The Dec. Ray of Light Pt.2: ENCORE Tom Petty Show, Vista Room, 12/22

ENCORE Tom Petty Show- Friday 12/22, Vista Room

This being a special year with Tom’s passing, we’re doing something special as well– a second holiday Tom Petty Show over at the BEAUTIFUL Vista Room in Decatur.

We had a blast at Smith’s, which y’all were kind enough to sell out and fill the room despite the surprise southern snowstorm! Badass. If you were one of the folks that bought tickets but the weather derailed your plans, please reply back to this email and we’ll get you a discount to Friday’s show. And if you just want to come see the show again, bring it! It’ll be a different set list with different B-Sides and rarities.

If you haven’t been to the Vista Room, well, it’s one of our favorites with the hardwood floors and the chandeliers and everythang. Classy! We released “The Haraway Brothers Wish You Love & Luck in the World” there this June and Jon blew the room off the place with his band in late July.

Doors are at 7 PM and speaking of Jon, the Jon Harris Band will open the show with some of us backing him sharply at 8 with a short set, followed by The Tom Petty Show at 9 PM.

Get your tickets here because they’re cheaper in advance, yo.


Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukkah! See ya there.

View from Stage Left

We love the December issue because we get to subjectively rank our favorite records of this year. The ranking is stupid, really, because who cares? The point is these are some killer records and you should stream them, and if you like them, which you will– buy them on Vinyl so you have them forever and get to see who played on them and shit. It’s fun! We swear. Here’s our top 19, in the honor of Chuck Smalling, All-American:

  1. The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding: wodBeyond the epic songs like “Holding On” and the amazing “Strangest Thing”, this record is so sonically pure- it sounds amazing. And they killed at The Tabernacle.
  2. Blitzen Trapper, Wild and Reckless: downloadThey sound like Springsteen on this album, which apparently is also a rock opera, which I would love to see. “Joanna” is a masterclass in storytelling.
  3. Jason Isbell, The Nashville Sound: The one where he takes over the world (he’s writing songs for Bradley Cooper movies now.) Jason is on top of his game and this one rocks way harder with “Cumberland Gap,” “Anxiety” and the defiantly positive “Hope the High Road” than the last couple classics. We need more defiant positivity these days, people.
  4. Hiss Golden Messenger, Hallelujah Anyhow: 10_700_700_605_hiss_hallelujah_900Speaking of defiant positivity…this is a wonderful record and everything (“Domino!”, but the thing I want to tell you is that Mike Taylor gave me and my girls free tickets to see them at Music Midtown because kids under 14 weren’t allowed, and my girls are actual Hiss fans. I took my 10 year old to meet Mike and Phil afterwareds and they made her year with their attentive politeness, legitimate interest (and candy.) The world is a great place and there are nice people in it.
  5. Tyler Childers, Purgatory: Produced by Sturgill Simpson! “Well my buckle makes impressions on the inside of her thigh, there are little feathered Indians, where we tussle through the night” is my favorite line of 2017.
  6. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Live from Oakland: The living embodiment of ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ every damn night, without the rampant substance abuse. They’re the best band around, everyone knows it, and this record is proof.
  7. Ryan Adams, Prisoner: The Divorce Record. Sounds a lot like ‘Tunnel of Love,’ my favorite Springsteen record, also a Divorce Record. You will not here these tunes on an episode of ‘This is Us’.
  8. Liam Gallagher, As You Were: 600x600bfI mean– I’m as surprised as you are. Never in a million years would you think that Liam could put out a better solo record than Noel, but here we are. The voice is back, the dumb lyrics, the cribbed Beatles and Stones lines, it’s all here, and it’s GLORIOUS. Put on “I’ve All I Need” and turn that shit up. Also, he’s fucking hilarious. Never change, Gallaghers.
  9. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream: Thank God they’re back, they never should have stopped in the first place. Dreamy dance music and this time James Murphy actually has something to say beyond how awesome/disappointing New York is or isn’t.
  10. Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett, Lotta Sea Lice: They’re kinda like a brother and sister act from across the continents. Fun, unpretentious music, unlike the next one….
  11. Arcade Fire, Everything Now: Man, I HATED this when it first came out. Like, a weird, angry reaction. But then I watched their live set at Lollapalooza after it came out, and yeah, you remember what an absolute incredible band AF truly is. Their performance of the title track on Colbert is one of the best things I’ve seen a band do on TV.
  12. Son Volt, Notes of Blue: A career rebirth for Jay Farrar, not only with this great recording, but live, where he’s finally playing EVERYTHING and tossing in Stones covers at the end. Yeah!
  13. Wood Brothers, Live from the Barn: I know Oliver lives in Nashville now, but this is Atlanta’s Greatest Band. He was hippie Jesus at the Fox with the Tedeschi’s this summer, singing so purty with Susan.
  14. Craig Finn, Clear Heart, Full Eyes: The Hold Steady frontman puts out his best solo effort so far, “God in Chicago” is like a little movie song.
  15. Willie Nelson, God’s Problem Child:  Willie_Nelson_-_God's_Problem_ChildAnother beauty in his decade-long hot streak. ‘He Won’t Ever Be Gone’ is about his buddy Merle. On their last one together they wrote a song about their buddy Cash. Point is, can we get round the clock surveillance on Willie please? Just couldn’t take it.
  16. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy: Lush, intricate, funny and a little depressing (in a good way?) Recently discovered that the guys from Everest are his backing band, which makes sense because they rule.
  17. Lilly Hiatt, Trinity Lane: John Hiatt’s daughter! This is an outstanding listen, with great production from Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope.
  18. Manchester Orchestra, A Black Mile to the Surface: Atlanta’s unsung heroes roll out another solid set of loud quiet loud burners from leader Andy Hull.
  19. Japandroids, Near to the Wild Heart of Life: The album ROCKS. Particularly ‘Arc of Bar’ and ‘In a Body Like a Grave.’
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