Wednesday, June 23, 2010

7 Inch Atlanta Radio's tenth episode, featuring G.G. King!

Greg King is this week's guest, and I'm going to play a hidden backwards message from a G.G. King song!

Also, tune in to hear a song from my buddy Derek Lyn Plastic's new CD, which officially drops on July 4.

Tonight at 10 p.m. on The WOLF Internet Radio!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Woven Bones are this week's guests on the podcast

They were already one of my favorite bands. Now I know they are kickass people after a conversation that included references to Wesley Snipes, Danny Glover, and of course Adrian vs. Predator.

http://7inchatlanta.podomatic.com/entry/2010-06-20T10_16_07-07_00

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Episode 9 featuring Woven Bones

Tonight's show features all three Woven Bones as they discuss their sound, tribal drumming allegations, Wesley Snipes, Danny Glover, Adrian vs. Predator, the Gentleman Jesse Admiration Society, and more. The show will also feature songs from bands ranging from The Busy Signals and Carbonas to Lou Reed and The Buzzcocks.

Check it out tonight at 10 p.m. on The WOLF Internet Radio (www.westga.edu/thewolf).

Monday, June 14, 2010

New podcast and probable future forecast

The new podcast is here:

http://7inchatlanta.podomatic.com/entry/2010-06-14T13_58_05-07_00

I'm considering making the radio show/podcast the main thing I do music-related and have the blog mainly serve as a tool to promote the show.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I'm running behind

The podcast and a couple of reviews should be coming your way in the next two days.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Cassie Ramone and Titus Andronicus cover Weezer

Cassie went to high school with some, if not all, of the guys from this band, which makes me long for a Black Lips/Tilly & The Wall mash-up. By this logic, that means Magnums and Sloppy Meateaters teaming up for a Nirvana cover is not a terrible idea (even though it is).

Decisions, decisions

Friday: Go see The Humms at The Drunken Unicorn or the Baby Dinosaurs release party at 529?

Saturday: Welcome Predator and Balkans back home or check out Woven Bones at The Earl?

These are good problems to have!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Baby Dinosaur's first paired with Bobby's rawest release

Artist: Baby Dinosaurs vs. Bobby and The Spoft Spots
Title: Split 7"
Label: Die Slaughterhaus Records
Release date: June 2010
Release number: DSH-042

The newest Die Slaughterhaus release splits two of the final songs recorded by the late Bobby Ubangi with a couple of tracks from party-pop queens Baby Dinosaurs vs. Extinction.

Of the bands that captured my interest when I first started blogging, Baby Dinosaurs vs. Extinction is the last to release something on vinyl. That's why it's no surprise that I could not wait to get my hands on this one. Their songs, the delightfully tacky (don't sue me, Hooters) "Coke Dick" and a punked-up cover of "I Won't Tell", are fun as hell to hear on vinyl, even if you've heard both dozens of times live at The Star Bar or house shows. Their ode to drug-fueled impotence is the real gem here, as they have taken a page from Frantic and wrote a song about a drug that's probably as easy to score in town as weed and at times has made people within the scene more lazy and more broke.

The Soft Spots side brings us a version of "Make You Mine" that might be the rawest Bobby Ubangi-related release ever, including the tracks from that great Lids 7", and a rough-plodding cover of Link Wray's "Rumble". This, like an earlier Soft Spots 7" co-released by Die Slaughterhaus and Rob's House, captures well Ubangi's love for simple three-chord rock and roll. Is this as good as Ubangi's solo releases that came out while he was battling cancer? No, but these rough around the edges recordings definitely have a place in his small but rich back catalog.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

News and Notes

* Suicide Squeeze is now taking pre-orders for a Coathangers remixes 7" featuring Dan Deacon's "143" remix and Judi Chicago's take on "Arthritis Sux". Only 250 were pressed on green vinyl. Five hundred more black vinyl copies are also available. Another Coathangers 7" will be out late this year on Die Slaughterhaus records, meaning they are getting priority over Adrian vs. Predator. Any excuse to bring that up...

* This AJC article says The Judies will try to carry on with different frontmen from different bands. I don't miss my old job as a crime reporter for a newspaper, so I am trying to avoid sharing my opinions on this situation. I'm merely trying to correct yesterday's assumption that the band is now defunct.

* Old news, but The Woven Bones got a well-deserved 4 out of 4 stars for their new LP from the L.A. Times. Woven Bones will be back in Atlanta this Saturday at The Earl.

* Older news, but my main musical inspiration, Joe Jack Talcum, will be appearing at Athens Pop Fest this August along with other heavy hitters like Quintron and Miss Pussycat, The Wedding Present, Go Sailor, and Mission of Burma. Also scheduled are some Georgia-based favorites like Cars Can Be Blue, The Humms, and Gold-Bears.

Two special guests tonight on the show!

