It's New Year's Eve in Atlanta and, as per usual, there are a million and one things to do. There's the whole Peach Drop thing at Underground Atlanta, but that's for the family scene. Here's a quick list of best bets for ringing in 2013 with a bang.
***If you have a wristband from the Earl's MOAM? show the Royal thunder et al. show will be $5.***
Today deadCAT joins the laundry list of locals to grace the stage at DAEL studios for an IndieATL session, and it's one of the best ones yet. Check out a daytime run through "Body Party" from the Furniture EP.
And if for nothing else, watch this to check out drummer Eric Grantham's face around the two minute mark. That dude is feeling it.
deadCAT headlines Free Acid at 529 on Sat., Dec. 29. The Difference Machine, Ttotals, and Vegan Coke perform as well. The Psych Army DJs and Yoon spin records between and after the bands. Free. 9 p.m.
You and (keyboardist) Adam Richardson have been friends since you were kids, right? When did you start thinking about starting a band together?
Adam and I met at Darlington School, in Rome, GA, where they filmed parts of Dead Poet's Society, if that gives you any idea of the place. "White Hell," is what fellow Darlingtonian James Dickey termed it, actually. We were just two misanthropes on the Scholar Bowl team, and we started making horror and ninja movies over the summer ... Somehow, someway, we ended up in a band years later. My idea for the band sorta stemmed from the fact that Adam was a helluva classical pianist. I had a number of old synths that I was complete rubbish at playing. I figured someone out there might appreciate some synthy stuff by a guy who was actually an accomplished pianist, as opposed to [the] typical rhythm-guitarist-on-synth scenario one usually finds.
Zano's quick-fire delivery and rambles of hallucinatory wordplay shape a large part of At Arms Length, front-loading the LP with three tracks of the Atlanta emcee's unique vocals. Much like Beans at his best, Devoe's slanting and shifting production provides a bizarrely symbiotic playground for Zano's alien transmissions.
"String Theory," featuring Adron's ethereal vocals, picks up where the post-millenial Warp or Anticon laptop-based producers left off, clinically cutting and pasting post-modern pastiche and darkly engaging beauty. "Call and Response," an esoteric transgression that falls midway through the LP, is a spidery travelogue of post-modern pop. Think the Books' sonic collages if the Modern Love label existed in 2002.
Over the past couple of weeks, I've heard a handful of people say that 2012 was a bad year for music. I couldn't disagree more. While I've only named a handful of albums below for this particular best of list, the past 12 months have seen a resurgence in both noise and R&B, and on the whole have offered an abundance of excellent releases across a wide variety of styles.
For brevity's sake, I will only name a few of my favorite 2012 records. My love for these has grown in different ways throughout the year. In some cases - such as Jens Lekman, Father John Misty, El-P - talking with these musicians about their creative process allowed me to appreciate albums more than I would've otherwise. Some old favorites putting out new LPs, while others came seemingly out of nowhere.
So with that in mind, here are my 10 favorite records as well as five local releases that I particularly enjoyed in 2012.
Favorite Albums of 2012
Honorable Mentions: Lambchop - Mr. M, Sharon Van Etten - Tramp, Chromatics - Kill For Love, Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light, Cat Power - Sun.
10. Tame Impala - Lonerism
9. Titus Andronicus - Local Business
The longstanding bar and music venue was a mainstay of East Atlanta Village's nightlife. Although the former Best of Atlanta pick has received praise for its eclectic and gyrating ways, it will temporarily shut down at the end of the year for at least one month.
The establishment, however, is expected to re-open sometime in February with a fresh look and new management. We reached out to the Eastside Lounge for more information, and we'll post an update if we hear any more details.
Kwasi Anderson, who regularly DJ's under the name Quasi Mandisco, will be spinning with special guests tonight to send off ESL.
>> Double dog dare you not to dance around in your seat to this duo of adorable tracks by Cologne act Roosevelt.
>> Recently reunited Sheffield rockers Pulp rerecorded an old demo tune (with James Murphy, natch) called "After You."
>> Rilo Kiley need our help, y'all.
Last year, when I served up my list of top soul albums of 2011, I started things off by saying it had been a great one for soul music. Well, turns out that the great sounds kept on rolling into 2012. Take a look at my picks for this year's best:
Clementine Sun, Khari Cabral: If you picked up the 2012 edition of CL's "Best of Atlanta" issue, you may know that Clementine Sun already garnered the "Best Soul Album" of the year award - so it shouldn't be a surprise that it's found a place on this list. Khari Cabral's (aka Khari Simmons) first solo offering, Clementine Sun boasts the bassist's trademarked blend of Brazilian and soul sounds, and features near-flawless vocal appearances by singers like Chantae Cann, India. Arie, Monday Michiro, and more.
This year, label mastermind David Matysiak has assembled a handful of mostly Atlanta-based artists, including Social Studies, Feast of Violet, Brainworlds, Old King Cole Younger, and more. There's a hefty dose of Omaha-related names scattered throughout the tracklist as well, including Todd Fink (the Faint), Dereck Higgins, and Flowers Forever.
Not unlike the past three Holidaze comps, number four remains focused on gathering song ideas and stories from throughout 2012. "[It's] a year-end net to catch that elusive little melody," Matysiak explains. "A time capsule for that strange Leonard Cohen story ... I encourage all the artists to explore material they are working on right now, letting the holiday season be a foundation if they like. Many of the people on this comp are friends from afar that I've met over the years from touring," he adds. "It's nice to know what they are working on this minute, if at all possible."
What stands out immediately this year is the random diversity that binds each track to the next. It's one of the more remarkable installments in the series so far, and at times no. 4 truly feels like a musical exercise in sailing into the unknown. Download Roam 4 the Holidaze 4
>> Yashica loving photographer Terry Richardson is making a #LadyGagaMOVIE about #LadyGaga, the creation of ARTPOP (her new album) + her fans (Little Monsters).
>> Download (for free!) fun-named Los Angeles outfit El Sportivo & the Blooz's equally fun tune, "Waking World."
>> "Life without Mikey is like orange juice without pulp - kind of bland." ~ Al Jourgensen
>> The New York Times names The Best Albums of 2012.
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