Dead Confederate in September 2008 issue of Rolling Stone

Click the title of this post to check out locals Dead Confederate on The video was shot by Jason Jacobson and features the Forces' own J.J. as emcee. Be sure to pick up the hard copy of the magazine too. The video was shot during Popfest and features cameos from a bunch of bands in Athens. Enjoy, and congrats to my friends in D.C. for being labeled "one of the acts that is defining rock in 2008".

Here's the video in all it's unedited glory:

August 25-31

Monday, August 25:
The Duchess and The Duke, James Jackson Toth. Tasty World. 10 p.m. $5.
(They are also at The Earl Tuesday, August 26 if you happen to be in east Atlanta...).

Wednesday, August 27:
Summerbirds in the Cellar, Spring Tigers, Kebert Xela. Caledonia. 10 p.m. $6 (21+), $7 (18+).

Music Hates You, Withered, Doomsayer, Royal Thunder. The Drunken Unicorn (ATL). $8.
Filming for "Slow Southern Steele," a documentary about the heavy underground scene in the South.

My Morning Jacket. Fox Theatre (ATL). 8 p.m. $31-$36.

Spindrift, Pink Police, Ocha La Rocha. Star Bar (ATL). 9 p.m. $8.

Thursday, August 28:
Gift Horse, Bambara, The Flowers of Evil, Creepy, Stegosaurus. The 40 Watt. FREE! ($2 under 21). 10 p.m.

Saturday, August 30:
The Dumps, Music Hates You, Subrig Destroyer, In The Lurch. Caledonia. 10 p.m. $6 (21+), $7 (18+).
Filming for "Slow Southern Steele" again.

Some stuff that happened this week that I haven't forgotten already - by JJ

This has been one of the funnest, busiest weeks I've had in a damned while.

Tuesday, August 12
Worked day shift at Taco Stand. Had band practice for a couple of hours. Danced on over to the 40 Watt for the musical stylings of Elf Power and Gnarls Barkley. Elf Power is great live. Their melodies have always been catchy to me. I can't stand still when they play. Their bass player shreds hardcore.
Gnarls Barkley came on to the stage to an already-amped-up sold-out 40 Watt crowd. Their band, which included Athens' Heather McIntosh, was smaller than I imagined it would be. But damn, they sounded incredible. Cee-Lo has always been one of my favorite singers, so I was excited to hear him live..... He makes it look effortless. They covered "Reckoner" by Radiohead and I pooped my pants because it was so good. As I was in the restroom, putting on one of my pairs of fresh, emergency-concert-replacement pants, red-faced with shame, I realized I wasn't alone. Upon exiting the bathroom, I encountered a sea of people waiting in line, embarrassed, drawers full of doo doo. It was that good.

Wednesday, August 13
Worked day shift at Taco Stand. Met the guys in Dead Confederate at Kingpin's Bowl and Brew at 7pm to help my friend and colleague Jason Jacobson get some video footage of the band and their friends bowling and goofing around. I'm not sure if I can say who the footage is for just yet, but it's pretty awesome shit, Tony. We all bowled and drank and then drank some drank. While we were there, we started interviewing everyone, with Jason videotaping while I asked the questions (How do you know Dead Confederate, etc.) We got great answers from Parker from the Whigs and Andy from The Dumps. We then took the party to Little Kings to do more interviews with the band. We got more than we bargained for, being that it was during Popfest, and EVERYBODY was out, having a good time, and feeling loose, footloose. Kick off your Sunday shoes. We got some great stuff from Matt and Aimee from Twin Tigers, Hunter, Mike, and Brandon from Gift Horse, Hank from Kuroma, Shane from Spring Tigers, Vanessa from Pylon, Kay from Casper & the Cookies, Ben and Tim from Dark Meat, Jeff from Dark Meat, Pegasuses XL, We vs. The Shark, and lots of other bands. Dead Confederate was cool because they wanted to share their spotlight feature with their contemporaries in the Athens music scene. Jason did a great job editing it, and I will post it as soon as it's all good.

