1- Noise 1 - Noise 2-Some Witches Are Horses-44444444444444444 2 - The Cult of Riggonia - Tanning 3 - Bro Kinfolk! - Hey Ya’ll 3 - Nomenclature - Night Train 4 - Oh Dorian - Strung Finger of an Old Dear 4 - Some Witches Are Horses - Violet Dream Fire 5 - Monster Party - Sea of Dirac 5 - Grinchfinger - Fear of Industry 6 - Alec Stanley Seven - Make It Out Alive 6 - Trufflelina - Reflections 7 - Fall From Red Mountain - Rabblecrouser 7 - Mag Tard - Assisted Living 8 - Oh No They Didn’t - I Only Wish You Happiness 8 - Citizen Insane - Fire 9 - Scotty Lingelbach - Imaginary Lines 9 - Ghost Train - Delicate Flower 10 - Chu Feng - Green Grass 10 - Clark After Dark - Free Hop 11-UndertheGazebo-FineFuckingChirpChirp, Okay? 11 - Xavii - Interventions 12 - Anna Mae Kersey - Just Today 12 - Josh Mcginty - Just Believe 12 - Rolybtos - Towns 13 - Amy Godwin - To James 13 - Eyris - Over Water 14 - Trendlenberg - Hi Neighbor! 15-ThePolygraphEvent-GettingOffYourHighHorse 14 - Authentik Rhymes - Awful Dream 15 - Trufflelina - Swing Percentage 16 - Sugar Virus - Loops 16 - City Council - Where It All Began 17 - The Oneirnaut I Am - Sand 17 - Gaul Armstrong - Quentin’s Song 18 - Stribling - Brokenblue (Newfoundland) 18 - The Cult of Riggonia-Top of the Mountain One 19 - Floco Torres - Side Walk Talk 19 - Mother Cunt - Pussy On Fire 20 - anopenletter - Did You Know, Closer 20 - Nomenclature - Smelt Row (download only) 21 – Clark After Dark – Hum-Allah, Hum-Allah, Hum-Allah (download only)
Zine & Compilation cover art by Kenneth Shearer Photo below: Brooks Dantzler Creators of uncredited photos are unknown “Wow” is all I can say. This has been a crazy , stressful, but very rewarding experience. The response we have had is amazing and beyond belief.
Editor’s Babble July 27, 2010
The series of benefit shows we held were amazing . It was great to see so many people come together for a common cause . And the bands, Jesus Christ!, the fucking bands. I have never seen a show like that in Macon and the fact that it was all local strengthens my pride in my hometown. The combination of live art and the bands being at their best elevated the entire experience to heights I’ve never experienced before. The first run of the zine went pretty quick. Alot of you did not even see a physical copy. We are learning to do this as we go and the printing was more expensive than we thought. As we go along, we are figuring out the most time and cost effective ways to While growing up in Macon as a child I was raised in a broken home. My father whom I never meet, Thad, was an audio/electrical engineer and my mother Tracy unstable…. both were alcoholics, drug abusers, and manic depressive. My parents would seem to set my destiny for failure…genetically and mentally. Through the lose of their lives and also my best friend Deane Alger to both legal and illegal drugs, in a short decade the lessons I have learned are permanently imbedded into every action I take. It hurts but it only pushes me to be stronger and work harder. I just ask you all to be careful in what you use. Whether it be your own prescribed medication or some illegal substance, be careful, they all carry a level of danger. This year could possibly be the worst of my life loosing my mother and friend but I wont allow it destroy me. These experiences effect my passions extremely, hence the reason you see Macon Noise, shows at the Golden Bough Bookstore, and Clark Bush doing whatever he is doing. If I weren’t spending my time on these things, well I would be going crazy. All I can do to find inspiration in this town at a time like this is to help others, get involved, and be apart of some positive effort that can change the
I have to add, I listened to the Compilation last night in it’s entirety and the journey was amazing. I recommend everyone lay in bed with headphones and listen to the whole thing. I don’t like everything on it but the experience of life is greater than a few minutes of a day “Life is a series of experience, each of which makes us bigger even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward.” -Henry Ford
get this thing done while juggling our personal lives at the same time. We have made some changes and will continue to do so until we get things running more smoothly.
Thank You way people think about things for the better of everyone around. I have been so turned off by the industry, internet, radio, entertainment, media, news, and the way our corporate world handles music for so long I have really tried to focus on what a grassroots effort means. My actions are my answers, and I hope I have inspired at least one of you in some way. I’ve been eagerly awaiting to get this Macon music compilation organized and out to everyone in town. Over 35 bands/artist will be on this two disc album. I can’t thank everyone enough for pitching in their time, music, promotions, art, and support. This small idea turned into something that seems to have people interested, eager, and supporting events more consistently than ever. It’s been amazing organizing this cd, fanzine, and events. These first Macon Noise benefit
To all of you who contributed your time, support, services, and/or hardearned cash ; Clark, I, and the entire local community are forever in debt.
