Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mikky Ekko Gets Pensive on 'Mourning Doves,' Collaborates With Giorgio Moroder On Disco Pioneer's First Album in Decades

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM

A few weeks back, The Spin caught Mikky Ekko's homecoming show at Acme Feed & Seed. We hadn't seen him in quite a while, which is understandable: He's been busy finishing up his long-awaited debut full-length, Time (due out Jan. 15). A few teases and tidbits have appeared along the way, and a new track has been unveiled: stream the pensive "Mourning Doves" above. If Ekko and his folks stick to their pattern, we can expect a full video in the not-too-distant future, like the excellent one for the lead single, "Smile."

In other news, pop maestro and noted Rihanna collaborator Ekko also joins an arms-length list of pop stars (including Britney Spears, Charli XCX and Kylie Minogue) on an as-yet-untitled album, due next spring from Giorgio Moroder — the disco-pioneering composer-producer's first in three decades. Perhaps you hadn't heard of Moroder before last year, when Daft Punk earned a massive hit and a Grammy for Album of the Year with Random Access Memories, featuring extensive contributions from Moroder. The first single from Moroder's record, "74 Is the New 24," dropped this week; no collaborators were listed, but that guitar sure sounds like Nile Rodgers on "Get Lucky." Stream the trippy, Jai Lewis-directed, Tron-esque video for "74" after the jump.

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Wanna Learn Guitar from Duane Denison?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM

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The Jesus Lizard, Tomahawk and The Legendary Shack Shakers have at least two things in common. All three groups boast an approach that balances legendary ferocity with nuance, and they have all included guitarist Duane Dension at one time or another. Denison, who has lived in Nashville for 15 years (for more on that, check out music editor Adam Gold's 2009 interview with Denison), can shred with the best of 'em, but he's way more than just a shredder, turning out arrangements that are as ingenious as they are relentless.

Now, aspiring pickers looking to learn some of Denison's tricks can do just that, directly from the source.

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Justin Townes Earle Tonight at the Ryman

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 11:18 AM

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When Justin Townes Earle heads to the Ryman to make his headlining debut, all he’ll have to do is walk a few blocks: The native Tennessean recently moved into a downtown loft, hoping to stay above (quite literally) the increasing gentrification we are all too familiar with — and maybe make his cigarette runs a little simpler.

But as easy as his arrival at the Mother Church will be, there’s nothing casual about the songs on Single Mothers, his newest LP that was inspired by, essentially, how well women can weather the challenges of life — parenthood, in particular — without a man in tow.

Earle shrouds his story in tinny blues and hammer-plucks, performing here with the same players he recorded the album with — a first for the son of Steve Earle, who with his follow-up Absent Fathers due in January, seems to be winning the metaphorical oedipal battle right about now.

Tonight's show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available here. Cory Branan opens. Now check out the Absent Fathers cut "Call Ya Mama" after the jump.

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How One Bad Lyric Turned a Spiritual Songwriter Away From Christianity, Slipknot, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and more: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 7:25 AM

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Take Me From Church: How a terrible worship song drove me from Christianity

Hate and Read: Is Slipknot unfairly reviled? Our curmudgeonly headbanger gives them another chance and says no (Playing Friday, Nov. 21, at Bridgestone Arena)

Singing in Tongues: On his latest, Singer's Grave a Sea of Tongues, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy reworks some of his old material (Playing Monday, Nov. 24, at 3rd and Lindsley)

Veil of Tears: Nashville Symphony Orchestra's latest album pays loving tribute to late American composer Stephen Paulus

In The Spin: Thee Oh Sees at Exit/In; Fly Golden Eagle Record Release at Queen Ave.

Plus Critics’ Picks on Justin Townes Earle , KDSML Revue, Riff Raff, Lucinda Williams, Adrian Belew Power Trio, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Rhett Miller, Robbie Fulks, Buffalo Killers, SeaWitch, Tesla Rossa and more.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lunchtime Poll: Steve Albini vs. Prince

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 2:57 PM

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No need to put your cellphones away at concerts, Creamers. According to last week's Lunchtime Poll, the majority of you don't mind if fellow showgoers snap a photo or two during a band's performance, so long as you aren't taking shaky, useless video or waving your phone around in everyone's faces for half the set. So, good! That's settled then.

Moving on to more pressing matters, like assless chaps and rivalries. ... It's been a while since we've had a good, entertaining rumble in the rock world. Sure, Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire had a little beef going for a time, and Gene Simmons has managed to piss a lot of folks off lately, but that's more sad than fun. (Related: Take a nap, Gene Simmons.) Thank goodness for Steve Albini. The wise but cranky musician and producer is known for being brutally honest (he was right for calling out Amanda Palmer — ugh, that woman), and he didn't let us down this weekend while giving a speech on the state of the music industry at the Face the Music conference in Melbourne.

