Monthly Archives: January 2011

First Listen: Culture Voyage – “Youth Fantasy”

This is a reprint from Ohm Park, thanks Davy!

My newest discovery while surfing around bandcamp is a two song single by an act called Culture Voyage that claims Atlanta as home. It’s some good quality glo-fi, especially the title track which features these 8-bit sort of sounds swirling and building on top of a chillwave foundation. Give it a listen, and then go pick up the whole package below:

Listen to Youth Fantasy here

{Featured Show} Sorry No Ferrari @ Criminal Records 1.29.2011

Atlanta math/prog rock band Sorry No Ferrari  will be performing at Criminal Records this Saturday, show starts at 4 pm. If you’re a fan of bands like Drive Like Jehu, Cinemechanica, and Faraquet, this might interest you.

Web: http://www.myspace.com/13154905

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sorry-no-Ferrari/24343349693

Filmmaker Bob Place Discusses New Movie Hate City

Hate City is new documentary about the various music scenes within Atlanta. It’s directed by Bob Place and since viewing the initial trailer, I’ve been very intrigued as to how this film will turn out. There was a lot of hype surrounding the dismal release We Fun, however many Atlanta locals argued that the film did not connect with the core values and ethos of Atlanta’s music scene.

In the following reprint from The Moon and Pluto, Moon and Pluto writer Nadia Lelutiu asks director Bob Place the hard-hitting questions about his new documentary.

The film is not a movie highlighting different bands. It’s about the people in the music community in Atlanta, talking about the community and talking about how they’re affected by this post-apocalyptic state of the music industry,”  – Bob Place

“The internet changed the world. We are at the point that DIY is the best that it’s been and the best that it could be, because it’s so accessible, but because of that, it’s also a bad thing, because the market is flooded, and that’s what we go into in the film,” says Place. He also emphasizes what the film is NOT, “What I didn’t want to do is make a film where everyone is sucking each others dicks. It is about people involved in the community, not a self-indulgent 60 minute blow job.”

The film doesn’t only depict the perspective of bands, but various players in the music industry, including hip hop artists, music attorneys, independent and major record label owners, and radio DJs, with the intent to show, “every perspective of what is going on, but it’s all from the perspective of Atlanta.” Place describes the film as broken up into three segments, first establishing the music situation, then characterizing what’s happening in Atlanta and what makes the city special, and finally highlighting certain Atlanta musicians and industry folk that share their perspective on it all and reveal how they function within the current climate of the music industry.

Place is not only a filmmaker. He’s a comedian, deeply involved in the Atlanta comedy scene, as well as a musician in Atlanta. Throughout his experiences playing with his band, Swank Sinatra, over the past 7 years, Place had heard Atlanta referred to, time and again, as “Hate City” and found it an appropriate title for his documentary. “Hate City is Atlanta. Atlanta became such a popular town, as far as music. It became a destination for labels and artists, because of hip hop. When you get down to the microlevel, there’s so much going on. With the rock-n-roll scene, meaning anything that’s not hip hop, there’s a little more rivalry, and I learned that more while making the film.”

Place is adamant about the film keeping away from what’s “hip”, explaining, “I wasn’t trying to be hip about it. I don’t think I’m hip. Shitty bands do really well in Atlanta, and I think it’s because that group of people think it’s cool to be shitty…I don’t know exactly [why shitty bands do well]. I wasn’t trying to be hip or cool with the film. I was just being me and felt like an outsider of the scene. Not that there is a scene; there are a couple of little cliques. The film goes into that; it’s a music town, but it’s a segregated music town, with cliques of bands doing their thing and I wasn’t trying to cater to anybody. I was just trying to tell it like it is. There’s a lot of pretentiousness in the community, and with the particular thing that I do, we don’t give a shit about all that.”

It was a relief to hear that the film wasn’t trying to boast a certain group of bands or create the facade that there is an overriding music genre represented in Atlanta. Place also acknowledges that this film is not some “inside joke” that only Atlanta will get. He expresses the homogeneity of content in the film, saying, “I don’t think the only people that will enjoy it are the people in Atlanta for novelty reasons. It’s about Atlanta, but if you’re a musician, no matter where you are, it will be an interesting, informative film. It talks about the reality of where we’re at and what we should do, if you’re a musician. It’s the Atlanta perspective of that, but Atlanta’s a hot town! The audience is anyone that’s interested in being a musician.”

