Atlanta Soundtrack: New music from Lowertown, Kenny Mason; classic Coolies

Lowertown | “Bucktooth”

BFFs Olivia Osby and Avsha Weinberg, who met on a faculty journey as teenagers and went on to kind Lowertown, are making merry on the carnival forward of the October 21 launch of their debut album, I Like to Lie. Properly, if by “making merry,” you imply “grappling with the pathos of our occasions,” as evinced by these searing lyrics: “I can’t deal with any extra weapons / Give me some enjoyable that isn’t bother / Give me some phrases that don’t imply one thing double / Give me a job that doesn’t put on me right down to the bone / I come dwelling at night time and don’t need to be alone.”

Osby advised Stereogum that she modeled the writing after the tongue-in-cheek type of Johnny Money’s “Cocaine Blues.” However the turned-down vocals and gradual, trance-like guitar strumming would possibly remind you of the Meat Puppets’ “Plateau,” popularized by Nirvana throughout the set on MTV’s Unplugged. Because the Nineties are having a second proper now (and for the reason that early-20-somethings of Lowertown have been barely alive via a lot of that decade), it’s good that some issues stay everlasting. Like existential crises illuminated within the neon glow of a tilt-a-whirl.


Kenny Mason that includes DavidTheTragic | “Dip!”

With strategically positioned sound results and easy however compelling beats, West Atlanta’s Edwin Kenneth Inexperienced Jr., aka Kenny Mason, concocts his ode to opting out. This atmospheric video directed by JMP evokes the grittier Nineteen Seventies “grindhouse” type of filmmaking (popularized in more moderen occasions by auteurs like Robert Rodriguez). Keep tuned for enjoyable surprises, like when an eye-rolling Mason leans towards a wall at a gathering and quickly disappears like cereal right into a bowl of milk.

Whereas Mason hasn’t indicated once we can count on one other full-length undertaking like his debut album, Hoodrat, which got here out in 2020, he has been busy with EPs like Pup Pack, the place this single lives, and collaborations with different artists. Notably, he was not too long ago featured on “Dance Now,” from fellow-Atlantan J.I.D.’s late August launch, The Eternally Story.


The Coolies | “Talkin’ bout Doug”

In only a handful of years, Eighties Atlanta alt-rock group The Coolies (to not be confused with the late Kim Shattuck’s group by the identical title) managed to roast Simon & Garfunkel and righteously skewer Paul Anka. Additionally they launched this 1988 “rock opera,” thought of by some to be a style masterpiece, modeled after The Who’s Tommy.

The satirical saga follows a skinhead named — as you might have guessed — Doug, who murders a short-order cook dinner, steals the sufferer’s e book of recipes to turn out to be a bestselling in a single day sensation after which plummets into drug and booze-fueled squalor. The 13 genre-spanning songs are intensely darkish, humorous and deranged. Different titles included “Crack Pipe (Burnin’ My Hand)” and “Ain’t Gonna Eat No Extra.”

The most effective half is, by spoofing the likes of The Who, John Lennon, Gary Glitter, Led Zeppelin and others, the Coolies exhibit their respectable musical chops. Frankly, we’re nonetheless ready for this to be delivered to life sometime. Clearly, it has John Waters’ title throughout it, but when anybody else desires to step up, we gained’t complain.

As a enjoyable apart: The Coolies’ frontman, Clay Harper, co-founded Atlanta staple eateries Fellini’s Pizza and La Fonda Latina. However hopefully, there was by no means a real-life Doug to be discovered. At any charge, we encourage this method to get pleasure from fist-pumping your method via the sheer poetry of our Classic Monitor of the Week: “One pair of Doc Martens, laced as much as the highest, three beers within the mornin’, after that he wouldn’t cease.”