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With nearly 10,000 apartments completed, pects, reducing the likelihood of shooting under construction or proposed in Athens them, but some commissioners hope that over the past two years, Athens-Clarke criminal justice reforms in the coming years County officials are reluctant to let the will end the need for Tasers. “I wouldn’t building boom continue. That especially want to saddle us with more enforcement applies to student housing, although develthan is necessary if we are successful in opments that promise to be affordable for our work in the coming years making those working-class residents are having an easier investments that drive down the need for time. that level of force,” Parker said. In 2017, the commission approved a Commissioner Jesse Houle said Tasers controversial condominium project at 155 keep neither residents nor police safer. “My Mitchell St., near downtown and the UGA concerns about Tasers are threefold: They’re campus, on a parcel that has long been eyed expensive, they’re potentially ineffective… by developers. That eight-story tower won and they may also serve to reinforce or furapproval mainly because of a promise that ther enable an approach to crisis response it would be made up of owner-occupied that I think relies upon too few first condos for seniors. But now, the original responders with too few resources,” Houle developer has flipped it to a company that said. specializes in student housing. Incidentally, the commission recently “I feel like this was a bait-and-switch,” approved a $250,000 settlement with Commissioner Melissa Link said at the Jan. Salvador Salazar, a North Carolina man who 19 agenda-setting meeting. “If this proposal was shot by police in Athens last year after had been student housing three years ago, pulling out a hidden machete and swinging it would have been it at an officer. But shot down in a Salazar’s lawyers If this proposal had been heartbeat.” argued that police student housing three years had no reason to Five of the seven commissioners who approach or quesago, it would have been shot voted in favor of the tion him because original proposal are down in a heartbeat. a 911 call from his gone now, though, girlfriend menso this new iteration will face a tougher tioned mental illness and homelessness— climb. Not only has the use changed, but which are not crimes—and an alleged the later version is denser, with 23 addiprobation violation that ACCPD did not tional units and less commercial space. The have an official record of. His lawyers also planning commission voted 5-4 to recomsaid in a lawsuit naming responding officer mend denial. Roger Williams and dispatcher Tori Teets “They have concerns with increasing the that Williams escalated the situation by number of units and decreasing commercial pulling his gun when Salazar was attempt[space]—just the overall increasing trends ing to walk away and posed no threat. they’re seeing with a lot of multifamily Salazar suffered severe injuries and will use right now,” Planning Director Brad Griffin the settlement to pay his ongoing medical said. bills, according to his lawyers. Taxpayers The planning commission also voted are on the hook for $100,000, with the rest unanimously to deny a rezoning for a covered by ACC’s insurance. proposed 501-apartment development COVID UPDATE: The COVID-19 virus has on Lexington Road. But the developer infected more than 12,000 Athens resihas agreed to make concessions, said dents, killing 81 and hospitalizing 367. Commissioner Mariah Parker, who repWith reports floating around the internet resents the area. of groups of maskless students roaming Officials looked more favorably on two Five Points and packing together on fields other multifamily proposals. One—on for powder-puff football games, here’s a Highway 29 near the growing commercial friendly reminder that the pandemic is node around the “Space Kroger”—consists of 280 mostly one- and two-bedroom apart- still, in fact, a thing, although the numbers ments advertised as workforce housing. The have improved somewhat lately. Clarke County’s seven-day rolling average of new other includes 87 one- and two-bedroom cases stood at 74 on Jan. 23, down from apartments (nine below market rate), as 108 the previous week. That’s good—but well as kiosks for startup businesses, on still not good enough for Clarke County Tracy Street, although planners questioned School District students to return to in-perits proximity to industries like the Pilgrim’s son classes. CCSD announced that remote Pride poultry plant. learning will be in effect until at least Feb Parker and Commissioner Carol Myers 5. Local hospitals remain near capacity, also raised concerns about extending a fiveand intensive-care units are overcrowded. year contract with Axon, a company that However, a new antibody treatment availprovides police body cameras and electric able at Piedmont Athens Regional for shock devices popularly known as Tasers. COVID-19 patients with risk factors could They said they intend to introduce a comhelp alleviate the situation. Vaccine distrimission-defined option Feb. 2 limiting the bution is ramping up but remains limited Taser contract to two or three years. to people age 65 and up, nursing home resPolice officials contended at a Jan. 14 idents, health-care workers and other first work session that Tasers give officers a responders. f non-lethal option to subdue violent sus-
Former UGA Dean of Men and Dean of Students William Tate once proposed to write a three-part series for The Athens Observer recalling Athens as he knew it during his years as a student here, 1920-24. The dean’s method would be to walk down Prince to Milledge, thence to Five Points and back to town on Lumpkin, recalling only from memory buildings and the people who lived and worked in them during his years of matriculation. As the dean waded through his flood of recollections, the series grew into 17 fascinating Observer installments, later collected into his book, Strolls Around Athens—still a rich read if you can get your hands on a copy. I will follow Dean Tate’s method here, relying only on my memory. Fortunately, my recall is much inferior to his, even though I have already cheated by re-reading Calvin Trillin’s An Education in Georgia. These ruminations are occasioned by the 60th anniversary of racial integration at the University of Georgia in 1961, currently the subject of a series of events on campus. I was a junior during the winter of 1961, so I had a ringside seat. In federal court, right here in Athens, we sat spellbound as the chancellor of the University System of Georgia, the UGA president, the registrar and other top officials took the stand and—under oath—denied that UGA had any policies excluding Black students. Dismissing those transparent prevarications, the court ordered the immediate admission of Charlayne Hunter (now Hunter-Gault) and Hamilton Holmes, two Black students from Atlanta. This action came during the civil rights movement, when other Southern colleges had been integrated amidst rioting and bloodshed, so a corps of veteran reporters descended on Athens, ready for the next wave of mobs and tear gas. And we did have our mobs—groups of students gathering to chant “[N-word] go home” and to impress their English profs with such rhyme schemes as “Two, four, six, eight/ We don’t want to integrate.” Groups of students gathered in various places in crowds at night, working up to the full-fledged riot that came later. But we did have Dean Tate. He had not been among the administrators lying in court, and he simply went about fulfilling his duty to protect the safety of all UGA students, now including, for the first time—except for a bunch of foreign students—two of color. Dean Tate by that time was already a campus legend, a stern disciplinarian who, as a former UGA track star, could easily outrun underclassmen fleeing the scene of infractions. At that time, the university had the legal status “in loco parentis,” meaning that while you were enrolled and in town, UGA was your parent, and Dean Tate was your enforcer-uncle. Your ID card
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was your passport. Without it, you were no longer a student. If the dean got your card, he owned you. When push came to shove, Dean Tate could grab you with one hand and your wallet with the other, and immediately the future of your college education depended on what transpired when you showed up at his office on the day and time commanded.
