The literature on Facebook declares the night's performance by Atlanta's Quiet Hounds, Swans & Embers, to be a celebration of the spirit of the phoenix and the swan, a program in three movements with a Roaring '20s theme that commemorates the era in which one of the city's most treasured estates, Edward and Emily Inman's Shutze-designed Swan House, was completed. The accompanying imagery features a sinister black animal face beside a broken chunk of archway, both engulfed in flames.
Among the many highlights: DJ and producer Pete Rock spun an old-school hip-hop set that included his classic "They Reminisce Over You."
Locals Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics brought the group's retro soul sound back home after touring internationally. Philly soul rocker and Santigold collaborator, Res, performed cuts from her critically acclaimed, How I Do album and a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams," from her upcoming ReFried Mac EP.
UPDATE: Sonic Youth singer/guitarist Thurston Moore and Sunburned Hand of the Man's John Moloney (drums) played Three Lobed Recordings and WXDU's Hopscotch Day Party this afternoon (Fri., Sept. 6). Calling themselves the Caught On Tape Duo, their set began with a long, drawn-out, and extremely chaotic rendition of "Ono Soul" from Moore's 1995 LP Psychic Hearts. From there they dove headlong into waves of feedback, distortion, and spontaneous noise compositions that were quite tastefully executed, despite their seemingly caustic nature.
The galvanizing power of good music is a strong force, especially in the middle of an ordinary week. A visibly grown and diverse crowd packed into Vinyl to see what many are already calling their "new favorite band."
After about 35 minutes with no opening act, a 40-ish brunette in the crowd, with blond highlights, said, "They're late; I have to take my kids to school in the morning." Still, she stayed till the end of the show. A pair of sisters with their own soul music aspirations dropped in after hearing about the band earlier that afternoon. A former colleague was brought by a friend who told him that he would "love them." There was also a couple that drove in from Birmingham, Ala to kick off the celebration of their tenth wedding anniversary.
Host DJ Kemit introduced Hiatus Kaiyote, who opened with the softly entrancing "Lace Skull" and moved through the duration of their debut album, Tawk Tomahawk. Several times the group's front woman, Nai Palm, looked as surprised as the audience to see where the band was going sonically, but never lost her footing. Instead, she moved from guitar to the keyboard, riding the current of beat and chord changes like a skilled surfer on the crest of a wave.
Nai Palm truly knows the importance of singing to the souls of women. The crowd swayed, raised their hands, and sang along to the lead single "Nakamarra," the singer's poetic tribute to her dear friend Hannah who works with mentally challenged artists in the Aboriginal community.
This was the first Eyedrum show in its new temporary space in the downtown FUSE Arts Center (115 MLK), and it felt like a test run of sorts. It was also a reminder of just how much Atlanta's noise and avant-garde music scenes have needed a proper home base since Eyedrum closed the doors at its 290 MLK Drive space in 2010.
The crowd was sparse, but it was absolutely a crowd, and despite the early hour the smell of marijuana absolutely wafted across the beach. I'm assuming those people took a nap somewhere or else did not make it through the 11 hours left in the schedule for the day. In any case, I appreciated their contribution to the ambiance. Best Coast delivered musically, for the most part sounding just as good live as in the recording, a statement not all artists warrant these days.
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