"I think since our time in the '90s the music industry has changed a lot," Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori told our very own Sean L. Maloney when he spoke to her in preparation for this story. "So we always have to observe what's happening in this world, how to make music, and as a musician how we can keep on [making] music."
Most came to know Cibo Matto via their 1996 release Viva! La Woman, an entirely food-themed LP that features tracks like "Know Your Chicken" and "Sugar Water" (the latter of which, by the way, boasts what is potentially my favorite music video of all time; watch that early glimpse at director Michel Gondry's genius after the jump). CM returned this year with Hotel Valentine, a record that Maloney describes as "a dense, heady concept record that is playful and weird, funky and phenomenal." The band will perform tonight at Exit/In, where they'll be joined by Nels Cline (who plays guitar for Wilco and is married to Cibo's Yuka Honda) and Rioux. Tickets for the show — which starts at 9 p.m. — are $20 ($23 at the door) and available here. Seriously though, read Maloney's story. And then watch the "Sugar Water" video.
Ducko McFli continues to stay busy, finding his name on the production credits of seemingly every rapper’s project over the past month. Or at least that’s what it seems like. In reality, the Nashville producer has been hard at work collaborating with some of Atlanta’s most promising, emerging talent, including several acts from Two-9, as well as the OGG crew’s OG Maco.
Among those collaborations are Curtis Williams’ (aka ThatBoyCurtis) latest full-length, Danco James (stream it here). Ducko snags four production credits on the Two-9 rapper’s mixtape, the most of any featured producer. My personal faves would have to be “Space Danco” and “NothinLikeUs,” which features some extra tasty verses from Two-9 co-founder, Key!, and British rapper Danny Seth.
Ducko’s recent collabs with Two-9 run deeper than just Curtis Williams, however. Two-9 duo FatKidsBrotha recently went into NWA mode and released a single called “Riot” that seeks to address the recent unrest in many of America’s urban areas. Building off of a hook that states, “Two wrongs can make a riot,” FatKidsBrotha proceeds to address problems with our country’s judicial system, stacking poignant and catchy bars on top of one another. Personals favorites include: “What’s the verdict? Not guilty? We bout to turn up!” and “And Lord knows I’m Travyon when they come around, and Mike Brown when they gun me down.”
Last week, up-and-coming neo-traditional country songster Sturgill Simpson appeared on Conan, where he played "Life of Sin." We loved it. Conan loved it. But apparently some folks didn't love Simpson's use of the word "goddamn" in his song, and they have — in Simpson's words — "chastised" him for it.
Well, the singer took to Facebook earlier today, responding with a status update that ought to either shut those alleged chastisers up, or piss them off even further. Either way, doesn't seem like Simpson gives a goddamn about their nitpicking. See the full status update in the screen-grab above or block-quoted after the jump.
Better make up your mind quick, because judging by the kind of crowd the Sees' superb brand of kaleidoscopic brain-melting psych drew last time, tickets for the 18-and-up show won't last long; they're $15 and you can get 'em right here. Jack Name, aka John Webster Johns, and locals D. Watusi — both pros in the psych-garage department — will open the show.
It could be that the Texas native is best known these days as an actor — we admire his turns in director Sam Peckinpah’s Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid and Convoy, as well as his work in Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and Michael Mabbott’s 2005 country-rock mockumentary, The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico. Still, Kristofferson is a great songwriter, as the many superb versions of his songs by such singers as Ray Price, Janis Joplin and Dave Dudley attest.
Contrary to what our weekly gripes might suggest, it doesn’t take much to appease The Spin. Give us a bit of crisp fall air, a light jacket, an ample flow of booze and an outdoor stage stocked with solid local bands, and the gripes shall remain at a minimum.
Obviously, Friday night’s free show at Little Harpeth Brewery provided all of the above. Tucked inside the quaint industrial district just north of downtown, Harpeth’s spacious gravel lot made the 100 or so in attendance seem sparse, but again, with such a majestic view of the skyline, no one’s complaining.
This may comes as some sort of strange surprise to regular readers, but one of the best shows I’ve ever seen on Cannery Row was Jordan Knight playing at Mercy Lounge a couple of years back. I shit you not, it was right up there with Sunn O))) and that Vashti Bunyan show where the crowd was so quiet you could here the pigeons fart on the roof. In terms of captivating performances, former New Kid on the Block Knight ranks right up there with some of the most intense I’ve seen. Seriously. I am dead serious that the dude is damn amazing. Which means this show, with fellow boy-band post-grad Nick Carter, is going to be off. The. Damn. Chain. The duo’s new album, the cheekily named Nick & Knight, is one of the most satisfying indulgences of the summer, putting premium on good-time grooves and grown ’n’ sexy singalongs.
Tonight's show at Cannery Ballroom starts at 8 p.m. and costs $48 at the door.
Or, if you’re just all about the music — like, just the music — and not the festival experience, and you happen to be a SiriusXM subscriber looking for a cool way to kill time this weekend, you can tune in to The Red Headed Stranger’s satellite radio channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (on channel 59), where the show — along with backstage interviews and the like — will broadcast live tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m. And if you don't have Sirius, but you still wanna check it out — with video to boot — Farm Aid's also broadcasting on AXS TV tomorrow at 6 p.m.
Remember, magical things happen when Willie, Neil, Jack and Jamey get in a room together. And in case you didn’t know: Nelson, Young and Mellencamp launched Farm Aid — a recurring, star-studded benefit concert and non-profit organization to raise funds and awareness for America’s family farms — in 1985.
Starlito is back, and he’s “new and improved.” At least that’s what he raps on his newest single, “Mood Swings and Mrs.,” the first taste of his upcoming mixtape Black Sheep Don’t Grin. The McCain Merren-directed music video finds Starlito in Las Vegas on the 18th anniversary of the day Tupac was fatally shot. 'Lito does his thing in Vegas, checking out an NBA Summer League game between the Lakers and the Nuggets, and even falling asleep at a Japanese hibachi grill.
Starlito’s been relatively quiet this year, not counting a few features, and he seems to have put on a few pounds in his time away. Still, he sounds as comfortable as ever. Still no word on a release date for Black Sheep Don’t Grin. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what he does next.
The Alessi Brothers, Boston, The Commodores, Seals and Crofts, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, ELO, Freddy Fender, Earth Wind & Fire, Leif Garrett, The Jacksons, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Kenny Loggins, Anne Murray, The Runaways, Helen Schneider, Sha Na Na, Rod Stewart, Tanya Tucker.
Bonus screen-grab after the jump.
I was there. It was a wonderful show and the audience was totally with him…
Historic. Wish I could have seen it. I'm sorry Maloney had to get his snark…
just saying, Kristofferson is the best song rider in the last 40 years
Interesting--don't ever recall anybody complaining about the lyrics to The Dead's "Uncle John's Band." Personally,…
Mr. Pink, I was talking to Pleasantvalley.