Timi Conley’s Fuzzy Kite to Many Moons

Why is the sky so blue? He doesn’t like words anymore, he says, but Timi Conley is clearly in love with sound. And what a wall.¬†Berlin fell, and they are playing punk rock music on mars. Give him your money, kids. He is no more for sale than “Frank Zappa (for President”) ever was. Things ’bout to get weird.

I’m dreaming up our big pARTy now over veggie enchiladas, Reverend TC (“Timi”) Pane and me together again. See, Timi’s birthday is 8-28, mine 8-29. I was born on the same day as Michael Jackson and the dude who thought up Democracy, but that’s a different blog post. “Virgos in the Cities” it could be called, a two-day, two-city affair – check it his bday in ATL, mine in Athens…maybe…

On the cusp of Athens Slingshot Festival, March 19th-22nd in the Classic City, http://www.slingshotathens.com/, I was all set to finally review the new Kite to the Moon record, but I relapsed and back tracked into his Nerd Sexy album first, which I found for free on Spotify. Before I switch hit again, let me briefly plug that festival, because it will be amazing: TINARIWEN and KISHI BASHI are playing (look them up if you are not already in the know), there’s tech biz, electronic art, even a night of comedy. Slingshot was just a successful “demonstration” last year, and in full year one the festival has already bloomed into a four-day, full-city spectacle. Join in.

NERD SEXY by Timi Conley: Experimental. Catchy. Modern-cum-postmodern love sounds intertwined against grippingly trippy snippets. Conley displays a virtuoso knowledge of the rules and still breaks them regularly. It’s as if all the good Beck music was poured into a blender with a splash of that famous Athens, GA candied liquor, which propelled early pioneers Pylon and the B-52’s to (accidentally) break the town wide open. Big national acts like REM and Widespread Panic, and later Of Montreal of the Elephant Six Collective, sprang forth from that ruptured earth, and I was there. But that, too, is another blog post of historical reporting. Timi is the now and the future. Exciting solo debut from the frontman of Kite to the Moon and seminal Athens party band Fuzzy Sprouts is way too sexy to miss.

Timi Conley and Kite to the Moon play the Green Room in Athens, GA on Friday March 21st as part of SLINGSHOT. See y’all there. I will be the guy in the purple pants up front.

Jade Lemons and the Crimson Lust at 529

Tommy the Tomcat is back. Jade Lemons, the mastermind behind the Underrated Records label and studio, debuted his new act at 529 in the East Atlanta Village. A few spots around EAV had decent crowds, as a weekend summer night down South buzz was in the air. My sister, Anna and photog friend, Marc were on the scene with me as we stopped in for a quick one at the newly-reopened Glenwood. Then Mr. Lemons appeared crossing the street in Captain’s hat and his signature skinny jeans, blonde beauty in tow all dolled up. He was headlining, and his mom was on hand. His friends and fans were on hand. His new material was ready for its first public consumption. He delivered to the full venue with the help of a band totaling five pieces, counting Jade, and you should because the dude rocks. Sallow, gauntly thin, tall and intensely transposed on guitar and lead vocal against a punk-looking black girl playing bass, a classic-in-delivery accompanying singer, also of color, white dudes wailing on sax and pounding on drums – this is real now Atlanta music. Yet, Ziggy Stardust meets T-Rex’s Marc Bolan again is what I most hear in obvious classic influence. Familiar and good songs, the first time heard. Though this group is worthy of a bigger venue soon and Jade clearly couldn’t hear his monitors well on stage, the short performance came off as well-rehearsed and of crystal clear quality. This band is only a key hit song away from being at least a minor household name, as this new formula for Jade works. I predict a big future for them.

(Photo by: Wizard Smoke)