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College Guide - Local alums reminisce about their glory days

Killer Mike, TCM's Millie De Chirico, MailChimp's Ben Chestnut, and artist Fahamu Pecou remember

Grammy-winning rapper Killer Mike went to Morehouse College on a dare. In 1994 the Frederick Douglass High School senior already had an art scholarship to Morris Brown, but his homeroom teacher offered to buy his books if the smart, rebellious teen could get accepted into the teacher's alma mater. Killer Mike calls his year at Morehouse "the most valuable experience" of his life.

You get to college and think you're an adult. I remember telling the Dean I didn't feel like we should have to wear coats to chapel. Like, first of all, why the fuck are we even going to chapel? Everybody ain't Christian! He said, "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attended Morehouse. Dr. Benjamin E. Mays was a leader of this great institution." Then he said something to me I'll never forget: "Those two men were close to chapel. Who are you not to be?" That's when I realized that the individualism I praised was cool, but I was lucky enough to become part of a select group of men who attended Morehouse, and that I was as responsible for holding those traditions tried and true as any other Morehouse man. It really gave me proper perspective on honoring legacy.

I was a college dropout, so it's funny to me that I get asked to go back and speak. People are like, why should a guy who didn't even graduate get to speak? The answer is simple: because he had the balls to go out and be a trailblazer. I got a girl pregnant my first year. I had to get out and make it happen. The first time I got asked to come back to Morehouse I was so nervous I went to talk to Dean Sterling Hudson III, who helped me get a scholarship. He told me to calm down and that I deserved to be there. ... I like meeting the young guys, talking to them and encouraging them. Being asked to come back to Morehouse is special to me because at that school you're not official till you walk across that stage and graduate. The fact that I made them proud by not graduating and doing this has always meant a lot to me, because I know did the unpopular thing.

— As told to Gavin Godfrey

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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Millie De Chirico graduated from Georgia State University in 2002 with a BA in Film and Video. De Chirico now works as Manager of Programming at Turner Classic Movies. She's part of a team that's responsible for curating Underground TCM — the cult classics and atomic scare short films you're most likely to stumble upon when you get home from the bar. If you're flipping through the channels between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on a Saturday and come across Blue Velvet, Dolemite, or an Ed Wood or Dario Argento film, chances are good that she booked it. She's also in charge of the silent and import films TCM airs Sundays after 2 a.m. De Chirico took a few minutes out of her day of scheduling films for night owls to reflect on her days of scavenging for groceries at Kroger, and making her way as a GSU undergrad.

I was at Georgia State University from about 1997 until 2002. Strangely enough, I'm back there for a graduate program now. I went to high school in Marietta, and I was really into ska music in those days. I would listen to WRAS' ska show, "One Step Beyond," and I wanted to take the host's job so bad! Eventually I did get to do it.

High school in Marietta was pretty miserable. I had a small group of friends, and we always talked about how one day we would escape Marietta. But where would we go that's not where everybody else was going? Georgia State was that place for people who didn't want the traditional college experience: They wanted to go to a city college with art programs, and where they didn't have to be involved with college sports. Much of GSU's greatness was because of places like Album 88 and Cinefest. That's why I went there.

Both the Album 88 experience and being in the film department put me around a really cool crew of interesting people — some of them now have careers in film and television, editing Spike Jonze's films, or working for "The Walking Dead."

During my freshman year I lived in the dorms right after they were built at 10th Street and the freeway. It was a year after the Olympics, and I have a lot of great memories of making student films, climbing through people's windows in the middle of the night.

My roommates at the GSU dorms and I would go on what we used to call "date shopping" for groceries. Back in the day, Kroger used to have a policy that if you found something expired on their shelves and pulled it for them, you could get the same non-expired item for free. They have since stopped doing this because eventually lots of people figured it out.

We used to hit up multiple Krogers a night doing this so we would never have to pay for groceries. And we figured out that going at midnight was the best time to get the most recently expired food, so we'd stay up all night, then pile like five or six of us into one car and go shopping. The funny thing is most expired food is usually dairy and seafood and, for some reason, those powdered donuts you get in the bread section. So basically, our hauls would be like 20 pounds of crab legs, gallons of milk, and powdered donuts. So gross.

— As told to Chad Radford

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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Ben Chestnut, co-founder and CEO of Atlanta-based email marketing service MailChimp, wanted nothing more than to get a real-world job during his college years. The Georgia Tech alumnus, a self-described C student who graduated in 1998, had to first make it through his prerequisite classes, one of which required him to make a wooden bowl. During a late-night scramble to finish the project, Chestnut set his project ablaze and, in the process, also missed a rare chance for him to smoke a bowl with one of his classmates.

