Monty Greene’s quarantine appearances, plus more music news and gossip

I WANT DISCIPLINE HERE: Monty Greenone of the founding fathers of what could be described as the first industrial music scene in Athens, is the artist in residence from July 2022 to Athens Institute of Contemporary Art (i.e. ATHICA). Known to many for his work with Nerve Clinic and Damage Report, Greene is an accomplished video artist, and during his residency he will develop and present the video installation ‘Quarantined Apparitions’. You may have correctly discerned from its title that this work was created during the pandemic, but what you may not know is that Greene was among the first on the popular culture scene. , so to speak, to present any pandemic-based work when he released the COVID-themed music video gray clouds at the very beginning of March 2020. It features citizen-filmed footage of police repression in Wuhan, China, and other disturbing images. Her residence opening event is Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. Additional screenings take place on Saturdays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please see athica.org/updates/greene.

MORNING HIGH, SUN: As you read this, popsmith Drew Beskin will have released their new single “Spoilers”. The title is taken from his forthcoming album. Somewhere on the side like you. The album also marks Beskin’s debut with his new band The Sunshine. The single is a short, sweet number that draws authentic inspiration from classic acts such as The Beatles and Big Star. With a duration of only two minutes sixteen seconds, it’s just enough to whet his whistle in anticipation of more. Find it on all major streaming services as well as drawbeskin.bandcamp.com. For more information, please visit facebook.com/DrewBeskin and drawbeskin.com.

THE GANG IS ALL HERE: Experimental-compositional combo modern lamps has expanded its family tree for its latest release, Kudzu Crown. The 40-minute two-track release features, in addition to the mainstays Rachel and Grant Evans— cheerfully relaxed entries by Rashaun (clarinet), Leslie (percussion), Frank (guitar) and Ανώνυμος (meaning anonymous) on bouzouki, baglamas and double bass balalaika. It is said that collaborations like this can help musicians “get out of their own heads,” so to speak, and let go of any limitations they may have unwittingly placed on their work. I can’t 100% attest to that being the case here, but there’s a certain openness and breathiness to the opening track “Teadrum (Flower Yoga)” that’s no different from, say, the most meditative from The Grateful Dead. The second track, “Heavy Satori”, brings the group back into the dark and familiar envelope of sonic drone, light reprieve and rapid descent into the cataclysm at its end. Kudzu Crown is available digitally and in micro-lots of cassettes (25 edition) and CD-R (30 edition). Find it at hookervision.bandcamp.com.

TAKE THIS WAY: The release of this news in the middle of AthFest may have captured exactly how quickly the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission probably wanted, but there are also probably at least a few of you who missed it. So the news is the announcement of the 2022 inductees in the Athens Music Walk of Fame. These decisions are never easy, and I can only assume there has been a lot of conversation surrounding these choices. This year’s inductees are Bloodkin, Titus Burgess, Love Tractor, ishues and Glands. The Athens Music Walk of Fame is an ongoing effort to recognize and amplify each artist’s unique contribution to the music of Athens. For more information on the Walk of Fame and the Cultural Affairs Commission, please visit athensculturalaffairs.org.

UNTIL THEY CLOSE THE CURTAIN: The 1st Annual Aquemini Music Festival will take place at Southern Brewing Co. on Sunday, September 4. Presented by Aubrey Entertainment and Aquemini 28 Entertainment this event created by Knowa Johnson (United Group of Artists), is “designed to encourage diversity in Athens, Georgia, and surrounding cities, while enabling Black and minority creators to continue to strive for excellence in their lives and in the selected industry. “. To this end, the festival program includes, among others,Natty Lovejoy Strip (Tennessee), Aquatic Soul Band (Athens), Candy Morgan and Charlie Beatz, Diamond Elysee (Atlanta), Kanela and the GSG group (Aiken, SC), Mr Lewis (Atlanta), Splitz band (Athens) and Misnamed Band (Atlanta/Athens). Performances will be spread over two stages, there will be a live DJ, vendors, food, a fashion showcase and more. A “Fun Zone”, courtesy of Rucker Family Amusements, will also be on site. Aquemini 28 Entertainment is also the company behind the current series of Afro-Caribbean First Fridays at The Soundtrack. Tickets for the festival are not yet on sale, but interested attendees, potential vendors and potential sponsors are encouraged to call 678-740-3884 for more information.

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