The swiftly rising Manhattan group Cults entered the music scene in 2010, when they posted a three song EP online so their friends could hear the music they were making. But within a few weeks, the songs recorded just for friends had gathered the blogs attention, and even earned them a “Best New Music” title from Pitchfork Media. Now Cults, consisting of the couple/music duo Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, have arrived with their first, full-length record, Cults. The duo achieves a unique, nostalgic sound, echoing pop songs from decades past. And the couple’s tinny, distant voices match the tone perfectly. The album, Abducted, releasing on June 7th, contains the song that got them recognized, Go Outside, and lovers of the first three tracks released will not be disappointed; the lo-fi, headbobbing tunes continue for the duration of the record. Enjoy Bad Things from the new record while you wait.
Do yourself a favor and check out an Atlanta Braves game on a Friday night this summer. They’re doing post game fireworks after every game, win or lose. Last night’s loss was brightened by the show afterwards. I also caught a foul ball in the 2nd inning! I actually ended up falling into the row in front of me. Did anyone see my blooper on TV?
Sketching is a big part of the creative process. We go through numerous revisions before getting to the final product. Sometimes it takes 3 days, sometimes it takes 3 weeks but we always enjoy the process of creating a new graphic. Here are a few of my sketches and a sneak peek of a new graphic coming this summer.
Perhaps the most popular pro skater in the world, Eric Koston, signed to Nike SB last year and we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of his signature model sneaker. The Koston 1 SB has finally dropped to select retailers and proves to have been worth the wait. It is extremely lightweight and features a Lunarlon insole for extra impact absorption and comfort. The nearly one-piece solid, suede upper takes styling cues from the Bruin SB in a new streamline silhouette with minimized leather swoosh resulting in a nice mix of form and function. What do you guys think? I can’t decide which colorway I want to rock first! Pick up your pair at Black Sheep Skate Shop.
The homie, @StrangerDay, just sent over this awesome rap edit of Gold Panda‘s Marriage. The track itself is an awesome instrumental that sets the perfect table for some lyrics. And now for a few words from the man himself, “hope all is well…. Something to jam poolside over the weekend: holler!!”
Welp, it looks like we’re going to lose our hockey team. This is shameful. For a city the size of Atlanta, it’s sad that we won’t have hockey. My only thought is that the on-ice product has been so bad over the years. When the team actually made the playoffs that 1 time, attendance was through the roof. More ATLiens attended hockey games than in any other NHL city.
The Atlanta Spirit Group consistently put crappy teams together and Atlanta fans stayed away. On any given day, there is always something amazing to do in Atlanta, so “watching the Thrashers get spanked” isn’t near the top of many to-do lists. Oh well… This will be the end of hockey in Atlanta for quite some time. Perhaps we can get an MLS team instead. Mark my words: I will purchase season tickets if we get a pro soccer team.
Bon Iver entered the indie-folk scene with its first album, For Emma, Forever Ago in 2007. That first record, written by lead singer and songwriter Justin Vernon alone in a cabin in Wisconsin, was featured on several network television shows and garnered massive success for the group. Although the circumstances have changed for Bon Iver’s second effort, Vernon has delivered another wonderfully original, quality collection of songs.
The majority of the tracks are slow-paced and soothing, but the album is still energetic and engaging, never leaving you bored. According to Vernon, each song on the newly, self-titled album, Bon Iver, represents a different place; and this artistic choice is apparent in the unique tone and style of each track. The variation makes for a surprising and interesting listen, with unexpected instruments like synthesizers and banjos making appearences. The new album lacks the solemn unity of Vernon’s first record, but his signature tones and collections of voices remain. Bon Iver releases on June 21st, but for now enjoy the track, Minnesota, WI.
Sweetwater Brewing announced a new brew this week: Waterkeeper Hefeweizen Ale. The beer is an unfiltered wheat ale that will be available through June, and is part of Sweetwater’s campaign to help watersheds across the Southeast.
Reportedly, the beer has the flavors of banana, clove, and lemon. The bottle features a hand-drawn image of the river and the story of how Sweetwater got involved with Waterkeeper Alliances across the Southeast.
Waterkeeper Hefeweizen Ale will be previewed at the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s annual River Revival Thursday night (5/19/11). It will begin showing up on draft in bars and restaurant, and in bottles elsewhere by the end of May. I’m looking forward to trying at one of my favorite restaurants. Hopefully they participate in the program!
Even before releasing their first record, Lafayette, Louisiana band GIVERS has received an impressive amount of recognition. GIVERS has been praised by PASTE magazine, Stereogum, and was even named one of the “Ten Bands that Rocked South by Southwest” by TIME magazine. GIVERS just released Up Up Up, the first single off their upcoming debut, In Light, which comes out in early June.
Listening to this track it’s easy to see what all of the buzz is about. Up Up Up is a great song to kick off your summer, with an amazingly catchy chorus, homegrown guitar, tinkling piano, and a signature indie hand-clap beat that can’t get out of your head. It’s a feel good song with just the right combination of folk and pop. The song escalates from vocals and simple drums to an energetic indie-pop chorus, and definitely makes GIVERS a band to keep an eye on.
Dick’s Sporting Goods pinnacle doors are opening across the country and showcasing the Nike Fieldhouse, where consumers enjoy premium access to the latest Nike footwear, apparel and equipment. To build awareness around these stores, Nike is hosting events that feature in-store activities such as on site t-shirt customization, photo booth, an in-store appearance and Q&A session with Atlanta Falcons QB MATT RYAN, and prize giveaways. A scheduled Nike tech rep onsite can offer training and product guidance.
Saturday, May 14th
11am – 1pm
(Dicks Sporting Goods)
3535 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326