Sunday, November 23, 2014

Quiet Hounds at The Goat Farm, Atlanta, Nov. 22, 2014

One of the great things about living in Atlanta is that several times a year you get to go to a show by Quiet Hounds.  One of those several times was last night, when they played at their home stage in The Goat Farm.

The Quiet Hounds do a pretty good job of making each of their shows an event, mixing theatricality and other events into their shows.  Last night's show was titled The Last Days of Snake Nation, a reference to the name formerly given to the Castleberry Hill neighborhood of Atlanta back when it was occupied by brothels and frequented by snake-oil salesmen and other characters of ill repute. The show started with a mock debate between a 19th Century reform-minded politician and one of those aforementioned snake-oil salesmen.

There were hand-out leaflets describing the two characters (Jonathan Norcross and Clark Stanley), their political parties (The Moral Party and the Free& Rowdy Party), and their positions.  There was a booth purporting to sell snake oil, or at least glasses of wine.  There were many characters walking around in 19th Century attire.  All of these little flourishes helped elevate the show from just another indie rock performance to something a little more special. 

Past Quiet Hounds performances have been titled An Ode To Lost Souls and focused on the Civil War's Andersonville POW camp, and Swans & Embers and focused on the reincarnation of Atlanta after Sherman's scorched-earth campaign. While I admire their interest in history and theater, I don't think the Hounds particularly need all these theatrical flourishes to make their shows interesting, so it's all the more unusual that they feel compelled to do so.   In any event, the mock debate only lasted about 10 to 15 minutes before the music finally began.

Members of Quiet Hounds have played on albums for CeeLo Green, Gnarls Barkley, Washed Out, Asher Roth, and The Constellations.   Last night, the band included a three-man horn section and an occasional guest second drummer, Julian Dorio of The Whigs. 

Much of the set consisted of songs from The Quiet Hounds new album, The Wild Hunt.

They also included several favorites from past albums as well.

The theatrics resumed before the final song to bookend the performance.

Even though the Quiet Hounds were the only band on the bill last night, they played a nearly two-hour set (including the theatrics), making it a more than full night.

The Last Days of Snake Nation was a recipient of a Goat Farm Arts Center Arts Investment Package, a vehicle that funds, produces and presents experimental and innovative works that “pattern-break” and excite new thinking. The Goat Farm’s Review Board recognizes that consistent vanguard arts programming contributes to Atlanta’s global relevance.

Kudos to the Hounds, the Goat Farm, and the people of Atlanta for putting on, and coming out for, a fun night of music, theater, and history.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Caucasians Do the Craziest Things

And by "Caucasians" I don't mean "white people" (although they do some pretty crazy things, too) but people from the Caucasus Mountains, or the Ukraine, or where ever this video was shot.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure the music is by Dakha Brakha, even though I can't read the credits at the end.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

That Latin Sound

Bomba Estereo at Bumbershoot, 2014
A day spent today in South Florida, and every time I'm down there, the first thing I do is find the best Latino radio station I can in the rent-a-car and turn the volume up LOUD.  

Now, I can't get this sound out of my head. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

March Madness

Hundred Waters at The Earl, July 1, 2014
As previously admitted, I didn't make all that I could out of this years Rocktober; better luck next year, I guess.

Meanwhile, though, March Madness 2015 is already taking shape, including sets by Gang of Four and Father John Misty at the Variety Playhouse and Swans at Terminal West.  Now, it's been announced that Florida's Hundred Waters will be playing The Earl on March 8.

Stay tuned.  More announcements coming soon, I'm sure.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Girls With Big Hats, Again

Dakha Brakha at Bumbershoot 2014
OMG, that was real!?  Here's a song from a set by the Ukraine's incomparable Dakha Brakha, who keep pulling the rug of your expectations out from under you.

And if that was too ethereal for you, there's always this:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bored In the USA

Father John Misty at the godforsaken Tabernacle
With a new album coming out next year and on the verge of his next big tour, Father John Misty seems to be channeling his inner crooner (even if he does lift the canned laughter from Swans' Just A Little Boy).