Kool Kat of the Week: Jeffrey Butzer Delivers A Lynchian Tour de Force with His “Club Silencio: Music From the Feature Films of David Lynch” Kicking Off Its Southeastern Summer Tour at The Earl

Posted on: May 30th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

It’s been exactly half a decade since we shot the breeze with Atlanta’s own jack of all musical trades and film score junkie, Jeffrey Butzer (The Bicycle Eaters/The Compartmentalizationalists). So we caught up with him once again to get the scoop on his upcoming venture into the bizarre land of Lynch. His “Club Silencio: Music From the Feature Films of David Lynch” tours the southeast this summer with a killer kick-off at The Earl this Friday, June 2 at 9 pm, featuring the “Ladies in the Radiator” also known as Butzer (guitar); T.T. Mahony (synth/piano); Bicycle Eaters Matt Steadman and Sean Zearfoss (rhythm section); Ben Davis (sax), Jade Poppyfield and Renee Nelson (rotating vocalists). Club Silencio promises an unconventionally surreal evening sending you dangling head first into The Pink Room. And if you just can’t get enough Lynch-madness after the June 2 date, you can catch the tour at its stops at the High Dive in Gainesville, FL on June 23, at Saturn in Birmingham, AL on July 8, and at the Caledonia Lounge in Athens on July 15!

ATLRetro caught up with Jeffrey Butzer for a quick tête-à-tête about “Club Silencio,” his love affair with film scores and film in general, and what he and the Bicycle Eaters/The Compartmentalizationalists have been up to in the last five years. While you’re takin’ a gander at our little Q&A with Butzer, why not listen to a bit o’ Butzer and The Compartmentalizationalists’ “Mother’s Gray Dress.”

ATLRetro:  It’s been nearly half a decade since we spoke to you about the release of The Bicycle Eaters’ new 7-inch HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS. So much has happened since, and now you’re diving head first into David Lynch’s land of the bizarre with your newest musical escapade, CLUB SILENCIO: MUSIC FROM THE FEATURE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH. What draws you to Lynch’s film scores?

Jeffrey Butzer: What I love about Lynch’s work is his element of surprise. The new TWIN PEAKS series is a great example of that. I love that every week I have no idea what I am getting into. Will it scare me or be hilarious?  …Who knows?

Your CLUB SILENCIO tour was originally slated for 2008, as a follow up to your BEAUTIFUL LOSERS: THE SONGS OF CAVE, WAITS AND COHEN and A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS tours. Of course we have to know, what took so long and why now?

I am not sure? It wasn’t feeling right in 2008. I never could get in to the mindset to put it together. As Lynch would say, “The ideas weren’t coming.” I had a set list, which really hasn’t changed very much. But that was it. Earlier this year, I had a conversation with a musician who was sort of pushing me to finally do it. Then Julee Cruise and I sort of discussed a mini tour, which neither of us could make happen but, at that point I was really into the idea again, and with the timing of the new TWIN PEAKS it was easy to get everyone motivated.

Can you tell our readers a little about “The Ladies in the Radiator” who will be performing with you on the CLUB SILENCIO tour?

Yes, my longtime collaborator T.T. Mahony is playing synth/piano, Bicycle Eaters Matt Steadman and Sean Zearfoss are the rhythm section, Ben Davis (Purkenji Shift/Noot d’Noot) on Sax, Meghan Dowlen a.k.a. ”Jade Poppyfield and Renee Nelson (Jarboe) are both singing on different dates. I am playing guitar. It is a really great band. I am really happy with all the arrangements.

Film scores are a big influence on your music, with the Bicycle Eaters and The Compartmentalizationalists, et al. It seems many musicians are influenced by particular musicians (past or present) or a particular type of popular music (the art being the whole), but film’s scores tell a different kind of story, as accompaniments or pieces or carriers of the whole. Can you tell our readers what it is about film scores that influence you and the part they play in carrying a film?

I am a film lover in general. I like when films have no music, like in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN or films by my hero Luis Bunuel. But, I also like when music is almost like a main character in a movie, like THE MASTER or films by Fellini, for example. I am not sure how film music influences me exactly. I guess I like the abstract nature of creating feelings out of noises. Mood is my primary goal in the music that I create.

We see that you’ve composed several scores as well for films such as Raymond Carr’s WILD IS THE WIND (2011); HITORI (2014); GOOD GRIEF SUICIDE HOTLINE (2015); ABACUS, MY LOVE (2014); BIRDCATCHER (2006), etc. Do you prefer composing behind the scenes, or playing in front of a crowd? Pros and cons?

I enjoy both for different reasons. Making a score is really strange to me. I really never know what I am doing. I still do not have a method of working and I don’t write out music. Matt Steadman (producer, musician) and I normally meet and see what happens and eventually we come up with music we are happy with. Live shows are very thrilling for me. Something like Club Silencio is fun, because we get to have our own Lynchian spin on expectations. We created this as massive admirers and fans of Lynch and have put together the show we would want to see. I’m getting really obsessed with details like stage plot, lighting, clothing. We put a lot of thought in to these types of shows. We really want them to feel special and fun for people.

Which film score(s) influenced you the most before you began composing your own, and how did it influence you?

Nino Rota’s 8 ½, Michael Nyman/Peter Greenaway scores and the spaghetti westerns by Morricone and Luis Bacolov were all influential to me.

Who are your top five favorite film composers and the film scores they composed that moved you most?

In no particular order my favorites would be Nino Rota (8 ½); Angelo Badalamenti (most Lynch films); Ennio Morricone (ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST/ THE GREAT SILENCE); Michael Nyman (A ZED AND TWO NOUGHTS/ THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER); and Carter Burwell (FARGO/ BARTON FINK). However, it is difficult to speak about influence. As a musician I strive to not show my influences. I can say that when I sit down to write, music is the last thing on my mind. I am typically thinking about a story, sometimes my own, sometimes a book or film. Then, I try to musically paint a picture. I am very bad with narrative, which is probably why I am drawn to filmmakers like Lynch, who seems more concerned with mood.

Can you give us five things you’re into at the moment that we should be listening to right now–past or present, well-known or obscure?

1) Rowland S. Howard, the guitarist from The Birthday Party has a great, dark, and beautiful album called TEENAGE SNUFF FILM; 2) the singer Lhasa, especially her song Rising, and a song called “That Leaving Feeling she recorded with Stuart Staples of Tindersticks. She passed away a few years ago. Her voice is one of my favorite things; 3) Leonard Cohen’s underrated album NEW SKIIN FOR THE OLD CEREMONY is an all time favorite of mine; 4) Emiliana Torrini’s version of “If You Go Away” has been in my steady rotation. I love Brel’s version of course, but hers in a wonderful modern take; and 5) Rennie Sparks (The Handsome Family): Many now know of them from the theme from True Detective, but do yourself a favor and delve in to their world. Rennie’s books and paintings are so strange and vivid and their last album is one of their best. Rennie, as a writer is one of my biggest influences.

Back to the surreal. If you had to choose just one (I know it’s hard!), which Lynch film would be your absolute favorite?

I honestly cannot pick one. MULHOLLAND DRIVE is always in my top three. BLUE VELVET is the first one I fell in love with. INLAND EMPIRE is a misunderstood masterpiece. If you’ve only seen it once and are on the fence or don’t really like it, see it three more times. It is so dense it demands multiple viewings.

You’re taking this epic and eccentric beast on a trip across the equally bizarre south this summer after your gig at The Earl on June 2, with shows at the High Dive in Gainesville, FL (June 23); Saturn in Birmingham (July 8); and the Caledonia Lounge in Athens (July 15). What exciting things can folks expect when they come to one of your shows? And will this be the last of the tour, or will you be giving Atlanta an encore presentation in the near future?

If this goes well, we plan to make it a summer tradition. We are doing our best to make you feel like you are visiting the Pink Room/Black Lodge and deliver the best renditions of these iconoclastic songs as possible.

And last but not least, any other exciting plans in the future for Jeffrey Bützer? The Bicycle Eaters? The Compartmentalizationalists?

Bicycle Eaters have our first vocal full-length in the editing room as we speak…er, type. I’m also writing a play/screenplay entitled “Partialisms” that I plan to bring to a stage or screen in the near future.

All photos are courtesy of Jeffrey Butzer and used with permission.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Is What It’s All About: Jeffrey Butzer and TT Mahony’s Jazzy Musical Tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s PEANUTS Score Comes to The Earl & Nine Street Kitchen

Posted on: Dec 10th, 2012 By:

Nostalgic adults and kids will dig Jeffrey Butzer and T.T. Mahony’s jazzy musical tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS.  This year, the duo will be presenting their holiday treat at The Earl Fri. Dec. 14 and Sat. Dec. 15 and performing a more family-friendly reprise at Nine Street Kitchen in Roswell Mon. Dec. 10 and Thurs. Dec. 20. All shows will start with an instrumental set by Jeffrey’s band, The Bicycle Eaters and also feature surf favorites from THE VENTURES CHRISTMAS ALBUM  rendered by Chad Shivers and the Silent Knights.

As noted last year, the seasonal sell-out shows of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS are a labor of love for Jeffrey, a musician/composer whose solo works tend towards the minimalism of the simple Christmas tree in the iconic Charles Schultz special. His band, the Bicycle Eaters, takes a different bend, inspired by Ennio Morricone spaghetti western scores, klezmer and gypsy. And he’s been collaborating with recent Kool Kat The Residents’ Molly Harvey lately, too. Frankly that’s just a small taste of the musical adventures of this diverse Atlanta performer and affirmed cineaste, who was our Kool Kat of the Week last March.

ATLRetro caught up with Jeffrey to find out more about this year’s A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, and what’s next for him with The Bicycle Eaters and as a solo composer/musician.

How old were you when you first saw A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS on TV and what did the show and its music mean to you when growing up?

I don’t remember a time NOT knowing who Charlie Brown was. It is like Bruce Lee, Elvis or Grandma, something that seemed to always exist to me. Growing up, it was always my favorite special. I liked how blue it was. Both literally and figuratively. Cartoon music in general affects you strangely. Like Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott with the Looney Tunes, I wasn’t aware of them until I was older and started playing music. But again, it is hard to remember a time when I didn’t listen to that record every year.

