Some things you should know

I’ll number these items for no reason at all since this is mostly stream-of-consciousness anyway…

1. Nophest was awesome. You should keep that in mind for next year so you can get a weekend pass and make plans to see awesome bands. Thanks to Randy Garcia for putting it together and letting me and Hail the Titans on it. You need to check out Randy’s bands – R_Garcia and Swank Sinatra.

2. I’m part of an acoustic showcase that’s happening tomorrow night at the Handlebar in Pensacola. Come to the show. Go to the beach. Have fun. Click here for the Facebook event. It’s being put on by Bangover Booking, and I appreciate the opportunity to play it. It’s an early show – starting at 5:30 – and I’m one of 11 artists performing.

3. I didn’t know until yesterday that the Tallest Man on Earth put out a new album this year – back in June, apparently. It’s really good. Really good.

4. NPR is streaming the new Avett Brothers album “The Carpenter,” which is due out Sept. 11. You can listen to that here. If you get a chance to see them, go. They put on a really good, energetic show. I got to see them with Band of Horses awhile back. Seriously, I’ve never seen a crowd get so hype over a banjo.

5. If you’re in Montgomery, go hang out with BPM at Head on the Door Friday night. You’ll have fun. It’s true.

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Nophest is this weekend in Atlanta

This year’s Nophest looks like it’s going to be amazing. I mean, last year was awesome, but this year might just top it.

If you haven’t heard of it, it’s 80 bands in four days at venues in East Atlanta Village, including the Earl, 529, the Basement at Graveyard Tavern, East Side Lounge and Joe’s Coffee.

You may have heard of some of these bands. (If you read this blog, at least a few should stand out.) Check the full schedule here.

I’m excited to be pulling double duty this year. This Thursday, I’ll be opening the East Side Lounge stage at 9 p.m. performing an acoustic set of my solo stuff. (And I’m really excited to finally see Brother Hawk later at the same venue.)

Friday night at the Earl, Hail the Titans is playing with a killer lineup that includes The Ascent of Everest, From Exile and our good friends Mice in Cars and Nigredo.

So much good stuff crammed into one weekend. Capillaries and Demonaut are both playing Thursday night.

R_Garcia is playing Friday night, and so are Birmingham’s The Grenadines and The Great Book of John.

Saturday includes Swank Sinatra, Jungol, The Sneaky Hand and the return of Nerd Parade. Also, Signs of Iris, Toy Devils and New Terminus.

And Sunday, Gun Party is joining a bunch of bands on the Joe’s Coffee stage.

So many bands; so little time. Advance tickets are still on sale. You can get them here and save some money.

Music I think you should hear, vol. 5

I guess we can call this ‘the Georgia edition.’

If you have not heard, seen or experienced Atlanta’s own Nigredo, then do yourself a favor and listen to this track. Or do as I did and listen to it at least 10 or more times in a row. This is a great group of people who make wonderful music, and I’m honored to call them friends.

 

The Atlanta blog Latest Disgrace wrote about a new track by my friends in The Electric Nature, which is based in Carrollton, GA. Definitely check these guys out! This track is more drone-y than some of their other stuff that I’ve seen live, but it’s really good.

 

Also, my boys in Swank Sinatra, also from Atlanta, released a new track from their upcoming “Pretty Shoes” EP last week, prior to their show at Head on the Door in Montgomery. They performed two sets that night and had this to say upon their return home:

“So, If you caught the first set… Thanks for coming out! and If you caught the double wedding, second set and subsequent debauchery… we’re so, so, so very sorry.”

Listen to “Sonic Biff” below:

I owe lots of apologies

Sometimes life has a tendency to trigger certain thoughts, memories and emotions based on past events, and I’ve never been content to hold a dismissive attitude – as if to throw my hands up and say,”It’s in the past; it’s not like I can change it” – especially when it comes to myself or how I have treated others.

Some recent discussions have made me think back many years – grade school, junior high, high school and beyond. How did I treat people? It’s almost as if I see a different person back then when compared to who I am today. I suppose that’s common. As people grow and learn, there can be an evolution in thinking. More experiences and more living bring new ways of seeing things.

I don’t think anyone these days would accuse me of being religious, however that wasn’t always the case. But as I think back to the days of being part of an organized belief system, I fear that I didn’t act appropriately with some people. I fear that I was judgmental, intolerant and quite possibly arrogant – negative qualities for which I don’t want to be known.

I hope that wasn’t the case. I would like to think I still treated others with respect and dignity. But did I? Are there people who I went to school or hung out with who see me in a negative light today because of things I said back then? There are certain instances I can think of, and which I regret. But if I can think of a few, what about the times that may have slipped my mind?

I try to respect people and their opinions, even while disagreeing – the concept of disagreeing without being disagreeable, attacking an idea rather than the person who embraces it. I hope I am successful in showing that. Some people don’t even attempt to do that, and I admit my anger in many of those cases. Just recently, I witnessed a kind, humble person with great talent get verbally attacked for no reason except another person didn’t appreciate his artistic talents. Rather than offer a thoughtful critique of any specific work, this person delved into personal attacks based on absolutely nothing but a seemingly undue arrogance that vandalism is the only true art. Or some such nonsense.

Never defining any terms or specific gripes, he was content with his attempts to tear someone else down. The whole scenario reminded me of a quote from Christopher Nolan’s film, The Dark Knight. Alfred, speaking to Bruce Wayne, says of the Joker, “…some men just want to watch the world burn.”

There are people like that, who are content to destroy, or even find some joy in an attempt to tear people down. I don’t want to be one of them. I don’t want to be seen as negative, even with my strong opinions. I have many friends with whom I disagree – vehemently at times – but at the end of the conversation or debate, we still continue mutually respectful friendships.

I fear that I didn’t always express this attitude, or that I may forget to do so in present times, and for that, I apologize.