Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy Birthday, Birmingham Mountain Radio

Last night we went to Workplay in Birmingham for the First Anniversary Party of Birmingham Mountain Radio, which purports itself to be "Birmingham's Alternative [to] Radio." Among the performers were Jesse Payne and my favorite local Matthew Mayfield.

I had neither heard nor heard of Jesse Payne before, but he was pretty good. I definitely plan to buy his EP Buffalo that dropped back in October.

Now Matthew Mayfield on the other hand. I am quite familiar with his work. He has numerous EPs and a full album that released earlier this year. My favorite of his albums came from his work with The Blue Cut Robbery, though its a bit of a limited offering.

Much thanks to Birmingham Mountain Radio, who has provided for the past year what has been so difficult to sustain in Birmingham...a viable alternative music station.

And as a special little nugget, I took the video below of Matthew Mayfield (opening for Needtobreathe) at Sloss Furnaces. The song "Still Alive" recounts Birmingham's infamous racial struggles of the past.

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