Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Musical Matters #1

I love the fact that Kari Lehtonen loves Atlanta hip-hop; this city certainly offers the best in forward-thinking, creative hip-hop (Outkast, Gnarls Barkly, Danger Mouse's other projects) and the worst in stupid, sonic-crack type hip-hop (I won't name names). I will say that even though I'm not a huge fan of Lil' Jon (though I am a huge fan of Outkast and company) I'm happy to see his mug emblazoned across Kari's helmet. Or was happy to see it; is he wearing the Uma Thurman/Lucy Liu helmet full time now? That's a good one as well.

At any rate, the point of this post is that for the first time in its history Atlanta has a credible indie rock scene. During the 80's it was Athens that spawned brilliants off-kilter rock bands like R.E.M. and Pylon and the B-52's; nowadays Atlanta supplies the world with deliciously weird and varied bands like the Black Lips, the Selmanaires, Deerhunter, and many others (some of whom I like, some of whom I don't really like). I love the Black Lips in particular; wouldn't it be a fine thing if we could get some of their high-energy, catchy flower punk played on the PA system at Thrashers games? Some of the songs seem tailor-made for sing-alongs and chants.


The Falconer said...

I'd throw in Anna Kramer's alt-country act as another example of great Atlanta indie music too.

Everyone should head over to the Anna Kramer/Selinares show after the NHL Skills Competition

Mortimer Peacock said...

Mr. Falconer,

I'm a big fan of Anna Kramer as well. One of our fellow bloggers here at the Blueland Chronicle, a fellow who will go by the name of FrenchCatalogues, is pretty involved in the ATL music scene and knows her and the Selmanaires pretty well. It's pretty remarkable to come across a fellow Thrashers fan who likes the Atlanta indie scene. A very pleasant surprise.

The Falconer said...

I'll bet we have probably stood next to each other at some concerts then. I have my tickets for the Sat. night show.