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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Bosco and Speakerfoxxx are looking for the 'Shooter'

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 3:10 PM

FAISAL MOHAMMED
  • Faisal Mohammed
In case you missed it, Speakerfoxxx and Bosco are releasing a mixtape. The collaborative project, Girls in the Yard, was recorded entirely at Stankonia Studios, and is being released via Fool's Gold Records. So far, the musicial union of best friends has weilded the bounce-happy cut "Beemer," and now we have the second, dance-hall inspired release, "Shooter."

Both tracks are produced by Mr. 2-17 (Bankroll Fresh's "Walked In"), and are catchy AF. Girls in the Yard is slated for release on April 11, and also features songwriting from Speakerfoxxx, who told MILK, in working with Bosco, she wanted to showcase other elements of the singer's repetoire.

"Working as the executive producer, I wanted to show a different side of Bosco’s sound. She kills the soulful R&B and house vibe, but I wanted to display a stronger, louder, more attention-grabbing sound," she told MILK.

On the flip side, Bosco says she felt more at home working alongside another woman holding her own in a male-domninated industry."A lot of times I’m working with a lot of men, and they don’t necessarily encourage women to be strong or boss up or be dominant. But she did."

Peep "Shooter" below:

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Some Kind of Hate: New '94 Broncos mix, Dead Register's video debut, and Michael Myerz' 'Garlic Bread' fantasies come to life

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 9:47 AM

’94 Broncos: Take That Shit to Trial EP (self-released)
O.J. Simpson trial-obsessed youngsters ’94 Broncos just dropped their second mix of the month. The follow-up to the We Don’t Pull Over EP strays from garage-punk, as each song incorporates a different set of influences. Weird '60s psychedelia (“What You Doing to Me”), Parquet Courts style post-punk (“Protect Your Magic”), experimental noise rock (“Stubborn as a Mule”), and acoustic indie-folk (“I Forgot”) anchor tracks that barely resemble each other. Although the release is a bit disjointed due to the variety of styles emulated, the unpredictability makes for a rewarding listen.

Dead Register: “Fiber” music video (from forthcoming AVR Records LP Fiber)
Goth-tinged metal act Dead Register teases the May 6 release of its debut album with "Fiber." The band has been crafting a heavy, haunting sound it calls “doom-gaze” since 2013. Those labors pay off here, as a solid display of darkwave pressed through an extreme metal filter. Chv Chvasta’s guttural vocal and bass tones set a dreary mood that’s exacerbated by key and synth player Avril Che and drummer Chad Williams’ contributions. With Fiber and Withered’s Grief Relic dropping just four weeks apart, May is shaping up to be a hell of a month for Atlanta metal releases.


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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Monkier debuts 'Cold Open/Closure,' announces new LP

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 4:55 PM

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Other than a small smattering of shows, Monkier has remained relatively quiet since the low-key release of its excellent self-titled debut in 2014. Saxophonist/rapper Zac Evans formed the free-wheeling hip hop-jazz hybrid in 2013, which has grown into a formidable live band featuring Andrew Lastrapes (guitar), Robert Boone (drums), Brandon Boone (bass), Umcolisi Terrell (sax), Justin Powell (trumpet), Will Hollifield (sax), and Richard Sherrington (trombone).

After two years of relative silence, Monkier debuts a sprawling single, 'Cold Open/Closure,' from its upcoming sophomore LP Highs/Lows, due out on May 31. Considering its almost nine-minute runtime, the track is an ambitious choice for a single. Evans opens it up fully-formed, spitting urgent rhymes over a moody backdrop of sparse piano chords before the band lays in to a maximalist groove. 

Halfway through "Cold Open/Closure,' Monkier veers from an introspective rap confessional into a slow-burning jazz freakout as horns, drums, and piano trade rapid-fire lines until a drone of synthesizers swell to a close. The track features all the hallmarks of the band's tight fusion of styles, but with a new sense of experimentation and communication characteristic of a group that's grown into itself. 

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Chris Hunt takes a turn toward the abstract with 'Tomb II'

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 3:51 PM

CHRIS HUNT - PHOTO BY DUSTIN CHAMBERS. EDITED BY KAROL LASIA (KHOMATECH)
  • Photo by Dustin Chambers. Edited by Karol Lasia (Khomatech)
  • CHRIS HUNT


Producer Chris Hunt was the mastermind behind Cloudeater’s experimental hybrid of paranoid electronic pop songwriting and damaged beatscapes. The group broke up in 2013. Since then, Hunt has carried on, creating music as Nung River, and performing alongside rapper Diverse as one-half of the abstract hip-hop duo Holoking.

On March 4, Hunt unveiled his solo debut, Tomb, via Psych Army Intergalactic. The five-song EP is a collaborative effort featuring vocalist Marshall Ruffin, guitarist Emil Werstler (Chimera, Daath), and bass player and engineer John Davis (Nerve, Jojo Mayer). Each song builds on a swirl of drums, synthesizers, and tape machines colliding under dense layers of analog texture and digital manipulation.

