Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tendaberry @ Little Kings!!!!

Come and see Gemini Cricket, Mouser and Tendaberry for the low low recession price of 3 bucks! Tell your friends, tell your enemies, neighbors, pets, whomever will listen. As long as they come and have a good time, we'll allow it!

Start Time:
Friday, May 1, 2009 at 10:00pm
End Time:
Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 3:00pm
Little Kings
223 West Hancock St.
Athens, GA

Friday, April 24, 2009

Commanding Seduction...

Many comedians have joked about a certain R&B legend's fiery imperative statements for years... That legend's name is Teddy Pendergrass. After speaking to women throughout the years, he seems to have been a joy to obey. Armed with a velvet baritone voice, words actually come off smooth until that climactic part of the song where he kindly shouts, "Come here, woman!" Almost each one of his greatest hits house commands, whether in the song title or verse. Song titles like "Come On and Go With Me," "Turn off the Lights" and "Close the Door" are shining examples. Oh Teddy, you sly, sly dog. You were "trying to take control of the love," and it worked. Not only have you made millions of women swoon throughout the years, you also managed to influence a post punk soul band. Kudos to you, gent.

A sample for your eyes and ears...I suggest you do what he says...

And for you true Teddy fans... A side of Teddy few may remember... We cannot be upset with you, Teddy. The way you segued your position as the drummer of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes into the lead singer position is classic! Besides, it was 1973...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Friendly Neighborhood" Tendaberry

Apparently we have a couple of post out there about us on the internet and we would like to share them with the rest of the world...so...world...check this out. We have a review from our Athens Popfest gig coming from The Flat Response blog. You can listen to all our songs from that performance. Also, we have a review from Stop.Okay. Go referring our soon to be released EP AM I STILL ILLMATIC? Which will be out in May. Read 'til your hearts content.

The Flat Response Link

Stop.Okay.Go link

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Something Different

The other members of this blog have kindly pointed out the different bands and artists that they have personally enjoyed and have influenced them and it makes perfect sense to do that. Well, that's all well and good but being the intelligent and conscious people we are, we also know that we aren't just influenced by the things we like, but just the crap that happens around us and we can't hope to filter out. And much of these type of influences guide the guys on the choices they make for Tendaberry as much as the experiences and sounds of The Smiths or Heatwave.

All being of similar ages, we all grew up listening to bubblegum pop during our formidable years, and not on purpose. During certain time periods certain forms of music are inescapable; the sixties had rock & roll, the seventies made disco popular and during the late nineties/early 2000's all were inundated with sickening sweet sugary quasi-dance pop and hammy power ballads. And no one was more important and as big as 'N Sync.

To be fair it turns out even they didn't particularly like their music, hence all the solo ventures which strayed away from their pop background. But this early clip pretty much encompasses the vanguard of popular music we all very much suffered through, a much insincere sound originating from the bowels of Lou Pearlman and manufactured by a couple of Swedes who were basically a PG version of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. What it boils down to is that the whole 'N Sync act was staged, at least in the beginning, which contributed to their split from the handler and later to their quiet yet obvious disbanding.

But to this day the specter of the pop mega-group hangs over all of the music industry. Look at how record companies push individual songs instead of whole albums and then try to bleed artists for money by charging for everything except what the tours nets the artist. Look at how success is measured in the amount of swag you can push and the name recognition you have amongst tween girls, the target audience for music apparently. It is a poltergeist that has only gotten more potent in latter years and one we all hope will be exorcised in the coming musical movements, of which guys are entrenching themselves in and getting closer and closer to leading.

But I guess what it all comes down to is I want Carlton to stop playing this shit while I'm in the car with him. What are you some kind of masochistic freak? I have ears and I'd rather not have to try to rip them off every other time we go to Krystal's after we close down a bar. I have feelings too, don't make me beat you.

Ink Blot Indie Fest

The Inkblot Indie fest is my Interpretation of the Future of the Music Scene In Atlanta!

