Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Going South? Make a Stop in Up & Coming Birmingham, Alabama

Dynasty live at the Hot L Bham

Birmingham, AL — A city otherwise notorious for its improper use of police dogs and fire hoses, some inert ability to pump out American Idol winners, and earthly birthplace of Sun Ra, has been enjoying an underground renaissance of late, and word is it's becoming a muchly anticipated destination for non-traditional bands on tour.

"There's been, like, at least fifteen incredible noise shows here this summer alone," one fan was overheard telling a newcomer at a recent Watersports / Iovae show at the Hot L Bham, perhaps the only noise-friendly venue in town. "I personally just came to see what this guy was doing tonight."
Rodger Stella

Recent Birmingham transplant and founding Macronympha member Rodger Stella has been delighted at all the activity cropped up in the past year and a half, and has joyously discovered the relative low-keyness of the city more than conducive to his work ethic.

"Fuckin' grid-trips are the worst," cheeked Stella.

Unfortunately, like most other urban areas started years ago, Birmingham is just now kickstarting its gentrification process and hopes to turn every historic and very rent-friendly property into irresistable luxury condominiums which are soon to become token lodgings for the city's upwardly mobile fauxhemians and trustifarians. What this holds in store for the Iron Tortoise's numerous creative free-thinkers and dissenters who co-habitate in the many low-rent dwellings is unknown.

"The chicks here really dig the noise, too," another be-beered show attendee quipped. "They take their shirts off when its really good."

Arthur Doyle, legendary saxophone freedom fighter and longtime Birmingham native, is reported to have two random tour dates coming up in September, one of which is in his home town. Due to the overwhelming amount of formulaic, uninspired schlock-rock currently inundating the city's clubs, its apparent stranglehold on the tastes of the hipsters, and despite some lively exceptions to this norm, it is possible a figure as monumentally impacting as Doyle will be overlooked by the masses in their mad dash to nightlife mediocrity.

"You can see that contrived, screenprinted armpit aspiring MTV2 shit any old where. But this, I ain't never seen or heard any shit like this before," remarked a random local who wandered in unaware and immediately took to the relaxed vibe of the Hot L show. "This shit is weird, but in a good way — and I only paid five bucks to get in!"


Anonymous said...

This is all true! Play in Birmingham!

Noise=Boobies Get Exposed

Anonymous said...

rodger stella rapes people's pets

Anonymous said...

Wow, a somewhat well written column on here. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

last time i asked rodger he said he can't remember more than half of what happened at all the shows he's been to since he showed up. except that they ruled.
you decide.
"pay the price!"

iovae said...

yeah I must say Birmingham was my favorite show on the recent tour of the South w/ Watesports....(& Columbia SC comes in a close second)

meatraffle said...

hell yeah, birmingham w/iovae totally ruled. shout out to brian martin, leah, kyle, et. al.

less_cunning said...

birmingham puts atlanta to shame.