Thursday, August 14
Went in to work at Barnes and Noble at 8:45 am. Tried to buy a Red Bull and a coffee, but one of my managers said I couldn't have them. I was beat down tired, and running on 3 or 4 hours of sleep. I could have used those drinks. Drifted through the day and then had to go directly to the Georgia Theatre to soundcheck.

We played with my homie Calen Nash and his band Ponderosa. They sounded tight and had some great harmonies. They also have cool boots. It was tough, because we played at the same time that Roky Ericson, Dark Meat, Twin Tigers, and Dead Confederate were playing at other venues. We still had a nice crowd and they were energetic and responsive. It was loud as balls in there and I was pleased about that. We spiritedly enjoyed the cooler full of cold beer that the staff provided us. Thanks, y'all. Stayed up really late having lots of fun!

Friday, August 15
Went in to open and manage the Taco Stand at 9am on 3 hours of sleep (I really need to learn how to schedule my shifts better, but I need 'em.) Worked until 3 and Ann was so nice enough to finish the rest of the day for me. Ran by Jason Jacobson's to look at the video, and had enough time to go home and grab some clothes for our gig that night in Birmingham, Al, at the Nick. I really could have used a shower because, as Staind once said, It's Been a While. Oh well. Had a nice hot stinky van ride to ol-Birmy. Actually had a real good time there. The locals were cool and we played with the Swear from Atlanta, Spencer Ezell from Nashville, and Eyes Around, from Alabama. We played third, so it was mighty late once we busted out of Bama. We drove straight back to Athens. I made it driving to Danielsville before I just coudn't keep my eyes open anymore. Adam drove the rest of the way, and he was a champ, as I fell asleep and woke up every 20 seconds or so in the back seat. We got back to Athens at 7am or so and I got in my car at their apartment in Five Points. I drove back to my place, took off my sweaty stage clothes (still no shower,) and slept from 8am to 8pm on Saturday. Deep, deep sleep. Crazy dreams, adventure, vision quests. Spirit Wolves.

Saturday, August 16
Slept all day and ventured out of the house as it was getting dark.I went to Adam's girlfriend Sandra's birthday feast at Cali and Tito's, and we all then went to Wow Wingery in Five Points to booze, eat, and watch Michael Phelps win his eighth gold medal on one of the restaurant's 48,000 televisions. He won it, and we all felt good for America. Thought I was going home, but got pulled over to the 40 watt for another incredible show. Circulatory System, Elf Power, and Music Tapes. EVERYBODY was there. People came out of the woodwork for this one. I missed Circulatory System. Elf Power did great once again, and then I was treated to Music Tapes. Giant metronomes, bouncing a ball as an instrument, banjos, tape organs, tubas, all kinds of shit. The show ended by kazoos being handed out to the crowd, and the band played on as they led the ENTIRE CROWD out of the 40 watt, across Pulaski St, and down Prince Ave. I didn't follow them, but my roommate Joey, who is from Ruston and involved with all of those E6 dudes, and directed Major Organ and the Adding Machine (coming soon,) said everyone ended up in a big field off of Hancock playing games (bell ringing was involved.) It sounded like townie utopia. Joey overheard a frat boy who was watching the procession as it passed by his house say, "Only in Athens." You know it, Chad.
Stayed up real late again playing Rock Band and watching Rambo and crashing at a friend's house downtown.

Sunday, August 17
Woke up, read Chris Farley's biography, The Chris Farley Show, that his family put together. Read it for hours in bed. Man, his story is so tragic. He lived hard. He was such a genuine man with a big-hearted personality. If you liked his comedy, read the book. If you like stories of hard-core drug addiction and things of that nature, read the book.
We had to be at the Melting Point at 2pm to set up and sound-check for a benefit show commemorating the release of Beli e-v-e - Songs in Memory of Eve Carson. (MySpace)
The show was filled to capacity, as Eve Carson was an amazing young woman who touched a lot of people. The Connelly Crowe Band played, and they were great young musicians, all still in high school. I had fun fooling around with them before the show, playing hangman in the green room, and telling them how much they were pimps for playing such a cool show at their age. Bain Mattox played a solo set as well. And I appreciated being able to spend some time with him. My old bass player from Riff Raff Kings, Mike Lamond, plays in his band. Bain's set was moving. I knew he was getting emotional during his last song and as he said goodnight to the crowd, he turned around and was crying as he was packing his guitar. What a great guy. I was very touched.
It sounded so good in there when we played. Wes is a great soundman and the system there is top notch. We played for a lot of people, and there were kids, high schoolers, parents, teachers, you name it. We were honored to be a part of it, and after the show, Eve's father came up to thank us. What a day!
I was supposed to go to an afterparty at Ian and Ryan's, but I fell asleep in my computer chair at 9pm and decided to call it a night...