How did you and TT Mahony get the idea of developing A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS holiday show, and for how many years have you been doing it?

This is year four. I approached TT after he played a Leonard Cohen/Tom Waits/Nick Cave tribute show I worked on. He is an amazing piano player, very witty , too. I had kicked around the idea of doing a holiday show in the past but never really knew a pianist that could handle Guaraldi. Robby Handley is the best upright bass player I know. Great hair, too. And here is an odd fact about TT. He can jump really, really high. I’ve told him he should find some way to compete. I once saw him jump from the ground onto the top of a Toyota.

I understand last year’s shows were packed. Are you surprised that so many adults are so enthusiastic about music from a 1960s kids TV show/Christmas LP? What kind of comments do you get after your performances?

Yes, we were hoping for the best, that our fans and friends would enjoy the show and hopefully some new faces would come out. But the response has been overwhelming. Last year we had to start doing two nights. As far as comments, the one we get the most is “Can you do an all-ages one too…for the babies?” The reason we haven’t is because. the mood we set in The Earl seems to really suit Snoopy and the gang. It is cozy, dark, and has energy almost like a rock show. We are really looking forward to playing Nine Street Kitchen, it sounds like it is going to turn into a great venue. And playing for children will be a blast. My 3-year-old son Francis is happy he can come out to “Dad’s Show.”

What can audiences expect at The Earl this weekend?

Cookies, dancing… It is basically a big Holiday Party with 300 of your closest, newest friends.

What are you doing at Nine Street Kitchen (in Roswell) to make it even more kid-friendly?

The show will not change much.

Why pair Peanuts with The Ventures? 

Well, the albums were released around the same time for one thing. They are both classic ‘60s albums. They are both easy to dance to.

And what about that opening set from Jeffrey Butzer and the Bicycle Eaters?

My band (The Bicycle Eaters) play Frenchy-Jazzy-Spaghetti Western-inspired instrumentals. We are releasing a limited EP at the show

What else are you and the Bicycle Eaters up to? Any more collaborations with Molly Harvey or new 2013 recordings you’d like to tell readers about? 

We have a vocal album on the way called collapsible with our new singer Cassi Costoulas and French singer Lionel Fondeville, as well as several other great guests: Brent Hinds, Don Chambers. Possibly Molly Harvey.

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Kool Kat of the Week: Stalking Tender Prey: The Residents’ Molly Harvey, Jeffrey Butzer and Friends Treat You to a Free Nick Cave Tribute Show at 529 on Tues. Oct. 30

Posted on: Oct 26th, 2012 By:

Molly Harvey performs at Black Mass 2011 Halloween show at 529. Copyright Vincent Tseng 2012. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

When Jeffrey Butzer clues us in about a gig, we always perk up our ears. But when Tender Prey turns out to be a FREE Nick Cave tribute show the day before Halloween featuring such interesting denizens of the Atlanta/Athens music scene as Jeffrey, Molly Harvey of The Residents,Cave Women, Andy DeLoach (The Lady Vanishes) and Ben Trickey – and also songs by Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and PJ Harvey – well, you betcha we’re ready to head down to 529 on Tues. Oct. 30, declare it our Birthday Party and see what Bad Seeds may be planted or men be grinding.

Yup, we’re bat-crazy about Cave and have dug The Residents for longer than we can remember. There’s this pesky rumor that Residents rarely, if ever, give interviews, but Molly Harvey even was so awfully badass as to answer a few questions. So hell, yeah, we just had to make her the Kool Kat of Halloween Week. For your reading pleasure and because the show is on a Tuesday, it’s no trick. We’re going ahead and treating it to you early…

What’s your earliest memory of Nick Cave and was it disturbing?

I can actually remember where I was, in the living room of a $100/month house in Richmond, VA. My roommate was a big Birthday Party/Nick Cave fan, and he’d play them a lot. I actually did feel disturbed. Nick Cave’s music represented that [part] of the world which was still very unknown to me and seemed out of reach, like a language I never had any hope of learning.

Nick Cave has evolved chameleon-like through a number of musical iterations from the Birthday Party to solo work to Grinderman? Which Nick Cave will you be representing at Tender Prey and why?

We’ll be playing a variety of his music, not sticking with one album or era. We just tried to pick stuff that we like and that is a bit Halloween-y. Looks-wise I am fond of that Bad Seeds fancy bad man look. I’m encouraging suits and nice shoes. We’ll see.  Nick and the Residents certainly seem to share an obsessive interest in the odd, as well as pushing musical boundaries and making people uncomfortable.

Was Nick Cave an influence on you or the Residents or vice versa?

I would say he was probably not an influence on The Residents. I am always surprised by how many artists they DON’T listen to. But I could be wrong – they may be huge Nick Cave fans. I love his music, but I’m not an obsessive fan, and there is plenty of his material that I’ve never heard. So musically/stylistically, he’s not an influence but definitely is someone I admire. I love that no matter what he does, his stuff has a very definite signature, yet not all his stuff sounds exactly alike. That’s a delicate balance to achieve.

Can you tell us anything more about the Tender Prey show, how it came about, and why we shouldn’t miss it?

Well, you should come out because aside from our band, there are about 17 other acts (or two or three) doing great stuff: Leonard Cohen tunes, PJ Harvey, Tom Waits. It’s going to be high caliber songwriter night with a bunch of solid musicians. And did anyone mention it’s FREE? It’s free. So that’s always good. We did a Halloween show last year at 529 that was a lot of fun, so we thought-what the heck. Let’s do it again. And there will be puppets.  This is going to be a totally fun night, because everyone knows these songs we’re playing. All the bands that night are paying homage to artists we love, so right there it sets a really positive note up for the night. Jeffrey and I participated last year in a Halloween show at 529 that we called a Black Mass. It was silly and tongue-in-cheek, but I wasn’t interested in even parodying that energy this year. This is more celebratory.

You’ve been with the Residents, hang out with Jeffrey Butzer, and now you’re doing Nick Cave. Do you ever do anything musically that could be classified as remotely normal? Would you ever want to?

Normal like…doing commerical jingles? Or Christmas caroling? I would. No one asks me to, though. I actually auditioned for all these theaters here and didn’t get one call, so I think I should stick with weird. Normal people don’t usually really care about what I do.

The Residents, "Demons Dance Alone" concept album 2002. Photo courtesy of Henrik Kam.

How did you meet up with Jeffrey Butzer anyway and aren’t you collaborating with him on some stuff?

Jeffrey and I met through our mutual friend Matt Steadman, who is also playing guitar in the show. I guess Jeffrey was a Residents fan, and Matt and I worked together, and someone mentioned something and – voila! We are trying to collaborate on some stuff. We really want to make some original work together. It’s a matter of us being in the same place for enough time to develop something. But the wheels are turning for putting a little band together and doing original stuff. We’ll see.

This isn’t you, is it? https://www.mollyharvey.com/ Are there ever any uncomfortable mix-up moments and what would you say (or sing) if you were asked to lead a corporate soul woman leadership forum?

I actually have been told that there is a girl in [San Francisco] who pretends – or at least used to pretend – to be me. She apparently gets very drunk and blabbers on and on about her and The Residents. I hated hearing that. That’s the kind of thing that may have created misunderstandings that I don’t even know about. As far as the Corporate Soul Woman, I WISH I would get some of her clients. I’d tell them to listen to their hearts, but only for the month, that at the end of the month they’d have to come back and get checked out by me so I could give them more timeless wisdom.

What else are you up to right now, and when you will be playing live next?

I am momming it up. I have a young child and that takes up pretty much all my time. Creatively, I am a sewer. That came out wrong. I like to sew. I make things with fabric. I am also working on fleshing out a character who I hope will be singing with Jeffrey before too long.

The Residents at The Fillmore, Halloween, 1997. Photo courtesy of Henrik Kam.

Finally, since it’s Halloween and you have been known for some pretty insane stage costumes, are you willing to give a hint as to what costume you’ll be wearing? Any favorite place to shop for over-the-top clothing in Atlanta or Athens?

Funny, I have no intention of dressing up this year in any costume. Maybe that’ll change between now and next week, but if anything I sort of just feel like looking nice, like being onstage is a special occasion that I want to honor with a dress and matching socks and washed hair. Since dressing up for me has been the norm in my musical career, I want to explore and see what it’s like to create characters solely with my voice, face and body. But shoot, maybe I’ll find a great wig between now and then and that desire for realness will be over! Shopping-wise I have found some great, funny things at Rainbow, but thrift stores are always my favorite places to find that unintentionally over-the-top outfit.

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Kool Kat of the Week: Playing with Scissors, Dreaming of Unspiralled Stairs and Hiding Plastic Spiders with Jeffrey Butzer

Posted on: Mar 28th, 2012 By:

Jeffrey Butzer with accordion. Photo credit: Melissa J. Butzer.

Cinematic. Haunting. Minimalist. Unique. Perfect.  All of these words could describe Jeffrey Butzer‘s eclectic sound rendered with such unusual instrument choices as accordion, toy piano and glockenspiel. The motto of his live shows might be “expect the unexpected” in the best possible way, and his previous recordings and videos, solo and with bands The Bicycle Eaters and The Compartmentalists, have attracted praise from Canadian film director Guy Maddin (THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD) and film critic Roger Ebert. In other words, if all you know about Jeffrey is his Charlie Brown Christmas tribute show (read our article about it here), you’re in for a real treat at the release party for Jeffrey Butzer and the Bicycle Eaters’ new 7-inch HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS (The Great Big) this Saturday night March 31 at The Earl.

ATLRetro caught up with Jeffrey recently to find out more about HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS, the influence of Spaghetti Western scores and scissors on his unique sound, and what it was like to wake up Roger Ebert in the middle of the night.

Just the title HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS suggests a story behind the music. What’s on it, how did you come to write the songs and is it true it will be on red vinyl?

This might not be as mysterious as a back story as one might want to hear, [but] the title refers to something my wife and I did when we first met. We worked together, and at our job we had a bunch of magnetic spiders that were a promotional item for a film and we would hide them from each other. It is a fond memory of us getting to know each other (13 years ago, now). It is on red vinyl; it looks like a Jolly Rancher.

