Cooley High

February 23, 2005

ATL crew: if you're still hanging around Buckhead and Virginia-Highland, it's time you removed head from ass and hollered at East Atlanta. Tomorrow night: Mike "The Quiet Temper" Cooley takes time off from the Truckers and plays solo and acoustic at the EARL (and at the 40 Watt in Athens on Friday).

Much is made of the songwriting of the Truckers' Patterson Hood and Jason Isbell, and fair enough. But don't underestimate Cooley's own work - wry, subversive wisdom dispensed casually in rebellious songs with strange, linear constructions.

We were listening to this man's songs every day for almost three years before realizing most of em don't have choruses. So maybe just get half as drunk as you would at a Truckers show (it IS acoustic, after all) and go sing along to the closing strains of "Zip City":

"I got 350 heads on a 305 engine..." You know the rest.

Posted: February 23, 2005
Cooley High