Two of the best in the world at what they do are going to make this week's 7 Inch Atlanta Radio (10 p.m. tonight on The WOLF, www.westga.edu/thewolf) a can't miss show!
First, I am going to talk to Lance, the drummer of The Spits, about The A-Team, album artwork, and the band's future LP with In The Red.

Then listen as Cole Alexander gives his side of the Almighty Defenders/Lindsay Lohan story.

It should be a fun show, with tunes by G.G. King, Bobby and The Soft Spots, Baby Dinosaurs vs. Extinction, German Measles, Balkans, Sneaky Pinks, and more.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ohio's best primitive, trilingual, all-girl punk band crashes a Die Slaughterhaus party

Die Slaughterhaus Records hosted the first of two straight Friday night shows at 529last weekend, with Cleveland's HotChaCha stealing the show.

Opening the show was Athens-based comedic duo Cars Can Be Blue, as they busted out a couple of new, poppy songs and quite a few old, slightly perverse favorites. As usual, Nate and Becky's on-stage banter was as funny as the songs themselves. Mark from Die Slaughterhaus and I were almost in tears when Nate was describing the play at home version of Cars Can Be Blue, which was a cross between the old Life board game and those VHS-enhanced games from the early 90's.

Up next was Pizza Party, a slightly sloppy thrash and hardcore band reminiscent of Suicidal Tendencies. There was not as much crowd activity as there usually is at 529 when a faster punk band is on stage, but that is not because Pizza Party did not emit equal parts humor and rage. It was a lot of fun to see Jessica Juzz play bass in a band. She's one of those people who does a lot of different things well, though I think I prefer seeing her as a fearless frontwoman.

On third and stealing the show was the tribe of Ohio ladies known as HotChaCha. If you have heard any of their recordings, including their brand new LP, you know this group is good. If you have not seen them live, though, you don't know how awesome they truly are. Though they sound different, I would imagine if HotChaCha's multilingual predecessors from Kleenex/Liliput reformed they would give off the same tribal vibe when performing live. When lead singer Jovana told us from stage that the group was facing transmission issues with their van, I decided immediately that a trip to the nearest ATM was in order. Pricey vehicle repairs suck and this band doesn't, so everyone was done a favor when they sold me their LP.

Closing out the night was Atlanta's best party band, The Coathangers. They have gotten a lot of love lately here on 7 Inch Atlanta, so there's no need to rehash old reviews about how much fun it is to see this band. Instead, let's go ahead and get excited about the Die Slaughterhaus 7" they will be recording soon. Now that will be a fun 7" release show. Maybe, if we are all lucky, HotChaCha will come back and play that one!

One could safely assume...

this spells the end of The Judies.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Episode 7 download, featuring nothing but cover songs and an interview with Alex from Crusaders of Love


This week's podcast features Alex from Crusaders of Love telling a couple of stories about his pal King Louie and a slew of cover songs by bands like Nobunny, The Spits, G.G. King, Quadiliacha, Black Tambourine, and more.

Spits play show of the year

The Spits/Nobunny bill at The Earl was pretty much guaranteed to be one of the best nights of rock and roll in Atlanta this summer, and the show delivered mainly due to the headliner's ability to overcome a few early fuck-ups.

A couple of local groups opened the festivities. I missed The Customers' set, but I did get to see G.G. King's set of mostly new songs. For some reason, Greg's metal influences seemed more obvious than usual on this given night.

Nobunny and his current backup band then hit the stage, with the frontman wearing his trademark creepy as fuck and likely smelly from wear and tear mask. The country-influenced song that started off the set and the bizzare mish-mash of songs, including a Spinal Tap number and Gentleman Jesse's "I Don't Wanna Know (Where You've Been Tonight)", toward the end were definite highlights, but everything in between was lacking compared to past Nobunny stops in Atlanta. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad set at all, but Nobunny and his crew definitely have better shows. Such is life on the road.

The Spits came roaring out with lights and smoke, a skull backdrop, and 1960's style wide neckties, but they faced some problems of their own. An unplugged guitar and a broken bass string or two early in the set would have derailed almost anyone else, but these guys persevered and ended up having probably the best and most enjoyable set I have seen all year. I was pumping my fist and singing along and so was the guy to my left (Joe from The Black Lips) and to my right (Mark from Die Slaughterhaus Records). Hell, Clay from G.G. King even crowd surfed for the first time in his life during all the excitement. The Spits said goodnight before the last five or six songs, but they kept coming at us with quick blasts of weirdo punk rock. I didn't want it to end, no matter how exausted the guys on stage looked. To reiterate, it was the best thing I've seen all year, including a certain show at 529.

Friday, June 4, 2010

I'm behind and looking ahead to tonight

Nobunny was a little disappointing Wednesday, but The Spits went above and beyond when they had a chance to save the night. More about that show in a few days.

Tonight, head to The Earl to see Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Gentleman Jesse and His Men, and The Barreracudas before you venture over to see Hot Cha Cha, The Coathangers, Pizza Party, and Cars Can Be Blue at 529.

