Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Slideshow: Sad Dads at One Direction

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Thanks, Obama.

If you read The Spin's review of last night's One Direction pop extravaganza at LP Field, then you know that many a dutiful parent was in attendance. Particularly, sad dads.

You can view shutterbug Angelina Castillo's 1D slideshow here, but follow us after the jump for some of Angelina's #SadDad shots, with captions by The Spin.

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Mikky Ekko, ‘Smile’ [Fresh Track]

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 2:18 PM

It’s been a hot minute since we heard new music from local golden-voiced art-popper Mikky Ekko. Five years since Ekko released his debut EP, Strange Fruit, Nashville — and the world — still awaits his debut full-length.

That’s not to say the singer/producer/songwriter/instrumentalist hasn’t kept himself busy releasing EPs, cutting a major-label deal with RCA, landing a song on a Hunger Games OST and, most notably, cutting a hit single — 2013’s “Stay” — with Rihanna. Such triumphs have only fueled anticipation over Ekko’s long-awaited major-label debut, Time. Well the wait ends this fall, when the album is due to drop via RCA. For now, fans and curious listeners can hear Time’s lead-off single “Smile,” audio of which went up on YouTube five days ago and, at press time, has already racked up more than 50,000 views.

Sonically swinging for the fences, the song infuses Ekko’s Jeff Buckley leanings with some fun.-inspired U2-esque anthemics. Check it out above. And if you dwell in Detroit, Washington, D.C., or a handful East Coast cities in between, check out Ekko on tour this fall, when he takes to the road in support of limey neo-post-rockers Alt-J. Dates after the jump.

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Lunchtime Poll: Is It Time to Put and End to Singing 'Can't Stop, Won't Stop' in Pop Music?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Cant stop?
  • Can't stop?
OK, I definitely want to come to your next pool party. In last week's Lunchtime Poll, y'all decided that the best thing to have at a pool party isn't a live performance from Party Cannon or a fish-shooting salmon cannon, but rather PARTY CANNON WITH A SALMON CANNON! Fireworks! Flying fish! YES!

Now let’s talk about Taylor Swift.

Earlier this week the real-life Scarlett O'Connor announced she was officially going pop and releasing her new album, 1989, on Oct. 27. During the announcement, which was an awkward-as-fuck fan-filled livestream, TaySwift also debuted a new song and video called "Shake it Off," wherein she calls out people who talk about how she dates too much and thinks she’s a dummy. In the song — which she says is inspired by ’80s pop and dance music but is actually inspired by the same formula Katy, Miley and Avril have been milking for years — Taylor sings, “Can’t stop / won’t stop moving.”

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One Direction w/5 Seconds of Summer at LP Field, 8/19/14

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

As far as peculiar juxtapositions to set the scene for a One Direction concert at LP Field on a Tuesday night, we couldn't have asked for more than the dovetailing din of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" and teen screams swelling out of the stadium and reaching the pedestrian bridge. Here, more teens, and their dutiful parents — some also decked out in neon or DIY 1D merch, others not so much — walked over to LP and cars inched across Korean Veterans Bridge. We had just been discussing, half-jokingly, with our date the number of selfies we were about to take: At least one for SnapChat and another for Instagram, figuring the latter would double as a Facebook post. No selfies were taken, however, because ... well, good God, why would you want to take a picture of yourself when you could photograph Harry Styles thrusting and throwing water over himself?!

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Live in the Morgue: The Apache Relay, 'Don't Leave Me Now'

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Last month, we at the Cream unveiled the fourth installment in our ongoing Live in the Morgue performance series, wherein we invite diggable artists to come play a couple of tunes in the archives (aka the "morgue") of Nashville Scene HQ. This particular dose of LITM featured soul-bolstered rock 'n' roll troupe The Apache Relay, who delivered a fine rendition of "Katie Queen of Tennessee" from this year's The Apache Relay. But we had more than that up our sleeves. Above you can see yet another performance from the Relay's visit to the morgue: "Don't Leave Me Now," also taken from The Apache Relay. "Don't Leave Me Now" is a sweetly sentimental, classic-pop-styled song that pairs Mike Harris' slide guitar with Kellen Wenrich's violin swells — in this context, "violin" makes more sense than "fiddle" — behind Michael Ford Jr.'s graceful vocal melody. It's sweet-sounding stuff. Give the performance a look above or via the Scene's YouTube channel.

Live in the Morgue was directed by Anthony Simpkins of GemsOnVHS, with camera operation by Sam White and Seth Graves. Audio was recorded by Mike Colman and mastered by Sam Johnson.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Third Man Records Releases Spooky 'Security Camera' Footage From Jack White's Secret Show in London

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM

By now you've probably heard all about that Facebook satire button for folks who can't tell reliable sources from fake news. Well, it doesn't work in real life, but that's not always such a bad thing, as a bunch of Jack White fans in London found out back on July 3. As reported by The Guardian, uneasy fans responded to calls and texts luring them into a spooky, rundown hospital building in central London, purported to be the headquarters of Vescovo & Co., where expert members of the immersive-theater troupe Punchdrunk put on a mock epidemic outbreak for their benefit.