This is the first release as Jeffrey Butzer and the Bicycle Eaters, these are all songs that I came in with the basic structure and melodies, and they “fixed them up.” Kristin [Jarvis] and Chad [Shivers] are amazing with melodies and counter-melodies. Eric [Balint] is like a secret weapon; he knows just what to and not to do and the right times. And William [J. Brisby] has played bass in almost every project and has never missed one single note. That is not a joke.

What was it like recording with a band and a producer?

It was wonderful. I’ve known Luci, the producer, for a very long time, and he is patient and a perfectionist. He slows me down in a good way. He really excels at everything he tries. He’s an amazing photographer, musician and a great dresser. And recording with a band in the past has been impractical. Normally I multi-track the parts, then bring in other musicians after the fact. On this, it was really nice being able to record with most of us in the room; it added a nice mood to the record.

How did you hook up with Gea who directed the video of Case of Unspiralled Stairs ?

I’ve known her for several years; we are both big film enthusiasts. I liked her artwork and asked her if she wanted to do a video for the record, and thankfully she did and it turned out really great.

So Roger Ebert posts the video for “Case of Unspiralled Stairs” on Facebook and says “I woke up in the middle of the night. Jeffrey Butzer had sent me this. That was the perfect time to view it. My mind was still halfway in dreams.” How cool was that and was that the response you had hoped for from it?

It was very cool! I didn’t really know what to expect. He had never really commented when I sent him videos before. I “know” him through a secret society that he and I are both members of. Along with Ken Keeler (FUTURAMA), Neil Gaiman and Guy Maddin.

Speaking of Guy Maddin, how did you meet him and get him to do alternate cover artwork for HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS?

I scored a film called BIRDCATCHER that Guy saw, and we sort of became friends. I am going to hang out with him in New York in a couple weeks! I saw the collages that he made, and he agreed to let us use [one of] them as cover art!

When your music is paired with video, it reminds me of a lost 1950s/60s existentialist French film. Can you talk a bit about how film has influenced your sound and visuals?

Film has always been the band’s biggest influence. All the greats: Buster Keaton, Fellini, Bunuel and Penny Marshall… well, maybe not her so much. I think when I first started making music I wanted to sound like certain artists. But as I got older, other mediums began to influence my music more, especially film. The instrumental music that we make is mostly about mood, much like the film style you mentioned. So I think the approach and what we are trying to achieve isn’t that far apart.

Some have heard the influence of Ennio Morricone’s Spaghetti Western scores. Are you a Spaghetti Western fan? What are your favorite films/scores from that genre?

I’m way more into Spaghetti Western music than into the films. There are several I really enjoy. They’re so style-driven that you can really just watch scenes from them isolated from the movie. If I were to name some I like: THE GRAND DUEL and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE. The other band I’m in The Compartmentalizationalists touches more on the genre than the Bicycle Eaters.

Scissors play a key role in your video for “Lucy 5’s Egg” and I understand you dangle them on stage as well in some of your gigs. Why scissors, and will scissors be part of this week’s show?

I wrote lyrics to a song a really long time ago that had the lines “on a pillar in the sky, a sleeping woman lies, dreaming of the garden of scissors.” I really liked the image. I wrote a screenplay and an album based on that line, and it has sort of stuck as a motif over the years.

An image from the haunting video for "Case of Unspiralled Stairs."

The toy piano, accordion and glockenspiel are unusual instruments for a contemporary musician. What drew you to them?

I like how whimsical they sound together. I never wanted to make music that is old-fashioned or heavily referenced by something from the past. But on the other hand, nostalgia interests me a lot. I first heard toy pianos used a lot by Rob Burger and Margaret Leng Tan.

Why the “Bicycle-Eaters”?

That is a bit of an inside joke. The short version is just that my friend Matt Benard, who plays bass with us, sometimes knows a guy who, in fact…ate a bicycle.

Your gigs are known to include the unexpected, but without giving any big surprises, do you have any special plans for this week’s show at The Earl?

We have a couple OF guest singers and an unusual cover song we are doing. If I tell you anymore, it won’t be unexpected. ZING!

When will your new CD “COLLAPSIBLE” be released and what can you share about it?

I’m not sure. I am hoping for a May release at the Goat Farm. It is a collection of songs played mostly with small arrangements. So far it is just a solo album. I have had a few songs floating around for a while and I record at night after my son goes to sleep. Some are new interpretations of songs I have releases before – only a few though.

I have an odd process. I always set out to make an album with a list of songs in hand. Then when I’m done, as with this one, I cut half of the songs I originally wanted on and record a bunch of new things. For this album, which has between 12-15 songs, I recorded around 35… so far.

What else is up with Jeffrey Butzer? We’ve heard you’ve done some interesting collaborations lately and even dipped into film and theatrical scoring. Any more team-ups planned with Molly Harvey (The Residents)? And aren’t you going to Poland?

Molly and I are planning some shows. Some as a duo and some with a band. Other than that, I’ve got the score for PETER PAN at the Center for Puppetry Arts that starts playing April 5. I am recording a Compartmentalizationalists album with Claire Lodge and Nico from the band Places. Then I am taking a break in June when my second son will be born!  The Poland trip has been put on hold. Hopefully later on we will still go.

 

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Is What It’s All About: Jeffrey Butzer and TT Mahony’s Jazzy Musical Tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s PEANUTS Score Comes to The Earl & The Earl Smith Strand

Posted on: Dec 16th, 2011 By:

Jeffrey Butzer channels Schroeder & Vince Guaraldi in A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, his annual holiday show with TT Mahony.

Not just nostalgic adults, but kids, too, will get to enjoy Jeffrey Butzer and T.T. Mahony’s jazzy musical tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS this year with the duo presenting it at two Earls – first at The Earl Fri. Dec. 16 and Sat. Dec. 17 (both 9 p.m.) and then at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta Tues. Dec. 20 (3 p.m. and 8 p.m.). All shows will feature an opening instrumental set by Jeffrey’s band, The Bicycle Eaters, and surf favorites from THE VENTURES CHRISTMAS ALBUM  rendered by Chad Shivers and Friends.

The seasonal sell-out shows of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS are clearly a labor of love for Jeffrey, a musician/composer whose solo works tend towards the minimalism of the simple Christmas tree in the iconic Charles Schultz special. Inspired by melodic French musette, pieces on two albums SHE TRADED HER LEG (2006) and THE GARDEN OF SCISSORS (2009), both released by Lona Records, incorporate such eclectic instruments as accordions, bass drum, piano, glockenspiel and—perhaps inspired by a childhood admiration for Schroeder—toy piano. His band, the Bicycle Eaters, takes a different bend, inspired by Ennio Morricone spaghetti western scores, klezmer and gypsy, the former suggesting that their opening set will be more than appropriate for a vintage art deco movie theatre like the Strand. He’s also down a film soundtracks (Raymond Carr’s WILD IS THE WIND), collaborated live with Molly Harvey of The Residents and has ventured lately into the world of live scoring to Buster Keaton’s THE BALLOONATIC. And frankly that’s just a small taste of the musical adventures of this diverse Atlanta performer and affirmed cineaste.

Today though, ATLRetro caught up with Jeffrey to chat about A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, what to expect at The Earl and The Strand, and what’s next for him with The Bicycle Eaters and as a solo composer/musician.

How old were you when you first saw A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS on TV and what did the show and its music mean to you when growing up?

I don’t remember a time NOT knowing who Charlie Brown was. It is like Bruce Lee, Elvis or Grandma, something that seemed to always exist to me. Growing up, it was always my favorite special. I liked how blue it was. Both literally and figuratively. Cartoon music in general affects you strangely. Like Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott with the Looney Toons, I wasn’t aware of them until I was older and started playing music. But again, it is hard to remember a time when I didn’t listen to that record every year.

How did you and TT Mahony get the idea of developing A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS holiday show, and for how many years have you been doing it?

This is year four. I approached TT after he played a Leonard Cohen/Tom Waits/Nick Cave tribute show I worked on. He is an amazing piano player, very witty , too. I had kicked around the idea of doing a holiday show in the past but never really knew a pianist that could handle Guaraldi. Robby Handley is the best upright bass player I know. Great hair, too. And here is an odd fact about TT. He can jump really, really high. I’ve told him he should find some way to compete. I once saw him jump from the ground onto the top of a Toyota.

I understand last year’s shows were packed. Were you surprised that so many adults were so enthusiastic about music from a 1960s kids TV show/Christmas LP? What kind of comments did you get after your performance?

Yes, we were hoping for the best, that our fans and friends would enjoy the show and hopefully some new faces would come out. But the response has been overwhelming. Last year we had to start doing two nights. As far as comments, the one we get the most is “Can you do an all-ages one too…for the babies?” The reason we haven’t is because. the mood we set in The Earl seems to really suit Snoopy and the gang. It is cozy, dark, and has energy almost like a rock show. We are really looking forward to adjusting it for a sitting crowd at The Strand. We love the room. It is like a miniature Fox Theatre. And playing for children will be a blast. My 2-year-old son Francis dances every time he hears “Linus and Lucy.”

What audiences can expect at The Earl this weekend?

Cookies, dancing… It is basically a big Holiday Party with 300 of your closest, newest friends.

What are you doing at The Strand to make it even more kid-friendly?

The show will not change much. We do have a kid’s choir with us at the Strand!

Why pair Peanuts with The Ventures?

Well, the albums were released around the same time for one thing. They are both classic ‘60s albums. They are both easy to dance to.

Jeffrey Butzer. Photo credit: Melissa J. Butzer.

And what about that opening set from Jeffrey Butzer and the Bicycle Eaters?

My band (The Bicycle Eaters) play Frenchy-Jazzy-Spaghetti Western-inspired instrumentals. We are releasing a limited EP at the show

What else are you and the Bicycle Eaters up to? Any 2012 gigs or recordings you’d like to tell readers about?

We almost all have children, so we’ve been laying low, only doing select shows. But we will have an official release for our new 7” at The Earl in March. I’m also working on a score for PETER PAN at The Center for Puppetry Arts. Then I have a solo record coming out named COLLAPSIBLE. Then off to play some dates inPoland.

