Sunday, October 19, 2008

New Selmanaires Single

Selmanaires - Princess Illusionist Frankenstein 7" (Rob's House) - Click Image to Close

Y'know, my whole introduction into Atlanta's music scene was The Selmanaires. The sound those three (now four) gentlemen generate between one another has had me hooked from the first chorus. I even like to think of them as honorary Nashville group. Though that status might be in jeopardy if they don't get back to town ASAP. I'm jonesin' over here.

The Selmanaires have a brand new 45 out on Rob's House Records.
"Princess Illusionist Frankenstein" b/w "Beneath The Brights" is available via the Rob's House website. Both tunes can be streamed via the band's MySpace page.

From the band:
Dear friends,

We have a new 45 out on Atlanta's own Rob's House Records. Princess Illusionist Frankenstein (side a) was posted a month or so ago. We have now added Beneath The Brights (side b). This single was recorded by Ed Rawls and Justin McKneight at The Living Room studio July 2008.

If you like it and want to have a beautiful vinyl copy, you can order it online at www. robshouserecords. com

Hope you are all well. Thank you all for coming out to the Wire show last week. It was an amazing experience playing with and meeting one of our favorite bands. People came from far and wide to catch Wire's only southeast performance (nice to meet you, Jack and Christina).

Tommy Chung
Go give 'em both a listen and pick up a copy for you or a loved one.

That is all.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

It's a Noot d' Noot Weekend

My friends, if you couldn't tell by now, here in the Ghetto we have a deep love for the sounds coming out of the ATL. And perhaps such affinity rises from some certain parallels found between our two music scenes. For starters, both Nashville and Atlanta are home to multimillion dollar music industries. Atlanta invented Crunk and is the nucleus of the southern rap game, with players... er playas, such as Lil' Jon, T.I., and Outkast. We've got Music Row and the Christian music dilemma with Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy & Casting Crowns. (OK really bad example... they win that one)

Hmmm... but what else? They've got
Little Five Points, the Fabulous Fox, and The Falcons (meh), while we've got East Nashville, The Ryman, and The Only Undefeated Team in the NFL. They've got Athens and we've got Murfreesboro.

On the local music front they've got Atlantis Music Festival, Criminal Records, International Hits, Rob's House & The Living Room where as we've got NBN, Grimey's, Theory 8, Infinity Cat & Lake Fever. They click over to and we love us some Hell, even some of our favorite bands seem to share some of the same DNA: The Features/The Selmanaires, Jensen Sportag/Judi Chicago, Hotpipes/Gringo Star, MEEMAW/Howlies, Cheap Time/The Black Lips... I could go on, but I won't.

The reason for all this jabberjawin' about Atlanta and Nashville is that despite whatever musical similarities we might share, Nashville can boast no analog to Atlanta's Noot d' Noot. Only the ol' Dirty Dirty could give birth to this sprawling, eclectic collective.

Seamlessly fusing funk, afro-beat, pop, hip-hop, free jazz, electro
, and rock, then coating it in a thick psychedelic goo, Noot d' Noot's game is to make the asses shake & shimmy while melting the mind wide open. Their original intent was to simply produce and sell beats and backing tracks to their city's hip-hop artists. But the rock scene took notice and they've morphed their studio hijiinks into a sprawling stage show. This much-ballyhooed live set and their debut LP, Goofer Dust (International Hits) led Creative Loafing (their much thicker Nashville Scene) to recently choose them as Best Local New Music Act of '08.

Fortunately for us here in Middle Tennessee, Noot d' Noot make their Music City debut this weekend with two shows you really shouldn't miss. Tonight it all goes down at Agave as part of another night of Festivala. Since there really aren't any local acts that have much in common with these guys (and gals), it's only fitting that they're in the middle of a bill with three bands that have absolutely no similarities what so ever. This experiment in sonic contrast sees Noot wedged between the charming punk of MEEMAW and the rough and tumble dirges of All We Seabees. Ghetto favorites This Modern Station will get things kicked off with their smart Pavement-meets-Gram Parsons rock around 8:30. Not enough Noot for ya? Well not to worry as the crew will reassemble on Saturday afternoon around 4:00 at Grimey's for an in-store set.