-Shawn Williamson shows were a huge success. Proceeds went to print these fanzines and the two-hundred and fifty Macon Noise Vol1 compilation albums. Fanzines as well as the compilation albums will be available at the Golden Bough Bookstore on Cotton Ave. If you don’t happen to receive a hard-case copy of the album or fanzine you can download/view it for free on the website www.local478.com. Over the past month we managed to capture to some live audio and video of the Macon Noise benefit shows. Thanks to Justin Cutway, Tyler Newton, and Jose Carrazco we have a few clips of audio and video that will soon be posted to www.local478.com. Very special thanks go out to Ed Grant, Grants Lounge, Golden Bough Bookstore, Magnolia Street Press, Creative Alternative, Kenneth Shearer, William Dantzler, Macon Food and Culture, The Macon Telegraph, 11th Hour, Larry Najera at www.goRoundTown.com for cd duplication/labeling services, Tyler Newton and Jose for there great videos skills, and Chris Horne for helping us with webspace. Once again thanks to all the bands, supporters, and people who have made this possible.
TheBlueIndian.com Presents: Showcase 2010 August 13 at The 567 by Sean Pritchard Friday, August 13th marks an important date for music in Macon. TheBlueIndian.com, a locally based music blog, will be holding our first showcase of local, regional, and touring bands that have caught the attention of our staff and our friends around Macon. The main purpose of this event is to feature Macon’s hardworking local talent, as well as bands from around the South East, in a half-day long, sweat drenched party bringing together all the different people in the Macon area who are working to promote music to the public. TheBlueIndian.com is more then excited to be finally working on an event with Macon Noise, Local 478, and everyone at The Refuge/The 567. We’re hoping that through all the different promotional outlets and resources we all have that we can make this show something Macon hasn’t seen in a while. There has been a huge shift in the way that people in Macon view live music and a local arts scene in the past few years and having such a diverse network to promote to will allow us to communicate with a larger audience. TheBlueIndian.com will feature 2-3 of the artists playing the event on the site, as well as will be releasing a FREE download of a compilation with one song from each band playing the show prior to the event. Athen’s band and local favorites THE MODERN SKIRTS will be headlining
EVENTS August 3 @ Golden Bough Macon Noise Cd Release Party with Rat Babies (athens) - Alec Stanley Seven (macon) - Trufflelina (macon) with xavii members Aug 7 @ The New 567 -
7:00P- Second Thief | Aneirin | Recollect:Reconstruct | Of Legions
August 10 @ Golden Bough Them Natives | Karst | Cedro Danado (alabama)
Aug 13 @ The New 567 -
2:00P- Modern Skirts | Rova Zetella | Oh Dorian | Cult Of Riggonia | Xavii | Junior Astronomers | Alec Stanley Seven | Harvard | Young Orchids
August 17 @ Golden Bough the show, along side ROVA ZETELLA (Griffin), OH DORIAN (Macon), CULT OF RIGGONIA (Macon), XAVII (Macon), JUNIOR ASTRONOMERS (Charlotte), ALEC STANLEY SEVEN (Macon), and HARVARD (Charlotte). The 567 (at their brand new location at 533 Cherry Street) will be opening doors at 2:00pm with music starting at 3:00pm. Tickets are $12 (for 9 bands….) and will be available the day of the show beginning at 1:00pm. All peoples of all ages are invited and accepted and if you are of the age to drink you can walk right next door to The Rookery and buy a beer and then come back over for the music, but The 567 is an all ages venue, hence they do not sell alcohol. You’ll be able to find much more information about the event and any updates at TheBlueIndian.com or their Myspace (www.myspace.com/ tbipresents). If you’re interested in helping promote or want to know how you can help, contact us at the email address below. Sean Pritchard - Sean@theblueindian.com
Johnny Shumate | Selfish, Anna Mae Kersey | anopenletter
Aug 20 @ The New 567 -
7:00P- An Early Ending | Amarna Rein | Rosaline | Eris | Alert The Messenger
Aug 27 @ The New 567 -
7:00P- Gwen Stacy | Royalist | And Then Came War | After Me, The Flood | Forever A Prodigy
Aug 28 @ The Mellow Mushroom (Macon) -
10:00P- Citizen Insane | Jubee Johnson
Aug 28 @ The New 567 -
7:00P- TheBlueIndian.com Presents: Mouse Fire | Baby Baby | Auto Automatic | Space Ghost | Geri X
TBA-Mother Cunt Album Release
In The Studio with Mother Cunt’s
