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Atlantans and Lovers of the Groove Everywhere!
Ok, I dared to doubt [ profile] prosphoros and [ profile] fairyhead and Nathan (undisclosed LJ) and Byron, but Judi Chicago last night at the Drunken Unicorn all kind of rocked!

See, in description, they may not stand out - most of those I'd call close friends really get into music, so enthusiasm isn't hard to come by. So when these, my brilliant friends, came all golden retriever-like at me with this band, I figured "Huh, I'm sure they're good in the right place at the right time, with the right mood". Describing them as "energetic and goofy" reminds me of general descriptions of children, which is a no-sale. Describing them as "electro-funk-soul-new wave-geeky-punk" or whatever probably brings mixed associations with whatever you think of those genres.

There are plenty of bands I've seen which try to get by on "look we're weird! I have lunchmeat on my head!", but jC doesn't try to 'get by' - they can play. What's funny (Adrien being right again) is that while 'ironic retro funny geeky cool' is sooooo overused, these guys may seem like they're going for the irony angle...but they're not. They want to play music, have fun doing it and want you to jump around with them...really!

Last weekend, I was bemoaning the loss of sax solos in today's music. They heard my cry.

I spend a lot of time picking apart bands (their opening band was somewhat like Weezer plus early Elvis Costello sung by your high school chemistry teacher imitating Barry Gibb), but I didn't have time! I was too busy groovin'! I literally* stood there slack-jawed for the first 3-4 songs because I couldn't believe how good they were!

But believe me so you don't make the same mistake I made in not believing my friends:
Judi Chicago kicks so much ass, you will need a replacement ass!
And with ass-prices being what they are these days, in this economy (THANKS, HUSSEIN OBAMA!), trust me when I tell you it's worth having several of them on hand just so you can hear-see these guys play!

Best New Atlanta Act I've Seen in a Long Time 2008-2009. Seriously.
If they play here in ATL, go see them. If they come near your town or hamlet, go see them.
I've never lied to you before (except about that paternity thing), so trust me on this!

*stickler: if I say 'literally', I actually did it. Kind of like if I ever both to type out "LOL", I actually am "Laughing Out Literally."

Date: 2009-01-15 02:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] adrienmundi
Welcome to the cult.

I hear these guys started as DJs, but started making their own music because not enough people wanted to dance to what they played. Man, I'd love to hear a shared set if they ever spun again.

Date: 2009-01-15 02:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Their next DJ set is next Saturday!

Date: 2009-01-15 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
One of them (Trav) I've known for quite a while now. He used to be a music director at WREK, and he's had many music projects including recompas ( He also has a livejournal but he hasn't posted since 2006, lulz. From what I can tell, he has a great aptitude and wealth of knowledge for all things musical.


Date: 2009-01-15 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
well damn! if i ever go to see them i will have to figuratively* bring a spare ass!

that was a really fun review to read :)

* n.b.: when i say figuratively, i won't actually do it. possibly because it is impossible or possibly because i am lazy.

Date: 2009-01-15 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I saw these guys when they played after the 2007 Atlanta Laptop Battle ( prelim round 1. The battle ran long as usual, and Lenny's was almost empty by the time they played. So basically they played a show for less than 10 of us there, and we all shook ass while they got right in our faces and knocked over chairs and rolled around on the floor. They were incredibly good, and I am sad I haven't been able to make it out to see them again since then, although I'm sure it will never be as great as that show! I need to get their CD...

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Date: 2009-01-15 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm terribly sorry - I've been thinking through the idea, but let that get in the way of me giving the courtesy of a response. My first impulse is that this is something up Faidra's/[ profile] skiadaimonos's alley (being a doc in Anthropology and all), but there may be space for me to have something to say as well, since I've weaved a ton of my mind and life through popular and alternative culture, post-modern hoodoo and plagiarized spiritualities.

I'll discuss this with her this evening and give you an answer, if that's acceptable.
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Date: 2009-01-17 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I appreciate you considering me for this opportunity, but I think I'll be declining.

Date: 2009-01-16 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Two sugars, and peanut oil goddamn it


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