Category Archives: 2012

Terry T. (Birmingham, AL)

This is a young comedian that will literally have you (ROTFL) rolling on the floor laughing. He has performed for comedy clubs & colleges all over the southeast. This comedian is slowly making a name for himself as one of the most funny up & coming comedians around.

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Jeff McLeod (Montgomery, AL)

Jeff McLeod - Janusanus (Moog guitar improvisation 1-11-12)

“The sounds of nightmares, beauty, evil and madness mesh, and at times collide, to create a barrage of sound that is ruthless in its attack and compelling in its delivery. Guitar bursts through sonic chaos and concentrates the madness with sharp-edged runs that boggle and fly in the face of rock music.”

— AUMNIBUS

My ridiculous musical life has gone from piano to guitar to cheesy teenage cover bands to punk to hardcore to metal to prog to noise to experimentalism . . . the winding thread connecting them all being a deep love of improvisation & subversion of musical forms. I’m a multi-instrumentalist & goofy sort of musical experimentalist. I always adhere to a DIY ethic, no matter what type of music I’m focusing my attention on.

On a more blah-blah level, I’ve released recordings on loads of different independent labels, recorded albums with reluctant indie guru Steve Albini, played live with Wisconsin’s electronic music pioneers Oneiroid Psychosis, sang, played & toured with Southern noise rockers bert for years, collaborated & performed with countless other artists all over the world & founded The Subversive Workshop Newsletter magazine/home recording label & the Alabama Improv Co-op. All this just barely scratches the surface. I get tired of trying to keep up with it all. My website is a rough attempt at organizing it all . . . & even that gets annoying. I’d much rather be making music than dabbling with this big mess.

My current projects are, as usual, all over the place. I’m currently working with the incredible Moog guitar in a variety of improvised music formats, and playing regular guitar and singing with my noisy weirdo punk trio called No. If you’re interested in further music, I’d encourage you to hit the Works section of jeffmcleod.net (currently being updated & migrated over from a less user-friendly online discography), & just file back through all the years of music.

I hope you find something in my music that makes your ears stand up.

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Tanner Inman (Atlanta, GA)

Tanner Inman is a fearless and unique performer who will dominate any stage he may find. He is deliberately the artistic genius and village idiot all at once. An experimental comic’s comic who still possesses the ability to appeal to the rest of the world. Tanner is not one to be missed.

Winner of 2011 Creative Loafing’s Best Comedian in Atlanta

2009 Atlanta Stands Up Andy Kaufman award.

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Jason Roche (Birmingham, AL)

Jason Roche is a comedian and actor based out of Birmingham, AL. He has worked with comedians Joe DeRosa, Brent Weinbach, Jarrod Harris, and Matt Davis. Roche recently starred in the short film Annie and Her Anger which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2011 Sidewalk Film Festival. Roche is a cool guy and you will probably, like, really really enjoy watching him.

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Scott Eason (Huntsville, AL)

After conquering the world of competitive break dancing, Scott Eason wanted a challenge. He turned to stand-up comedy. Bringing his no nonsense attitude and red-hot passion to the stage, he exploded onto the scene. Word traveled fast and his success soon led to appearances on The Arsenio Hall Show, The Chevy Chase Show, The Magic Hour with Magic Johnson, Iron Chef (The original in Japan, not that sissy American version) and who could forget that unfortunate incident on The Geraldo Rivera Show. However, the brightest stars burn out the quickest and Scott had to step out of the spotlight to focus on his health. Stints in rehab for glue sniffing and hacking paint (Gold is the best flavor) helped bring him out of the darkness and after many years of self examination and fine tuning, he’s ready to come back to the stage and give you the what for. Prepare to have your face melted off with comedy. No more break dancing though. Unless you have some cocaine.

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K.L.U.B. Monsta (Birmingham, AL)

K.L.U.B. Monsta - Handclap (Prod. John)

“If you’ve been thirsting for some Hip Hop with production That feeds the soul, Lyrics that message the brain, then this is something you need to download and share with your folks. Ya’ll will not be disappointed”

— Maurice Garland

Birmingham, Alabama is known for many things, unfortunately, Hip Hop isn’t one of them. Shockingly, to be the largest city in Alabama, it’s the only one without a breakout rap star or “movement.” But that is sure to change with the emergence of B-ham based supergroup K.L.U.B. Monsta.

Made up of childhood friends turned rhyme partners Kel Ricks, Joshua, Air Talley and J. Dotta, K.L.U.B. Monsta is poised to not only put their city on the rap radar, but also carry on in the tradition of classic Southern Hip Hop and re-introduce listeners to the art of making rap music with substance.