Playing along with the gag, White and band appeared and performed a short set, which ended with a convulsing White being hauled off on a stretcher. The above "security camera" footage was "salvaged" and released just today, teased by Third Man Records on their Facebook page (see the message from "Nurse Nancy Hopper" block-quoted after the jump). The whole spiel is a clever play on the theme of White's new chart-topping LP Lazaretto, for sure. The timing seems a bit coincidental, considering the current Ebola epidemic, but the concert did indeed go down before news of the outbreak began to make national headlines a few weeks ago.


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Covers Round-Up: Jim James and Elvis Costello Do Dylan; Gillian Welch Does Cash; Electric Würms Do The Beatles; Natalie Prass Does Janet Jackson

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 5:05 PM


Did someone forget to tell me? Is Aug. 19 National Covers Day? It certainly seems that way. News has wafted our way today that a whole slew of locally residing artists — as well as artists who are locally significant, whether or not they pitch their tent here — have issued covers of some exceptionally good songs. You've got: Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and others working some old Bob Dylan lyrics into a new song; Gillian Welch and her longtime collaborator Dave Rawlings covering Johnny Cash; Electric Würms taking on The Beatles; and Natalie Prass getting her Janet Jackson on. Follow me after the jump to hear all the goods.

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Spurgeon's General Warning: Boy Band Vids

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

One Direction, your current favorite boy band, will play tonight at LP Field. You've heard the songs. You've seen the pictures. But have you watched the videos? I hope so, some of them are fun! (Dig the Stone Roses shirt.) But boy-band music videos are rarely good and barely memorable. If you recall any specific one, it's probably because you went out of your way to find it, or it was what you knew as a kid. Like, is "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" a "good" video? Not really, though I do like the artsy pretensions of filming it in black and white. Have you ever even noticed the video was all black and white? Kind of a weird thing!

Below are the three "best" boy band videos out there, as arbitrarily decided by me, PLUS a special bonus video that you should all watch, learn and enjoy. Kick it!

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Tori Amos w/Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou at the Ryman, 8/18/14

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM

In the few minutes before Tori Amos’ show kicked off, the P.A. washed the Ryman’s pews in the warm glow of Led Zeppelin’s greatest hits. This struck The Spin as an interesting choice on a couple of levels. On one hand, it might have been a gesture to the middle-aged husbands in the audience: “I know this isn’t how you would normally choose to spend your Monday night, so here’s something a little more your speed.” On the other hand, it underlined the pronounced hard, sharp edge on Amos’ work. Like Zeppelin — simultaneously an incredible rock band and the very banal definition of “classic rock,” not to mention unrepentant plunderers of the blues’ treasure chest — Amos is sometimes at odds with her image. Musically or lyrically, she’s never been the featherweight that the popular recollection of Lilith Fair sometimes makes her out to be. Her legion of superfans know this well, but after nearly 25 years in the limelight, would Amos feel the need to do more than preach to the choir?

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FMRL Presents Dark Tips w/Haint Whoop Tonight at Emma

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Dark Tips
  • Dark Tips
Last month, some strange things began brewing across First Avenue from the Hermitage Cafe. Chris Davis and Tate Eskew, longtime performers in and boosters of Nashville's experimental/experiential/improv music scene, held their first jointly promoted show under the name FMRL at the Bistro, a sort of communal workshop and meeting space maintained by locally grown email marketing firm Emma. The environment was perfect for sound artist Jason Lescalleet, who turned the room itself into an instrument, channeled through old microphones and tape machines he brought along for the occasion. It's a clean, comfortable space that adapts easily to the needs of an unconventional performer: Just add a small P.A. and away you go. Davis and Eskew followed that show with an intimate performance featuring Experimedia's Jeremy Bible, local visual and audio artist Derek Schartung, mad synth scientist (and Lylas/Lambchop/Cortney Tidwell sideman) Ryan Norris performing as Coupler and a set from Eskew himself.

If you missed out on either of those, don't worry — the FMRL dudes have plenty more up their sleeves, starting with a super-spooky show tonight. As Dark Tips, Jessica Pavone and Raquel Bell — whose respective backgrounds in art music and theater are put to good use in their music — perform a series of improvisations for viola, organ and voice that make even the cute kitten picture they're paired with kind of unnerving. See the Soundcloud embed after the jump and you'll understand what I'm talking about. Then, Haint Whoop make their debut performance. That's the astounding Evan Lipson on upright bass and percussion pro Bob Stagner, both of whom are active in the burgeoning Chattanooga arts scene.

It's a school night, so the show kicks off early at 8 p.m. You can snag tickets at the door for $10, or get them early for $7 at FMRL's website. News you can use: If you head to the site, you'll find a handy map that shows you how to get to the correct parking lot, which is conveniently located right outside the Bistro's door. Keep your eye on the Facebook event page for updates.

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