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.
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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.
in other news
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.
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.
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in other news, i have participated in an ongoing podcast featuring some of the most beloved and influential music bloggers from around the internets. the current theme of the podcast is “favorite track of the year, thus far” the collective podcast is the brain child of tim young, lovely chap he is.
throught out my top 25 records of all time, you will find mr mac mccaughan related projects taking up 3 or 4 spots, depending on the day. his influence over my musical stylings is bordering on creepy, and it all stems from superchunk’s 1991 watershed record no pocky for kitty. at the time slack motherfucker was the greatest rock song i had ever heard, edging out another indie rock classic dinosaur jr’s freak scene.
without getting too teary eyed by remenicising about the past and how old we all are getting, mac’s other band portastatic has a new record coming out on june 6. the record is a film score for who loves the sun, which teams him up again with looking for leonard filmaker matt bissonnette. in case you didnt know or couldn’t put two and tow together, mac did the soundtrack for looking for leonard.
here are a couple o’ tracks off of who loves the sun.
in honour of mr kozelek’s appearance in atlanta this week, may 18 at the variety playhouse, here is part one in a series leading up to the show. i will actually be attending this, so if there are any atlantians wanting to grab a drink prior to said performance, holla at your boy. this is from a show in 2005 from baltimore’s ottobar.
in my opinion, there is no one, dead or alive, who can touch the pure soul and emotion that is found in taj mahal’s voice.? if you have never listened to his work, and i recommend you do before you die, check out the natch’l blues, the blues or his self titled sophmore record.
this is a recording from the filmore east from ’71.? its a soundboard recording, and although i converted to APS it still sounds phenomenal.? if you really want a flac copy let me know.
my top 3 “i wish i could have drink(s) with” musicians
1. bob pollard
2. greg dulli
3. mark lanegan
in honor of my number 3 pick, here is a stellar show from the screaming trees suppolsedly from the reading festival circa 1992 – to be historically accurate its from 8.30.1992. if you have never listened to the screaming trees, i highly higly recommend uncle anesthesia or sweet oblivion. or if they aint your thing, any of the mark lanegan solo records are a sure bet, especially whisky for the holy ghost and i’ll take care of you.
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5. winter song
thanks to the fine folks at i love the atmosphere for making these available