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This week’s shows (2/13/12-2/19/12)

Royal Baths, Abby Gogo, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children – Tuesday (2/14), 529, free.

San Francisco’s Royal Baths released Litanies back in late 2010, a nasty little collection of garage rock dirges that didn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserved.  I can’t say I’ve spent much time with followup Better Luck Next Life yet, but it’s definitely in the same vein.  Maybe a little less grimy, but still plenty of bite, the overcast counterpoint to the sunnier garage rock practiced by Bay Area contemporaries like The Fresh & Onlys.  It’s also nice to see Abby Gogo out of hiatus and playing shows again, and Spirits… are always worth a look.


The Togas, GG King, COPS – Thursday (2/16), The Earl, $10.

The Togas are a supergroup cover band formed specifically for this year’s Bruise Cruise Festival, which wraps up today in Miami.  The band features Ty Segall, along with members of Shannon & the Clams, Reigning Sound, and The Strange Boys, and their repertoire includes songs from Buddy Holly, Redd Kross, and The Temptations.  Kind of a novelty, sure, but it should still be fun.


Man Forever, Plasma Expander – Sunday (2/19), 529, free.

Kid Millions has been prolifically cranking out expansive psych/kraut explorations for over a decade as the drummer for Brooklyn vets Oneida, but he didn’t get around to putting out solo records until the last couple of years.  His solo efforts are released under the name Man Forever, and they consist almost entirely of manic drum freak outs.  There are touches of unidentified skronk every now and again, but it’s mostly all drums all the time, like a free jazz boombox trapped in a paint shaker.

More shows worth checking out after the jump.

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[MP3] Spirits and the Melchizedek Children – “Land Tied”

I’m a little late on this one, but I couldn’t just let it pass without posting.  Spirits and the Melchizedek Children played a killer run through the entirety of their 2011 album We Are Here To Save YOU! at our Atlanta Music Roundtable show at The Earl last month, but before they did, frontman Jason Elliot opened the set solo with a new song.  The song was recorded and released by the band as a tease of their upcoming album, where the song will probably appear in a much different form.  This version is quiet and bare, featuring only Elliot’s voice and electric guitar, and it showcases the ethereal sense of melody that was so strong on the last album.

[MP3] – Spirits and the Melchizedek Children – “Land Tied” (live at The Earl)

Atlanta Music Roundtable ’11: Best Local Albums of 2011

In case you haven’t heard by now, the Atlanta Music Roundtable is a series of collaborative posts covering the past year in music. Ten local music bloggers came together to discuss ten music-related topics, and we’ve been posting the results of that collaboration all week long. Today is the last day of AMR2011, and our final two posts will be about the year’s best albums. This particular post focuses on the best Atlanta albums of the year, and the range of responses speaks to the quality of the local scene. You can read our discussion of the best non-local albums this afternoon over at I’m a Bear, Etc.

The response to this year’s roundtable has been incredibly gratifying, and I’d like to thank everyone who’s read and shared the posts, as well as everyone who showed up to The Earl for our show on Wednesday night. It was amazing to see that many people show up on a weeknight for an all-local lineup. People even showed up on time! Big thanks to Little Tybee, Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun, New Animal, and Spirits and the Melchizedek Children for performing. Bands like those are the reason we bloggers have something to talk about in the first place.

Finally, I’d like to thank my fellow bloggers for indulging this idea for the second year in a row. This project wouldn’t have gone anywhere if the Atlanta blogging community wasn’t filled with such awesome people. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together.

Below is a list of all the previous AMR2011 posts in case you need to play catch-up. You can also see a full list (including links) at

Day 1: Most Underrated (Ohmpark), Mediums and Formats (Hijacking Music)
Day 2: Break Out in 2012 (Max Blau), Best and Worst (Latest Disgrace)
Day 3: Favorite Shows (Wholly Roller), Visuals (BeAtlanta)
Day 4: Best EPs/Songs (Promising Chord), Best Places to Buy and Hear (Atlanta’s A-List)
Day 5: Best Local Albums (Little Advances), Best Non-Local Albums (I’m a Bear, Etc.)

