STEREOFLY

MUSIC + CULTURE of the SOUTHEAST

FatRat Da Czar's New Single "O.G." feat. Chadd Downing

New song from NewSC - short for New Success Culture - is a collective is made of Cole Connor, Chadd Downing, Perfect G and Ran Bruce alongside the group Grand Royal - all handpicked and assembled by FatRat Da Czar himself.

The new mixtape entitled New Success, slated for an October 28th release, was executive produced by Czar and features his first new single in two years, entitled "O.G."

REVIEW: The Trip To Italy

The Trip to Italy, directed by Michael Winterbottom, is a film that was described to me to be about two traveling comedians that tour Italy, devouring and discussing it’s celebrated culinary offerings. I was unfortunately mislead and had I watched its predecessor, The Trip (a British sitcom that was edited into a film), I would have been aware of what to expect.

However, The Trip to Italy is a fast­-paced comedy about the lives of two British comedians and their struggle to mainstream into American cinema and to balance life and career. The film takes place in six restaurants in six different Italian cities, an engaging background for comedy (though panning shots of the kitchen and precisely­-plated pasta made me want to know more about each dish than the jokes, but I digress). As Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon portray fictionalized versions of themselves, the impersonations and quick wit flow seamlessly, if not awkwardly at times. A particular scene in which the two main characters parody The Dark Knight’s version of Batman, Alfred and Bane is comic gold, and a boisterous outburst from the crowd made me aware I was not alone in my fit.

With the parodied voices of Al Pacino, Hugh Grant, and Robert De Niro (to name a few) interlaced with poetry from Lord Byron and quotes like “I’d eat Stephen Hawkings brain over yours,” this film is a perfect reason to leave your television alone and go out for the night.

Showing currently at the Nickelodeon in Columbia, SC until October 9th.

Gringo Star Release New Video for "World of Spin."

Catch them after their trip to the CMJ Showcase in NYC at one of these Southeast dates:

Fri Oct 24 - Conundrum Music Hall - Columbia , SC
Sat Oct 25 - OKTOBERFEST Official Afterparty @ Hummingbird - Macon , GA
Thu Oct 30 - Dashboard Co-op - Atlanta, GA
Wed Nov 5 - New World Brewery - Tampa , FL
Thu Nov 6 - Bardot - Miami, FL
Fri Nov 7 - Wills - Orlando, FL
Sat Nov 8 - Propaganda - Lake Worth, FL
Sun Nov 9 - Underbelly - Jacksonville, FL

The Powder Room's CURTAINS

The Powder Room, a band that can willfully fuse saturated pop punk and aggressive dissonance seamlessly, released their debut full length, Curtains, in April. A burly record filled with catchy hooks and Bleach era Nirvana riffs, brimming with hardcore punk drum beats and scathing vocals.

Huge swells and noise sections fill gaps, guttural vocals are heard throughout, giving out to soft spoken harmonies and obliterating shrieks. Well paced and begging to be seen live, Curtains is an album that should resonate within the Southeast (and as far as it can reach) for years to come.

You can catch them live on their upcoming SC tour or their date at The Jinx on October 18th.

Oct 02 - Art Bar - Columbia, SC
Oct 03 - Tin Roof - Charleston, SC
Oct 04 - The Radio Room - Greenville, SC
Oct 18 - The Jinx - Savannah, GA

Jigg Nevamind's Video Premiere for "FRFR" ft. Mali x FatRat Da Czar

Batesburg-Leesville emcee Jigg Nevamind just dropped a video for his new sing FRFR (FaReal) featuring Mali and FatRat Da Czar and production by Tee Da One. The video was shot in his hometown, a tiny spot on the map between South Carolina's capital and the Georgia border.

If you'd like to stream it or download a copy of the track, the Soundcloud link is below or find it on iTunes here.

