get to know the selmanaires


i know i have been slacking off the past two years in getting to know the local atlanta music scene.? in all honesty, i feel bad in not doing so.? i have just been so pre-occupied by other stuff that i have not paid the scene that much mind.? hopefully, that will all be changing soon.

i had read about the selmanaires, but again didnt bother to dig any deeper.? maybe the article was shitty or my son wanted to read the “trucks” book for the 900th time, but needless to say it was not until mr cable and tweed gave them his seal of approval that i decided to give them a whirl.? i am extremely glad that i did.? the three men in the selmanaires make some noise that itches me right where i scratch.? musically they remind me quite a bit of the clash, but they also incorporate some very cool harmonies very remeniscent of the zombies or the kinks.

their new record here come the selmanaires can be purchased here


all i really want to know

how you gonna rip it like this son? cap n' jazz & offspring mixtape

i would be remiss if i didnt mention my love for all things that have stemmed from cap n’ jazz. i used to shop at this cool record store in tinley park, il called record swap. there used to be a location in homewood and there still might be one in champaign/urbana. in any event, it was a killer record store and the staff was awesome. it was at record swap that i had my first encounter with cap n jazz. although it started as a total love affair, the various incarnations of the off shoots has tested my love, somewhat.

i will say this, if you are looking for a pop/punk record to whet your palette, you need to look no further than either cap n jazz’s analphabetapolothology, if you are lucky you may be able to find the original lp on ebay, or the promise ring’s nothing feels good.? nothing feels good, imo, is probably the greatest pop/punk record in history.? it is so hook ladden and catchy its almost embarrasing.? so here are some cap n jazz related tracks from various cap n jazz related bands.

little league – cap n’ jazz

why did we ever meet – promise ring

red paint – promise ring

i never trusted the russians – promise ring

picture postcard – promise ring

trial at orleans – joan of arc

white out – joan of arc

im 5 senses (none of them are common) – joan of arc

the deep south – promise ring

the united colors of the gap – joan of arc

everyone is my friendowls

there are so many more cap n jazz/promise ring/joan of arc off shoots than i have provided.? check out jade tree’s site or just google tin kinsella or cap n jazz or promise ring.? most of it is pretty solid stuff, but there are some real clunkers in the bunch.

here is another gratuitous photo of annie of giant drag.


mark kozelek, or how to bore me to tears

dear mark

please for the fucking love of god, stop! stop whatever you are doing right now and go back home.? it saddens me to no end to put it so bluntly, but you need to stop fuckin around.? your performance at the variety playhouse, last evening, was the closest thing i have ever seen to a corpse performing what are otherwise magnificent songs.? stop with the modest mouse covers, you dont do them justice! you are talented as hell, we all know that.? so, seriously mark, what the fuck?? i want to know, we want to know!

here is what you should do, and its really fuckin easy.? if you arent willing to tour with a full band then at least bring an electric along to liven shit up a bit.? your constant willingness to pluck everything is fuckin annoying.? every damn song sounded the same, at least to my ears.? pancho villa, one of my favorite songs, sounded like a shell of its original self.?? “make like paper,” the ode to crazy horse on blue guitar, was the closest you came to recreating any kind of studio magic in a live setting.? even that was a pretty lame attempt, i am sorry to say.

so, please, please, please stop with the bullshit and bring the ROCK!? even if your show contained only 20% ROCK it would be worlds better than 100% boredom.


in other news, the night was a not a total loss.? we got to meet and share a drink or two with rich of cable and tweed fame – which i might say is a super cool dude.? my only problem with rich is that he is a line of vision hog.? meaning, at the giant drag in store at criminal his ass was obstructing my near perfect view of the near perfect annie of giant drag. god damn, she is cute as a button.

the family unit is going to a renaissance festival today, for some reason.? so, i leave you with two live cat power tracks from 2.21.05 from the knitting factory.

lived in bars

the greatest

one of these days i'll get the joke and kozelek IV

hell on earth sounds like, especially in the hands of a 19 mo old.

mr pollard has graced his audience with two more demos, in what seems like it will be a never ending set of installments – which is fine with me.

white skin and bones

the finest joke is upon us

remember tonite atlantians that mark kozelek is playing at the variety, and i believe tickets are still available. i will also be hitting up the giant drag in store at criminal records, which begins at 6 pm. so, if you see a dude with bad facial hair and a dirty old white sox hat, say hello, most likely its me.

final installment of the kozelek show from 2.23.05 @ ottobar

14. carry me ohio

15. ocean breathes salty

16. pancho villa

17. new jersey

18. have you forgotten

19. katy song

giant drag, criminal, and kozelek III

so tomorrow is shaping up to be a pretty cool day here in atlanta. besides the kozelek show at the variety, giant drag is doing an in-store at criminal, one of the best record stores on the planet, and they are playing at the earl with pretty girls make graves and the joggers. thanks to rich at cable and tweed for reminding me of this, otherwise i would have completely forgot. i know there is a dude in giant drag, but there is no finer photo than a hot chick with smoke in mouth strummin the geetar.

kevin is gay

pretty little neighbor

kozelek/2.23.05/baltimore, md/ottobar

10. revelation big sur

11. send in the clowns

12. celebrate summer

13. around and around

st. thomas is coming home


there must something in the punch down in austin’s misra records headquarters. maybe a special blend that they feed to musicians lookin for a home, cause within the past year or so their catalogue of releases is super freakin good. they seem to have a knack for signing artists that make the greatest records you never knew you needed.

a relatively new signee to the misra roster is norway’s st. thomas – who are apparently pretty big in their native land. me gets the feeling st. thomas is the brain child of one man, thomas hansen. granted i have not heard the entire full length, i’m coming home, but these two tracks are very very promising. he sounds a bit like lullaby for the working class/great lake swimmers/okkervil river.


take a dance with me

in other news

you can stream the new we vs death record here

amy millan sets something on fire

so, i am guessing that over the coming months, amy millan is going to be getting a lot of press – if she has not already. as you all probably know, amy is a member of stars, who put out the most excellent set yourself on fire a year or two ago. she has a new record coming out shortly, may 30, entitled honey from the tombs, and if this song is indication of the quality of the record, its going to be quite grand.

skinny boy

mark kozelek at ottobar 2.23.05 II

anyone see those new apple powermacs? that black looks absolutely delicious. if anyone wants to send one my way, i would not mind.

again, atlantians, mark kozelek is playing in our fair city on thursday at the variety playhouse. i am hoping he stays away from the modest mouse material, cause outside of never ending math equation i really dont dig his renditions. hopefully he sticks more with his own material, and then i will be happy.

5. not sure?

6. void

7. all mixed up

8. glenn tipton

9. never ending math equation

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