In industrial design, we had to know about materials, fabrication, and engineering. So you have to take shop class. It's just like in high school except there are much larger machines and more serious kinds of products. One of the things they make you do, to learn about wood, is they make you create a bowl. You stick a chunk of wood on a lathe, it spins super fast, you hold a chisel, and you make a bowl. It was this beautiful chunk of this wood. You could get it from this place next to McDonald's on Northside Drive.

You take sandpaper, while it's still spinning, and you gently hold it onto the bowl and sand it a little bit smooth. I suck at sanding. I pressed too hard and the bowl started to catch on fire. It turned out it was decayed. The bowl deformed like all of my projects from back then! Just lopsided and deformed. I stopped the lathe, pulled the bowl off, and took it back to my workstation. This is really late at night. I'm pulling an all-nighter because I'm a horrible student.

I'm kind of nursing the bowl and trying to put the smoke out. There's another guy working really, really late. He looks like John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival. He finished his bowl, and was like, "Man, that was hard. Do you want to go smoke a bowl?" And I said, "Mine was smoking. It almost caught fire. No, thanks." He said that was cool, and he packed up his stuff and left. I had no idea what he meant.

After graduating college, somebody made a joke about smoking a bowl somewhere at work. I connected the dots and realized that I missed my one opportunity to experiment with drugs at Georgia Tech. And I turned it down. Damn! I just remember being the guy who was too uptight about work, wanting to get my schoolwork done, and get the hell out. That guy was, like, the cool guy. There he was inviting me. And I blew it. But I do still own that bowl!

— As told to Max Blau

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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That out-of-water feeling that hits every fresh fish upon arriving on campus? Fahamu Pecou's been there. Twice. The acclaimed visual artist, who focuses on representations of black masculinity in hip-hop, recalls his first impressions of Atlanta College of Art in 1993, and the early learning curve he experienced in his current Ph.D. program at Emory University's Institute of Liberal Arts.

My collegiate experiences have been a series of culture shocks.

I came here from South Carolina, which is where I grew up mostly. My brother and some of his college friends brought me here to Atlanta. They were driving something like a Ford Probe that really was designed to seat four people, but there were, like, six of us in there. I was sandwiched in the middle.

I remember coming down I-85 and seeing the skyline for the first time and really being blown away. We finally got to the school and got on the elevator at the dorm. The elevator door opened for me to get off on my floor, and there was this white dude standing there with no shirt on, super tall with tattoos everywhere, a hot-pink Mohawk sticking straight up, and piercings in his nose and all over his face. My brother and his boys just kinda laughed at me, pushed me off the elevator, and said, "Welcome to art school!"

Even while at ACA, I started taking painting at Spelman College and experienced culture shock when I saw all of the black people at the AU Atlanta University Center. But my first few weeks at Emory — after having been out of school for 15-plus years — was really challenging.

I was coming up against that learning curve and trying to find my voice in the mix. Just being in a room full of people quoting Derrida and Foucault, and I'm like, who the hell are they? If I brought up a topic related to my own work or research, I would just get a bunch of blinks. They were looking at me just as perplexed as I was when they started talking. And I remember one of my advisors telling me, "Don't let that intimidate you. Part of the challenge for a lot of them is that's all they know. They haven't been anywhere else, they haven't experienced anything outside of academia, and they've learned to regurgitate this information back."

That helped me feel more comfortable. The knowledge base I have is relevant and maybe more relevant because it's based more in practice than theory. And that became the great equalizer for me in recognizing the value in my own personal knowledge base and how it related to the stuff that we were being taught in these courses.

— As told to Rodney Carmichael

This interview has been edited and condensed.



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Since Georgians began sheltering in place the second week of March, business for the city’s live music destinations has ground to a halt, and, aside from setting up GoFundMe accounts, revenue streams have remained shut off. A new coalition of venues and promoters, however, dubbed the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) has formed to lobby for, and to create a lifeline to support these indie music institutions, their staffs, artists, and their communities.

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“We joined NIVA because we believe there is strength in numbers,” says The Masquerade’s talent buyer Greg Green. “Instead of being just one of 800 small voices trying to be heard, we believe that the unified voice of all of these wonderful independent live music venues and promoters will carry a lot more weight regarding the issues facing our industry during this incredibly difficult time. Also, we think having the resource of all of the other members’ experience and knowledge available to us will be invaluable as we try to navigate ahead in the coming months and get back to presenting great concerts.”

There is no cost for venues to acquire NIVA membership.

In new-releases news, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel is back with a new full-length album, titled Halocline. The music will be available to listen to via Bandcamp on May 16. In the meantime, check out the first single — the first time DfTaLS has even released a single — titled “Maelstrom.” It’s a six-and-a-half-minute improv set that projects something of an aquatic theme. The term “halocline” is what happens when two bodies of water are separated due to their different salinities. This first single is a full-bodied drift that finds theremin player Scott Burland and lap steel player Frank Schultz joined by Louisville, Kentucky-based vocalist Dane Waters.

