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Blog Topic: New Music

  • Homedrone: Flagpole Premieres: Scooterbabe, 'Know That I Don't Want You'

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    Photo Credit: Anna Pence

    Though it has played steadily around town for the last couple years and gained a respectable local fanbase in the process, indie-pop trio Scooterbabe has but one EP to its name, a self-titled, five-track effort released last November.

    Now, the band is set to drop the follow-up, again in EP form. The new one is titledscooterbabe2@gmail.com (yes, that is the name of the damn thing) and is out Oct. 28 digitally and in the near future on cassette via Pizza Tomb.

    The four-song record finds the band honing the C86-inspired sound it has put forth since the beginning. For fans of noisy, navel-gazing jangle-pop, it's a must-listen. Flagpole's Gordon Lamb is blunt in his assessment: "No one in Athens has played well-crafted, distortion-free pop of this type and caliber in a very long time."

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  • Homedrone: Watch a New Video from Honeychild

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    Photo Credit: Nathan Baerreis

    Honeychild is gearing up to release Surrender, the pop follow-up to the tropical American Beach (Flagpole review). An Indiegogo campaign has been in the works for a while, and though the group has thus far raised less than half of the desired $8,000, there's still another week-plus for folks to donate.

    And the band is making it easy to do so: At Honeychild's show Saturday, Oct. 18 atHendershot's—where they'll play the new record in its entirety—frontlady SJ Ursrey tellsFlagpole she will have a laptop set up where folks can pre-order the album through the Indiegogo page.

    Below, watch the recently released, Shannon Moncrief-directed video for "Make Out," a tune from Surrender

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  • Homedrone: Watch a Fiery New Video from Chief Scout

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    Chief Scout, the pet project of Athens-based songwriter and guitarist Trey Rosenkampff, has been steadily gathering buzz, earning high marks from in-the-know locals for its scrappy guitar pyrotechnics and energetic live shows.

    A two-song single is scheduled for release Oct. 28, with a five-song EP to follow next year. To tease the new material last month, Rosenkampff offered a stream of "Run Away From Home," the single's high-octane A-side with an impossibly catchy chorus. 

    Now there's a flame-filled video, directed by Andrew Schwab, to accompany the tune. Check it out below:

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  • Homedrone: The Weekly Three: Caribou, Ex Hex, Sunn O))) and Scott Walker

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    Photo Credit: Jonah Takagi

    Ex Hex

    This week's new finds from the great beyond:

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  • Homedrone: Flagpole Premieres: Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne, I Line My Days Along Your Weight

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    Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

    Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne call New York City home these days, but the pair cut their musical teeth in Georgia—Rogers with new-folk standouts Myssouri and Byrne with eclectic rockers Hot Young Priest. The album Rogers and Byrne have just crafted as a duo, I Line My Days Along Your Weight, should establish the pair as one of the most vital acts in folk music right now.

    Recorded in Brooklyn and set for release next Tuesday, Oct. 14 via ImportantI Line My Days Along Your Weight is a striking set of sparse, evocative tunes filled with rich instrumentation—"baritone acoustic, tricone resonator, golden-­era flat top, space-­age lap steel guitar, upright piano and hundred-­year-­old mandolin," per the press release—that is unassuming even as it devastates.

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  • Homedrone: The Weekly Three: Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne, Prince, Godflesh

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    Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

    Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne

    This week's new finds from the great beyond:

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  • Homedrone: Watch a Mind-Melting New Future Ape Tapes Video

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    The music of local experimental crew Future Ape Tapes is difficult to categorize but easy to lose your mind to: on the group's new album, Pyramirrormid (from which you can hear some samples here), noise-blasted hip hop beats sit comfortably alongside psychedelic sound collage and damaged electronica.

    On Friday, Tiny Mix Tapes premiered the video for "Man With the Eagle Eye," a typically mind-melting track from the new tape, which you can nab at the band's show on the UGA campus Wednesday evening or via Hooker Vision starting Sept. 4.

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  • Homedrone: Flagpole Premieres: Juna Announces New Album, Releases 'On Patience' Video

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    Local band Juna will release a new album, the follow-up to last year'sHeteroglossia (Flagpole review), on Sept. 27 via Cohosh Records. Titled On Courage, the new album contains six tracks of sprawling, churning gloom-rock.

    Drummer Sasha Schilbrack-Cole tells Flagpole the new record was recorded by engineer Ben Wills (Family and Friends, Of the Vine) and mastered by Joel Hatstat. That's the cover art above.

    In addition to the band's established influences, the album introduces some exciting new flavors to its already complex post-rock mix. Shades of Laughing Stock-era Talk Talk, for instance, show up in the album's contemplative opener, "On Patience."

    Below, watch the video for "On Patience":

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  • Homedrone: On the Rise: Hear the New EP from Waitress

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    If there's a general trend to speak of happening now in Athens music, it's a move towards the raucous, propulsive, atonal guitar music of mid-'90s Dischord, Touch and Go and their ilk. Bands like Pinecones and The Powder Room have done their part to remind us that rock's not dead, man, and now comes yet another no-nonsense local group eager to get your lazy ass back in the pit.

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  • Homedrone: Coyotes in Boxes On Their YOWLER EP, Track By Track

    Nashville/West Virginia folk-rock outfit Coyotes in Boxes celebrate the release of their YOWLER EP with a free show Friday at The World Famous, where attendees will also receive a free download of the new release. We asked the band to explain the inspiration behind each song on the EP. Plus, check out an exclusive stream of "Astrid," the record's second track. 

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    We’re proud of the work on our first album, and Curtis and Fox, but for our new, six-song EP, we wanted to capture a more eccentric side of the band. YOWLER represents our move to East Nashville from Huntington, WV nicely—the production is slicker and weirder. The songs were inspired as much by cultural archetypes and our own invented mythology than any particular artists that we’ve been listening to lately. Here’s our track-by-track run down on what gave life to YOWLER. 

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