Packing for the move into our new house I found this amazing treasure from the Athens Summer Music Extravaganza. I’m guessing it was the summer of 1997. I was living in Atlanta at the time and Athens, GA was a godsend.
It’s basically an explosion of Elephant 6… Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, (early) of Montreal!
Of course my pop faves Bunnygrunt, Dressy Bessy and Tullycraft played.
This is how I spent the 90s. I missed grunge and flannel shirts and carried 45s in a box at shows like this.
i love teenage girls who love elephant 6. i love teenage girls who love built to spill, animal collective, pavement. i love teenage girls who love music in which the community is dominated by mid-30s men. i love how nonjudgemental they are when you’re new to the music, don’t know a song, don’t have every single album on limited-press vinyl, aren’t good at remembering names, can’t play an instrument. i love teenage girls who experiment with music when there’s a world of criticism waiting out there for us. it makes me hopeful for the future of the music we love and makes me not want to give up on learning new things about music. we have so much power. i love us.
Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel (and the Elephant six) recording Orange Twin Field Works Vol. 1, one of my favorite things to listen to ever. It sounds like you’re actually inside of a festival of sounds, tastes, colors, and people. It’s a lovely experience.