hairy legs or a big ass. I happen to have both right now and I think I’m pretty. I also really like Land of Kentucky because it is so goofy yet has this noise element where I get to pretend like I’m a real guitar player. Denny Hanson watched a video of our first show one time and said that that song was the most deconstructive thing he had ever heard. I took it as a compliment. How’s the record coming along? Moving forward nicely. Hopefully, we will have our record release party next month (August). I’m excited because I can tell my future kids that I was in a punk band once and here’s the record to prove it! How many songs are on the record? We have four songs that we decided to put on the record. We got everything you need to get your Mother Cunt fix; some hardcore nastiness like Suck My Hole, some silly, pop-y jams like Pussy on Fire (and no, the song is not about yeast infections), and even a cunt-tree song with a roundhousekick-the-face chorus about my native homeland. What’s your favorite song on the record? I would have to say that my favorite song is I’m so pretty. It just has this really groovin’ riff that is a lot of fun to play. Plus I love the lyrics as I’m always singing along with Lacey. It’s basically a song about how women will go to extreme lengths to be skinny and beautiful in the eyes of society and how that is such bullshit. Did you know that back in the 19th century, it was desirable to have a 16 inch waist? Can you imagine? I think I might have had a 16 inch waist once, like when I was a baby. All in the name of beauty. That is fucking retarded because that’s not how real women look AND it’s horrible for your health. Babies would be born with defects or the mother wouldn’t survive because of compression of the vital organs. You need your liver, dude. Seriously. Real women come in all shapes and sizes and who cares if they have
This is your first record, What are your feelings on recording? I was surprised at how it’s a lot harder than it looks. You go in there thinking, easy piezy; I’ll knock this out in no time. But that’s not the case if you’re nervous. I don’t know even know why I was so nervous. I guess it was that I had never done this before and I didn’t want to mess up but then I realized its going to happen and that is why you just do it again. I’ll admit after a few beers I wasn’t worried anymore because then I just started having fun with it. I really enjoyed recording and it would be cool to do it again. Who knows, a girl can dream can’t she? Mother Cunt will get famous and then we’ll be making more records. That would be awesome for an engineer to become a rock star! How does it differ from playing live? I love the fact that if you mess up, you can just rerecord it! What is it like working with Clark Bush? He’s so chill (as everyone knows), but you can tell he goes into serious mode when he’s recording. It’s all business until we have our break times. Did Mother Cunt use any studio trickery or special effects when recording or was it basically straight to “tape”? The only effect that was put on this record was some kind of weird, sounded like an electronic signal, sound effect at the end of one verse in I’m so pretty. But other than that, it was all us, our instruments, and the distortion pedal. Well, we did use a megaphone in that song as well but it wasn’t an added effect.
Clark said that we were kind of difficult to mix in that he’s so used to having a lot more tracks to play with when mixing so he can use those as “filler” in a way, to make the music fuller. And with Mother Cunt being so stripped down, he had to make sure we sound good and full by ourselves because that’s all he’s got to work with. It’s not that there was anything missing; it’s just easier when you have more to work with. In a way, I’m sure it kept things interesting for him but I could see how it could be a pain in the rear. Mother Cunt is known to be extremely drunk during their live shows, especially Shawnita, was there any of that in the studio? As I said earlier, a few beers were consumed but not nearly to the extent as our shows. I think it starts out as “hey, we’ll have a couple beers to loosen ourselves up” and then it progresses to “wow, I shouldn’t have drank so much but fuck it! Where’s the whiskey?” As for Shawnita Cox, her role is the classy drunk bitch, which she plays to a tee. Lacey is the trashy one, which she is anything but and I’m somewhere in between. I think this band is a way for all of us to play a character showing a side of ourselves that we don’t always show. We’re an all girl punk band let’s us get in touch with our warrior woman/nasty bitch femininity that anyone can relate to because we’re badass and we know it. Sometimes you gotta play the part and it’s really fun to do that on stage. What’s in the future for Mother Cunt? Maybe some more shows; I’d like to work up some new songs. I know that Lacey and Shawn(ita) are busy with other projects but I’d like to keep this thing going for as long as we can. It’s a fun outlet for me, and it’s a chance for me to be creative and be one rocking ass chick at the same time. Anything else you would like to add? I love being in Mother Cunt!
