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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lil Wayne's lawsuit mess


Lil Wayne is all mixed up in a big lawsuit war.  Weazy was sued last year for copyright infringement because he used a sample from Karma-Anne Swanepoel’s song “Once” for his track “I Feel Like Dying.”  Now, he is blaming the company who produced the song, Rebel Rock Productions, Inc. Lil Wayne claims they should have been the ones responsible for making sure permission was granted to use the sample.  Sounds messy.


-Lindsey Lee

Currently listening to: “Midnight in Her Eyes” by The Black Keys

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Top 5 Ways to Procrastinate


Top Five Ways to Put off Studying For Finals/How to Distract Yourself from doing anything productive.


1. Textsfromlastnight.com

You have to admit, it's hilarious. And I love that they add the area code so you can see what insane texts are being sent around Athens late at night...

One of my favorites:

(818): Just made out with a pet sitter. His biz card says "even hamsters". Lowest point in my life.


2.) Watch four films from the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival at the YouTube screening room


3.) Pandora

A good way to discover new music. I could stay on this for hours on end. 


4.) Facebook, facebook, facebook. 

Stalk Athens Blur facebook for upcoming Blogazine posts.


5.) Make playlists on your iTunes for every upcoming event in your life like, "Finally Graduated" and "Summer 09" (will it ever get here?) 


How do you procrastinate?


-Kristen Lee

Currently listening to "I've Got Friends" by Manchester Orchestra 

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Concert Review: Robert Randolph and the Family Band

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Words are hard to come by to express how bad-ass the show was last night. Imagine Jimi Hendrix meshed up with Aretha Franklin and sprinkle in some jazz, funk and gospel. They have it going on and the people know it. There have been concerts in Athens, none of which, to my recollection, have thwarted three encores. Yes, three. Robert Randolph doesn’t play the steel guitar, it’s definitely a steal. For the money people paid and the show that was received, the band definitely got cheated. It was a spiritual experience to say the least. Basically RR makes everything a lot cooler sitting down… even peeing. Let’s get them back to Athens, pronto.

--Will Hackett
“Get Down on It” by Kool and the Gang


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Artist of the Day: Charlie Mars

Though you may not have ever heard of this Mississippi-born rocker, he's been around for quite some time having toured with bands like R.E.M., Dave Matthews Band, Mindy Smith, and the Old 97's back in the '90s. While attending Southern Methodist University, Mars kick started his career, sold his car, and recorded Broken Arrow (1996) which eventually sold 40,000 copies. He toured the Southeast college scene with over 150 dates and with two more albums under his belt, it looked like he was on his way to making it. Instead, he fell into drugs and alcohol and headed over to Sweden for a rehab that would turn his carrer around. Sleeping on houseboats and playing for lunch crowds at tiny restaurants on the water, Mars wrote songs for what would be his biggest album yet,Charlie Mars (2004). Soon after, he was summoned to NYC where V2 records would sign him to their roster and give Mars everything he wanted out of his career: critical acclaim, a wider audience, national radio play, videos and much more. But soon the music business overshadowed the actual music and when V2 folded, he had to start over once again. 
Moving to Austin, he landed back on solid ground and wrote Like A Bird, Like A Plane. Consider this to be a new debut because it's unlike anything he's done before. He has strayed away from traditional rock and is digging his hands deep into a more sensual, snaky, make you want to hippy dance around your living room style. His new video for the first single off the album debuted on EW.com on Tuesday. "Listen to the Darkside" features "Weeds" star, Mary Louise Parker, appropriately so because the lyrics are inviting her to come over and get high and listen to "The Dark Side of the Moon." You can watch his new video here.  http://music-mix.ew.com/2009/04/charlie-mars-ma.html
But beware, this song WILL get stuck in your head. 

Who's Who: Charlie Mars 
Formed: 1996 in Oxford, Miss.
Label: Rockingham Records
Latest Release: Like A Bird, Like A Plane (2008)
On The Web: www.charliemars.com

-Kristen Lee
Currently listening to "Listen to the Darkside" by Charlie Mars

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wilco Wilco Wilco

Either Wilco is trying to make things really simple or they are obsessed with the name of their band. The group's seventh album, due out in late June, is named Wilco (The Album)  which contains a song called - you guessed it - "Wilco, The Song." Supposedly it's a tribute to their fans, not themselves. Wilco (the band) will tour festivals this summer like 10,000 lakes and Bonnaroo as well as baseball parks and intimate theaters around the U.S. Imagine, you can watch Wilco play "Wilco" from the album, Wilco. Actually, that's pretty sweet. 

