With great and due respect to R.E.M. – and, to a lesser extent, the B-52’s – there was a lot more significant musical activity going on in and around Athens, Georgia in the 1980s. For those who weren’t there, a 1987 documentary film, Athens, GA: Inside/Out offered a glimpse into the college town’s musical riches.
Here’s a look at four new releases, all on my format of choice: vinyl. The Toadies – The Lower Side of Uptown (Kirtland Records) In an era populated by sensitive, navel-gazing neo-alt-folk-Americana acts, it’s refreshing to stumble upon a new release from a band that rocks like in the Old Days™. The Lower Side of
Pylon might not have achieved the fame and notoriety of fellow Athens-based bands like R.E.M. and the B-52’s, but the funky new wave group was a beloved part of the college town’s arts and music scene. After its initial run (1978-83), the band would reunite for awhile at the end of the decade, and then