Dean Tate could read a crowd. He knew when to be firm and when to be jolly. He waded into a group of angry undergraduates in front of the Arch on one of those nights and just started talking to the students. He approached one and said, “Boy, what’s your name?” The kid stammered out his name, and the dean asked where he was from and then if he might be the son of so-and-so up there, which, it turned out, he was, so Dean Tate launched into a long anecdote about the misdeeds of the father while he was an undergraduate, and, before long, the whole group of boys was laughing and drifting away, dragging their Confederate flags behind them. But wait: I see that by invoking the dean, loquaciousness has crept into my account to the extent that it must be concluded next week. Meanwhile, I urge you to obtain a copy of Trillin’s An Education in Georgia. This is important because UGA Press is sponsoring a campus read of the book (reprinted by the Press in 1992), and, on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m., Trillin and Hunter-Gault will have a virtual conversation about the integration of UGA (ugapress.org/kick-off-event-aneducation-in-georgia-then-and-now/). Next week, I promise rioting, tear gas, flying rocks, the KKK and one pissed-off reporter. Meanwhile, you can familiarize yourself through photographic and memorabilia exhibitions at the main UGA library and the Special Collections Libraries on campus. f
Justice for Tara Baker FAMILY AND PODCAST HOST TRY TO SOLVE A COLD MURDER CASE By Cameron Jay firstname.lastname@example.org
he family of Tara Louise Baker returned to Athens last week, the 20th anniversary of Tara’s murder, to honor what would have been her 44th birthday. The family, along with the Classic City Crime podcast, organized a memorial at the UGA Law Library, where family and friends gathered on Jan. 20 to remember a life of good, brutally taken. Baker was a 23-year-old University of Georgia law student in 2001 when she was attacked and murdered on Jan. 19, just one day before her 24th birthday. Her home, located at 160 Fawn Drive in the Deer Park subdivision, was set on fire to further brutalize Tara and to conceal evidence in the case. I first met the Baker family when I started my true crime podcast, Classic City Crime, around 10 months ago. After I had looked over several unsolved cases in Athens, Tara’s case stuck with me. She was a beautiful young woman, living a low-risk lifestyle, murdered the day before her birthday, with few-to-no answers coming out over the last two decades. I wanted to help in some way. Little did I know what would come next.
to work together to try this new community-led effort to find answers in a case that has obviously festered in their department for years. I can honestly say, through my conversations over the last 10 months, I do believe Tara’s case to be more active today than it was then. The answers we’ve been able to provide the Baker family are difficult to explain. When we started this journey, the family was still being denied access to Tara’s autopsy and crime scene photos. After some pressure and talks, that is no longer the case. Tara’s family had also lost contact with Chris, Tara’s boyfriend from 2001, who was initially a suspect in the case. Through the podcast and our process of elimination, that relationship has been mended. The Baker family and Classic City Crime ask anyone who might have information in the case, or who might be responsible, to relieve themselves of this weight and come forward to police or to us directly. Tara’s case is just one of many homicides in Athens-Clarke County that remain unsolved. According to the results of an open-records request I filed last month, ACCPD’s open records clerk reported
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What followed were weeks of stories from people who knew Tara best and from some who had never met her at all but had heard others speak of aspects of the case. The Baker family and I not only processed new information from witnesses but also reviewed 20 years’ worth of records, transcripts and family files to try to finally answer the question: Who killed Tara Louise Baker? While the podcast has not led to an arrest, it has renewed the Athens-Clarke County Police Department’s commitment to the case and has given the Baker family many answers they’ve been seeking for the last two decades. When I first reached out to the ACCPD, I did not feel they wanted
around 40 unsolved murders dating back to the late 1960s. It’s time the police department starts thinking of new, creative ways to solve these cases in which DNA or a confession might never surface. The truth is, from Tara’s case to the others on the list, there are some cases that police alone will never be able to solve. When that is the case, we should be able to look at one another and find a way to approach finding new answers and encouraging public participation. What I’ve found is that people, unfortunately, are often more willing to talk to people outside the police department. Just imagine what we might accomplish in these cases if we worked together. f
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Trump and his wife, Melania, left the White House hours ahead of Biden’s swearing-in ceremony, with Marine One flying past the Capitol as it ferried him to his flight home to Florida. Trump, speaking to a small group before his final ride on Air Force One, thanked
is a stark one: healing a country that’s economically strained, rampaged by an unchecked virus and facing ever-deepening political divisions. He immediately embarked on his policy agenda, signing more than a dozen executive orders and other directives Wednesday. Those orders will require mask-wearing on federal property and will extend pandemic-spurred protections against evictions and foreclosures and a pause on student loan interest and payments. Biden also began to undo Trump’s immigration actions: reversing his ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries, halting construction of the border wall, bolstering the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and ending the
supporters and touted his administration’s accomplishments before wishing “the new administration great luck and great success.” “I hope they don’t raise your taxes, but if they do, I told you so,” Trump said, concluding with a promise that he “will be back in some form.” As Trump exited Washington, Biden headed to a church service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle with top congressional leaders from both political parties. He’s the nation’s second Catholic president, after John F. Kennedy. The challenge before Biden and Harris
enhanced immigration enforcement under the Trump administration. He had the U.S. rejoin the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Accord and began reviewing the Trump administration’s rollbacks to environmental regulations. As a precaution against additional insurrection, more than 25,000 National Guard members are stationed around the Capitol and throughout D.C., a number that grew dramatically following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a violent mob of proTrump supporters. Lawmakers, staffers and journalists had to barricade themselves for hours until law enforcement officers were
Biden Calls for Unity ‘END THIS UNCIVIL WAR,’ THE NEW PRESIDENT SAYS By Laura Olson and Ariana Figueroa