“We rap about what we learned living here and we even rap about the history of the city,” says founding member Kel Ricks, mentioning that the K.L.U.B. part of their name is an acronym for Knowledge. Learned. Under. Birmingham. “Then with the ‘Monsta’ part you can say that the knowledge we’ve learned has created a monster.”

Originally known as Monsters, Inc the group was started in the early 2000’s by Kel Ricks and Air Talley who had just returned to Birmingham after moving to Denver to explore a solo opportunity. In 2007 they released their first project Perfect Procrastination with features from future full time member Joshua.

Seeing the potential roadblocks of having the same name as a Disney movie, the group decided to rebrand themselves as K.L.U.B. Monsta. Then, in 2009 they officially added Joshua and a new member, J. Dotta.

The new line-up dropped their first official offering, Southern Theory, on Thanksgiving Day 2010. Southern Theory gave listeners a glimpse into the mind of a monster as the group tapped into the struggle of the everyday man dealing with everything from relationships to local politics simply trying to make it.

“We’re really just young, regular guys that stumbled across music and want to make something a little different from what we hear every day,” says Joshua.

“We just wanted to get our name out there and give people a different outlook on Alabama rappers,” says Kel Ricks. “People think they know what they’re going to get. Even our name, they think we make club music. That’s why we wanted to show our depth and talent.”

As seen in their much publicized video single, “Waiting” each member has a unique style that still manages to speak on one accord. Kel Ricks is known as the “lyrical” member of the group citing everyone from Ma$e to Jay-Z as his influences. Considered the most “conscious” of the four, Joshua describes himself as the “Bill Cartwright” of the group, likening himself to the veteran center who acted as an anchor for the championship Chicago Bulls teams of the early 90’s. J. Dotta acts as the always improving catalyst that makes the rest of the group stay on point at all times. While Air Talley is referred to as the “laid back one” or “technician” of the group, often times creating the hooks for the songs.

After enjoying mild success and blog attention on the heels of Southern Theory, K.L.U.B. Monsta is hoping to capitalize with their upcoming project DJ Burn One-hosted Separate But Sequel. The title, partially inspired by the Jim Crow-era laws that helped define their Birmingham stomping grounds generations ago, also acts as a continuation of what they started with Southern Theory.

“We wanted to improve in the raps and showcase production of the core producers we’ve been working with locally,” offers Joshua.

“The first mixtape was an easy listen,” says Kel Ricks. “But with Separate But Sequel I think with more casual listeners will get a grasp of what we are about. Hardcore Hip Hop people will like it as well.”

With Alabama surging as a new force in Hip Hop and quality music never going out of style, it’s inevitable for K.L.U.B. Monsta to not only become a group to watch for, but become one of your favorites as well.

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Kid Daytona (The Bronx, NY)

Kid Daytona - Low ft. Jadakiss (RMX)

“With his heavy Rotten Apple accent, Daytona shows that he can flow on hardcore/trunk booming/body moving tracks… Make no mistake that The Kid Daytona can flip the urban asphalt rhymes as good as, if not better than, most.”

— TDDS Media

One of the most unique elements about THE KID DAYTONA is his combination of New York City hip-hop style with his own distinct vernacular and lingo. Daytona combines all elements of pop musical genres from hip-hop, jazz, R&B, rock to fuse a universal fun sounding vibe of music. Born in Atlanta, Ga, but from Caribbean background, this 24yr old emcee was raised in the Bronx, NYC where he discovered his love of music, and hip-hop. While attending Cardinal Hayes HS in the Bronx, THE KID DAYTONA began to pursue his dream of becoming a recording artist. It was in HS that he formed his first group, “THE ACES”, which eventually got signed to ATLANTIC RECORDS in 2002. However shortly thereafter, the group dismantled for creative differences and record company issues. However, THE KID DAYTONA had generated a strong following within the industry through mixtapes, street buzz, and local showcases. His skill and ability was recognized by the legendary rapper/emcee BUSTA RYHMES, and he was asked to join BUSTA’S “FLIP MODE SQUAD”. While working with BUSTA, THE KID DAYTONA quickly developed his true sound and approach to making records. Working with BUSTA allowed him to sharpen his skill, song structure, and further developed the young emcee. CIPHA SOUNDS (a prominent radio DJ from HOT 97.1fm and VJ on MTV) quickly noticed his ability/buzz and approached him about working together. THE KID DAYTONA quickly accepted the offer, and then later signed the production/management company, JACK MOVE INC that also managed the pop group sensation, NINA SKY. Since then, THE KID DAYTONA released albums TRIBE CALLED FRESH and COME FLY WITH ME with collaborations such artists as CNN (CAPONE-N-NOREAGA), ESTELLE, J DILLA, KARDNIAL OFFISHALL, TRAVIS McCoy (GYM CLASS HEROES), NINA SKY, JIM JONES, BUN B, TALB KWELI, KIDZ IN THE HALL, and numerous others. Also, THE KID DAYTONA has performed on same stages/venues with such greats as CHRIS BROWN, RICK ROSS, TALIB KWELI, and many others.

