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Jucifer @ 529, 11/21/15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Seachrist   
It’s the same shtick from this duo, but it’s a damn good one. Amber Valentine and Edgar Livengood don cloaks and work in the dark to plug into their massive guitar gear. While they are at it, they set up the largest bass drum I have ever seen. A normally sized one is turned on its side to be used as a floor tom. From the outsized aesthetic you’d think these two were from Texas. Nope. They hail from right here in Georgia. That was before they became actual nomads, living permanently on the road in a camper filled with the dirty tools of evil sounding rock music.

Rasputina @ The EARL, 10/27/15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Seachrist   
Who on Earth would start an indie rock band using cellos as the primary instruments? And I don’t mean cellos plus a bass guitar and drums. I mean cellos carrying every tune by themselves. The answer is: Melora Creager, an eccentric musician’s musician who came up with this concept in the early '90s and stuck with it long enough to land a major label record deal. Rasputina has endured ever since in one form or another, with Creager as the center. These days, there are two cellists plus one beat-boxing rhythm jockey who also plays some electronic piano. The effect is mesmerizing and surreal.

Georgia Music News 11/23/15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Clark   
ImageWhat in the hell has happened to The Head? They used to be such clean-cut, respectable boys. Now they’re smoking and boozing onstage, cursing in their songs and abandoning the bright-eyed power-pop that got so many of us excited about them in the first place. Determined to toughen up their sound and image, they’ve altered their style over the past year and now just come across like any run-of-the-mill dudes who’ve listened to way too much U2, Bush and Billy Joel. They’ve even gone so far as to ditch their still-unreleased recording sessions with Mitch Easter and Jody Stephens! What sort of band does that? A confused one, that’s what. Record release show for their new five-song EP Millipedes is Nov. 28th at the Drunken Unicorn.

Record Store Day’s post-Thanksgiving spinoff, Black Friday, is coming Nov. 27th, and there are a handful of Georgia-related releases among the instant collectibles being peddled, including a previously unreleased live B-52’s concert album from 1979, a double LP of Outkast’s Stankonia on colored vinyl, and a split EP with two songs each from Savannah’s Casket Girls and Oklahoma’s Stardeath and White Dwarfs. And while we’re at it, although it’s not a RSD-related item, Mastodon have just released a pretty cool 12” picture disc for “Asleep in the Deep” that also includes an instrumental version of the track.

Sounding like they were raised on a steady diet of good ol’ fashioned Seattle grunge, Aneurysm will blast the paint off the walls of the WREK studios Tuesday at 10 p.m. on Live at WREK.

Pleasure Point, formerly Cotton Mouth, will do their trippy hip-hop next Tuesday, Dec. 1st on Live in the Lobby…  Athens psyche-pop quintet Dream Culture play the same show on Thursday, Dec. 3rd… Live in the Lobby lets local bands do their thing nearly every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. on WUOG, 90.5 FM in Athens.

The Head photo by Valheria Rocha.
Rebel Scum (Nov.15 issue) PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Sewell   
Image50 Acres of Pain
Rebel Scum’s Dark Victory

A decade ago when Atlanta filmmakers Video Rahim and Francis Percarpio (abetted by the crew of Worldstorm Arts Lab) began their work on Rebel Scum, a rockumentary about the Dirty Works, a self-described “psycho white trash punk band” from Knoxville, Tennessee, they had no idea of the immensity of frustrations and dangers that lay ahead. Sure, Dirty Works lead singer Christopher Scum was a former junkie on methadone maintenance with a tenuous grasp of sanity and a penchant for beating himself bloody onstage. And guitarist Steven Crime was a raging alcoholic, in-and-out of jail. And yeah, the band would break up and then get back together about every other day. But what’s not to love about a bunch of dirt-poor, surly, drunken and sometimes violent lowlifes hell bent on making the most offensive music as possible while soiling the stages of every dive bar shithole in the American Southeast? Everybody loves this kind of stuff, right?

“When we first started the movie, we thought this was going to get big so fast,” says Rahim. “We were already counting our money. But all we’ve done is lose tons and tons of money. I’ve lost jobs over this, I’ve lost friends… It’s been a ten year journey.”

And what a journey it has been. During two years of capturing the public and private lives of the Dirty Works, Rahim, Percarpio and crew were privy to all manner of lawbreaking, drunken arguments, fistfights, bug-eating (seriously), bloodletting, drug activities and – the icing on the cake – one of Christopher Scum’s legendary near-suicidal benders. Oh yeah, one time Scum’s girlfriend Renee pulled a gun on them, too.

But the Worldstorm crew emerged from all this chaos at least physically unscathed, delivering the final edit of Rebel Scum in 2009. And here’s where things got even more difficult. A slew of festival premiers and guerilla screenings were received warmly by viewers, but film distributors just wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole.

“This movie is so different and backwards from what the media is trying to sell people right now,” says Rahim. “The distributors would see the movie, and they didn’t understand the southern accents and they didn’t see any dollar signs behind it.

“It kind of just floated out there for years, but I wouldn’t let it go,” Rahim continues. “Other people just said hey, let it go. It’s dead. But I kept pushing and pushing.

“But years after we finished the film, the market has changed. People are interested in rock documentaries in particular right now. I think we just finally got to the right time. You’ve got to remember that a lot of classic cult films took a long time to come out. A lot of cool movies just don’t make it – they just get lost in the shuffle. If it’s a cult movie, it’s going to take like five years before they [distributors] see any money. So they don’t want to do it.

“It’s funny,” Rahim continues. “When I look at my favorite films, the ones that had the most obstacles seem to end up being the most interesting and that have the most lasting impact.”

So maybe Rahim, Percarpio and company will at last reap well-deserved recognition for Rebel Scum, a twisted masterpiece of cinema verite. Finally, finally, after six years of indie cinematic sub-obscurity, Rebel Scum will be available on DVD on November 24 from Wild Eye Releasing, an outfit that specializes in horror, exploitation, art house and documentary films. So the good guys always win in the end, right?

Radio Hour Playlist 11/22/15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Clark   
The Coathangers - "Watch Your Back"
The Yawpers - "American Man"
Barrence Whitfield and the Savages - "Full Grown Man"
Drive-By Truckers - "Sounds Better in the Song (live)"
Deerhunter - "Duplex Planet"
Joanna Newsom - "Time, As a Symptom"
Kristoffer Bolander - "Rooted"
Bob Dylan - "Visions of Johanna (rehearsal)"
Ruby Woo - "Never Met a Man"
Long Beard - "Turkeys"

Wax Idols - "Lonely You"
Brian Jonestown Massacre - "Pish"
Jeff Lynne's ELO - "Alone in the Universe"
Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs - "Karate"
Kinky Friedman - "Bloody Mary Morning"
Sara Rachele - "Sweet Man of Mine"
The Barreracudas - "Long Explanation"
Moving Panoramas - "Radar"
Hooton Tennis Club - "P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. P.I.E.R.R.E."
Car Seat Headrest - "Sunburned Shirts"
Emily Kinney - "This is War"
Gun Outfit - "Blue Hour"

The Stomp and Stammer Radio Hour
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WMLB, 1690 AM Atlanta

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