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[STREAM] Warning Light – “Blacked Out”

When Warning Light (aka Atlanta’s Drew Haddon) recorded and released the “Blacked Out” digital single earlier in the week, there was some scary shit lurking on the horizon. The single’s two songs were written to protest SOPA/PIPA, which has thankfully been tabled for the time being. Both tracks are appropriately dark, and the context transforms them into an interesting mirror of the unease felt by those who understood SOPA’s destructive potential. They would be worth a listen even without that context, though, as they’re both fine examples of the atmospheric drones Haddon specializes in.

Stream “Blacked Out” below, and get the single on the pay-what-you-want scale here.

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 atlantamusicroundtable.com.

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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[REVIEW] Warning Light – Wild Silver

I’ve been rewatching a few John Carpenter films lately (it’s that time of year, and Netflix Instant has most of the good ones), and one of the most consistently enjoyable parts of his filmography is his iconic soundtrack work.  It’s compelling music in its own right, capable of creating and sustaining a mood even when separated from its associated images.  It’s no wonder that his soundtracks have become a common reference point for the current crop of synthesizer-centric experimentalists.

Warning Light‘s Wild Silver sounds like a soundtrack to a lost Carpenter film.  Each of the twelve tracks is a cinematic miniature of textured atmosphere, with enough variety among them that the hour running time never feels excessive.  “In the Tidal Break ” and “The Universal Rewrite” move with an icy propulsion; other tracks like “Whispering Priest” and “High Watershed” suggest a stillness on the verge of being shattered.  It’s good music for a fall afternoon.

You can buy Wild Silver over at local label Stickfigure Recordings’ Bandcamp page.  Stream “Private Seacaves” below, and check out a video of “The Universal Rewrite” after the jump.

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[PICS] Nerdkween and Warning Light @ Little Advances House, 6/25/11

Last weekend, Mediocre Machine, Nerdkween, and Warning Light played what is likely to be my last house show for awhile.  We just moved and probably can’t throw a full-on show until we settle in and get the lay of the neighborhood.  Peterson Worrell was kind enough to share some pictures of the first two acts, but he didn’t get any of Mediocre Machine.  Thanks to everyone who came out to this show or any of the previous ones.  I’ve had fun throwing them, and I hope I can continue doing something similar in the future.

 

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