“We can assure you that this was a very difficult decision, as Eric was very excited to perform in this benefit for the David Lynch Foundation surrounded by excellent company and to greet his fans the following day,” a representative from Burdon’s label, ABKCO Music, said in a statement, imparting an apology on the singer’s behalf. "We are extremely sorry and we thank you for your support. Eric looks forward to seeing his Nashville fans at a later date."
So that’s a drag. Hopefully (the OG) Eric B. is, true to his word, a soul whose intentions are good, and he’ll make good on a Music City raincheck. But it’s his life and he’ll do what he wants, right?
Benson's Ryman shindig is still a go for tomorrow, despite Burdon's absence, and will feature guest appearances from Jack White, Jessie Baylin, Butch Walker, The Howlin' Brothers, Young Hines, Willy Mason and more.
Ah, Glossary — the pride of Bucket City! The road-doggin', Southern-fried band of rock 'n' rollers have long been big boosters of Christmas spirit, and today they've released a 37-minute holiday special by the name of A Very Glossary Christmas (watch it above).
Sort of a local-rock version of Johnny Cash's 1977 Christmas special, A Very Glossary Christmas sees the band putting on a telethon for a down-on-his-luck old Saint Nick (portrayed adeptly by popular local dude Wes Lewis) and features performances from Austin Lucas ("Silent Night"), Cory Branan ("Up on the Housetop"), Birdcloud ("Cool Christmas") and Glossary themselves ("Mission Bells" and "Merry Christmas, the War Is Here"). The telethon is hosted by those old puppet pals of Glossary, Banjo and Pinecone. It's like a big, warm mug of wassail, my friends, so dive in and have a swig.
Good grief, the end of the year is slipping up behind us like a sneaky bandit! Or maybe it's more like Santa Claus, with a big ol' bag of goodies he's trying to deliver without being noticed. Case in point: tonight's show with sneery New Jersey punks Liquor Store. That's them above, ripping through "Pile of Dirt" at Death by Audio before they tracked it for their latest LP, In the Garden. That came out via Almost Ready in October, but you can still check the whole thing out over at Spin. All kinds of brain-tinglin' sounds come out of their triple-guitar attack — a little Thin Lizzy here, a little Sabbath there, a little Damned over there.
Local rockers Natural Child — lately flossing their country chops a bit and recently named Best Local Band in our Best of Nashville 2013 issue — are the hot burger you need to go with Liquor Store's cold tallboy. If you've been paying attention, you probably know their forthcoming LP, Dancin' With Wolves, doesn't hit shelves til February, but still take a peek at the first single, and follow the link to their Velvet Underground tribute track, too; swirl it around, it burns a little and then leaves a nice, warm glow, just like a shot of good bourbon.
Fans of The Best Show on WFMU of course know that the popular rock 'n' roll- and comedy-centric, Tom Scharpling-hosted program will end its 13-year run tonight. But if you don't plan on staying in and streaming that, Liquor Store and Natural Child will be joined this evening by Dome at The End. Cover is $5.
Coyne's mini-tour comes in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Flaming Lips' earliest recordings, which he'll be hawking and signing reissue copies of: 1984's The Flaming Lips 1st EP (limited-edition 12-inch green vinyl signed by Coyne) and 1983's The Flaming Lips 2nd Cassette Demo (limited-edition 7-inch blue vinyl signed by Coyne). And then — in most Coyne-esque fashion — there will be a chocolate-skull-housed version of the EP, which you can see pictured over there on the right. Details on that from a press release:
Wayne will be selling an extremely Limited Edition version of the EP which will be housed with a hand-crafted, custom-made solid chocolate skull. Anatomically correct and life-sized, of course. Each skull will contain a special Golden Coin that is redeemable as admission to any headline show by THE FLAMING LIPS in the world. ...
This product contains quite a substantial amount of high-quality, gourmet chocolate accompanied by the main course: A generous earful of the very earliest music created by THE FLAMING LIPS in their original incarnation and pressed onto color vinyl. A feast for the senses, we're pretty sure you'll find this exclusive item delicious and satisfying on every level.
Coyne's Thursday appearance at Grimey's will take place at 4 p.m., and you can see the other stops on the in-store tour after the jump.
By the way, The Animals' Eric Burdon will also be doing a Grimey's signing/meet-and-greet on Thursday, and that will go down at 6 p.m.*
Now, we know that Ke$ha and The Flaming Lips recently called off their collaborative album, so don't necessarily expect another weird studio sesh from Coyne and the sometime Nashvillian trash-pop songstress. But who knows, right?
* The Cream has received word that Eric Burdon has canceled his Grimey's appearance — here's the official word from Burdon's camp.
And what might be the Christmas No. 1 in the U.K. this year? Well, according to betting site Paddy Power (that ... feels inappropriate to say), the top contenders are "X-Factor Winner," The Specials (thanks to Nelson Mandela's death), AC/DC, Susan Boyle and Elvis Presley ( ... ), and Lily Allen covering Keane for a department store ad.
