Remembering Elephant 6

Great book about NMH. It was my first of many from this 33 1/3 series.


In honor of this week’s anniversary of Olivia Tremor Control member Bill Doss’s death, 333Sound takes a brief look back at the Elephant 6 Recording Company (and its extensive family tree).

As Kim Cooper documented in her now iconic 33 1/3 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, something extraordinary was happening in Athens, Georgia, when Jeff Magnum, William Cullen Hart, and Bill Doss emerged in the music scene as Synthetic Flying Machine. Recently transplanted from the small neighboring towns of Ruston and Dubach in Louisiana and already flying under the elusive banner of The Elephant 6 Recording Company, SFM would bring a new, DIY, pop-psychedelic sound to the then predominately grunge landscape of Athens—a musical style (and way of life) that would linger in the community for years to come.

Synthetic Flying Machine flyer, early 90s. Ruston, LA. Synthetic Flying Machine flyer, early 90s, Ruston, LA. From the Neutral Milk Hotel Picture Archive.

By 1997, SFM had…

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Free Olivia Tremor Control download


Hey…I keep reading on the net about the new OTC song ‘The Game You Play is in Your Head Parts 1,2,3’ that’s currently for-sale on iTunes, and about the current tour. (Too bad they’re not coming anywhere near me.) They also have a new full-length to be released soon! Really looking forward to that…

I’m a long-time huge fan of them and a lot of the other bands on Elephant 6 Records. But really, Olivia Tremor Control is right up there near the very top.

While surfing Pitchfork, I came across this site with a free download of a live radio show (5 songs, plus an interview). It’s at here ->