Stream the song for free, or pay $1. There is also a preorder for the 16-track album up on Bandcamp as well. Every penny from their Bandcamp sales will be donated evenly to two charities: Giving Kitchen and the Atlanta Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund.

There’s talk of a CD and possibly a vinyl release of Halocline coming out via Stickfigure Records in the near future, once the pandemic has receded and the world starts moving again. Until then, it’s a Bandcamp exclusive.

Schultz has also recently unveiled a new collaboration with composer, percussionist, and mad genius Klimchak, titled Six Feet Apart. For this project, Schultz rounded up a handful of improv pieces on the lap steel, and sent them off to a few folks to see if anyone was interested in expanding upon them. Klimchak was in, and composed his own sections to go along with Schultz’s improvisational pieces. The result is three pieces — “Off the Clock,” “Adrift and Lost,” and “Limping into Destiny” — 20 minutes of textured ambient droning bliss.

Six Feet Apart is available on Bandcamp now. Any and all proceeds will be donated to Giving Kitchen and the Atlanta Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund.

In April, blackened death metal-punk trio Misanthropic Aggression rolled out a new 7-inch EP, titled Alcoholic Polyneuropathic Freaks in Hell. The three-song single is available now via Boris Records. National distribution via MVD begins in June.

Death rock and goth-punk trio Tears for the Dying recently unveiled the group’s second full-length, titled Memories. The album was engineered and produced by Tom Ashton of the March Violets, and recorded at Subvon Studio in Athens. This time around, singer, guitarist, and bass player Adria Schlenker, Debra Beat, and Candy Cancer shed the keyboard for most of the album’s tracks in favor of a raw, guitar-driven assault — all three members share guitar and bass duties here. Check out that smoldering cover of Christian Death’s “Spiritual Cramp”!

Bad Moods’ latest 7-inch, featuring a new version of “Super Collider” b/w “La France” and “Radiology” 7-inch has been making the rounds recently as well. Singer, guitar player, and songwriter Tim Haught and drummer Champ Hammett are formerly of Atlanta hardcore staples Foundation — Champ also played in Criminal Instinct. With Bad Moods they veer away from hardcore, taking a more straight-ahead approach to indie rock songwriting, with an emphasis on recording rather than playing live regularly. “The goal, in the beginning, was to sound kind of like the Lemonheads, or something like that,” Haught says. “In the end it comes across more like a power pop version of Leatherface.”

Keep an ear out for more Bad Moods recordings coming down the line soon. —­CL—

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“We joined NIVA because we believe there is strength in numbers,” says The Masquerade’s talent buyer Greg Green. “Instead of being just one of 800 small voices trying to be heard, we believe that the unified voice of all of these wonderful independent live music venues and promoters will carry a lot more weight regarding the issues facing our industry during this incredibly difficult time. Also, we think having the resource of all of the other members’ experience and knowledge available to us will be invaluable as we try to navigate ahead in the coming months and get back to presenting great concerts.”

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Since Georgians began sheltering in place the second week of March, business for the city’s live music destinations has ground to a halt, and, aside from setting up GoFundMe accounts, revenue streams have remained shut off. A new coalition of venues and promoters, however, dubbed the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) has formed to lobby for, and to create a lifeline to support these indie music institutions, their staffs, artists, and their communities.

“Music venues were the first to close and will be the last to open,” said Dayna Frank, NIVA board member and owner of First Avenue in Minneapolis, in an April 20 press release. “It’s just brutal right now, and the future is predictable to no one. We can’t envision a world without these music venues, so we’ve created NIVA to fight for their ability to survive this shutdown, which we hear could go into 2021,” Frank goes on to say. “Our first order of business is to push to secure federal funding to preserve the ecosystem of live music venues and touring artists.”

One of the organization’s first acts was to petition Capitol Hill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, on April 22, with an open letter asking for assistance in ensuring the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program services the venues who need it most. The letter also asked for tax relief, including deferral of federal taxes for closed businesses, a forgiveness program, and for extensions on PPA loans until it’s safe for the concert industry to resume business. Continued federal support for unemployment insurance for employees of shuttered businesses, mortgage and rent forbearance, and the establishment of a grant-funded business recovery fund were also among the NIVA letter’s requests.

As of press time, more than 900 music venues in all 50 states have joined NIVA, including the 40 Watt in Athens, along with Atlanta promoters OK Productions and Rival Entertainment, as well as venues such as the Center Stage-Vinyl-The Loft complex, Smith’s Olde Bar, and The Masquerade.

