[CYSS] – Recompas & Life at Sea at 529

9 11 2009

Every once in a while it’s nice to go out to a show and not see the exact same thing as you did the night/week before. Modern music can get a little repetitive at times so it’s nice to mix it up by listening to ambient experimental music… which in a live setting can be pretty entertaining / catastrophic.  For this week’s “concert you should see”, I recommend Recompas & Life at Sea playing at 529 on Fri. 11/12/09. If experimental ambient rock isn’t your thing then you can probably go back to watching porn… it’s okay – we don’t mind.

recompas

Recompas

Recompas is an experimental ambient band(?) that likes to use half-wave rectifiers to make neat tones and sounds.  Apparently they previously used laptops on stage, and it looks like they traded those for radio shack parts and angry handy-js.  Some of the tracks they have up on their myspace site are fantastic and certainly moody.  It will be interesting to see how close the live performance is to the recorded work.

lifeatsea

Life at Sea

Also up that night is Chicago-slash-Atlanta based  Life at Sea.  Apparently, they are a group of leaves that hang out on a branch… because that’s the only picture on their myspace page.  These guys are less experimental, more ambient, and way more Chris Isaak.  The songs they have up are moody and will probably go well with darker coloured liquor– bourbon perhaps.  This should be a nice ambient change to the typical rocker loud night.  Not sure what the cover charge is (BANDS – IF YOU’RE READING THIS, ALWAYS PUT PRICE ON THE POSTER. SO ANNOYING TRYING TO PLAN THE NIGHT WHEN YOU’RE POOR), but 529 is known for being a little pricey at times so I’d expect anywhere from an $8 – $10 cover.  Anymore than that and just go get a drink at a bar.





[CYSS] – Modern Skirts & The Judies on Halloween

27 10 2009

Saturday, October 31st at Smith’s Olde Bar, The Judies and Modern Skirts will be playing on the big stage.  Now I know what you’re thinking–it’s Halloween and you’re busy.  That’s probably the case for most people reading this, but for those of you who aren’t already committed, this is a show you need go to. In fact, if the only party you’ve got on your agenda is that guy from work that you’re kind of friends with but you’ve never hung out before – skip it and head to Smith’s.

theJudies

The Judies

The Judies have a sound that is both unique and intriguing. Front man Warren Ullom has a voice that’s a blend between David Bowie, Brandon Flowers, and Kevin Barnes. Throwing in a blend of piano and hipster rock, they pull off a somewhat timeless sound.  That, and a dash of dramatic flair, is reason enough to see them live.

modernSkirts

Modern Skirts

Taking the late spot is Modern Skirts.  This band is one of the biggest acts to come out of Athens in a long time.  Their sound continues to mature as the years go on and their performances get even better.  Smooth melodies and well written songs make them an instant favorite.  What started out more piano rock than anything has matured to a nice balance.  They are a must see.





[CYSS] – Orphins & Untied States at 529

21 10 2009
Untied States

Untied States

Sat. Oct 24th, ’09 Untied States is having their record release show at 529.  Earlier in the day they’re supposed to be playing at Criminal Records, but not sure if that’s going to happen or not.  This being the release show, and since they’ve been gaining some descent momentum over the last year, this should be a pretty good show.

Orphins

Orphins

Also playing are Orphins, one of my top 15 favorite bands in Atlanta.  Their music is quite decent and they typically deliver a good show.  Plus they have a video for their song Devil Duck that is extremely awesome





[CYSS] – Dignan & I Married My Highschool Sweetheart

19 10 2009
Dignan - Their music is MUCH safer than this picture implies...

Dignan - Their music is MUCH safer than this picture implies...

Dateline: Oct. 26th at the Drunken Unicorn. This pick is sort of an easy one for me. Take Indie Rock, add in electronics, and add in a Kinsey reference and you’ve got a recipe that piques my interest.   First up is Dignan – a band from McAllen, Texas. Typically I’d throw in a gay cowboy joke here, but it’s late and I’m tired.  Their sound is bordering on the safe side and comes off a little lullabyish, but that doesn’t always mean for a bad live show.  I’m willing to give them a chance…

I built my highschool sweetheart out of all these things!

I built my highschool sweetheart out of all these things!

Headlining the night is local Roswell act I Married My Highschool Sweetheart. While the name implies religious virgin, the music (at least on the surface) doesn’t seem to have any religious overtones.  From what’s available on the net the music is solid and melodic.  The lyrics appear to be a bit highschoolish, but that doesn’t always mean it’ll be a bad showing.

All in all it’ll be a safe night at the Drunken Unicorn, but it should be some good tunes. I’d say if you’re going to take a girl out on a first date and she digs music, this might be a good place to spend a Monday night.





[Live Review] – Safe Word, Mr. Gnome – at Drunken Unicorn 10.15.09

17 10 2009

Thursday October 15th I has a few choices on what to go see in the Atlanta Music scene.  For some reason there were quite a few great choices… Judi Chicago was playing, The Selmanaires and Atlas Sound had already sold out the Earl, and Mr. Gnome was playing at Drunken Unicorn. Being a simple person I decided to head to the Drunken Unicorn because I’ve already seen the other bands several times… and what a great decision that turned  out to be.

