Athens, GA has long been a hub of amazing music, most notably The B-52’s and R.E.M. But in the last 15 years, this southern town has continued to pump out some amazing tunes (you can’t mention Athens, GA without talking about the Elephant Six Collective). Here are some of my favorites!
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel has been on countless “Best of” lists. Most agree that this is one of the best indie rock albums of all time. Jeff Mangum’s amazing lyrics, beautiful mixture of all sorts of different instruments (including the musical saw, banjo, accordion, organ, flugelhorn, zanzithophone, and of course the guitar), and the richness of the sound make this record completely unique.
Aldhils Arboretum by Of Montreal is full of all sorts of solidly well written and funny pop songs. This record came out in 2002. Since then, Of Montreal has changed up their sound, but if you’re into some catchy psychedelic pop you’ll love this one. Also, “Kissing in the Grass” is one of the sweetest songs ever written. Swoon!
New Magnetic Wonder by The Apples in Stereo can be praised for both their musical and mathematical genius. Frontman Robert Schneider invented a new musical scale which you can hear in Track 11, “Non-Pythagorean Composition 1″. It’s kind of cool for music theory geeks to ponder over. Robert is now studying to get his PhD in analytic number theory, so I’m sure we’ve got more pop/math music to look forward to in the future! The music is the feel-goodest of feel good music. Can’t really feel bummed out when listening to “Energy”.