20% of the proceeds from this concert will go to a Music and/or Art Scholarship for children this summer to receive free Lesson Through the Academy

The Line up includes:

The 54
Sam Dew + Fusion
CeCe Wells & Her Band
Corinne Stevie
Richelle L. Brown
Truth Be
Allah's Aprentice

Hosted by:Green Tea, it starts Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 6:00pm at Niche in Atlanta, GA!!!


Monday, April 20, 2009

Clipse and Kanye West

For every hiphop head out there, this is a must listen. Other than working on their projects with the Re-up Gang, they have a collaboration with Kanye West aka Yeezy aka Martin Louis The King, Jr. called "Kinda Like a Big Deal". Hear it, love it, move to it, comment on it.

The Clipse ft. Kanye West - "Kinda Like a Big Deal" link

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Depeche Mode Rocks The Boulevard On Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Depeche Mode will shut down Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles for an exclusive outdoor night time performance to be broadcast live on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday, April 23 (12:05-1:05 a.m. ET/PT). The band's special performance will include material from their highly anticipated twelfth studio album Sounds Of the Universe to be released on April 21st.

Incredible Roots Picnic at Philly's Festival Pier

The Roots launch The 2nd Annual ROOTS PICNIC!
Check it out:The Roots (two sets), TV on the Radio, The Black Keys, Santigold, Antibalas, The Pipes featuring Zoe Kravitz and...(are you ready?)...A Special Performance by Public Enemy....Public Enemy will be performing "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" in it's ENTIRETY, backed by both The Roots & Antibalas Orchestra.
Indie rap superstars Asher Roth, Kid Cudi, Writtenhouse, Back to Basics w/ King Britt & Dozia and Making Time's Dave P. are all set to perform on the second stage.
The can't miss event of 2009.Saturday, June 6th at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing.
FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO http://www.okayplayer.com/rootspicnic/

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hip Hop Heads!....The Wait is Over!!!

I know you guys been waiting for that next great sound outta Philly. Well, esta aqui mis amigos. South Broad is to the rescue. Philadelphia-based hip-hop quartet comprised of MCs Leo Miles and P Soul and producers Tracknique and DJ Extra Medium.
Feel-good lyrics and soulful hip hop productions gives their sound that unfiltered head nod. No catch phrases, no snap dances, just pure fidelity to the art. I encourage all to check out their myspace, http://www.myspace.com/southbroadmusic , download their EP, A Lil' Louder, become their fans on facebook, and show some love.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Yung Pixies

This is a snapshot of the Pixies early on in their career with a rare song and a quite frankly unrecognizable Black Francis.

To all the folks in internetland, I'd like to pose a question. It's based on the fickle thoughts and superficial beliefs of the average consumer: would the Pixies have been more popular if Black Francis stayed that skinny?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Warm In and Out...

The Lotus Eaters were an odd new wave act because they had folksier elements than the genre had previously encompassed. They had lovely synths with a jangly guitar which would have made Johnny Marr practice longer hours... Here's a sample... "The First Picture of You"

Their lineup included

Peter Coyle - Vocals (1982-1985,2000-) (before The Lotus Eaters played in No Trace (1980-1981),Jass Babies (1981-1982),Tin Ethics (1981), Living Legends (1982) )

Michael Dempsey - Bass (1983-1985) (also in The Cure,The Easy Cure (1977 - 1979), The Cult Hero (1980), The Associates (1979 - 1983))

Jeremy Kelly - Guitar (1982-1985,2000-) (also in The Wild Swans, Psycamesh (1978-79),Care (1983-84),The Lovers (1989-90), Diamond Sutra (1997))

Ged Quinn - Keyboards (1982-1983) (also in The Wild Swans)

Stephen Emmer - Keyboards (1983-1985)

Phil Lucking - Bass (1982-1983)

Alan Wills - Drums (1982-1983) (also in The Wild Swans)

Steve Creese - Drums (1983-1985)

Rip It Up and Start Again

Orange Juice were possibly my favorite indie/post punk outfit from the 80's. They hailed from Glasgow, Scotland. They have roots, in ska, northern soul, and punk rock music! The mixture is definitely present in this performance. Here's one of the quintessential songs from that era... "Rip It Up."  This song is so epic that a gent wrote a book about the period and took its title from the track... Enjoy.

