Happy Friday, Creamsters! Did you wake up this morning thinking, "I sure would like to see some vomiting Barbie dolls before this day is over?" That's a weird thing to want out of life, but the universe has heeded your call. Lucky you, I guess!
Local comic Sean Parrott recently released THE DTH OVE LOF, his follow-up to last year's song-a-week project, and he has a truly strange and juvenile music video to accompany the lead track from that record — a goofy electro-pop parody of dopey sleaze-bag summer songs called "Summertime," which features Corporate Juggernaut co-founder Gary Fletcher rapping as Swagnum P.I.
Be forewarned that this video is pretty wildly NSFW — the word "titties" is used, by my editor's estimation, 93 times, and the video features dolls doing inappropriate things to each other. But in the waning hours of the work week, what better way can you celebrate your near-freedom than taking three minutes to watch a telescoping plastic dick knock over a toy dog? None. There is no better way.
If you need a refresher, here's a quick recap: Folds wrote an open letter expressing his concern that he might have to vacate the building at 30 Music Row West, home to the historic RCA Studio A; developer Tim Reynolds of Bravo Development said that, if he purchased the building, he wouldn't demolish it; Folds shifted his focus from "Save RCA Studio A" to a more general "Save Music Row," expressing concern that some historic parts of Music City will be demolished to make room for condos; building co-owner Harold Bradley (who helped build the RCA building with his legendary brother Owen and Chet Atkins) pointed out that he's been trying to sell the building, which he says is in bad shape, for decades; Folds explained why he never bought the place; the president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said he supports Folds; Bradley said the building was "not worth saving"; and then Tim Reynolds officially bought the place.
So today, Folds penned yet another open letter — which he posted on Facebook — saying that Reynolds has raised his rent "124 percent." "Haha, okay Tim," writes Folds, "we got it, and we’re moving out as soon as our current lease runs out." He goes on to plug the Music Industry Coalition ("a proactive, positive partner in the future of Music Row") and say that he "will continue to help them in any way I can." See the full text of Folds' letter after the jump.
Adult Swim is of course best known as the grown-up half of cable network Cartoon Network that offers some pretty legit programming. But they also, through their label Williams Street Records, have a stake in some pretty legit music. For their ongoing Singles Program, the Swim is offering 16 tunes from 16 artists in 16 weeks. Past singles have come from such absolutely radical artists as Speedy Ortiz, Tim Hecker and Destruction Unit, and the ninth dose comes to us from Diarrhea Planet. The song is "Spooners," and it's a tight-as-a-tick, three-minute blast of power punk that was recorded by local Grammy-winning guru Vance Powell and features DP hallmarks including gang vocals, stops and starts, some fleet-fingered shredding and a couple of beautifully bombastic fills from drummer Casey Weissbuch.
Unfortunately, we can't embed the track here — Consequence of Sound got exclusive dibs on "Spooners," so head over to their site to hear it, and stay tuned to Adult Swim's Singles Program for more sweet, special goodness.
From the Department of Shit, I Should've Opened That Email Sooner: What are you doing for dinner tonight? Do you have plans to pre-game one of the plethora of rad shows happening across town tonight? You should go to Soulshine Pizza for the 5 o'clock show with Memphis country-blues chanteuse Grace Askew. She's got a gnarly, sultry voice and a guitar style that is gritty and real, creating an authentic blues vibe without ever entering into Blueshammer territory. I've been spinning this record all week blissfully unaware that she was coming to Nashville, and I apologize for not hepping you to it sooner. The homies over at American Songwriter premiered her new video "Cinnamon" this week, and her new Sun Studios-recorded album Scaredy Cat hits stores on Aug. 11. Oh, and she was on NBC's The Voice. Should I have mentioned that sooner? I am just way, way behind on everything today/this week/this lifetime.
Grace Askew at Soulshine Pizza, 5 p.m., free.
