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”

R.E.M. at the Mall

by Peter Stavros It was 1984, and I was a college freshman in Durham, North Carolina, living away from home for the first time. Early in the fall semester, I was still trying to find my place among students who seemed to have all gotten perfect SAT scores and spent the summer taking prep coursesContinue reading “R.E.M. at the Mall”

watch & listen— for the songs, records, tapes, CDs, concerts, movies, and TV shows of Generation X

The watch & listen section of level:deepsouth is for recollections and ruminations on songs or albums, record stores or music collections, movies or movie theaters or TV shows that were important, for whatever reason. In an era before the downloads and streaming services, music was harder to come by and easier to steal, shows onlyContinue reading “watch & listen— for the songs, records, tapes, CDs, concerts, movies, and TV shows of Generation X”