Weekly Jam! (7-16-07)

Great musical trends come in cycles, and just like the music itself, so do great musical cities.  In the late 70’s and early 80’s, the country was buzzing with talk of major developments in Athens, Ga… a few years later the rest of the world found themselves enjoying records from the B-52’s and R.E.M.  Athens managed to get a little stale, leaving the door open for Seattle, (to a lesser degree) Cincinnati, Detroit, Portland… aaaand now back again to Athens.

Athens hasn’t exactly been stagnant over the years, as its Elephant Six Collective produced some of the most prominent and indispensable indie rock records of the 90’s.  Apples In Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power and most recently Of Montreal each have roots in the city, whether or not they actually originated there.  However, the most recent rebirth of the South’s only real hipster-rock haven is beginning to generate a buzz in the blog world, largely thanks to the aforementioned releases from current hipster-idols, Of Montreal.

Two of the most highly touted burgeoning talents from the region, seeming to be on the lips of every “too cool for school” type, are Parade and Telenovela.  Parade, drenched in poppy hooks, strikes me as a genuine “take ’em or leave ’em band,” meaning that I wouldn’t exactly walk out of a party if someone put them on, but I won’t be rushing out to the show any time soon.  However, there’s something special about Telenovela.  The single, Breakfast with Birds, is one of my favorites, and just so happens to be today’s Weekly Jam!

Keep your eyes on the bulldog, as we may see something amazing in Athens in the coming months.  As for me, I’m guardedly optimistic.  Rarely a year goes by without one or two “scenes” being the “next big thing,” and as we all know… they never really seem to pan out.

Telenovela – Breakfast with Birds


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