The Scourge of the Sea on WOXY.com
I already posted a couple of tracks from their Make Me Armored a few days ago, but here's a track I haven't shared yet:
The Scourge of the Sea - Waterwings
More goodies on MySpace.
Creative Loafing has published a list of the worst songs to play on a first date. Here are their selections:
1) "Gold Digger" by Kanye West: Bad for both parties. If the guy plays it, he's telling you he's cheap; if the girl plays it, she's the subject of the song.
2) "Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)" by Snoop Dogg: I know it all depends on the girl, but usually, suggesting a gang bang isn't the right way to get the evening started.
3) "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails: "I wanna fuck you like an animal, I wanna feel you from the inside." These are second-date lyrics at best.
4) "Smack My Bitch Up" by Prodigy: Unless you're dating a self-loathing masochist, this song probably won't work.
5) "Let's Get Married" by Jagged Edge: Politely ask your date to pull the car over, get out and RUN!
Smurfy news from the entertainment front -- the Smurfs are coming to the big screen! They're still three apples tall, but soon they'll be in theaters. According to ComingSoon.Net, the Smurfs tale is being adapted into an epic trilogy. There will also likely be an extensive look at Gargamel's backstory. Perhaps falling victim to hyperbole, producer Jordan Kerner claims the films will be like "the animated Lord of the Rings - through the world of these idiots. Because they're sweet characters but they're goofs." Whatever. They're still cooler than the Snorks.
Be sure to get this while you're at it... it'll delight and/or annoy your co-workers all day long:
Smurfs theme (version 2)
Hopefully this means the Smurfs village survived its recent brutal attack at the hands of UNICEF. Tough little bastards.
Today on C&T I've decided to highlight Spanish trio The Gurus, whom I stumbled onto via the Salon Audiofile site. Online info is somewhat scarce, but I can tell you that they're from Barcelona, and they play British Invasion-style psychedelic pop tinged with dance and electronic influences. They do have a MySpace page, but it's in Spanish. I can sorta read it, but I don't think it says much of note other than that they've been together since about '94 and have a thing for old rock music. Hey, me too.
They have recently released their second LP, The Swing of Things, which is available at Insound; the nice people at Rainbow Quartz Records have been kind enough to make a couple tracks available for sampling. "Flats and Jobs" is crunchy, jangly, trippy, and bound to get your body moving (voluntarily or otherwise). Perhaps something like The Selmanaires if they sounded a lot more like The Who. I you're a fan of '60s-era psychedelia and dance music you're probably going to dig 'em. I haven't been able to get much out of the lyrics just yet, but the dance groove and mood are enough. "Tears on the Wardrobe" is a fine pop song with psychedelic flair.
The Gurus - Flats and Jobs
The Gurus - Tears on the Wardrobe
Additional tracks are available for download from the Rainbow Quartz Records website.
Thanks to You Ain't No Picasso for the heads-up on this one.
Lexington, Kentucky, indie popsters Scourge of the Sea and Petticoat, Petticoat are coming to north Georgia in early 2007. They'll be playing at The EARL in Atlanta on January 6, and following that up with a gig at Tasty World in Athens on January 10. Matt has the full list of tour dates.
There's a good bit of exciting material coming out of the Elephant 6 camp. I've already mentioned the forthcoming album from Of Montreal (due out in January) here. In addition to that release, there are also new or forthcoming releases from Summer Hymns, Ladybug Transistor, and Apples in Stereo.
