Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Slideshow: Savoy Motel and Ornament Kick out Jams at New Life Record Shop

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 12:45 PM

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On Friday night — amid racks of Bread and Go-Gos records and shelves full of Grateful Dead tapestries and magnificent glass bongs — a few dozen members of Music City's young rock 'n' roll set gathered at New Life Record Shop on Charlotte Avenue to watch performances from Savoy Motel and Ornament. Between cigarette-and-Solo-cup trips out back to the fire pit, the crowd watched newcomer trio Ornament churn out rubbery, melodic, Southern-skewing throwback rock in a vein similar to that of fellow locals Promised Land Sound, and quartet Savoy Motel bust out their funky, Gang of Four-indebted post-punk bass lines and beats. Good stuff, and it was all wrapped up by 11 p.m.

The Spin was there, beneath New Life's fluorescent lights, as was freelance photog Jamie Hernandez. After the jump, see some photos from Friday night's funky, punky West Side soiree, which was put on by Nashville's Dead. 

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Eagles of Death Metal Drummer Julian Dorio on Paris Shootings: 'I Am Forever Changed'

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 11:22 AM

As we reported, Nashvillian drummer Julian Dorio was performing with Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan during the Paris shootings on Nov. 13. Dorio — who's also known as the drummer for Athens, Ga., transplants The Whigs — can be seen in this video (also embedded after the jump) ducking behind his drum kit as gunshots ring out through the concert hall.

This morning, Dorio posted a photo of himself at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris on his Instagram page. Along with the photo — which was taken by Dorio's wife and onetime Scene freelance photographer Emily Hall Dorio — the drummer shared a very personal and heartfelt message regarding the shootings. In the message, Dorio expresses his gratitude toward fans, his sympathy toward those who did not escape the Bataclan on Nov. 13 and his desire to one day return and finish the EODM show. "I will never forget it," he writes. "I am forever changed but hold fast to the love around us."

After the jump, see the full text of Dorio's message. Later this week, Vice will run an interview with Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme. See a trailer for that, also after the jump.

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Watch Patrick Sweany's Soulful Wrestling Vid 'First of the Week' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 10:30 AM

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'First of the Week,' the lead track from Patrick Sweany's new album Daytime Turned to Nighttime, is an evocative portrait of someone struggling to balance family and work. It's no mean feat for anyone, but it's especially tough for touring musicians and other entertainers, for whom financial stability (much less "success") often means being away from home for long stretches.

Director David Shamban, who's worked with Sweany before with remarkable results, found a poignant way to explore the range of emotions at play. With help from director of photography Hayden Mason and an extensive crew, plus wrestling fanatic and How I Became the Bomb frontman Jon Burr in the producer's chair, Shamban follows a day in the life of wrestler Jocephus Hudson. You might recognize both Jocephus' fearsome wrasslin' persona and his gentler, more erudite side from this documentary and this Lambchop music vid

It's excellent storytelling — I've seen 90-minute features that didn't express as much — and beautifully filmed. Check it out after the jump.

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Chris Crofton, Advice King: Should I Try Cocaine?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Comedian, musician, host of The Chris Crofton Show and former Nashvillian Chris Crofton asked the Scene for an advice column, so we gave him one. Crowning himself the “Advice King,” Crofton will share his hard-won wisdom with whosoever seeks it. Follow Crofton on Facebook and Twitter, and to submit a question for the Advice King, email bestofbread[at]gmail[dot]com or editor[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.

Dear Advice King,

I am 45 years old and I have never tried cocaine. I am scared I will end up like Len Bias. Should I do it anyway? Is it worth the risk?


Clem, East Nashville

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Rejoice! Rihanna Headed to Bridgestone Arena

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 3:37 PM

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2016 is already shaping up to be a big year in concerts at Bridgestone Arena. Among the constellation of Bridgestone-bound superstars already announced: Madonna, Tool, Justin Bieber, Mumford & Sons, Blake Shelton, The Dixie Chicks and the Harlem Globe Trotters. Now add Rihanna to the list.

Indeed, rejoice (this means all of you), as The Ambassador for Culture and Youth in Barbados, a.k.a. RiRi, the one and only just announed her massive ANTI World Tour, which rolls into the 'Stone on March 18.

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Hear The Arcs' 'Young,' a Dan Auerbach-David Berman Co-Write [Fresh Track]

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 2:27 PM

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This Friday is Black Friday, aka one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and it's also Record Store Day Black Friday, which means your local independent record stores will be stocked with special limited-run releases.

