While working on this week's CL cover story, "The Residents: In the eye of the beholder," I found out that more people seem to know about the Residents' mythology than the music. It's understandable considering the group's 40-year history, which has resulted in about 80 proper albums. Choosing when and were to start can be a bit daunting. This 10-song video mixtape rounds up a few my favorite Residents numbers, and serves as an easy overview of the group's many eras, but it only scratches the surface.
Marcotiks handles production on this latest single, blending DJ Dub Floyd's bed of classic '90s beats and atmosphere with Jones' young-at-heart queries and guest emcee Phene's world-weary rhymes.
Lyric Jones plays The Five Spot on Monday, March 11.
Live Through This relives a five-month love affair between McNeil and a woman named Shannon McNamera, who was secretly using heroin. After shooting a dose that was infected with a flesh-eating bacteria, she was taken to a hospital to have her leg amputated. Less than 48 hours after the surgery, she was dead. Although Live Through This sounds like a dark entry into McNeil's body of work, and it is, he reiterates that it's also a love story that's more about their brief but intense time together.
Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain read from Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk and Live Through This at Star Bar on Wed., Jan. 30. $8. 8 p.m.
Why take the new book on the road before it's published? Are you looking for feedback?
Yeah, it's also my birthday. The book is about my girlfriend who died, and she died on my birthday, so I thought, let's go somewhere warm and do some readings.
It sounds like a pretty dark tale ...
Well, we had just been in New York for the Punk magazine relaunch party and she went home early - she was from Seattle and had flown home. I was in the middle of interviewing Chuck Traynor - I had to drive down to Gainesville, Fla., to interview him. I was driving from New York City, because I don't fly. She called me and said her leg hurt, so I said, "Please go to the hospital," and she wouldn't go, and wouldn't go, and then finally she went, but once she got there I couldn't talk to her anymore.
I was living in L.A. at the time because I was working on the porn book [The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry], so I had my assistant, Neil, fly to Seattle to find out what the fuck was going on. By the time he got there, her leg had already been amputated.
>> File under LOL: One-time Child of Destiny Michelle Williams says the darndest things with a straight face are you kidding me LOL. Also, Taylor Swift and Diet Coke have really, really great news for fans of Taylor Swift and Diet Coke and multi-million-dollar corporate sponsor celebrity endorsement deals.
>> Fugazi's Ian MacKaye "joins Twitter."
Production team SMKA hosted its 4-year anniversary party at the packed-out Star Bar on Friday evening. DJ Genesis was on the turntables with artists Grants, Big Frank Jr, Grip Playaz, Gold Yard (A.T., Flick James, and In-Doe), Go Dreamer, Tuki Carter, Jarren Benton, Kato, and, closing out the night, Cousin Dan. Jarren Benton with his fast rap style killed it, and Cousin Dan was an unexpected, surreal surprise. Curtis Snow (who starred in Snow on tha Bluff) also made an appearance on stage with a blunt.
>> My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James' solo album Regions of Light and Sound of God is currently streaming over at NPR.
>> April flowers bring May Daft Punk albums.
He's actually canceled the first several stops of the tour after being diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer. Don't worry, he's going to make it.
"According to a rep for the singer, the 53-year-old is expected to make a full recovery, but has rescheduled six upcoming tour dates due to the ailment."
Keep an eye out for rescheduled tour dates here as soon as they become available.
Jneiro Jarel, born Omar Jarel Gilyard, has released a lot of records under a lot of different aliases. Some call him Dr. Who Dat?, but most folks know him as a the latest beatmaker to join the diabolical metal-faced one MF Doom to crank out JJ Doom's Key to the Kuffs (Lex Records), one of the best underground hip-hop albums of 2012. JJ bangs out simple but slamming beats that raise the bar worldwide.
With Count Bass D, P Villa, Dillon (beat set). $10. 9 p.m. 529. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
Calling all Deerhunter/Atlas Sound fans and film nerds! Bradford Cox is the subject of Youth Museum, a new documentary directed by Grant Singer that follows a day in the life of Atlanta's most vocal of vocalists. Singer, best known as a music video director for Diiv, Gambles, and Sky Ferreira, channels Harmony Korine's aesthetic here, especially that of Trash Humpers, with tracking-failure blurs and fuzzy sound to boot. Commissioned by the folks over at Riot of Perfume magazine, the film appears to highlight a few intimate Atlanta locales like Candler Park in the twilight hours, Cox's bedroom, and other peculiarities.
To celebrate the documentary's release, MoMA PS1 will host a special screening on Sun., Feb. 3, with a performance by Cox and "some special guests." One can only imagine who those special guests might be.
>> Um, Marnie. Um, hi. I was just wondering, well, you know, I was just thinking that you, you and well, I just thought that maybe, you know, if you wanted to, that you would, if you're not busy, you're probably busy, but if you weren't busy that maybe you want go on date with me?
>> Here is the OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO for Justin Timberlake's excellent new tune "Suit & Tie." In a related story, official lyric videos are a thing now. Also, shit tied? Cool lyric, kids. Speaking of shit tied (I have no idea), the new, totally brilliant D'Angelo album is very very very close to being finished.
>> I hope with all this money the Black Keys are making off suing everyone for stealing their music they are at least giving some of it back to the often-overlooked and underpaid artists who are responsible for the creation of blues music in the first place - Led Zeppelin.
Beck and Alabama Shakes...that's about it. I'm sure there's an unknown or two I would…
Well, this years Music Midtown sucks!
I'm pretty sure he was 19.
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Dang. I thought they would name some actual headliners.
Forgot to mention that Iggy did a stellar show @ the Agora in the spring…