KID DAYONTA has received several write-ups and on-line commentary from such publications as XXL MAGAZINE “SHOW and PROVE” Segment (Oct 2010), FADER.COM, as well as feature article in FADER MAGAZINE (July 2006 issue). He was also featured in GIANT MAGAZINE (Oct 2008 issue) as one of the artists to watch in hip-hop. Recently, LRG noticed the growing buzz with KID DAYTONA, and united to release a body of work for Summer 2010.

In 2010, clothing giant, LRG, created a strategic partnership with THE KID DAYTONA, which included signing DAYTONA to LRG ENTERTAINMENT, their newly established entertainment department. This partnership included DAYOTNA being included in LRG SPRING 2011 PRINT CAMPAIGN, equipped with integrated marketing with the clothing brand, social media promotions and several music videos and shows.

The success and buzz of “LRG x THE INTERLUDE”, afforded THE KID DAYTONA the opportunity to be featured in BET’s “MUSIC MATTERS” Program, where the network highlights emerging artists and superstars of tomorrow. DAYTONA performed twice live on BET’s “106 & Park” TV with TERRENCE J and ROCSI, for 92million households worldwide.

In addition, “ON THE HILL” and “SO BUTTERY” music video is currently in rotation on MTV, where you can see DAYTONA capture millions viewers with his smooth and charismatic aura and flow.

During the winter of 2011, THE KID DAYTONA dropped his sophomore LP – The Interlude II”, which received tremendous acclaim all over, and featured contributions from MELANIE FIONA, ACTION BRONSON, KARDINALL OFFISHALL, GOAPELE and several others. This continuous buzz and quality music and creativity, was also recognized by global brand, GREY GOOSE, and he was recognized as a GREY GOOSE “RISING ICON” December 2011 (NYC).

2012, looks to be a landmark year for THE KID DAYTONA. Stay tuned and listen out for him, as his star is shimming brighter than ever.

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Japanese Women (Montgomery, AL)

Vulgar Tongues

“Sinister self-indulgent noisy rock music delivered with punk energy. Discordant guitars and vocals that are pushed to the brink, all set to a Flipper-esque don’t-give-a-fuck beat. Challenging for some, to be sure, but I think that is probably the desired effect.”

Maximum Rock’n’Roll

Steeped in cassette culture, Japanese Women has traded tapes with people all over the world. However, they can’t get a show in their own town. It’s no big deal to them as the band is made up of a bunch of anti-social dudes who would rather eat junk food and talk about whatever their most recent music or movie discovery was. The goal was to be a fast paced mysterious hardcore band, but no one was on the same page so it just became punked out artsy noise rock. It’s not the kind of hardcore made by people that can beat you up, but by man children with Criterion collections and pay-per-view subscriptions to wrestling. They think they’re making genre defying loud music, but in reality its crummy disposable noise that’s probably best for soon to be forgotten house shows. They probably won’t win you over but at least they won’t look like they tried too hard.

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The Urns (Birmingham, AL)

The Urns - Touchdown

Warm, fuzzy bass tones; steady but laid back drums balancing the guitars; and Chayse and Keith’s vocals blending together in a way that could be compared to the male harmonies of early Weezer. And to top it all off: There are not one, but two songs that reference skits by the Canadian comedy troupe Kids in the Hall. I think I’m in love with this band.

— Britty Reese (Kaleidoscope)

The Urns demos started floating around Birmingham well before they had even played their first show last year. Recorded in a dingy Southside basement, the tracks that eventually became their debut “We’re Just Trying to Live” are raw pop goodness with a thick layer of distortion. Drawing on a pedigree of current and ex-members of Birmingham’s best pop bands including P.S. Eliot, Spells, and Younger Siblings, The Urns have quickly become a local favorite. Their big, fuzzed-out sound translates well for a rockin live show, but there is a casualness about them. They carry themselves as if to say ‘this could have been the prettiest pop song if I had wanted it to be.’ They care just enough to make one of the more compelling local debuts in recent memory.

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Sam McLeroy (Huntsville, AL)

Sam McLeroy was born in Huntsville, Alabama and raised in Arab, Alabama. Her comedy is like a quality IPA–bitter, yet refreshing. From her personal stories about trailer life to her random tangents about everything in particular, she is as delightful as drinking a good beer. So, come, and drink good beer.