July 28-August 3

Wednesday, July 30:
Creepy, Dusty Lightswitch, Tunabunny, Gambit. Caledonia Lounge. 10 p.m. $6 (21+), $7 (18+). caledonialounge.com.

Thursday, July 31:
Nas, Talib Kweli. Center Stage Theatre. (ATL) 7:30 p.m. $37-$39.
I keeps it real.

Subrig Destroyer, Waited, Sex in Cars, Armazilla. Lenny's. (ATL) 9 p.m. $6. http://www.lennysbar.com/.

Saturday, August 2:
Fuck This Band (Mclusky cover band with Jeff Tobias, Scott Smith and Andy Pruett). Hi Hi Hi (Bryan Poole and Jason Nesmith covering Paul McCartney & Wings). Nic Fit (Members of Dead Confederate covering Sonic Youth). Tiny Sticks (ESG cover band with Josh McKay, Bryan Poole, Aaron Wegelin and Heather Heyn). 40 Watt Club. 9 p.m. $6/$8. This is Team Clermont's Summer Camp Festival. 40watt.com/.

The Helm, Peregrine, This Time Tomorrow. Feral Skate Shop. 8 p.m. $5. (Never heard of any of these guys but we got "epic hardcore from Seattle" "local death metal" and "vegan, straight-edged hardcore metal from Seattle" respectively. It's at the skate shop on my street so what the hell). myspace.com/feralskateshop.

Crosby, Stills & Nash. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. (ATL) 8 p.m. $29-$89. Crosby, Stills & Nash wish Neil was there too as part of the Delta Classic Chastain Concert Series.

Sunday, August 3:
Curley Maple. Athens-Clarke County Library. 3 p.m. Free. (Not sure if you are a fan of Irishy stringband acousta-folk, but you should probably just go to the library and read anyway). clarke.public.lib.ga.us/.

I guess the official pick of the week is the Team Clermont Summer Camp Saturday at 40 Watt which I will miss due to:

Friday, August 1:
Gift Horse, Woman. The Basement. (Nashville, TN). 9 p.m. $7. thebasementnashville.com.


Saturday August 2:
Gift Horse, Sasquatch, Thee Something Bros, 40 oz. Folklore. J.J.'s Bohemia (Chattanooga, TN). 10 p.m. myspace.com/jjsbohemia.

Just in case...

Record Collection Recollections

Looking through my vinyl collection and I thought I would share the most notable specimens. I own most of what I own (including my record player) thanks to the lovely Lisa and the Forces' own T nutz, who brought up his collection for my listening pleasure. Now we are really entering the deepest realm of the labyrinth of shit that nobody cares about:

First, a few of the good and classic in no particular order:
Beck-Sea Change, The Police-Zenyatta Mondatta, Elvis Costello and The Attractions-The Best of..., Panda Bear-Person Pitch, Johnny Cash-Live at San Quentin, The Beach Boys-Endless Summer, Deerhunter-Cryptograms/Flourescent Grey EP, Queen-A Night at the Opera, Primus-Suck on This and Pork Soda, The Ventures-Hawaii Five-O, Jim O'Rourke-Eureka, The Flame-Fallout, The Beatles-1962-1966, Pink Floyd-The Wall, Wish You Were Here, Dark Side of the Moon, and Animals.

Some jazz:
John Coltrane Quartet-Ballads, Various Artists-Brazil's Super Hits, Chet Atkins-Lover's Guitar, Ahmad Jamal Trio-Live at The Pershing (But Not For Me), Dean Martin-I'm the One Who Loves You, Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim-Self-titled, The Dave Brubeck Quartet-Time Out.

There is also a mountain of classical music that I will not share with the reader, instead choosing to leave to said reader's imagination, which is quite vivid.

I will however, share with you the 3 most ridiculous records we have which no one would ever buy back, but we will never sell:
Oak Ridge Boys-Bobbie Sue. Hunter bought this solely because the album cover photo is one of the funniest things thine eyes ever seen. Artwise, right up there with Orleans-Still the One LP, which I do not own as of yet but am tirelessly striving to find.
Fat Boys-The Fat Boys are Back. Honestly, I don't really feel too good about myself having a laugh at Kurtis Blow's expense. (Kurtis Blow=a.k.a "The Chief of the East" a.k.a. "The Ox That Rocks" a.k.a. "Doc Nice" a.k.a. "The Prince of Rap"). I actually love this album and play it often.
Don Ellis-At Fillmore. Shitty horns.