Anyway, shows! This weekend has some good action, and tonight is kind of legacy night. This evening you're looking at: Funky Meters at Mercy; The Turtles and more with their Happy Together Tour at TPAC; Steely Dan at the Ryman; a couple of good back-to-back shows at The Basement; The Dirty Nil and others at The East Room; a Sparkle City DJs jump-off featuring DJ Ben Swank at Foobar; Faux Ferocious with Split Wigs and some others at The End; and more. Tomorrow you've got: Party Cannon doing their thing at The Packing Plant; Great Peacock and Belle Adair at The Stone Fox; Hillbilly Casino cutting a live record at Exit/In; Ranch Ghost and others at The Basement; All Them Witches early at Grimey's; Cale Tyson at Acme Feed and Seed; and more. Have a look at the rest — which were compiled by yours truly this week, as music listings editor Adam "Duritz" Gold is out of town — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a not-dreadful weekend.
Last we heard from Birmingham, Ala., soul crew St. Paul and the Broken Bones, they were kicking out the jams and talkin' about gettin' baptized at Bonnaroo. Today, with a full five months left in 2014, the group announced that they've already finalized their New Year's Eve plans. When the big ol' eighth note gets ready to drop in downtown Nashville, St. Paul & Co. will be tearing it up over at Marathon Music Works. Support acts have yet to be announced for the 18-and-up show, which kicks off at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. Tickets run $30-$35 and officially go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, but you can pick them up now with the promo code "SPBBNYE." St. P and the BBs put on a powerful show that I've seen several times now, but you don't have to take my word for it. Consult with The Spin, or check out the above clip of the band playing the Wilson Pickett-y number "Call Me" on Jimmy Kimmel Live (originally aired in June, but rebroadcast this week).
The busy Dee Goodz is gearing up for the release of his upcoming mixtape, The AllGoodz Company Presents: Don Jovi Hosted by Dee Goodz, a compilation of new music that Goodz is giving out for free before the release of his Family, Friends, Money album. He’s recently released a pair of singles from Don Jovi, which you can check out below.
There’s “Moneyville,” produced by Zuki Modunkwu, as well as “LVLUP2,” which features an impassioned, opening verse from Neako, as well as some impassioned crooning from Dee. The AllGoodz Company Presents: Don Jovi Hosted by Dee Goodz is due to drop Aug. 5.
Oh no. For the first time in a long time, someone has agreed to let Party Cannon have its way with a music venue/performance space/warehouse. Famously banned from pretty much every venue in town, the anarchist pranksters in Party Cannon are known for shotgunning beers, setting off fireworks and being Kesha’s favorite band — or at least they were when she was still sporting the dollar sign. For this rare occasion, the Cannoneers take over The Packing Plant during the Wedgewood-Houston art crawl, promising a “3-D Multi Media PARTY CANNON Artistic Manifestation” that combines hand-curated art and a performance from the reanimated party-punk band. Expect the unexpected. (The unexpected is cheap firecrackers and maybe a small fire.) For more arty options for this weekend’s crawl, read Joe Nolan’s Crawl Space column.
Party Cannon's show Saturday at The Packing Plant is free and starts at 9 p.m. See the "TOTALLY SANCTIONED EVENT IN A DESIGNATED SPACE SERIOUSLY LEGITIMATE ART SHOW" Facebook event page here, and click through to the other side of the jump for video evidence of some of Party Cannon's past hooliganry.
Last week we shared with you the exceptionally delightful feline-featuring music video for Self's brand-new single, "Runaway." You see, Self — the project of indie-pop guru and MTSU alum made good Matt Mahaffey, who once again resides in Middle Tennessee after a long stint out West — has a brand-new EP by the name of Super Fake Nice, and in addition to unveiling kitty-riddled music vids, the band also just made their television debut. Last night, Mahaffey & Co. played Super Fake Nice's "Runaway" as well as "Lucid Anne" from 1995's Subliminal Plastic Motives on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
"I want you to keep an eye on the bass player for this band," says Kimmel in the clip you can see above, "because he's been named one of the hottest guys in rock music." You see what old J-Kim did there? Very clever. Watch Self perform "Runaway" above, and check out "Lucid Anne" after the jump. Self is back, baby, and it feels so right. Order Super Fake Nice right here.
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