The new Summer Hymns album, Backward Masks, was released this month. The album is available from Misra Records. Unfortunately, I haven't picked this one up yet, but Paul at The Yellow Stereo has given it a glowing review. Based on what I have heard, it sounds like more of the sweet folk-laced pop that Summer Hymns have long churned out. Here are two tracks from Backward Masks courtesy of Misra:
Summer Hymns - Pity and Envy
Summer Hymns - Start Swimming
The Brooklyn/Marlborough Farms contingent has also unleashed a new release. Ladybug Transistor has just issued a 4-song EP of covers titled Here Comes the Rain. Tackling tunes by Grin, Trader Horne, John Cale, and Kevin Ayers, the EP was released on Spanish label Green UFOs on November 1. It is available for download from Merge Records (for $4!) or you can order a hard copy from Other Music ($9.99 + S&H). I finally got around to ordering mine last night after hearing the title track on their MySpace page. Fans of Jens Lekman will be interested in knowing that he guests on that track as well. Unfortunately, I don't have it yet to share a track, but here are two songs from their most recent full (self-titled) album:
Ladybug Transistor - Splendor in the Grass
Ladybug Transistor - A Burial at Sea
In addition to those releases, the forthcoming record from Apples in Stereo, New Magnetic Wonder, has been getting positive early buzz. It doesn't hit store shelves until February, but Yep Roc Records has already begun taking pre-orders for the release. They've also made available an Apples in Stereo SuperFan Pack that includes an enhanced CD, double LP, a holiday single, an autographed poster, a T-shirt, and other goodies. Of course you can order just the album too if you wish. Word is that Jeff Mangum guests on the album too, which is quite nifty. In the meantime, here are tracks from prior Apples in Stereo releases:
Apples in Stereo - Please
Apples in Stereo - Liza Jane (Dimension Mix)
Atlanta-area readers, please note that E6 friends Casper & the Cookies will be at The EARL on November 30. They'll also be on the Georgia Music Show on WRAS that evening (6pm). Here are their remaining tour dates, courtesy of Optical Atlas:
11.16.06 Cambridge, MD @ Phoning it In
11.19.06 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Cafe
11.30.06 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
12.01.06 Jacksonville, FL @ TSI
12.02.06 Greenville, SC @ The Gypsy
I raved about their current album, The Optimist's Club, back during the summer. Here is "Sid from Central Park" from The Optimist's Club and a couple older tracks:
Casper & The Cookies - Sid from Central Park
Casper & The Cookies - Take It Away, Kathy
Casper & The Cookies - Wave of Mutilation [Pixies cover]
If I missed anything, I'm sure Optical Atlas will pick up the slack.
Little did I know it, but it seems that Glen Phillips has long covered Neutral Milk Hotel in his live shows. Specifically, he has covered both parts of "Two-Headed Boy" from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Today I thought I'd share a couple versions of each.
First is Phillips' cover of "Two-Headed Boy." Glen flubs the second line on the 2003 version and starts over, adding a bit of humor, while the 2002 version is the more forceful of the two.
Glen Phillips - Two-Headed Boy [Neutral Milk Hotel cover; live 7-2-2003]
Glen Phillips - Two-Headed Boy [Neutral Milk Hotel cover; live 9-18-2002]
In addition, here is "Two-Headed Boy Part 2." While the 2005 version is higher quality, the 2001 version is preceded by a nice bit of chatter from Glen about his adoration for In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. I can imagine it might be of interest to fans of either artist.
Glen Phillips - Two-Headed Boy Part II [Neutral Milk Hotel cover; live 7-31-2001]
Glen Phillips - Two-Headed Boy Part II [Neutral Milk Hotel cover; live 5-7-2005]
If you'd prefer to see Jeff Mangum perform the song on his own, here's video of him doing "Two-Headed Boy" from the Live at Jittery Joe's release (via YouTube):
Was this shot at the Jittery Joe's at Five Points in Athens? I was just there on Friday. Can't imagine getting to see Jeff play in that space. Anybody know?
I'm out of town the rest of the week. Everyone play nice.
Lots of good music this weekend -- see the upcoming.org sidebar for some of my picks. Another not listed:
Here's a little bit of Atlanta "culture" for all the lovely people out there. Not high-brow culture, mind you, nor the sort of thing you take grandma to see when she comes to visit. That's what the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coke are for, I guess. Rather, this is one of the ATL's little quirks that you're only likely to know about if you have lived in the city.
Most days, there's a gentleman standing on the corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Briarcliff Road [a horrible, terrible, no good, bad intersection -- ed.], across from the Exxon station and a short distance from Little 5 Points. Why is this notable? Well... without being too obscene, I'll just say that he wears skin-tight white bicycle shorts every day that highlight his manhood. Just about every day. He's such an institution that the yellow sign above was posted in the last few months to note his territory. Many Atlantans, myself included, have long speculated about his intent, if not his sanity. Well, now we have some answers.
Through the magic of YouTube, a local documentarian has shared part of his story. The filmmaker has also taken commentary from many merchants and locals who see or deal with him on a regular basis. This video has been making the rounds quickly, so here it is for those who haven't seen it yet. It's in two parts, each about 9 minutes long. Whether you're interested or just curious about Atlanta's bizarre side, here you go:
Part 1 -- Part 2
Warning though -- not safe for work, or kids... and not to be seen if you're easily offended. Nothing explicit is in the video, but it does talk a great deal about this man's... um.. you know. Be aware.
I have to say though... isn't Keith from CVS (prominently featured in part 2) awesome? Gotta love that Curtis Mayfield soundtrack when he's pontificating about Mr. Terry.