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This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #37 – Dec. 14-20, 2020

Posted on: Dec 14th, 2020 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our next installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of holiday hootenannies and shenanigans you can experience straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, December 14

Twinkle it up with Six Flags as they present Candy Rush, the world’s largest drive-through animated holiday light show, through Jan. 3! Make your way to Atlantic Station for their safe, drive-through Atlanta Festival of Lights, through Jan 18! Spend your Holidays on the Roof at Ponce City Roof! Skate into the holidays at Park Tavern’s Miracle on 10th Street/The Rink through Jan. 17! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Get spooky with author Daniel Braum during Night Three of the New York Ghost Story Festival at 7pm! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday!

Timeless Tuesday, December 15

Have some safe Muppet-y holiday cheer with The Muppet Christmas Carol Trivia on Instagram Live at 7:30pm! Check out Brad Palermo & The Shadow Queens’s new holiday single, “Satan Won the War on Christmas!” New Found Glory kicks off the holiday season with new track “December’s Here!” NOVA REX bassist Kenny Wilkerson releases charity cookbook “Rockin Recipes for Autism” featuring 57 world-famous rockers contributing recipes to raise awareness for Autism! Help support the Atlanta Film Festival via their Kickstarter to ensure 2021’s festival is a success! The Strand brings you their A Christmas Tradition: Revisited, a 48-hour video on demand rental here! Kino Now presents Ric Burns’ documentary, OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE (2019), available to buy and rent digitally. Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! The Atlanta School of Photography invites you to the Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights Photo Stroll at 6:45pm! Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! We know you need your swingin’ Joe Gransden fix, so why not visit his site and catch a video or two of his, including him and his band swingin’ it up at Café 290, here

Way Back Wednesday, December 16

GPB and Science ATL bring you a look at historical female pioneers in STEM fields with their virtual Unladylike 2020: Pioneers in STEM event at 7pm! A Cappella Books proudly presents an exclusive virtual event with John Densmore (The Doors), who will join Atlanta music journalist and Smithsonian Folkways editor Chad Radford for a Zoom discussion of “The Seekers: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (and Other Artists)” via Zoom at 7pm! Spend the holidays at the Center for Puppetry Arts as they present a special exhibit, Very Merry Puppetry: Puppets of Holidays Past, Present and Future through the month of December! Deck the halls at the virtual 94th Annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert beginning at 6pm! Get your Elf Trivia fix at Guac y Margys at 7pm! Spend the night with Frankly Scarlet (Grateful Dead tribute) and others during the online Friendship Music Festival at 8pm! Get jazzy as Alice Phoebe Lou announces new album, GLOW and shares first single, “Dusk“! Hula on down and spend the holidays at The S.O.S. Tiki Bar in Decatur during their Mele Kalikimaka events through Dec.  31! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Get groovy at the annual Rock the Bells Holiday Jam at Rock Steady Atlanta! Get merry with midtown’s favorite Ice Queen, Aspen York, during Park Tavern’s Wednesday’s Are A “Drag” at 8pm, every Wednesday through Jan. 27! Boogie down with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his DREAMS Music Video Live Stream at 9pm! Get jazzy and live stream the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Catch Robyn Hitchcock every Wednesday at 9pm (details here), broadcasting from his kitchen all over the world! 

Throwback Thursday, December 17

The Aurora Theatre presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Live on the Mainstage, through Dec. 23! The Plaza Theatre is where it’s at this holiday season! Make your way indoors for a 35mm screening of Shane Black’s KISS KISS BANG BANG (2005) in 35mm at 8:30pm, and catch a Plaza Drive-In screening of John Landis’s TRADING PLACES (1983) at 7:30pm! Get your Americana fix with Carolina Story at Eddie’s Attic! Interstellar Echos pays tribute to Pink Floyd acoustically with Pigs on a String at From the Earth Brewing Company! Catch A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Broadcast online at 3pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for their retrotastic Thursday Throwdown! Hammonds House Museum presents new free virtual program: Conversations about Jazz with Carl Anthony, every other Thursday at 7:30pm, beginning July 9, through December 24. To RSVP, click here! 

Freaky Friday, December 18 

Have a Southern Fried Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas with ELZIG, Captain & Maybelle and more at Dixie Tavern! The Plaza Theatre screens Tim Burton’s EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990) at the Plaza Drive-In at 7:30pm, and screens Chris Columbus’s HOME ALONE (1990) indoors at 8:30pm! Heck.house delivers their Last Minute Krampus holiday market at 4pm! Spook it up this holiday season with EAV’s Nightmare Before Christmas Marketplace at Metropolitan Studios at 5pm! Mock of Ages pays tribute to Def Leppard at 37 Main Avondale Estates! Goth it up with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his GOTH Music Videos: Classics to Current at 9pm! Rumours pays tribute to Fleetwood Mac at Napoleon’s! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Get some soul with TRUETT at the Northside TavernDaniel Vernon’s documentary THE CHANGIN’ TIMES OF IKE WHITE (2019) opens via The Plaza Theatre’s Virtual Cinema here, hosted by Kino Lorber Marquee! Catch the Alliance Theatre’s drive-in production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE LIVE RADIO PLAY, through Dec. 23! Get in the holiday spirit at Miracle at the Fox Marquee Club through Jan. 1! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here! The holidays are upon us, so why not make your way to Stone Mountain Christmas, running through Jan. 3! 

Scintillating Saturday, December 19

Yuletide it up virtually with Kool Kat Chad Shivers & the Frigidaires (formerly the Silent Knights) as they celebrate 10 years of performing the Beach Boys’ and Ventures’ Christmas albums in their entirety along with other holiday classics, hosted by The Earl! They’ll be joined by Kool Kat Jeffrey Bützer and TT Mahoney with their fabulous Charlie Brown Christmas tribute, an Atlanta institution at 7pm! Or skank it up during The Slackers Holiday Online concert at 7:45pm! You won’t want to miss The Queers “Save the World” Record Release Show streaming online at 8pm! The Plaza Theatre screens Chris Columbus’s HOME ALONE 2 (1992) at 4pm and Wong Kar-Wai’s DAYS OF BEING WILD (1990) at 8:30pm (both indoors), and catch a screening of Richard Curtis’s LOVE ACTUALLY (2003) at Dad’s Garage Drive-In at 7:15pm! screens Chris Columbus’s HOME ALONE (1990) indoors at 8:30pm! The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre provides a virtual screening of Jeremiah S. Chechik’s CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989) here at 8pm! Support local artists and get your holiday shopping fix at the Holiday Bizarre Bazaar at The Imperial from 12pm – 5pm! Take a virtual tour of The Wren’s Nest during their Virtual Holiday Birthday Experience at 2pm! Get merry with Kool Kat Chris Hamer during the Art Market at Allied Ink Tattoo in Marietta at 3pm! R&B it up with Howard Hewett for two shows at City Winery! Jazz it up this holiday season during A Very Jazz Christmas Virtual Concert at 7pm! Boogie down with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his NEW WAVE 80s Music Videos: Obscure to Obvious online at 9pm! Get rocked with Mike Cooley (Drive-By Truckers) at Eddie’s Attic! Get down with St. Nick at a historic mansion during Santa at Rhodes Hall! Get spooky with author Daniel Braum during Night Four of the New York Ghost Story Festival at 7pm! Heck.house delivers their Last Minute Krampus holiday market! The Trolley Barn presents their outdoor Holiday Cabaret, every weekend through December! Rock on down to the Star Bar for Punk Rock Night! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Westside Provisions District presents their Tinsel & Twine Holiday Market! Or get your holiday fix at Fernbank’s Holiday Hangouts, featuring access to their Winter Wonderland exhibit, oversized snow globes, a sock skating rink and more! Get down to Beverly Atlanta for the I Still Love the 90s Brunch Party at 11am, every Saturday through Dec. 26!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, December 20

Boogie down with Michelle Malone & The Hot Toddies during their Holiday Show at Napoleon’s! Get your ‘80s synth-pop fix during Electric Avenue’s “Alive in 85” Online Holiday Special at 9pm! The Trolley Barn presents their outdoor Holiday Cabaret, every weekend through December! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Heck.house delivers their Last Minute Krampus holiday market! Get merry with A Festival of Nine Christmas Lessons & Carols virtually, hosted by The Cathedral of St. Philip at 4pm! Get spooky with author Daniel Braum during Night Five of the New York Ghost Story Festival at 4pm! Check out the Sunday Funday Pop Up Market at Lee+White at 1pm, every Sunday through Dec. 27! 

 

 Help support our local businesses and artists (A-Z Listing)

 *A Cappella Books Join their VIP discount and membership club for discounts and more (A Cappella Choir). Members who would like to purchase anything online can do so by sending them your list via email or by phone order at (404) 681-5128. All choir members are eligible for free home delivery! Find out more and join here.
*Get monsterific and check out Monsterama’s Kool Kat Anthony Taylor’s Etsy page, Pop Kulture Vulture!
*Browse and purchase your favorite books and more at Atlanta Vintage Books!
*Why not check out our Kool Kat Derek Yaniger’s art and creator of our ATLRetro logo!
*Dirk Hays, purveyor of all that is monstrous and weird, makes art, so why not check out Art by Dirk!
*Geek it up and check out Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore (online store here) in Marietta offering gift certificates which can be purchased over the phone for later use and curbside pick-up!
*Jonathan Chaffin’s Horror in Clay, offers tiki mugs filling your every monster madness need!
*Check out Jeanne the Maskmaker’s Etsy page here!
*Get your vintage jewelry fix with Jezebel Blue and your retro style fix with 2the9s Retro!
*Kyle Yaklin gets creaturific with his creature masks and more!
*The Plaza Theatre Support by either purchasing vouchers for future events here, or by supporting their Go Fund Me here, or you can donate or become a member of The Plaza Theatre Foundation. Check out their online store here!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!

