"Born to Shine" and "Run For Your Life" are Big Grams' saving grace. They are the two song from last year's self-titled debut that captured lightning in a bottle, so to speak. But really, it's all about Killer Mike and El-P checking in with one of their respectively smooth deliveries. Big Boi is fine form too, as he tempers the 'grams' soft focus club-chic ambiance with a dose of his signature flow.
But the real pat on the back goes to Mike Netland of Breathers and Reptar for his character design and illustration work for this epic journey into an urban underworld. "The animation studio Awesome Incorporated brought me on for some smaller projects before, but none of them actually followed through. I was brought on for some smaller projects before but none of them actually followed through. This was the first time I was actually able to complete a project with them," Netland says. "The script was provided by Big Grams and when I joined the project they already had some concept art and an animatic (rough animation) so my role was to come up with the designs of each character in the video."
Check out that Alfred Hitchcock-style Netland cameo at 28 seconds in — his way of signing the video. And that's Johnny DIP at the 2:47 mark. "I just wanted to have a friend cameo and DIP seemed like a good choice."
Holler at Mike when Breathers play the Earl on Mon., April 4.
Today, producer Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and director Christoph Green revealed the trailer for the long-awaited Atlanta installment of their Burn to Shine film series. Burn to Shine 6: Atlanta captures a day in the life of Atlanta's music scene. July 29, 2007 was an oppressively humid day spent in a soon-to-be demolished house, with Shannon Wright, Mastodon, the Liverhearts, the Selmanaires, Delia Gartrell, Carbonas, Snowden, Black Lips, the All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, the Mighty Hannibal, the Coathangers, and Deerhunter.
And now, nearly a decade later, that moment returns to life on Sat., April 9, when the Earl hosts the film's premiere screening.
Stonerider premiers its new video for the tune “Dayrunner” right here on Crib Notes, which comes from the band’s forthcoming Hologram album, due out April 15. The song begins with a time-honored groove which drops into a gorgeous chorus and pulls together all the things the band excels at in a quick three-and-a-half minutes. “Dayrunner” as well as the entire album is textured gracefully by the addition of keyboardist Noah Pine, who has played live with the band for quite some time, yet makes his recording debut with them here. You can also check out the video for “Hologram” here. The video was directed and edited by Harold Sellers.
Enter artist Spree Wilson, and his video for the track, "Counterfeit." The self-directed clip features Spree Wilson crooning, backed with an all-black, all-female live band. If the visual look familiar it's because it's an almost shot-for-shot recreation of Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love." See below:
In a message promoting the video, Spree Wilson says "Counterfeit" is the anthesis of Palmer's "Addicted to Love." "Where Mr. Palmer uses a white, European beauty standard, I decided to counter with a strong cast of beautiful, BLACK women."
The 2016 version definitely has a little more pop to it (and far better dancing), and though it seems simple its visual messaging, Spree Wilson hopes it can come off as more than just something cool to look at.
"Black representation in the media is extremely important to me, specifically the way black women are represente," he says. "With 'Counterfeit,' I want to push the boundaries of society's current beauty standards by celebrating the beauty of dark skin without the hypersexualization. "
On Tues., March 1, Dead Milkmen guitarist Joe Jack Talcum’s acoustic set at Union EAV was what one might expect from a legacy act, aside from one unexpected curveball.
Like his August 2010 stops at Chattanooga’s J.J.’s Bohemia and Athens PopFest, it was one classic after another for Dead Milkmen fans familiar with Talcum’s decades-old collection of bedroom recordings. His 40-minute set culled from a small pool of Dead Milkmen standards and a smaller collection of instantly recognizable solo material (“Alcohol,” “Fancy Walls,” “Yesterday I Was Talking to My Sister,” etc.). That's fine, since most audiences are likely keener on singing along with "Punk Rock Girl" than discovering a hidden gem.
Midway through his set, Talcum unveiled a nice surprise from music’s back pages — an often covered blues and folk standard about real-life Alabama outlaw Railroad Bill. According to the Encyclopedia of Alabama, the real Railroad Bill lived in the 1890s, and the song dates back to at least 1924. It’s been a go-to cover for folk revivalists since. A quick YouTube search unearthed versions by such likely suspects as Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Woodie Guthrie, Joan Baez, and Andrew Bird.
As seen in the video above, Joe Jack Talcum channels the spirit of Railroad Bill with the heart of a modern day troubadour.
"Hello, It's Dux" is a fitting title for the first substantial look at the music that Chelsea Dunn and Casey Battaglino create together as Dux. It's a chilling affair, too. Dunn's lacerating cello and Battaglino subtle electronic touches accentuate Mission Trips label owner Christopher White's filmmaking style here. It's partially an homage to Man Ray's 1926 short film Emak-Bakia, pushed to the limits of surrealist anxiety, shot frame by frame.
The song itself is an untitled work that set to appear on Dux first cassette tape, Jouis-Sans, due out in mid April via Mission Trips.
Dunn delves into the meaning behind the title: "It’s a play on words. Psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan developed the concept of "jouissance," which literally translates as enjoyment or sexual orgasm, to describe enjoyment "beyond the pleasure principle." This type of enjoyment, jouissance, is not simply pleasure, but pleasure with pain (not to reduce the complex meaning of jouissance, which came to describe so much more than just expanding the pleasure principle). So jouis-sans is like, enjoyment without enjoyment."
Childhood dreams checklist: Drink a ton of orange juice. All the time. Do karate and be awesome at it. Look awesome. Save family from produce (See Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.) Dance, dance, dance. Fantasy Guys and Skeleton Realm bring those dreams to life with the new video for "Coral Reefer." Dappled sunlight, slight fog, and the serene disco surf jazz sounds of Fantasy Guys set the scene as Inyo Galeta prepares himself for breakfast — and then battle. The direction of Allister Reynolds and subtitles by Mitchell Hardage give the video a beautiful and surreal feel, perfectly complementing the music with the action. They set the scene so well that when the beat drops and the oranges (brought to life by Maddy Davis) attack, you don't feel confused, you feel a little scared.
Thankfully, Fantasy Guys are here to make the world a safer and happier place. All hail the orange master!
Sea Ghost’s post-iLoveMakonnen collaboration phase finds the youngsters embracing a slick, professional approach to indie rock. This is evident on both last October’s SG album and the recently unveiled video for standout track “Dog 69.” Though there’s probably other meanings buried within, the video seems to tell the story of an apprehensive child freeing himself of inhibitions and discovering the true beauty of rock ‘n’ roll.
What's this, you ask? On Feb. 17, Cindy Wilson from the B-52s rolled out a trailer for that solo album she's been teasing us all with for years. And it's got a smooth, psychedelic pop meets Piet Mondrian kind of vibe. This is a good thing!
Musicians are encouraged to bring drums and horns to make noise out of respect, not just for Sterling and Castile's deaths, but for the many black lives that have been unnecessarily taken by police around the country.