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Atlanta music news: Mudfish vs. Whisperlink

Plus, Slim Chance and the Convicts turn 25

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Each month, long-standing Atlanta DJ/producer Capeeton Mudfish releases a new digital/CD mixtape as part of a series called Breaking Bad, which covers a broad swath of rare cuts of mostly hip-hop and island sounds. For this month's installment, Breaking Bad 19, Mudfish goes head-to-head with dubstep DJ/producer Whisperlink for a mashup of old- and new-school hip-hop styles, tied together with twisted bass wobbles and electro beats. "I asked [Whisperlink] if he wanted to do a 'vs. mixtape,' where we blend our styles and maybe turn some of our fans on to something new," Mudfish says. "I emphasized everything has to be new, and Whisperlink was probably the best choice for that. He really is on the pulse."

Mudfish and Whisperlink will face off for the Breaking Bad live event at Blue Frog Cantina on June 17.

June marks the 25th anniversary for Atlanta country trio Slim Chance and the Convicts. Fronted by singer/guitarist and Creative Loafing music contributor James Kelly (full disclosure), the group played its first show on June 4, 1986, for patients at the now-defunct Georgia Retardation Center in Dunwoody, where Kelly worked as a behavioral specialist. "They never had music there except for around Christmas time [when] some church groups would come and sing," Kelly says. "We got permission to play and they loved it so much that we even had to play 'Hound Dog' twice."

The Convicts' show prompted the facility to book more shows, included performances from then-burgeoning locals the Indigo Girls and RuPaul. To celebrate, the Convicts are playing at Kathmandu Kitchen in Clarkston on June 16. The original lineup of Kelly, "Dangerous" Dan Jolivet (bass) and Mike Gagel (drums) will perform their set list from the first show, which featured three original numbers, five Elvis songs, a Buddy Holly song and one Bob Dylan tune.

The group is also planning shows to perform all three of its albums, and will release a new full-length soon, along with an album of rarities and live material that covers the group's 25-year career. There's also talk of an Austin Avenue Buffet reunion with several other bands that used to haunt the former Candler Park dive, heralded as the birthplace of Atlanta's once thriving Redneck Underground scene of the late '80s/early '90s.

Math rock threesome the Humboldt Trio has added a fourth member, guitarist Ryan Sims, to its lineup. Sims originally played bass for the Humboldt Trio a few years ago. Now that he's back, it's no longer a trio so the group has changed its name to Hello Cobra.

NEWS RELEASES: Producer/DJ Rob Wonder's "Cracked Out Smash-Up" remix of U.S. Royalty's "Hollywood Hollows" is floating around the Internet. Hip-hop production duo Introspective Minds has two new full-lengths posted on Bandcamp, City of God and Bow Down. Places' album, Half-Done's is also available via Bandcamp. Exact Index's five-song Desire EP arrived this week via Double Phantom. Atlanta rapper Eddie Meeks (formerly of Prophetix) celebrates the release of a new album, Cappuccino, on June 22 at 529, where he'll also unveil the video for his new single, "Song of Satisfaction." Tricil's "One Day Soon" video arrives June 28. Power pop/country/punk trio the Young Antiques' fourth album, A Man, Not a Biography, is out July 1 via Two Sheds. Atmospheric metal outfit MonstrO releases a self-titled debut via Vagrant on September 6, and Lyric Jones' debut album, Jones St., drops Sept. 23. C

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