Monday, September 30, 2013

Douglasville resident displeased by TomorrowWorld's noise

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 2:52 PM

  • Courtesy of TomorrowWorld

It seems that not everyone enjoyed TomorrowWorld's weekend festivities.

In an open letter posted on the Douglasville Patch website, nearby resident Carl Pyrdum lodges some serious complaints against the electronic music festival's high noise levels, which affected "tens of thousands of Georgians."

At 12:30 AM, it was as if someone said "if you thought that was ridiculous, stand by and listen to this," after which it appeared that the promoters boosted amplification of the already ridiculous noise levels for their last thirty minute finale.

Although TomorrowWorld apparently obtained the correct county noise permits, Pyrdum finishes the letter with a resounding call for a class action lawsuit against the "renegade" festival.

Read the full letter here.

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Tracklist: Arcade Fire in the salsa disco

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Produced by yes that Joaquin Phoenix
  • Produced by yes that Joaquin Phoenix
>> Traveling Winburys Arcade Fire were all over your SNL this past weekend, in the promos, sketches, playing music, and finally nabbing their own post-show late-night concert/comedy/what's going on Canadian salsa disco club gig Here Comes The Night (Download mp3s here), where the band played more new songs which were interspersed with comedy bits featuring James Franco (duh), Michael Cera, Aziz Ansari, Ben Stiller, Bono, Rainn Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and others. Is it Arcade Naptime, yet?

>> "So you see, in actuality, hence, ergo, but more to the point, old chap, I am, without question, rich." ~ John Mayer, basically. Speaking of speaking of things, the new skinny Taylor Swift Diet Coke can is skinny.

>> Full Stream Ahead: Danny Brown's Old, FMLYBND's Gold, Darkside's Psychic, and Katy Perry's new 90's house throwback "Walking on Air."

>> That eternal diva queen Cher is famous among her friends for her chicken Bolognese is a thing you did not know about Cher.

>> Yeezus deletes.

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7 films to set the mood for Goblin's American debut

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 7:00 AM

When Italian soundtrack band Goblin plays at the Loft tomorrow, the group kicks off its first ever North American tour. The band came to prominence crafting monumentally moody scores and soundtracks for horror and thriller films in the 1970s and '80s, particularly for giallo films, the shocking Italian murder genre where directors like Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci got their start.

Check out CL's full piece on Goblin in the paper this week, "Goblin lives! After After 40 years, the masters of Italian horror come Stateside"

In preparation for next week's show, here are seven films that should get you on the same page. Some feature Goblin's music, some don't, but all deliver a great mix of suspense and unease. Cue up Netflix and turn off the lights!

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (1970)

Director Dario Argento's debut film offers a roadmap to his future obsessions: a mystery that plays second fiddle to mood, the killer's leather-gloved hands, a sense of dread and foreboding, occasional comedic flourishes. A creepy soundtrack - this time provided by Ennio Morricone - sets the template for Argento's future work with Goblin.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Legendary Pink Dots' Edward Ka-Spel talks improvisation and keeping the group alive

Posted By on Sun, Sep 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM

THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS: Edward Ka-Spel (from left), the Silverman, Raymond Steeg, and Erik Drost.
  • Alena Boykova
  • THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS: Edward Ka-Spel (from left), the Silverman, Raymond Steeg, and Erik Drost.
Celebrating year 33, the Legendary Pink Dots return from the Netherlands and the UK for a North American tour supporting the group's most recent album, The Gethsemane Option (Metropolis). This latest entry into a vast body of work is a haunting inward journey colored by twisted spiritual imagery, and channeling an unparalleled legacy of psychedelic and post-industrial mysticism into seven songs that are among the Pink Dots' finest in years. Throughout songs such as "A Star Is Born," "Pendulum," and "A Stretch In Time," frontman Edward Ka-Spel and Co. craft dark and elegant atmospheres steeped in lingering resonance, and subtle electric and acoustic textures, revealing all sorts of hidden dimensions lying just beneath the surface. For the current tour, Ka-Spel (vocals, keys) leads a lineup that includes longstanding cohorts Phil Knight aka the Silverman (keys), Erik Drost (guitar), and Raymond Steeg (mixes). The group makes its way to Atlanta to play the Earl on Mon., Sept. 30. But before crossing the Atlantic to crisscross the States, Ka-Spel took a few minutes to talk about chance, improvisation, and channeling energy from a higher being, while keeping the Dots alive in 2013.

The new album is titled The Gethsemane Option, which I assume is a reference to the Gethsemane garden where Jesus and his apostles gathered the night before he was put on the cross. Do you think of the album as a moment of peace on the eve of something violent and terrible. Is that what you wanted to convey with this album?

In fact, the conceptual nature of the album came together in an unpremeditated way. It was only after the songs were placed in order that the very strong thematic line became obvious, and the title emerged. It's often said that none of us write our own material, that we're merely channeling energy from a higher being. I can believe this at such moments. The cover was an artist friend's interpretation of the title, and it fits. She just had a few songs to go on [when she put it together]. So much more in that big wide universe than any of us could ever envisage in our personal philosophies.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

'The Demon's Rook' makes its Atlanta premier at midnight

Posted By on Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Director James Sizemore's The Demon's Rook makes its official Atlanta premiere at Landmark's Midtown Art Cinema tonight (Sat., Sept. 28) at midnight. Although there was private sneak preview of a rough cut of the film back in April, this is the local screening of the film in its intended state, which is reportedly shorter and better.

The film features music from a cast of local acts such as El Fossil, Where.Are.We, the Law, and Aaron Hendrickson (formerly of the band Nigredo).