Edwyn Collins (guitar/vocals), James Kirk (guitar), Steven Daly (drums) and David McClymont (bass),  Zeke Manyika (drums), Malcolm Ross (guitar)

Love 4 Sale

Soul singer Bilal Oliver's "leaked"/unreleased 2nd album is entitled Love 4 Sale! The soundscape is so adventurous... I can understand why a record label would have feared its release in 2006's mediocre, mainstream cookie-cutter clutter. The album is actually amazing! It is one of my favorite albums of all-time. Can't wait until your next official release B. PMCFS is a loyal fan! I will support you in a blizzard or a hurricane... Here's a bit of my fve song from Love 4 Sale. It's entitled "White Turns to Grey." The brotha's vocal gymnastics are ill...


North Carolina Grown...

This is post dedicated to an extremely talented musician from North Carolina named Rudy Currence. He wrote a few songs on Ray J. and Mya's most recent respective albums... He is abcoluetly sick with the vocal arrangements and song structure in general... His evident gospel roots are refreshing because they are not overbearing... He actually has an extremely diverse ear. He's also a showman...Here's a lil' taste of his flavor entitled "Nothin' To Talk About."

Sick Freestyle Cypher!

These gentlemen have ridiculous flow and metaphors... Props to Goodz, Loaded Lux, Arsonal, and Head I.C.E. Peep this talent! Too gritty... Shout out to BlueCollar Television!


Okay... SO I have heard several versions of the Flashguns' "Locarno." The Itunes version is lovely. I am enjoying the added synths... It can be heard on their myspace page. I am looking forward to a full-length by these young lads... Cheers.

Their Myspace Page

The Color Fred...

I have not forgotten about you... Why? Why?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Chester French Mixtape

The Indie Pop group Chester French Mixtape is out and it is called Jacques Jams, Vol. 1: Endurance - Get Familiar with Chester French. It's not you're typical mixtape. Of course it has the random DJ tags in the songs (Get Familiar is the signature tag for Clinton Sparks), and you have the Hip Hop guest appearances (Pharrell Williams, Pusha T from the Clipse, Bun B, etc.), but there is a certain unique quality that isn't conveyed in every mixtape. The storyline from starting a band to regaining their "endurance" is fantastic and the tracks there were produced by the Star Trak camp have an off-kiltered pop appeal. Not to forget, Our dear friend Janelle Monae is featured in the song "Nerd Girl". This is worthy of your computer's memory space.

Chester French download

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Tendaberry will be playing with It's Elephant's, Prism Prison, and The Starter Kits. It starts at 9pm for the low low price of $5. You can't beat this deal!!!



Saturday, April 4, 2009

"Don't Get Blood on my Prada Shoes"

I woke up this morning and though to myself, "I need some Metal in my life". Before I could even turn on my computer, a long time friend called and introduced me to The Number Twelve Looks Like You. He said listening to their first album (Put On You're Rosy Red Glasses) made him wanted to delve more into the genre. I wikied their info and they encompassed numerous elements into there music that I enjoy such as grindcore, progressive metal, and mathcore. I listened to it and guess what happened, I wanted to listen to more Metal so I made an ITunes playlist with the most recent Unearth ( The March), Lamb of God (Wrath), and Norma Jean (The Anti Mother) albums.

I was skyping with Pacemaker and he sent me some material from a new deathcore group called War From A Harlots Mouth. It was the most properly brutal music I heard of the day. I recommend hearing, "A Grotesque Relationship" off their Falling Upstairs EP and tuning into their new album In Shoals. They have a video out called "Crooks at Your Door". Check it out. The next time I write about music, I may suggest something less frightening to most readers :). Enjoy!