Tuesday, May 24, 2011

7 Inch Atlanta Radio returns tomorrow night (10 p.m. to midnight at www.westga.edu/thewolf)

And I'm going to play some bands that haven't appeared on the show yet.

Also tune in to hear an exclusive interview with John Breedlove (Trial By Fire, Hip to Death, Die Indy Records). We're going to talk about local access television, the label that gave the Balkans their start, and more!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Check out Lucy Dreams for free

I finally got around to listening to Lucy Dreams, a new and very young local act that recently signed to Pretty Ambitious Records.

I had nothing to lose when giving their music a shot, as at the moment you can download quite a few Lucy Dreams and related solo project tracks at their Bandcamp page. I'm digging what I have heard so far, "Realize" in particular.

Here's the skinny on the group via the Pretty Ambitious website:
“Before catching anyone’s attention with a few rough demos posted on their Myspace page, Lucy Dreams turned heads when they played their first show opening for Abby Go Go at 529 back in December. The unassuming four-piece made-up of Decatur High students Lloyd Wingard (guitar, vocals), Jacob Armando (drums), Graham Tavel (bass) and Dani Lyman (keyboard/vocals) took the stage and unleashed a wall of slurred pop hooks, warped melodies and distortion. They left such an impression that they were later asked to play the opening slot for Deerhunter and Black Lips’ show the night that Eyedrum closed down its 290 MLK location.” –Chad Radford, Creative Loafing

Soon after the Eyedrum show, Nick Lynds (guitar) joined the group and they all started recording their first album, Vivian, to be released in September 2011.

Lucy Dreams have evolved musically thanks to influences ranging from The Wake, Sonic Youth, NEU! and Joy Division. Their sound can be related to the likes of Future Islands, Indian Jewelry, The Black Angels and Wooden Shjips.

You can pre-order their debut long-player, Vivian, through Pretty Ambitious.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday, Joey!

Today would have been Joey Ramone's 60th bithday. Since he's one of the fathers of most of the things we all enjoy and this year is also the tenth anniversary of his passing, drink one for Joey tonight.

Also, have you ever thought about how he knew his days were numbered when he recorded his incredible version of "What a Wonderful World"? Most of us need to learn how to remain that positive when faced by less serious hurdles.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Coathangers album drops in June. Pre-order it now.

Pre-order the forthcoming Coathangers LP, Larceny and Old Lace, from Suicide Squeeze to get the limited colored vinyl and a neat poster. For the skinny on the album, the band's first full-length recorded in a proper studio and third long-player overall, check out this interview with Girl Gang Zine.

The first single (in the digital sense, at least) is "Hurricance":

Friday, May 13, 2011

Shitty finale to a great season

On the Wednesday that storms rocked our region, I did my last show of the semester as the server at the station crashed multiple times and folks gave up on listening. The good news is 1) I finally got to spin vinyl live and 2) I recorded the whole sloppy thing.

There was no guest this time around, so I played a ton of great songs:
Oh Bondage, Up Yours- The Pink Lincolns
I'm a Cliche- Supersnazz
Identity- X-Ray Spex
Love Radio- KAOS
Hit Single- No Exit
Scavenger of Death- Bobby Soxx
Bored of Breating- G.G. King
I'm Tired and I Want to Go Home- COPS
Slob- Ryan Dinosaur
Media Frenzy- Bukkake Boys
No Luck- Cold Stare
Endless Blockades For the Pussyfooter- G.I.S.M.
Danzig Medley- Quadiliacha (half of it, at least)
Surrounded- Useless Eaters
Fascist Cops- The Kids
Back to Bataan- Maids
Telepathic Love- Nation of Ulysses
Too Many Creeps- Bush Tetras
Heidi's Head- Kleenex
Fall Asleep- Screaming Females
Heartbreak- Mother's Ruin
Dogs in America- Wax Museums
Last Caress- Dum Dum Girls
I Can Tell- White Wires
Rock and Roll Girlbait- Magnums
Don't Get Me Wrong- Barreracudas
I Saw Batman in the Launderette- The Shapes
Everybody's Happy Nowadays- Buzzcocks
Joanie- Personal and the Pizzas
Rat Trap- OFF!
Word Is- T.S.O.L.
I Am a Dialek- The Art Attacks
Conspiracy- The Necessary Evils
Shake Your Neighbor's Hand- Savage Beliefs
On My Way- Baby Shakes
Let's Go Steady- DOW Jones and The Industrials
Crystal- X-Ray Eyeballs
Vanishing of Time- Vivian Girls
Evangelist- UT
Do the Dramatic- Le Shok
Bobby's Got a Secret- Bam Bams
She'll Never Get Out- Bad Sports
Manisch Depressiv- MD
Where Have All the Bootboys Gone?- A.P.A.