“We joined NIVA because we believe there is strength in numbers,” says The Masquerade’s talent buyer Greg Green. “Instead of being just one of 800 small voices trying to be heard, we believe that the unified voice of all of these wonderful independent live music venues and promoters will carry a lot more weight regarding the issues facing our industry during this incredibly difficult time. Also, we think having the resource of all of the other members’ experience and knowledge available to us will be invaluable as we try to navigate ahead in the coming months and get back to presenting great concerts.”

There is no cost for venues to acquire NIVA membership.

In new-releases news, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel is back with a new full-length album, titled Halocline. The music will be available to listen to via Bandcamp on May 16. In the meantime, check out the first single — the first time DfTaLS has even released a single — titled “Maelstrom.” It’s a six-and-a-half-minute improv set that projects something of an aquatic theme. The term “halocline” is what happens when two bodies of water are separated due to their different salinities. This first single is a full-bodied drift that finds theremin player Scott Burland and lap steel player Frank Schultz joined by Louisville, Kentucky-based vocalist Dane Waters.

Stream the song for free, or pay $1. There is also a preorder for the 16-track album up on Bandcamp as well. Every penny from their Bandcamp sales will be donated evenly to two charities: Giving Kitchen and the Atlanta Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund.

There’s talk of a CD and possibly a vinyl release of Halocline coming out via Stickfigure Records in the near future, once the pandemic has receded and the world starts moving again. Until then, it’s a Bandcamp exclusive.

Schultz has also recently unveiled a new collaboration with composer, percussionist, and mad genius Klimchak, titled Six Feet Apart. For this project, Schultz rounded up a handful of improv pieces on the lap steel, and sent them off to a few folks to see if anyone was interested in expanding upon them. Klimchak was in, and composed his own sections to go along with Schultz’s improvisational pieces. The result is three pieces — “Off the Clock,” “Adrift and Lost,” and “Limping into Destiny” — 20 minutes of textured ambient droning bliss.

Six Feet Apart is available on Bandcamp now. Any and all proceeds will be donated to Giving Kitchen and the Atlanta Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund.

In April, blackened death metal-punk trio Misanthropic Aggression rolled out a new 7-inch EP, titled Alcoholic Polyneuropathic Freaks in Hell. The three-song single is available now via Boris Records. National distribution via MVD begins in June.

Death rock and goth-punk trio Tears for the Dying recently unveiled the group’s second full-length, titled Memories. The album was engineered and produced by Tom Ashton of the March Violets, and recorded at Subvon Studio in Athens. This time around, singer, guitarist, and bass player Adria Schlenker, Debra Beat, and Candy Cancer shed the keyboard for most of the album’s tracks in favor of a raw, guitar-driven assault — all three members share guitar and bass duties here. Check out that smoldering cover of Christian Death’s “Spiritual Cramp”!

Bad Moods’ latest 7-inch, featuring a new version of “Super Collider” b/w “La France” and “Radiology” 7-inch has been making the rounds recently as well. Singer, guitar player, and songwriter Tim Haught and drummer Champ Hammett are formerly of Atlanta hardcore staples Foundation — Champ also played in Criminal Instinct. With Bad Moods they veer away from hardcore, taking a more straight-ahead approach to indie rock songwriting, with an emphasis on recording rather than playing live regularly. “The goal, in the beginning, was to sound kind of like the Lemonheads, or something like that,” Haught says. “In the end it comes across more like a power pop version of Leatherface.”

Keep an ear out for more Bad Moods recordings coming down the line soon. —­CL—

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According to a March 13 feature story published by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in January, new owners Luke Lewis, Bruce McLeod, former Trackside Tavern and The Comet Pub & Lanes bartender Dan Meade, and longtime bartender at The Highlander, Christopher Jackson, have taken over business operations and signed a new lease with plans to get The Star Bar back up and running as soon as possible, with most of the previous staff back in place.

The plan has been to not change a thing for the storied music hangout, which has been a pillar of the local scene since 1991. Aside from giving the place a thorough cleaning and a new coat of paint, the stage, the photo booth, and the Elvis Vault will live on. Plans to reopen the Little Vinyl Lounge downstairs are still coming together. Aside from that, the mantra has been to reopen “sometime soon,” but as of press time, social distancing and self-quarantining are keeping everyone locked away at home. The Star Bar’s doors remain shuttered for the time being.

“A proper opening date has changed several times because of licensing issues with the city,” says the Star Bar’s music promoter Bryan Malone. “Everything appeared to be in the clear, and then this global pandemic began to take root. I was hoping to announce then that we’d be opening this coming weekend, but held off in light of news reports which seemed too ominous to ignore. If you had told me on January 2  that we’d still be waiting midway through March I would have thought it quite unlikely,” he adds. “But this virus threatens to delay not only that, but everything else — life in general. Indefinitely.”

Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

In recent years, Tom Gray has been rocking stages around the world, singing and playing slide guitar with progressive blues outfit Delta Moon. After being sidelined in 2019 to deal with a stage four lung cancer diagnosis, Gray has a little more time on his hands than usual. Since February, he’s been involved in launching a campaign to reissue material that he recorded in the late ’70s and early ’80s with his new wave band the Brains. He’s even talking about offering up some unreleased material as well.

In March, Gray and the Swimming Pool Q’s singer and guitarist Jeff Calder went to Preserve South in Buford, Georgia, to bake the original master tapes for all of the Brains’ recordings to which Gray owns the rights. This includes the group’s 1978 debut 7-inch, featuring the song “Money Changes Everything,” later made famous by pop star Cyndi Lauper with her version as the opening number of her 1983 LP, She’s So Unusual. Gray and Calder are also working on the master tapes containing the Brains’ 1982 EP, Dancing Under Streetlights (Landslide Records), as well as some unreleased material. The group’s 1980 self-titled full-length and 1981’s Electronic Eden LPs were originally released by the now defunct Mercury Records. Those masters are currently owned by the Universal Music Group, but Gray and Calder hope to gain access to them soon. 

“Back in the CD era, several reissue labels were interested in the Brains albums, but Mercury was a stone wall,” says Gray. “Today we will be dealing with Universal. The plan, based on the advice of an LA attorney who knows today’s business, is to create enough online interest to show Universal that this would be worth their trouble.”

This reissue campaign will mark the first time these recordings by the Brains have been made available in any format other than the original, long out-of-print vinyl pressings. Stay tuned for more information, including release dates, as it becomes available over the coming weeks.

In new releases news, Picture One, the solo recording project of multi-instrumentalist and co-owner of the Deanwell Global Music label Thomas Barnwell unveiled his third full-length LP, titled Across the Depths of Seven Lakes. Over the last decade, Barnwell has played guitar on releases by local acts including the Orphins and Thy Mighty Contract, and in 2016, co-composed the score for director Adam Pinney’s film, The Arbalest. Barnwell has also reissued material by seminal proto-goth and darkwave acts including French post-punk group Asylum Party and Atlanta’s early ’80s synth-punk outfit the Modern Mannequins.

Picture One finds Barnwell delving into a more personal side of his mostly-instrumental songwriting. Across the Depths of Seven Lakes (out April 3), however, is the first Picture One release on which Barnwell shows off his voice and lyrics.

“I started singing on this record because I wanted to process a lot of what I have been going through over the last couple of years,” he says. “Trying to be more creative than I have been — I haven’t done lyrics in maybe 10 years. I just wanted that connection again. When you play stuff live, people really connect with vocals a lot,” he adds. “ And I wanted to make something that I would personally want to listen to multiple times.”

In other new releases news, 4-IZE recently dropped a new album, titled Look Into My IZE, which he describes as “the most hip-hop album of 2020.” The album features collaborations with a bevy of heavy-hitters including the late Sean Price, Rapper Big Pooh, Talib Kweli, Señor Kaos, J-Live, Shawnna, and the almighty Ludacris, the latter of whom tears it up on the song “Shit On Deez Niggaz.” Guest producers on the album include Floyd the Locsmif, Swizz Beatz, Illastrate, 9th Wonder, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, D.R.U.G.S. Beats, and Planet Asia.

“Music has always been an informal method of therapy, being noted as an excellent power to expel diseases, as well as a sovereign remedy against despair and melancholy,” 4IZE says in a press release. “For the listener as well as the artist.”

Under the direction of Sarajevo-born guitarist Eddie Beho, Sataraš Quartet has spent the last few years fleshing out a singular repertoire of Southern European jazz and folk music inflections, American blues, and improvisation. In April, the group unveiled its debut album, Errors and Omissions. The album’s arrival was also accompanied by a new two-song EP by the group’s rhythm section of Colin Bragg and Blake Helton, titled Mask Mania.

April 3 also marks the arrival of Nikki & the Phantom Callers’ debut album, titled Everybody’s Going to Hell (But You and Me). The album’s first proper single, “Fallen Angel,” is accompanied by a video directed by Video Rahim and Ashley Simpson, and premiered in March via Wide Open Country. The album finds the countrypolitan rockers reveling in a creative, upbeat blend of modern indie and timeless Southern rock influences in songs with titles such as “Howl With Me,” “Mamas Should Know,” and “They’ve Never Walked Through Shadows.”

“Your first album is always kind of like your first set list,” says singer and guitarist Nikki Speake. “You gather up what you have and see how it all fits together. Some of the songs were written 20 years ago, most were written and recorded within the last year. When I write songs, it’s sort of like a therapy session,” Speake adds. “I’m trying to get through what’s on my mind, and everyone in the group seems to be on the same musical wavelength. We don’t have to think about it much, and we’re just trying to have fun with it.”