Check out our discussion of the best local albums after the jump.

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Mea Culpa Mixtape ’11

In reviewing the year’s local releases for list making and roundtable purposes, I realized that I never got around to writing about some of my favorites.  The 14 songs on this mix are all from releases I wish I had blogged about earlier, with at least 3 of the represented albums holding down spots in my current top 10 list.  I should have mentioned all of these releases much sooner, but better late than never, right?

Download it.


Dark Room – “Climb Up” (get Stutter for free here)

Gold-Bears – “Record Store” (buy Are You Falling In Love? here)

Shepherds – “Tears of a Clown” (get Holy Stain for free here)

Tele Noir – “Pity for the Pretty Ones” (get Pity for the Pretty Ones for free here)

deadCAT – “manmenmade” (get Sleep-P for free here)

Lucy Dreams – “VHS” (buy Vivian here)

BOSCO – “Pacer” (get Pacer for free here)

Places – “Peaceful Conditions” (get The Future for free here)

Jack of Hearts – “Fake Your Love” (buy Hard Feelings here)

What Happened to Your Fire, Tiger? – “Phalanx” (buy What Happened to Your Fire, Tiger? here)

Spirits and the Melchizedek Children – “Welcome” (buy We Are Here To Save YOU!! here)

Cute Boots – “The Fire” (follow Cute Boots here)

Vocabulary – “Children” (get Faded Days for free here)

Cassandras – “Rise Up” (get Hari Pari Mandala Gosthi for free here)

Atlanta Music Roundtable 2011

Instead of making a “best of” list last year, I asked some of my favorite local bloggers if they would be interested in collaborating on a series of end of the year posts.  They agreed, and the result was this.  We’re bringing the concept back again this year, but there’s been a few changes.  The name has been shortened to just Atlanta Music Roundtable, we’ve expanded our number of participants to 10, and this year we’re throwing a show at The Earl to celebrate.  Oh, and there’s going to be a collaborative “best of” list this year, too, but I’ll share those details later this week.

The roundtable will consist of 10 posts spread out over 5 days, from December 19th through December 23rd.  The show at The Earl lands right in the middle on December 21st, and our lineup includes 4 local bands who put out stellar albums in the past 12 months:  Little Tybee, Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun, New Animal, and Spirits and the Melchizedek Children.  That show will only cost you $5, too.  You can go ahead and buy tickets here.

We will share a more complete posting schedule closer to the start date.  There’s a website for the roundtable here that will eventually be updated with full details on the show and the rest of the roundtable project, including links to the posts once they go live.  For now, here’s a list of this year’s roundtable participants:

Atlanta’s A-List –

BeAtlanta –

Hijacking Music –

I’m A Bear Etc –

Latest Disgrace –

Little Advances – you’re looking at it

Max Blau – and Paste Magazine

Ohm Park –

Promising Chord –

Wholly Roller –

Next week: Spirits and the Melchizedek Children, Mind Powers, and Halmos at The Cottage

I’m presenting a show at The Cottage next week, and I’m pretty damn excited about this lineup.  Halmos will be kicking things off with their sludgy stoner metal, Columbus’ Mind Powers will bring some noise-damaged punk rock, and then Spirits and the Melchizedek Children will follow with gorgeously layered shoegaze dynamics.  There’s also another band I can’t say much about right now, but trust me, it’s a good one.  If you haven’t seen a show at The Cottage yet, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised – it’s a pretty awesome space for live music.

Full details can be found here.  Check out some tracks below.

Strange Daze Music and Arts Festival is this weekend

Strange Daze Music and Arts Festival is back for it’s third year, and this time it’s taking place at both Noni’s and The Music Room in the Old Fourth Ward.  Festival organizer Nadia Lelutiu (of The Moon and Pluto and sometimes Creative Loafing’s Crib Notes) has put together an eclectic lineup with an emphasis on community, and she’s brought together a selection bands and genres that don’t typically share local stages.  Among the noteworthy inclusions are the live debut of Corner Kid and a collaboration between Spirits and the Melchizedek Children and Order of the Owl.  The full schedule and a streamable playlist of the performing artists can be found here.