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Nuci's Space

Nuci's Space Launches Indiegogo Campaign to save historic R.E.M. steeple

For the last fifteen years, local non-profit organization Nuci’s Space has provided financial aid, practice space and mental health services to Athens’ musicians. It has always been and remains one of the most essential players in preserving the Athens music scene.

On November 3rd, Nuci’s Space launched an IndieGoGo Campaign to help restore St. Mary’s Steeple, the last remaining remnant of the church where R.E.M. played their first official show in the spring of 1980. While the building itself was torn down several years ago to make room for yet another parking lot, the steeple still stands tall as an important Athens landmark. However, as the steeple has begun to deteriorate, the structure requires extensive repair.

In an effort to support the restoration, several Athens musicians have supplied unique items to be used as donation incentives. Items include (but are not limited to):

- A limited edition steeple logo poster from long-time R.E.M. art director and renowned graphic designer Chris Bilheimer

- Three Rickenbacker guitars autographed by R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers, and Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal)

- Stage props designed by Michael Lachowski of Pylon

- A smashed Gibson SG and tour costumes from of Montreal

- A limited-edition autographed Wes Freed steeple poster from Drive-By Truckers

- New limited-edition Chuck Sperry posters and Brute posters (featuring autographs by both Mike Houser and Vic Chesnutt) from Widespread Panic

- Drumheads, albums, poster, etc autographed by Neutral Milk Hotel

The campaign, which runs through December 12, has already raised over $50,000 dollars and has received press from publications like Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Spin. For more info contact project manager Marc Tissenbaum via marc @ or by telephone at 706-410-6758. Nuci’s Space has provided a video detailing the restoration effort. Check it out below!

For more info contact Nelson Wells

Video: Sisyphus' "Take Me"

Here’s the new video for Sisyphus’ “Take Me” from the self titled album available via Asthmatic Kitty and Joyful Noise Recordings. You can read the full story over at Pitchfork.

Sisyphus “Take Me” from Ryan Dickie on Vimeo.

VIDEO: Opossom's "Girl" premieres on Pitchfork.TV!

See the full post on! Opossom’s Electric Hawaii is out now via Fire Records! It’s available on a beautiful 7” set, three brightly colored 7“s in an trifold booklet. Go get it!

Video: Surf City's "Crazy Rulers Of The World" premieres on

New Zealand’s Surf City have released a new video for “Crazy Rulers Of The World”, which premiered on . To make it a little easier on you, we’ve also embedded it here!

Surf City, “Crazy Rulers of the World” from Wilderness Bureau on Vimeo.


Release Week For Megafaun!

This week, Durham N.C. trio and former Justin Vernon bandmates Megafaun released their fourth LP, the self-titled Megafaun. The album was the #3 Most Added record at CMJ this week, and already the reviews are rolling in! Check out some of the initial praise below!

From Pitchfork

“Megafaun have quietly completed the smart, sizable stylistic shift they started on last fall’s Heretofore EP, drawing back on the burly backwoods weirdness of their earlier work while widening their stylistic scope and pushing compositional delicacy to the forefront. And Megafaun may be their most immediately ingratiating, rewarding LP yet” – 7.8

From PopMatters

“No matter how you frame it, Megafaun is a stunning, expansive, and utterly satisfying record. It’s roadworn but hopeful, melodically fascinating, and never misses a step on its wandering, restless path” – 8/10


“With a new self-titled recording that ranges from free jazz to Delta blues, Megafaun proves they can cover all kinds of classic American music.”

Megafaun are in New York for two shows at Mercury Lounge, on September 25 and 26. Details can be found here in The New Yorker.


