Dirty Lungs grew up in Birmingham and has helped to cultivate the defining sounds at the center of the evolution of the live, local music scene. We talk to the band about their upcoming album, Look Expensive and Smile, and how it captures their dynamic, live energy that local fans have appreciated for nearly two decades.
We’re here with Ronnie Lee Gibson, Carson Mitchell, and Ra-Jaan Parmley of the Dirty Lungs. And you guys have a new album on the horizon.
Carson: We have a new album coming out in a couple of months. We’re still trying to work out the distribution. There’s already a single out on Spotify and iTunes, Dumps like a Truck. You can check it out.
What’s the name of the album going to be?
Carson: Look Expensive and Smile. It’s a title track. I saw this Vice article about this 24-hour strip club in New York City that doesn’t close. The law there is that… [read more…]
Why print? In this convoluted digital age that we live in, much is lost when there is so much information, quite literally, at our fingertips. Nothing against the use of our mobile devices, tablets or computers. I rely on them daily. But there is something special about a more tangible experience like that of a book, magazine, paper or album. It’s more memorable because it requires a slightly different energy and focus, and depending on what medium you enjoy, it can provide us with a break, or a bit of solitude, from the digital world. I look forward to those days when the new Rolling Stone shows up in my mailbox. I look forward to those nights when I can put on a record and listen to an album in its entirety while exploring the art and words within its cover. And I loved when I could pick up a Black and White at Rojo, pull up a stool to Kip’s bar, and read the music section over margarita and some tacos.
Early James and the Latest on Birmingham: Where Music Comes to Grow Up…
Photo: Brent Thompson
Interview by: MusicBham’s Josh Matthews and Kaydee Mulvehill
Edited by: Rebecca Scott
Videography and Film by: Ben Wedlund
WITH AN EXCITING, NEW COLLABORATION AT DAN AUERBACH’S EASY EYE SOUND GIVING THEM A DAMN GOOD REASON TO HIGHTAIL IT TO NASHVILLE, JAMES MULLIS AND ADRIAN MARMOLEJO EXPLAIN WHAT MAKES THE BIRMINGHAM MUSIC SCENE WORTH STICKING AROUND.
MB: We are here with James Mullis and Adrian Marmolejo of Early James and the Latest. Welcome Guys.
AM: Thanks for having us.
MB: What have y’all been up to?
JM: Mostly writing, a few shows here and there, but not an extreme amount of things.
MB: So y’all shared some recent good news here lately. Do you want to elaborate on that?
JM: Yeah, We got signed to Easy Eye Sound, which I guess is the dream-to get signed to a label. It’s… [read more…]
When I first moved to Birmingham 15 years ago, I struggled to find local artists performing original music. If it wasn’t for Bottletree and their ability to curate local, regional, and national attractions, I probably would have moved on. Much has changed in that time. There are over twenty venues here that regularly feature original local, regional and national acts. We’ve entered a renaissance here, but where our economy, politics, and our culinary scene have been adequately covered, our music scene has not. The quality of original musicianship, in addition to the collaborative relationships and support system here, is outstanding, and our local music scene deserves recognition. This is why MusicBham is devoting three quarters of our content to local musicians, local music businesses, and local music industry leaders.
More than any other art form, music amplifies the human experience and unifies people, and we believe that is worth sharing! The strength of our music scene is built on a culmination of many different individuals and organizations over many years of hard work and dedication, fueled by one elemental thing that we all have in common: our passion for music and the way that… [read more…]
EVERY LINE AND EVERY WORD, A CONVERSATION WITH CITIZEN COPE
BY BRENT THOMPSON
PHOTO BY ALEX ELENA
In a recording career spanning more than 25 years, CITIZEN COPE (born Clarence Greenwood) has blended soul, folk and rock into a unique style of his own. Along the way, his songs have been recorded by a diverse list of artists including Santana, Dido, Brett Dennen, and Richie Havens. In March, Cope released Heroin and Helicopters , his first release since 2012. The album’s title alludes to advice he received from Carlos Santana that heroin and helicopters are two things that don’t mix well with musicians. On WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, Citizen Cope will perform at IRON CITY in a show presented by Birmingham Mountain Radio. Recently, he spoke with us by phone from his Los Angeles home.
Thanks for your time. With several albums in your catalog, how are you comprising setlists for the current tour?
What’s weird about my audience is it’s not a passive audience. They listen to all the records, so I usually end up playing a long time…. [read more…]
Preston Lovinggood’sage and appearance belie the fact that he is a such a seasoned music veteran. The singer/songwriter – and former frontman of Wild Sweet Orange – has been a staple on the Birmingham music scene (and beyond) for over a decade. On May 17, Lovinggood released Consequences, an 11-track collection that continues to mine a unique folk/pop blend that has become his trademark. On Saturday, June 22, Lovinggood will perform at WorkPlay in a show presented by Code-R Productions. Recently, he spoke with us by phone from his Birmingham home.
Preston, thanks for your time. We are excited about the release of Consequences.
You saying that right then almost was like the first time I realized it was actually happening because I’ve had the record for so long and everybody on the team has talked about it so much. So, to hear somebody say it objectively that’s not part of the team is like, “Oh my gosh, it really is coming out.” I got nervous!