 

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This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #27 – Sept. 21-27, 2020

Posted on: Sep 21st, 2020 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our next installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of retrotastic fun you can experience straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, September 21

Haunt your way to the 43rd Annual Sunday in the Park, a week-long Victorian celebration of the Historic Oakland Cemetery, featuring virtual events, picnics, costume contests, pop-up shops and more, through Sept. 27! You won’t want to miss the Atlanta Film Festival & Creative Conference featuring panels, film screenings and more online through Sept. 27!  Garage rock it up with Japan’s Scandal via livestream, hosted by the Masquerade at 7pm! GPB brings you a virtual listening event, Shots in the Back: Exhuming the 1970 Augusta Riot at 7pm! Catch a screening of ATLFF’s 15 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BIGFOOT, directed by Zach Lamplugh at Dad’s Garage Drive-In at 7:55pm! Check out the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade at 12pm! Come see what the Plaza Theatre Drive-In has in store for you this week – new listings (screenings/times) are posted every Monday night here! Guitar duel from the depths as Kool Kat Adam McIntyre and The Pinx burn it all down on scorching “It’s Electric,” single from their upcoming ELECTRIC! EP, out now! Get some swampadelic soul with Larkin Poe’s new album SELF MADE MAN out now via Tricki-Woo Records. Purchase/stream it here! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday!

Timeless Tuesday, September 22

Check out Matt Berry‘s album PHANTOM BIRDS out now on Acid Jazz records! Hard rock band The Lonely Ones share their reimagined version of Queen’s classic song “Flash” via Loudwire! Detroit noise-pop singer-songwriter Zilched (Chloë Drallos) just released her single and self-directed music video for “Velcro Dog” from debut album DOOMPOP – out October 23. Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! Get rocked with Best Coast’s livestream, hosted by Terminal West, at 7pm! Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith announce a new album PERADAM out now on Bella Union and share their new track “Peradamhere! We know you need your swingin’ Joe Gransden fix, so why not visit his site and catch a video or two of his, including him and his band swingin’ it up at Café 290, here! Get musical with Andrew Lloyd Webber as he streams his musicals free online, every Friday, via his The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel here!

Way Back Wednesday, September 23

Get the blues during Mudcat’s Live Stream Wednesday event at 7pm! The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Black Mecca of the South Tour hosts local historian Nasir Muhammad who will present the Lynching of a Morehouse Man: The Murder of Dennis Hubert at 7pm. Montreal-based multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Linaire (Anna Atkinson) releases new track “Best I Can!” L7’s SMELL THE MAGIC: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION is out through Sub Pop Purchase/Stream across platforms! And watch Donita Sparks with the Lucha VaVOOM dancers performing “Fast and Frightening!” Boogie down with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his DREAMS Music Video Live Stream at 8pm! Jam it up during Blackberry Smoke’s Pandemic Jam Livestream Series starting today at 8pm! Check out Smith’s Olde Bar’s Wednesday Night Live online event, every Wednesday at 7:30pm! Get jazzy and live stream the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Catch Robyn Hitchcock every Wednesday at 9pm (details here), broadcasting from his kitchen all over the world! Atlanta four-piece disruptive rock band The Villa is excited to share their debut single and video Turning Point premiering now with Alternative Press. The Nixons post-grunge it up with new EP SONIC BOOM through Intercept Music available for download here and share the official music video for single “Ghost of an Angelhere! Get your 80s-esque synth fix with machinegum’s “Kubes” video here!

Throwback Thursday, September 24

Garage rock it up with Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah via Flintwood Live’s livestream event at 7pm! Catch the Virtual Premiere of Blood Flow by Robert Earl Price, Film Created by Ashley James event, hosted by 7 Stages at 7pm, running through Sept. 27! The Horror Writers Association (HWA) spooks it up virtually with The Southern Nightmares Reading Series at 8pm! Re-discover the stars and glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age with the Sonja Henie biopic, Anne Sewitsky’s SONJA: THE WHITE SWAN (2018) and eight other Silver Screen Icons Now available digitally on Kino Now! Goth Country it up as Nashville duo Anne Malin releases “Empty Is the Day” single and announces new album, WAITING SONG, due Oct. 2! Catch some Live Jazz at Vista Vibes in Tucker at 7pm! LUNA AURA gets gritty with her new single “Talking to Me,” out now on The Noise! Keep an eye out for her new album THREE CHEERS FOR THE AMERICAN BEAUTY out Oct. 2! Hammonds House Museum presents new free virtual program: Conversations about Jazz with Carl Anthony, every other Thursday at 7:30pm, beginning July 9, through December 24. To RSVP, click here! The National Theatre is streaming a production a week, every Thursday, here. Atlanta alt-country/indie rock band Nikki & The Phantom Callers releases debut LP, EVERYBODY’S GOING TO HELL (BUT YOU AND ME) out now! Check out their “Fallen Angel” video here!

Freaky Friday, September 25

Get some southern soul with Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics during Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn series at 7:30pm! Get spooky during the Aurora Theatre’s Lawrenceville’s Ghost Tours, haunting through Oct. 31! Jam it up with Perpetual Groove’s livestreaming event Sweet Covidious Antidote at 9pm! Make your way to the jungle during The Springs Cinema & Taphouse Drive-In screening of Joe Johnston’s JUMANJI (1995) at 7:45pm! Big Black Delta share live performance for “Killing Me” with entire virtual show available until Oct. 9, Tickets Here; 4 LP out now! Brain Worm Records releasing Charity 4-Way Split 7″ SHINE A LIGHT Featuring Hey, Chels (San Diego, CA), Typesetter (Chicago, IL), Sunshine State (Gainesville, FL), and Lousy Advice (Sacramento, CA)! Check out AJFF Recommends, a new online film catalogue showcasing every film that’s passed through the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival over the past 20 years! Catch the 43rd Annual Sunday in the Park event, Virtual Atlanta Trivia with the Oakland Cemetery at 7pm! Or stomp on down to Waller’s Coffee Shop for a socially-distanced and safe Outer Space Concert with the Sweet Auburn String Band at 7pm! The Osees share “Dreary Nonsense” Levitation Live Session Video, New LP PROTEAN THREAT out now via Castle Face Records! Indie folk it up with Grant Pavol’s “Bones” single and video. Debut album ABOUT A YEAR out now! Mickey Leigh‘s (Rattlers, Stop) Mutated Music releases new music video for “Little Cristine!” Kitty Coen serves psychedelic disco cowgirl realness in new “Dark Soul” music video, out now! Get rocked as Slick Shoes announce their first full-length album in 17 years, ROTATION & FREQUENCY, released today! Steam their new song “Whispers” now! Bob Mould (Husker Du) releases “Forecast of Rain,” a new song from his upcoming album BLUE HEARTS, arriving via MERGE RECORDS today! Mondo Cozmo shares new video for “Kicks (Positively Montauk)” on his new album NEW MEDICINE, out now! Catch some Live Jazz at Vista Vibes in Tucker at 8pm! Surf-Western duo Andrea & Mud announce new LP, BAD NEWS DARLIN’ available now. Check it out here! NETHERWORLD’s escape room games, Escape the NETHERWORLD, has reopened. NETHERWORLD requests the use of face masks and/or face shields by guests while in public areas! The Plaza Movie Club Time Warps it up with The Rocky Horror Quarantine Show every Friday here! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here!

Scintillating Saturday, September 26

Catch the 43rd Annual Sunday in the Park tour Sights, Symbols and Stories of Oakland beginning at 10am! Red Boots Roots House Concerts get folksy and bring you a night with Mary Gauthier and Jaimee Harris at 7pm! Spook it up with The Southern Institute of Paranormal Research’s online Ghost-Hunting at the Wren’s Nest at 7:30pm! Catch a screening of Randal Kleiser’s GREASE (1978) at The Springs Cinema & Taphouse Drive-In at 7:45pm! Get in the Halloween spirit with Fernbank’s seasonal outdoor experience, Woodland Spirits where you will encounter ghostly visitors as you explore WildWoods and Fernbank Forest, through Nov. 8! Robyn Hitchcock releases updated new single “The President” (2020 version) out now on Tiny Ghost Records! Catch The Osees live Levitation Session via livestream at 8pm, hosted by the Knitting Factory Brooklyn! Catch some Live Jazz at Vista Vibes in Tucker at 8pm! Raf Rundell shares new track “Monsterpiece” out now on Heavenly Recordings! Crown Lands get psychedelic and releases celestial video for “Sun Dance,” and announce environmental campaign with WEARTH! Frenchy and the Punk (Drawing Hands Side Project) rock out with a new single and music video for “Jumping Jacks” out now! Get rocked as American Hi-Fi unveils cover of Squeeze’s “Another Nail in My Heart!” Psyche rock it up as Secret Machines share “Everything Starts” featuring Benjamin Curtis, with their new album AWAKE IN THE BRAIN CHAMBER! Drab City dish out the eerie sounds of the ‘60s with their video for “Live Free & Die When It’s Cool” on their debut album, GOOD SONGS FOR BAD PEOPLE out now via Bella Union! Check out Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s new piano collection of his older songs via LP here!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, September 27

CURE takes a bite out of childhood cancer with a screening of Steven Spielberg’s JAWS (1975) and more at The Springs Cinema & Taphouse Drive-In at 6pm! Check out the Historic Oakland Cemetery’s Run Like Hell Virtual 5k beginning at 5am! Bluegrass it up with Larry Keel during his socially distanced, masks-required event at Music on Main Street in Lilburn at 4pm! Tap in as the 43rd Annual Sunday in the Park brings you a Virtual Tarot Workshop at 6:30pm! The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence delivers their virtual sheNUNigans LIVE event at 7pm! New Jersey indie-rockers, The Vaughns, have announced a new single and video “All Weekend” which is premiering now on FLOOD Magazine. Fans can check it out now here. Southern rockers, Great Peacock announce new album, FOREVER WORSE BETTER, out Oct. 9! And check out their single, “All I Ever Do!” Catch some Live Jazz at Vista Vibes in Tucker at 12pm! The Corner Tavern Hapeville brings you their new outdoor Beer Garden (socially distanced picnic tables) and presents the Francisco Lora Jazz Trio at 6pm! The Star Bar rocks out with their Almost Live from Little 5! The Metropolitan Opera is offering a Nightly Opera Stream. The Fernbank Museum goes epically virtual! Catch virtual screenings of DINOS ALIVE! and MUMMIES and more!