09.22 • Cat’s Cradle w/ Perry Owen Wright (Carrboro, NC)
09.23 • Red Palace w/ Matthew White (Washington, DC)
09.24 • Mercury Lounge w/ Doug Paisley (New York, NY)
09.25 • Mercury Lounge w/ Doug Paisley (New York, NY)
09.27 • Beachland Tavern w/ Doug Paisley (Cleveland, OH)
09.28 • Schubas w/ Doug Paisley (Chicago, IL)
09.29 • High Noon w/ Doug Paisley (Madison, WI)
09.30 • Cedar Cultural Center w/ Doug Paisley (Minneapolis, MN)
10.01 • Waiting Room w/ Doug Paisley (Omaha, NE)
10.04 • Tractor w/ Doug Paisley (Seattle, WA)
10.05 • Electric Owl w/ Doug Paisley (Vancouver, BC Canada)
10.06 • Doug Fir w/ Doug Paisley (Portland, OR)
10.07 • Cafe DuNord w/ Doug Paisley (San Francisco, CA)
10.08 • Satellite w/ Doug Paisley (Los Angeles, CA)
10.09 • McCabe’s w/ Doug Paisley (Santa Monica, CA)
10.10 • Casbah w/ Doug Paisley (San Diego, CA)

Megafaun from Hometapes on Vimeo.

Megafaun - Cropper

Megafaun's "Carolina Days" Premieres on Pitchfork.TV + Continue Tour With The Mountain Goats!!

Megafaun are everywhere at once right now! They’re currently on tour with John Darnielle’s The Mountain Goats, contribute vocals on the new All Tiny Creatures album Harbors, and have premiered the new video for “Carolina Days” on today!

See the video and the rest of the tour dates with The Mountain Goats after the jump!

Tour dates:
04.01•Paradise w/ The Mountain Goats (Boston, MA)
04.02•Castaways w/ The Mountain Goats (Ithaca, NY)
04.03•Opera House w/ The Mountain Goats (Toronto, ON)
04.05•Vic Theatre w/ The Mountain Goats (Chicago, IL)
04.06•Mercy Lounge w/ The Mountain Goats (Nashville, TN)
04.07•Variety Playhouse w/ The Mountain Goats (Atlanta, GA)
04.08•Cat’s Cradle w/ The Mountain Goats (Carrboro, NC)
04.10•Grey Eagle w/ The Mountain Goats (Asheville, NC)
04.11•Wexner Center for the Performing Arts w/ The Mountain Goats (Columbus, OH)
04.12•Mr. Small’s w/ The Mountain Goats (Pittsburgh, PA)
04.14•The Ottobar w/ The Mountain Goats (Baltimore, MD)
04.15•Theater of Living Arts w/ The Mountain Goats (Philadelphia, PA)
04.16•Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Sharon Van Etten (Brooklyn, NY)

Hear Olivia Tremor Control's new song "North Term Reality" on Pitchfork!

“Athens, Georgia experimental pop heroes the Olivia Tremor Control never exactly broke up, but other than a couple of quasi-reunion tours, they’ve lain dormant since 2000. Last year, co-leader Will Cullen Hart told us that the band was recording again. And now, the band has set a new track, “North Term Reality”, out into the world.” Read more and listen to the new Olivia Tremor Control song “North Term Reality” on Pitchfork.

AUX is an event and publication series devoted to experimental art in all forms. Based in Athens, AUX is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at the University of Georgia.

On October 19, 2010, AUX will release the compilation AUX Vol. 2, curated by Heather McIntosh (The Instruments), in a limited-edition of 250 hand-printed packages designed by Joshua Ray Stephens and printed by David Savino. The record was mastered by Derek Almstead (Elf Power) in Athens, Georgia and produced by Mark Callahan (ICE). All rights to the works contained on this CD remain with the individual artists.

Listen to Jay Nackashi “My Earthly Creature” (cleared to post).

For tracklist and additional information, head over to the Aux Vol. 2 roster page!

Califone's Funeral Singers Featured on Pitchfork TV

Recently, Califone performed “Funeral Singers” from their album All My Friends Are Funeral Singers at San Fransico’s Great American Music Hall for Pitchfork TV. In addition to getting rave reviews for their October 09’ release, their feature film has been accepted to Sundance. The film, also titled All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, is being shown tonight in Park City, Utah. In addition the band will be performing from last year’s release. Touring since October, the band isn’t slowing down any time soon! In addition to Sundance, the band will be touring with Wilco on their Trans-Canada tour.