My pal Drew and I piled up in the old mystery machine and headed to the Drunken Unicorn.  Sadly I read the flier wrong and we showed up about 40 minutes before the doors opened.  The only close by refuge was the gay bar at the top of the hill so we took shelter from the rain there.  I also got to see first hand that Drew is a gay/transient magnet… but that’s another story. Read the rest of this entry »





[Live Review] – Faithless Town at Smith’s Olde Bar – 10.14.09

17 10 2009
faithlesstown

Faithless Town

On Wednesday Oct. 14th I saw that Faithless Town was playing on the main stage at Smith’s, so I decided to drop on by.  The night was a benefit fund raiser  for Emory students and doctors to visit Haiti and provide basic health services.  There were all sorts of art pieces and silent auction type deals in the back while the music played.

The night opened with a Hip-Hop act… which was a man rapping over his own CD… lyrics and all – not even a karaoke version of his stuff.  That’s just about as entertaining as it sounds.

Luckily that didn’t last too long and  Faithless Town was up soon after.  While Rock Country isn’t quite my style, front man Gene Owens does a fine job of blending enough Rock in to make it a very enjoyable show.

A recent addition to the band is Ania Lipowska; a violin toting, tambourine swinging, backup vocalist.  The high counter melodies give the music a 10,000 maniacs dynamic that is really impressive to hear.

Over all this was a great showing and it was for a great cause… making me not feel too bad about the $12 cover.





[Venue] The Drunken Unicorn

13 10 2009
The Drunken Unicorn

The Drunken Unicorn

OVERVIEW:
The Drunken Unicorn is probably my favorite venue in Atlanta.  It’s small, so forty people can look like a huge crowd, it’s dirty in a rock & roll way, and it’s got descent drink prices.  The cover at the door is decently priced for most of the shows and the bar has a unique look.
One thing you’ll notice right away about the Drunken Unicorn is that they don’t have a sign and can be hard to find.  They’re in Downtown Atlanta off of Ponce De Leon in the back half of what (a thousand years ago) used to be a parking deck.  Most people like to think of the Drunken Unicorn as the back half of MJQ Concourse which, while technically correct, can be a bit misleading. You can’t access The Drunken Unicorn from MJQ until late at night – and even then it’s after the bands have stopped playing.  Your best best is to park in the parking lot (if you can find a spot) and then walk to the top of the hill.  There you will see some arena style steps descending to some double doors.  If you’re intoxicated these doors will look like the opening to the gates of hell… and on good nights, it is.
Another thing about the Drunken Unicorn is that the bar is separate from the stage.  You can take this either as good or bad, depending on if you’re the band or if you’re a patron.  Honestly, I like the fact that is a set comes up that’s not my style I can bail out to the next room and drown it out with alcohol.  As a band though, this can lead to people getting lost in the next room and never coming back.  If you’re an under-age band (or if your drummer is dating an underage girl) you can play all ages shows here (due to the separate bar area).  I personally hate all ages shows, and if you play them I probably won’t be there.
SOUND:
Try and remember that this is a converted parking deck.  Basically you’re in a concrete tomb with little air circulation and little to no noise dampening. Add in a powerful PA with a full back-line and you’ve got yourself some real noisy sound.  If you’re a band, monitor world can be pretty muddy even when mixed correctly, so make sure you’re band is tight.  If you don’t practice that much, or if you’re not that good, then you’re going to suck here.
On a plus side, the sound guys are typically johnny-on-the-spot and will do their best to fix any problems.  For best results, tip them before going on.
BOOKING:
The talent buyer’s name is Gavin.  For more details on how to get booked read their link here: http://thedrunkenunicorn.net/unicorn_details.html
Gavin is one of the more responsive talent buyers in Atlanta and is willing to give most bands a shot at proving themselves.  As with most places, if you’ve never played here before don’t start asking for Friday and Saturday night spots… that’s the quickest way to get ignored.  Look at their calendar (it’s usually up to date) and pick a spot 6 weeks out for a Mon – Wed night spot.  Also, it’s best to request a night with an already filled out bill.  So, find two other bands that are flexible and want to play, and request a hold on the night.
Once you get a night, go print up a thousand fliers and drop a stack off at the club a few weeks ahead of time.  Litter the streets, call all your friends, and bring some people out.  If you can’t bring 15 people on a Monday night, then you’re not ready for this venue.

OVERVIEW:

The Drunken Unicorn is probably my favorite venue in Atlanta.  It’s small, so forty people can look like a huge crowd, it’s dirty in a rock & roll way, and it’s got descent drink prices.  The cover at the door is decently priced for most of the shows and the bar has a unique look.

One thing you’ll notice right away about the Drunken Unicorn is that they don’t have a sign and can be hard to find.  They’re in Downtown Atlanta off of Ponce De Leon in the back half of what (a thousand years ago) used to be a parking deck.  Most people like to think of the Drunken Unicorn as the back half of MJQ Concourse which, while technically correct, can be a bit misleading. You can’t access The Drunken Unicorn from MJQ until late at night – and even then it’s after the bands have stopped playing.  Your best bet is to park in the parking lot (if you can find a spot) and then walk to the top of the hill.  There you will see some arena style steps descending to some double doors.  If you’re intoxicated these doors will look like the opening to the gates of hell… and on good nights, it is. Read the rest of this entry »








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