Eric Brown Reviews the Macon Noise Vol. 1 compilation “ T h e r e a r e n’ t a n y g o o d b a n d s i n M a c o n ,” I c o m p l a i n e d t o m y f r i e n d s a b o u t t w o y e a r s a g o, “ We h a v e b a r b a n d s , a n d t h a t ’s a b o u t i t . N o g o o d g r o u p s e v e r p l a y d o w n h e r e .” O f c o u r s e , I w a s wrong. I had barely bothered to look around and find the incredible talent that Macon contains. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, I w a s j u s t l i k e a l o t o f p e o p l e i n t h e c i t y. G r a d u a l l y, I l e a r n e d a l l a b o u t t h e f a n t a s tic music scene in Macon. A band I knew played downtown, a friend invited me to the Golden B o u g h’s Tu e s d a y n i g h t s h o w s , a n d I q u i c k l y b e g a n to discover the amazing but unheard of bands i n v i g o r a t i n g M a c o n’s u n d e r g r o u n d m u s i c s c e n e . How many people in Macon are still like I u s e d t o b e ? H o w m a n y d o n’ t k n o w a b o u t t h e i n novative and exciting bands that constantly play in Macon. Not ever ybody wants to take a chance o n a n u n k n o w n h o u s e p a r t y, a n d n o t e v e r y o n e h a s t i m e t o h i t u p e v e r y l o c a l s h o w t o f i n d o u t w h a t ’s g o i n g o n . T h a t ’s w h e r e M a c o n N o i s e Vo l u m e 1 c o m e s i n . T h e c o m p i l a t i o n c o l l e c t s 4 0 o f M a c o n’s g r e a t e s t b a n d s a l l i n o n e p l a c e . A n d i t ’s a m a z i n g . A n d f r e e . T h e r e’s n o r e a s o n f o r a n y M a c o n r e s i d e n t , n o m a t t e r w h a t t y p e o f m u s i c t h e y l i s t e n t o, t o g o a n o t h e r m i n u t e without picking up this collection. M a c o n N o i s e i s i m p r e s s i v e f o r i t s s h e e r s i z e a l o n e . Ve r y f e w o t h e r c i t i e s , e s p e c i a l l y o f M a c o n’s s i z e , h a v e t h e r a w t a l e n t t o s q u e e z e t o g e t h e r 4 0 o f t h e i r u n s i g n e d b a n d s w i t h o u t l e a v i n g r o o m f o r a n y f i l l e r. W i t h a s e l e c t i o n o f t h i s s i z e , i t ’d b e e a s y t o i m a g i n e t h a t t h e compilation features a bunch of generic and interchangeable bands. In fact, I had my own doubts that Macon really produced that much good music. As soon as I listened through t h e C D, t h o u g h , m y f e a r s w e r e g o n e . E v e r y b a n d h e r e i s d i s t i n c t f r o m t h e r e s t . G e n r e s r a n g e f r o m t h e e x p e r i m e n t a l i n d i e r o c k o f R o l y b o t s t o M o n s t e r Pa r t y ’s b r u t a l b r a n d o f m e t a l . T h a t ’s a n o t h e r s t r e n g t h o f t h e M a c o n N o i s e c o m p i l a t i o n . N o m a t t e r w h a t s t y l e o f m u s i c y o u’r e i n t o, y o u c a n l i s t e n t o t h i s C D a n d f i n d a f e w M a c o n - b a s e d a c t s p u s h i n g t h e b o u n d a r i e s o f p u n k , r o c k , f o l k , r a p, o r p r e t t y m u c h a n y t h i n g e l s e . W h e t h e r l i s t e n e r s a r e h o p ing to find more from established Macon rock acts like Citizen Insane and Nomenclature to the experimental sounds of Josh Mcginty and Cult of Riggonia, they ’ll find more wor thwhile bands than they bargained for in this compilation. M a n y o f t h e c o m p i l a t i o n’s s o n g s w e r e r e c o r d e d i n a D I Y f a s h i o n , e i t h e r l i v e a t s h o w s o r a t l o w - t e c h h o m e s t u d i o s . B e c a u s e o f t h i s , t h e r e c o r d d o e s n’ t q u i t e o f f e r t h e p o l i s h e d s h i n e y o u’d f i n d o n a p r o f e s s i o n a l l y p r o d u c e d C D, b u t I p r e f e r i t t h i s w a y. M a c o n’s m u s i c s c e n e i s n’ t a b o u t p r e t t y b o y b a n d s i n t i g h t p a n t s p l a y i n g t h e i r o v e r l y r e h e a r s e d s e t t o v a p i d f a n s . I t ’s a b o u t C h u Fe n g a n d G h o s t Tr a i n p e r f o r m i n g t h e i r o w n b r a n d s o f a l t - f o l k i n a p a c k e d b o o k s t o r e’s b a c k r o o m . I t ’s a b o u t F l o c c oTo r r e s r i l i n g u p a c r o w d a t a d o w n t o w n b a r. M a c o n’s m u s i c s c e n e a b o u t c r e a t i n g a c o m m u n i t y o f d i v e r s e b u t u n i t e d a r t i s t s , a n d t h i s compilation reflects that in the best way possible.
