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[LIVE REVIEW] The Black Lips and Deerhunter @ Eyedrum (12/30/2010)

I labeled this as a live review, but it’s more about the venue than the performances.  Last night was the final show at the present Eyedrum location, but it didn’t feel like a funeral.  Really, how could it with a lineup like that?  They brought in Atlanta’s two biggest homegrown indie rock acts, bands that have each separately headlined the much larger Variety Playhouse in the last year.  Combine that bill with the loose, anything-goes atmosphere that Eyedrum has always had at their shows, and this was always going to be a party.

It would be wrong to mourn Eyedrum’s physical location anyway.  I always liked seeing shows there, but the room was less critical than the spirit.  The sound was never the best and sightlines could get rough at packed shows, but that was offset by the absence of pushy security or overpriced drinks.  Most importantly, Eyedrum was (and hopefully still will be in its new location) a place for forward-thinking live music.  In the short time that I’ve been here, that sometimes meant packed houses for popular national acts like Dan Deacon or Lightning Bolt, but more often than not the shows were far smaller and way more out there.  The first show I ever saw in Atlanta was Ige*Timer at Eyedrum, a duo of circuit bending Germans who performed to maybe 10 people.  I’m glad there’s a place in Atlanta that consistently plays host to stuff like that.

So, last night’s show.  It was packed, and both Deerhunter and The Black Lips were great (I missed Buffalo Buffalo due to a longer line than anticipated).  Deerhunter’s best moments came when they let the songs go longer and weirder than the recorded versions (like on “Fluorescent Grey”), and The Black Lips are a straight up party band.  I’m not sure there’s much left to say about either of these bands at this point.

I tried taking some video, but it didn’t turn out so well.  I was too far back during Deerhunter and didn’t want to be the asshole holding a camera above his head the whole damn time.  And keeping a camera still during The Black Lips wasn’t going to happen.  There’s a short video after the jump that was taken once I moved back and away from the pit, and it is just there to give an idea of what it was like inside.

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Future Islands keep getting bigger (w/ Eyedrum 11/17/2010 setlist)

That video above is from Future Islands’ first acoustic show at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore.  In advance of that performance, they recorded a four song acoustic EP featuring “Vireo’s Eye” and 3 of their other songs done in the style seen above.  If you’ve heard the original versions, the differences are fairly dramatic.  They totally work, too.

The Undressed EP is just one in a series of great releases the band has put out this year.  The first was the In the Fall EP, which featured Katrina Ford from Celebration on the title track, which has become a staple and highlight of their live sets.  After that was a four song remix EP (Post Office Wave Chapel) that had work from heavy hitters like No Age, Javelin, and Victoria Legrand.  Then came their sophomore full length, In Evening Air, which I still consider the best album of 2010.  Undressed followed the full length, and now their most recent release is a split 7″ with Lonnie Walker.

That’s a lot of material, and it’s all been pretty damn great.  I’m bringing this all up to explain why I don’t think there’s another band who has had as good a year as Future Islands.  Judging by their rising internet profile and the increasing attendance at the three Atlanta shows they’ve played in 2010, I’d say they’re being justly rewarded.  Back in May they played to maybe 40 people at 529 (review), and they weren’t even the headliner.  When they returned to 529 in July (review), that number more than doubled – the place was pretty crowded.  Last night’s crowd at Eyedrum would have sold the hell out of 529.

The live show surely has had something to do with their success, but they never pander.  They typically start with a slow-burner, and their last two Atlanta sets have even opened with an unreleased new song.  “Tin Man” or “Walking Through That Door” aren’t showing up til mid-set.  The whole catalog is fair game, too – last night’s set was a pretty eclectic selection from five different releases.  Not that it matters that much of the audience isn’t familiar with all the material – I don’t think they’ve ever met a crowd they couldn’t win over.

Watching this band blow up has been one of the musical highlights of my year.  If you’re not on the bandwagon yet, fix it.

Setlist from last night after the jump.

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Forward to the Apocalypse Fest is this weekend

Forward to the Apocalypse Fest happens this weekend at Eyedrum in Atlanta, featuring 23 heavy bands from all across the country over 3 nights.  There’s also a carnival all 3 nights courtesy of Mr. Blank’s Carnivale of Blackhearts.  I can’t say I’m familiar with that many of the bands in the lineup, but I can definitely vouch for Friday:  Thou, Sons of Tonatiuh, and Batillus are all pretty great.  If you like metal or generally heavy music, this looks like a good way to spend your weekend.  Three day passes are $25 if you buy them in advance.  Friday and Saturday will be $15 at the door, while Sunday’s only $12.

More information can be found here.  Full lineup and schedule after the jump.

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live review: Lightning Bolt, Lyonnais, Big Dad @ Eyedrum, 7/4/2010

It might not have been a traditional way of celebrating the holiday, but Lightning Bolt at Eyedrum felt appropriate for July 4th. The clear view of the fireworks from Turner Field might have helped. So did the large of number of people hanging around the parking lot drinking beer from red cups. It felt like an extension of the barbeque I spent most of my day at.

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live review: Islands @ Eyedrum, 7/3/10 (pics and setlist)

Despite the fact that I had seen them three times previously, I didn’t really know what to expect out of Saturday night’s Islands show. The band has never had a stable identity, with bandleader Nick Thorburn the only constant member. I figured Jaime Thompson would be there on drums since much was made of his departure and later return to the fold, but I had no idea what the rest of the lineup would be like or what they would play. They already toured behind Vapours, so would they be over that and onto new material? Or would a new lineup, with less synths and keyboards and maybe the return of the strings, mean more stuff from the first two albums?

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