Check out their blog and download a couple of their tunes below. "Sugar Bicycle" is a personal favorite from their record and features Jason Harris of the Selmanaires on vocals. Their strip-club-friendly anthem "Jiggle City" is the A-side to their Solutionist Records debut seven inch.

Sugar Bicycle

Jiggle City

Friday, October 10, 2008

Free Keegan Dewitt
Planning on going to the Basement tomorrow night for the Keegan Dewitt CD release show? Are you broke? Cheap? Parents finally cut you off? Recently laid off? Trying to save your money for the impending great stock market crash of '08?*

Well not to worry you cheap bastard, cause Indie Ghetto's got you covered. The first five folks to shoot an email to will not only get into the show for free, but will also get a copy of his new record, Islands. Not bad, eh?

...oh and you're welcome.

*If not, you probably should be.

We Stole the Radio

What follows came in the form of a MySpace bulletin late last night from Jon Burr & Co:

Public Ears,

Prepare yourselves! We are a proud sort, so please tune in with your host, Lieutenant Dan, as he interviews our esteemed dandy man, Jon Burr.

Be the first to hear "Salvage Mission," our long-awaited single exclusively on Lightning 100 radio, tomorrow @ noon.

The coordinates: 100. 1 on your FM dial
The time: Lunch Hour, Noon- 3PM

Many thanks for your undying patronage!

-How I Became the Bomb

For those of you who simply just can't wait until Noon - or, like me, quit listening to Lightning 100 nine or ten years ago - be sure to tune into Indie Ghetto this morning as I'll be spinning Salvage Mission on the program. It shall drop at 10:00am sharp. Do it.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Keegan DeWitt on Friday's Radio Show

Hey gang. Tune in to this weeks radio show as my guest will be Keegan Dewitt. Homeboy's new record, Islands, is out on the always awesome Theory 8 label. We'll be chatting about the disc as well as his upcoming release show this Saturday at The Basement. And since we know you love free stuff, we'll be giving away tickets to the show as well as copies of Islands. He's also bringing in a crew of string players and backup singers to serenade us through the mid-morning. It's gonna be tight in the ol' WRVU studios tomorrow, but it's gonna be excellent.

Tune in Friday morning from 10:00 to 11:00. 91.1 FM or streaming live in Real Audio at

Saturday, October 4, 2008

This Wednesday: Jesco White at the Mother Church

jesco_white.jpg by angryjazz.
So it looks like the rumors are true...

Jesco White - the original Dancing Outlaw, the pride of Boone Co, WV, the last and best of the mountain dancers - will be performing Wednesday night at the Ryman, opening for The Black Keys.

Say whaaat!?

Now it's not worth my hard-earned money to drop $30 on another tired-ass guitar/drums whiteboy blues duo. But Jesco? In the flesh? Dancing, singing, and telling tall tales? Hell yes... worth every damn penny! What a shame it is then that I'm broke as hell and my direct deposit won't drop into my bank account until Midnight on Wednesday. Hmmm... maybe one of those fine, fine folks over at Nashville's Best Independent Record Store can hook a brother up? Or maybe someone at the Only Decent FM Station in Town has a couple guestlist spots for one of their favorie DJs? Pretty please?

Anyway, if you haven't actually seen the early 90's documentary Dancing Outlaw and have no idea why I'm so excited, I urge you to go do it now. It's easily one of the most hilarious, weird, and oddly touching 30 minutes ever captured on film (er... video tape, rather). Pretty sure I've seen it well over 100 times in the past 12 years and it never gets old. If you have seen it, you know what I'm talking about.

You can check it out YouTube style below. However, nothing beats watching it on a 3rd or 4th generation VHS tape. Enjoy!

Dancing Outlaw - Part 1

Dancing Outlaw - Part 2

Dancing Outlaw - Part 3

Dancing Outlaw - Part 4

Many thanks to Rob Marlow of the mighty Ulika for the heads up!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Festivala Continues Tonight

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OK so it's a beautiful day and it's shaping up to be a perfect Autumn night. What better way to spend it than knocking back some Patron shots whilst enjoying four outtasight bands. Festivala continues tonight at Agave with music from How I Became the Bomb, Chattanooga's favorite sons Coral Castles, Mean Tambourines, and Talking With Hands. I think it kicks off around 8:30. See y'all there.