The storyline of Hate City was shot with 8mm film, to give the documentary a true gritty and dirty aesthetic. The interviews were handled with a standard definition camera, and once the interviews were cut, Place placed the interviews between these surreal, grimy storylines, and included hand drawn animations to create an artistic rendition of the interview content. Hate City took about a year to complete with the help of producers, Michael Albanese and Harvey Leake. After the premiere showing in Austin, TX at SXSW, the film will be screened in Atlanta, though there are no details on this yet. We’ll keep you posted.

{New Track} Perrion “PCP” Rodriguez – Rambling

Atlanta based rapper Perrion “PCP” Rodriguez just released a new track. It’s called “Rambling” and if you are a fan of rappers like Mos Def, Curren$y and Pharrell, this should be right up your alley. “Rambling” will be featured on Perrion’s upcoming mixtape Hip Hop Elevator Music.  As of yet, the release date for Hip Hop Elevator Music is TBA, but understanding Perrion’s hardcore work ethic, it will probably drop near the end of the summer.

You can hear “Rambling” and other tracks here.

ReverbNation: www.reverbnation/perrion

Twitter: www.twitter.com/pcpbeats

Letter to the Readers

Dear readers, I hope everyone has been able to resume their day to day activities without being blown completely off course by the torrid weather conditions. For those of you not based in the Atlanta area, we had some snow and many county offices were crippled this past week. I’m originally from Chicago, but I guess they haven’t figured out the secret of salt on snow down here.  But I digress…I want to communicate a new agenda to you for this year.

These past few weeks I’ve been thinking about what music journalism means to me and how this tiny blog fits in the midst of the massive blogosphere and music publications industry. The conclusion I’ve reached is simple – the music industry is like an aquarium, it’s a big tank full of all kinds of fishy personalities swimming and lurking about. The stereotypical image of record labels and label executives is that they are the sharks and the artists are the minnows. In reality, many artists are also sharks and predator fish that swim near the bottom of the tank. The labels are bigger sharks, but they closely resemble dim-witted schools of fish that cluster together at the sight of danger. In this underwater scenario, music journalists deserve a place too. The music journalists are the bottom feeders that suck the algae off the tank, their sole purpose is to digest the shit produced within the tank and regurgitate it so another unsuspecting bottom feeder creature can suck it up.

Music journalism is a touchy thing to me. Most music journalists do not play instruments, they don’t perform music, they do not have a knowledge of music theory or a formal background in musicology, yet they are responsible for dictating what’s hot and what’s not in pop culture news and media. These people have often failed at their own trade and are nowhere being masters of journalism. I see grammatical errors in album reviews that would make a halfway competent copy editor want to jump off a building without a second thought. All of this is both strangely peculiar and entertaining to me.

I started Shot From Guns with the intent of writing from the musician’s perspective. I’ve been in four bands, I played music half my life and I’m not some fat, balding middle aged man trying to tell you what’s cool. I could care less about what’s cool; I care about what connects with people. And a cheesy gimmick plus a $10,000 pr campaign won’t cut it.

For 2011, I want to focus on showcasing interesting and eclectic events being held by local artists. I feel that by showcasing these events in the featured shows of the week posts and show calendar, I can help artists a bit more by getting people out to their shows and the places where it really matters. In addition, I will continue to interview people who I feel are trendsetters and paving their own paths. I’m very proud of the interviews I’ve conducted so far, if you do a search in the search engine, you will see great interviews from people like John Balzary of Baroness, Robin Guthrie, Gavin Frederick of Stickfigure Records, and one of my idols Munehiro Narita of the band High Rise. That interview was conducted in Japanese and English so that was interesting to say the least. But there are many more interviews on this site.

I may not always be able to update this site, but when I do I promise I will include content that I feel is noteworthy and exceptional, content that will challenge you and hopefully things that will motivate you to get out your house and get involved in a few local events. Take care.

Sincerely, Taylor A. Northern

Call for Contributing Writers

Shot From Guns is a one man operation. I’ve been running this blog for around a year now and lately it has been tough finding content to post on the site. I need fresh minds and perspectives to help keep this blog interesting, so please feel free to contact me at tnorthern29@gmail.com if you have story ideas, news items, or would like to have articles from your blog or site reprinted and credited on Shot From Guns.

As I said in the mission statement, your voices are the powerful and stimulating winds that will keep this vessel afloat.

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