The film screens at midnight at Landmark's Midtown Art Cinema $7. 931 Monroe Dr. 404-879-0160.

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TomorrowWorld 101: Tips for the first time festival goer

Posted By on Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM

TomorrowWorld, the U.S. counterpart to Belgium's Tomorrowland, is now underway, and it's set to be one of the largest music festivals this side of the Atlantic Ocean. The festival veterans already have bought their tents, CamelBaks and flower crowns, and have moved to the campsite, known as Dreamville. For the first timers, going to a three-day music festival is an experience that will not be soon forgotten. To make sure that you, the festival newbie, have the best time ever, here are some survival tips.

Bring camping gear, serious camping gear.
Bringing camping gear is important to making your nights enjoyable. Depending on weather conditions, you may need to bring a tarp and an extra blanket or two. There's no better party pooper than a wet tent.

Water is your friend.
During festivals, people like to drink alcohol and take part in ... other substances. But the one thing that is most important is to drink water. Water will help you feel refreshed and energized, especially when you're smashed by 10,000 of your closest friends taking in the gloriousness of Avicii.

Dress for comfort, but stylish comfort
This one's for the ladies. You will be surrounded by all these skinny minnies wearing next to nothing in the hot sun. And yet they will be brightly accessorized themselves with furry leg warmers and fishnet gloves. As much as you want to jump on that bandwagon, ask yourself, "How will I feel about this in about 5 hours..." If the answer is, "I want to rip my skin off," or something relating to "don't look at me, I'm a sweaty mess" You should probably rethink your wardrobe choice.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Mammal Gallery's grand opening features Faun and 4th Ward AKO Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 2:52 PM

TOUCH OF PINK: The Mammal Gallery under construction just a few nights before its grand opening.
  • Chad Radford
  • TOUCH OF PINK: The Mammal Gallery under construction just a few nights before its grand opening.

The Mammal Gallery, an art space and performance venue in the heart of Downtown, celebrates its grand opening tomorrow (Sat. Sept. 28) with performances by psych/prog/other-rock band Faun and a Pan Flute, the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, and Hellier Ulysses.

In addition to the free show, the gallery will be featuring "All Drawings Everything," a collaborative installation of art created during multiple drawing sessions over last month. All drawings will be on sale for $1 during the show for audience members to take home.

The new gallery joins programs like Brighten Up Broad Street that strive to add some much-needed vibrancy to central Downtown.

Free. 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 28. The Mammal Gallery. 91 Broad St. 404-771-6912.

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Beat Beat Beat reunites again

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Beat Beat Beat Brethren: Brannon Greene (from left), Stephen Hutton, Mike Beavers, Warren Bailey, and Josh Martin
  • Beat Beat Beat
  • Beat Beat Beat Brethren: Brannon Greene (from left), Stephen Hutton, Mike Beavers, Warren Bailey, and Josh Martin
It's often a reunion with friends when a former Atlanta musician-turned New Yorker is back in town, but when punk guitar ace Josh Martin brings his latest project, Shocked Minds, to the Earl on Sept. 28, he will also share the stage one more time with his Beat Beat Beat brethren.

This won't be the band's first "last show" at the Earl - the most recent one happened July 15, 2011, as part of Die Slaughterhaus Records' 10th anniversary celebration. "That last show went so well, and our friends had so much fun, that it was easy to convince everyone to do it," Martin says.

Beat Beat Beat, formed in 2004, featured Martin and Warren Bailey (A.P.A., Gentleman Jesse, Barreracudas) playing guitar and splitting vocal duties, rhythm guitarist Stephen Hutton (Customers, Bobby and the Soft Spots), bassist Brannon Greene (Predator, Frantic), and drummer Mike Beavers (G.G. King, Dino's Boys).

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

JFly: A drummer's life

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM

  • Dionne Lewis

Sure, the official job title for Jorel "JFly" Flynn is "drummer," but he's more than just your average sideman. When he's not traveling around the globe banging on snares and cymbals, JFly helms a youth-centered nonprofit organization (the How Big Is Your Dream?! Foundation), coordinates his own music festival (the aptly named JFly Music Fest, which takes place in his hometown of Waycross, Ga., this Saturday) and more. JFly gave us the lowdown on what he's got cooking.

So what does your schedule look like these days? Who are you playing and/or touring with?

JFly: Well actually what I've been able to do, which makes me work with a lot more people, is do more of an independent drummer thing, as opposed to being tied with one band. Currently, I'm with Bobby Brown, Peabo Bryson, and I've done the New Edition stuff ... and with people like Alex Buyon and Jeff Lorber from time to time.

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Tracklist: Justin Bieber punished

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Matangi revealed
  • Matangi revealed
>> Thom Yorke's sidey Atoms For Peace stopped by The Daily Show last night to chat with J Stew and play Amok tunes "Default" and "Harrowdown Hill." Everybody's in such a good mood! Yay! Let's keep those positive vibrations going and watch young punk Justin Bieber get spanked on Between Two Ferns.

>> The New Yorker music guy Sasha Frere-Jones traces 19-year-old King Krule mastermind Archy Marshall's musical root downs.

>> #Goodone #JimmyFallon #JustinTimberlake and #Questlove #Hashtag. #Speaking of #JimmyFallon, #KingsofLeon played new #MechanicalBull song #"Temple" on #LateNightWithJimmyFallon last night.

>> Haim covered Miley Cyrus' kinda totally average radio worm "Wrecking Ball" because of course that's just the natural order so like that's just what happens now just like Kate Moss (but really DJ Brendan Fallis and Andrew Watt) has new song called "Day and All Night."

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