The tragic death of drummer Jerry Fuchs in November 2009 put a halt to the fourth album, Pyramid of the Sun, from Athens instrumental post-rock outfit Maserati. Back in July '09, Fuchs — who also drummed with the bands !!! and LCD Soundsystem — recorded the album's drum parts at the Bakery in Athens, and the rest of the album was to be finished after touring. But before they could reconvene, Fuchs died after suffering a five-story fall down an elevator shaft in a Brooklyn building several months later.
Since his death, the group has spent a large part of 2010 finishing the album with Erik Wofford (best known for recording the Black Angels) at Cacophony Recorders in Austin, Texas. Due Nov. 9 via Temporary Residence, Pyramid of the Sun features contributions from Steve Moore of Zombi, and swells with peaks and valleys labored over to craft a massive record that pays homage to Fuchs' life and work. One month before the album's release, Temporary Residence will issue a 12-inch companion titled Pyramid of the Moon, which will probably disappear quickly.
Nophi Recordings' fourth sampler has been available for download through the label's website since Sept. 1, but it gets a physical release Thurs., Sept. 16. Although there is a strong electronic lean to Nophi's output, the compilation covers a broad swath of Atlanta's indie rock scenes as well. Even label owner Randy Garcia's (aka R_Garcia) contribution, a song titled "The Year 100,000," takes shape as a muddy Ramones-style approach to his typical electro/experimental sound.
"We are in love with all kinds of music and want to support Atlanta unconditionally, even when we bitch about it," Garcia says. "We are blown away by how many great bands there are here, so it seemed natural that we gravitate toward capturing the music of Atlanta that isn't given prominence in popular press. Everyone knows how great Mastodon and Deerhunter are. But few people know what else Atlanta is capable of."
Other artists on the compilation include Sonen, Social Espionage, Cassavetes and more, with 20 tracks in all.
Pretty Ambitious Records is hosting an end of the summer beach party at the soon-to-be-defunct Wells St. Warehouse (585 Wells St.) in the West End on Sat., Sept. 18. There will be sandboxes and kiddy pools amid a Tiki-style setup. The lineup includes the Coathangers, Balkans, Predator, Mermaids and the Clap, and will come to a head with a show from Old King Cole Younger (Black Lips) and his friends the Conquerors.
Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed former Sugar bassist and Chase Park Transduction Studios co-owner David Barbe to the position of Georgia Music Hall of Fame Authority on Sept. 8.
In new releases news, Gentleman Jesse's "She's a Trap" b/w "I Won't Say Goodbye" 7-inch dropped last week via Douchemaster, as did PPR's eight-song CD The Robot Destroyer Part 1 via Reason Y Records. Gucci Mane and DJ Drama also released a new mixtape dubbed Ferrari Music just weeks before The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted hits the streets Sept. 28 via 1017 Bricksquad/Asylum/Warner Bros. And last but not least, Waka Flocka Flame's highly anticipated Flockaveli is due out Oct. 5.
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