Today, Hunt offers up a counterpart to his debut, titled Tomb II. Unlike its predecessor, this second installment is an instrumental affair, and a huge, atmospheric effort steeped in monstrous drones and dark abstraction. The glittering darkness that underlies both Tomb and Tomb II resonates with a tragic period from Hunt’s life bookended by having to move when a tree crushed his home, a breakup, and the death of his sister. As a result, Hunt crafts a flawless and devestated ambiance.

Nagging grief, despair, and anxiety are rendered here, with ominous, machine-age force. Tomb II is a cathartic epilogue, and it’s certainly not for the faint of heart.

Tomb and Tomb II are available on cassette now, or digitally via Psych Army.

Free Acid: Nest Egg, Chris Hunt, Cadavernous, Saira Raza, Psych Army Deejays. Free. 9 p.m. Fri., April 8. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769. www.529atlanta.com.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Blu Denim delivers smooth beats, smoother verses with 'Aligator'

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 4:15 PM

Blu Denim - PHOTO BY KAMARIA CARTER
  • Photo by Kamaria Carter
  • Blu Denim

Coalition DJs have long been a staple of Atlanta's strip club music scene. Over the last decade they've broken records to the masses by everyone from 2 Chainz, Future, and Young Jeezy to Travis Porter, Waka Flocka, Gucci Mane, T.I., and B.o.B, one table dance at a time. The gentleman's club regulars have a new name on their list: On March 1, the collective presented Columbus, Ohio native Blu Denim with his new track, "Alligator." The song feels right at home amid the Coalition's brother-in-arms hip-hop mantra. Sporting smooth beats and smoother verses with a healthy serving of Auto-Tune, the song rolls just right on the ears. Produced by Alex Petit, "Alligator" offers a taste of Blu Denim's upcoming mixtape.

Blu Denim, despite growing up outside Atlanta, is no stranger to the struggles many of the Coalition's members have faced. Through his want of a better life, Blu Denim has been to the street and back, ready and able to drop his own brand of hip-hop onto the masses.


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The Pinx embrace 'Freedom' with 'Boss Man'

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 3:07 PM



Adam McIntyre, frontman and producer for Atlanta rock ’n’ roll staple the Pinx has been talking about a new record he’s had in the works for about a year. Now, he’s about to deliver a career-defining LP. Freedom (out May 27) is the title for this latest offering from the Alabama-bred singer and guitarist. And, to put it simply, Freedom is a rock ’n’ roll record that pulls from a rich lineage, giving nods to MC5, Cheap Trick, Muddy Waters, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones, along with Peach State heroes Otis Redding, and the Georgia Satellites.

But what’s even more revealing about the record is that every song tells a story from McIntyre’s past — a story that hinges on the album’s namesake: Freedom. “Boss Man” is no exception:

“I was 21 years old, never did drugs in my life. I'd confiscated a bag of weed from my bride at our wedding reception and was freaking out about it. I didn't want to throw it away, as it was potentially worth hundreds of dollars ... I didn't know how much it cost. At the reception, she was telling people she didn't know why she married me as she drank two bottles of wine and smoked a joint. About two miles down the road, en route to the honeymoon she asked me to pull over. She vomited gracefully through the open door and gave me the go-ahead to resume driving. The weed and wine then worked their combined magic. I got another mile down the road and she gave a much more urgent signal and I pulled over just in time for her to fall out of the car and vomit and shit all over the place. She spent about 30 minutes urgently voiding everything from her system with her eyes rolling back and getting vomit and mud on the veil she was still wearing. It was lightly raining and I was in a hurry to get to the beach, so I tried to lift her back into the car only for her to unleash the most horrific scream. You'd think I'd stabbed her, and apparently the nearest neighbor thought the same. Their outside light turned on in the distance and I set the lady back down in the grass.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Cave Bat explores dubby minimalism with 'Expedition'

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Cave Bat - PHOTO BY CHAD RADFORD
  • Photo by Chad Radford
  • Cave Bat

Cave Bat
, our pick for Atlanta's top experimental act of 2015, never fails to deliver its monthly grip of expansive, curious, and vibrant sounds. Last month, the trio of Nathan Brown, Kris Nelson, and Rob Sepanski delivered not one but two tripped-out sets via Bandcamp. But while Cave Bat scles up in the quantity department, the quality department is upping the ante as well. Last week, the group released "Expedition," by far the dubbiest and most seductive explorations they've issued yet.

Opening number "The Urging Light vs Disillusioned Insanity" throbs through jarring lilts of distortion and the heady undulations of a drum machine stuck on its slowest loop. The effect falls somewhere between Tortoise in a drunken, 4 a.m. stupor, stumbling through a haze of haphazard brilliance. "Forking Paths" is entirely distant, almost unrecognizable without devoting your entire attention to its sauntering, jazzy waltz. "The Perilous Bridge at Lost Creek" plays out like a defective 8-bit symphony, again emphasizing the trio's uncanny ability to find beauty in a heap of fragmented, disorganized rubble. The trio seemingly floats on air with tracks such as "A Leap of Faith," a plunderphonic pop song that's catchy enough to burrow into your psyche, and "The Triumph of Faster Than Light," a stuttering slab of percussive meanderings.