Fo r a f r e e d o w n l o a d o f M a c o n N o i s e Vo l . 1 v i s i t :
Mary Katherine by Lacey Hortman
She is loud, cute, and clever. Never explaining, never boasting, always passionate, she is just a girl it seems having fun with others of a like minded variety. Anything she does has the ability to grab an attention and is a witty translation of the psyche. She is Mary Katherine Dunwoody, musician, artist and muse. The first time I saw Mary Katherine it was with a group called “Mary Katherine Noise Explosion”. If you have never seen them you are missing Macon’s own stage presence. They bring energy you either love, hate, understand or just don’t expect….either way you are still watching. Later, she was a part of a group known as “Ghost Train”. The group consists of some of the first artist I ever ran across in this city. In the beginning, “Ghost Train” was what I would call a vfery noisy band full of energy with no boundaries or structure to their song writing. Then there came about songs with a country feel and next thing you know you’re not even sure if you are watching the same band you once thought you knew. The love from the songs explodes through the delicate cooperation between every member. Never forward, just a constant reminder of great song writing and the beauty in it. Currently, she is own her on. “Some Witches Are Horse” is a very avant garde, polite way of expressing oneself with all the knacks and twitches. Constantly changing, swelling, and releasing in exhaustion at just the right moment. A mysterious voice, over an autoharp that reminds me of a folklorian movie on a mountain top, deep in the forest, she alone is trying to place a magic charm on her audience. She has also been a muse for the photographer Logan White. Logan has been featured in “Pluz Ultra” and Argentinean based art magazine recently, and also our very own “Food, Wine and Culture” Magazine. The first pictures I ever saw including Mary Katherine as a model was a show at Mercer University Titled “The Purity Myth”. She was also a part of the “Bad Manor” sessions shot at an abandon house in Macon. When did you first start playing music? MK: I started playing the piano when i was around 6 What is your goal in music? MK: I dont have a “goal” i just think life is meaningless without it If you could work with anyone who would it be? MK: I would play drums for melora creager Who are your major influences? MK: Tori amos, Rasputina, Kate Bush, David Lynch... What women do you think are influential and making a difference in art in general today? MK: I’m really into Marina Abramovic right now, I wish I could’ve gone to the MOMA to stare at her. Most of the women I know are doing their part & things are coming together.
As far as modeling goes, what attracted you to working with Logan White? MK: Logan & I have been friends since highschool, and I was always willing to be her accomplice. We share similar aesthetic visions & interests in the occult & female sexuality. What is your favorite color? MK: Purple You can find Mary Katherine perofrming usually at the “Golden Bough”, a local book store who supports local music. As far as a CD goes, you can contact her through her myspace page http://www.myspace. com/somewitchesarehorsesson. She is doing her part. Hopefully you can say the same. See you at the show kids.
“these songs are mold, so i’ll put all the mold in a jar & send it to whoever wants it” -MK Photo: http://www.loganwhitephoto.com/
Snacking on Macon Noise Vol. 1 Fundraiser taken from Angel Collin’s Blog @ angelcollins.wordpress.com
Photo: Brooks Dantzler
Friday night, things got off to a good start with the Macon Noise Vol. 1 Fundraiser. Paying a grand total of $3, those of us who ventured to Grant’s Lounge on Poplar Street in downtown Macon were treated to six bands (and a comedian). That’s the best deal I’ve ever had when it comes to music. Scotty Lingelbach started it all off, followed by Some Witches Are Horses, which gave me a new love for the autoharp. Xavii was up next. I heard them play at the Local 478 Final Friday event a week before and while I liked what I heard, I wasn’t overly impressed. They showed me, at Grant’s, why the name Xavii gets people out to listen. Xavii’s music was like a weird mixture of rock and jam band. I don’t know music well enough to pick out the intricacies of their sound. All I know is that I liked it. There are parts of their set, some songs, that seem kind of long, but overall, I found them very impressive. Following Xavii was DJ Old Flame, who showed us his DJ acrobatics with music. Once again, I don’t know the genre well enough to say if he is actually good. I know for me, I find it hard to dance to what he’s doing. He only gives me snapshots of songs. Just as I start to feel a song and know how I want my body to move to it, he switches it up. Also, he does a lot of weird song combos, things that just don’t seem to go together. For me, it’s just too hard to dance to, so he’s not really my cup of tea. But I watched the crowd and some of the audience were really getting into what he was playing. Music, then, is in the ear of the beholder. When it was time for Floco to come on stage, Old Flame seamlessly seg-