So that's that! Athens is acton-packed and delicious.

August 18-24

Damn, last week turned out to be a strange one. Not gonna bore you with all of the gory details, but on the plus side Wednesday night at Little Kings was pretty fun. Hopefully one of our contributors will soon be posting the result of the night's filming for Dead Confederate's upcoming video spot. I'm also gonna try to talk a few people into writing about the highs and lows of Popfest since I was unable ($) to attend most of the festivities. Heard it was good though. We'll see who feels like writing, but chances are I'm the only one who feels the need to write about the things other people simply experience (thanks Chuck Klosterman). Stay tuned.
Well, lets all try to make it through the next 7...

Monday, August 18:
Melvins, Big Business. 40 Watt. 9 p.m. $14 (advance).

Wednesday, August 20:
Dark Meat, Oneida, Dirty Faces, Jah Division Sound System. The Drunken Unicorn. (ATL) 9 p.m. $8.

Thursday, August 21:
Modern Skirts, Y-O-U. Star Bar. (ATL) 9 p.m. FREE.

Friday, August 22:
Dead Confederate, Gift Horse, Kuroma, Balkans. The Drunken Unicorn. (ATL) 9 p.m. $7. 18+. (Hell yes).

August 11-16

'Round here the calendar week starts Monday, the way it's supposed to be...

Monday, August 11:
Subrig Destroyer, Irreversible, North, Hell Comes to Town.
Masquerade. (ATL)
7 p.m. $8. (They're in Hell).

Tuesday, August 12
Gnarls Barkley, Elf Power. 40 Watt. 8 p.m. $25 (adv.).

Blind Melon, Gringo Starr. Masquerade. (ATL) 7 p.m. $17. (Heard the new dude sounds just like the old dude. They're in Heaven).

Wednesday, August 13:
Little Kings.
The Coathangers. (10:20 p.m.)
The Selmanaires. (12:35 a.m.)
We Versus the Shark. (1:15 a.m.)

Nine Inch Nails, Deerhunter. The Arena at Gwinnett Center. (ATL) 7 p.m. $39.50-$56.50.

Beach Boys. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. (ATL) 8 p.m. $36-$59. The Beach Boys perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and possibly John Stamos on drums (finger's crossed!) as part of the Delta Classic Chastain Concert Series.

Thursday, August 14:
Twin Tigers. (10:30 p.m.)
Dead Confederate. (11:30 p.m.)

then on to

40 Watt.
Dark Meat. (11:45 p.m.)
Roky Erikson and The Explosives. (12:30 a.m.)

and also

Blue Flashing Light, Ponderosa. Georgia Theatre. 10 p.m. $5.

Friday, August 15:
A.Armada. (11:30 p.m.)

Saturday, August 16:
The N.E.C., The Hiss, Apache, Electric Shadows.
The Earl. (ATL) 9:30 p.m. $8.

Sunday, August 17:
Melvins, Big Business
. The Drunken Unicorn. (ATL) $15-$17. (We got this show comin up at The 40 Watt the day after this Drunken Unicorn show, but If you're in Atlanta on this Sunday afternoon you'd better go if you know what's best for yous).

Ok, it's HHBTM's Popfest again. Standard disclaimer: I'm only putting up information about shows that I know are going to be good, but chances are the rest of the bands on the Popfest bills are going to be great, or at least interesting. I've seen some really great bands at the last Popfests that I had never heard of before, so if you are interested you should go check out their site. Plus there are quite a few different ticket packages available so peep the language.