-Kristen Lee
Currently listening to "Alison" by Elvis Costello

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"Missionaries" by Gift Horse



As noted in the post on Monday, Gift Horse and friends will be playing at The Caledonia Lounge on Friday, May 1st. Here is a taste of what the Horse has to offer, with their single “Missionaries.” Tickets are $6 for 21 and over, but if you are a youngster, it will be $8. Come out for some solid head banging with Gift Horse, Russian Spy Camera and Arizona. Show starts around 10pm. Rock on.
-Will Hackett
“Magazines” by Hooray for Earth

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Mashup music guide


I was introduced to the genius of mashups with Girl Talk. While I wouldn’t consider myself a regular listener of Top 40 music, I can’t deny there are some great guilty pleasures out there for when I just want to dance.  Not to mention the interesting way mashup artists layer old songs under new rap stuff (“Lean on Me” under “Knuck if You Buck," anyone?). 


So, in case you are having a dance party sometime soon, here are three mash-up artists you MUST know.


Milkman (aka Gregg Luskin)

From California. His stuff is incredibly similar to Girl Talk. You can listen to all the songs for free on his website.  C-C-Check it out, here.


Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis)

He was the first mashup artist I heard. He absolutely rocked the Georgia Theatre last year, and I can’t wait ‘til he comes back. And... he has the “pay-what-you want” a la Radiohead approach to selling his album, and you gotta respect that. Check out the songs here on his Myspace.


DJ Earworm

His stuff is a little different, incorporating more samples in the same song.  The overall feel is more clubby than Girl Talk or Milkman, but you have to admit, he’s got some balls to mix Kanye (“Love Lockdown”) with Radiohead (“Reckoner”).  I’m not convinced I like it, but I appreciate the idea. Listen for yourself here.  


Which one is your favorite?


-Lindsey Lee

Currently listening to: “Reckoner Lockdown” by DJ Earworm


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You can go to Natalie Portman's film school


Natalie Portman is a total Renaissance woman--not only is she a great actress, she got her B.A. in psychology from Harvard, and recently took a turn behind the camera, directing “New York, I Love You.” But her latest project is the coolest yet.

She has launched MakingOf.com, an online film school that features video interviews from Hollywood professionals. Film philes can get exclusive behind-the-scenes scoop on how movies are made.

-Lindsey Lee
Currently listening to: “My Funny Valentine” by Frank Sinatra

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Does Fleetwood Mac Still Rock??!

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Last night, some friends and I went to the Fleetwood Mac "Unleashed" concert at Philips Arena (which surprisingly did not sell out). We had barely made our way down the steps to our floor seats right at show time, when we heard the familiar tune, “Monday Morning,” opening up the evening. We quickly realized there wouldn’t be an opening band for the night and for three straight hours we danced to all of Mac’s greatest hits.

Despite the core four members having an average age of 60, they performed with the exuberance of twenty-something year olds. Stevie Nicks is still majestic and beautiful as ever and her presence was nothing shy of enchanting throughout the night. Her husky but sexy voice invoked goosebumps a few times on my arms during her powerful ballads in songs such as “Landslide” and “Dreams.”

Lindsey Buckingham gallantly played his guitar with pure passion and enthusiasm. He performed nearly the entire concert with no breaks, breathing heavily in between songs when the lights dimmed but quickly recovering as the lights came back on. An ever humble John Mcvie kept up with his fellow band member’s energy level, joyfully strumming his bass with expertise and ease.

And of course, Mick Fleetwood proved age hasn’t slowed his sense of humor. As he stood from his drum-set to greet the energetic crowd, a pair of balls (literally) dropped from his pants. He even had a spotlight moment during one of two encores to prove he could still keep rhythm at his age during a powerful drum solo. At one point after a major jam session, Buckingham and Fleetwood exchanged glances that looked like they were expressing to one another, “I can’t believe we just made it through that one!”

The overall sound at Philips isn’t the best quality, but the seat arrangement is ideal for a show; as they are set up in rows at the right angles that even someone in a "nose-bleed" section has a pretty decent view of the stage. Nicks vocals were muffled a little on a few songs, but it didn’t interfere with her overall performance. Really, the only bad part of this concert was the food. We got a hot dog in a stale bun that coincided with the stale Pretzel Wetzel we couldn’t finish.

All in all, everyone performed as if it were the last time they would embrace a stage before an audience, which I think magnified the concert to a heightened level of amazement.

