Thursday, July 03, 2008

3rd of July with the Jody Grind

The Jody Grind: 3rd of July
I forgot to post this song last year, but it popped into my mind today. The Jody Grind was an Atlanta band well-remembered by those of us who lived here in the early 1990's. Surviving members Bill Taft and Kelly Hogan continue to perform music. Bill leads an Atlanta band called Hubcap City. Kelly moved to Chicago and has released several excellent solo albums, as well as performing with Neko Case, the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, the Wee Hairy Beasties, and other Bloodshot projects.

But before she was Chicago's go-to alt-country chanteuse, she was the siren of Cabbagetown. She performed musical theater in Atlanta, and played guitar with Chris Verene and Chris Lopez in the Rock-a-Teens. I remember seeing her sing "Oh Holy Night" at the Theatrical Outfit, "Grievous Angel" at the Variety Playhouse (during a tribute to Gram Parsons), and "Funnel of Love" at the Cotton Club, back in the glory days of the Jody Grind.

The WFMU blog provides a history lesson on the origin of the "jody grind" here and here.

6 Comments:

At 7/04/2008 6:20 PM , Blogger Nathan Nothin said...

Jon,

Thanks for the "3rd of July".

I lost mine (see comments)& was in need of this.

Bill Taft, that reminds me of Smoke.

I've got a crazy comp. you might like if you don't already have...Radio Oddyssey.2: The Georgia Music Show that has Smoke & The Rock*A*Teens along with 13 others (Velvet Overkill 5, Frontstreet, Heinous Bienfang, The Goodies & others)

Let me know.

 
At 7/04/2008 8:05 PM , Blogger jonderneathica said...

Nathan, I have that GA Music Show comp, but thanks for the offer!

Happy 4th of Jooleye to yer.

 
At 7/05/2008 5:34 PM , Blogger Nathan Nothin said...

Have you got Superlocalhellfreakride?

 
At 7/08/2008 10:40 AM , Blogger jonderneathica said...

I don't have the Hubcap City record. Is it good? Are you a fan of Atlanta bands, or do you collect EVERYTHING?

 
At 7/08/2008 1:38 PM , Blogger Nathan Nothin said...

Second things first, I don't really collect musick, I just kinda live it.

First things second, I don't necessarily know what you mean by good. That said, I think it's quite good. It reminds me, if anything, of the Sun City Girls, kinda.

Songs like "Wind Blowin' on a Stick Man" & "Sticks in the Graveyard" would be categorized noise (maybe a stick thing) while "Arabella Sabotage" & "Bottle of Rum" are probably lo-fi while "Hippest Trick" or "When the President Sez" are more experimental.

Are ya interested?
(I ain't one much fer categories, nor do I like dogma either...theys all varmints)

 
At 7/13/2008 11:34 PM , Blogger Nathan Nothin said...

Jon,
I sent you the link to Hubcap City in an e-mail. Let me know if you got it, if not, I'll send it again.

Thanks for the offer of new tunes.

 

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