The Sunset District is playing tonight at the EARL! with Bain Mattox and Shot from Guns and Tin Man. Doors open at 8:30pm and the music starts at 9:00pm sharpish.
9pm - Tin Man
9:45 - The Sunset District
10:45 - Bain Mattox and Shot from Guns
488 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA
7 days of favorite tunes, as nominated by Kim Ware, the Queen poet from The Good Graces and hip shaker from The Sunset District!
Day 2. "When Poets Dreamed of Angels" by David Sylvain.
I can’t remember who got the other person into the band Japan first, but I know that Brian Stroud and I have always been huge fans. There was a record store in north Tampa (Vinyl Fever?) up by USF that had a live concert video of thier's that you could rent as long as you could leave a $99 deposit.
The singer, David Sylvian had an other worldy baritone voice that recalled both Daivd Bowie and Peter Murphy in it’s richness and timber.
After Japan broke up he put out a few solo albums, one of which was called Secrets of the Beehive. The album sounds very rich and organic. It has a lot of acoustic instruments, strings, horns, percussion and other wonderful textures that dart around in the headphones.
The song, “When Poets Dreamed of Angles” has always stayed with me. From it’s opening acoustic guitar harmonics, percussive breakdown halfway though and David’s rich voice, I could listen for hours.
So that's day 2. Stay tuned for 5 more. I have to nominate another person each day to do the same, so today I nominate Brian Stroud to tell us about 7 of his favorite tunes.
1 week from tonight we'll be joining our friends in Bain Mattox and Shot from Guns at the EARL for their 2016 reunion tour!
Music starts around 9:00pm and it's $8.00 at the door.
Surf over to FB to RSVP - https://www.facebook.com/events/971166489616977/
Day 1. "Delta 88" by Antenna.
For today's tune, Kim chose "Nirvana" by the Blake Babies and that got me thinking about all the amazing songs they put out over the course of only a handful of records. Their record, Sunburn didn't leave my CD player for a solid year. I completely fell in love with it. I even reviewed the CD in Players Magazine down in Tampa Bay and gave it 5 stars.
Fast forward a year or so and I'm digging though the pile of CDs that were submitted for review at Players and I come across one called Sway by the band Antenna. "Featuring members of the Blake Babies!" exclaimed the yellow sticker on the jewel box. I grabbed the CD and ran down to the car. I was completely hooked by the first tune, "Delta 88."
A scratchy sample jumps out of the speaker...
"Nobody with a good car needs to be justified."
The guitar builds up and then, SLAM! The band piles on with a some power chords, a snaky guitar lead followed by slacker vocals and fantastic harmonies. I am hooked.
The rest of the record was just as good but I always clicked back to "Delta 88" over and over again. I could drive to work in 3 "Delta 88s" and it was 5 "Delta 88s" to Tyrone Mall as long as traffic wasn't too bad.
Those of you familiar with my band at the time, Lie might recognize a little riff or two I borrowed from this song on our song, "Thunderbird" on our first CD.
So that's day 1. Stay tuned for 6 more. I have to nominate another person each day to do the same, so today I nominate Susie Richardson Ulrey because she's a fine connoisseur of all things music.
A quick demo of a new tune for The Sunset Distric about a Summer that still lives in my heart to this very day.
Happy New Year! Got some cool new shows to share with you. Check out the listings over on the Events page!
My old band in the 80s made a record that I'm still insanely proud of. Check it out and download yourself a copy.