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Updated: 2017-11-13T14:04:10.530-05:00

 



40-five

2011-04-20T08:47:55.890-04:00




No One Will Miss Me If I Don't Go Away

2011-04-12T11:28:56.440-04:00

Sabbatical self-sabotage. A hiatus from self-hatred. I didn't plan on such a long silence, but I had neither time nor interest to post anything. I got into a funk at the end of the year, when I realized how estranged I have become from the tastes of the online music community. I don't feel the need to be part of the in-crowd, but the consensus among the cognoscenti was far afield from what I



Two Thousand Goes to Eleven

2010-12-10T21:38:48.989-05:00

Music bloggers everywhere are busy compiling their year-end lists and holiday mixtapes. Humbug, I say. I'm already looking forward to the records that are coming out next year. High Tension Wires will release their third album, "Welcome New Machine", in February on the Dirtnap label. High Tension Wires are three Marked Men plus a Riverboat Gambler.Wire will release Object 48 on December 20, 2010,



Giant Sandy Devotional

2010-11-24T16:10:20.661-05:00

I used to think of Howe Gelb as a Bob Dylan for my generation (or at least a John Prine). His lyrics are always literate and clever, and he staked a claim on the alt-country turf when the geography of that genre had yet to be mapped. Jason and the Nashville Scorchers released their debut EP (with its rocking revision of "Absolutely Sweet Marie") in 1982 (the same year the Kinmans re-emerged as



And Now for Something Completely Different

2010-11-24T16:11:05.983-05:00

Blogger tells me that I passed 300 posts somewhere back there, and it's only taken me the better part of five years to do it. I couldn't have stuck with it this long without my loyal readers, especially those daily comments from 独懸賞金ム and 分海賊なら. You guys are 男性の為が! !!Apropos of nothing, here's a poem what I hath recently wrot:Well, the Spaniard sported an unsightly 'stacheAs he sweltered in the



And Now for Something Remarkably Similar

2010-11-15T13:45:51.089-05:00

Every purse was loaded with almighty cashAs Ranaldo softly strummed,And then Thurston bit into a blackened old pearBut he'd rather have a plum!Fandom is fun, but it can cost a ton.And we gently nudged the unsightly smudgeUntil the stain was goneFrom the pants that we wonIn an online auction.Stay tuned for "Unclabbered and Admirable Palsy".The Nectarine No.9: These Days



Rectifying Monkey

2010-11-15T13:44:52.253-05:00

Melvins - Youth of AmericaMission of Burma - Youth of America (courtesy of archive.org)All the Saints - Youth of America (courtesy of Southern Shelter)Regarding his dystopian punk/motorik masterpiece, Greg Sage wrote, "The song YOA itself is out of a dream I had about the future. A time where people 'over breed' themselves to the point that even the most simple thing had become the highest level



Tomorrowmilland

2010-09-29T12:51:32.775-04:00

Were the 1980's really that bad (see 8/19/10 below)? There's good music to be found in any decade, if you know where to listen. There are always forward-thinking musicians creating visionary sounds. Predictions of the future that were made in the past can be amusing when they're inaccurate (like the Jetsons, jetpacks, or Disney's Tomorrowland), but they're startling when they come true.



Rocktobtlanta and Halloweethens

2010-09-21T10:17:39.556-04:00

Monday, 10/18/10: School of Seven Bells at the EARLWednesday, 10/20: Los Campesinos with Johnny Foreigner at the Variety PlayhouseSaturday, 10/23/10: Bettie Serveert with Magnapop at the EARLSaturday 10/30/10: E.S.G. at the New Earth Music Hall in Athens, as part of the Next to Last FestSunday, 10/31/10: Fiend without a Face at the EARL Halloween BashTuesday 11/02/10: JEFF the Brotherhood at 529



Burning Down Your House

2010-09-07T12:02:17.436-04:00

The Jim Jones Revue arose like a phoenix from the ashes of Thee Hypnotics. The JJR played four songs on Daytrotter this summer, including one from their brand new album, Burning Your House Down (which comes out this week).If you usually avoid the type of performers featured on Daytrotter, do yourself a favor and make an exception. Or you can listen on myspace. I generally eschew "A meets B"



My Punk Half of the Drainpipe

2010-08-19T14:12:43.505-04:00

Although I haven't been blogging lately, I read music blogs every week. I was right pleased to be mentioned in three of my favorites: I Blog Econo, sIBlingshot on the Bleachers, and Last Days of Man on Earth. Last Days features the Underneathica theme song (circa 1981), so grab that mp3! It's nice to be remembered by your peers.Ib (of SibLINGSHOT) wrote a comment on his blog about the sad state



Behind the Face of the Music

2010-07-03T08:30:00.045-04:00

Does the story behind an album's creation add to the listener's enjoyment, or detract from it? I like to know how a record was made, and what the songs signify. But sometimes I think that the stories bandied about in the news media can overshadow the music itself, and mislead potential listeners.We all know the story of the guy who got dumped by his band and his girlfriend, and how he retreated



Landing Signs

2010-07-02T09:23:34.918-04:00

The members of Venice Is Sinking must feel as though time moves in slow motion for their band. Their third album, Sand & Lines, was released last month, roughly a year after a fire destroyed the Georgia Theater. The group recorded Sand & Lines there back in May 2008.To add to the sensation of slow motion, Daytrotter recently made available the session that Venice Is Sinking recorded there last



