Forward Forecast 2021

Hello and welcome to a new year. I wish I could say that this is the year things go back to normal but with so many lives and businesses lost in 2020, it is a given that there will have to be a new normal created from the ashes. So with that, I wish you and yours health and strength and safety as we launch into this news roundup.

As you can see in our featured image (really, WordPress?), Flicker Bar has new awesome hoodies for purchase. I’m a sucker for a good hoodie and for helping out a local spot. Grab yourself one if you’re so inclined.

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention it is R.E.M. front man Michael Stipe‘s 61st birthday. Notable anniversaries for the band this year include New Adventure in Hi-Fi turning 25 (with reissue treatment), Reveal turns 20, Out of Time turns 30, and final album Collapse into Now turns 10. In other news, time continues to make fools of us all.

Strolling Bones Records is a new label in town, apparently associated with New West and fittingly named after a Squalls song. They say they’re not going to be tied to a particular sound so it’ll be interesting to see which artists land on the label.

The Shut-Ups dropped a surprise EP on us all before the turn of the year. Like most Shut-Ups endeavors, it’s an acquired taste but if you’re into power-pop with a snarky edge, check out I Was Made for These Times on their bandcamp here.

And last but not least, here’s a nifty post on the Jangly 80s. Because Pylon.

As always, if you’ve got some local music news send it to athensmusicjunkie@gmail.com. Tell us about your upcoming (local!) EPs, singles, merch drops, label launches, etc. And tune into The Guest List on WUGA for more music stuff from Jordan.

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