "Deep Sleep (chopped not slopped by Slim K remix)"
>> RIP Terry Callier
>> RIP Natina Reed
Friday, October 26
UPDATE: The Diamond Rugs show has been moved to the Earl.
In honor of Diamond Rugs' current round of touring, which brings the group to Terminal West for a show on Tuesday, October 30, Partisan Records has offered up a stream of the group's self-titled debut album via SoundCloud.
For those who are unfamiliar, Diamond Rugs is a nine-piece Southern rockin’ thing featuring such unlikely collaborators as John McCauley and Robbie Crowell (of Deertick), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (of Athens’ Dead Confederate), Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite), and Ian Saint Pé (Black Lips) whittling away on drunk-punk/country songs about life and drinking, with titles such as “Gimme A Beer,” “Call Girl Blues,” and “Country Mile.”
Give the album a listen below.
Halloween came early to Aaron's Amphitheater with Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie sharing the bill for the Twins of Evil Tour.
>> Of course Cee Lo is doing a Christmas special with the Muppets.
>> Watch Gary Clark, Jr. make his tv debut with two tunes on Fallon.
>> "Fans can get a large one-topping pizza and Red CD for $22."
>> Strokes-man Julian Casablancas is helping with the music for a Kickstarter movie called She's Lost Control. (visual lookbook, wha?)
>> Fictional child cyborg Justin Biebot talks to Queen Oprah The Winfrey IN REAL LIFE.
>> Excellent* new Solange LP drops this November. (Come on. It's going to be excellent.)
>> "He shit on me on my own record," ~ T.I.
>> New Arcade Fire should appear by the end of next year.
>> Get better, soon, Lil Wayne.
>> Get your free mp3 download of Edwin van Cleef's "All I Think About Is You."
>> When Nardwuar met all around good dude Flying Lotus.
Local music insiders may know of 800 East as one of the city’s most heavily trafficked recording studios, but come this Saturday, October 27 — thanks to vocalist Julie Dexter and bassist/bandleader Khari Simmons — the space will transform into a concert venue for a night.
The concert — dubbed “Julie Dexter & Khari Simmons Unplugged” — is set to be a rare, intimate evening of live music performed by two of Atlanta’s most prolific soul citizens.
And along with the music (and refreshments), Simmons (who recently garnered a Best Soul Album award from Creative Loafing) and Dexter will conduct a post-show Q&A session, fielding questions from the audience.
“This show is going to be ... myself and Khari Simmons performing some of our favorite songs, and we will be talking about the inspiration behind the music,” Dexter adds.
Seating for the show is extremely limited, so you may want to get on it now.
$25. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. 800 East Recording Studio, 800 East Ave., NE. 800eastunplugged-efbevent.eventbrite.com.
>> "I love to have fun." ~ Rihanna
>> The Village Voice talks to The xx about gaining confidence.
>> The Go-Gos headed are to Broadway.
>> Queens of the Stone Age tweeted.
>> Watch The Tallest Man On Earth play Morning Becomes Eclectic on NPR.
>> If you haven't already: "The Haunted Man is another near masterpiece."
>> Mandopop singer/dancer/actor/sensation Jolin Tsai has released a video for "Fantasy."
>> Taylor Swift is all grows up, says The New York Times.
>> Musicians are fucking idiots, says musician.
>> Happy birthday, Katy Perry!
I'm pretty sure he was 19.
3 people apparently love handing over an extra 40% in fees for nothing in return…
Dang. I thought they would name some actual headliners.
Forgot to mention that Iggy did a stellar show @ the Agora in the spring…
Their fees were onerous, to say the least. $16 per ticket for "convenience," and it's…
That poster is for the Iggy Pop show on March 11 1983 @ 688 club…