REVIEW: Obvious Child

There’s no arguing abortion is a difficult topic to discuss, and an even harder sell as part of the plot to a semi-romantic comedy. “I just don’t want to laugh about that,” is the holdup of many who have avoided seeing Obvious Child, and I don’t blame them. I’m no pro-lifer (don’t legislate my vagina, thank you) but I don’t consider abortion a light or funny topic by any means. What Obvious Child does is take an honest look at one woman’s situation, a woman who is not ready to have a child and who has every right to choose not to. Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) is a recently dumped standup comedian in her twenties who has been let go from her day job and fields regular calls about her student loans—not the ideal platform to jump off of into motherhood. But this isn’t a debate about abortion, and neither is the very funny, very touching movie it’s about.


Jenny Slate is one of those people I’ve found myself rooting for over the years, and this performance feels like a huge victory. To those who know her only as the woman who got fired from SNL after dropping an f-bomb in her first episode, I both feel bad for you and am so excited for you to delve into everything she’s done since. Ever gracious in interviews about the SNL firing, I think Slate is so much better off for it. On the Kroll show, her character work is able to shine just as much as it would have on SNL but with far more screen time. Her appearances on Parks and Recreation as Jean-Ralfio’s sister Mona Lisa are hilarious and over-the-top, and her Youtube original Marcel the Shell captured the hearts of Internet users everywhere. This movie is a career game changer, showcasing her humor while revealing stunning believably and vulnerability. I vacillated between laughing raucously at Donna’s standup to feeling my heart break for her as she shivered outside her exes apartment, promising herself that she would leave after just one, then two, then three more sips of coffee. Gaby Hoffman is perfect as her protective, maternal best friend (from whom I stole the line “don’t legislate my vagina,” except she didn’t say vagina, and I don’t think Stereofly would print that), while Jake Lacy (who you might recognize as Pete from later seasons of The Office) is perfectly adorable as Donna’s kind-of-love-interest Max.

My favorite thing about the comedy in this movie is that it doesn't feel like a pretty girl telling fart jokes for shock value or "to make the boys laugh." Yes, Donna Stern/Jenny Slate IS a pretty girl who tells jokes about farts and other such things, but it doesn't come off as a tactic. She has a bit about women’s underwear not being anything anyone should see at the end of the day, and it is fantastic. Like the rest of her standup, it is original, authentic, and truly funny.

Take a chance on this movie. It's hilarious, it's heartfelt, and if you're anything like me, you'll want to stay for an immediate repeat viewing.  Now available in the iTunes store and places where they sell fine DVDs.

Stereofly Goes to Hopscotch 2014

For the first time in Hopscotch’s five-- year reign, Sandra and I headed up to Raleigh, NC to check it out.  We stayed with a long-time friend Mark who’s house was walking distance to the festivities.  Hopscotch reminded me a bit of Athfest on a bigger  scale, but not nearly as daunting as SXSW on the soles (of your shoes)  . Most of the shows took place within a two-block radius, with a few events a 15-minute walk or so.

After grabbing our wristbands at the Convention center we stopped at Posterscotch, an area that hosted a handful of screenprinters. My favorite booth was Dantanamo Designs who sported a silkscreen poster of ODB with Wu-Tang CMYK symbols and the phrase “Wu Tang Is For The Children.” This became my first Hopscotch purchase.

Talking with Sir Dantanamo, he informed me that on Friday a group called Little Black Egg Big Band was really Yo La Tengo, Steve Gunn (who Raleigh has a huge boner for), William Tyler and Letha Rodman Melchior. The word definitely got out as it became the buzz amongst festival-goers.

Being a big supporter of pizza parties, we made our first music stop the 2nd Annual Hopscotch Rock n’ Roll Pizza Party at one of my new favorite venues, Slim’s. We were some of the first inside, a guaranteed ticket to pizza goodness. For those who haven’t been to events that promise food, it is not uncommon to arrive to a litter of crumbs. Not this time. We beat the pizza to the party, and that is how I prefer to do it.

Lily’s pizza arrived shortly after we grabbed a couple of Big Boss brews. We went with the Angry Angel Kolsch and the High Roller IPA, two selections we did not regret. This Raleigh brewery proved to be a dear friend at the festival.

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Hades' SELF-TITLED

The Self-Titled EP from Atlanta based three-piece Hades demonstrates the band's ability to cover multiple genres, observe dynamics, and exhibit a talent for making complex music flow as if it were simple. The EP's first track, “Coast Guard,” is in seven but with the novel way in which the beat is played on the drums, most musician and non-musician listeners alike would never be aware of its odd meter.