Help support our local businesses and artists (A-Z Listing)

 *A Cappella Books – Join their VIP discount and membership club for discounts and more (A Cappella Choir). Members who would like to purchase anything online can do so by sending them your list via email or by phone order at (404) 681-5128. All choir members are eligible for free home delivery! Find out more and join here.
*Get monsterific and check out Monsterama’s Kool Kat Anthony Taylor’s Etsy page, Pop Kulture Vulture!
*Browse and purchase your favorite books and more at Atlanta Vintage Books!
*Why not check out our Kool Kat Derek Yaniger’s art and creator of our ATLRetro logo!
*Dirk Hays, purveyor of all that is monstrous and weird, makes art, so why not check out Art by Dirk!
*Geek it up and check out Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore (online store here) in Marietta offering gift certificates which can be purchased over the phone for later use and curbside pick-up!
*Jonathan Chaffin’s Horror in Clay, offers tiki mugs filling your every monster madness need!
*Check out Jeanne the Maskmaker’s Etsy page here!
*Get your vintage jewelry fix with Jezebel Blue and your retro style fix with 2the9s Retro!
*Kyle Yaklin gets creaturific with his creature masks and more!
*The Plaza Theatre – Support by either purchasing vouchers for future events here, or by supporting their Go Fund Me here, or you can donate or become a member of The Plaza Theatre Foundation. Check out their online store here!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!

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This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #26 – Sept. 14-20, 2020

Posted on: Sep 14th, 2020 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our next installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of retrotastic fun you can experience straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, September 14

Bluegrass it up during the Carolina Blue Monday Concert Series at 8pm! Get criminal and check out the Decatur Book Festival’s free online event, Crime Fiction Down South at 6:30pm! Come see what the Plaza Theatre Drive-In has in store for you this week – new listings (screenings/times) are posted every Monday night here! The Psychedelic Furs share new video for “Come All Ye Faithful” from forthcoming album MADE OF! Guitar duel from the depths as Kool Kat Adam McIntyre and The Pinx burn it all down on scorching “It’s Electric,” single from their upcoming ELECTRIC! EP, out now! Get some swampadelic soul with Larkin Poe’s new album SELF MADE MAN out now via Tricki-Woo Records. Purchase/stream it here! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday!

Timeless Tuesday, September 15

Check out the Atlanta History Center’s Virtual Author Talk: Katherine Landdeck with Virginia Prescott, discussing Landdeck’s THE WOMEN WITH SILVER WINGS, hosted by A Cappella Books at 7pm! Hard rock band The Lonely Ones share their reimagined version of Queen’s classic song “Flash” via Loudwire! Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith announce a new album PERADAM out September 2020 on Bella Union and share their new track “Peradamhere! We know you need your swingin’ Joe Gransden fix, so why not visit his site and catch a video or two of his, including him and his band swingin’ it up at Café 290, here! Get musical with Andrew Lloyd Webber as he streams his musicals free online, every Friday, via his The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel here!

Way Back Wednesday, September 16

Sweden’s HammerFall rocks your face during their free online concert at 8pm, hosted by the Masquerade! Boogie down with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his DREAMS Music Video Live Stream at 8pm! Get the blues with Geoff Atchison during his free Worldwide Online Concert at 8pm! Check out Smith’s Olde Bar’s Wednesday Night Live online event, every Wednesday at 7:30pm! Get jazzy and live stream the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Catch Robyn Hitchcock every Wednesday at 9pm (details here), broadcasting from his kitchen all over the world! Atlanta four-piece disruptive rock band The Villa is excited to share their debut single and video Turning Point premiering now with Alternative Press. The Nixons post-grunge it up with new EP SONIC BOOM through Intercept Music available for download here and share the official music video for single “Ghost of an Angelhere! Get your 80s-esque synth fix with machinegum’s “Kubes” video here!

Throwback Thursday, September 17

You won’t want to miss the Atlanta Film Festival & Creative Conference featuring panels, film screenings and more online through Sept. 27! City Parks Foundation announces final line-up for Summer Stage Jubilee: Songs and Stories Benefiting Free Programs in the Parks featuring Sting, Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash and more via livestream at 8pm! Goth Country it up as Nashville duo Anne Malin releases “Empty Is the Day” single and announces new album, WAITING SONG, due Oct. 2! Stomp it out during Waller’s Bluegrass Revue online via Amplify Summer Streaming Series at 8:30pm! LUNA AURA gets gritty with her new single “Talking to Me,” out now on The Noise! Keep an eye out for her new album THREE CHEERS FOR THE AMERICAN BEAUTY out Oct. 2! Hammonds House Museum presents new free virtual program: Conversations about Jazz with Carl Anthony, every other Thursday at 7:30pm, beginning July 9, through December 24. To RSVP, click here! The National Theatre is streaming a production a week, every Thursday, here. Ren Harvieu shares video for “This is How You Make Me Feel,” and B-Side track, “Revel in the Drama.” Her new album REVEL IN THE DRAMA is out now on Bella Union. The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is going live with filmmakers slated to play at the 44th Atlanta Film Festival! Atlanta alt-country/indie rock band Nikki & The Phantom Callers releases debut LP, EVERYBODY’S GOING TO HELL (BUT YOU AND ME) out now! Check out their “Fallen Angel” video here!

Freaky Friday, September 18

Kool Kat Amy Pike and The Bonaventure Quartet get swanky and gypsy jazz it up at Ziba’s in Grant Park at 8:30pm! Check out AJFF Recommends, a new online film catalogue showcasing every film that’s passed through the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival over the past 20 years! The Osees share “Dreary Nonsense” Levitation Live Session Video, New LP PROTEAN THREAT out today via Castle Face Records! Eric Hutchinson releases new album CLASS OF 98 – DELUXE & UNPLUGGED! Indie folk it up with Grant Pavol’s “Bones” single and video. Debut album ABOUT A YEAR out now! Mickey Leigh‘s (Rattlers, Stop) Mutated Music releases new music video for “Little Cristine!” Kitty Coen serves psychedelic disco cowgirl realness in new “Dark Soul” music video, out now! Bob Mould (Husker Du) releases “Forecast of Rain,” a new song from his upcoming album BLUE HEARTS, arriving via MERGE RECORDS September 25! Mondo Cozmo shares new video for “Kicks (Positively Montauk)” on his new album NEW MEDICINE, out now! Surf-Western duo Andrea & Mud announce new LP, BAD NEWS DARLIN’ available now. Check it out here! NETHERWORLD’s escape room games, Escape the NETHERWORLD, has reopened. NETHERWORLD requests the use of face masks and/or face shields by guests while in public areas! The Plaza Movie Club Time Warps it up with The Rocky Horror Quarantine Show every Friday here! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here!

Scintillating Saturday, September 19

Spook it up with The Southern Institute of Paranormal Research’s online Ghost-Hunting at the Wren’s Nest at 7:30pm! Check out the September EAV Market (masks required) at 3pm! Or make your way to Waller’s Coffee Shop for a socially-distanced and safe Outdoor Artist Market from 10am – 2pm! Raf Rundell shares new track “Monsterpiece” out now on Heavenly Recordings! Crown Lands get psychedelic and releases celestial video for “Sun Dance,” and announce environmental campaign with WEARTH! Frenchy and the Punk (Drawing Hands Side Project) rock out with a new single and music video for “Jumping Jacks” out now! Get rocked as American Hi-Fi unveils cover of Squeeze’s “Another Nail in My Heart!” Psyche rock it up as Secret Machines share “Everything Starts” featuring Benjamin Curtis, with their new album AWAKE IN THE BRAIN CHAMBER! Get rocked as Slick Shoes announce their first full-length album in 17 years, ROTATION & FREQUENCY, to be released September 25! Steam their new song “Whispers” now! Drab City dish out the eerie sounds of the ‘60s with their video for “Live Free & Die When It’s Cool” on their debut album, GOOD SONGS FOR BAD PEOPLE out now via Bella Union! Check out Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s new piano collection of his older songs via LP here!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, September 20

Get intergalactic and sci-fi it up with B-Movie Bonfire’s online screening of David L. Hewitt’s THE WIZARD OF MARS (1965) at 8:30pm! Southern rockers, Great Peacock announce new album, FOREVER WORSE BETTER, out Oct. 9! And check out their single, “All I Ever Do!” The Corner Tavern Hapeville brings you their new outdoor Beer Garden (socially distanced picnic tables) and presents the Francisco Lora Jazz Trio at 6pm! Joy Division-esque Monograms release ONLY A CEILING CAN STAY INSIDE FOREVER, out now! And check out their single, “American Dreamz!” Uni (GOASTT/Jack White)  share “The Girl Who Has It All”! The Allman Betts Band release new single, “Pale Horse Rider” available on their new album, BLESS YOUR HEART! The Star Bar rocks out with their Almost Live from Little 5! The Metropolitan Opera is offering a Nightly Opera Stream. The Fernbank Museum goes epically virtual! Catch virtual screenings of DINOS ALIVE! and MUMMIES and more!

Help support our local businesses and artists (A-Z Listing)

 *A Cappella Books – Join their VIP discount and membership club for discounts and more (A Cappella Choir). Members who would like to purchase anything online can do so by sending them your list via email or by phone order at (404) 681-5128. All choir members are eligible for free home delivery! Find out more and join here.
*Get monsterific and check out Monsterama’s Kool Kat Anthony Taylor’s Etsy page, Pop Kulture Vulture!
*Browse and purchase your favorite books and more at Atlanta Vintage Books!
*Why not check out our Kool Kat Derek Yaniger’s art and creator of our ATLRetro logo!
*Dirk Hays, purveyor of all that is monstrous and weird, makes art, so why not check out Art by Dirk!
*Geek it up and check out Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore (online store here) in Marietta offering gift certificates which can be purchased over the phone for later use and curbside pick-up!
*Jonathan Chaffin’s Horror in Clay, offers tiki mugs filling your every monster madness need!
*Check out Jeanne the Maskmaker’s Etsy page here!
*Get your vintage jewelry fix with Jezebel Blue and your retro style fix with 2the9s Retro!
*Kyle Yaklin gets creaturific with his creature masks and more!
*The Plaza Theatre – Support by either purchasing vouchers for future events here, or by supporting their Go Fund Me here, or you can donate or become a member of The Plaza Theatre Foundation. Check out their online store here!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!

