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  • Swamp Photo Essay, Part Three: Hustle and Grind

    From Sep. 18–Nov. 6, Flagpole photo intern Randy Schafer shadowed the members of local band Swamp, in an attempt to document what it's like to be in a band in Athens while simultaneously attending college at UGA.  

    Previously: Life on the Stage | Halloween

    The members of Swamp wear many hats. Students by day, employees and band members by night, songwriters on the weekends and recording artists every other week or month.

    "It's really hard to figure out when we can practice," says Owen Hunt, bassist and vocalist. "And enough time to dedicating learning new material and also recording. Our schedules are always conflicting."

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    Tommy Weigle (right), a 20-year-old junior comparative literature major, works on a group project with his classmate and friend Sydney Tyson (left), sitting in Weigle's living room with Weigle's dog Scooby, in October.

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  • Michael Stipe, Neutral Milk Hotel Bid Farewell to 'Colbert'

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    Last night, "The Colbert Show" wrapped up its nine-year run with a final, star-studded episode that featured a massive singalong of Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again." The choir featured our own Michael Stipe (who was also on the show earlier this week, being sold for a quarter at a yard sale), as well as Randy Newman, Patrick Stewart, George Lucas andbasically everyone else ever.

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  • Swamp Photo Essay, Part Two: Halloween

    From Sep. 18–Nov. 6, Flagpole photo intern Randy Schafer shadowed the members of local band Swamp, in an attempt to document what it's like to be in a band in Athens while simultaneously attending college at UGA.  

    Previously: Life on the Stage

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    On Hallows Eve, Owen Hunt (left), sets down his beer, as Maya Rae (center-left), practices her avant-garde performance with Lulu Lacy (center-right), and Tommy Weigle (right), plucks the strings of his unplugged guitar in the barn and future stage of Swamp's Halloween House Show.

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  • Listen to The Dream Scene's Christmas II

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    Forget Black Messiah: Athens just got its own musical Christmas present in the form of a long-awaited surprise release from local avant-pop outfit The Dream Scene.

    If you're unfamiliar with Javier Morales' excellent 2009 collection of lovingly warped holiday tunes, go check it out. I'll wait.

    Good, you're back. Wasn't that awesome? What's that? You want more? Well, pilgrim, you're in luck: Yesterday, Morales unveiled a sequel to Christmas.

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  • Swamp Photo Essay, Part One: Life On the Stage

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    Performing music in front of a crowd of people provides its own challenges, routines and expectations—and its own rewards, far beyond the gratification of a good jam behind closed doors. At first, though, it can be daunting. 

    "I know both Owen [Hunt] and I used to be really, really shy about things," says Tommy Weigle, guitarist and vocalist for local indie rock three-piece Swamp. "So, playing live, a lot of the time, was… not necessarily like, 'Let's get this over with'… Sometimes it's nice to get out of a familiar environment and try something new—but sometimes it's terrifying." 

    In addition to conquering the live music beast, the members of Swamp have to manage school responsibilities, finances, maneuvering around each other's schedules and planning what gigs to play when and where.

    From Sep. 18–Nov. 6, Flagpole photo intern Randy Schafer shadowed the members of Swamp, to document what it's like to be in a band in Athens while simultaneously attending college at UGA.  

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  • Nuçi's Space Extends Reconstruction of the Steeple Deadline

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    Photo Credit: Jason Thrasher

    Last month, Nuçi's Space launched the "Reconstruction of the Steeple" Indiegogo campaign to refurbish the St. Mary's steeple—the site of R.E.M.'s first gig—and to help fund the nonprofit resource center's programming for 2015. 

    As of today, the crowdfunding campaign has raised over $128,000—a whopping sum, but well shy of its $250,000 goal. Since it met the halfway mark, though, Indiegogo has agreed to extend the fundraising deadline past its initial Dec. 13 date to Jan. 2, says project manager Marc Tissenbaum.

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  • Michael Stipe: R.E.M. Will 'Never, Ever' Reunite

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    Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe—who, at age 54, is starting to bear a passing resemblance to John Malkovichgave an interview to "CBS This Morning" that aired Saturday in which he looked back on his 30-year career to promote REMTV, a DVD box set of the band's television appearances. Here are some of the highlights:

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  • Hear a Song From of Montreal's Upcoming Album, Aureate Gloom

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    Photo Credit: Ben Rouse

    News came down yesterday that of Montreal, the long-running, shape-shifting Athens-based indie-pop project helmed by songwriter Kevin Barnes, will release a new full-length Mar. 3 via Polyvinyl.

    Aureate Gloom will feature the same core cast of musicians as last year's Lousy with Sylvianbriar— Clayton Rychlik, Bob Parins, Bennett Lewis and JoJo Glidewell—though if single "Bassem Sabry" is any indication, Barnes and company have ditched the garage-rock of that record in favor of a strange, stripped-down dirty-disco sound.

    Stream "Bassem Sabry" below:

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