Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Adele - The Anti Amy Winehouse

Okay, I don't know this woman. She may be a raging drug addict. She may be addicted to meth and ruining her life behind closed doors. But in the public she isn't.

The comparisions are bound to happen. Highly talented. Young and gifted. Both are British female phenoms. This 20 year old is rapidly gaining buzz. She has even shown up on Parez Hilton's radar. She is the it thing of underground British Jazz scene. If there is such a thing. All I know is that her voice is magical. Her lyrics are sincere and down to earth. Her music is a breath of fresh air. It will only be a matter of time before Adele takes over the US. I hope that she continues to stay out of trouble and we can enjoy many years of music ahead of us. I can't forcast the career of either Winehouse or Adele, but if I were to guess, the young lady below be fading in a bourbon and drug induced haze.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Black Kids - September 23rd

The Black Kids are stopping through Atlanta on their North American Tour tomorrow at The Earl. I have seen their name around and heard a lot of buzz.

I was up in Charlotte all last week and their cd was playing at my friend’s house. I was really exited to find out who was playing… The Black Kids. I have been listening to their album at least once a day since I left Charlotte. I am hooked on the band with the odd name.

The indie rock band formed in Jacksonville in March of 2006. Rolling stone called them on of the top ten artists to watch in 2008. Their debut album, Partie Traumatic, was released in July 08 and debuted at #5 on the UK Charts. They have found a ton of success in Europe and are trying to carry it over to the states.

If you can find a way to make it to the Earl, it would be well worth your time. They have a great vintage sound that reminds you of the Cure/Joy Division. I love that mix a vintage quality with the dance rock movement that has been wildly popular with acts like Franz Ferdinand and The Killers. Rolling stone had this one right. In 2009, you may be only able to see them in The Phillips Arena. You will kicking yourself when you remember this relatively unknown band preformed for a few bucks at the Earl.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Citizen Cope Comming

It is too bad that I am going to have to pass on the Citizen Cope concert coming up. On Monday October 13th at center stage, Citizen Cope strolls through Georgia with his laidback vocals and instrumentation. Is it folk, hip-hop, soul, rock, or reggae? The beauty about Cope is that is a little bit of all thrown into beautiful mix of genera, styles, and cultures. He brings a unique voice to an industry saturated with artist enslaved to popular culture.

Clarence Greenwood was born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Washington DC. He began his musical career backing up the hip hop act Basehead as a DJ. After picking up the trumpet in grade school, Cope dropped it for the guitar. He has been making music since the mid 90’s. He got his first record contract with Capitol Records and over the next 11 years has jumped from label to label. It seems like he has finally settled down with RCA where he continues to Record. This latest tour is to promote his latest album “Every Waking Moment”. Based on his 2002 self titled album, that I have fallen in love with recently, I will buy this Every Waking Moment.

The great thing about Cope is his dedication to his fans. His last tour in 2004 spanned a 16 month grueling trip across the United States. He chooses live performance across the US to promote his album. The personal connection is what he wants the crowd to leave with. There is no more intimate of a venue that Citizen Cope, his guitar, and you. That is what you will get on Monday October 13th. If I only I could afford more shows…

Bullet and a Target - Citizen Cope

Friday, September 5, 2008

Hitting the electro Jackpot!

Big ups for Trash They have kept me sane in the Atlanta traffic all week. Tons and tons of great electro mixes. My friend Jorge told me about the site in passing a few months ago. I randomly came across it on Monday and went crazy with free downloads. Stocked up on some future cop, a band that Jorge got me into as well. They spin 80's like you have never heard before. Think funky college keg party, 80's style. So much fun. They also have lots of rare set like, favorite's of mine, Crookers essential mix. The hours in the car this week, made better by bad-ass electro. Thanks Trash Menagerie.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tiny instrument but huge talent

You most likely haven't heard of Little Boots. You will. Believe me, you will. Victoria Hesketh is an independent singer/producer/songwritter living in London. Her instrument of choice is a Tenori-on. Using this small instrument, she has already mastered the one woman techno/italo-disco/electro album.

Here she is covering "Ready for the floor" by HotChip

Here she is preforming "Stuck on repeat" live from her bedroom

She has recently started working with Joe Goddard from HotChip. All she needed was a break. There are plenty of talented artist out there but sometime it only takes one person to break you out. Hopefully Joe can be this person. Not only does she have a great singing voice and unique ear for production but she is also an unbelivable dj. You can download her single "Stuck on repeat" here.

You can find free dj mixes here on her myspace page.