Also, here's the bulk of my 8-track collection, which is a work in progress:
Led Zeppelin-Led Zeppelin (or I, or whatever they call it), Frank Sinatra-Just One Of Those Things, The Beatles-Abbey Road, Tony Bennett-The Good Things in Life, George Harrison-All Things Must Pass (Cartridge 2), and Kenny Rogers-Greatest Hits.

Monday July 21-Sunday, July 27

Monday, July 21:
Sleepy Horses, Thrift Store Cowboys. Caledonia. 9 p.m. $6 (21+), $7 (18+). http://www.caledonialounge.com/.

Lazer/Wulf, The Alien Blakk. Tasty World. 10 p.m. $5. http://www.tastyworld.net/.

Tuesday, July 22:
Bambara, Balkans, Daffodil, Swank Sinatra. Caledonia. 10 p.m. $6 (21+), $7 (18+). http://www.caledonialounge.com/.

Folklore, Future Ape Tapes, Ham 1. 40 Watt. 9 p.m. $4. http://www.40watt.com/.
(Folklore covers The Kinks album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society.)

Old 97's, Sleepercar. Variety Playhouse. (ATL) 8:30 p.m. $20.

Thursday July 24:
Blue Flashing Light, Pegasuses-XL. Tasty World. 10 p.m. $5. http://www.tastyworld.net/.

Friday, July 25:
Boyz II Men, Morris Day & The Time. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. (ATL) 8 p.m. $25-$59. Boyz II Men, Morris Day & the Time perform as part of the Delta Classic Chastain Concert Series, don't even play you know you want to go to this shit. http://www.classicchastain.com/.

Saturday, July 26:
Richard Lloyd and The Sufimonkey Trio. The Melting Point. 8:30 p.m. $13.50 (advance), $15 (door). http://www.meltingpointathens.com/.
(Former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd promoting his new solo album).

311, Snoop Dogg. Lakewood Amphitheatre. (ATL) 6:30 p.m. $39. Lakewood Amphitheatre.
(It's Lakewood again?)

Sunday, July 27:
Willie Nelson, B.B. King. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. (ATL) 7 p.m. $45.50-$97.50. http://www.classicchastain.com/.

Poison, Dokken, Sebastian Bach. Lakewood Amphitheatre. (ATL) 7 p.m.$20-$45.
Lakewood Amphitheatre. (Yeah, back to Lakewood again). SATAN!!

Forces Worldwide, Love it or Leave it Alone

Somewhere between Dead Confederate in next months Rolling Stone (look for it in the "10 Bands to Watch for '09" section), Dark Meat's two page spread in Spin, We Versus the Shark and Harvey Milk getting rave reviews on the ol' Pitchfork, and The Whigs on David Letterman, I realized that a handful of bands are about to get a lot of national attention and spark a resurgence of serious magnitude. I personally believe it will not be unlike the wave of bands in the day (uh, you know who I'm talking about here) that are responsible for singlehandedly turning Athens into a musical boomtown. Local "purists" may claim that I am completely wrong, sublimely naive, and that Athens is a pretentious town with a music scene whose popularity constantly ebbs and flows. These people would be correct. That said, I feel proud to coexist alongside artists who are being recognized for their art. It feels good to watch bands carve out their own little footholds on history. I'm glad to witness. So yeah, the best bands may never ever be heard, and while it may leave some people regretfully mourning in their Boulevard home whilst listening to records whose level of obscurity you could never understand or even begin to know about, the abundance of local bands being toasted by national publications makes Athens once again noticed as one of America's musical meccas. And it is. So the only thing left to do is burn that "I love what Athens used to be" shirt that you bought from Schoolkids, lace up your townie boots, and ride your lime green 1964 Schwinn beach cruiser downtown to go see some bands. Or don't. Either way, I'll see you at The Grit.

Federation X

And now a look at one of my favorite bands of all time Federation X. I'll let this band speak for themselves, copied and pasted straight from their myspace page:

