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Stonehearst Asylum PDF Print E-mail
Written by David T. Lindsay   
ImageStonehearst Asylum [PG-13]: Arriving on Christmas Eve 1899, Edward Nugate plans to continue his training as an alienist, a doctor who specializes in asylum medicine. Only he soon discovers that as assistant to Dr. Silas Lamb (Ben Kingsley), all meds have been suspended in a grand experiment that celebrates the patient in his unadulterated state, given free expression of their ailments. Based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe and co-starring Michael Caine, Kate Beckinsale and Jason Flemyng, it’s as though Marat/Sade had been given the Hammer treatment with its turn-of-the-century lamp-lit glow both intimidatingly spooky and fascinating.
Georgia Music News 10/20/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Clark   
ImageHaving emerged from the significantly more tradition-rooted Lovell Sisters, it’s jarringly disconcerting how far in the other direction Rebecca and Megan Lovell, minus older sister Jessica, have careened as Larkin Poe. Following a series of independently issued EPs, the duo (augmented by various players) has its debut full-length album Kin released in the U.S. by Restoration Hardware’s newly launched music label, RH Music, on Oct. 21st. This is basically a slick, coldly polished, shrewdly commercial pop/rock album, and as such, has little discernible soul to speak of. The sisters’ prodigious talents, both musically and vocally, are largely drowned out by the ill-advised determination to be “contemporary,” i.e., “shitty,” the sort of thing that will sound cringingly dated in fifteen years, or maybe fifteen weeks. It’s a shame because they have tremendous potential, most recently witnessed locally when they opened for, and later backed up, Elvis Costello at his show at the Cobb Energy Centre. I admittedly wasn’t all that stoked by their own songs so much, but was quite taken by the textures they brought to Costello’s material, leading me to consider that they might just need time to get more comfortable with the power of subtlety; either that, or maybe they’re simply more effective when backing up others! Costello, one of Larkin Poe’s most vocal boosters, is bringing them on tour with him in Europe this month as opening act and backup band before they return to the States for a short headlining tour, including a local release show at Terminal West on Oct. 24th. They’re also, along with Dawes, backing up Kristian Bush for his performance on NBC’s Today show Oct. 27th.

Billy Mumy, Billy Barty and Billy Dee Williams all figure in the lyrics of kettles/eno, and that’s just in one song. If that’s not Americana, I don’t know what is. Elsewhere on the roots-rockin’ The Jake Leg Chronicles the group led by Steed Kettles and Jeff Eno waste away in Cabbagetown, marry some sluts and strippers and reminisce about crankin’ up John Cougar Mellencamp songs on the radio, among other diversions. Nothing brilliant here but they have a refreshing sense of fun. They’re at the Star Bar Oct. 25th opening for Blasting Cap and the Tim Lee 3.

Promoting his new album Paperwork (out Tuesday, Oct. 21st), T.I. guests on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live on Monday, Oct. 20th… Lady Antebellum appears on the syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, Oct. 22nd.

Clothes, an electronic music project out of Athens, are the featured act this Tuesday at 10 p.m. on Live at WREK. Tune that dial to 91.1 FM, buddy – that’s Georgia Tech’s student operated station.

Jacob Morris will do some tunes this Thursday, Oct. 23rd, on Live in the Lobby. Here it on WUOG, 90.5 FM in Athens, the University of Georgia’s student radio station.
News Leak 10/20/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Susan Moll   
ImageIt’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas gifts for us, and we’ve got our minds set on the new George Harrison boxed set. The Apple Years 1968-75 collects the quiet Beatle’s six solo records from those years, all remastered, as well as a companion DVD of promotional videos and previously unseen footage.
Nov. 4 is the day the long-running experimental pop combo Deerhoof will unleash their next album, La Isla Bonita

The Flaming Lips have recorded over a dozen Beatles covers for a tribute to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Titled With a Little Help From My Fwiends and scheduled for an Oct. 28 arrival, the record unites Wayne Coyne & Co. with My Morning Jacket, J. Mascis, Tegan and Sara, and (groan) Miley Cyrus.

Marianne Faithfull has completed work on her 20th album, Give My Love To London, and plans to release it Nov. 11. Guests include Brian Eno, Nick Cave, Steve Earle and Roger Waters.
Bloodshot Records is celebrating 20 years of music and mayhem this year, and will mark the occasion with a double-disc compilation called While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records. Justin Townes Earle, Ryan Adams, Neko Case, the Old 97’s and Robbie Fulks are among the melody makers who appear on the set, which you can expect to find at your friendly neighborhood record retailer on Nov. 4.

Australian singer/songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke will regale us with her fourth album, O Vertigo!, on Oct. 28…
Radio Hour Playlist 10/19/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Clark   
Nude Beach - "I Can't Keep the Tears From Falling"
Johnny Marr - "Easy Money"
The Growlers - "Black Memories"
King Tuff - "Beautiful Thing"
Stars - "No One is Lost"
Kate Miller-Heidke - "Jimmy"
Peaking Lights - "Breakdown"
Leonard Cohen - "Samson in New Orleans"
Maggie Bjorklund - "Fro Fro Heart"
Perfume Genius - "Longpig"
Meiko - "Bad Things"
Screaming Females - "Wishing Well"
Larkin Poe - "Don't"

The Pop Group - "Kiss the Book (Peel Session)"
Half Japanese - "In Its Pull"
The Vaselines - "Single Spies"
Tennis - "Viv With the N"
Ty Segall - "Feel"
The Barr Brothers - "Wolves"
Lee Ann Womack - "Don't Listen to the Wind"
Minus the Bear - "Inverted Memory"
alt-J - "Every Other Freckle"
Philip Selway - "It Will End in Tears"
Low Roar - "Nobody Loves Me Like You"

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

Thanks for listening!
Courtney Barnett @ The Loft, 10/16/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Seachrist   
You may have heard her Tiny Desk Concert on NPR, or seen a YouTube clip of her popular song "Avant Gardener." But that is not the Courtney Barnett who came to Atlanta last Thursday night.  No, this one stormed the Loft with thundering garage rock versions of formerly cuter and quieter songs and did not let up until she had exhausted her repertoire.

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