Artwork by Graham Shirley.
In February, not long after President Trump was inaugurated, two area recording studios—engineer Mike Albanese's Espresso Machine in Athens and Jay Rodgers' Full Moon in Watkinsville—invited 20 local groups over for a marathon weekend-long recording session, during which the bands laid down new songs inspired by the election and its aftermath.
Looking for new sounds to stream on this cool, cloudy Thursday? Lucky for you, Flagpole dot com has you covered. Here's a sneak peek at three upcoming local records we're pretty dang excited about:
Athens-based coffee roaster Jittery Joe's has announced it will continue its series of collaborations with local musicians with Up All Night, a blend created in partnership with local jam legends Widespread Panic.
Photo Credit: Michael Stipe
Former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe will debut a new solo composition—officially, it's his first ever, according to a press release—at this year's Moogfest, which happens May 18–21 in Durham, NC.
Among the most anticipated "unofficial" day parties at music-industry behemoth South by Southwest is the annual Athens in Austin event, presented by the Georgia Theatre and a host of other Athens businesses, including Flagpole.
Photo Credit: Kristin Karch
Following President Trump's temporary ban on refugee resettlement and immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, several Athens bands say they are donating proceeds from digital music sales to civil-rights organizations, including the Southern Poverty Law Center and American Civil Liberties Union.
Photo Credit: Bloodkin via Facebook
A Gofundme page has been set up for Bloodkin member Daniel Hutchens, who suffered a minor hemorrhagic stroke recently.
Photo Credit: Will Westbrook
Could there be new Neutral Milk Hotel music on the way?
According to a Reddit commenter who purchased some of Jeff Mangum's recent drawings, maybe. The black-and-white artwork, titled "The Book Cipher Sings," appears to contain the phrase "double album" in various permutations.
The sad news rolled in on social media yesterday that Curtis Vorda, an Athens musician known for his free spirit, virtuosic singing talent and work with bands like psych supergroup Dark Meatand prog-tinged rockers American Mannequins, passed away after suffering a brain aneurysm.
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