I guess characters like this are part of what makes living in the city interesting. I full expect a report on Blondie from Clermont Lounge in the near future.
You know, Wax Fang didn't do much for me the other night. However, as I'm a big fan of The Big Lebowski... this is awesome.
If you need a live My Morning Jacket fix, the Knoxville gig and the Charleston show from last week are online to download. You can also stream them from the linked sites. No sign of Atlanta yet, but I saw at least one taper with quality gear.
Jingle bells, Batman smells....
As an American and an Air Force brat, I'd be remiss to let Veterans Day pass without saying thanks to our military and those who've served. Thanks to all of you!
In the spirit of the blog, here's an amateur video of "Lazy Ramadi" (of the "Lazy Sunday" ilk) that was produced by a couple of fellow native Hoosiers (from Muncie!) who were stationed in Ramadi, Iraq, recently. Cheers to these guys for keeping their sense of humor in tough conditions.
So, how many tabs of X do you think Sonny Perdue took at this rave?
From The Daily Show in 2002...
I haven't been to the new ISP Studio space (494 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta, Ga.) yet, but I may have an excuse now. On November 19, D.C.-area band These United States will be there along with Paleo and Pistolero. My understanding is that this will be an afternoon show, starting at around 4pm.
These United States have a familiar sort of jangly psych-garage sound that I really like -- they're what the Black Lips might sound like if they were more in the tradition of the Flaming Lips or Eels than Nuggets-era punk acts. I only just learned of them from Harmany Music, but they sound quite promising. I'm not too familiar with the D.C. music scene, but it appears they have quite a following up in the District.
Information on Paleo is a little hard to find, so I welcome anything you can offer in the comments. From what I can tell, it is primarily the project of a gentleman named Dave Strackany. Generally they seem to be in the lo-fi indie folk vein, with a hushed and fragile sound along the lines of Iron & Wine and some Phil Elverum projects. There's also an occassional whiff of Conor Oberst in the vocal. They've been touring to support their album Misery, Missouri which is available online. A positive review was published by Splendid Magazine, and links to more are available on their MySpace page.
Atlanta's own Pistolero call themselves "gunfighters from the world of love" on their MySpace, which is amusing if nothing else. Despite the fact they're locals, I've never seem them play out. From what I can tell they aren't kidding when they say that they're "heavily inspired by the music pouring out of Britain between the mid 60's through the mid 70's." Certainly seem like an act worth checking out.
Here are tracks to sample from each of the bands:
These United States - The Business
These United States - Kings and Aces (live)
Paleo - In the Morning Linda Dies
Paleo - When Money Talks
Pistolero - Godless Summer (left click -> Save to Disk)
Pistolero - God is Thicker Than Love (.m4a)
Paleo has been posting a new song every day on their site. I only sampled a few. If you come across one you think is particularly good, feel free to say so in the comments.
Now, back to watching election coverage on C-Span. Only two days until the election!
First they were kicked out of the freshman dorm at Adams College (in 1984), and now they've been kicked off the Emory University campus. It seems that the remake of the cult classic Revenge of the Nerds has been put on indefinite hiatus by Fox Atomic. The reason? The powers-that-be at Emory backed out of a prior agreement to allow filming on campus in October because they were reportedly uncomfortable with the content of the film.
What, had no member of the Emory administration ever seen the Tri-Lambda misfits take on those meathead Alpha Betas? I would have gladly let them watch my copy of the original if they would have asked. Apparently the film was halted after only a week of filming and is currently looking for a new campus.
Personally, I have mixed feelings about the remake. At least they're creating new characters instead of recasting Louis, Gilbert, Booger, Wormser, Poindexter, Ogre, etc. Really, why mess with such triumphant mediocrity? Here's the trailer to the original movie, brought to you by the magic of YouTube:
FYI, via Confessions of a Music Addict: Jil Station has cancelled their performance at 10 High tonight. Gates of Berlin and Tentonic are still on the bill.
You should also head over to COMA (I'm so calling it that from now on) to check out a list of upcoming events more in the Atlanta alternative/pop realm that I don't cover much on C&T. Be sure to leave a smartass comment for Leah and Ally while you're at it.
A few exciting things going on this Saturday that I thought I'd note here. Thus:
In case you missed this last Saturday, it's totally worth seeing. It features Beck's band playing a table full of plates and glasses, per his usual live show, which is awesome. This particular clip is a little light on puppetry, but it's still killer.