For the time being, release shows are being postponed through April and May. Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon.

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Picture One finds Barnwell delving into a more personal side of his mostly-instrumental songwriting. ''Across the Depths of Seven Lakes'' (out April 3), however, is the first Picture One release on which Barnwell shows off his voice and lyrics.

“I started singing on this record because I wanted to process a lot of what I have been going through over the last couple of years,” he says. “Trying to be more creative than I have been — I haven’t done lyrics in maybe 10 years. I just wanted that connection again. When you play stuff live, people really connect with vocals a lot,” he adds. “ And I wanted to make something that I would personally want to listen to multiple times.”

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“Music has always been an informal method of therapy, being noted as an excellent power to expel diseases, as well as a sovereign remedy against despair and melancholy,” 4IZE says in a press release. “For the listener as well as the artist.”

Under the direction of Sarajevo-born guitarist Eddie Beho, __Sataraš Quartet__ has spent the last few years fleshing out a singular repertoire of Southern European jazz and folk music inflections, American blues, and improvisation. In April, the group unveiled its debut album, ''Errors and Omissions''. The album’s arrival was also accompanied by a new two-song EP by the group’s rhythm section of Colin Bragg and Blake Helton, titled ''Mask Mania''.

April 3 also marks the arrival of __Nikki & the Phantom Callers__’ debut album, titled ''Everybody’s Going to Hell (But You and Me)''. The album’s first proper single, “Fallen Angel,” is accompanied by a video directed by Video Rahim and Ashley Simpson, and premiered in March via ''Wide Open Country''. The album finds the countrypolitan rockers reveling in a creative, upbeat blend of modern indie and timeless Southern rock influences in songs with titles such as “Howl With Me,” “Mamas Should Know,” and “They’ve Never Walked Through Shadows.”

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According to a March 13 feature story published by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in January, new owners Luke Lewis, Bruce McLeod, former Trackside Tavern and The Comet Pub & Lanes bartender Dan Meade, and longtime bartender at The Highlander, Christopher Jackson, have taken over business operations and signed a new lease with plans to get The Star Bar back up and running as soon as possible, with most of the previous staff back in place.

The plan has been to not change a thing for the storied music hangout, which has been a pillar of the local scene since 1991. Aside from giving the place a thorough cleaning and a new coat of paint, the stage, the photo booth, and the Elvis Vault will live on. Plans to reopen the Little Vinyl Lounge downstairs are still coming together. Aside from that, the mantra has been to reopen “sometime soon,” but as of press time, social distancing and self-quarantining are keeping everyone locked away at home. The Star Bar’s doors remain shuttered for the time being.

“A proper opening date has changed several times because of licensing issues with the city,” says the Star Bar’s music promoter Bryan Malone. “Everything appeared to be in the clear, and then this global pandemic began to take root. I was hoping to announce then that we’d be opening this coming weekend, but held off in light of news reports which seemed too ominous to ignore. If you had told me on January 2  that we’d still be waiting midway through March I would have thought it quite unlikely,” he adds. “But this virus threatens to delay not only that, but everything else — life in general. Indefinitely.”

Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

In recent years, Tom Gray has been rocking stages around the world, singing and playing slide guitar with progressive blues outfit Delta Moon. After being sidelined in 2019 to deal with a stage four lung cancer diagnosis, Gray has a little more time on his hands than usual. Since February, he’s been involved in launching a campaign to reissue material that he recorded in the late ’70s and early ’80s with his new wave band the Brains. He’s even talking about offering up some unreleased material as well.

In March, Gray and the Swimming Pool Q’s singer and guitarist Jeff Calder went to Preserve South in Buford, Georgia, to bake the original master tapes for all of the Brains’ recordings to which Gray owns the rights. This includes the group’s 1978 debut 7-inch, featuring the song “Money Changes Everything,” later made famous by pop star Cyndi Lauper with her version as the opening number of her 1983 LP, She’s So Unusual. Gray and Calder are also working on the master tapes containing the Brains’ 1982 EP, Dancing Under Streetlights (Landslide Records), as well as some unreleased material. The group’s 1980 self-titled full-length and 1981’s Electronic Eden LPs were originally released by the now defunct Mercury Records. Those masters are currently owned by the Universal Music Group, but Gray and Calder hope to gain access to them soon. 

“Back in the CD era, several reissue labels were interested in the Brains albums, but Mercury was a stone wall,” says Gray. “Today we will be dealing with Universal. The plan, based on the advice of an LA attorney who knows today’s business, is to create enough online interest to show Universal that this would be worth their trouble.”

This reissue campaign will mark the first time these recordings by the Brains have been made available in any format other than the original, long out-of-print vinyl pressings. Stay tuned for more information, including release dates, as it becomes available over the coming weeks.