I feel drunk. Let's just do this.
The long wait for new Dead Weather music is over, and not just for Third Man Records Vault members. Today, TMR posted “Open Up (That’s Enough)" — the band’s first musical offering since 2010’s Sea of Cowards LP — on the label's YouTube page. The song — which was first made available to Vault subscribers as an exclusive 7-inch — is, for most of us, perhaps the first taste of what the supergroup (boasting Jack White, The Kills’ Alison Mosshart, Queens of the Stone Age utility man Dean Fertita and The Raconteurs' answer to John Entwistle, “Little” Jack Lawrence), has in store for a series of forthcoming stand-alone singles and, eventually, a promised 2015 LP.
Sounding like a mash-up between the band’s surprise inaugural single “Hang You From the Heavens” and White’s more recent Blunderbuss rocker “Sixteen Saltines,” “Open Up” is a musical U-turn-rife bombastic grab bag of haunting hard-rock sonics. They're augmented by an undercurrent of sexual tension courtesy of White and Mosshart, who wail over the ruckus like a star-crossed couple arguing over just where in the desert they should bury a body. Check it out (above).
[Price's wife] JANIE JUST CALLED ME:
RAY PRICE LEFT FOR HEAVEN AT 4:43 PM CENTRAL TIME. HE WENT IN PERFECT PEACE. DETAILS LATER. JANIE AND THE FAMILY SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR PRAYERS. RAY'S BODY WILL BE RECEIVED AT RESTLAND FUNERAL HOME IN DALLAS.
This news comes on the heels of premature reports that Price died over the weekend.
Price — a onetime friend and roommate of fellow country star Hank Williams — was known for his vocal range and for songs including "Release Me," "For the Good Times," "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" and many more. He spent much of his career in Music City, but died in hospice care in his home state of Texas.
Earlier this year, Midwesterner turned Nashville boy (and former Dan Auerbach bandmate) Patrick Sweany released his Close to the Floor, a blues-rock platter that contributor Edd Hurt called a "watershed release" and "a record of odd urgency." Sweany has a brand-new Dave Shamban-directed video for the Floor tune "Working for You," and you can watch that above.
In the video, which debuted Thursday via Esquire, Sweany plays the part of a salt-of-the-earth, door-to-door vacuum salesman, doing his damnedest to bring home the bacon despite interference from burglars, goth bands, bored housewives, a rival salesman (portrayed by local director Michael Carter) and a pack of jerks on motorbikes (in a shot that quite reminds me of this notorious scene from Being John Malkovich). Great video that matches the song — a song about the grueling, defeating nature of being a traveling musician — quite well. Dig in and enjoy.
The singer with the flatly affected robotic voice of gold plays Mercy Lounge on March 17 — news that hopefully comes in time to keep downtrodden heretofore-pleasure-principle-deprived Numan fans from taking to their tubs for a good ol’ fashioned razor-blade vein drain. The announcement is also undoubtedly good news to Music City’s growing contingent of goth leprechauns, it falls on St. Patrick’s Day. (Maybe he'll cover "Danny Boy"!) That’s also the Monday after SXSW, so expect a club teeming with jet-lagged, dehydrated hobnobbers nursing hangovers to the sounds of "Are 'Friends' Electric?"
For New Wave n00bs among you who think of Numan as a one-hit wonder, consider that the “Cars” singer and proto-industrial synth-pop progenitor is touring in support of his 20th studio album, this year’s acclaimed Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind). Check out a song from the album, along with a few other non-“Cars” Numan catalog selections (and a rad video of the singer getting mad emo, gushing over Depeche Mode’s Songs of Faith and Devotion, you know, just because) after the jump. Geek out!
Tickets for the Mercy gig are $22.50 and go on sale this Friday, Dec. 20, here. Big Black Delta and Roman Remains open.
We hate to admit it, but even The Spin is susceptible to the East Nashville tractor beam, as if crossing a bridge to get to a West Side venue is the same as crossing the damn Sahara. But every once in a while, a show pops up on our radar that drags our lame asses out of the house and down to the Nations — Friday night's female-fronted affair with Fancytramp, Bully and Swearin' at The Stone Fox was one of those shows. And man, would we have felt like jerks if we missed it.
We arrived at the Fox to find the joint hoppin', packed with familiar local rock faces. Members of Tipper Whore, Scale Model, Heavy Cream, JEFF the Brotherhood and more were milling about, drinking PBR from Mason jars and chain smoking cigarettes on the back deck, as Fancytramp set up for their last show ever. Kinda.
in Burdon's defense, touring can be a bit rougher when you're 72. Charles "Wigg" Walker…
Touring is hard work. NOT!!
Thanks for the song clip. I signed up for Third Man Records' Vault Package for…
Word, those Churchyard gals are great. Thanks for the note, Jessi — post updated.