And on Saturday, your best bet is seeing local indie-pop band Gold-Bears at The Drunken Unicorn when they play with Spectralux and The Sunshine Factory.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Have a good time all the time with the all cover songs edition of 7 Inch Atlanta Radio!


This week’s episode features a special guest appearance by Alex from Crusaders Of Love as he tells a couple of funny stories about King Louie. Also check out covers done by The Ramones, Beat Beat Beat, Plexi 3, Nobunny, The Spits, G.G. King, Carbonas, Quadiliacha, Baby Shakes, The Wolfmen, Crusaders of Love, Finally P...unk, Black Lips, The Spooks, Those Darlins, Gentleman Jesse and His Men, Dum Dum Girls, Black Tambourine, Mika Miko, and The Stolen Minks. 10 p.m. EST on The WOLF (www.westga.edu/thewolf.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Death dance rock for brainiacs

Artist: Death Domain
Title: 3-song 7"
Label: Army of Bad Luck
Release date: January 2010
Release number: ABL016

Death Domain is awkward dance beats mixed with brainy lyrics that could only have been written by a molecular microbiology student like longtime SIDS member Adam Stroupe.

Stroupe is not just a student, though, as Creative Loafing's Chad Radford reported last year that the reason he moved to Baltimore was to persue his Ph.D. at John Hopkins University. So if these lyrics go over your head (I'm a graduate student and I don't know what the fuck "Toxoplasma Gondii" means), he's not showing off. He's writing about what's prominent in his life the moment he sits down to compose a song, and that's what good songwriters do.

The a-side, "Toxoplasma Gondii", is like a really cerebral and less dance-worthy Gary Numan song. It's pretty catchy stuff, even if the science nerd lyrics will probably zoom right over your head.

The two b-sides are a little more experimental, like SIDs without the crazy, unpredictable punk approach. "From My Window" has a title most of us can pronounce and sounds like it is about a tourtured, distant admirer and not something over our heads about cells splitting or whatever.

This three song release is a hard one to define. It's too smooth to be punk or industrial and way more cerebral than even the most arsty-farsty noise rock songs.

What else? It has a glow-in-the-dark cover!

Great night in a strange environment

Last Thursday's main attraction in Atlanta was a great grouping of bands at an unusual venue. The Barreracudas, Crusaders of Love, Ex-Humans, Biters, and The Booze all played Eastside Lounge's tiny, five feet off the ground stage. Seriously, jumping off that thing would be a Randy Savage elbow drop instead of a stage dive. Once I got past how bizarre it was to hang with my friends and see their bands in a totally different kind of venue, I had a blast.
You know the bill is stacked when Adrian and company are curtain-jerking. They played another solid set of newish songs that'll probably be on an upcoming LP.
My new friend Alex (he's going to be on the radio show tomorrow) and the other French guys and girl from Crusaders of Love were fantastic, playing cuts from their Douchemaster LP. They were cool people and a great band to boot. The interview I did with Alex is labeled on my computer as being recorded at 5:30 a.m., and I believe it, as none of us actually slept that night. Hurry back, guys.

Ex-Humans from Brooklyn were next playing basic, three-piece, ass-scorching punk rock. As you can see, former Carbonas and Beat Beat Beat guitarist Josh Martin is their lead singer. The real treat in their set was a guest appearance by Stalkers frontman Andy Animal on a Troggs cover.

On a side note, I tried to interview Andy after the sho but drunkenly forgot to press record. Oops.

After that, the tiny upstairs area of the Eastside Lounge was packed, so I just listened to The Biters and The Booze from downstairs. I could hear them loud and clear.

The Biters continues to crank out great rock and roll that is a cross between early pop-inspired punk like The Boys and the arena-filling rock of Cheap Trick. This was my first time seeing them with Tuk's brother Travis on bass, and they did not miss a beat. Forget any silly hangups you might have about haircuts or these guys' past bands, because The Biters are the real shit.

The Booze closed the party with their tribute act that kind of sounds like The Strokes doing Rolling Stones covers. You're probably right and I'm the only one who hears The Strokes when I see The Booze live. This is definitely a talented group, though, and it never ceases to amaze me that Randy can keep finding guys in Georgia with the Mod look who also are good musicians.

What was it like seeing rock and roll in an environment like the Eastside Lounge? It was way more enjoyable than expected. All of us overgrown punk kids were pretty much the only ones there, and the staff liked us enough to play a Bad Brains DVD for the folks congregated at the bar. Will ESL start having the kind of kickass shows we see at 529? Probably not, but I wish them luck because the more venues catering to our bands, the better.

Two of the best in the game are coming to town

Garage-pop genius Nobunny and West Coast punk revivalists The Spits are coming together tomorrow to play The Earl along with local favorites The Customers and G.G. King. It'll be two of the best acts from the original Mess-Around back together.

It's a wonder I waited this long to make a big deal out of this show, as The Spits are one of my favorites and had the best album of 2009.