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Sept.15 Cover - Yo La Tengo PDF Print E-mail
Written by Glen Sarvady   
ImageNew York (and John) Rockers:
Yo La Tengo Dials It Down for a Fakebook Sequel

Here’s a new yardstick by which to measure Yo La Tengo’s longevity and resilience. One of the band’s first releases was a contribution to the 1986 compilation album Luxury Condos (Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon). That title was a dart at the encroaching gentrification that endangered the idyllic artist scene in Hoboken, just across the river from New York City. Developers long ago won that battle – the revered club Maxwell’s is now a sports bar, go-to record store Pier Platters shuttered its doors a decade earlier – but YLT’s husband/wife fulcrum of Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley remain firmly ensconced in the burg, both sticking to their guns and challenging themselves with ongoing evolution.

Here’s another yardstick, courtesy of Kaplan: “When we recorded Fakebook we hadn’t even met James yet.”

James McNew has been the third member of Yo La Tengo for over twenty years. Still, longtime fans will remember him as the man who put an end to the band’s Spinal Tap-esque revolving door of bassists. And Fakebook is the atypical but much-loved 1990 album that showcased the band’s still nascent subdued side.

Twenty-five years later, Yo La Tengo revisits that format – almost to a t – on Stuff Like That There. The new album rides the same unplugged vibe, built upon a framework of diverse and mostly obscure covers, rounded out by a couple of YLT originals (“Rickety” sounds like the keeper of the two newbies) and a pair of hushed reworkings from the trio’s own catalog. It’s also something of an Old Home Week, given the returns of Dave Schramm and Gene Holder (guitarist and producer on the original Fakebook, respectively).

“There was a certain aspect going into this record, wrapping my head around doing something as calculated as a sequel – we just don’t approach things that way,” Kaplan explains. “We typically go in and start playing and the record just takes shape, very naturally. Once we made the decision, the more touchstones we could bring in from the original record the more it made sense to me.”  

Onetime dB’s mainstay Holder produced a couple of early YLT albums – and actually moonlighted as the band’s final pre-McNew bassist – but the ties extend even further back. The dB’s were the de facto house band at the short-lived but revered New York Rocker magazine, where Kaplan enjoyed a brief career as a rock critic. Holder contributed a bit of electric bass on Fakebook, but this is one area where Stuff Like That There diverges. The new disc features only upright bass, played by McNew – who hadn’t touched the instrument before. “It’s not like we’re getting an upright touring bassist and have James do handclaps,” Kaplan deadpans.

“I had never played upright before January 2015,” McNew later elaborated. “I’m still hard at work on learning how to play it – I’m gonna be working on that for quite a while. It's completely different than electric, but it has given me instant insight on the invention of the electric bass – what a great idea that was!”

Georgia Film News 09/01/15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Clark   

ImageClint Eastwood is directing the true story drama Sully about Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, the US Airways pilot who executed an emergency landing of a passenger aircraft into the Hudson River in 2009 after a flock of geese collided with the plane just after takeoff. While much of the film will be shot on location in New York City, there will also be an Atlanta wing of the production that will happen Oct. 12th through 30th. Tom Hanks will portray Sellenberger, while Laura Linney will play his wife and Aaron Eckhardt his co-pilot.

Gifted, a drama film from Fox Searchlight, is setting up shop in Savannah with cameras expected to begin rolling in October. Chris Evans (the Captain America and Avengers franchises) stars as a 30-year-old man in a custody battle with his own mother involving his deceased sister’s seven-year-old daughter. Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) is directing from a screenplay by Tom Flynn.

Timothy Olyphant (Justified, Snowden), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland), Jack Whitehall, Aasif Mandvi and Loni Love have joined the cast of Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy Mother’s Day, currently in production in Atlanta.

While The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Part 1 is wrapping its Atlanta production, next June will be here before you know it. That’s when Part 2, the final film in the series based on the Veronica Roth books, sets up shop in Atlanta.

Winona Ryder and David Harbour (who’s been shooting Sleepless Night in Atlanta with Jamie Foxx) will star in the Netflix original series Stranger Things. Though set in Indiana, the eight episode supernatural drama, written and directed by twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, will film in metro Atlanta from October through next April. Ryder plays the single mother of a boy that vanishes (literally), while Harbour plays the chief of police. Young actors Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton are also among the cast.

Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles has been cast in Coat of Many Colors, the Dolly Parton childhood biopic for NBC, as Dolly’s mother, Avie Lee Parton, while Ricky Schroder (yep, it’s Ricky again, not Rick) will play Dolly’s pop, Lee Parton. Gerald McRaney (House of Cards, Deadwood, Longmire) has the role of Grandpa Jake Owens. It’s currently filming in Covington.

NBC’s Game of Silence, starring David Lyons and Michael Raymond-James, has been filming its first season in various Atlanta locations of late.

A Walk in the Woods, with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, opens in theaters Sept. 2nd… 90 Minutes in Heaven, starring Haydn Christensen and Kate Bosworth, opens in selected theaters on Sept. 11th.

Season two of Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong premieres on OWN Sept. 22nd.

News Leak 09/01/15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Susan Moll   
ImageLegacy Recordings has come into possession of the vast majority of Van Morrison’s recording canon and reissued 33 of his albums – many of which disappeared into out-of-print oblivion eons ago – in digital format that’s yours for the clicking. Notably absent: Astral Weeks and Moondance, whose catalog rights reside elsewhere. Also out now is a double-disc companion called The Essential Van Morrison, which assembles many of Morrison’s fan favorites and collaborative efforts.

