Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Many Updates, New Activity

For those out there that do not get the Atlanta weekly paper, Creative Loafing, they did a piece on me and the blog last week, which I have attached here. The full Q&A can be accessed through this link:

Creative Loafing James Joyce Article

So I have received many great responses from locals that have read it and checked out the site, so thanks so much for your interest and love of Atlanta's recent musical past. A guy named Brian Poust runs a similar blog and website dedicated to Georgia's Soul music history, which to me would be more obscure and a much tougher challenge to document, so I commend him on that effort. I have received almost everything from my want list, so I have updated it with new items (please see down on the right).

New posts upcoming will include the Quadiliacha discography including an interview with singer/guitarist Will Greene, a Fiddlehead 2nd post including five live shows and an interview with singer Geoey Cook and bassplayer Mike Haggerty, more live Car vs. Driver shows, more live Freemasonry shows, live Barrel recordings, and even hopefully the Dirt Live at WREK. Furthermore, I have received flyer collections from Matt Mauldin, Gray Kiser, and soon Chuck Petrakopoulos, so I will start an Atlanta flyer archive which will be centrally located for viewing.

Probably the most exciting development is the addition of a guest contributor to this blog. Brad Castlen, the singer for Crisis Under Control among several others, has contacted me and offered his support in providing archive materials from his vast collection. He is similar to me in my obsession for organizing and cataloging records, pictures, flyers, etc. from our hometown scene. He comes from a similar background in the same era, but in a way complementary to mine, so I believe he can provide a wealth of great content for this blog from his perspective. Also, my personal commitments only allow me to make a post or two per week, so I think he will be good at covering more ground than I can in certain aspects of the Atlanta scene, and provide good material to peruse every week.

Update: I have also opened the door to Scott Wishart so he can do some guest postings on the blog. If you don't remember him, he was the drummer of Scout, Ostinato, Such As, and several others over the years. He has been living in Charlotte for a while now, and runs his own record store, conveniently named Lunchbox Records. He also has many good suggestions for posts, so we should be seeing some real momentum here on the blog.

Thanks for checking everything out, and let me know your comments, requests, suggestions, etc.


  1. saw the article in CL, lookin good! mebbe if brad's writing, we can get some crisis files? and mebbe the difference? that would be awesome...

  2. I will be posting stuff from my own bands but definitely not limited to them. There will be plenty of Crisis stuff though because I, like James, kept anything and everything associated with the band. -Brad

  3. Hey Sassy - If you need a quick fix for any of the Duluth hardcore bands, check out Hotatldiy.com. Brad will be posting a lot more, but most of the basic recordings are there.

  4. Just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your site - you have helped to fill in some gaps in my personal knowledge of the scene, and I love it!

    I came up playing music here slightly after you did (I began playing the Wreck Room, PJ's Nest, Somber Reptile, etc in the mid 90s), and it is really nice to read here about bands that I just barely missed.

    I've been slowly digitizing all the local cassettes and vinyl that I have from the early 90's to early 00's (by my bands and others), and hope to have them posted somewhere on teh interwebs shortly. I'll be sure to let you know when they're online in case you feel like delving into any of that era.

    Anyway, thanks for all you do here - I love it!

  5. Congrats on the CL nod. Well deserved!

  6. Great article. Nice props!

  7. Hi. My name is Henrik. I'm a 20 year old, practically a shit kid, not even listening to music when you were playing in all these amazing bands. Anyways, thought I should tell you that I'm from Norway, and I regularly read your blog. Even though I can't relate to the local scene that you describe, I find all of this really, really interesting. Thanks for sharing.
    Regards, Henrik.

  8. Hi Henrik - glad to hear that you enjoy it! I played many shows in Sweden when I was in The hal al Shedad, but no shows in Norway, unfortunately. I will post the flyers soon, which you might find entertaining. I did actually go to Norway for my job a few years ago, and loved it. You are lucky to live in such a beautiful place. Thanks again.