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.

SASQUATCH! :: Awesome Alert

I can’t believe I am just now posting something about this. Anyway, Sasquatch Festival in Washington state is going to be so awesome. I want to go so bad, but I live on the other side of the country and I’m broke. If you have the means or live in or near Quincy, WA, you need to go. And then report back on how freaking awesome it was.

So without further ado, the line up:
My Morning Jacket
Massive Attack
Pavement << FAVORITE!
Vampire Weekend << They will be in Atlanta in April at the Tabernacle.
Band of Horses
The National <<
LCD Soundsystem <<
Tegan & Sara
Broken Social Scene
Passion Pit <<
She & Him << Will be in Savannah next month.
Public Enemy <<
Nada Surf <<
The New Pornographers <<
The Hold Steady <<
The xx << SO GOOD! They’ll also be in Atlanta next month!
Dirty Projectors
Drive By Truckers
Kid Cudi << Huge crush!
The Long Winters
Minus the Bear
The Mountain Goats
Camera Obscura << LOVE THEM! Saw them at the 40 Watt. Check out my photos!
Fruit Bats
Brother Ali
Midlake <<
Dr. Dog
Simian Mobile Disco
City & Colour
No Age
The Temper Trap
Miike Snow
Portugal. The Man
Mayer Hawthorne
Girls << LOVE THEM SO MUCH! They just did an in-store @ Criminal Records and played The EARL.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros <<
Wale <<
The Lonely Forest
Boys Noize
Freelance Whales
Laura Marling
Patrick Watson
Past Lives
Cymbals Eat Guitars
The Low Anthem
The Very Best <<
Neon Indian <<
The Tallest Man on Earth
Fresh Espresso
Mumford & Sons
Jets Overhead
Shabazz Palaces
Fool’s Gold
Morning Teleportation
Hudson Mohawke
The Middle East <<
Local Natives <<
Avi Buffalo
Booka Shade
Yes Giantess
Craig Robinson
Rob Riggle
Garfunkel & Oates << HILARIOUS!
Luke Burbank
…and more to come!

So tickets are $70 for a single day (Feb. 20-May 23), per day and discounted 3-day passes are $170 (only available through Sunday, Feb. 21 at midnight. You better get ‘em fast!). Tickets go on sale at this rate on Saturday, Feb. 20. Single day tickets go up to $80 a day on May 24 until May 28. And the day of the show, single day tickets are $86 per day.
Follow Sasquatch Festival on Twitter and be their fan on Facebook!

Photos: Camera Obscura with Venice is Sinking & Papercuts

Live at the fabulous 40 Watt in Athens, GA on 12/3/09

Venice is Sinking


Camera Obscura

This was the first time ever seeing these bands live for me and it was incredible. Honestly, if you don’t listen to these bands already you need to get on that. Everything about these three bands is beautiful. You will not be disappointed.

More links!
Follow Camera Obscura on Twitter!
Follow Venice is Sinking on Twitter!
Follow the 40 Watt on Twitter!

And check out my Youtube page for a video of Camera Obscura and Papercuts. They aren’t fantastic quality and I’m dancing during the Camera Obscura one, so, it’s a little jumpy. The link is at the top right hand of this page.

CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival 2009 :: NYC

Pretty much every music and film outlet is buzzing about this festival. I, unfortunately, do not live in New York nor do I have the means of getting there, but this seems really cool and I feel its worth mentioning.

Its not only worth mentioning because it is awesome, but the rocking DJ Scott Durday is spinning at this really spectacular festival. You know Scott from all of The Soundmen remixes. He sent me an email saying that he will be DJing the Canteen’s Showcase this weekend. It is a new venure at the Southstreet Seaport. He invite people that “want to hear great music and rock out with a killer view.” He will be there Friday evening starting at 8 pm, Brett Saxon and HERE will be performing along with multiple sets by Durday before and after. Then on Saturday he says that “the event really gets rolling with Mike Falzone, Moses, Tammy Infusino and Members Only playing” as well as sets from Durday in between and after. These events are sponsered by The Green Room, NYC’s best surf brand, and Branded Baron. He concludes by telling me that tons of drink specials and fun is to be had.

There is an insanely long list of bands going to be there, too many to list. Here is a link to that page. Some bands that caught my eye are Crystal Antlers, Turbo Fruits, The Antlers, The Depreciation Guild, Deer Tick, Japandroids, The Selmanaires and The Very Best, to name a few. Honestly the list is huge, so definitely go look at it if you plan on going and check out the schedule, too.

This is also a film festival so they will be showing some amazing independent films through out the week as well at various locations around the city. You should definitely hit that up if you have a chance.

This just a really cool way for new and old acts in the independent arena to get out there. So go if you can, I feel that you will not be disappointed.

The festival started yesterday (Tuesday 10/20) and goes through Saturday (10/24). Go check it out if you can, it sounds really awesome and I am insanely jealous of anyone that has the ability to make it out! And if you can’t make it then check out Brooklyn Vegan and Paste Magazine for the best updates on everything that is going on at CMJ.