Vuvuzealotry

2010-07-01T16:03:11.229-04:00

My concert-going habits have also changed. I think I only went to three shows last year. So far this year, I've seen the Residents, Acrassicauda, and Wintersleep. Shows I'm looking forward to:8/14/09: Mission of Burma, Raymilland, and Oh-OK (among others) at the Athens Popfest! Raymilland's "Recordings 1979-81" is available from BDR Recordings. Linda Hopper (ex-Oh-OK) has released a new Magnapop



Soylent Lucidity

2010-06-30T13:09:39.063-04:00

"While the Allman Brothers Band... defined the Southern Rock genre, Kevin Dunn destroyed it," Tony Paris writes in his excellent review of No Great Lost, the CD anthology of Kevin Dunn's solo recordings from the 1980's. It's an impressive collection of music that sheds light on an overlooked oeuvre.Eno's solo albums of the early Seventies are an obvious touchstone, but Kevin Dunn is his own Fripp



Pura Guvera

2010-06-25T14:01:22.495-04:00

It's interesting how technology can change your music listening habits. I grew up with radio, vinyl and cassettes. I still have my first CD player. Then came the internet, mp3's, iPods, and all the sites you could search from the comfort of your home, rather than digging through record store crates. I joined eMusic, and quit five years later after buying music from almost 600 artists. Lala



If Reagan Youth Played Disco Biscuits

2010-06-04T08:48:10.504-04:00

Versions Galore is back! Covers by the score! Leo's been a busy boy. Check it out: Versions Galore 2.0To celebrate, here's one of my favorite covers ever (the Revillos doing "Hungry for Love", originally by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates):



Born Sloppy

2010-05-14T12:46:36.956-04:00

This post goes out to all the slain bloggers and the fallen bloggers: cyber comrades taken down by the Despicable Millionaires Copywrong Act. Truthfully, I had been planning this post for awhile, but I thought to dedicate it after I tried to visit my friend Leopold at Versions Galore and saw the dreaded "blog not found" page. Leopold can still be found on Facebook, and he's parked the domain,



No Jesus, Know Peace

2010-04-09T15:18:12.230-04:00

Maybe the dudes in Wintersleep sensed that I was talking about them, because they have just announced a North American tour (with Matt Pond PA) that will include a June 24 appearance at the EARL in Atlanta. Meet me at the merch table. Also recently announced: No Great Lost, an anthology of Kevin Dunn's recordings from 1979 to 1985. Kevin is an Atlanta guitarist and former member of the Fans (



No Future, Know Clutter

2010-04-08T11:26:05.970-04:00

Another real new Fall album, Your Future Our Clutter, will be released on April 26 by Domino Records. It includes a cover of "Funnel of Love", a song that I blogged about here. A track-by-track description of YFOC is available at The Quietus. A vinyl single with a non-LP version of the song "Bury" will be released on Record Store Day.A Balloon Called Moaning, the 8 song EP by The Joy Formidable,



Kickstart My Art

2010-03-24T12:46:02.323-04:00

My multi-fauceted friend Paula Carino recently released Open on Sunday, her first alboom since 2001's Aquacade. I've known Paula since the Eighties, so it's hard to be objective about her music; but I like it a lot, and I think her lyrics are smarter than the average bear (wolf, fox, or other animal du jour). Paula financed her CD through Kickstarter. You can buy it on iTunes, CD Baby, or direct



Set the Controls for the Phasers to Stun

2010-03-04T12:44:56.601-05:00

There's something especially special about Australian rock. I absolutely LURVE Radio Birdman, You Am I, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Love of Diagrams, Anne McCue, and Grand Atlantic. North Americans have a unique opportunity to see the fabulous powerpop quartet Grand Atlantic this month. The tour starts tomorrow (March 5) in SF. They will swing through Chicago and Toronto. There will be two NYC



Crazy Rhythm Method Men

2010-03-24T12:47:32.475-04:00

The Method Actors are a dream band for vinyl completists. The Athens post-punk duo released several 7" singles, a 10" EP and an album (in single LP and double LP versions). The sleeves feature lavish original paintings and arresting B&W photos of the Mutt & Jeff pair. But the music of the Method Actors has never been available on CD until now. On March 9, Acute Records will release This Is Still



Tactical Bakeoff

2010-02-19T12:18:49.004-05:00

Other new records I bought and liked in 2009: Future of the Left: Travels with Myself and Another (reviewed here)Grand Atlantic: How We Survive (reviewed here)Hex Dispensers: Winchester Mystery House (mentioned here)Marked Men: Ghosts (reviewed here)Obits: I Blame You (reviewed here)Venice Is Sinking: Azar (reviewed here)My favorite new songs of 2009, in a zip file: Tactical Bakeoff(See comments



Underestimated in '09

2010-02-19T12:04:55.589-05:00

I read somewhere a critic's opinion that you only need one Super Furry Animals album. I would have a hard time choosing just one. Their records may be uneven, but there have been many great songs scattered across them. One of the things I admire about SFA is their ability to perform songs in so many different genres of pop music from the past five decades. The last album, Hey Venus, was perhaps