WASHINGTON—Calling on Americans to bridge the widening divisions in the country, Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States on Jan. 20, completing the peaceful transition of presidential power on the same stage where a violent mob just two weeks before had sought to prevent him from taking office. Standing before an unusually small crowd due to the pandemic and security concerns, Biden pledged to work on behalf of all Americans, not just those who supported him. The former vice president and Democratic senator from Delaware said those who did not vote for him can still disagree and dissent, but added: “Disagreement must not lead to disunion.” “We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal,” Biden said. “We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts.” Moments beforehand, the country witnessed a historic first, when Kamala Harris became the first woman, and first Black and South Asian person, to serve as vice president. She was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina on the Supreme Court. Harris, who stepped down as a U.S. senator from California on Monday, will be the tie-breaking vote in an evenly divided Senate. The addition later that day of two new senators from Georgia brought the chamber to 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans. As he gave his inaugural address, the 78-year-old Biden, a former vice president under Barack Obama and longtime U.S. senator from Delaware, looked out not at a sea of supporters, but at a bleak scene. Members of Congress were seated in socially distanced chairs; a massive force of National Guard members and huge metal barricades were present, following the Jan. 6 pro-Trump attack on the Capitol; and a display of flags stretched to the Washington Monument, representing the more than 400,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19 and could not be there in person. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, told a press-pool reporter before the ceremony that he was saddened by the massive security presence around him. “It’s a military camp,” Wolf said, his voice breaking. U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) said in a phone interview afterward that the event felt “very safe” as a result of both the security measures and the COVID-19 precautions, which required attendees to have a COVID-19 test beforehand. But, he added, it had a quiet, subdued atmosphere. “It almost had a feel like you were in someone’s backyard, rather than a presidential inauguration,” Fitzpatrick said. Vice President Mike Pence was in attendance, but for the first time since 1869, the departing president did not watch as his successor took the oath. President Donald
able to secure the building. Even after that horrifying event, Biden and his transition team said they felt secure in continuing to hold the swearing-in ceremony outside on the West Front of the Capitol, its traditional location. Other than the masks obscuring the faces in the audience, much of the ceremony itself felt normal. Former presidents Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were there to mark the occasion, and musical icons Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks performed. The youngest inaugural poet, 22-yearold Amanda Gorman, echoed Biden’s own themes in describing “a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished.” Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) said to reporters that she felt Biden’s speech about unity and Gorman’s poem about resilience and equity were important for Americans to hear. “I’m full of joy and inspiration,” she said, according to news reports. “I’m excited to be working with this next administration and honored to be here on behalf of Michigan.” Sen. Roy Blunt, (R-MO), who as chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies was emcee during the ceremony, said the attack on the Capitol “reminds us that a government designed to balance and check itself is both fragile and resilient.” “This is not a moment of division; it’s a moment of unification,” Blunt said. “A new administration begins and brings with it a new beginning. And with that, our great national debate goes forward.” Georgia U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, a Tifton Republican, offered a hopeful message in a statement Wednesday. “President Biden has vowed to work for all Americans, and if he holds to that promise, America will prosper,” Scott said. “More unites us than divides us as Americans, and I will continue to fight for policies that make our state and country a better place for everyone.” f These stories originally appeared in the Georgia Recorder, georgiarecorder.com.
Warnock and Ossoff Make History Hours after Vice President Kamala Harris carved out her own place in history, she helped cement two historic firsts for Georgia. Harris, who is the first woman to serve as the country’s vice president, administered the oath of office to Jon Ossoff, who is Georgia’s first Jewish senator, and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, who is Georgia’s first Black senator. At 33, Ossoff is also now the youngest member of the Senate. The pair, who were sworn in Wednesday afternoon on the Senate floor, were elected in the nationally watched Jan. 5 runoffs. Their upset victories over Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue split the balance of power in the formerly GOP-controlled Senate, giving Harris a tie-breaking vote. “This is a great day for Georgia and for our country,” Warnock said in a statement following the ceremony. “Today, my father, a veteran and son of south Georgia, would have been 104 years old. Today, our country’s first Black, woman Vice President swore in his son, Georgia’s first Black United States Senator. That this is even possible is a testament to the promise of our democracy and the covenant we share with one another as Americans. “At the same time, our nation faces multiple crises brought
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into sharper focus by a once in a century pandemic,” he added. “Congress must get to work immediately to overcome the challenges impacting the lives and livelihoods of Georgians, and people across the country.” The two candidates, who ran as a unified team, often referenced the historic ties of Atlanta’s Black and Jewish communities when on the campaign trail. Warnock is the pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, which Martin Luther King Jr. once led. That symbolism continued Wednesday. Ossoff was sworn in using a book of Hebrew scripture once owned by the late Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, who was a civil rights activist and ally of King. Warnock used the Bible given to him by his congregation when he became senior pastor. Ossoff was elected to a six-year term, making him the first Georgia Democrat to be elected to a full term in the Senate since 1996. Warnock will serve out the rest of former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term, which expires in 2022. Loeffler was appointed to the seat by Gov. Brian Kemp, and Warnock will appear on the ballot with Kemp in two years, when both are up for reelection. Harris also swore in a third senator, California’s U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla, who was appointed to replace Harris and who is the first Latino to represent California in the Senate. [Jill Nolin]
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By Bonita Applebum email@example.com Hey, Bonita! I’m writing to you on Jan. 20, 2021, just a few hours before our new president and vice president are sworn in. I’m excited about this because I was absolutely NOT HAPPY with our previous administration, led by him-who-mustnot-be-named, but I’m also feeling anxious. I am so nervous that the incoming administration will be loved in a “thank God that’s over” way, and they’ll be able to get away with not doing much to improve the lives of those of us in the United States. My life—and that of so many others in my same economic situation— has gotten harder in the last four years, and I’ve kind of lost my faith in “the system.” I also worry about the losing side acting out violently, either today or in the future. This anxiety is actually hitting me really hard.
superpower—we look like idiots on the world stage—and while there’s been plenty of centrist gum-flapping about “healing” and “moving on,” I think that the American public has made it clear to the incoming administration and to lawmakers in general that we expect people to experience consequences for seditious behavior and, also, that we want the most nonsensical and vindictive of you-know-who’s actions undone as quickly as possible. We should expect to be rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and the World Health Organization, and we can also kiss that Muslim travel ban goodbye. Whatever the 1776 Commission was will also be kicking rocks. I mean—wow— we really dealt with four whole years of this, didn’t we?