"Fed X were fortunate enough to grow up in the corner of the US that birthed such punk rock acts as the Wipers, Karp, Mudhoney, Lice, Gas Huffer, Unwound, Godheadsilo, Bikini Kill, Built to Spill, The Rickets, Kicking Giant, Fitz Of Depression, Trumans Water, The Waydowns, Nirvana, Irving Klaw Trio, The Mukulteo Fairies and, perhaps most importantly, Nickleback. We started our band in a small town in the corner of this corner of the US. We thrived in a community that produced such acts as the Narrows, Candy and the Hotdice, USS Horsewhip, The Cheeps, Jayhawker, Monomen, Bar Tabac, Gus and Katie and the Mighty Ghosts of Heaven, Reeks and the Wrecks, B-18, Racetrack, Yogoman, Cicadas, BeNT, The Party Favorites, The Crying Shame, Chuckanut Drive, GNS, Sharpie, and, perhaps most notably, Korky Lenker. We left this corner often and found ourselves in no man’s land with the punk rock acts the Last of the Juanitas, Drunkhorse, 400 Blows, Fleshies, The Cherry Valence, The Whip, Stab City Slit Wrists, The Bananas, XBXRX, C Average, the Friendly Champs, Party Time, Outhud, Monotonix, Japanther, Toys That Kill, Fireballs of Freedom, Shellshag, Big Business, The Pope, Birds of Avalon, Triclops!, Comets of Fire, Juanita Family and Friends, Stars of the Dogon, Early Humans, Red Fang, Mountain High, and, who could forget, The Mooney Suzukis. We like to take this time to take this time off. Thank you. Federaton X."

Anyhow the band is great, and although I have never seen them live I have intravenously injected all three of their albums with monster truck force. Here's a video that does nothing to display their talents:

So, yep...Federation X from Bellingham, Washington (I think). Special thanks to J Scar for introducing me to these guys. Go see them when they start touring again and come through your neck.

Monday, July 14-Sunday, July 20

If I may humbly opine, there's not a lot going on in the lil' A this week. Might have to drive yourself over to the big A. Or if you live there in the larger of the two A towns you don't have to worry about coming down to the lil' A (except to see the metal show Friday at Caledonia which is going to be very, very good). Either way, you're an A-hole. Just kidding.

Wednesday, July 16:
Al Green. Michael McDonald (yeah, he's there too...) and Al Green perform as part of the Delta Classic Chastain Concert Series. 8 p.m. $25-$90.
Chastain Park Amphitheatre (ATL).

Ocha la Rocha, The Rosewood Thieves. Star Bar (ATL) 9 p.m. $7.

Thursday, July 17:
Kuroma, The Films, The Hiss, The Redcoats. Pop Death Squad presents One Year Anniversary of Big Trouble in Little Five Points. Star Bar. (ATL) 8 p.m. FREE. (I admit I've never heard of 3 of these bands but Kuroma has my full support...wish they had a web address of any kind that I could link to so you could hear them).

Friday, July 18:
The Dumps, Black Tusk, Gaylord. Caledonia. 10 p.m. $6 (21+), $7 (18+). http://www.caledonialounge.com/.

Saturday, July 19:
Olympus Mans, Weirdbeard. Rye Bar (used to be D.T.'s Down Under). 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ryebarathens.

Yeah I'll keep digging for things for you to do and see and hear...

Post-Tasty World Mix

Hunter inveneted a new genre this week. He calls it post-Tasty World, or post-Tasty for short. I'm not quite sure what the defining characteristics are, or how to describe bands in the genre, but I've compiled a mix of tunes that somehow make me think "hmm, that's post-T":

1. Plaster Casts of Everything--Liars
2. Girl Attorney--Health
3. Svengali What's the Caper--Russian Spy Camera
4. Overglazed--The Breeders
5. Only Shallow--My Bloody Valentine
6. Ativan--Atlas Sound
7. Gila--Beach House
8. Mykonos--Fleet Foxes
9. He Hit Me--Grizzly Bear
10. Watershed--Twin Tigers

Monday July 7-Sunday July 13

Tuesday, July 8:
The Black Angels, the Warlocks, Imaad Wasif. 8 p.m.$12. The Earl (ATL). http://www.badearl.com/.

Wednesday, July 9:
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (ATL).
7:30 p.m. $35-$125. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

Friday, July 11:
Dark Meat, Diplo, Future Ape Tapes. 40 Watt. 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). http://www.40watt.com/.

Saturday, July 12:
A.Armada, Twin Tigers, Spring Tigers, (Make the Fur Fly is not on the bill anymore due to an apparent breakup and the canceling of all future shows). Caledonia. 10 p.m. $6 (21+), $7 (18+). http://www.caledonialounge.com/.

Subrig Destroyer, Deaf Judges.  40 Watt.  9:30 p.m. $5  (21+), $7 (18+).   http://www.40watt.com/
(sorry this was late I somehow missed this...who cares...what are horse shoes?  Do they make horse socks?  Is anybody listening to me?)