Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hear: Odonis Odonis - "Hard Boiled Soft Boiled"

Toronto's Odonis Odonis were one of my favorite bands from SXSW, so I was happy to help them set up an Athens show this Friday at World Famous with Muuy Biien (record release), Vincas, and Gorgeous. Please come see 'em!

Their new album Hard Boiled Soft Boiled came out today on Buzz Records. The title reflects the album's split personality: the first half explodes with their brand of industrial noise rock, and the second settles into melodic, fuzzy dream pop. You can stream a sampler of tracks off the album below, along with a few new videos.

General Motors 1945, or Sci Fi stills?

These images of the reception area at General Motors, installed in 1945 in Warren Michigan (where my parents grew up!) have me wishing I could replace my Ikea number with a white shiny flying saucer desk.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hear: Pinecones new tape "Plays Cosmic Hits"

The Atlanta/Athens band's new release "Plays Cosmic Hits" was recorded live on WUOG 90.5 this past February, and is out on cassette now on one of my favorite names to rally around, Southern Vision. If a live radio session sounds this good, I can't wait to hear what's next.

Reminds me a little of Pontiak, Ex-Cult, Wire, and Dead Meadow at times.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sunday: From Pure Brunch to Pure Barre

Flexing my Jello arm

This past Sunday, the crew at Pure Barre Athens invited me out for a complementary class. Instead of my usual Sunday routine of brunching and errands, I got to really do it bit this week with Pure Brunch AND Pure Barre. I'd taken a few free community classes over Christmas, so I was excited to come back. There are around 200 Pure Barre studios nationwide, and the Athens studio in the Alps Kroger shopping center is less than a year old.

Hear: Young Magic - "Fall In"

By Harrison Thane

I'm glad my friend Morgan called me to come see Young Magic one afternoon in Austin, because they ended up being one of my favorites all week.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hear: White Laces - "Skate or Die"

Richmond's White Laces just shared the first track from their upcoming LP TranceThe album was recorded one week in December in Philly by Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, Nothing, Purling Hiss). Fans of Wild Nothing, take note. Sounds like summer is closer than I realized.

Metal Cats

...because cats are dark, and metal dudes are some of the biggest softies I know. As my friend JLP pointed out, every time a cat cleans himself, he's worshipping the dark lord.

Alexandra Crockett's 176 page book Metal Cats, published by Powerhouse Books, will raise money for no-kill shelters. The collection of images features members of Black Goat, Thrones, Isis, Lightning Swords of Death, Book of Black Earth, Skarp, Harassor, Akimbo, Aldebaran, Atriarch, Oak, Ghoul, Ludicra, Holy Grail, Xasthur, Cattle Decapitation, Murder Construct, Exhumed, Morbid Angel, Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Gypsyhawk, Nausea, Phobia, and Napalm Death.

You can purchase a copy here.

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