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Welcome To: My fellow American, I think we can be cautiously optimistic about Biden’s inauguration attracting violence because, according to several news outlets, Washington D.C. is pretty much impenetrable right now as a result of the attempted coup on Jan. 6. Airbnb accepted no bookings for Inauguration Day in the D.C. metro area, and apparently two of the National Guard members removed from inauguration duty were dismissed because of “inappropriate comments and texts” that I can only assume smacked of insurrectionist leanings. I have way too much life experience to ever put all of my eggs in one basket, but I have a sense that lots of caution has been taken to ensure that today’s inauguration will be as peaceful as possible. [Editor’s note: It was.] It’s kind of a shame that Biden and Harris won’t get the welcoming experience and public celebration that (almost) every new president should experience on their first day in office but, personally, I’d happily trade a crowded National Mall in exchange for never thinking of or seeing the previous president ever again for the rest of my poor, Black, queer and radical life. Biden and Harris will have lots of work to do to repair the damage that the previous administration has done to Americans and to our international reputation as a
Your anxiety is completely justified, especially after the riot on the 6th. I think we’re all a bit appalled at self-described patriots storming a government building with bear mace and flex cuffs, stealing and vandalizing with the backing of elected officials, but was anyone truly surprised? Anyone who was truly blindsided by the events of Jan. 6 probably needed a wakeup call to the realities of extremism in America, not to mention to the way the previous administration coddled and encouraged a very divisive worldview. You can combat your anxiety by taking comfort in the fact that DJT is no longer the president of the United States, and that the incoming administration is already being spurred on by people who want to see consequences for the damage done by DJT and his ilk. Personally, I love seeing pushback to talk of “healing,” because it’s clear that some expect the marginalized to forgive and forget as usual, but not today. People have to understand that you can’t nurse racism and foment a literal overthrow of the government without any consequences. We can’t heal by pretending we were never injured. I don’t have tons of faith in the system, either, but I do have faith in angry voters holding the feet of their lawmakers to the fire. We have to demand justice just as loudly as we demand liberty and equity. f
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At 41, Brooks becomes the youngest athletic director for a Power Five program. Despite his age, his promotion was not a surprise. Brooks is a well-liked figure in Athens, and he’s worked in UGA’s athletic department for most of the last 12 years, aside from short stints as AD at Division III Millsaps College and deputy AD at Louisiana-Monroe from 2014–2016. Georgia loves nothing more than to hire from within for big jobs. UGA hasn’t hired an athletic director with no connection to the school since Joel Eaves in 1967. Which isn’t to say Brooks isn’t qualified. Aside from what he’s done internally that the public never sees, he’s spearheaded a number of popular public-facing projects during his time in Athens. Remember the Jason Aldean concert at Sanford Stadium in 2013? That was Brooks’ brainchild. Scheduling the home-and-home against Notre Dame, which wound up being two of the football team’s biggest games of the last decade? Brooks. The LED lights that blanket Sanford in red for night games? Yeah, that was Brooks, too. But for all Brooks has done, his promotion still comes with a small bit of concern, through no fault of his own. After McGarity announced his retirement in late November, UGA President Jere Morehead convened an 11-person advisory council to find a new AD. A little over a month later— and less than a week after McGarity’s official retirement—the No. 2 administrator in the athletic department was promoted. That suddenness belies the idea that there was ever much of a search in the first place. A month and change isn’t enough time to
defense under Nick Saban, was tired of waiting for the job at his alma mater to open up. Rumors were swirling that he was being lined up to replace the recently retired Steve Spurrier at South Carolina. (There’s an alternative universe not worth thinking about.) Smart was a rising star, and the idea of his leading the program was too enticing to pass up. So in one of his few shrewd moves, McGarity fired Richt to pave the way for Smart to return home. Like Smart, Brooks is a young rising star. If he didn’t get promoted to athletic director soon, someone else would have swooped in and hired him. And if Morehead and his search committee had picked someone from outside the program, it’s doubtful Brooks would’ve been happy to go back to his old job. So the time was right for McGarity— who, like Richt, was an old dog who hadn’t learned any new tricks—to step aside and make way for the next thing. That isn’t to say McGarity was fired or forced out like Richt. In fact, Morehead has gone on record saying that he was happy for McGarity to keep the gig for however long he wanted it. Which is why it makes sense that Morehead wanted more of the same, so he went with McGarity’s understudy. After all, Brooks heaped praise on Morehead and McGarity after being named interim AD in December. “I don’t think this is a time for change,” he said. Brooks may well be an upgrade on McGarity, which shouldn’t be hard. He could even wind up being an outstanding athletic director, and I hope he does. But the process that landed him in the position leaves a lot to be desired. f
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Color Odyssey GMOA PRESENTS AN EMMA AMOS RETROSPECTIVE By Jessica Smith email@example.com Following the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, arts organizations across the country—many of which were already operating in overdrive to support artists impacted by the pandemic—were asked to reexamine their commitment to practices that promote inclusion, diversity, equity and access in the arts. As we look forward to this ongoing cultural shift, it’s important to look back and recognize Black leaders who have been fighting for racial equity in the arts all along. One such activist is Emma Amos, a distinguished artist and educator whose work explores the intersection of race, class, gender, age and privilege in the art world and in society as a whole. Opening Jan. 30 at the Georgia Museum of Art, “Emma Amos: Color Odyssey” is a retrospective solo exhibition of approximately 60 works made over the course of nearly as many years. Dating between 1958–2015, the collection reflects the growth of an artist, not only as she developed talents across a variety of media, but also as she developed her voice for advocacy. Born in 1937 in a segregated Atlanta, Amos took a strong interest in visual arts as a young child and went on to receive a BFA from Antioch College in Ohio and an MA from New York University. It was there that Hale Woodruff, an NYU professor and mentor, invited her—as the first and only woman—to join Spiral, a short-lived but storied collective of prominent Black artists that formed in 1963 to examine their participation in the civil rights movement and the art world at large. Recognizing the importance of intersectionality, Amos was equally dedicated to actively fighting sexism, misogyny and gender discrimination and became involved in multiple underground feminist collectives. As an editor and contributor with the Heresies collective during the early ‘80s, she helped facilitate discussions on race within the feminist art movement through the group’s journal, Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics. Following her death at the age of 83 in May 2020, it was revealed that she was also a member of the Guerrilla Girls, a clandestine group of feminist activist artists established in 1985. Concealing their identities by wearing gorilla masks in public and adopting the pseudonyms of dead female artists, the collective continues to produce posters, writings and artworks that use humor to confront discrimination in the art world. Amos served as a professor of visual arts at the Mason