The sound of this record goes from Type O Negative to Cave In to Portishead and Massive Attack, using tasteful electronics, odd time signatures, walls of guitar, piano and strings, lush production, and a lot of space where many similar bands would prefer to just fill it with noise and studio trickery. When one has access to electronics there is always the temptation to overdo it and play with all of the toys, but Hades is wise beyond their years.

The arrangement of these songs is very deliberate with no sound or instrument used without reason and like the musicians in a much larger band, everyone has a specific job and accomplishes their musical tasks with restraint. Kudos also go to producer/engineer Nicholas Duke and his ear at Pulse Recording. Everything on this record sounds as it should, from the indie sensibility of the drums to the mixing of Susie Hardie's calm and melancholy vocals. The production of this album is spot on, as are the tones of all the instruments and the use of stereo panning. One can tell that a lot of thought went into the concept and aesthetic of this EP and I only wish it was a full length.

The great thing about this record is that it sounds familiar but you've never heard it before. For music in the genre of electro-pop, and I use that term to describe Hades in its most loose and general definition, there is a danger of crossing the line into the realm of a band like Evanescence but that is avoided completely. It's easy to tell that these musicians had a plan upon entering the studio and they stuck with it. They knew how they wanted this record to sound, and more importantly, how they didn't want it to sound and that is only accomplished with taste and a road-map.

Each of the five tracks follows the last in a logical order; the emotion and dynamics ebbing and flowing with great calculation. If Atlanta's Hades continues their musical trajectory we can only expect more virtuosic and dynamic offerings from them in the future.

Killer Mike & EL-P's Run The Jewels Tour Announced

If you missed their first collaborative album, Run The Jewels, look it up and check it out so you can be as excited about this as those in the know. The album drops October 28, 2014, but a new track will be released via the Adult Swim Singles Series on September 15.

Ratking, one of my favorite hip-hop groups out of Harlem, will be joining them for a handful of dates on this tour. These guys are renown for their wild live shows, evidence being the video below.

If you have to make a choice on which date to hit, the Charlottesville,VA, Carrboro,NC and Atlanta, GA shows feature Ratking in the Southeast. 

10-15 College Station, TX - Hurricane Harry's (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-18 Tulsa, OK - Cain's (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-20 Little Rock, AR - Stickyz
10-21 Memphis, TN - Minglewood (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-22 Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10-23 Birmingham, AL - Iron City (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-24 Columbia, SC - Music Farm (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-25 Charleston, SC - Music Farm
10-31 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts *#
11-01 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *#
11-02 Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater *#
11-03 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle *#
11-04 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *#
11-06 Dallas, TX - Trees *#
11-07 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11-08 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's *#
11-10 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *#
11-11 La Jolla, CA - Porters Pub *#
11-12 Pomona, CA - Glass House *#
11-14 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine #
11-15 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater *#
11-17 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *#
11-18 Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre *#
11-20 Minneapolis, MN - First Line Music Cafè *#
11-21 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *#
11-22 Chicago, IL - Metro *#
11-25 Detroit, MI - St Andrews Hall *#
11-26 Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall *#
11-27 Montreal, Quebec - Club Soda *#
11-28 Boston, MA - Paradise *#
11-29 New York, NY - Stage 48 *#
12-30 Lorne, Australia - Falls Festival
12-31 Marion Bay, Australia - Falls Festival
01-01 Sydney, Australia - Field Day
01-02 Byron Bay, Australia - Falls Festival
01-04 Busselton, Australia - Southbound Festival
01-07 Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre @
01-08 Melbourne, Australia - The Forum @
01-09 Brisbane, Australia - Hi Fi @
01-10 Auckland, New Zealand - Town Hall @

* with Ratking
# with Despot
@ with Joey Bada$$

Recreant's STILL BURN

Recreant’s Still Burn is a haunting presentation of guttural, crusty and dark aggressive music. Shrill screams and harmonizing guitars add a gritty texture to the charging rhythm section. The heaviness is amplified by the use of violin in chilling and often quiet breakdowns, giving this album a lot of dynamic. Opening track “The Spectacle”, “Silent Plague, Secret Trauma” and “Community At Convenience” are the albums best tracks. Blast for blast, scream for scream, this aggressive LP from Tampa’s Recreant is top-notch.

