Rabbits Full of Magic

24 April 2011

 

Virtual 45s Revisited

A few years ago I had an Atlanta Virtual 7inch Release Party inspired by the Atlas Sound series, and I thought I'd repost some of them with updated information because most of these old bands have appeared in my life in one way or another recently. So this post is a manifestation of the syncronicities.



Grown-Ups
featuring Jack Julie Adam Andrew Megan Lacey
"Time is Money / Almost Grown"


This record, Mark from Die Slaughterhaus and Baby Dinosaurs vs. Extinction asked for about 5 years ago at the Kiwis second house. We were hoping to put out a vinyl 45 with Jack and Julie before they moved to New York after getting married. Jack played guitar and sang with the Black Lips after they lost their first guitarist Ben Eberbaugh, and this song is like a lost track from that 1st album. Jack and Julie are in the K Holes now, which recently played the Atlanta Mess-Around on a east coast tour. We all used to play together in the Kiwis and I played with Julie in the Wet Dreams and Jack and Julie in Georgiana Starlington, the psych-country band they started after moving to NYC. I got to see them again when I went there to be on Letterman with Deerhunter recently - we all watched it together in one room that night! Everybody on this record is an old friend and I love them truly.

This was recorded by Andrew Nicholson of the Kiwis and I play drums and there's a wonderful Die Slaughterkrautrock ending that was completely improvised. Also a bonus Chuck Berry cover! Yeah it's all a lot of fun. One time we even did "Proud Mary" on a Kiwis record. So yeah, Grown-Ups KICK ASS!!!



The Vietkings
Kiki Adam Lauren Paul Woody Bradley (Justin, in spirit)
"Vagina Faced Man / You Me and the Moon"


Kiki asked me to be in this band which was a 3 month summer-only band because everyone moved away, all over the world. Kiki is in Cali, Lauren is in Malmo, and Bradley is in California too I believe but I may be mistaken. Even just being a 3-month band we played some great shows at Vacation and Drunken Unicorn and a few other places, and we got Woody who is now in the Balkans to play drums and record our single! Mark was hoping to have this out on DSH too, but times got tight for a the label and they just ended up as cool things to play to my friends when they come over to visit. <3 to Marion for designing our 45 artwork!!!

The Vietkings is Atlantian garage rock, maybe in a more new wave mode than Grown-Ups. I overdubbed a lot of glockenspiel in honor of Iggy and Reed, and the 50s Twin Peaks trip b-side has some theremin and Dust Bunnies orchestration. I'm really happy with these recordings. It was a surprisingly prolific band, trashy garage played by Atlanta art schoolers. There are some other recordings I'm going to have to go through for future posts. "Night Girl" features none other than Bradley Bailey, screaming his lungs to pieces in our basement over my Suicide rip-off riff and then there's the unrecorded hit single "Dirty Weed". Think "Bad Kids" but written by kids.



Small Framed Boy
featuring Amanda Jennie Adam Nathan
"Beach Magic / Party Like It's 2012


Small Framed Boy was a really awesome band I was in for a few years before it split up due to people moving and stuff. Jennie Castillo I met when I saw her performing with 1000 Holy Shards at the Eyedrum (RIP). She was dressed like an elvin creature and was playing a bouzouki as a noise instrument. This song is when I played drums in a band with her that sounded like the Plastic Ono B-52oredoms. Amanda had a wonderful bass setup with more pedals than I have ever seen in my life. We improvised both of these songs, and Nathan from Tree Creature is doing something somewhere. He joined us for a fake dub song at these sessions as well. My voice sounds like an out of tune synthesizer.

Me and Jennie are in a new band called Black Lodge with another Jenny and Karen who is getting married to Jesse Smith (Gentleman Jesse)! Congrats to them! So we play Bauhaus or otherwise early goth-inspired stuff with double basses, a Roland, three female vocals, and me bringing out my punk and industrial drums. We're gonna play a show soon and it will RULE!

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