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Check out two new A. Grimes songs

 

A. Grimes is one of the most unique bands in Atlanta right now, so it’s good to hear that they’ve been hard at work on new material.  Their next release is A. Grimes’ Sextape, which will be available digitally on July 25th.  Pink House Tapes will be putting it out on cassette in the fall/winter.  Two of the four tracks have already hit the internet in rough form, and they’re both prime examples of the band’s unhinged carnival-punk sound.  Check out a video of the band performing “Cat in the Microwave” this past weekend at the Big Haus above, and stream a rough edit of “Pigs Eating Pigs” below.

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[STREAM] A. Grimes – “M.I.L.F.”

photo by Miranda Tiano

A. Grimes released a new song late last night, their first since putting out their Malt Liquor Fantastrophe EP back in December.  The new song’s called “M.I.L.F” and it’s another leering mix of pronounced organ and sinister jangle.  This is probably the loosest song they’ve released to date – it moves a little quicker, and the shouted background vocals make it sound even more unhinged.  This isn’t a band in search of a sonic identity – “M.I.L.F.”  definitely sounds like A. Grimes, and A. Grimes doesn’t really sound like anyone else.

Stream the track below and download it for free here.

This week’s shows (3/21/2011-3/27/2011)

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears

Tuesday (3/22/2011): This is one hell of a Tuesday.  Nude Sunrise (noisy rock from Chicago) will be at The Cut in Reynoldstown, with Nerdkween, Hungry Hungry Humans, and local comedian Karen Hilton.  The ATL Collective is doing Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home at Eddie’s Attic with featured artist Molly Parden.  San Francisco’s Moon Duo plays with locals Lyonnais at 529.  Moon Duo plays droning, minimal psych-rock that lurks like Suicide and strides like Neu!, and this should be a great show.  On another night, it would be hard to beat hardcore supergroup OFF!, the new band fronted by Keith Morris (Circle Jerks, Black Flag) and featuring lifers that have done time in Burning Brides, Hot Snakes, and Redd Kross.  Trash Talk and Predator are also on the bill.  Luckily, OFF! also plays an in-store at Criminal Records at 6:00, which makes tonight’s decision a whole lot easier.  I can’t say I’ve really listened to The Joy Formidable, but I’ve heard good things – they’ll be at The Earl with Mona and Brahms.  Finally, the most sure thing on Tuesday is probably Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears and Those Darlins at The Earl.  Black Joe Lewis might shamelessly crib his some of his moves from James Brown, but he is undeniably a fantastic frontman in his own right.  His band’s revved up soul and blues is a hell of lot of fun.  And I think I’ve made it clear that I’m a fan of openers Those Darlins.

Wednesday (3/23/2011): The Cave Singers will be at The Earl with Lia Ices.  WonderRoot has A. Grimes, State Champion, Backwords, and Snake Shark and Broken HeartNigredo, Manray, The Bronzed Chorus, and All Dinosaurs will be at 529.  Drunken Unicorn has electro/dance from Starfucker, Casiokids, and Sonen.  The Music Room has New Terminus, Author’s Apology, and Supervisor of the Loveless Average.

Thursday (3/24/2011): Red Sea, The Shrapnelles, Topless Mongos, and Street Violence play The Music Room.  Royksopp plays the Masquerade with John Hopkins.  Vinyl has An Horse, Sealions, and A: the Color.  Weedeater cancelled, but Zoroaster, Stone Mountain Freeway, and Demonaut is still a solid metal lineup at The Earl.

Friday (3/25/2011): In case you haven’t heard, the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group show at Variety Playhouse this weekend is probably a Mars Volta show.  There’s metal at 529 with The Body, Whitehorse, and Aku You.  Punk legend Mike Watt headlines The Earl, with LITE and Ricer.

Saturday (3/26/2011): Free Moral Agents (featuring Ikey Owens, another Mars Volta member) headlines the Drunken Unicorn, with Odist and JungolSugar and Gold, Yip Deceiver, and Grandchildren will be at 529.  Yip Deceiver is an of Montreal side project that sounds promising.  Jessica Lea Mayfield, Daniel Martin Moore, and Dead Confederate’s Thomas Hardy will provide alt-country at The Earl.

Little Advances One Year Anniversary – Pics and Video

While I can’t say that last night’s one year anniversary party went off without a hitch, I can totally say that it still ended up being awesome.

Places opened with a mostly solo set from band mastermind Nico Giarrano.  He sang and played acoustic guitar, with a little looping and occasional flute accompaniment.  It was cool to see these songs in a different context, since a lot of his material is far from straightforward singer-songwriter stuff.  Like I told Nico last night, I didn’t know if a solo set from him would entail a guitar or some combination of laptop and sampler.  He’s definitely someone to watch, and I can’t wait to see him with a solidified full band.

A. Grimes was next.  They’ve been playing live shows relentlessly lately, and it shows.  They’re a great live band, and if you haven’t seen them yet, you should correct that.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of them because I had to tend to something out front.  One of my neighbors apparently disagreed about whether or not A. Grimes was awesome, and he decided the cops would be well-suited to settling the debate. [EDIT] – A couple of pictures just landed in my inbox.  Thank you, Miranda Tiano.

That’s how we ended up inside my living room for Red Sea, the final band of the night.  My backyard is big, but my living room is not.  It was also filled with stuff as I wasn’t expecting a band to be setting up in one corner.  It was fairly remarkable and greatly appreciated how quickly and smoothly we removed everything from my living room and loaded Red Sea in, so a big thank you to everyone who helped out.

The set they ended up playing was worth the effort.  Red Sea is as dynamic live as they are on their excellent Weird Problem EP.  Their jams can transition from dreamy to tense on a dime, and although they certainly take plenty of cues from bands like Sonic Youth and Women, they’re doing more than just rehashing.  Their songs are just great.