So when posed the question, does Fleetwood Mac still rock? The answer, quite simply, is yes, they still do.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

-Nicole Black

Currently Listening to: “Silver Springs” by Fleetwood Mac

Because sharing is caring



The video features musicians from around the world adding their spin on a recording of a street performer's rendition of Ben E. King's classic "Stand By Me." The video comes from the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music", and is the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently. Check out the story behind it at http://playingforchange.com/


-Julie McCollum
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Listening to: "Taylor" by Jack Johnson

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8 Best Summer Songs


8 Best Summer Songs


So here in Athens, we skipped spring and went straight from winter to summer.  Though I’m stuck inside, my mind is floating in a pool with popsicle stained lips.  So here is my list of songs that take me right back to lightning bugs, lazy days, and that summer crush.   In no particular order...



“Cruel Summer” by Bananarama

Such a dark little ditty. I imagine myself dancing to this in a sweaty club with a stranger while my boyfriend is out of town.


“Summer Lovin’” Grease

Okay, I know, it’s cheesy. But I used to know every word to every song in Grease, and this song will forever remind me of summer.


“Holy Roller Novocaine” by Kings of Leon

Back in high school in Nashville, I had just figured out who Kings of Leon was when Youth and Young Manhood came out. This song played at summer house parties where we drank cheap Natty and vodka mixed with Gatorade.


“Love Shack” by the B52’s

I vividly remember a sea-side beach party where everyone was dancing to this song. How could you not?


“American Pie” by Don McClean

Though I wouldn’t consider myself a “good ole boy” I can’t help but turn this one up with my windows down, lamenting the day the music died.


“Kids” by MGMT

Last summer, this song was on constant repeat in my car and on my iPod. Some of my friends are convinced that the kids voices are actually seagulls. Anyway, this song is a perfect soundtrack for lazy summer days.


“Centerfield” by John Fogerty

Since I’m not good at playing baseball, this song really pumps up my kickball game. Oh, and I guess I get sort of excited about those Braves, or whatever, too.


“Santeria” by Sublime

There is something about Sublime that makes me think of high school summers, when I would drive around thinking I was so cool. This is my favorite Sublime song, and it always takes me back to happy place.



What am I missing?



-Lindsey Lee

Currently listening to: “Sleeping Dogs” by Madeline


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Artist of the Day: St. Vincent


St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) burst onto the scene two years ago with her debut album Marry Me, and instantly became a critical darling, garnering fans in such high places as Pitchfork, Spin, and the New York Times Magazine. She is releasing her second album, Actor, in May and it takes up right where the debut left off, meaning, it’s good.


Her voice is startlingly beautiful, and it weaves over interesting pop melodies. Her songwriting is smart, compelling, and surprising.  The songs have an epic feel to them, creating worlds listeners literally fall into. 


You can also catch St. Vincent right here in Athens June 13 at the 40 Watt.  Check out her myspace, here, and give her a listen. Will you be checking her out when she comes in June?


St. Vincent

Who’s Who: Annie Clark

Formed: 2006 in Dallas, TX

Label: Beggars Banquet

Latest Release: Actor (May 2009)

On the Web: www.ilovestvincent.com



-Lindsey Lee

Currently listening to: “Your Lips are Red” by St. Vincent


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Iron & Wine Shows Support For Independent Record Stores

Folk rock favorite, Iron & Wine will show their support for some of their favorite independent record stores by putting on a handful of free in-store performances throughout California, New York and Washington this May. Hey, what about Athens? We have cool independent record stores too! The band's upcoming album, Around the Well, drops May 19 and will feature a variety of tracks ranging from out-of-print to never-before-released. 
You can listen to three of Iron & Wine's albums in their entirety (The Shepherd's Dog, Our Endless Numbered Days, and Creek Drank the Cradle) for free on their Web site.  http://www.ironandwine.com/discography-our-endless-numbered-days.htm

-Kristen Lee
Currently listening to "The Trapeze Swinger" by Iron & Wine

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What does John Mayer love almost as much as Twitter?

Cover songs. When they’re good, they’re so good (Jimi Hendrix-All Along the Watchtower). But when they’re bad, it’s almost criminal (Britney Spears- I Can’t Get No Satisfaction). John Mayer, love him or loathe him or pretend to loathe him while secretly loving him, does a damn good cover. These are the top 10 (but there’s many more…seriously, this guy does more covers than Gisele).


  1. Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty)

John Mayer took a song everyone has heard over and over and made it fresh again. Props.


  1. Message in a Bottle (The Police)

Almost too pretty. Kind of like Mayer…


  1. Wait Til Tomorrow (Jimi Hendrix)

Jimi Hendrix is to John Mayer what Bob Dylan was to Jimi Hendrix: cover material. Just wait…


  1. The Wind Cries Mary (Jimi Hendrix)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q38H_i3j9A8


  1. Bold As Love (Jimi Hendrix)

But, for the love of God, listen to the album version and not the live version. He starts droning on (and on) at around the 3:00 mark about absolutely nothing.


