eye (2005-32)

Bye, Big Ben

Hello? It’s Jag Star on Yer Cell

Somewhere out there, people are uploading music videos to their cell phones. Really. Just because we don’t know anyone with a celly so high-end that you could distinguish a Janet Jackson video from a Bugs Bunny cartoon doesn’t mean we’re not hip to the hype. Especially when modern cell phone users will soon be able to watch the intriguing gyrations of our very own Jag Star . Los Angeles-based Ultrashort Media picked the band’s videos for “Space” and “Save Me” (the latter filmed in Knoxville) to stream on its music entertainment channel available to Sprint customers in the United States and also in the UK. The band, which remains unsigned to any record label, then earns royalties based on downloads. Or uploads. Whatever.

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And then Altom alerted the rest of us by sending out a long email detailing his decision, its tone reminiscent of the kind of press release couples should send after breaking up. Altom announced his plans to attend the Arts Administration graduate program at Florida State University, a school he admits to having a contentious sports-related relationship with. “Yes I know, I am not a Florida State fan, but for once in my life I will have to root for a different football team other than Tennessee even if it is a Bowden for a coach. At least we both hate Florida and Steve Spurrier .” Altom continues to say he’ll spend the rest of the year booking ska and non-ska shows around town with his Exit 112 Entertainment.

Altom’s biggest success, Ska Weekend, will continue its annual run in April and branch out its musical offerings to include more roots reggae, rocksteady and rock in the three-day festival held in the Old City.

Although the Oct. 28 Perfect Orange gig doesn’t have a venue yet, Altom guarantees it’ll be a huge party worthy of his farewell. And his bandmates will have time to adjust to his departure.

“It was the hardest thing I have had to do, but they are all being very supportive of my decision,” he says. “That definitely makes this a lot easier.”


Hello? It’s Jag Star on Yer Cell


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Like most bands that work at Independent Recorders, Melendy and the Bros. seem to have benefited from the encouraging and knowledgeable influence of Don Coffey Jr. , who produced the five-song disc. The band’s sound is clean but not too clean, like a familiar bathroom stall whose wall bears your favorite graffiti. And, while the JM&BP clearly rock, there’s a sort of hung-over laziness to their approach that says, Sit back and relax. You don’t have to think too hard to enjoy this one. With pleasure.

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