Are you still lamenting a New Year's spent at another lame party, drunkenly arguing with friends over board game rules? Or perhaps you didn't even make it that far, passing out on the couch some time during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve special? Well, next year, make sure to end up wherever Centro-matic is playing.
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After the jump, we'll tell you why. And, an audio treat.
December 31, 2006, found the band at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia, opening for friends and fellow rock gods the Drive-By Truckers. I'm fairly certain our Texas boys won the battle of the New Year's covers, however, ending their set with a breathtaking rendition of Lionel Ritchie's "All Night Long (All Night)" -- complete with pedal steel, no less, courtesy of Athens, Georgia, resident and South San Gabriel member Matthew Stoessel. It's seriously the best rendition of a Lionel Ritchie song we've ever heard. Hell, it's the only good rendition of a Lionel Ritchie song we've ever heard (even by Lionel Ritchie). --Noah W. Bailey
Centro-matic, "All Night Long (All Night)" (Lionel Richie cover)