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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Order Up: Flight Mode

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Last night, we delivered a custom order of one-inch buttons to local band FLIGHT MODE, which features Leslie Grove and Kenny Aguar (better known around these parts as the 8-TRACK GORILLA)…with the welcome addition of Scott Creney of TUNABUNNY on the amazing butterfly-shaped bass and legit 80s goth rocker, Tom Ashton, on guitar, from legendary band MARCH VIOLETS

The night opened up with some harsh NOISE from local band KUSA87 – sheets of unrelenting noise, sounding a lot like a jet engine with glitchy loops of feedback and distorted human chatter, with intermittent bouts of propulsive percussion coming in from the side – Missy said it reminded her of the noise shows she would go see in Pittsburgh and I said it reminded me of the noise shows I would go see in LA at THE SMELL. We were both like, “Ahhh…this takes me back.” A definite palette cleanser, for sure, for sure. Their video screens featured equally glitchy random video footage, except for one lone monitor which was playing the movie FIGHT CLUB, which seemed like the perfect visual cue for the (un)musical onslaught:

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Flight Mode followed immediately afterwards. We weren’t sure what to expect with the expanded line-up…only that it was going to be good, given the pedigree of everyone involved. And sure enough, we were not disappointed. Flight Mode sat easily in the middle of that venn diagram where The Cure, New Order, and Echo & The Bunnymen meet. Not a pastiche or an homage, but an honest-to-goodness GOTH BAND that would make any big-haired kid decked out all-in-black squee with delight. I guess the best way to sound like an authentic goth band from the 80s is to have an actual guitarist from an 80s goth band as your ringer – Tom Ashton killed it. Add in Leslie’s synth lines and perfectly programmed beats, and Scott’s Peter Hook-esque bass lines – and I can’t stress this enough – played on this gnarly BUTTERFLY-SHAPED BASS, and bam, you have the perfect backdrop to Kenny’s sweetly dark poetry. AND…they closed with a cover of NEW ORDER’s “CEREMONY” to boot. I was so hyped, I ended up NOT having to get that Irish Coffee from the bar afterall:

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There was a surprise CHRISTMAS SET from Athens’s own DREAM SCENE, with Javier belting out Christmas standards over cheesy samples and beats. By that time, we were ready to head back home, the both of us having spent most of the day in bed sick, before venturing out into the night. We bowed out as the Christmas spirit rained down on all the party people:

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Blast From The Past: Athens Christmas Parade

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Tonight was the annual CHRISTMAS PARADE in downtown Athens. Missy and I try to go every year because you can usually count on being entertained by something WEIRD happening. This year we opted out and stayed home because we were worried about getting caught out in the rain…so, instead of sharing some brand new photos, here are some old images from the 2007 Christmas Parade, taken pre-blog, culled from my Flickr archive…

Every year we hope hope hope that the SCROLL MOBILE makes an appearance with their HUMAN FISH TANK – a couple of young children trapped in a cozy living room vignette. Needless to say, 2007 did not disappoint:

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The least enviable spot in the whole parade: the guy following all the horses with a large shovel:

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Perfect Day

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“PERFECT DAYS” are easy to achieve…well, for me at least! Just take me to a decent record store where I can dig for music for a couple of hours and then take me to a museum or gallery where I can stare at cool and interesting stuff for another couple of hours and…viol√°! PERCECT DAY ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!

We had one such “perfect day” in Pittsburgh, PA nearly a year ago. We hit up the almighty JERRY’S RECORDS late one afternoon and preceded to dig through their massive inventory of used vinyl, looking for hits and deals…

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After the shopping spree, we headed over to the WARHOL MUSEUM to meet up with Missy’s friend Steve, and his girlfriend Nicole. Nicole works at the Warhol as an educator and liaison for the museum and she treated us to some behind-the-scenes after-hours fun…

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We got to play around in the museum’s INTERACTIVE STUDIO, which we had all to ourselves. We ended up silk-screening a bunch of souvenirs for ourselves and touring their offices, in addition to all the general shenanigans that ensued…

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Missy and Steve effing around with Warhol’s iconic BRILLO BOXES:

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One room in the Warhol had all these rows of television monitors, each one playing a tv program or interview featuring Andy Warhol himself. Each monitor was equipped with a pair of headphones that you could use to listen to the playback:

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In another room painted all silver, you could film your own version of an Andy Warhol “SCREEN TEST”…
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