Video :: Foster the People – Heart of Gold (Neil Young cover) Live at Criminal Records

I’m going to be really honest, I wasn’t completely sold on Foster the People when I first heard them. After a while their catchy tunes started to grow on me. The tracks and the band are just a lot of fun. What really sealed the deal with me was seeing their instore at Criminal Records here in Atlanta. It was packed considering their show later that night at the Masquerade was sold out. After seeing the instore, I know why.

Check out this video I made of the band performing a Neil Young cover, “Heart of Gold.” And then head to your local record store and pick up Torches. 

RECORD STORE DAY :: Criminal Records – Atlanta, GA Sat. 4/16

It’s that time of year again, Record Store Day. If you are in the Atlanta area you should stop by Criminal Records for some fantastic releases and even better live acts. Check it out below (from Criminal Records’ Facebook event):

Record Store Day at Criminal Records is a free and all-ages event, with ample entertainment for all ages. The store will be open from 10AM until midnight on Saturday, April 16th. Link to the press release for additional information –> http://recordstoreday.tuneportals.com/Event/37747

LIVE MUSIC STARTS AT 2 pm! This event is free and all-ages! Please note, these times are subject to change.

2pm — AKUYOU
The ugly beauty of Swans, the Bad Seeds and PJ Harvey. Uncompromising and confrontational. Awesome. This band features a former Criminal Records staffer.
http://akuyou.com/

3pm — ORYX & CRAKE
Oryx and Crake produces beautifully crafted orchestral rock that mixes with their story telling to create a truly unique sound. I might hear Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire because each band has so much going on with their sound, but they seem to bring it all together so well.
http://www.oryxandcrakeband.com/

5pm — THE DB’S
Record Store Day exclusive show with an all-new dB’s 7″ single!!! This limited edition 45rpm single features “Picture Sleeve” (co-written by Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple) and “Write Back” on the flipside (Will Rigby’s first song with The dB’s). Both songs are from the forthcoming album — their first with the original four guys in thirty years.
http://thedbsonline.net/

6pm — HOLLY GOLIGHTLY
Ms. Golightly brings her mixture of ghostly blues, twangy shuffles, and all around two-step hotness to our store. If you miss this set, you’re a lost cause.
http://hollygolightly.com/

7pm — FAN MODINE
Fan Modine return with another exclusive and VERY limited edition Record Store Day release, producing their forthcoming album in a hand-made, limited edition of 100 for the special day. “Gratitude For The Shipper” will be available on thick 150g double vinyl, while supplies last. For fans of that music that you like, like the dB’s.
http://fanmodine.com/1/

8pm — BRITISH SEA POWER
Supporting their concert the following night (Sunday, April 17th, at the EARL), British Sea Power stop by the store for an intimate in-store set. The band is celebrating Record Store Day in Atlanta (and all over the U.S.) while their fans back home celebrate RSD with a UK-only double 7″ called “Living Is So Easy.” It’s okay though — for those in attendance at the in-store, Criminal Records was able to secure copies of this limited single. We’re the only store in the U.S. that will have them. They are also playing at The EARL on Sunday, April 17, for tickets go here –> http://www.ticketalternative.com/Events/13218.aspx
http://www.britishseapower.co.uk/

9pm — TURF WAR
Eric saw Turf War at SXSW and asked them to play Record Store Day as they walked off stage. That’s a solid reccomendation. If you like Creedence, you’ll like Turf War. You do like Creedence, don’t you?
http://turfwar.tumblr.com/

10pm — EMILY KEMPF
Fresh from breaking up her twenty-plus piece band Back Pockets, Creative Loafing’s Best Experimental Music Act of 2010, Emily returns to the stage to close out the celebration. This will be the one you tell your kids about, don’t pretend like you were there, you’re invited. Don’t miss this one.
http://clatl.com/cribnotes/archives/2011/03/27/back-pockets-are-gone-but-not-forever

RECORD STORE DAY LINKS:
http://www.recordstoreday.com/
http://twitter.com/recordstoreday
http://www.facebook.com/RecordStoreDay

June 8th will be the start of something huge :: New Music Night AKA Soon To Be On Repeat @ Criminal Records

On Tuesday, June 8 at 7 pm my friend, Tim Lampe at I’m a Bear, Etc. and I will host New Music Night Soon To Be On Repeat at Criminal Records in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood.

New Music Night Soon To Be On Repeat with Tim & Emily is a listening party with a twist. Our goal is to offer up some great new releases from various artists and start a conversation. We will play a few tracks from each release and then discuss them.

The first New Music Night will feature new music from the following bands/artists:
Suckers
Tokyo Police Club
Born Ruffians
Sleigh Bells
Ratatat
Blitzen Trapper
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Delta Spirit
Here We Go Magic

Criminal Records is located at 1154-A Euclid Ave. Atlanta, GA 30307
We hope to see you there!

