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Support Your Local Mountaintop

Local Album Review

Support Your Local Mountaintop

•Saturday, March 4: The Appalachians , a three-part series portraying the history and culture of the region’s mountains and indigenous peoples.

•Sunday, March 5: The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man and Buffalo Creek Revisited , two flicks dealing with the 1972 coal-waste plant disaster in West Virginia. Afterward, To Save the Land and People documents strip mining in Eastern Kentucky in the ‘60s.

•Monday, March 6: Sludge , a film about a recent waste disaster in Kentucky, will precede the festival’s headlining film, Kilowatt Ours , which explores the demons of America’s increasingly fossil-fuel dependent lifestyle. Filmmaker Jeff Barrie will be on hand to discuss Kilowatt Ours as well as ways we can cut down on our energy waste.

“It’s basically a propaganda effort in support of these groups,” says James Henry , who heads up Friendly Fire Productions. “All of the groups are going to have representatives there speaking so hopefully they’ll be able to attract new members.” And while it may seem a little depressing to watch hours of earth-ravaging destruction, awareness is the first step to seeking solutions.

Local Album Review

The opening song, “Drinking Away Demons,” is the song that sounds most Knoxvillian, with a simple acid intro beefed up with twanging resonance. It’s a haze, a labyrinth, made all the more indecipherable after drinking an entire six-pack. All those times we stumbled aimlessly around the city, we heard this song and never realized it, played to the beat of two madcap feet slapping against the pavement. Out of the haze, on the final track, “Destruction at 2013,” the music feels as though it has calmed down a little bit, as if Ornette Coleman ’s plastic saxophone all of a sudden began playing Middle Eastern tunes. It’s not every day that you get to hear a decomposing album, ending in destruction. Feeding and riffing off the music that came before him, Fyre is quite comfortable breaking down past standardizations, only to reassemble them into something wholly new. The album is a journey, Ohm on steroids, from life to death, beginning with coded sonic smegma and ending with oblivion. A shotgun blast trance, perhaps. Feel it for yourself on Friday, March 3, at the Pilot Light. Bring five bucks and beer money.

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