One of my favorite things about the Athens music scene is how it's perceived from the outside. Usually when some entertainment reporter/lifestyle blogger talks about it, they trot out the ol' "home of R.E.M. And the B-52s" line. As well they should, considering those bands are our most famous exports that aren't drenched in red … Continue reading Where the Wild Crowds Are
Ziona's been telling me for a long time now that Fred Schnider's solo album Just Fred really rocks but as someone who is only sorta into the B-52s, I let that recommendation slide. I'm an idiot.I put my iPod on random the other day and came across a very familiar voice singing "Coconut." "Aw," I thought. "This … Continue reading Schneider is a Punk Rocker
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a college student in possession of a trust fund must be in want of a good time. However little known the feelings or views of such a student may be on his first entering a college town, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the … Continue reading Spring Break 2010 Playlist of DOOM
(Photo/Ziona Kocher)I saw this article yesterday where Keith Strickland of the B-52s talks about how making Cosmic Thing helped the band cope with the death of Ricky Wilson. Wow.Usually, we think of records being cathartic for us, the listeners. Sometimes when there's a really emotionally charged slow song (think R.E.M.'s "Let Me In") we attribute … Continue reading B Thankful
He stays pretty much behind the scenes but Tony McGonagle is a huge help to this blog, especially when we just flat run out of time and energy. For some reason, he has this insane ability to find rare, funny, and interesting videos on Youtube. Normally, we'd just post these to the Facebook Page but … Continue reading Random Bits of Awesome with the B-52s
And you just thought the trend of awkward acting Athens bands acting awkwardly began with the scary ice cream man..Yeah guys..*snicker*... loosen up. 🙂
Guest Post by AMJ's Florida Office Editor Ziona KocherAs my parents and I drove all day on Saturday, the only thing I could think of to be happy about was the prospect of seeing the B-52's. Everything else seemed so depressing (to me, at least). Everybody keeps telling me how great college is, and that … Continue reading Athens In Perspective: The B-52s in Florida
One of the perks of being surrounded by such a colorful collection of friends is the incredible debates we often engage in while waiting for a band to come onstage. They range from the mundane (Pepsi/Coke) to the profound (What is Happiness?). One of my favorite debates of all time took place in the back … Continue reading Debate: Are the B-52s an Athens band?
If you haven't heard of Birds and Wire then you're missing out on something great here. I'm not much for country sounding twang, as I've probably noted a few times, but I love the soft melodies and gentleness of their sound. The band has that rare ability to write these sorrowful songs and keep a … Continue reading The Birds and the B’s.
Since UGA is doing a tribute to Otis Redding this Tuesday and I was asked to interview the family onstage, I thought it best if I head down to Macon and look at the Otis Redding: Dreams to Remember tribute to gain some insight for questions and context. Always one to mix business and pleasure, … Continue reading Dreams to Remember: My trip to Macon