You can check their album out on their Bandcamp.

09.04.14 // The Armory // Clearwater, FL
09.05.14 // Uncle Lou’s // Orlando, FL
09.07.14 // Green Light Studios // Augusta, GA
09.08.14 // Foxfield // Columbia, SC
09.09.14 // Makeout Manor // Greenville, SC
09.10.14 // Static-Age Records // Asheville, NC
09.11.14 // New York Pizza // Greensboro, NC
09.12.14 // The Cave // Chapel Hill, NC
09.13.14 // The Cellar Door // Annandale, VA

Blackrune's PAUSTRINE HEGEMON

Paustrine Hegemon is a collection of home recordings from Savannah-based noise-rock band Blackrune. This album is a dark, droning, noisy sequence riddled with sparse vocals and guitar sounds with the passion of Icarus. While the recording quality isn’t quite there, their placement of percussion and random ambient sounds makes this a lot more than your typical home recording collection.

My favorite track is “Pompeil,” and we are featuring it on the Workers’ Comp. Vol II mixtape on our Bandcamp. Droning is quite prevalent on this album (even on some of their shorter tracks), but this nearly eight-minute track drones and builds in all the right ways. “Daylight Ritual,” “Persephone’s Lyre” and album closer “Vesuvius II” are some of my favorites, but this whole album is worth a hazy, smoke-filled listen. You can check their album out on their Bandcamp.

Manhattan Short Film Festival Announced

FESTIVAL SEPT 26-OCT 6

Stereofly attended the Manhattan Short last year for it's showing at Nickelodeon, a film festival that involves crowd voting over six continents in a span of a week for a selection of 10 short films. We had a lot of fun, and each attendee can vote for Best Film and Best Actor. Votes are sent through to Manhattan Short HQ with the winner announced at ManhattanShort.com this year on Monday Oct 6, at 10 a.m.

"This film festival will unite people in all corners of the globe, from Sydney to Mumbai, from Buenos Aires to Kathmandu and Cairo. Venues also include cinemas in 20 cities in the Ukraine, 40 cities in Russia, and 120 Cinemas in 47 States in the USA. In times like these, cross-border events like Manhattan Short that contribute towards greater tolerance and understanding are needed now more than ever," said Nicholas Mason, Manhattan Short Founding Director.

The first Manhattan Short was held in 1998, when 16 short films were shown onto a screen mounted on the side of a truck in Little Italy's Mulberry Street in New York City, and has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon. Manhattan Short is currently the only film festival on the planet that unfolds, simultaneously, in cinemas around the world.

The Manhattan Short interviewed each of the filmmakers. Below is a list of the films with country of origin. Click the title of each of the selected films to read their interview with Manhattan Short.

97 % (Netherlands), On/Off (France), Crime - The Animated Series (USA), La Carnada (Mexico),

On The Bridge ( England), Mend and Make Do (England), Shift(Australia)

The Bravest, The Boldest (USA), The Fall (Norway) Rhino Full Throttle (Germany)

SOUTHEAST THEATER SCHEDULE

09.26.14 // Silverspot Cinema // Naples, FL
09.27.14 // Silverspot Cinema // Naples, FL
09.27.14 // Mos’ Art Theatre // Lake Park, FL
09.28.14 // Silverspot Cinema // Naples, FL
09.29.14 // Nickelodeon // Columbia, SC
09.29.14 // Cobb Village 12 // Leesburg, VA
09.29.14 // The Enzian Theatre // Maitland, FL
09.29.14 // Movies of Delray // Delray  Beach, FL
09.29.14 // Cobb Merrit Square // Merritt Island, FL
10.01.14 // Movies of Lake Worth // Lake Worth, FL
10.02.14 // Motorco // Durham, NC
10.04.14 // Cobb Village 12 // Leesburg, VA
10.04.14 // Cobb Merrit Square // Merritt Island, FL
10.04.14 // Plaza Cinema Cafe 12 // Orlando, FL
10.04.14 // Cobb Downtown 16 // Palm Beach Gardens, FL
10.05.14 // Alamo Drafthouse Cinema // Winchester, VA

The Tills' HOWLIN'

The Tills are an exciting and fun band to catch live, with a devil-may-care attitude and catchy hooks pulsing through song after song. This Asheville rock n’ roll band are releasing a new EP Howlin' on Phuzz Records, featuring 5 previously untracked songs and a new recording of “Who Wants You,” the first track on the mixtape they released at the beginning of the year.