Gross School of Art at Rutgers University for 28 years, continuing to create her own artwork while instructing the next generation. Bouncing between painting, printmaking and weaving, her body of work is unified through an expressive use of color. Influenced by Abstract Expressionism, pop art and color field painting, her earliest work focuses on portraying women of color, figures largely underrepresented on gallery walls. As time went on, her style became more detailed and began approaching more complex themes. Her large-scale mixed-media works, often framed by African fabrics and revealing semi-autobiographical content, present visual tapestries that challenge the norms of Western art tradition. Appearing on the cover of Flagpole this week, “Equals” depicts Amos floating in freefall in front of an American flag. The portrait is from her “Falling Series” from the 1990s, which was initially developed in reaction to homelessness, the AIDS epidemic, racism, poverty and other social ills contributing to a perceived fall of Western civilization. Over time, the notion of “falling” evolved to represent cultural change, uncertainty and liberation through movement. Another self-portrait, “Tightrope,” alludes “Tightrope” by Emma Amos to the near-impossible task of balancing roles as an artist, wife, mother and Black woman. Wearing a Wonder Woman costume beneath a heavy black coat, she walks above a sea of onlooking eyes. “I hope that the subjects of my paintings dislodge, question and tweak prejudices, rules, and notions relating to art and who makes it, poses for it, shows it, and buys it,” said Amos through her artist statement on her website. “The work reflects my investigations into the otherness often seen by white male artists, along with the notion of desire, the dark body versus the white body, racism, and my wish to provoke more thoughtful ways of thinking and seeing… I am interested in who gets acclaim for showing what, and in what being called a ‘master’ often means. I also want people to learn to feel my distaste for the notion that there is ‘art’
and ‘black art.’ Yes, race, sex, class, and power privileges exist in the world of art.” “Emma Amos: Color Odyssey” is accompanied by a fullcolor hardback exhibition catalogue that features essays by curators, scholars and artists, as well as supplementary images and photographs. The exhibition will be on display at the Georgia Museum of Art from Jan. 30–Apr. 25, before traveling to spend the remainder of the year at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art at the Georgia Museum, will host a Zoom discussion on Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. For details on that and additional events, visit georgiamuseum.org. f
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and gallery operation. Minimum five hours a week. College credit is available in coordination with department of study. Rolling deadline. athica.org/updates/internships CALL FOR POET LAUREATE (Athens, GA) The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission presents a new program to promote poets, poetry and literary arts. The selected poet laureate will make guest appearances throughout the community. Deadline Mar. 2. www.athens culturalaffairs.org DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS (Online) The ACC Library and Oconee Cultural Arts Center present a multi-part series featuring conversations with local artists about their experiences in diversifying the arts, including opportunities and challenges they have encountered. www.facebook.com/athensclarke library HELP WANTED: ART EDUCATION SPECIALIST (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA)) ATHICA is seeking an art education specialist to develop learning activities and lesson plans on a contract basis for presentation on the website and use by K12 teachers and homeschoolers. $150/lesson plan. Email statement of interest, resume and relevant work samples to K12EducationCommittee@ athica.org. Deadline Feb. 7. www. athica.org OPEN STUDIOS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Studio members have
art around town ATHICA INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (ATHICA) (675 Pulaski St., Suite 1200) The 2021 Members’ Showcase shares work by new and renewing gallery members. Jan. 23–Feb. 28. CIRCLE GALLERY AT THE UGA COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (285 S. Jackson St.) Atlanta artist Rachel Evans Grant presents “Natural Engagement: Where Earth Meets Sky.” Currently on view through Apr. 15. GALLERY AT HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “Athens Facades” presents Mike Landers’ photographs of buildings downtown and in Five Points at dark between 2000–2002. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection” represents three generations of artists dating from the 1940s. Through Sept. 26. • “Modernism Foretold: The Nadler Collection of Late Antique Art from Egypt.” Through Sept. 26. • “Power and Piety in 17th-Century Spanish Art.” Through Nov. 28. • “Emma Amos: Color Odyssey” is a retrospective exhibition that includes over 60 works ranging from painting, printmaking and textile-based mixed-media works. Jan. 30–Apr. 25. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) “Down & Dirty” features sculptures and videos by New York-based artists Jeanne Silverthorne and Bonnie Rychlak. Through Feb. 26. • In “Taking Care,” Jane Ritchie and Isys Hennigar consider the complex ways in which humans engage the living world. Jan. 29–Feb. 26. • “the Unstitute of…” is an alternate one-person “MFAPHD” research program, faux institution and autonomous “school” hosted by Lisa Novak. Jan. 29–Feb. 26. • In “Meet Me at the Double Crown” Ronika McClain presents a series of videos that use confessional storytelling to discuss the importance of coming together as a community. Jan. 29–Feb. 26. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) “Window Works” is a new outdoor project that utilizes the windows at the building’s entrance. The first installation presents a triptych and diptych by Noraa James that were inspired by love, the Black body, primary colors and afrofuturism. Through March. • In the Lounge Gallery, Victoria Dugger’s solo exhibition “Mind the Body” explores the dynamic relationship between ourselves, our body and the world around us. Through Apr. 3. • On view in the lobby case, “Flywheel” is a display by MFA candidate Luka Carter. Feb. 2–Apr. 10. •
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Classes BLACK FAMILY GENEALOGIES (Online) The Athens-Clarke County Library and Athens chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History present a virtual discussion on “Black Family Genealogies: Researching and Telling Our Stories.” Feb. 7, 2 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org BREAD FOR LIFE (300 N. Thomas St.) This eight-week hospitality job training program covers event setup, housekeeping, kitchen prep and banquet service. Priority is given to those with criminal and/or addiction history, victims of domestic violence and anyone receiving SNAP benefits. Begins Feb. 8. contact@ breadforlife.org, www.classiccenter. com/384/Bread-for-Life DEDICATED MINDFULNESS PRACTITIONERS (Online) Weekly Zoom meditations are offered every Saturday at 8 a.m. Email for details. email@example.com MINDFULNESS PRACTICE EVENINGS (Online) Discuss and practice how to change your relationship with difficult thoughts and emotions. Email for the Zoom link.
