LOCAL ROUNDUP: MOVIES, MUSIC, BENEFITS


Local rockers The Drive By Truckers will be playing a benefit concert Thursday, January 10, at the 40 Watt in support of Nuçi’s Space, a resource space set up for Athens’ musicians whose mission is to promote the emotional, physical and occupational well-being of the music community.

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R.E.M. TO PLAY SXSW


We are excited to announce that R.E.M. will play at this year’s SXSW

Festival in Austin, Texas. The SXSW Music and Media Conference and Festival showcases hundreds of musical acts from around the globe on over fifty stages in downtown Austin from March 12-16.

More to follow soon on the

CORBIJN’S CONTROL OPENS AT Ciné


Anton Corbijn’s feature film, CONTROL, the acclaimed biopic of Joy Division’s lead singer Ian Curtis, opens at Athens lovely art house cinema, Ciné on January 11 and runs through Thursday, January 17 (showtimes: 4:15p 7:15p 9:45p). Local record shop Wuxtry will have a

PRESS ROUNDUP


It’s time again for a quick look at what’s happening in the music press. Here, we have rounded up some of the most recent articles from the UK media. Click on the links below to read what Q, Uncut, the Sun, and the Times have to say in

Self-DEFECATING???


…Or self-deprecating. And it’s Ferguson, not Kilborn. And Pennsylvania is hardly the heartlands.

Michael had a fun and now controversial conversation with Jane Pratt on her Sirius radio show on his birthday [Jan. 4th], and it was picked up by Reuters and now is

MICHAEL INTERVIEW IN UNCUT AT MURMURS.COM


Murmurs.com (compliments of Lucy) has posted an interview with Michael from the latest Uncut magazine in which he discusses R.E.M.’s forthcoming record Accelerate (due out April 1 in North America and March 31 elsewhere), the recording process, and the Dublin working rehearsals.

Be sure to check out

REMRING REVIEWS 2007


As the new year rolls in, be sure to check out remring.com’s 20 Most Noteworthy R.E.M. Events of 2007. From Stereogum’s tribute to Automatic For The People to the Athens Historical Society’s outstanding retrospective on the band’s historical connection to the city of Athens, there is sure to be

POSTCARD FROM…ALMOST NEW YEARS


Some plane reading for a holiday news cycle:

Two interesting items of potential interest:

Seattle Times Op-Ed by longtime friend/colleague on freedom of expression in the digital age:

Click here to read.

I liked the piece because it made the brouhaha over the smoldering issue of Network Neutrality pretty vivid and real;

FMC REPORTS ON HOPE FOR HOME


In addition to the report by the DCist we posted earlier this week, please click here to read the Future of Music Coalition’s report on Hope For Home which took place on December 3rd, featuring a performance by Mike Mills.

MICHAEL ON VISIONAIRE 53. SOUND VINYL OFFERING


Michael joins David Byrne, U2, Laurie Anderson, Cat Power, Antony & the Johnsons, Thurston Moore & Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Danger Mouse and a host of other musicians and artists who are part of Visionaire 53. SOUND, consisting of five 12-inch vinyl records, imprinted with images (picture discs), containing approximately

DCIST COVERS MIKE’S PERFORMANCE AT “HOPE FOR HOME”


Visit DCist.com for an outstanding article on Mike’s performance at “Hope for Home” in Washington, DC earlier this week. Mike performed “Wendell Gee,” “Love is All Around,” “Hope for the Fathers,” a song Mike wrote in honor of baseball legend Roberto Clemente, and “Rockville” as part of

MICHAEL HOSTS FOOD BANK FOR NYC LUNCHBOX AUCTION


Michael hosted the Food Bank For New York City’s Annual Lunchbox Live Auction last night in Manhattan. Over 150 artists, actors, musicians, and personalities have decorated lunchboxes for the fundraiser which will continue through December 21st online.

Michael’s lunchbox went for a whopping $35,000 at the event last

MILLS IN DC FOR WEEKEND HOUSE PARTY


The Future of Music Coalition will host a house party tomorrow night to benefit New Orleans musician Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and Sweet Home New Orleans, an organization that seeks to bring musicians back to the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Mike will be on

Athens Dust Bowl: Drought Awareness and Benefit Concert


Local Musicians Sing Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads and Originals

Tuesday, November 27, Athens, GA

40 Watt and Flicker – Two Stages!

FREE ($5 suggested donation)

Doors open at 7pm

In 1940, Woody Guthrie recorded Dust Bowl Ballads, an album about the struggles of common people during the great dust bowl. The album

POSTCARD FROM ATHENS


We are just back from several weeks in Europe. First Michael covered a lot of ground and air in promoting the new LIVE record everywhere from Jools Holland and Radio 2 in London, to the MTV Awards show in Munich. . .with a few whistlestops in between in favorite cities