Saturday, March 12, 2011

Brick Beats

I'm quoted on page 38 of the premiere issue of Brick Beats Magazine, dedicated to providing an independent look at music in Athens. The thorough article by Allison Maloney features an in-depth look at Athens' house-show culture including references to October's Morguefest, Millions of Michael Jordan's and a neat shot of Whale Zombie.

The Playground's keepers and O'Hearn attribute some inspiration to the success of the Spacement, a now defunct basement venue that left big shoes to fill after going on hiatus following noise violations late last year. Andrew Logan, tenant and organizer of the Spacement during the 2009-2010 school year, spoke candidly of the dozens of shows he helped throw, but remained respectfully in tune with the requirements of the noise ordinance.
"To be super legit, plan bands earlier and deejays later, considering drums are the loudest instrument," Logan suggested, "and have trash cans available. Seriously." Where there is fun to be found, responsibility and support are necessary. Sitting next to me in the basement of The Plaground Logan cracked a grin while expressing all the fun he has had making ordinary strangers dance like maniacs. His birthday celebration, thrown in January, was the Spacement's only exhibition of music so far this year, boasting seven deejays and over 100 guests.