  1. Kid A (Radiohead)

OK, I realize this could be offensive bordering on sacrilegious for some, but I like the bold choice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ5p90us17c


  1. Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix, again, but it’s the last time, promise)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-so8vnO


  1. I Got a Woman (Ray Charles)

I do prefer the original, but this one does it homage.


  1. Crossroads (Eric Clapton)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5sTEBJhHoY


  1. No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley)

It would have been better if he sang, but this acoustic guitar version is quite nice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLi7HQ


Honorable mention: Area Codes (Ludacris cover):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTCK2fPjkeo


Feel free to offer up any opinions, or hate on my choices.


-Julie McCollum

Listening to: Too much John Mayer


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Austin City Limits festival lineup!!!!


Austin City Limits just announced their 2009 line-up, and who would have guessed--Pearl Jam, The Beastie Boys, and Dave Matthews are headlining. Are these three trying to play every summer festival in the country?

Don’t think this is just another festival, though. The rest of the line-up is SICK, including the best in the rock, hip hop, folk, and of course, those festival main-stay jam bands.

The acts I’m excited about are: Kings of Leon, Bon Iver, The Avett Brothers, The Dead Weather, Blitzen Trapper, Girl Talk, Airborne Toxic Event, and The Virgins.

Check out the entire list of bands playing below.

Pearl Jam
Dave Matthews Band
Beastie Boys
Kings of Leon
Sonic Youth
Ben Harper
Thievery Corporation
Flogging Molly
The Decemberists
The Dead Weather
The B-52's
Ghostland Observatory
John Legend
Mos Def
Bon Iver
Bassnectar
Levon Helm Band
Raveonettes
DeVotchKa
The Toadies
Andrew Bird
Sound Tribe Sector Nine
Raul Malo
Arctic Monkeys
Rebirth Brass Band
Girl Talk
Sara Watkins
Los Amigos Invisibles
K'Naan
Citizen Cope
The Greencards
Heartless Bastards
Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Preservation Hall Black
Joe Lewis
The Knux
Dan Auerbach
Grizzly Bear
Dr. Dog
Eek-a-mouse
Blitzen Trapper
Airborne Toxic Event
Lily Allen
Robyn Hitchcock
Michael Franti & Spearhead
John Vanderslice
Todd Snider
Zac Brown Band
Deer Tick
David Garza
Henry Butler
The Avett Brothers
The Felice Brothers
Federico Aubele
Damien Horne Soul Stirrers
Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band
Danny Brooks
Nelo
Dexateens
Sarah Siskind
Keith Gattis
Jonell Mosser
Jeffrey Steele
Mimicking Birds
Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights
Vince Mira
Jypsi
Papa Mali
Henry Clay
People Cotton Jones
Sarah Jaffe
Suckers
Sons of Bill
The Low Anthem
Lisa Hannigan
L.A.X.
Terri Hendrix
Marva Wright
The Parlor Mob
The Wood Brothers
Alela Diane
Bell X1
The Dodos
Alberta Cross
School of Seven Bells
Sam Roberts Band
Rodriguez
Brett Dennen
Poi Dog Pondering
Daniel Johnston
State Radio
Asleep at the Wheel
Here We Go Magic
The Virgins
Reckless Kelly
The Scabs
The Walkmen
White Lies
Clutch Phoenix
Passion Pit
Leatherbag
The Gospel
Silvertones
The Durdens
Loose Cannon
Lunch Money
Telephone Company
Milkshake
Q Brothers
Ralph's World
Quinn Sullivan
Palm School Elementary

The dates for the festival are October 2-4 in Austin, TX. Get your tickets now HERE. Anyone wanna carpool?

-Lindsey Lee
Currently listening to: “Go It Alone” by Beck


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Featured Artist of The Day: The Black Keys


Guitarist-vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney comprise Akron, Ohio based band called The Black Keys. They have been steadily been gaining traction since they teamed up with producer Danger Mouse (Gnarlz Barkley, The Gorillaz, The Grey Album) to record Attack and Release in a hand-built recording studio that Auerbach said “smells like a moldy cabin” and “looks like a haunted house.” And it sounds like that in the best way possible: raw, unpolished and noisy, but still catchy as hell. They will be hitting the stage at All Points West in Jersey City, NJ this summer. Or, if the Windy City is calling your name, make sure to see Dan Auerbach solo at Lollapalooza. Auerbach’s album, Keep It Hid, was released in February of this year, and even though it’s been a bit on the DL, if you’re into the Keys, you will dig it: http://www.myspace.com/danauerbachmusic.