Band Crush :: Local Natives

If you know me, you know that my latest obsession is Local Natives. I love them. Mustache, beards, cute curly hair and all.
Anyway, so the music. Their music is fantastic. I mean if you like awesome music with three-part harmonies, percussion blasts and thoughtful lyrics, you’ll definitely like Local Natives. Their debut record, Gorilla Manor, is out now on Frenchkiss Records and you need to buy it. Go!
On Saturday, May 1, I was lucky enough to catch these incredible dudes, who hail from Silverlake, CA, twice when they stopped in Atlanta. Once at Criminal Records in Little Five Points and then later that night at The Masquerade. Both shows were amazing. The unplugged acoustic in-store was crowded and intimate. They played the popular Airplanes, Sun Hands, Wide Eyes and my personal favorite, a cover of the Talking Heads‘ song Warning Sign. And of course because they are super nice, they stuck around, signed autographs and chatted with some fans before heading down the street to The Masquerade.
That night at The Masquerade, they played to a packed house downstairs in the area of the venue known as “Hell”. Again, very intimate and very crowded, but in a good way. The only complaint I have is the crowd was rather dead. I felt like my group of friends and me were the only people moving. Especially during Suckers (follow them on Twitter and give them a thumbs up on Facebook), the opening act from Brooklyn, NY. Maybe everyone was just in awe of these two really fantastic bands, who knows? Needless to say the show didn’t let me down. They put on such an incredible show and are such nice guys (I can’t say that enough, they are SO nice!). Both bands hung out with fans after the Masquerade show, signing autographs and posing for pictures. Side note, Suckers is releasing their debut, Wild Smile, in June. It’s going to awesome!
Seriously, you have to at least check out Local Natives. You can catch them in a city near you on this current tour, check their website or Myspace for dates. They will also be at Bonnaroo (June 10-13). I know I’ll make an effort to see them again as soon as possible, you should as well!
Pst… follow Local Natives on Twitter and “Like” them on Facebook if you know what’s good for you.
And if you don’t believe me when I say, “This band is great!” Just give them a listen, this song is also a favorite of mine.

Who Knows, Who Cares

In case you missed it :: Record Store Day 2K10

In case you missed it, which if you did too bad for you. It was awesome. Just saying.
Anyway, here in Atlanta Criminal Records was hopping with people starting before 8 AM. We opened the doors at 10 AM. This stuff is serious. There were so many amazing exclusive releases including some Sonic Youth reissues, John Lennon 7″, Rolling Stones 7″, Soundgarden 7″ and the list goes on and on.
The beer started flowing at noon thanks to Pabst Blue Ribbon. That’s also when the screening of We Fun began. If you haven’t seen it or heard about it, you should definitely check it out. It’s about the incredible music scene we have in the ATL and features the Black Lips, Deerhunter, Mastodon and Subsonics.
The live bands started at 1 PM with ATL’s own the Bukkake Boys. If you are looking for some good old fashioned punk rock, look no more!
The the lovely ladies and gentleman of Those Darlins took the stage. They were soaring through from Murfreesboro, TN. They are incredible and I definitely recommend them to anyone that wants to get rocked.
Next up was Aurora barista and Noot d’ Noot band member, Mathis Hunter gave us something to jam to. His debut solo album is out now, it’s called Soft Opening and it’s amazing.
At 4:30 PM, my favorite Athens [Georgia] band, Venice is Sinking, played a fantastic set. Seriously you guys, if you listen to anyone that I mention today, you HAVE to listen to Venice is Sinking. They are so great. They gave audience members a copy of their super awesome, super new album Sand & Lines: The Georgia Theatre Sessions away FOR FREE really, really early. Like a month and a half early. See how great they are?
After a short recess, the Carolina Chocolate Drops blew us away for the second RSD in row. And believe me, they can play Record Store Day every year from here on out. If you like good, like really good bluegrass/roots music you have got to check them out. I can’t stop listening to they’re new album Genuine Negro Jig. They are fantastic.
Following the Carolina Chocolate Drops, was ATL’s own hip-hop sensation Social Studies. This duo features MC Zano Bathroom (Criminal Records’ own) and DJ Chris Devoe. It was a free-styling good time. They’re debut album is out now, Proxemics. You can get at Criminal Records and I suggest you do that.
After class was over, the fabulous Janelle Monae took the stage. Talk about a show, she is incredible. She sings, she dances and she’s super nice! Her new record, The ArchAndroid, is out soon.
And finally, the grand finale of Criminal Records’ Record Store Day/Customer Appreciation EXTRAVAGANZA was a live, exclusive performance by Rodriguez. His awesome music and his hilarious tid-bits of life lessons made for an excellent close to an excellent day.
I hope everyone was able to take part in RSD in some way. It was truly an incredible day. Real live record stores are few and far between these days, but the ones that are still here what you to know (and the record labels and artists want you to know) that they love you. And we have to keep them going because frankly, buying music on iTunes or Rhapsody or whatever is lame and boring.