Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tracklist: Is Katy Perry a Replicant?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Full stream ahead
  • Full stream ahead
>> Bethany Cosentino, Hanni El Khatib, Nathan Williams, Black Lips, The Raveonettes, and Hunx and His Punx star in GQ's "Nouveau Garage."

>> Why would you ever want to spend the massive amounts of time, money, and effort it takes to get up out of the pile of your own filth, put on pants, shave your teeth, and actually attend a music festival when you could just stay seated in the pile of your own filth in the privacy of your parents' basement streaming it online.

>> Katy Perry's new album is called Prism and comes out 10.22.13, according to this 18-carat-gold-wheeler. Related: Will Katy Perry Teenage Dream of Electric Sheep?

>> Here is Courtney Love on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson talking about speedballs and promoting her book and just being glorious Courtney Love.

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Atlanta Bloodbath schedule unveiled

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Savannah sludge standard-bearers Black Tusk, on the heels of the new Tend No Wounds E.P., is the marquee act for No Way Entertainment's first ever Atlanta Bloodbath, a three night celebration of regional metal and hardcore held Aug. 8-10 at the Star Bar. Opening the festival is a free punk show, featuring three local hardcore acts joined by the dark sound of Miami grindcore outfit Terrorist and, surprisingly, San Antonio surf rockers Eets Feets. The following two nights include some hardcore, including Cheap Art's release show for its Desocialized 7-inch on Friday and an appearance Saturday by North Carolina punk veterans No Power, but will mainly celebrate metal's many off-shoots, including sludge (Order of the Owl), death (Mangled), thrash (Sadistic Ritual), and mixes of styles (Wolves and Jackals' "blackened thrash" sound).

Further details, including when tickets go on sale, will be posted soon on the event's Facebook page.

Thurs., Aug. 8, 9 p.m., Free


Fri., Aug. 9, 8 p.m., $12, $20 for a two-night pass

HARSH WORDS (members of American Cheeseburger and Shaved Christ)

Sat., Aug. 10, 8 p.m., $12, $20 for a two-night pass


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tracklist: Fiona Apple is going on tour

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 8:14 AM

  • Picaresque
>> "It wasn't until I left that I realised it's not weird to grow up in certain cities and, by the age of 27 or 28, for all of your friends to still be alive. I can think of a lot of kids that I knew in Chicago who were supposed to grow up but didn't." ~ Chance The Rapper

>> Fiona Apple is going on tour, but she has about only 26% of an idea of what the fuck she will be playing for you. That is plenty percent of an idea. Right, Courtney?

>> Justin Bieber rapping "Lose Yourself" is like Ivanka Trump singing "Started From The Bottom." Miss you, already, Gabe. Speaking of Justin Bieber, let's all watch the [OFFICIAL VIDEO] for Icona Pop's "Girlfriend." It's almost too much girl-fun to Beliebe.

>> We'll look back and say, "Hey, remember the time Tom Hanks' rapper son Chet Haze went to see Jay Z in concert and made a little Vine?" These memories can't wait!

>> Todd Terje's Essential Mix 2013 is essential.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Metal traditionalists Gunpowder Gray offer free demo download

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

RIDING WITH THE CLASSICS: Gunpowder Grays rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Chris Heffernan, drummer Joey OBrien, lead guitarist Adam Besserer, bassist Sam Vaughan, and vocalist Nate Godbee.
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  • RIDING WITH THE CLASSICS: Gunpowder Gray's rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Chris Heffernan, drummer Joey O'Brien, lead guitarist Adam Besserer, bassist Sam Vaughan, and vocalist Nate Godbee.
Gunpowder Gray is a local quintet of young punk and metal lovers who, instead of copying obscure death or thrash predecessors, stick with a sleazy, blues-tinged rock sound that's driven by heavy guitar riffs. Because of this, the band likens itself on social media sites to classic acts that influenced more than just metal, such as Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath. Those influences and others, ranging from American metal progenitors like Pentagram to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, can be heard on the band's three song demo, available for free on Bandcamp. On the two original tunes, the young man's fantasies are about drugs ("Gunpowder Gray") and a long-legged redhead ("Cummin' My Way"), instead of death or the occult. Rounding out the demo is a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Play With Fire" that stays true to the original, until near the halfway point, when the band's guitarist tandem begins a full-on aural assault.

