jason elliott takes satmc on the road (and his motorcycle can be yours)

As most of you know, Jason is hard at work on his music when he's not spiffing up your locks at Aviary. His project, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children, has continued to grow and this past month, they released a new album entitled "So Happy, It's Sad." While Jason hit the road with SATMC last Thursday for a two-month tour, they need your help to continue recording, touring and creating. We'll miss having Jason in the nest, but we're so happy to see him fly. Head over here to check out the campaign and chip in where you can (there is some pretty cool stuff involved).

last-minute gift guide (don't worry, we've got ya covered)

As always, Christmas has snuck up on us and it being a mere week away doesn't mean we've got all of our gifts to give under the tree. Don't fret, though. We have something to bring a smile to everyone on your list. We promise. For the skin conscious - This is an easy one thanks to Clarisonic. The skin cleansing system who boasts the mantra, "Clearer skin is healthier skin," has been a favorite of ours for awhile. It works by using a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second, which, in turn, removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt than our hands ever could. There are options, too, with the Clarisonic Pro (perfect for the queen bee – as it is one itself – and is only available through estheticians), the Mia 2 (Pro's baby sister is the pick for the globe-trotter, complete with a handy travel case), the Clarisonic Opal (palm-sized and designed to help around the eyes) and the Clarisonic Face and Body (the ultimate all-over skin treat).

For the lock lover - A Mason Pearson hairbrush is one object every woman longs for. After all, we know the feeling. The not mass-produced, coveted brush originated in London in 1885 and hasn't changed much since – meaning it's an investment that will last for Christmases to come. The brushes come in four sizes, eight colors and three pads including Boar Bristle (for fine to normal locks), Boar Bristle and Nylon (for normal to thick locks) and Nylon (for those super thick locks) and promises to clean hair, stimulate the scalp and produce a healthy sheen. Yes, please, Santa.

For the one who has it all - Sometimes gift cards get a bad rap, but there's nothing bad about treating someone awesome to a hair cut or color, massage, facial or waxing complete with a therapist who will customize each treatment to address specific needs and wants. It'll even score them one of our favorite above mention gifts – without the stress of picking it out. And to that, we cheers the season of giving.

the most beautiful things in life are found in the simple

“The most beautiful things in life are found in the simple”, is what Number 4 states under their manifesto. But that’s not the only reason we are hair over heels for Number 4: High Performance Hair Care. They thrive on pure creativity and have developed their lines to run parallel with fashion, science, art, music, and industrial design. They believe that hair should be the ultimate look, defining as well as spanning new territories. Hey, we’re on board.

This beyond brilliant scheme has resulted in lines made with nature’s greatest ingredients, new technology, and innovation (from all angles). Of course Number 4 stays far away from sulfate and sodium chloride, gluten, and parabens as well as animal product and testing. But what is different (besides their general approach) is their development of Liquid Complex Culture or what they call “their backbone”. This system draws from water and an advanced delivery system that takes beneficial botanical ingredients and creates teeny, tiny molecules. These molecules then (putting science aside) create a sort of hair miracle. Number 4 products are gentle, strengthening, AND purifying. Their entire line is also color preserving which is amazing as well as rare (cue applause).

Another cool thing about Number 4 is that they are strongly inspired by French culture. Each collection, right down to its aroma, is inspired by a special moment in Paris. Ooh la la. These collections include Essential, Style, Volume, and Hydrate. And we are all addicted. I love the Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, stylist, Jason Elliott swears on the Fluoro 5 Elixir Restore and Repair oil, and, well, the list goes on.

jason elliott + satmc 7" release bash

We’re smiling this week in anticipation of Saturday and, more specifically, the release of a very special split 7”.  Spirits of the Melchizedek Children and Order of the Owl have teamed up with local label The Great Big to make your ears tingle.  And Jason Elliott, stylist at the Aviary and lead singer of Spirits will be there to serenade you.  Elliott, a lover of life, creativity, and knowledge, has been with the Aviary for over two years and works magic when it comes to hair.  Spirits of the Melchizedek Children is a project he’s had going for over seven years and is a large part of his life outside of the salon.

And Spirits, being a staple of “local best of” lists as well as a frequent player at Atlanta Music Roundtable and other events, have definitely made a splash.  Founded by Elliott himself, Spirits is now a power troupe featuring locals Chris Case, Joe McNeill, and Bryan Fielden.  Well thought out and cohesive, Elliott’s melodic lullabies will entrance (even charm) you this Saturday.  Here’s a little of what he has to say about it:

Spirits and the Melchizedek Children is quite the (awesome) band name.  Tell me a little about the backstory. Melchizedek has always been a man or thing of mystery. And I love mystery.

There seems to be a lot of anticipation surrounding this release.  What are your feelings on that? I love it! Our last record did well and this is just a sneak peek at what's in store for our next full length.

A lot of this excitement must of come from the splash your album, We Are Here To Save YOU!, made in the Atlanta music scene.  Would you consider LOOK! an extension or departure from this work? I'm a big believer in letting your music change with you and your surroundings. My life has definitely changed since writing our last album. I've always admired listening to a new album that someone or (band) that I enjoy and it sounds different. But different in a good way, progressive and innovative. You can believe what they are doing!

Your 7" is a split with Atlanta's own Order of the Owl.  What's your connection to them? They are good friends. Also we are the yin to their yang.

I always love your album artwork.  What's the story? Amanda K. Emmo has always taken our cover photos. She really knows what to capture in just the few adjectives that I give her. For the 7" I said, "Creamy-Dreamy". She of-course nails it every time.

Any hair hero's in the music world? Klaus Nomi.

The celebration of Order of the Owl and Spirits and the Melchizedek Children’s split 7” release will take place on Saturday, August 4 at 529.  Fellow locals Nigredo will open the show with doors at 9pm.  And admission is $7 but there will also be a Village Pass available which provides entry to both this release as well as The NEC release show at The Earl for $10.  Sounds like a night!  And we can’t wait to see you there.