Check out the video for Funeral Singers below:

Karl Blau "Dark Sedan" featured on Pitchfork TV

Pitchfork TV featured a video of K Records artist Karl Blau performing Dark Sedan, from his newest release Zebra. The video features label mates LAKE, who frequently perform with Blau.

LAKE will be performing on December 18th at The Crocodile in Seattle, Washington.

You can read Karl Blau’s blog, Karl Blaug at

The Wild Beasts-Cropper

New North American Tour Dates from Wild Beasts

via Pitchfork:
The falsetto-freaked British art-pop quartet Wild Beasts recently scored themselves a BNM for Two Dancers, their dramatic sophomore album. And in the coming months, the band will tour all over the place: the UK, mainland Europe, Australia, and then— finally— the U.S. and Canada. (It’s the band’s first North American tour.) And then back to London again. These guys will rack up some serious frequent flier miles this winter.

Check below for dates, and head on over to ( to watch Wild Beasts rock Juan’s Basement.

Wild Beasts:

11-20 London, England – Brixton Academy ^
11-21 Amsterdam, Netherlands – London Calling
11-22 The Hague, Netherlands – Crossing Border Festival
11-23 Hamburg, Germany – Hamburg Turmzimmer
11-24 Berlin, Germany – Karrera Club
11-26 Strasbourg, France – Club Laiterie
11-27 Paris, France – Le Point Ephemere
11-28 Utrecht, Netherlands – Le Guess Who? Festival
11-29 Lille, France – Aeronef
12-01 Le Havre, France – Cabaret Electric
12-04 Lisbon, Portugal – Super Bock Em Stock Festival
12-22 Kendal, England – Brewery Arts Centre
01-29 Brisbane, Australia – Laneway Festival
01-30 Melbourne, Australia – Laneway Festival
01-31 Sydney, Australia – Laneway Festival
02-06 Perth, Australia – Laneway Festival
02-10 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour *
02-11 San Francisco, CA – Independent *
02-13 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge *
02-14 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey *
02-17 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry *
02-18 Chicago, IL – Schubas *
02-19 Chicago, IL – Schubas *
02-20 Detroit, MI – Pike Room *
02-22 Toronto, Ontario – Horseshoe Tavern *
02-24 Boston, MA – Great Scott *
02-25 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie *
02-26 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *
02-27 Washington, DC – Black Cat *
03-04 London, England – KOKO

^ with White Lies

  • with Still Life Still


Bear in Heaven Receives Pitchfork Best New Music!

Bear In Heaven’s latest album, Beast Rest Forth Mouth (Hometapes), received an 8.4 and the rank of Best New Music today on

A few excerpts:

“Take out the earbuds and let it fill a space: This is music that’s bigger than your iPod— music you’ll want to feel all around you.”

“Bear in Heaven’s greatest trick is creating music that evokes the sort of physicality and scope that could soundtrack a Hollywood film, but also works equally well at stirring up intimate bodily passion. Lush synth beds, warm electronics accenting polyrhythms, and Jon Philpot’s yearning, boyish howl coalesce into a vibe that’s muscular without being macho, and which strikes a rare balance between nuanced emotion and overwhelming sensation.”

“…first single “Lovesick Teenagers” more than meets the requirements for 2009’s Epic Song About Tortured Young Romance.”

“Sure, bands can adapt to the current musical climate by adding extras to LPs, tweaking release dates to accommodate fan interest, or even giving away their music free. A curtain call like “Teenagers”, though: now that’s generosity.”

Read the entire review here:

The Wild Beasts-Cropper

Wild Beasts: Best New Music at Pitchfork!

The Leeds quartet Wild Beasts strike it big this week earning the coveted Best New Music this morning at Pitchfork! Check out the full review here.

The bands first single “Hooting and Howling” is simply fantastic, and the video (which we showed you a few weeks back) for the track is equally “breathtaking”…

The band was “Band of the Week” last week at, with a really cool interview along with it!

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