Remy Zero’s “Villa Elaine” (1998)

by Charles Reed The opening lines, from the second track “Prophecy” begin, “Consider this a sign. This is a train in the night. And now it’s time for you to go. You know you’ve had a healthy life, boy.” What a start. The velocity in that lyric is incredible. I was hooked. My best friendContinue reading “Remy Zero’s “Villa Elaine” (1998)”

Southern Christian Soccer-Punk and Other Unicorns: A Dispatch from the ’90s

by Ben Beard 1. The last cassette I bought was U2’s Achtung Baby! The first CD I purchased was Pavement’s Slanted and Enchanted. That’s the true story between 13 and 14, part of my hidden history, the autobiography we all elide and as we age, choose to forget. I ran with alternative rock for aContinue reading “Southern Christian Soccer-Punk and Other Unicorns: A Dispatch from the ’90s”

1980s Montgomery: Remembered and Now Considered

by Adrienne Gaines Born in the late 1970s, most of my childhood memories come from the 1980s, and are those of a white girl who lived this decade mostly in Montgomery, Alabama. I grew up in a nuclear family of four – my married parents, my older sister, and me – in a middle-class neighborhood,Continue reading “1980s Montgomery: Remembered and Now Considered”