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Collections from our Community presents “Julie Rutledge’s Grandparents’ Avon Bottles.” Feb. 2–Apr. 10. MADISON-MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St.) “Children at Play: 1895–1957” is a collection of vintage toys representing the years of the Madison Graded School. The exhibition centers on toys that were in the toy room at the historic Stokes McHenry house in Madison, GA. Through Jan. 30. MASON-SCHARFENSTEIN MUSEUM OF ART (567 Georgia St., Demorest) Naomi Falk’s “What kind of times are these…” combines cyanotype and sculpture to contemplate relationships to place. Through Feb. 11. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (34 School St., Watkinsville) “Small Works Inspired By Poetry” is a small-scale, abstract and figurative exhibition inspired by the five poems contributed by Clela Reed, Carl Britton, Dana Wildsmith, Pat Adams and Rebecca Baggett. Through Feb. 26. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators presents an exhibition of works by students, graduates, teachers and professional illustrators. Through Feb. 21. TIF SIGFRIDS (83 E. North Ave., Comer) Jasmine Little’s solo exhibition “Sphinx Riddle” includes paintings and ceramics. Through Feb. 27. • Curated by Jasmine Little and Tif Sigfrids, “Via Café” is a group exhibition organized around a group of artists who studied art together at UCLA or were part of the Chinatown art scene in the early 2000’s. Through Feb. 27. UGA MAIN LIBRARY (320 S. Jackson St.) “Georgia Trailblazers: Honoring the 60th Anniversary of Desegregation at UGA” chronicles the historic events of 1961 when Hamilton Holmes and Charlene Hunter became the first African American students admitted to the university. UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “Election 1980: The Elephant in the Room” explores the historic change election. Through Feb. 26. • “Pylon: Tourists in Rock ’n Roll” celebrates the local band through photos, outfits, memorabilia and more. Through May 31. • “Making Space: Fighting for Inclusion, Building Community at UGA” will launch a virtual version of the exhibit in March. View in person through July 2. WILLSON CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES AND ARTS (Online) As part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts, the Willson Center presents “Shelter Projects,” a virtual exhibition of over 30 projects created by graduate students or community practitioners who reflect pandemic experiences through the arts. willson.uga.edu.
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“Overcast Skies” by Lisa Freeman is included in the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art’s fifth annual Members’ Showcase, which opened Saturday, Jan. 23 and remains on view through Feb. 28. “Emerging Scholars Symposium: Visualizing Identity: Exploring Dimensions of the Self through Art,” Feb. 18–20. “Yoga in the Galleries,” Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. “Third Thursday,” Feb. 18 from 6–9 p.m. “Toddler Tuesday To-Go: Color Adventures,” Feb. 23. www.georgia museum.org ATHENS EATS TOGETHER (1575 Lexington Rd.) Pick up commodity bags, frozen prepared meals and fresh produce at the old AMC Theater parking lot. Pre-register online. Jan. 30, 9–11 a.m. www. accaging.org/athenseatstogether ATHENS FARMERS MARKET (Bishop Park) The 2021 season will run Mar. 6–Dec. 18, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. AFM is currently vendor applications until Jan. 31. www.athens farmersmarket.com/vendors BREWERY EVENTS (Southern Brewing Company) Monday Night Trivia at 6 p.m. Live music by Funky Bluester every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Sunday Trivia with Solo Entertainment Sundays at 5 p.m. Live wrestling and a food truck Feb. 6 from 8–10 p.m. Comedy Night Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Love.Craft Athens percentage night Feb. 18 from 5–10 p.m. Live music by Chyann Rose Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. Hops for Hounds Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. Live music by Chris Recalled Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. www.sobrewco.com CONVERSATIONS ON DIVERSITY, COMMUNITY & SUSTAINABILITY (Online) Sierra Nevada and Creature Comforts partner on a discussion with three pre-recorded videos released in advance. Feb. 3. 4 p.m. www.getcurious.com DINNER AND A SHOW (Hendershot’s Coffee) Live music and dinner with The Plate Sale every Friday and Saturday. The lineup includes Calvert/Fountain on Feb. 5–6, Cicada Rhythm on Feb. 12–13, Kyshona on Feb. 19–20 and Jonathan Byrd on Mar. 12–13. Visit website to reserve your seat. www.hendershotsathens.com FROM 1770 TO 2020 (Online) Athens Chautauqua Society presents Sonny Kelly, who will speak on “From 1770 to 2020: Race, Revolt and Resistance” and share an excerpt from his one-man show “The Talk,” born of a painful conversation he had with his son upon hearing about protests following Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore,
MD in 2015. Feb. 12, 2 p.m. historycomesalive.org/event/racerevolt-and-resistance FROM THE PRODUCERS TO BORAT: HOW JEWS PORTRAY THEMSELVES IN CINEMA (Online) Congregation Children of Israel presents a lecture led by Zach Friedman and Rabbi Linder. Email for Zoom link. Jan. 30, 7 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org LGBTQIA+ VIRTUAL ALPHABET FAMILY GATHERING (Online) This is a safe space for anyone on the LGBTQIA+/TGQNB spectrum. Fourth Sunday of every month, 6–8 p.m. uuathensga.org/justice/ welcoming-congregation LOCAL HONEY (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art) Celebrate the release of the new zine “Local Honey.” Online Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Free registration required. www. athica.org LIVE JAZZ (Porterhouse Grill) Enjoy dinner and some smooth jazz. Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m. www.porter houseathens.com PILOT CLUB 5K CHASE (Athens, GA) Participate in a virtual 12th annual Pilot Club 5K Chase. Run, walk or jog using your own 5K (3.1 miles) course anytime between Feb. 1–6. Proceeds benefit the Pilot Club of Oconee County’s many projects to raise awareness and provide support for brain health and brain related diseases and illnesses. Register online. $20. www. active.com, www.oconeepilotclub. com SOUTHERN STAR STUDIO OPEN GALLERY (Southern Star Studio) SSS is a working collective ceramics studio established by Maria Dondero in 2016. The gallery contains members’ work. No more than two people or a single group inside at a time. Saturdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. southernstarstudioathens@ gmail.com SPRING ACTIVITIES (Athens, GA) A variety of activities in the arts, environmental science, recreation, sports and holiday events are planned for adults and children. Rolling registration begins Feb. 6. www.accgov.com/leisure SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLE (Online) Learn about the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) certification program, a whole systems approach aimed at changing how materials