One such special release on the local tip is The Arcs vs. The Inventors Vol. 1, which features New Orleans R&B legend Dr. John and Los Lobos' ace singer-songwriter-guitarist David Hidalgo sitting in with Dan Auerbach's new psych-soul supergroup The Arcs. One track on the special 10-inch EP (available digitally on Dec. 11) doesn't feature either guest performer, but it is the result of an equally noteworthy collaboration: "Young" is a slinky, downtempo tune about an aging raconteur reflecting on his past, co-written by Auerbach and Silver Jews frontman David Berman. It's one of several the pair have written together, but the first to be released.

"I was young for a very long time / I was dumb, but the pleasure was mine," sings Auerbach on the refrain. Surrounded by a liquid, dubby arrangement (complemented by Mellotron flutes, as shouted-out in the lyrics), it's a natural fit for The Arcs' repertoire, but in a different sonic context, it's not difficult to imagine Berman singing it, either. Check it out after the jump.

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Third Man Records' Detroit Satellite to Include Vinyl Presses

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 2:07 PM

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Back in June, Third Man Records announced that it would open a second retail location in Jack White's native stomping ground of Detroit. The label purchased and refurbished a building in the Cass Corridor in a partnership with upscale accessories and home goods firm Shinola. When the doors open on Black Friday, Nov. 27, customers will be able to look through a window onto the production floor of what will soon be Third Man Pressing, the label's own vinyl manufacturing facility.

The eight presses, purchased from the brand-new German company Newbuilt, won't be in operation just yet. But according to a release, TMR hopes to have all eight online by the middle of next year. And it's not a minute too soon, as demand for vinyl continues to outstrip supply on an enormous scale.

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Ned's Atomic Link Bin: Streaming Elegies, Hard Rock History, Remembrances From Paris and More

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 1:07 PM

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[Writer's note: Greetings! My name’s Ned Raggett, occasional music writer for a variety of spots. The Cream approached me to talk a bit about interesting music news, think pieces, longreads and more from the previous week. And some actual music too, strangely enough. You can thank a huge range of friends for suggesting things to their own circles as much as anyone else. Maybe I just like to be my own aggregator. Welcome to the column, and hope you enjoy!]

Last week saw everything from the latest entry in boy-band-member-steps-out-solo profiles to a possibly industry-changing lawsuit regarding sexual assault and binding contracts to continuing shifting changes in how music is heard by listeners and by what methods, whether streaming or home listening. It was also a good week for hard rock and metal stalwarts, from interviews to reviews to straight up celebrations of the field. But the previous weekend’s tragedy in Paris and the overwhelming carnage at the Eagles of Death Metal show at Le Bataclan cast an unavoidable shadow.

A veteran of still-underrated late-'60s/early-'70s hard rock act Fanny, notable for its all-women lineup, Millington’s creative and personal work since has touched on everything from feminist activism to mentoring young girls and women via rock camps. Ann Powers’s extensive profile in NPR covers her background, struggling against racist and homophobic barriers, and looking forward to the future.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Dead & Company Steal More Hearts Than Faces at Bridgestone Arena

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 4:50 PM

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One thing that’s still true of the Grateful Dead concert experience — and was definitely true when the jam band’s current posthumous incarnation, Dead & Company, trucked into Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night — is that the performance, the jams, the set list, the noodle dancing and everything else that happens in the venue is only part of the picture. One thing that’s true about Nashville is that this city has more street names than streets. Both things were abundantly true when a parking lot at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Korean Veterans Boulevard, one long block from the arena, became “Shakedown Street” — the tailgate hangout for Deadheads, lot rats, DIY vendors, drug dealers, drug revelers, people with dogs, buskers crooning like Jerry and hippie chicks with dreadlocks and double-sided baby bjorns (not kidding!) who traveled Music City way in VW vans and painted school buses. Concertgoers who made a beeline to Bridgestone probably missed it, which is a shame, as this scene provided the most Dead-authentic backdrop we’d see all night.

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All Them Witches' 'Dirt Preachers' Is a Seussified Head Trip [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 4:25 PM

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Ever wonder what it would look like if Dr. Seuss and Ralph Bakshi were charged with animating a version of Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain? If your answer is "yes" (and why wouldn't it be?!), take a look at Canadian musician/engineer/animator Chad VanGaalen's promo vid for the first single from the new All Them Witches record. 

"Dirt Preachers" is a gnarly number that broods over the power that faith can wield — whether for good or not. In the clip, see some beady-eyed shamans roll into town astride a fantastic beast, collect their due before before conducting their rituals. Noting that it's about 4:20 on a Friday afternoon, do what you gotta do and check it out after the jump.

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