Despite the temporary hiccup, we’re planning on doing more nights like this.  So watch this space.

Big thanks to all the bands, plus Sean from Small Reactions who basically became our sound guy.  Thanks to all the local bloggers who listed the show, and thanks to who everyone who showed up.  It was a great crowd, with the exception of whatever asshole stole my girlfriend’s iPod.

Check out some pictures and a Red Sea video after the jump.

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One more reminder….

Come out and see some music tomorrow night.  Everyone’s welcome to start showing up around 8, and Places will get the music started at 9.  There will be some beer available for those over 21, but it won’t last all night, so bringing your own wouldn’t be a bad idea.  You’ve got to stock up before Sunday anyway, right?  There’s no charge to get in, but we will have a donation jar out for the bands.

Here’s who’s playing:

Red Sea

A. Grimes

Places

Hope to see you there.  There’s a Facebook page for the party here.  Thanks to Tim from I’m a Bear, Etc. for making the flyer.

This week’s shows (3/14/2011-3/20/2011)

A. Grimes

 

Monday (3/14/2011): Two great options tonight.  The most exciting one is probably Brooklyn’s Fang Island at 529, with locals Vegan Coke and Curio Museum.  Fang Island’s live show pushes for “epic” from start to finish, all soaring guitars and group-chant vocals.  This show is inexplicably free, too, so even more reason to make it out.  There’s also Telekinesis, The Love Language and Richard Parsons at The Earl.

Tuesday (3/15/2011): Supercluster plays Highland Inn Ballroom.  They’re an Athens indie-pop supergroup that features Vanessa Briscoe from Pylon and a bunch of other Athens types, including Jason NeSmith (ex-of Montreal) and Kay Stanton, both of whom are also in openers Casper and the Cookies.  Canada’s The Rural Alberta Advantage will be at The Earl with local openers Night Driving in Small Towns and Book Club.  Brent Hinds of Mastodon has two side projects at 529, with Fiend Without a Face and West End Motel sharing a bill (as they often do).

Wednesday (3/16/2011): Miami’s Torche play sludge metal with pop concision.  They can get anthemic, even ebullient, without ever sacrificing their heaviness.  They are going to pack out 529 on Wednesday and it’s going to be awesome.  Post Teens and The Sunglasses open.

Thursday (3/17/2011): St. Patrick’s Day.  Here are 3 alternatives to drinking overpriced Guinness at shitty “Irish” bars, in increasing order of craziness.  The Drunken Unicorn has Vegan Coke, Des Ark, Thy Mighty Contract, and Pygmy Lush.  At 529, you can catch Mi Ami, which features a couple former members of D.C.’s dearly departed Black Eyes, one of the most underrated bands of the last decade.  While Mi Ami isn’t quite Black Eyes’ equal, their fusion of tribal rhythms, shrieking guitar, and nails-on-chalkboard vocals is excellent if you’ve got the stomach for this sort of thing.  Locals Roman Photos and Brainworlds open.  Finally, Rafael Toral at WonderRoot should be even crazier.  The last time I saw the experimental music vet he was doing something like this

Friday (3/18/2011): Picaflor Studio is hosting and Rock Science Revival is presenting a night of local music curated by local bloggers.  The bands were selected by Latest Disgrace, The Moon and Pluto, Shot From Guns, and BeATLanta, all of whom should be read regularly by followers of local music.  They put together a great lineup that includes Qurious, Imagination Head, and Shathouse Rats.  Also on Friday is Jeffrey Bützer & the Bicycle Eaters, Lille, and Places at The Earl.

Saturday (3/19/2011): If you only go to one show this week, it should obviously be the Little Advances One Year Anniversary Party.  Come out and see Red Sea, A. Grimes, and Places in my backyard.  We will be taking donations for the bands and there will be beer for those over 21 (although bringing your own isn’t a bad idea, either).  Don’t worry, I’ll remind you about this show again later in the week.

Little Advances One Year Anniversary Party

One year ago, my roommate and I started this blog with no clear idea about what form it was going to take.  I knew I wanted an outlet where I could do some writing wholly unrelated to my daily life, but I didn’t really think I would primarily write about music.  Film seemed much more likely.  I had taken a few film studies classes in college, so I felt more comfortable writing about that.  It just came more naturally, while writing about music felt foreign.  It was something that I had never done prior to starting this blog.

Even though I didn’t initially know what I wanted to write about, I knew I needed to dive right in or I would get distracted and forget about blogging altogether.  That’s why I ended up turning to music.  I have always gone to a ton of live shows, almost compulsively, so live reviews seemed like easy, obvious material.  Things just kind of progressed from there, and I accidentally became a music blogger.

It helped that so many people involved in the Atlanta music scene were so cool to me.  Little Advances still isn’t a very polished operation, but it was even rougher back in the early months, and I’m incredibly grateful to all of you who sent in submissions or added me to the blogroll back in those early days.  I’m especially grateful to everyone who participated in the Atlanta Music Writers Roundtable.  It was amazing seeing an idea I feared most of you would brush off actually come to fruition.

Most importantly, though, I want to thank all of you for reading.  More people read this blog on a daily basis than I ever could have reasonably anticipated a year ago.  Thanks.

On March 19th, Little Advances is throwing a one year anniversary party.  There will be live music from Red Sea, A. Grimes, and Places, which is awesome as those are 3 of the local acts I’m currently most excited about.  I am extra excited to have them playing in my backyard.  There will be donations accepted for the bands, and we’re going to keep it BYOB.  Stay tuned for a flyer and more details.

Hope to see you there.