Key Tracks: “Psychotic Girl,” “Strange Times,” and “I Got Mine”


TBK - Live @ The Crystal Ballroom - out 11/18/08!


Who’s Who: Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums)

Formed: 2003 in Akron, Ohio

Latest Release: Attack and Release

On the Web: www.theblackkeys.com


-Julie McCollum

Listening to: “Heartbroken, In Disrepair” by Dan Auerbach


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Monday, April 27, 2009

DMB Partners with TOMS Shoes

TOMS Shoes was founded on the premise that for every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One. You have probably heard of TOMS as they've been touring high schools and colleges all over the country this spring, even declaring April 16 as "One Day Without Shoes," where people all over the nation walked around shoeless to raise awareness for the cause. And now, Dave Matthews Band is on board as their official soundtrack, giving away a pair of free tickets to every show to profit TOMS (and that's A LOT of tickets). If you don't already have TOMS, you best get you some. At $38 a pair, they're super comfortable and stylish, and you'll wear them knowing that somewhere a child in need is walking a little easier. Now, if we could only get Dave to give his new album away to someone in need... (hint, me). 
For more info on TOMS, visit  http://cdn2.tomsshoes.com/default18.htm

-Kristen Lee
Currently listening to "West Coast" by Coconut Records

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First Annual Greek Progressive Dinner

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 is the First Annual Greek Progressive Dinner and is a really good idea. For one, you get a boatload of food, and, secondly, a boatload of live music… all for a measly $7 (or $10 at the door). The dinner will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event will take place down Milledge Avenue and the respective sorority houses, munchies and bands are all located below. The festivities start at the Alpha Delta Pi house at 5pm and end at Kappa Kappa Gamma house at 8pm.

Good food, live music, and helping out the community... I'm sold. (Did I mention there will be five houses full of sorority girls putting this event on? Just thought I'd remind everyone of that minor detail)

Event starts at 5pm and goes until 8pm:

Alpha Delta Pi (fried pickles and potato skins)—Mama’s Love
Phi Mu (chicken wings and celery) – Low End Honey
Chi Omega (chili and cornbread) – DJ Sam Satterfield
Kappa Alpha Theta (hamburgers and French fries) – Eddie and the Public Speakers
Kappa Kappa Gamma (assorted pies and cobblers) – Braski Trio

--Will Hackett
“Modern Times" by The Black Keys


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UWire honors local cartoonist/Blur contributor

Kudos from the Blur staff to cartoonist Bill Richards, who was honored in the "UWire 100" today. UWire is self-described as "a community-driven service devoted to the needs of student journalists" with an "aim to identify and promote the brightest young content creators and deliver their work to a larger audience," and their "100" list identifies those college journalists who exemplify the very best in their respective fields.  

Says JoAnn Anderson, news editor of The Red & Black (Bill's paper), "Bill is on the pulse of local and national politics; he can succinctly express in his cartoons what editorial writers have trouble saying in 500 words."

Though Bill wasn't recognized for this specific cartoon, you may remember his work from our January piece "When Presidents Rock Out."

Read more at: www.uwire100.com

Congrats Bill!




Woo hoo! Blur (the band) reunites

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Because we share a name, I feel obligated to inform you guys about the Blur reunion, which is in the works. The band has a show at London’s Hyde Park on July 3, their first full-lineup performance as a group since 2000. They are allegedly recording a new album this fall with the full lineup (guitarist Graham Coxon departed after their last release in 2003). Oh yeah…and if anyone out there cares, Creed is reuniting (sorry, like Mondays don’t suck enough already…)


-Julie McCollum

“The Warmth” by Incubus


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Do You Realize We Don't Have a State Rock Song?

After weeks of controversy, the Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??"will be the official rock song of Oklahoma. The psychedelic rock trio beat out The All-American Rejects, Leon Russell and the Call in an Internet competition a few months ago. Though a good handful of the Sooner citizens and the state house of representatives were against it, Governor Brad Henry stuck by the band and is scheduled to sign the executive order tomorrow. I'll admit, that song is amazing but what does it have to do with Oklahoma? (other than the fact that the band is from Oklahoma City). According to http://www.legis.state.ga.us, Georgia's official state song is "Georgia on My Mind." BUT what's Georgia's official rock song? Perhaps a little ditty by R.E.M.? Widespread Panic? If you could pick Georgia's official rock song, what would you choose?  

-Kristen Lee
Currently listening to "The City" by Joe Purdy

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