flow through society, resulting in no waste. Feb. 18, 8 a.m. www. accgov.com UUFA VIRTUAL FORUMS (Online) Hear from recently-elected Sheriff John Q. Williams on Jan. 31 at 9:30 a.m. Visit website for link. uuathensga.org/stay-connected THE VALENTINE’S DAY POTTERY SALE (The Globe) Zuzka Vaclavik and Kyle Jones of The Sly Rabbit Gallery present a one-day pottery sale of their ceramic works. Zuzka turns 40! Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. email@example.com WINTER MARKET (Hendershot’s Coffee) The Culinary Kitchen of Athens hosts a weekly market with vendors. Saturdays through Mar. 13, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. www. theckofathens.squarespace.com/ wintermarketvendors
Help Out COAT AND BLANKET DRIVE (Bogart Library) The library is collecting new and gently used blankets and coats of all sizes to donate to local charities including ACTS. Bring donations in a tied plastic trash bag and leave in the bins in the library’s foyer. Through Feb. 1. 706-3103515, www.athenslibrary.org DIAPER DRIVE (Bogart Library) The library is collecting diapers to donate to the Athens Area Diaper Bank. Open packs are accepted. Leave donations in the bins in the foyer. 706-310-3515, www.athens areadiaperbank.com
Kidstuff ART CLASSES (Online) Treehouse Kid and Craft hosts a variety of art classes for children through Zoom. Visit the website for a calendar of class series. www.treehousekidand craft.com BOGART LIBRARY EVENTS (Bogart Library) Virtual Storytimes are offered weekdays at 10:30 a.m. Virtual Booktalks are held every Friday on Facebook at 2 p.m. Virtual Dungeons and Dragons Club for teens is held Jan. 28, 6 p.m. “Grab & Go Kit for Tweens: Buttons” for grades 4–5. Pick up Feb. 4-5. Tutorial video available Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Bogart Bookies Adult Book Club will discuss Radium Girls by Kate Moore on Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org CALL FOR ENTRIES: K-12 GREEN LIFE ART CONTEST (ACC Recycling Division) K–12 students in Athens-Clarke County are invited to participate in the annual Green Life Awards Art, Photography and Poetry Contest. The theme is based on a fresh start to a new year. Submissions can be paintings, drawings, sculpture, short videos (30 seconds to one minute), photography or poems about how you will live a green life in 2021. Entries are due to the ACC Recycling Division by Mar. 1 at 5 p.m. Winners will be recognized at a virtual awards ceremony on Apr. 15. www.accgov.com/greenlife FAMILY MOVIE SERIES (The Classic Center Theatre) Films include The Greatest Showman on Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. and Big on Feb. 26. $15. www.classiccenter. com/tickets
Support Groups AL-ANON 12 STEP (Multiple Locations) Recovery for people affected by someone else’s drinking. Visit the website for a calendar of electronic meetings
held throughout the week. www. ga-al-anon.org ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) If you think you have a problem with alcohol, call the AA hotline or visit the website for a schedule of meetings in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson and Oconee Counties. 706-389-4164, www. athensaa.org RECOVERY DHARMA (Recovery Dharma) This peer-led support group offers a Buddhist-inspired path to recovery from any addiction. Visit the website for info about Zoom meetings. Thursdays, 7–8 p.m. FREE! www.athensrecovery dharma.org SEX ADDICTS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) (Email for Location) Athens Downtown SAA offers a message of hope to anyone who suffers from a compulsive sexual behavior. athensdowntownsaa.com
Word on the Street ACRONYM (Athens, GA) ACRONYM is a new website compiling COVID19 aid for Athens-based live music venues and artists. Check the website for updated listings on funding and financial opportunities, mental health guides, organizational support, community resources and more. Visit acroynym.rocks CORNHOLEATL SPRING LEAGUE REGISTRATION (Southern Brewing Co.) Four different divisions are offered to accomodate all levels. The seven-week season begins in March. Registration is open through Mar. 8. firstname.lastname@example.org ICE SKATING (440 Foundry Pavilion) The Classic Center offers outdoor ice skating. Skate sessions are 75 minutes. Masks required. $15/session, $120 season pass. Through Feb. 15. classiccenter.com/athens onice NOMINATE A KEEPIN’ IT CLEAN CITIZEN OF THE YEAR (Athens, GA) Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful is accepting nominations to recognize a community member as an environmental steward of litter prevention and abatement or community beautification. The award recipient will be recognized at the annual GreenFest Award Ceremony. Deadline Mar. 1. stacee.farrell@ accgov.com NOMINATE A STORMWATER STEWARD (Athens, GA) Nominate an organization, business, individual or community group that has gone above and beyond to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff through a specific project, practice or event. The award is presented by the Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program. Nominations due Mar. 1. stormwater@accgov. com STORMWATER CALENDARS (Department of Transportation and Public Works) Pick up a free 2021 calendar or have one mailed directly to your home. www.accgov. com/stormwatercalendar TALES OF SCHOOL (MadisonMorgan Cultural Center) The MMCC and Morgan County Landmarks Society present “Tales of School in the First Half of the 20th Century, Morgan County, Georgia, as Told by the Students,” a video featuring 31 Morgan County residents representing 19 schools who share tales of school in the first half of the 20th century. The 55-minute video plays on a loop through Jan. 30. www. mmcc-arts.org VIRTUAL LEISURE SERVICES (Online) A variety of activities are offered in arts, athletics, nature and recreation. www.accgov.com/ leisure f
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Gary Eddy’s Introspective Psych Folk PLUS, MORE MUSIC NEWS AND GOSSIP By Gordon Lamb email@example.com STOP TALKING: It’s been a couple of years since the spot-on
humor of The Shut-Ups was featured here. While visions of sugarplums danced in our heads, these dudes slipped out a new album named I Was Made for These Times. This sharp collection of six tracks, both as stand-alone songs and especially in the context of the past year or so, does a nice job of skewering the culture at large from multiple angles. Not that one should expect any less from the band: They’ve always crafted sharped-tongued power pop. The tunes function both as entertainment and as a lyric delivery system, so much so that it’s difficult to imagine the band at all without their poignant words. To wit, “It’s not that I’m infallible; it’s just I’m never wrong,” from the record’s stand-out song “This Just Goes To Show.” Check this out at shutups. bandcamp.com.