7 Inch Atlanta talks to K-Holes on Mess-Around wrap-up show

K-HOLES//CREATURES from Emily Denton on Vimeo.

I think I'll go with a video instead of a picture stolen off the internet so you can hear the band in case you've missed out on them when they've come through town or haven't heard their 7" or LP (out now on Hozac Records).

Anyhow, I interviewed all of the K-Holes in 4/5ths of them's old stomping grounds, Atlanta, the Saturday of Mess-Around weekend and decided to play the noisy recording (we were at The Earl for supper) on the show the following Wednesday.

The podcast is coming this summer, and will feature the following tracks in addition to the interview:

MIA- Black Lips
Edita V- Balkans
Do the Uganda- The Rip-Offs
Hot Wire My Heart- Crime
Radiation Masturbation- Authorities
Swamp Fires- K-Holes
Ode to Love- Georgiana Starlington
Time is Money- Grown-Ups
Hot Wire My Heart- Sonic Youth
WW2- Neo Boys
World War 3- D.O.A.
If I Can't Have What I Want, I Don't Want Anything- The Screamers
Cigarette Lighter- Wet Nurse
Bite- Predator
Luxury Living- Tacocat
Subterranean- Transvestite
When the Lights Go Out- Moon Women
Stain Stick Skin- John Barrett's Bass Drum of Death
Kick Me Where It Hurts- The Booze
Mig Mig Mig- Cola Freaks
Askel- Rakkaus
Nao E Essa a Questao- Justica
Neon Noose- Golden Triangle
Davey Crockett (Gabba Hey!)- Thee Headcoats
You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)- The Dickies
Born a Woman- Hubble Bubble
Mess Me Up- Teengenerate
Straight Jacket- Jerry's Kids
Mexico- Tabitha
All My Life- Kiwis
Bloodfeast- Misfits
Scrambled- Chalk Circle
For the Sake of Love- The Half Rats
I Wanna Know- Private School
I Don't Like You- The Muffs
If Only- Ricer
D-7 (Peel Session)- Nirvana
131- TNT
Plastic Genocide- Tranzmitors
Hangman- The Dead Milkmen

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Vibrators interview from 2006

This, my first band interview, was originally published in The West Georgian back in 2006 when I was editor-in-chief of that publication and obviously came before and not after a three year stint writing for a professional newspaper. Enjoy.
As promised, I have delivered a special celebration of the 30th anniversary of punk rock in the U.K. for this week’s column.

The Vibrators are often overlooked and written off as bandwagon jumpers, but they were actually there from the beginning.

From their first gig in 1976 until today, they have steadily put out some great albums, including 1977’s “Pure Mania” and 1978’s “V2”.

Last week, The West Georgian had a chance to interview both Knox the lead singer and Eddie the drummer. Here are some of the highlights:

WG: Has your American tour been well received so far?
Knox: It’s gone well so far. Our weekend shows seem to do the best.

WG: How would you compare playing in America to playing elsewhere in the world?
Knox: Well, for one thing, you speak English.

WG: I get the impression that in America you have a lot of younger fans? Is that true, and do you have younger fans all over the world?
Knox: I think it is an American thing. It’s partly because of the all-ages shows. You don’t have as many shows at bars.

WG: Do you think that it might be because you play places like Atlanta while some bands think an East Coast tour is Philadelphia, Boston, New York and the nearest airport?
Knox: I don’t know. I think it varies depending on where there is a scene.

WG: I think it might be because groups like The Vibrators and The Adicts play the smaller venues.
Knox: That is because we have to drive everywhere. We don’t have a bus.

WG: How do you like playing in front of all of these young fans?
Eddie: I like it, but some of them are more into fashion than anything else. We sell three times as more t-shirts than CDs. Kids will tell me they downloaded our albums when they only cost $10.

WG: The Slits are coming to Atlanta in about a month, and there are lots of other bands making comebacks while you guys have been back since 1982. Are you for or against all of these reunions?
Knox: I’m for it, but I guess it does get a little old. I think what happens is there is that Wasted Festival that wants older bands. It is good for their business. Also, a lot of them (older punks) have jobs and their kids are just now growing up.