ued from playing for himself to playing for Floco. Floco Torres came to the stage after many people thought he was going to be late to his own portion of the benefit. After spending the day in the recording studio, working on Floco’s Modern Life, he gave us three songs, an EP like show to whet our appetite for the (possibly) forthcoming album. You could tell he was tired, but he didn’t let it stop him from putting it out on the stage. Speaking of the stage, Grant’s Lounge is a phenomenal venue. In the back room off of the main listening room, there is a wall o’ history that highlights the bands and famous people who’ve come and played in the ramshackle building. Everything looks like it’s falling down around you, except the stage. The toilet in the ladies room didn’t flush, the barstools were covered in duct tape, and the chairs offered very little support, threatening to dump your ass on the floor is you sat down a little too hard. All of those things were delightful. I had never been to Grant’s Lounge before, but I feel the better, musically, for it. Every Macon musician should get the chance to perform on that very fantastic stage. After Floco, Cult of Riggonia got on the stage. They’re not the traditional band. For the most part, it is noise, sometimes melodic, sometimes chaotic, but in this instance, definitely entertaining. Instead of dancing, which I like to do, I decided to contribute to the music by clapping my own beat. I make my own fun. I don’t think I was distracting, but with all of the stimulus (celery, painted on villainous moustaches, movies in the background, painting, and arms flinging this way and that in the audience), I doubt I was a distraction. Art…. ah yes, art. There was a lot of things going on that night. Not only did we get a comedian, but we also had two artist on stage painting. William Dantzler started early while Kenneth Shearer started later. Most times working alone, but sometimes in concert, they created art that was vibrant, scary, erratic, shocking, and cool. It was awesome seeing the canvas go from chaos to complete, to see artists at work when normally it is a process done in the dark, so to speak. After Cult of Riggonia, it was Murphy Hill’s turn. I met Murphy at a Floco Torres show with a whole cast of people, most of whom, it turns out, belong to Citizen Insane. Murphy’s always been a funny guy, but tonight, he took the funny one step further. It was his first time bringing comedy to any stage. As we chanted his name, he came out on stage to ridicule whiney non-smokers, pick
at people who hide things from pastors that most likely smoke pot, and talk about what it’s like to work at a gas station. It was good, really good for a first time comedian. I can’t wait until he refines it and performs for us again. The night ended with the Insane. Citizen Insane to be exact. To this day, I still hear Lacey Hortman singing Spooky, the, well, spooky guitar riff, the calm then frantic drums, and the steady heartbeat of the bass. They are good. The difference in them from when I first saw them a little more than a year ago and now is shocking. The music is tighter, the songs are unique, I’m glad Lacey is singing more and the songs Shawn Williamson sings are so bombastic, but he controls it much better than he did in the past. Even with all of his on-stage movement, never doubt that Shawn doesn’t know exactly where every song is going. My night ended early – well, earlier than those left when Citizen Insane finished their set – but it was a grand night. So who do I congratulate for this night? This guy named Clark Bush who’s tall as hell and looks like Jesus if He were also a mountain man. He has stuck his nose into something that, when you hear everything that’s going on, could be a bit overwhelming. It’s not just about that Friday night event, but about music as we know it. Clark Bush has decided that he and all of his musician friends need to be able to support themselves solely on their music. There are more than enough people in Macon that could help the scene grow and he’s confident that the music is good enough to warrant that support. But instead of waiting around for someone else to do it, he’s spearheading the Macon Music Scene campaign. Putting a lot of time into it, he’s rallied the musicians in Macon into the Macon Musician’s Guild so that the bands themselves can be proactive in promoting themselves. He’s started the Macon Noise Compilation CD, which will showcase many (but keep in mind, not all) of the local musical acts. He’s not by himself though. Shawn Williamson, guitarist for the band Citizen Insane, has put together a gorgeous fanzine so that people who have not been to the Golden Bough on a Tuesday night (or any other night of music there) and who wouldn’t know what a Floco Torres was if he were standing in front of them, will have a clearer picture of what Macon Music has to offer. The start is downtown, but it will branch out, I hope. Macon is notorious for forming cliques, so let’s hope this shortcoming doesn’t show itself in the local music scene as well.
