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Help Save Wordsmith’s Books

You know how you don’t really appreciate something until it’s gone? Let’s not let it get that far.

Wordsmith’s Books, just off the square in Decatur, is a rare and wonderful thing: a lively local bookstore. I’ll admit, I don’t take advantage of having a store like it around, because I don’t get to spend as much money on books as I’d like. But seeing that we might lose our only Wordsmith’s Books—the only Wordsmith’s Books—has me wanting to make the place a part of my regular existence. I’m going to start tonight, and so can you. Help us out.

(I would’ve mentioned this earlier, but I just found out about it third-hand through the grapevine of area robot-makers. Seriously.)

Tonight, the store is hosting a reading, a musical performance, and a silent auction in an effort to raise enough money to keep the place in business. What’s being auctioned? Robots. Robots, people! How can you not want to get in on that?! These are handmade, locally crafted robots, each one (to the best of my knowledge) unique. Plus, local darlings, the Sealions, will be playing their music when Jack Pendarvis isn’t reading from his new novel, Awesome. Don’t let this opportunity slip by. Read more about this weekend’s Wordsmith’s-saving events at the Wordsmith’s blog.

More to the point, don’t let Wordsmith’s Books slip away. The place has a reputation in the book business—a rep from one of the country’s major publishers mentioned it to me as a great local bookstore, and he’d never been to Atlanta. Wordsmith’s is alive with signing and reading events, local poetry, and special events. If we let it get away then we will just be one more city that doesn’t cherish its independent and local booksellers. Instead, let’s be a city with a noteworthy one-of-a-kind bookshop. Let’s save Wordsmith’s.

In Case You Missed It

YouTube flotsam that’s making the local rounds. YMMV.

ATL Hoodrat aka SOULJA GIRL goes crazy on the Marta!

[Via james]

Sturgess Fillmore Presents… ATLANTA!

[Via CL’s Fresh Loaf]

Which one of these videos is more indicative of the Atlanta you know and love?

just in case you can’t find anything else to do tonight….

like picking belly button lint or reorganizing your sock drawer, the one and only vanilla ice will be appearing tonignt at cowboy’s in kennessaw.

yo v.i.p. let’s kick it.

if you don’t even know how to get to kennessaw you should probably just go ahead and skip this one.

for those not planning to help vanilla ice fund his retirement, what are you up to this weekend?

Colin Meloy @ Variety Playhouse

What is it about Variety Playhouse? It’s right there. It’s a terrifically relaxed venue. Yet I almost never go. Except last night I did.

There was a time—not a long time, but a time—when I was bothered by the little scraps of light from cell phones and digital cameras held up from the standing room in front of the stage. It made me think of jack-necks with microphones and two-bit mini-disc devices held together with electrical tape, secretly recording shows back in Chicago. These weren’t keepsake bootlegs or peer-to-peer consolation prizes for folks who couldn’t make the show, back then. They were like clandestine surveillance experts looking for secret messages in the lyrics and, failing to find them, selling off the harmless recordings under the table. These guys were resellers, smuggling in mics and smuggling out contraband—bootleggers of the old-school variety, more Capone than Robin Hood.

>> Read the rest of this review

Bring your earplugs

For those of you curious about the collaborative show between Big Boi and the Atlanta Ballet, look no further than Russell’s review.

I’m nearly deaf, but I’m willing to be deafened more.

Black Crowes: Warpaint

No, I don’t have a review either, I just wanted to highlight Maxim Magazine‘s douchebaggery.

Give ’em Hell, Robinson Bros.!

And when Paste Magazine gets around to posting their interview/review (from the most recent issue) I’ll link it here.

DJ Achilles in East Atlanta

red_square_retro.jpg One of Atlanta’s great troublemaker DJs has himself a new regular gig at Eastside Lounge, revitalizing your Saturday nights in East Atlanta. DJ Achilles, like the captain of a Soviet ballistic-missile submarine, will be firing off New Wave, Electro and Rock attacks to heat up your cold wars. PBR and Jaeger specials provide the West German vibe, while the Eastside Lounge provides the iron curtain. Come, comrades, and dance.

Doors at nine. Free parking. $5 cover.

Roswell Earns Shred of Respect From Former Resident

Well, you know the Apocalypse is coming when Pitchfork mentions my not-remotely-hip hometown of Roswell. Okay, so really they just mentioned it because that’s where Atlanta’s Chunklet Whirlyball show and games are played. Criminal and the Black Lips get a shoutout, too.

Basically, if you want a ticket to the Whirlyball show on Jan. 19th, you have to buy a Black Lips single at Criminal, and that single is your ticket to the show. Also playing: Gentleman Jesse & His Men, The Baby Shakes, and Coffin Bound.

I’m still never moving back there. Ever.

Band of Horses, The Earl, 12/28/07

boh.jpgI saw Band of Horses at the Earl last night. Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause opened; I have to say how happy I was to finally see Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause live. I had heard great things, but just never got around to it, and they were pretty amazing. Fun and talented and rocking and I totally dug their cover of Merle Haggard’s “The Bottle Let Me Down.” I will be seeing them again, and I recommend you do the same.

Band of Horses opened with “Ghost in My House.” The crowd loved it. Speaking of the crowd, it was a very strange crowd for The Earl – I am guessing a lot of them had never been there before. A curse on the house of the guy continually shouting “Herschel for Heisman!” I mean, I love the Dawgs, too, but shut the hell up, it’s not a football game.

I’m not one for writing down setlists, but I know they played the following songs (there are probably some I’m forgetting):

Great Salt Lake
LRC
No One’s Gonna Love You
Detlef Shrempf
The Funeral

“Lamb of the Lam (In the City)” was one of the high points of the show for me. It sounded free-wheeling and joyous. Bridwell played the tambourine with what appeared to be a plastic prop axe. I was a little surprised at the way Bridwell belted out the songs, how great their harmonies sounded, and at the range they seem to have as a band. I liked that their covers showed other facets of their talents than what we’ve seen on their albums: CCR’s “Effigy,” the fairly obscure “Am I a Good Man” by Them Two, and J.J. Cale’s “Thirteen Days” were unexpected choices. They also played a new song, but I didn’t get the name. I think they said it was the first time that they played it. Sounded great, though, and was a fun, upbeat-sounding song. My overall take on BOH is a talented live band who really seemed to enjoy playing for the crowd. And, um, they have great facial hair.

I kind of wish I could see their shows the next few nights, too. If you are seeing their other EARL shows, I’d love to know what you think.

More pics on flickr.

The Happenstance

The EARL is doing The Happenstance again this year. Musicians sign up and then are randomly distributed into bands, who then rehearse and come up with 20 minute sets to be played that night. I love the spontaneity of the whole thing. Hope i can make it out to check out the results.

When: Dec. 15th
Where: The Earl
Why: For charity (Habitat, Atlanta Community Food Bank, and New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund)

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