In February, Cave Bat also issued The Cave Bat Chronicles Vol. 1: Sailors Take Warning, a four-song album that saw the momentary inclusion of new members Scott Burland (theremin/bass/electronics) and Phi (electronics, percussion). As a quartet, the sounds veer into a freewheeling blur of kosmische beauty. Although there are more players throwing ideas into the mix, each extended narrative moves through space with surprising focus and clarity. Scenic routes and segues are more than rewarded, they're encouraged.

Stream both releases below and head over to Cave Bat's Bandcamp for even more sounds.

Expedition


The Cave Bat Chronicles Vol. 1: Sailors Take Warning


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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

B.o.B teams up with Scotty ATL, runs Twitter polls

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 10:26 AM



Future flat-earth disaster movie soundtrack composer B.o.B revealed a new track featuring Scotty ATL via Twitter. The song, titled "We Got Tricked," raises some eyebrows given the tin-foil politics of B.o.B's recent Twitter extravaganza. Is the trick a conspiracy pulled over our eyes by the scientific community, or is it a trick pulled by B.o.B himself? Only the passage of time will tell us for sure.

Additionally, B.o.B refused to allow his Twitter feed to get stale by posting a poll that reads "Top Two Shooters of All Time," with the options presented as "Steph Curry" or "The Police." The political season seems to have taken a toll on the Atlanta rapper, who may be making a move on established polling sites like Gallup.


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Friday, February 26, 2016

Listen to Carey's 'Parallel Music' Movement 1

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM

click image CAREY: "Parallel Music" Movement 1 - COURTESY MISSION TRIPS
  • Courtesy Mission Trips
  • CAREY: "Parallel Music" Movement 1

Today, Carey unveils "Parallel Music" Movement 1, a 13-minute opus from the mind of Faun and A Pan Flute bass player Danny Bailey. The song is still a work progress, although this is the final structure. According to Bailey some harmonies will be moved around, and string parts will be added over time. Until then, feast your ears on this latest offering to arrive bearing the mark of homegrown experimental label, Mission Trips. It's a monster, driven by a swirl of changing parts, tone clusters, and staccato arrangements — a far cry from the homemade recordings that Bailey has turned out with Carey so far.

As reported yesterday:

... sometimes studying the process of how a piece of music comes together is just as important as the finished product. Until now, the handful of recordings that Bailey has released as Carey have been much smaller in stature; small ideas that could be something to elaborate upon later. And the instrumentation, generally speaking, has been too inconsistent to be recreated live. But despite “Parallel Music’s” grandiose design, he has every intention of taking this piece to the stage.

For the recording, Bailey plays all of the instruments: piano, upright bass, vibraphone, marimba, gong, clarinet, alto clarinet. He intends to continue working on the piece, while at the same time sketching out the next two movements. Then he'll write string parts; cello, violin, viola, etc. The live band will be assembled later. “Over the last six months these have taken form as a potential orchestral composition," Bailey says. “Chris Child's Orchestra was definitely an inspiration. It proved to me that it’s not impossible to put together something like this. Gage Gilmore's Five in Three Parts was a huge inspiration, too. It is, in a way, his own Parallel Music. We were each developing these themes and patterns around the same time.”

And if you missed it, be sure to check out the song's teaser trailer — tune in and zone out to those fantastic visuals that come courtesy of Mission Trips mastermind Christopher White.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Danny Bailey offers a first look at 'Parallel Music'

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 2:36 PM


Faun and A Pan Flute bass player Danny Bailey, today, offers a first look at a new piece of music he’s composing to release under the guise of his solo moniker, Carey. The video, courtesy of Mission Trips, is just a glimpse into a munch longer, 13-minute piece, titled “Parallel Music,” and it’s the first installment of a three part movement. For Bailey, it's a demo of a work in progress.

Indeed, sometimes studying the process of how a piece of music comes together is just as important as the finished product. Until now, the handful of recordings that Bailey has released as Carey have been much smaller in stature; small ideas that could be something to elaborate upon later. And the instrumentation, generally speaking, has been too inconsistent to be recreated live. But despite “Parallel Music’s” grandiose design, he has every intention of taking this piece to the stage.

For the recording, Bailey plays all of the instruments: piano, upright bass, vibraphone, marimba, gong, clarinet, alto clarinet. He intends to continue working on the piece, while at the same time sketching out the next two movements. Then he'll write string parts; cello, violin, viola, etc. The live band will be assembled later. “Over the last six months these have taken form as a potential orchestral composition," Bailey says. “Chris Child's Orchestra was definitely an inspiration. It proved to me that it’s not impossible to put together something like this. Gage Gilmore's Five in Three Parts was a huge inspiration, too. It is, in a way, his own Parallel Music. We were each developing these themes and patterns around the same time.”

Check back tomorrow when Crib Notes premiers all 13 minutes of “Parallel Music” Movement 1.

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