New Jamz

Here's the latest stuff we got. Not sayin' it's what you would call "100% good" or "just released" but they are the most recent albums passed around among the souls in our camp:

Boris-Akuma No Uta, Health-Health, Black Skies-Hexagon, Sleep-Jerusalem, Liars-Liars, Beck-Modern Guilt, Motorhead-Motorhead, Melvins-Nude With Boots, Abe Vigoda-Skeleton, Atlas Sound-Things I'll Miss EP, Creedence Clearwater Revival-Cosmo's Factory, Nat King Cole-The Velvet Moods of Nat King Cole, Taj Mahal-Taj, Woman-Mazes and Open Letter/Black Black 7".

Gift Horse played a show with Knoxville's Woman at The Basement in Nashville TN last Friday. They were some really nice guys and a great band, and they were even decent enough to give us a few copies of their Mazes 12" and Open Letter/Black Black 7" on vinyl. Click the link and listen to a song called SSSubtle Lady, it's the jam.

Went to a record shop in Chattanooga called CHAD'S and found that the guy's collection was pretty wiped out, but Hunter purchased Robert Goulet-I Never Did As I Was Told for the artwork (50 cents). I can't seem to find this record cover, but check out the gallery of Goulet. On a serious note God rest his soul.

If life goes according to plan, the next 3 albums I buy will be:
Torche-Meanderthal, Harvey Milk-Life...the Best Game in Town, and Pegasuses-XL-The Antiphon.

Enjoy at risk, I like metal. I would like to say that I bought all of these albums in the last few weeks, but truthfully I'm not sure if I bought any of them. In fact, my friends bought most of these. Thanks guys I'm broke. You know, this whole "inflation" business going on and all.

Richard Lloyd

So like I said, we're pretty excited about playing with former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd. For those who don't know, Television is widely considered to be the rock/punk band that convinced the late Hilly Kristal to give them a chance as the house band at his new country, bluegrass and blues bar in Manhattan on March 31, 1974. Kristal soon realized that he had some hot shit on his hands and the legendary CBGB's punk scene was born. Richard and the boys rubbed shoulders with scenesters like The Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, and Talking Heads. They also released a pretty damn fine album in 1977 called Marquee Moon. Perhaps you've heard of such a thing. If not, here is the title track from the album. You can listen to it and stare at the album artwork:

The album is now considered a cult classic. They followed that up with 1978's Adventure, which is often overlooked but a great album as well.

As for Richard solo, he has put out a number of releases since Television, most recent of which is 2007's The Radiant Monkey. The show tomorrow at Smith's Olde Bar is part of his tour in support of that album, but he supposedly has finished a tribute to Jimmy Hendrix (using the psuedonym Jamie Neverts) which is due out on Parasol Records sometime in the fall. He is an avid producer and session guitarist as well, perhaps most notably working with Matthew Sweet back in the day. Check out some of his writings too if you like. Anyhow, we're all real honored to be sharing a stage with him and we hope you can make it to the show. Here's the info again:

An Evening with Richard Lloyd, Gift Horse.
Tuesday, August 5. 8 p.m. $15.
Smith's Olde Bar.
1578 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta (Buckhead/Brookhaven), GA. (404)875-1522.

August 4-August 10

Tuesday, August 5:
Gift Horse, Richard Lloyd. Smith's Olde Bar. (ATL) 8 p.m. $15.
(We're looking forward to playing with legendary former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd. More details to follow).

The Dumps, Hawks, Chopper, Nationale. Caledonia Lounge. 10 p.m. $6 (21+), $7 (18+).

Wednesday, August 6:
All the Saints, Brass Castle, Cheeseburger. The Drunken Unicorn. (ATL) 9 p.m. FREE.

Thursday, August 7:
Trial By Fire, Balkans, Ominous Castle, Pedals on Our Pirate Ships. WonderRoot. (ATL) 8 p.m.

Zoroaster, All the Saints, Predator, Hell Comes to Town. The Earl. (ATL) 9:30 p.m. $7.