Archive for July, 2009

Whitney Houston is back

Monday, July 27th, 2009

NEW YORK — Whitney Houston says her daughter’s support helped fuel her as she geared up for her comeback record.

“She was with me every step of the way: ‘Mom, you can do this.’ When I get discouraged and I get like, ‘This is tiring, this is wearing me out, I’m just not at that point,’ she’d just go, ‘No, mom, you can do this, get up, get up,'” Houston said of 15-year-old Bobbi Kristina in an interview on Tuesday. “She encourages me and inspires me, when I look at her and I look at her eyes and I see myself, I go, ‘OK, I can do this. I can do this.'”

The 44-year-old superstar is releasing “I Look to You” on Sept. 1. It’s her first album in years on Arista Records. On Tuesday evening, she premiered several tracks before an industry audience that included her only child, mother Cissy Houston, cousin Dionne Warwick, Alicia Keys and Diane Sawyer.

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Georgia Hall of Fame is running low on funds

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Longtime concert promoter Peter Conlon will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in September. Whether there’s an actual hall after October seems to be in question. “I guess I’ll have to go down and buy the plaque at a yard sale,” he quipped.

The Macon museum, facing lower revenues and state funding, may close if it doesn’t raise $225,000 by Oct. 27.

“Right now we don’t have sufficient money to continue operating with the integrity and quality that the legacies of our inductees deserve,” executive director Lisa Love said. The museum relies on state funding for a hefty percentage of its operating budget and recent budget cuts imperil its future, she said.

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Blues at its finest

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

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By Stephanie Mitchell

                Nick Edelstein and his band gave a very entertaining performance at Zuffy’s Place on Thursday night. Each band member had a very welcoming stage presents and the drummer and bassist kept great time with Nick as he fluttered up and down the guitar. The band played originals as well as covers such as songs by Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones.

                The acoustics at Zuffy’s were very good and the band fit in well with the relaxed atmosphere. The blues they played was both up beat and slow. The drummer was very clean with the driving rhythm and the bassist was followed well with Nick’s blues guitar. They were  a very fun, energetic band that put off an awesome sound that made you want to get up and dance.

Keeping the Youth

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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Within the first few seconds of pressing play on The Eternal, Sonic Youth’s 16th studio album in nearly 30 years, the band sounds like it has been recharged. “Sacred Trickster” tears the album wide open with a visceral intensity that surges into “Anti-Orgasm,” bringing the album to a frenzied climax of noise, and chiming, art-punk dirge.

Sonic Youth hasn’t rocked this hard in years, and the fire was sparked in 2007 when the group went on tour playing the 1988 masterpiece Daydream Nation. “After reacquainting ourselves with Daydream Nation, we were really surprised by the energy of some of the songs,” says guitarist and vocalist Lee Ranaldo. “At first we didn’t think it was such a hot idea, but revisiting those songs really inspired a lot of what’s going on with this record.”

By Chad Radford for Creative Loafing

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Pride in America

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

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Best known as an experimental electronic musician, DJ Spooky, aka Paul Miller, has also won positive reviews for his remixed version of D.W. Griffith’s classic 1915 film The Birth of a Nation. The silent film, known both for its influence on the development of cinema and its racist imagery, is based on the writings of Baptist minister and playwright Thomas Dixon, who “presents racial conflict as an epic struggle with the future of civilization at stake,” Miller imparts over e-mail. “That’s basically the end-all be-all of The Birth of a Nation.”  

Miller’s remix, however, titled ReBirth of a Nation, is a chopped up and reconstructed version of the original. It decontextualizes Griffith’s work, giving it a new plot that Miller roughly describes as such: “Black person gets elected. White people go crazy!”

Don’t call them cute!

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

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Brooklyn couple Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino are dance-punk duo Matt & Kim, a highly touted act often described as “cute.” Though that description annoys them, it’s hard to deny; their enthusiastic personalities and contrasting physical features make one want to draw them into a bear hug. He’s tall and pale and wears Asics, she’s short and olive-complexioned and wears big hoop earrings. Even when they disagree it’s adorable.

“Matt’s pretty good at convincing me to do shit I don’t want to do,” imparts Kim, the duo’s drummer. “In the ‘Yea Yeah’ video he was like, ‘We’re going to have food thrown at us.’ I was like, ‘That does not sound fun.'” (Rest assured that watching the pair splattered with cream pies, pizza and ketchup was fun for the viewer, however.)

 By Ben Westhoff Creative Loafing

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Van Hunt gives two shows for Atlanta on Independence Day

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

 

Van Hunt doesn’t sound like himself.

Last year, he admits, he was devastated after Blue Note/EMI decided against releasing his untamed third album, Popular. In hindsight, however, Hunt suggests that given the opportunity to do it over, he would’ve tempered the characteristic defiance that’s come to define his bitches brew.

“I think I would have made a different record,” he says. “I don’t think I understood that they wanted a particular sound. It wasn’t like it was a foreign sound to my artistry. It was just one part of what I do. I think I could have made a record that would have made them more comfortable doing what they do — which is sell records.”

Surely Hunt’s foray into independent artist territory has nurtured his newfound sense of empathy for the business side of music. In May, he self-released a compilation of rarities, Use in Case of Emergency (VanHunt.com) that makes a fine, muddy mess of those pesky lines in the sand separating funk, rock and soul. He plans to follow it up with a new studio album by September.

Read Full Article DeMarco Williams, Creative Loafing