Snacking on Punk in Downtown Macon w/Mojo Pop taken from Angel Collin’s Blog @ angelcollins.wordpress.com
I caught Mojo Pop at the Golden Bough on Thursday night. They were supposed to be there with Who Goes There, but Who Goes There broke down somewhere in South Carolina – or something – and Mojo Pop showed up at the Golden Bough to regale us with all 7 of their songs. It was a small crowd, but definitely a lively one. Does this show represent the beginning of punk’s return to Downtown Macon? I always feel incredibly old when I go to these things. Added to the feeling of being aged is the fact that I haven’t been to a punk show in about 10 years. 10 years or so ago, I would go to punk and hardcore shows. Back then I didn’t care that I was 10 years older than everybody there. I was there for the music. It didn’t matter what was being sang/screamed. All that mattered was the feeling of the music surrounding us, the thrashing of bodies, the snap of our neck and shoulders and the wet feel of our hair falling into our faces, the sweat soaking our extra medium shirts and tight pants. Yes, there were people there who were there for fashion, young girls and boys trying too hard to fit in the “scene”, or the ones who had slept in their clothes for the last couple of days and had rolled out of bed at 6pm to make it to the show. There were also the people who came in normal clothes, who wouldn’t have stood out anywhere but here. I was one of those people. Finally, there were the people who lived punk, who ate, breathed, and slept punk. Their attire chosen because it was their normal clothes and was just close at hand. Yes, we all had our reasons for being there, but those reasons were crushed under foot when the music started. Then, we were all one swirling mass of bodies. One moshing, hitting, dancing, kicking, head-banging, swirling mass. And the music was loud, just like we liked it. Watching Mojo Pop at the Golden Bough brought me back to 10 years ago. Loud, raucous punk music in the teeny, tiny backroom at the Golden Bough. After all of the loud shows we’ve heard at the Bough, Mojo Pop created a new scale of 10. Every other band now registers at a two. Thanks to them, there are frequency these old ears will never hear again, and I’m okay with that. The fellas of Mojo Pop were awesome. We all talked afterwards about their reception in other places. Sean, guitarist and singer, said that the crowd at the Bough was one of the biggest crowds they’d had at a show. There were only about a quarter of the number of people who usually hang out on a Tuesday. It made me realize that the people who come out really are important to the musicians coming to play. Just like bigger venues need people to come out, to buy merch, and to support the venue with sales (alcohol normally), the Golden Bough and the musicians traveling here need us to support with donations, merch purchases, and venue sales (books in this case) as well. When we show up, we make the venue look good, we make the scene look good and we make our city look good. I want the best music scene ever. I’m selfish about that. That’s why I keep sticking my nose into it, getting my old ass out on various nights, standing on my feet for hours moving to the music, and offering up honest critiques to the people and bands that I see because I want the best music. I want to be able to go out any night, listen to music and know it will be good. That makes me glad. If Mojo Pop signals the return of punk to downtown Macon, punk has gotten a good head start.
Community in Music by Eric Brown
Last year, U2 announced a tour in support of their 2009 record No Line on the Horizon. Dubbed the “360 Tour,” it promised to provide the massive, stadium-sized audience with an immersive and “intimate” experience. The tour is so massive and so expensive that it doubles the previous record holder— The Rolling Stones—in terms of stage size for concerts. Even more, the concert runs at an estimated cost of $750,000 for every single show of the tour. On some tour dates, the band paid millions of dollars to have stadiums personally modified for their shows. If you ask me, this is the exact way music should not be played in front of a live audience. I spent most of my teenage years at hole-in-the-wall venues seeing punk rock, hardcore, and metal bands perform for small audiences, and it seems like the more personal a given concert is, the more I take away from every show. Large stadiums like this definitely provide a unique and breathtaking view, but ultimately, I feel like they’re all spectacle without too much substance. What does make a memorable show, though, is a sense of intimacy and community. Recently, I drove up to Atlanta to see post-hardcore acts La Dispute and alexisonfire in a pretty packed concert, and it was one of the greatest musical experiences of my life. The bands truly interacted with audience members, singing with them, moving off the stage and into the crowd, and sticking around for long conversations well after their set. There’s simply nothing better than knowing that musicians you admire are people just like you, not some stereotypical picture of rock star excess. Macon’s music scene has a similar aesthetic, one that truly bonds fans to bands and vice versa. A few days back, Roly Bots played a party at a downtown loft, and they brought an amazing atmosphere to the place. They played right on the floor with no sort of stage or barrier between themselves and the audience, which really
helped to create a communal feeling for the show. It was fun and exciting, but most importantly, it fostered a sense of community. What I love about Macon’s music scene is that the city is full of intimate venues that consistently book amazingly talented small bands from across the southeast, and sometimes beyond. Places like The Golden Bough and the 567 attract an amazing variety of talent, from local post-rock bands like Xavii, to Pitchfork Media darling electropop act Washed Out, placing them in incredibly intimate environments where the band and the audience can interact on a truly personal level. Chances are that at any local Macon show, you can simply approach a band member after their set and build a lasting relationship with that band. And we don’t just attract strictly local acts. In addition to bands from Georgia such as Ocean is Theory, venues like the 567 consistently attract acts like South Carolina’s All Get Out and even Long Island, New York’s Gabriel the Marine. Macon will probably never be known for hosting large concerts to world-renowned bands—after all, Atlanta is only an hour and a half away—and the thing is, we should look at that as a positive. The Macon music scene is a level playing field in which just about anyone can participate, build a following, and connect on a truly personal level with their fans. We have an opportunity to establish Macon as the southeast’s preeminent city for up-and-coming bands, a truly democratic arena for both musicians and fans to come together in creating a powerfully creative community. And it’s an amazing community. The scene is full of passionate musicians and fans constantly attempting to bring out the best of Macon. Whether shows are held in backs of bookstores or at downtown lofts, there are always people giving this scene everything they have, and it’s amazing to watch. From what I’ve seen at our city’s venues, we’re well on our way to making that a reality. All that’s missing is you. Get out there and support local music. Hell, shows at the Golden Bough are free, so they won’t even set you back a dime. You’ve got nothing to lose and only incredible experiences to gain. Go ahead and fall in love with local bands. If you can, start your own. Either way, contribute to Macon’s growing music community in whichever way you can. There’s a whole world of amazing music and amazing people waiting for you.