The Supersuckers have suspended production of their next album while frontman Eddie Spaghetti undergoes treatment for oropharyngeal cancer. We wish him a speedy and thorough recovery…
Lenny Kravitz gave a parkful of Swedes more than an eyeful of his groin when he accidentally split his leather pants during a particularly-enthusiastic rendition of “American Woman.” In case you haven’t seen the footage – which is hilarious, by the way – Kravitz not only goes commando, but also favors Prince Alberts. We now return you to our regularly scheduled News Leak…

Alanis Morissette is putting out a deluxe edition of Jagged Little Pill to coincide with its 20th anniversary, as if the first go-round wasn’t torturous enough…

The Rockbeat Records outpost just released a quadruple-disc boxed set of sought-after soul 45s titled Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963-1973. The set amasses highly sought-after cuts by Ike and Tina Turner, Carla Thomas and Bobby Rush as well as detailed liner notes courtesy of soul historian Bill Dahl.

Sept. 11 is the day ex-Longpig Richard Hawley will regale us with his eighth record, Hollow Meadows; guests include Pulp ringleader Jarvis Cocker and U.K. folk fixtures Martin Simpson and Norma Waterson.
Singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe just released her fifth record, Abyss, and you can catch her live and in-person at Aisle 5 on Sept. 14.
Georgia Music News 08/31/15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Clark   
ImageTedo Stone sounds like a girl to me. That’s not a diss, he just has a high, reedy voice that sounds to me like it should be coming out of some weird, feather-wearin’ neo-hippie chick from a foreign country where English is truly a second language at best. I would like to meet that chick someday, she’d probably be fun to party with. But Tedo is a cool dude from Covington, Georgia, and his new album, Marshes is an ass-kicker, my friends. It really steps up his game to a significant degree, with infectious songs that have DNA of country, soul and even glam rock, but inhabit their own identity with boldness and verve. Electric guitars collide and rumble like a mighty stampede. The tracks sound like things you’d crank up the instant you’d hear them come on the radio, if radio stations played such magic anymore. And man, that voice of his… it’s like no other I’ve heard. Album release show is Sept. 12th at the Mammal Gallery. Make the effort.

Killing Kuddles are a pretty raucous little trio with a crunchy buzzsaw sound and snarly singer who does the whole working class/down ‘n’ out/ne’er do well routine convincingly. They have a four-song EP out called Sinking Ship, and while it’s not blatant, there’s enough of a Southern feel to it that were they to put on cowboy shirts and twang it up a notch people’d be asking them if they were Jason & the Scorchers fans.

Slow Parade exude a measurable ragamuffin country blues and streetcorner folk vibe, but there’s significant polish and frills in their presentation, with piano, drums, vibes, organs and even glockenspiel entering the picture, not to mention a guitarist & singer who can really belt it out. The trio, who recently released a CD titled Big Plans, shares members with Cicada Rhythm and Grand Vapids.

Local blues fans should be award of two significant events this month. First, WRFG’s 30th annual Labor Day Blues Barbecue happens on Monday, Sept. 7th from 1 p.m. ‘til 8 p.m. at Park Tavern, featuring Albert White with Chickenshack, James Armstrong, Lola, JP Blues and Blind Cadillac. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door, and yes, BBQ from Fat Matt’s will be available for purchase. Speaking of, Fat Matt’s Rib Shack is turning 25 years old this month, and to celebrate the durable Piedmont Road blues joint is throwing a big weekend party Sept. 11th through 13th with many of their regular acts playing in the afternoon into the night. On Friday the 11th, it’s The Slab Remains the Same (some sort of Fat Matt’s all-star ensemble, I’m assuming?), Willy Jackson, Fat Back Deluxe, the Backyardbirds and Felix & the Cats. Saturday, Sept. 12th will feature Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, The Hollidays, Rough Draft, Frankie’s Blues Mission, Magic Fred & the Fat Matt’s All Stars (wait a minute…) and Mr. Chapman’s Quarterly Revue. If you’re still hungry for thirds on that Sunday, Atlanta Boogie, the Kerry Hill Band, Sana Blues and Snake Legs will be helping that half slab slide down easy.

Cabaret dorks Slang plays Live at WREK on Tuesday, Sept. 1st. Live at WREK showcases local acts every Tuesday at 10 p.m. on Georgia Tech’s 91.1 FM…

Athens-based electronic twiddler Stay at Home Dad will be pushing buttons on Live in the Lobby this Tuesday, Sept. 1st… DJ Yung Yang is going to… spin other people’s music, I suppose… on the same show Thursday, Sept. 3rd… Live in the Lobby showcases local musicians and so forth almost every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. on WUOG, 90.5 FM in Athens.
Radio Hour Playlist 08/30/15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Clark   

Blitzen Trapper - "Rock and Roll (Was Made for You)"
Biters - "Dreams Don't Die"
Royal Headache - "Another World"
The Atom Age - "It's a Mess"
Yo La Tengo - "Friday I'm in Love"
Beach House - "Beyond Love"
Barrence Whitfield and the Savages - "Adjunct Street"
The Band feat. Van Morrison - "Caravan (live)"
Mudcat - "Drink Myself Sober"
Kacey Musgraves - "Good Ol' Boys Club"
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band - "Bridge Washed Out"
:La Luz - "Black Hole, Weirdo Shrine"

Grave Babies - "Beautiful Lie"
Low - "What Part of Me"
The Black Watch - "Pershing/Harvard Square"
The Mynabirds - "Orion"
Health - "Stonefist"
FFS - "Look at Me"
Swimm - "Belly"
Robert Forster - "Turn on the Rain"
Charlie Belle - "Petting Zoo"
Chelsea Wolfe - "Grey Days"
Beck - "Dreams"

The Stomp and Stammer Radio Hour
Sundays 3-5pm Eastern
WMLB, 1690 AM Atlanta

Thanks for listening!

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