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This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #25 – Sept. 7-13, 2020

Posted on: Sep 7th, 2020 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our next installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of retrotastic fun you can experience straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, September 7

Boogie down virtually with Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and Ghost Riders Car Club during their Labor Day Driveway Invasion at 4pm! It’s your last chance to geek it up during DragonCon 2020 virtual event! Come see what the Plaza Theatre Drive-In has in store for you this week – new listings (screenings/times) are posted every Monday night here! The Psychedelic Furs share new video for “Come All Ye Faithful” from forthcoming album MADE OF RAIN (pre-order here)! Guitar duel from the depths as Kool Kat Adam McIntyre and The Pinx burn it all down on scorching “It’s Electric,” single from their upcoming ELECTRIC! EP, out now! Get some swampadelic soul with Larkin Poe’s new album SELF MADE MAN out now via Tricki-Woo Records. Purchase/stream it here! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday!

Timeless Tuesday, September 8

Rock and roll all night as KISS goes live virtually at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood at 7:30pm! Check out Stone Mountain’s Yellow Daisy Festival Marketplace online through Sept. 13! Get naturific and catch The Georgia Conservancy’s Untrips from Home: The Conasauga River, where you can explore what lives beneath at 12pm! Get rocked during ProgPower 2020 online at 4pm, through Sept. 9! Hard rock band The Lonely Ones share their reimagined version of Queen’s classic song “Flash” via Loudwire! Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith announce a new album PERADAM out September 2020 on Bella Union and share their new track “Peradamhere! We know you need your swingin’ Joe Gransden fix, so why not visit his site and catch a video or two of his, including him and his band swingin’ it up at Café 290, here! Get musical with Andrew Lloyd Webber as he streams his musicals free online, every Friday, via his The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel here!

Way Back Wednesday, September 9

Come to the dark and expressive side with Atlanta Belly Dance’s Gothic Fusion Belly Dance at 7pm! Indie folk it up with Griffin House livestreaming, hosted by Eddie’s Attic at 7pm! Get gothic and boogie down with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his DREAMS Music Video Live Stream at 8pm! Check out Smith’s Olde Bar’s Wednesday Night Live online event, every Wednesday at 7:30pm! Get jazzy and live stream the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Catch Robyn Hitchcock every Wednesday at 9pm (details here), broadcasting from his kitchen all over the world! Atlanta four-piece disruptive rock band The Villa is excited to share their debut single and video Turning Point premiering now with Alternative Press. The Nixons post-grunge it up with new EP SONIC BOOM through Intercept Music available for download here and share the official music video for single “Ghost of an Angelhere! Get your 80s-esque synth fix with machinegum’s “Kubes” video here!

Throwback Thursday, September 10

Catch a Plaza Theatre Drive-In screening of Kenji Misumi’s SHOGUN ASSASSIN (1980) at 9pm! The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre presents a live streaming event with Black Violin from 11am – 11pm! Goth Country it up as Nashville duo Anne Malin releases “Empty Is the Day” single and announces new album, WAITING SONG, due Oct. 2! Indie folk it up a second night with Griffin House livestreaming, hosted by Eddie’s Attic at 7pm! LUNA AURA gets gritty with her new single “Talking to Me,” out now on The Noise! Keep an eye out for her new album THREE CHEERS FOR THE AMERICAN BEAUTY out Oct. 2! Hammonds House Museum presents new free virtual program: Conversations about Jazz with Carl Anthony, every other Thursday at 7:30pm, beginning July 9, through December 24. To RSVP, click here! The National Theatre is streaming a production a week, every Thursday, here. Ren Harvieu shares video for “This is How You Make Me Feel,” and B-Side track, “Revel in the Drama.” Her new album REVEL IN THE DRAMA is out now on Bella Union. The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is going live with filmmakers slated to play at the 44th Atlanta Film Festival! Atlanta alt-country/indie rock band Nikki & The Phantom Callers releases debut LP, EVERYBODY’S GOING TO HELL (BUT YOU AND ME) out now! Check out their “Fallen Angel” video here!

Freaky Friday, September 11

Check out Joe Bonamassa’s British Blues Explosion live virtual screening, featuring his salute to Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page at 9pm, hosted by GPB! Funk it up virtually during the Atlanta Brazilian Corona Carnival 2020 at 4pm! Get jazzy with Karla Harris during her Jazz on the Lawn performance hosted by Callanwolde Fine Arts Center at 7:30pm! Get down with Michelle Malone as she performs her album DAY 2 via livestream here at 8pm! Indie folk it up with Grant Pavol’s “Bones” single and video. Debut album ABOUT A YEAR out now! Mickey Leigh‘s (Rattlers, Stop) Mutated Music releases new music video for “Little Cristine!” Kitty Coen serves psychedelic disco cowgirl realness in new “Dark Soul” music video, out now! Bob Mould (Husker Du) releases “Forecast of Rain,” a new song from his upcoming album BLUE HEARTS, arriving via MERGE RECORDS September 25! Mondo Cozmo shares new video for “Kicks (Positively Montauk)” on his new album NEW MEDICINE, out now! Surf-Western duo Andrea & Mud announce new LP, BAD NEWS DARLIN’ available now. Check it out here! NETHERWORLD’s escape room games, Escape the NETHERWORLD, has reopened. NETHERWORLD requests the use of face masks and/or face shields by guests while in public areas! The Plaza Movie Club Time Warps it up with The Rocky Horror Quarantine Show every Friday here! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here!

Scintillating Saturday, September 12

Have a bloody fangtastic time with a Plaza Theatre Drive-In screening of F. W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU (1922) backed by live music by Moloq at 8pm! Get down safely with Nathan Nelson at Waller’s Coffee Shop at 7pm! Or make your way to Waller’s Coffee Shop for a socially-distanced and safe Outdoor Artist Market from 10am – 2pm! Rock out with Frankly Scarlett at Music on Mainstreet in Lilburn, a socially-distanced and mask-required event at 7pm! Crown Lands get psychedelic and releases celestial video for “Sun Dance,” and announce environmental campaign with WEARTH! Frenchy and the Punk (Drawing Hands Side Project) rock out with a new single and music video for “Jumping Jacks” out now! Get rocked as American Hi-Fi unveils cover of Squeeze’s “Another Nail in My Heart!” Psyche rock it up as Secret Machines share “Everything Starts” featuring Benjamin Curtis, with their new album AWAKE IN THE BRAIN CHAMBER! Get rocked as Slick Shoes announce their first full-length album in 17 years, ROTATION & FREQUENCY, to be released September 25! Steam their new song “Whispers” now! Drab City dish out the eerie sounds of the ‘60s with their video for “Live Free & Die When It’s Cool” on their debut album, GOOD SONGS FOR BAD PEOPLE out now via Bella Union! Check out Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s new piano collection of his older songs via LP here!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, September 13

Sci-fi it up with B-Movie Bonfire’s online screening of Herbert L. Strock’s GOG (1954) at 8:30pm! Southern rockers, Great Peacock announce new album, FOREVER WORSE BETTER, out Oct. 9! And check out their single, “All I Ever Do!” The Corner Tavern Hapeville brings you their new outdoor Beer Garden (socially distanced picnic tables) and presents the Francisco Lora Jazz Trio at 6pm! Joy Division-esque Monograms release ONLY A CEILING CAN STAY INSIDE FOREVER, out now! And check out their single, “American Dreamz!” Uni (GOASTT/Jack White)  share “The Girl Who Has It All”! The Allman Betts Band release new single, “Pale Horse Rider” available on their new album, BLESS YOUR HEART, out Aug. 28! The Star Bar rocks out with their Almost Live from Little 5! The Metropolitan Opera is offering a Nightly Opera Stream. The Fernbank Museum goes epically virtual! Catch virtual screenings of DINOS ALIVE! and MUMMIES and more!

Help support our local businesses and artists (A-Z Listing)

 *A Cappella Books – Join their VIP discount and membership club for discounts and more (A Cappella Choir). Members who would like to purchase anything online can do so by sending them your list via email or by phone order at (404) 681-5128. All choir members are eligible for free home delivery! Find out more and join here.
*Get monsterific and check out Monsterama’s Kool Kat Anthony Taylor’s Etsy page, Pop Kulture Vulture!
*Browse and purchase your favorite books and more at Atlanta Vintage Books!
*Why not check out our Kool Kat Derek Yaniger’s art and creator of our ATLRetro logo!
*Dirk Hays, purveyor of all that is monstrous and weird, makes art, so why not check out Art by Dirk!
*Geek it up and check out Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore (online store here) in Marietta offering gift certificates which can be purchased over the phone for later use and curbside pick-up!
*Jonathan Chaffin’s Horror in Clay, offers tiki mugs filling your every monster madness need!
*Check out Jeanne the Maskmaker’s Etsy page here!
*Get your vintage jewelry fix with Jezebel Blue and your retro style fix with 2the9s Retro!
*Kyle Yaklin gets creaturific with his creature masks and more!
*The Plaza Theatre – Support by either purchasing vouchers for future events here, or by supporting their Go Fund Me here, or you can donate or become a member of The Plaza Theatre Foundation. Check out their online store here!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!

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This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #24 – Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2020

Posted on: Aug 31st, 2020 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our next installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of retrotastic fun you can experience straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, August 31

Geek it up with Weird Tales Magazine as they host an online Launch Party for the first official Weird Tales tabletop roleplaying game at 5:30pm! Come see what the Plaza Theatre Drive-In has in store for you this week – new listings (screenings/times) are posted every Monday night here! The Fast Romantics unveil “Made For You” Single/Video w/ COLLiDE and new PICK IT UP LP out on Postwar Records! The Psychedelic Furs share new video for “Come All Ye Faithful” from forthcoming album MADE OF RAIN (pre-order here)! Guitar duel from the depths as Kool Kat Adam McIntyre and The Pinx burn it all down on scorching “It’s Electric,” single from their upcoming ELECTRIC! EP, out now! The Atlanta Film Festival’s 2020 selection FLANNERY (2019) directed by Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco is now available for streaming here, and Dawn Porter’s JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE (2020) is streaming here! Get some swampadelic soul with Larkin Poe’s new album SELF MADE MAN out now via Tricki-Woo Records. Purchase/stream it here! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday!