by Clark Bush There’s an increasing number of venues, recording studios, promoters, websites, and business in Macon to help musicians needs. In hopes of building this music scene into something bigger, I see no other point than to help you find these things in our town as well as some other things I’ve found useful. Yes, though Macon doesn’t offer all the newest innovations in music equipment/genres/nightlife/whatever….this is just a small list to help you out around town and more.
Music/Electronic/Pawn Stores: Bill Hardin Music
4661 Chambers Road Macon Ga (478) 781-1112
Bibb Music Center
317 Cotton Ave Macon ga (478) 746-3232
311 Hwy 49 N suite 160 Byron Ga (478) 956-0661
Middle Georgia Pawn
3151 Napier Ave Macon Ga (478) 742-7415
Fourraker Electronics Inc
117 College St Macon Ga (478) 746-4325
North Ave and Eisenhower Parkway in Macon Ga
A local music website collaborating with Macon Noise and other local talent to promote, expose, and help the music scene
An indie music blog/site, which primarily seeks to provide ways for the reading public to explore the different facets of art, including music, photography, and videos
A visual directory to middle Georgia. Immerse yourself and experience high definition virtual reality (HDVR) tours of museums, parks, shops, restaurants, places & events
Your local music scene in middle Georgia
Local music promotions website
The Refuge puts on select shows at the 567 Cafe at 533 Cherry st in Macon
Local bar/venue located on Poplar St. A center for live music in 70s hosting to Allman Brothers, Lynard Skynard, Tom Petty, Marshall Tucker Band, and so many more
Angel is a local writer covering her taste in food, music, nightlife, and Macon’s community
Located on Cotton Ave in Macon. Golden Bough Bookstore sells new and used books, local music cds, records, and more. Each Tuesday evening at 7pm Buddhist Book Club meetings - 9pm free concerts from local and tour- ing bands/musicians
Macon’s music, art, entertainment, views and newspaper
Macon Food and Culture is a local monthly life and style magazine
Local promotions website for clubs, bars, parties, and events
A multifaceted lifestyle and entertainment company
Middle Georgiaâ€™s newest all age music venue! Booking metal, hardcore, pop, and indie shows
One of Macons full service recording facilities located on Cotton Ave in Macon
A full service audio/video studio located in Byron. proTools based recording studio specializing in inde pendent artists of all genres. Puts on annual battle of the baddest bands. Professional on-Location record- ing capabilities. Video production packages available
Recording studio located in downtown Macon
Cross Chart Records is a membership record label designed with the artist in mind. They provide a productive work environment for musical production marketing and distribution.
Thompson Entertainment Group, LLC is a focus-driven company providing quality Artist Development services to artists across the southeast.
A leading contributor to the revival of the Macon music and entertainment industry
Family and friend based t-shirt company located in downtown Macon. Specializing in small batches, all shirts are silk screened and are made with eco-friendly and biodegradable products
Through a non-hierarchical, anti-oppression framework that stresses the importance of collaboration and collective action, Seattle DIY challenges the idea that we need to be guided by experts and institutions. Through a Do-It-Yourself/Do-It-Together ethos that can move us away from dependence and complacency with the oppressive dominate culture and towards creating and sharing access to and awareness of alter natives.
A national website dedicated to DIY concerts/events (house shows, independent venues, etc)
An online store for cd/vinyl cases, inserts, flyers and more to help with your music
A national website dedicated helping bands find venues, bars, clubs, and gigs for their tour
Host audio files online for free!!!
Music and audio equipment store. They will send you free catalogs to your house
Give it a look see what you can sell or find
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