While he definitely has some good points (you can watch him deliver the speech here), the comment that seemed to garner the most attention was what he said about Prince. Specifically:

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Third Man Records Introduces the Holiday Help-A-Thon

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM

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Need a little kick to get your charitable ass in gear this year? Third Man Records wants to help you help others! Their holiday drive starts today, and they're giving you free records, discounts on merchandise and more in exchange for donations to the Nashville Rescue Mission and Red Cross.

Says their website:

Bring us 3 of any of the following donation items (today through December 19th during normal business hours) and be entered to win the ultimate prize of 2014: a copy of EACH EXCLUSIVE RECORD we released in 2014. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. (Excludes Vault packages, of course.) —PLUS— receive 30% off your purchase (certain items excluded*) —OR— a free recording in our Record Booth at our Nashville storefront (a great gift for Mom!). If this doesn't get you in the giving spirit, we don't know what will.

See the full list of needed items after the jump.

The food and clothing drive will wrap up Dec. 19 with TMR's annual blood drive, where everyone who donates gets to pick a present from beneath the Third Man tree. They promise there are "no ugly sweaters, socks or vacuum cleaners in there." Space is limited — sign up for that here.

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Alanna Royale's 'Big Time Me' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I'm not sure about you, but my feet are kinda cold, and I'm especially appreciative of something that makes them want to move. Today, that's a new video from local powerhouse soul troupe Alanna Royale. Recently, I talked to Alanna Quinn-Broadus and Jared Colby about their band's long-player, Achilles. After months of struggles which you can read about in the piece, the record arrived Sept. 16, and they packed out Exit/In a couple of weeks later for a release party. Kansas Bible Company and ELEL warmed up the crowd, a string section augmented the Royale experience and local video house Good People Studios filmed the whole thing, cut it together and synced it with "Big Time Me" from the record. Stream that above: It's like toe warmers that won't stick to your socks!

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Caption Contest: Justin Townes Earle Ticket Giveaway! [Updated]

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 11:54 AM

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Last month we told you about locally residing second-generation songster Justin Townes Earle's forthcoming record Absent Fathers, which will serve as a companion to this year's Single Mothers. Will Earle play some tunes off of Fathers when he headlines the Ryman tomorrow night? Would you like to find out? Then you should buy tickets, which are still available via this link.

Or you could just win tickets.

Caption contest time! See that image up there? Come up with the most gut-busting caption imaginable, and post it below in our comments section. Best comment wins a pair of tickets to tomorrow night's show. Be sure to include your email address in the appropriate field — we won't publish it, but we'll need it in order to contact our winner. We'll pick the best caption around midday tomorrow. You've got 24 hours! Ready? OK, do it!

Update: We have our winner! Thanks for playing!

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Chumped's New Album, Teenage Retirement, Includes Your New Winter Anthem

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 7:55 AM

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Chumped, a poppy, punkish quartet from Brooklyn, released their new album Teenage Retirement and it took just three songs to convince me it was love — Chumped combine emo's earnestness with pop's crunchy bounce and punk's suffocatingly quick beats. The only way I could like it more is if they made a Die Hard reference in the lyrics.

If you only listen to one song, make it the opening track, "December Is the Longest Month." It's my new late-fall anthem — my seasonally-depressed heart sparks a little as singer Anika Pyle hesitantly sings out a half-hearted pep talk: "December is the longest month and you've got 30 days to blow / Just need some time to be alone / just let me go, just let me go."

You can hear the whole album, and buy it, via bandcamp. Chumped is currently wrapping up a fall tour that didn't come anywhere near Nashville, but maybe if we all listen to Teenage Retirement and ask really nicely they'll make their way to Music City in the near future.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Rutledge Sold, Closing This Month?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM

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According to a Facebook status update posted by Rutledge employee Tye Ramos — which we've screen-capped and posted above — the longtime local venue has been sold and will be closing its doors at the end of the month. Says Ramos:

Man its really hard to believe that it's over after all these years, The Rutledge has been sold & we are closing the doors the end of Nov. I've been there for just about 7 years and I'm not sure what to think...

Another Facebook user posted this comment on local news station WKRN's page, which reads in part, "The Rutledge is closing down. One of Nashville's premier music showcase venues is being destroyed by developers yet AGAIN." We have reached out to Ramos via Facebook, and to The Rutledge via both phone and email. We have received no response as of press time.

Update: In a response to the Cream, Ramos said the following: "Regarding the details of who bought it and what it will become, I don't have the info on that. ... I loved this venue, I loved being able to provide a quality platform for all stages of performers, I learned a ton of event production skills and hope to carry that experience over to new endeavors. I'm grateful for the chance to work with such a great place but sad that it's and end to journey I made with some good people."

Update 2: Nashville Business Journal reports that restaurant group Fresh Hospitality currently has the Rutledge building under contract. Says NBJ, "Fresh Hospitality is considering a number of concepts for the space, and most likely will settle on an existing concept."

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