Timeless Tuesday, September 1

Spook it up during Tor After Dark Presents: Sarah Gailey and Mark Oshiro at 7pm! Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts releasing new album NOWHERE TO GO BUT EVERYWHERE, out Sept. 18th. Check out their first single “Jesus and John Lennon!” The Next Great American Novelist share new single, “Bad Animation” out now! Their new album, CARELESS MOON will be released Oct. 2! Hard rock band The Lonely Ones share their reimagined version of Queen’s classic song “Flash” via Loudwire! Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith announce a new album PERADAM out September 2020 on Bella Union and share their new track “Peradamhere! LPX (Lizzy Plapinger) releases “Delayed Gratificationhere from upcoming EP to come out Summer 2020. We know you need your swingin’ Joe Gransden fix, so why not visit his site and catch a video or two of his, including him and his band swingin’ it up at Café 290, here! Get musical with Andrew Lloyd Webber as he streams his musicals free online, every Friday, via his The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel here!

Way Back Wednesday, September 2

Get the blues during Mudcat’s Live Stream Wednesday event at 7pm! Catch A Cappella Books’s online event Jon Meacham: His Truth is Marching On, John Lewis and the Power of Hope at 8pm! Get gothic and boogie down with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his DREAMS Music Video Live Stream at 8pm! Check out Smith’s Olde Bar’s Wednesday Night Live online event, every Wednesday at 7:30pm! Get jazzy and live stream the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Catch Robyn Hitchcock every Wednesday at 9pm (details here), broadcasting from his kitchen all over the world! Atlanta four-piece disruptive rock band The Villa is excited to share their debut single and video Turning Point premiering now with Alternative Press. The Nixons post-grunge it up with new EP SONIC BOOM through Intercept Music available for download here and share the official music video for single “Ghost of an Angelhere! Get your 80s-esque synth fix with machinegum’s “Kubes” video here!

Throwback Thursday, September 3

Drag up a computer chair because DragonCon 2020 is going virtual this year, bringing you all the geeky goodness you could want online, through Sept. 7! Goth Country it up as Nashville duo Anne Malin releases “Empty Is the Day” single and announces new album, WAITING SONG, due Oct. 2! Grandpa Loves Rhinos released new album SEARCHING IN THE SARCHASM, featuring new single “Fostering Patience for Patients!” Get countrified as Eddie’s Attic hosts a live stream with Radney Foster at 8pm! Check out the Amplify Summer Series being livestreamed from Waller’s Coffee Shop at 8:30pm! Rufus Wainwright releases much-anticipated album UNFOLLOW THE RULES, available free here! Hammonds House Museum presents new free virtual program: Conversations about Jazz with Carl Anthony, every other Thursday at 7:30pm, beginning July 9, through December 24. To RSVP, click here! The National Theatre is streaming a production a week, every Thursday, here. Ren Harvieu shares video for “This is How You Make Me Feel,” and B-Side track, “Revel in the Drama.” Her new album REVEL IN THE DRAMA is out now on Bella Union. The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is going live with filmmakers slated to play at the 44th Atlanta Film Festival! Atlanta alt-country/indie rock band Nikki & The Phantom Callers releases debut LP, EVERYBODY’S GOING TO HELL (BUT YOU AND ME) out now! Check out their “Fallen Angel” video here!

Freaky Friday, September 4

Check out An Evening of Words & Music with Patti Smith broadcast from The Murmrr Theatre at 9pm! Have a bloody good time and summer camp it up as The Myers House NC takes you to Crystal Lake during their On Set Cinema: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Event, through Sept. 6! Indie folk it up with Grant Pavol’s “Bones” single and video. Debut album ABOUT A YEAR will be out today! The Springs Cinema & Taphouse Drive-In kicks off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with a screening of Richard Donner’s THE GOONIES (1985), live music and more, all starting at 7pm! Check out the 20th Annual Nevada City Film Festival online, through Sept. 4! Mickey Leigh‘s (Rattlers, Stop) Mutated Music releases new music video for “Little Cristine!” Kitty Coen serves psychedelic disco cowgirl realness in new “Dark Soul” music video, out now! Have a rockin’ good time at a safe distance during Drive-In Live at Avalon in Alpharetta (social distancing strictly enforced) at 6pm! Get the blues during Mudcat’s Live Stream Friday event at 2pm! Bob Mould (Husker Du) releases “Forecast of Rain,” a new song from his upcoming album BLUE HEARTS, arriving via MERGE RECORDS September 25! Mondo Cozmo shares new video for “Kicks (Positively Montauk)” on his new album NEW MEDICINE, out now! Surf-Western duo Andrea & Mud announce new LP, BAD NEWS DARLIN’ available now. Check it out here! NETHERWORLD’s escape room games, Escape the NETHERWORLD, has reopened. NETHERWORLD requests the use of face masks and/or face shields by guests while in public areas! Guided By Voices announce sunny summer album MIRRORED AZTEC. Pre-order album at Rockathon Records! The Plaza Movie Club Time Warps it up with The Rocky Horror Quarantine Show every Friday here! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here!

Scintillating Saturday, September 5

Check out Ankara Bazaar’s Online Pop-Up Market from 10am – 4pm! Or make your way to Waller’s Coffee Shop for a socially-distanced and safe Outdoor Artist Market from 10am – 2pm! Frenchy and the Punk (Drawing Hands Side Project) rock out with a new single and music video for “Jumping Jacks” out now! Get rocked as American Hi-Fi unveils cover of Squeeze’s “Another Nail in My Heart!” Psyche rock it up as Secret Machines share “Everything Starts” featuring Benjamin Curtis, with their new album AWAKE IN THE BRAIN CHAMBER! Get rocked as Slick Shoes announce their first full-length album in 17 years, ROTATION & FREQUENCY, to be released September 25! Steam their new song “Whispers” now! Drab City dish out the eerie sounds of the ‘60s with their video for “Live Free & Die When It’s Cool” on their debut album, GOOD SONGS FOR BAD PEOPLE out now via Bella Union! Check out Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s new piano collection of his older songs via LP here! Garage rock duo, THE DODIES, released their debut album IT’S ONE HELL OF A RIDE. Check out their video for single “Boiling Pointhere! The Center for Puppetry Arts is live-streaming performances and providing workshops on line via their website for free here! Hey parents! Check out the Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s virtual learning program #CMAatHome, featuring story time, singing and more!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, September 6

Eddie’s Attic gets bluesy and hosts a live stream with Mike Farris at 8pm! Or spook it up with B-Movie Bonfire’s online screening of Alex Nicol’s THE SCREAMING SKULL (1958) at 9:30pm! Southern rockers, Great Peacock announce new album, FOREVER WORSE BETTER, out Oct. 9! And check out their single, “All I Ever Do!” The Corner Tavern Hapeville brings you their new outdoor Beer Garden (socially distanced picnic tables) and presents the Francisco Lora Jazz Trio at 6pm! Joy Division-esque Monograms release ONLY A CEILING CAN STAY INSIDE FOREVER, out now! And check out their single, “American Dreamz!” Uni (GOASTT/Jack White)  share “The Girl Who Has It All”! The Allman Betts Band release new single, “Pale Horse Rider” available on their new album, BLESS YOUR HEART, out Aug. 28! The Star Bar rocks out with their Almost Live from Little 5! The Metropolitan Opera is offering a Nightly Opera Stream. The Fernbank Museum goes epically virtual! Catch virtual screenings of DINOS ALIVE! and MUMMIES and more!

Help support our local businesses and artists (A-Z Listing)

 *Go to Save our Stages to help support Atlanta’s theatre/concert venues!
*Check out 7 Stages’ YouTube channel here to live stream, and while you’re at it, purchase a gift certificate or two to help now and see art later here!
*A Cappella Books – Join their VIP discount and membership club for discounts and more (A Cappella Choir). Members who would like to purchase anything online can do so by sending them your list via email or by phone order at (404) 681-5128. All choir members are eligible for free home delivery! Find out more and join here.
*Get monsterific and check out Monsterama’s Kool Kat Anthony Taylor’s Etsy page, Pop Kulture Vulture!
*Atlanta Science-Fiction & Fantasy Expo 2020 had to cancel/postpone (we’ll post their new dates when they announce) but you can still support their authors, artists & vendors at their Virtual Market!
*Browse and purchase your favorite books and more at Atlanta Vintage Books!
*Why not check out our Kool Kat Derek Yaniger’s art and creator of our ATLRetro logo!
*Dirk Hays, purveyor of all that is monstrous and weird, makes art, so why not check out Art by Dirk!
*Geek it up and check out Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore (online store here) in Marietta offering gift certificates which can be purchased over the phone for later use and curbside pick-up!
*Eagle Eye Book Shop is offering free shipping on $10 or more orders!
*The Earl Smith Strand Theatre – Help support them here.
*Help support the staff at Eddie’s Attic by contributing to their GoFundMe here.
*Jonathan Chaffin’s Horror in Clay, offers tiki mugs filling your every monster madness need!
*Check out Jeanne the Maskmaker’s Etsy page here!
*Get your vintage jewelry fix with Jezebel Blue and your retro style fix with 2the9s Retro!
*Kyle Yaklin gets creaturific with his creature masks and more!
*Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre – Support by purchasing gift cards for future use here.
*Support the employees of the Masquerade via their GoFundMe here!
*The Plaza Theatre – Support by either purchasing vouchers for future events here, or by supporting their Go Fund Me here, or you can donate or become a member of The Plaza Theatre Foundation. Check out their online store here!
*Get jazzy and help support the Suite Food Lounge’s Suite Jazz Band here!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!
*Support L5P’s Transporter Vintage and Retro via their Go Fund Me here!

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