Monday, September 26, 2005

Let's increase site traffic!


More people need to check out our blog and the great artists we've been highlighting, so in a desperate attempt to increase our online presence we are going to have to bring out the big guns and sit back and let the hits roll in:

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Hello Sir @ CMJ


Download: 'Rats' by Tiger Bear Wolf

Download: 'This Graceless Planet' by We Vs. The Shark


So...Athens-based Hello Sir Records really brought their A game to CMJ's Music Marathon last week. Their showcase at the 169 Bar was well-attended and thoroughly rocked. Despite the ultra competitive Friday night 8-11 spot, Hello Sir's showcase was packed all night long. Cinemechanica came first, followed by Asheville's Ahleuchatistas, then came the boys from Tiger Bear Wolf, with We Versus the Shark bringing down the house last. All Athens denizens can rest assured that these guys are out there perpetuating your city's good name. We here tell that lablemate Maserati's show went really well also, and we want to be sure to wish them the best of luck on their upcoming European tour. Keep them eyes here for news on the upcoming and much anticipated debut full-length from Cinemechanica.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

It's a nice day.


Download: Ham1--"Alice's Call"

You'll hear more about Ham1 around these parts as the weeks roll on, but I will say that Ham1 is one of my favorite Athenian bands, the brainchild of Jim Willingham, a local teacher and one of the best guys you'll ever meet. Flagpole Magazine's Gordon Lamb had this to say about Ham1 this week:
The only safe thing to assume is that Willingham's teen-age years saw him devouring a wide array of independent American records and had him keep a particular focus on those incorporating weird uses of musical space, country music, four-chord pop and homespun ensembles. It's this rough roadmap that works best when attempting to chart Ham-1.
I think of Ham1 was some sort of slightly scratchy radio broadcast from a fantastical America. And for a Southern artists, the music is remarkably dusty and Western. I picked this song because it befits the day itself: gorgeous, breezy, but a tad wistful.

The wistfulness probably comes from my being trapped behind this computer when I should be outside--I don't know--throwing a frisbee around or something. That's what people do on gorgeous days, right?

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Paul Duncan on Hometapes


Download: "In A Way" by Paul Duncan
Download: "Oil In The Fields" by Paul Duncan

One of the better shows we saw this year at CMJ 2005 (which was an old-fashioned hammjamm, by the way) was one by Mr. Paul Duncan, who--I will boldly declare!--is about to release one of the best records of the year, Be Careful What You Call Home. Surely no record has worn out my iPod as much as his has. Besides being on one of the sexiest labels out there, Miami's Hometapes (home to great bands like The Caribbean as well), Paul spent some time in Atlanta and Savannah, so he's good people as far as us Georgians are concerned!

He's really knocked it out of the park with this new record and these two tracks available for download barely scratch the surface (though "Oil In The Fields" is a real monster). At times a superior songwriter in the vein of Nick Drake or Smog, at other times a superb ambient/experimental craftsman like Eno, Paul somehow manages to balance these two spheres of his existence with a surefootedness that's remarkable. I mean, I really could go on and on here, but it'll just get more and more pretentious, something that Paul is most definitely not. You ever have one of those records that you love so much but have a hard time explaining? This is one of those instances.

The Hometapes website also features unreleased tracks and something from his first album. Absorb it like a sponge.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Man, why aren't we working this guy?

Download: Scott J. Wolfson--"Fema For Kidz Rap"

With the power of a Chuck D. or Rakim in his prime, hot new MC Scott J. Wolfson has jumped onto the scene with this delightfully old-school jam (check the minimalist Terminator X-esque outro) about the Federal Emergency Management Agency! Think they acted too slowly in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? Think that Michael Brown is a moron? Think that FEMA doesn't care about minorities? You crazy! How can a governmental agency with a jam like this on their site not be street? For real. Check these "dope" lyrics (which use a variant of the word "mitigate," by the way):

Disaster . . . it can happen anywhere,
But we've got a few tips, so you can be prepared
For floods, tornadoes, or even a 'quake,
You've got to be ready - so your heart don't break.

Disaster prep is your responsibility
And mitigation is important to our agency.

People helping people is what we do
And FEMA is there to help see you through
When disaster strikes, we are at our best
But we're ready all the time, 'cause disasters don't rest.

Damn! He fronted on you, disaster!

Ninja High School


Download: Ninja High School -- "By Purpose Not By Plan (Sex Nerds Mix)"

What's that you say? There's not enough 'positive hardcore dance rap bands' out there these days? Well fear not, friend, Ninja High School is here to fill that former void in your innermost being. These characters are from that musical hotbed to the North known to most as Toronto. NHS's debut full-length Young Adults Against Suicide, will be released in early November on the venerable German label, Tomlab Records (The Books, Patrick Wolf, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone). While Ninja High School is white and does rap, any comparisons to the Beastie Boys are at best a lazy starting point. Further reflection on the group's sound reveals a multitude of musical influences and touchstones that are not as immediately apparent such as Beat Happening, Public Enemy, and Minor Threat. Well known in their hometown for raucous live shows, perhaps if we all bug Ninja High School and Tomlab we can get this crew down into the U.S. for some dates.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Josh Martinez and Sleep are the Chicharones


Download: "Pork Rind Discotheque" by the Chicharones

A dirty secret of mine is that I like all manner of greasy, fattening pork products, including pork rinds with hot sauce on them AKA chicharrones, which inspires much distress in my vegetarian wife.

For my health, I should probably stick to Vancouver's Chicharones, a spicy rap duo made up of Josh Martinez (one of URB's Next 100) and Sleep (one of the founders of Oldominion), two fantastic performers who possess a clever wit and incredibly diverse influences, which show up in their hot backing tracks. Both Martinez and Sleep have absorbed myriad genres and artists into their lexicon--salsa, rock, blues (Sleep's dad played bass for Gatemouth Brown!), and more--and swing these influences around wildly with an emphasis on songwriting that's pretty refreshing considering what passes for "songs" in much of today's hip-hop. I particularly like the classical riffs that permeate some of the tracks on their new record, When Pigs Fly. Oh, and the record gets better as it goes along (and it starts out really strong)!

Download this track. And catch the Chichis on tour:

September

8th- Courtenay BC- Seven
9th-Victoria BC- Lucky Bar
10th- Tofino BC- The Legion
11th- Vancouuver BC- Sonar w/Prefuse 73
15th- Whistler BC- GLC w/Sweatshop Union (*private show)
*16h Kelowna BC - The Well w/Sweatshop Union(TBC)
*17th- Calgary AB- TBA w/Aceyalone
*18th- Nelson BC- Fluid (TBC)
*19th- Calgary AB- TBC
20th- Red Deer AB-
21st-Edmonton AB - TBC w/Aceyalone
25th- London ON- The Embassy
*26th-Ottawa ON- Babylon w/Aceyalone (TBC)
28th-1st: POP Montreal Conference/Showcase TBD

October
6th-Bozeman MT- Zebra Lounge Hatch Festival (Josh Martinez Solo)
14th- San Antonio Texas @ Kingston Tycoon Flats
*20th Vancouver BC- Richards on Richards TBC
*part of the Western Canadian Music Awards