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Tracklist: Fred Armisen to direct Kings of Leon

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Everything thats innocent to us is crazy to them.
  • "Everything that's innocent to us is crazy to them."
>> The first line of "Beautiful" singer/spammer/MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video winner James Blunt's new single begins, "Your mouth is a revolver firing bullets in the sky." Yes. It does. The more you know.

>> The New York Times talks to Trent Reznor about the new and improved NIN, the upcoming tour, album, personnel, purpose, etc.

>> Portlandia co-creator Fred Armisen will direct a Kings of Leon concert at 02 Shepherd's Bush Empire for American Expresess's Unstaged live-streaming series on Friday, August 9th, 2013, at 9:00PM Greenwich Mean Time.. In a related art/music/film/performance/who even knows anymore thing, Jay "My presence is charity" Z's Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film will premiere on HBO this Friday, August 2nd, at 11PM.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

G.G. King returns with a new lineup

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Greg King
  • Bobby Moore
  • Greg King has seen several changes in the G.G. King lineup since its 2009 debut, including his decision to give up guitar and focus on being a front man.
Lineup changes and other priorities, including work on a forthcoming LP, have caused G.G. King's live set to go on hiatus. The band hasn't played live since the Bukkake Boys' last show, Oct. 20, 2012 at the 9/11 House, and by that point shows were becoming scarce. That might change after Sunday, as songwriter and singer Greg King says the new lineup debuting at the Earl and supporting what is primarily a recording project will likely make more than just a one-off appearance.

The return of G.G. King doubles as the debut of its first lineup in which King will be the only former Carbonas member on stage. King and returning bass player Ryan Bell will be joined by two new guitarists, Andrew Wiggins (Wymyns Prysyn, Hawks) and Mike Beavers (Predator, Dino's Boys) , and drummer Bobby Michaud (Wymyns Prysyn, Double Negative). While Beavers is beginning his third stint with the band after two runs behind the drum kit, Wiggins and Michaud are first-time members. "I knew they were capable based on their other bands, and I knew they'd be able to pick up what we're doing pretty quickly," King says of his new bandmates. The impressive "members of" list above means everyone in King's band has an already packed show calendar. In spite of this, King says future shows are a definite possibility.

The new guitarists replace King's longtime band mates and high school friends, Clay Kilbourne and Will Greene. Both played with King in Quadiliacha from 1993-1999 and, at different times, in the Carbonas. "I needed a little bit of a change," King says. "I've been playing with those guys off and on for over 20 years, so they're like brothers." Kilbourne and Greene will play with King at the Earl later on, though, at a Sept. 14 Quadiliacha reunion show.

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Currency's live debut leads a night of jazz and improvisation at Eyedrum

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Adding yet another leg to Atlanta's sprawling experimental music scene, Currency is a fledgling free jazz and improv troupe featuring Daniel Bailey, Chris Childs, John Gregg, Ben Shirley, Jared Pepper, Ryan Gregory, and Eric Fontaine. Similar to Faun and a Pan Flute, in which Bailey, Childs, Gregg, and Shirley all share duties, Currency is an expansive group of players that curiously picks through any angle or idea that comes to shape over the course of random improvisations. The group's hypnotic runs of instrumental experimentation ebb and flow in a heaving mass of intricate sound and color, shifting from moment to moment with Fela Kuti's precise flair and Albert Ayler's vaporous bombast. Bailey explains the group's mindset by offering, "I don't know exactly what we are going for. I don't think we are really going for anything in particular. I had some ideas. I asked these people to contribute to the ideas. And magic blossomed. I am super grateful to be making music with such a solid group of comfortable improvisors. We have only had a few rehearsals, only one with the full group, and things are already flying. I directed the group enough by writing the building blocks for the music and by choosing the instrumentation ... The rest is at the will of the players. It can be taken in any direction at any moment. All textures and emotions are open for exploration."

Following an impromptu set without Shirley and Gregory at the Merman Manor on July 18, Currency plans to make its live debut as the full band at Eyedrum alongside New Orleans jazz enthusiast Steve Marquette and Atlanta's-own noise primitivists Suffer Bomb Damage.

$3. 9 p.m. Mon. July 29 at Eyedrum, 115 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Suite 225, Atlanta.

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