It's been almost thirty years since R.E.M. made their debut at a party in an old abandoned church in Athens. Thirty years of rule-bending, tour-grinding, record-smashing, heart-breaking, death-defying, breath-taking music that has been the soundtrack to our lives. We've laughed, we've cried, and it's far from over still! So in celebration of the four guys … Continue reading R.E.M. Turns 30! Party in Athens!
You should've been at the Underneath the Covers show. Devo was AWESOME. Remember, if you want the most up to date news from Athens, Georgia's music scene, follow Blueshades on Twitter or become a Fan of AthensMusicJunkie on Facebook. Pylon revealed a long-lost video for "Beep." Quite a trip back in time. Join the band … Continue reading News Roundup and Shameless Plugs!
NaNoWriMo, aka, National Novel Writing Month, is a fun project I've been fooling around with for a few years. You basically write a novel in a month, hopefully equaling 50,000 words by November 30th. The results are often mixed, but in the end you get a piece of work that you've created and can cut … Continue reading AMJ and NaNoWriMo
Well, with the annual Georgia/Florida game, Fall Break, and Halloween all hitting this weekend, it may prove to be a surprisingly student-free weekend. No worries though. When the students go away, the Athenians come out to play. Halloween's always an insane holiday here and I'm glad to finally have a costume!Lots of friends of the … Continue reading This Week in Athens
It's been 27 years since it came out but R.E.M.'s "Chronic Town" EP still sounds as timeless as ever. It's a howling, haunting, hell of a debut for a band. I came to the EP as many others my age have, through the collection Dead Letter Office. On cd. I finally emptied my pockets for … Continue reading Poster Torn..
Well, it's no secret that I'm a fan of the UGA Music Business program, having been through it, present Bruce Burch with an award for it, and received a lot of opportunities from it. Considering how much time I've spent with the program, I haven't really talked much about it. Guess I've been trying to … Continue reading Music 101: Sign Up Now
It seems like every year there's a story about how the R.E.M. steeple or Murmur Trestle is a)falling apart (they both are) b) in danger (they both are) or c)causing problems (again, both are). So it really came as no surprise to hear that there another story being written about a treasured icon facing extinction. … Continue reading The Trestle Mess
So I'm not currently in Athens at the moment. While this does afford me a rare opportunity to sleep, it also presents a few challenges. Like Internet connection. And current material. Thank goodness for my buddies back in Athenstown who've been calling me and keeping me up to date.On the Modern Skirts front, we've got … Continue reading Vacation All I Ever Wanted..
(Scott Bullock / http://www.penumbrastudios.net)- artworkThe Critical Darlings' newest album sold out so fast that it was gone before it was officially released. Yup, no hard copies left in sight. A quick word about the artwork as per usual. While it's not the surreal flying fish thing from the last record, the lady in the water … Continue reading CD Review: Chris McKay and the Critical Darlings
So it's no big secret that I've done freelance work for Flagpole. The alternative weekly rag here in Athens lets me write show and album reviews from time to time and basically helps me eat. Well, if you didn't think they'd lost their minds the first go round, brains are running rampant in Athens now. … Continue reading Shameless.