WALTZ OF THE NEW MOON: New-ish
folk duo Common Currents was only able to perform live in the very beginning of 2020 (you know, before everything closed down) but still recorded a nice debut EP, which just came out a couple of weeks ago, titled Capsule, and it features three tracks of some of the freshest folk to come around in a while. Ironically, this freshness comes from the duo—Mary Margaret Cozart and Lizzy Farrell—reaching very far back. These tunes recall a particular type of nearly mystical folk that was popularized decades ago Gary Eddy by The Incredible String Band, Bert Jansch (and, by extension, Pentangle), et al. This was a nice surprise to hear and I look forward to hearing more of where Common Currents goes from here. Listen in on this for yourself at commoncurrents. bandcamp.com, and follow along at facebook.com/common currentsband and instagram.com/commoncurrentsband.
SPEED ZONE AHEAD: Depending on one’s perspective, Athens
musician Gary Eddy released his new album several months ago or just recently. I don’t suppose it matters very much now that time (at least as far as release dates, etc. are concerned) stands still. Although recorded back in 2017, Gary Eddy’s Original Band titled this album iSinglass: 2020 (another year blind) and featured Eddy on guitars and vocals, with a backing band composed of New Madrid members Alex Wooley, Ben Hacket and Graham Powers. Violinist Annie Leeth is featured on one song, too. Even though this runs a very tasteful 11 tracks, it feels longer and very much self-contained, as if there is no world in which this
exists except its own. It’s a deceptively mellow record that is best heard alone. The pacing is positively tortoise-like and any attempt to rush through it is a prospect doomed to failure. Best just to take your time with this one and let it seep in slowly. The songs are slow, melodic introspections that take on a particular resonance when heard in an uncrowded environment. Plug in at geob.bandcamp.com or find this on Spotify. HOMEDRONE: It’s been over a decade since Athens musician
Christopher Henderson released any new music, but, over the past year, he worked hard, composed some new tunes and has just released a new collection. Assuming perhaps the most apropos title possible, A Season Inside, this six-song release follows Henderson through the re-recording of a couple of older tunes (“If That’s the Way You Feel” and the very well-written song of anomie “Suburbia”) as well as a few new ones. Most notable, and hence remarkable, is “Friend Or Foe,” which Henderson describes as “a reaction to the increased division of the past several years.” Thing is, the sentiment of this steadily burning track—which operates via low light and emotional fragility—can be applied to nearly any type of interpersonal division. Thus, what some might interpret as simplistic surface politics actually goes deeper and is richer for it. As a general rule, Henderson plays with atmospherics as much as melody, but this works well for his compositions, which, no matter their direction, always feel very intentional and opposed to haphazard acceptance of happy accidents. You can find this on YouTube (complete with visuals) and on Spotify.
HERE WE GO: HHBTM Records is celebrating the re-release of its original re-release of Oh Ok’s collected recordings. The label originally released this set, The Complete Reissue, back in 2011. That pressing sold out quickly, but as of Feb. 5, fans and newcomers can grab this via vinyl, digital and even cassette tape. This set compiles the band’s Wow Mini Album (1982) and Furthermore What (1983), as well as some choice live recordings and tracks for singles that were planned but never happened. The overt charm of Oh Ok was always that it didn’t take themselves too seriously, and the songs— infectiously charged with both enthusiasm and amateurishness—remain pretty timeless. For more information, please see hhbtm.com and hhbtm.bandcamp.com. f
record review Sacred Bull: Ragged Mountain (Super Carnival Recordings) Loosely inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains,” Sacred Bull’s sophomore release Ragged Mountain is an instrumental post-metal epic with a crushing atmospheric weight alleviated only by brief moments of transcendental brightness. Like all traditional stories, the album begins with an introduction, “Magnetic Somnolency,” a hypnotizing soundscape that alludes to Poe’s treatment of animal magnetism (mesmerism), a theory suggesting that an invisible force possessed by all living things can be manipulated by others. Once under its spell, listeners are then transported to an environment “Never Before Trodden”—a reference to a story character’s ramble through strange and previously uncharted land—that captures the wonder and harsh neutrality of nature. The album briefly visits the sacred Indian city “Varanasi,” which makes a mirage-like appearance to the story’s character, before meeting its final fate in “Treatise of Leeches.” Ragged Mountain tells a narrative all on its own, but reading Poe’s mysterious short story while listening to this as a heavy doom soundtrack makes for a uniquely dramatic audiovisual experience. [Jessica Smith]
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