In new releases news, Picture One, the solo recording project of multi-instrumentalist and co-owner of the Deanwell Global Music label Thomas Barnwell unveiled his third full-length LP, titled Across the Depths of Seven Lakes. Over the last decade, Barnwell has played guitar on releases by local acts including the Orphins and Thy Mighty Contract, and in 2016, co-composed the score for director Adam Pinney’s film, The Arbalest. Barnwell has also reissued material by seminal proto-goth and darkwave acts including French post-punk group Asylum Party and Atlanta’s early ’80s synth-punk outfit the Modern Mannequins.

Picture One finds Barnwell delving into a more personal side of his mostly-instrumental songwriting. Across the Depths of Seven Lakes (out April 3), however, is the first Picture One release on which Barnwell shows off his voice and lyrics.

“I started singing on this record because I wanted to process a lot of what I have been going through over the last couple of years,” he says. “Trying to be more creative than I have been — I haven’t done lyrics in maybe 10 years. I just wanted that connection again. When you play stuff live, people really connect with vocals a lot,” he adds. “ And I wanted to make something that I would personally want to listen to multiple times.”

In other new releases news, 4-IZE recently dropped a new album, titled Look Into My IZE, which he describes as “the most hip-hop album of 2020.” The album features collaborations with a bevy of heavy-hitters including the late Sean Price, Rapper Big Pooh, Talib Kweli, Señor Kaos, J-Live, Shawnna, and the almighty Ludacris, the latter of whom tears it up on the song “Shit On Deez Niggaz.” Guest producers on the album include Floyd the Locsmif, Swizz Beatz, Illastrate, 9th Wonder, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, D.R.U.G.S. Beats, and Planet Asia.

“Music has always been an informal method of therapy, being noted as an excellent power to expel diseases, as well as a sovereign remedy against despair and melancholy,” 4IZE says in a press release. “For the listener as well as the artist.”

Under the direction of Sarajevo-born guitarist Eddie Beho, Sataraš Quartet has spent the last few years fleshing out a singular repertoire of Southern European jazz and folk music inflections, American blues, and improvisation. In April, the group unveiled its debut album, Errors and Omissions. The album’s arrival was also accompanied by a new two-song EP by the group’s rhythm section of Colin Bragg and Blake Helton, titled Mask Mania.

April 3 also marks the arrival of Nikki & the Phantom Callers’ debut album, titled Everybody’s Going to Hell (But You and Me). The album’s first proper single, “Fallen Angel,” is accompanied by a video directed by Video Rahim and Ashley Simpson, and premiered in March via Wide Open Country. The album finds the countrypolitan rockers reveling in a creative, upbeat blend of modern indie and timeless Southern rock influences in songs with titles such as “Howl With Me,” “Mamas Should Know,” and “They’ve Never Walked Through Shadows.”

“Your first album is always kind of like your first set list,” says singer and guitarist Nikki Speake. “You gather up what you have and see how it all fits together. Some of the songs were written 20 years ago, most were written and recorded within the last year. When I write songs, it’s sort of like a therapy session,” Speake adds. “I’m trying to get through what’s on my mind, and everyone in the group seems to be on the same musical wavelength. We don’t have to think about it much, and we’re just trying to have fun with it.”

For the time being, release shows are being postponed through April and May. Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon.

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“I thought it was more visually pleasing, interesting, and balanced,” Englenz says. “However, I have found that most people are capitalizing it anyways, so I may have to get over that.”

The album is the follow-up to Englenz’s 2015 The Extent of Play EP, and was recorded by Ken Coomer of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo fame at Cartoon Moon Studios in Nashville. As the story goes, Englenz had been enlisted to sing back-up on Decatur-based songwriter Mike Killeen’s album Ghost, which Coomer happened to be recording and producing. When Coomer heard Englenz’s parts, he approached her to produce ingénue. Coomer also plays drums and percussion throughout the album, and one early single, “Pray for Rain,” features the golden voices of the Blind Boys of Alabama singing as well.

But despite the celebrity factor, ingénue arrives as a strong opening salvo for Englenz.

Jon Latham, Mike Killeen, and Total Babe (Emily Backus, Meg Brooks) open the show with short sets as well.

“We really worked on how to craft these songs, and which songs to choose from about 50,” Englenz says. “The whole enchilada. Going down to FAME (Studios in Muscle Shoals) to record with Blind Boys of Alabama was another level of experience as well. I can’t really express how profound it was to have legends like that want to sing on words I wrote in a trying time and just take it to this even more profound historic level. Needless to say there have been a lot of tears in reflection.”

Early singles such as “Got Me With Goodbye” and “Rebound” show off a fleshed-out collection of instrumental arrangements surrounding a voice that sounds more charged and confident than ever.