WG: Do you feel like a lot of those old bands should hang it up?
Knox: No, but I think there’s too many bands. It is like a free market economy.

WG: Do you think it is a good thing that a lot of these bands record new music like The Damned have done?
Knox: You do that. I think it’s sad that the Sex Pistols never recorded another album. It couldn’t have been as good as their first but you never know.

WG: Do you prefer playing small venues over festivals?
Knox: I like both, really. The festivals are nice because there are a lot of people there.

WG: There was an impression at one point that you guys were bandwagon jumpers even though you formed in early 1976. Are you ever confronted about that?
Knox: We always say that we were writing punk rock before we even started. I played songs like “Whips and Furs” in bands three years or so before The Vibrators formed. When we came around, we were like the third band along with the Pistols and The Stranglers. Eddie was there at the Pistols’ first gig as a member of Bazooka Joe.

WG: Was Adam Ant in Bazooka Joe when they played that historic gig?
Eddie: Yeah, he was in the band. He was a very quiet fellow.

WG: Three weeks ago was 30th anniversary of the 100 Club Punk Festival. What was it like playing that?
Knox: It was okay. We had to play with Chris Spedding because he didn’t have a band and we didn’t know but a few simple punk rock songs. It was sort of the gig that put punk on the map.

WG: For a while your band has been a three piece, but before that you had more members. Have there been any thoughts of adding another guitarist?
Knox: I’ve thought about trying to get John Ellis or someone like that. I’m not sure if he would do it.

WG: Do you keep up with former members like Ellis?
Eddie: Oh yeah. He played on our latest album, “Punk: The Early Years”.

WG: Have you considered recording a new album?
Knox: We’ve got lots of material. It’s just finding the time for it. Also, it gets to where your back catalog overshadows anything you put out.

WG: You are also an artist.
Knox: Yeah, I do a bit of painting, but I have to find time for that. I would like to do more exhibitions.

WG: How would you compare painting to performing?
Knox: Painting is less of a medium, but you can do other things while you do it like watch television. I do enjoy playing the guitar, though. I’ll have to look and see if there are any similarities.

WG: There are lots of other artists from the whole punk scene like Paul Simonon from The Clash and Tessa Pollitt from The Slits.
Knox: Oh yeah, lots of people do it. The Clash bass player (Simonon) is really good. He’s probably better than me.

WG: Well, he’s been out of music until recently.
Knox: He is getting back in with Damon Albarn, you know. I’m not sure how that’ll go since I am not a fan of the Gorillaz and all of that stuff.

WG: So, are you more of a fan of straight-on rock and roll?
Knox: I like stuff like AC/DC. I like the guitar playing.

WG: AC/DC came along the same time you guys did. Your early influences are obviously bands like the MC5, Stooges and Ramones. Have you picked up AC/DC influences over the years?
Knox: No, he (Angus Young) plays different notes than I do on the guitar. I do like their intensity, though.

WG: Is there a time when you knew you guys had finally made it big?
Knox: It was probably when we played “Top of the Pops”. I had a terrible hangover so I was really nervous. It was sort of okay, though.

WG: The first two albums are legendary. Are the others overlooked?
Knox: The last two albums we put out were very good, and I really like “Hunting for You”.

WG: You did a song with The Duels. How was that?
Knox: Yeah, I just went to the studio and sang it with them. A lot of people seem to know about that, which is good.

WG: How did this come about happening?
Knox: Our agent works with them as well, and we had played with them before. My girlfriend wasn’t very happy about it.

WG: A lot of people have the attitude that punk went away when the Sex Pistols broke up.
Knox: Oh yeah, it did go away for a few years. There was a renewed interest around 1982 and that’s why we came back.

WG: What do you think about the punk scene today?
Knox: It’s become too tame. It’s sort of hard to change something like that. I suppose we could put out an album like Neil Young and sing about the President but we don’t like being political.

WG: Have you thought about writing political songs?
Knox: I’m not a really political. You’ll hate whoever is in charge after a year or so if you liked him to begin with. We live in fairly okay times. I did read the other day, though, about how many obese people there are and that was fairly startling.

WG: Maybe that is the key. You could go the Ramones route and sing about how bored we all are and maybe some of us fat kids will get up and jump around. Do you have any closing comments?
Knox: Check out our website (http://www.thevibrators.com), buy our records and come to our gigs.