The album does a great job of capturing the essence of their live energy thanks to Mitch Easter of Fidelitorium Recordings, the man responsible for early REM, Pylon, Pavement and was frontman of Let’s Active.  While a quick listen, I can’t help but keep it in my stereo. “Howlin’” and “Who Wants You” are some of the strongest tracks on the album, but the rhythm section on “I Can’t Afford Myself” make it the most interesting song and powerful EP closer.

The album comes out tomorrow and is available as 7" vinyl or digitally on their Bandcamp. Check them out at Hopscotch if you're going to be there, it's well worth it.

UPCOMING DATES

Sep 04 - Pour House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC (HOPSCOTCH DATE)
Sep 06 - The Hive - Raleigh, NC
Sep 12 - The Mothlight - Asheville, NC
Sep 13 - Snug Harbor - Charlotte, NC
Sep 20 - The Garage - Winston-Salem, NC
Oct 10 - The Whalehead Club - Corolla, NC

Ty Segall's MANIPULATOR

Ty Segall’s new album Manipulator is nearly an hour of fuzzy, psychedelic pop tunes bearing an impressive amount of production and rhythm.  Surely there will be singles, but this record was made to be consumed as a whole. There are no stand-out tracks on this album per se, and for me this is it’s strength. The quality of tracking, attention to detail and tasteful arrangement makes this record a top contender for album of the year.

For those unfamiliar with the prolific sounds of Ty Segall, a close comparison could be made to The Kinks for it’s quality of content and diversity of sound.  In short, this album is a must-have for the lover of rock & roll. You can check the album out on NPR's First Listen here.  It's available in record stores tomorrow and at Drag City's online store in 2xLP, CD, cassette or digitally here.

Check him out on tour at one of these spots with Wand in the Southeast:

09-04 El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
09-05 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
09-06 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack's
09-07 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
09-08 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09-09 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
09-10 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
09-11 Miami, FL - The Stage
09-12 Tampa, FL - Epic Problem
09-13 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
09-14 Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall

Waitress' PEAKED IN HIGH SCHOOL

Peaked in High School from Athens band Waitress is a noisy collection, teetering between math rock and punk on the aggressive scale. The raunchy and dynamic “Year of the Bad Spider” starts the EP off, and quickly became my personal favorite. “Hogwash” is menacing. The title track from the EP brings the aggression down a bit before the EP closer “Island Shot” swoops in and delivers a satisfying final jab to the jaw. We are featuring "Year of the Bad Spider" on our Workers' Comp. Vol II available here for free. Stream their album below or on their Bandcamp.

Shovels & Rope's SWIMMIN' TIME

Swimmin' Time is the long-anticipated follow-up to O' Be Joyful, the critically-acclaimed album from Charleston, SC duo Shovel & Rope. This album is quite different in the realm of production, but radiates the magical connection Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent have been delivering since 2008. Swimmin' Time’s improved production, timbre and length are all favorable qualities, giving the listener something really wonderful to play at any volume.

“The Devil Is All Around,” the song released last month on their Swimmin' Time Primer, kicks things off. While a solid opener, the song “Bridge on Fire” is the first track on the album that really jumps out at me. This is immediately followed by my favorite track on the album entitled “Evil” (which you can stream below). As always, this track features some stellar vocal harmonies, but the raunchy and dark tone of this song is what wins it the blue ribbon for best in show. Runner-up is “Ohio,” a slower and almost equally dark song toward the end of the album.

“Coping Mechanism” is the most fun track on the album, very jaunty and playful like a 50’s Big Bopper number. Closing track “Thresher” is appropriately slow and beautiful, making for a perfect closer for this solid record. You can stream the album on NPR here, and order a copy here.

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