It’s an impressive step up in production, performance, and overall presence, all of which are a far cry from the one-take cuts that were used for the first EP.

“I’d say the EP was like sketching out an idea, and this album feels like a finished painting,” Englenz says. “I have become more confident in my voice which is likely the biggest difference in life and recording. Voice in the sense of singing,” she adds, “but (also) voice in the sense of a level of confidence in who I am and having self-worth, that (tells me) maybe there is value in sharing that.”

The album hit record store shelves on February 28, and also features contributions from a crew of burgeoning, high-caliber Nashville players including Coomer on drums, Jason “Slim” Gambill and Joe Garcia on electric guitar, bass player Ted Pecchio, Robbie Crowell on keys, and Englenz holding down everything from guitar, piano, and French horn to glockenspiel. For the Eddie’s Attic show, Englenz is backed by a slightly different lineup that includes Jon Latham on electric guitar, Irakli Gabriel on electric guitar, Cory Nichols on bass, and Chris Benelli on drums.

In February, Lesibu Grand unveiled a new video for the song “Mi Sueño,” the closing number from 2019’s mini album, The Legend of Miranda. Based on the songwriting of bass player John Renaud and Tyler-Simone Molton, the group revels in a blend of Pixies-style indie rock, classic new wave, horn flourishes, and classic soul sounds. “Mi Sueño” is a bit of a departure from the group’s typically baroque rock style, but it’s a song no less steeped in heavy layers of quiet Southern surrealism that’s all about a dream within a dream, and the cultural, subliminal, and literal meanings of the word dreams. Directed by W. Addison Wood, the video blends drifting imagery of Molton, mirroring scenes from historic black films such as Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort, South Carolina, May 1940, and Spencer Williams’ 1941 film The Blood of Jesus (1941), with Zora Neale Hurston’s untitled fieldwork footage from the late 1920s.

Lesibu Grand plays the Atlanta Room at Smith’s Olde Bar on Saturday, April 4, with Howling Star and Awleen.

Also in February, Slow Parade’s Matthew Pendrick released a sophomore LP, titled Hi​-​Fi LowLife. The album features a laundry list of players, including drummer and vibes player Paul Stevens, bass player Will Pass, Chandler Galloway on keys and vocals, Damon Moon playing bass, Luis Steffanel on flute, and Liz Brasher singing on the second song, “Spoonful.” Pendrick handled vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keys. Moon produced.

Songs from the new album, such as “Waiting on the Smoke to Clear,” “Ebb & Flow,” and “Baggage Claim” find Pendrick and Co. moving away from the more cut-and-dried roots-based songwriting of the group’s 2015 album, Big Plans, to embrace a more creative and heavily stylized sound.

On March 20, Grammy winner and Tedeschi Trucks Band singer Mike Mattison will release his second solo album, titled Afterglow, via Landslide Records. The follow-up to 2014’s You Can’t Fight Love was co-produced by Mattison and drummer Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell, and features an eclectic array of blues, Americana, and rock ‘n’ roll numbers. The album also features contributions from guitarist Dave Yoke, bass player Franher Joseph, keyboard player Rachel Eckworth, guitar player Paul Olsen (Scrapomatic), and keyboards by the late Kofi Burbridge, who died in 2019 due to complications related to an ongoing cardiac condition.

And last, but not least, on Sunday, March 22, Soul Food Cypher returns for its regularly scheduled gathering from 6-9 p.m. at The Annex Bookstore (748 Marietta Street N.W.), this time with a celebration of women in hip-hop. Tiye hosts. More details will be announced here as they become available.

Please send local music news to chad.radford at creativeloafing.com."
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“I’d say the EP was like sketching out an idea, and this album feels like a finished painting,” Englenz says. “I have become more confident in my voice which is likely the biggest difference in life and recording. Voice in the sense of singing,” she adds, “but (also) voice in the sense of a level of confidence in who I am and having self-worth, that (tells me) maybe there is value in sharing that.”

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Lesibu Grand plays the Atlanta Room at Smith’s Olde Bar on Saturday, __April 4__, with Howling Star and Awleen.

Also in February, __Slow Parade__’s Matthew Pendrick released a sophomore LP, titled ''Hi​-​Fi LowLife''. The album features a laundry list of players, including drummer and vibes player Paul Stevens, bass player Will Pass, Chandler Galloway on keys and vocals, Damon Moon playing bass, Luis Steffanel on flute, and Liz Brasher singing on the second song, “Spoonful.” Pendrick handled vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keys. Moon produced.

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!!Friday, February 21
 

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!!Sunday, February 23
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Welcome to Creative Loafing’s weekend roundup podcast for February 20-23! Will Cardwell, Jacob Chisenhall, and Chad Radford discuss their top picks for the weekend, including Monster Jam, Mattiel, the Bongos, and more! Tune in and turn out.

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