Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hear Courtney Barnett Cover The Birthday Party on Third Man Records Single [Fresh Track]

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 5:14 PM

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From the department of How Cool is That: During her visit to the Volunteer State this summer (which included a knockout set at Bonnaroo), Australian rock phenom Courtney Barnett stopped in at Third Man Records and recorded a single for the Jack White-produced Blue Series. The single is out Oct. 16, and you can pre-order it now.

The A-side, "Boxing Day Revisited" continues on the thread of the closing track from her lauded full-length Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. The B-side features Barnett's take on the Aussie post-punk cult classic "Shivers," written by Rowland S. Howard for The Boys Next Door. Despite a disagreement with lead singer Nick Cave over how the song should be interpreted, the pair continued working together; you might know their group better by its later name, The Birthday Party.

So, is the song a candid look at the trials and tribulations of teenage love? Is it lampooning the self-seriousness of said teens? Hear Barnett's version after the jump and decide for yourself.

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Run the Jewels Go Off at Marathon Music Works

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 4:03 PM

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Having last caught the dynamic duo of Killer Mike and El-P at Bonnaroo in June, The Spin wondered if we were in for the same, as we put it then, “caustic and fun” energy when we headed to Run the Jewels’ sold-out show Monday night at Marathon Music Works. Would RTJ enter to Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” as they’ve been known to do? Would they drop some bizarre and silly banter? Would they toss any “fuck boys” off the stage? Would they deliver a transfixing set to a packed room full of amped-up superfans?

The answers to those questions, respectively: yes, yes, no and yes. Let’s get into the details.

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The Week in Fresh Tracks [Sol Cat, All Them Witches, Friendship Commanders and More]

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 12:55 PM

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Greetings, Cream readers! Are you in the mood to get your stream on? Here's a virtual buffet of fresh tracks from some of your favorite local artists — prepare to feast your ears!

Your Cream team has been hard at work on the Best of Nashville issue, which is out on Thursday, but in the meantime, the tracks have been piling up. We've got a slew of new releases and pre-release tracks running the gamut from rock and pop to hardcore punk, metal and masterful machine-funk. 

As always, send submissions to cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com, and look back at past weeks in fresh tracks here.

Sol Cat, Dos EP
Let's kick this thing off with an update on some bummer news. You might remember that local groove merchants Sol Cat announced that Sept. 11's free show at Pavilion East would be their last in Nashville — ever. Later, the band walked that back a little bit: They're not done just yet, just going through some changes. In the meantime, have a listen to their new EP, which goes darker and leans more towards The Doors' best work. Serious Strange Days vibes goin' on here, folks.

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See Drake-ian Folkie José González Tonight at Mercy Lounge

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 7:55 AM

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The most infuriating modifier in modern folk music is “Dylan-esque” — as if a dude with an acoustic guitar’s singular goal is to live in the long shadow of Bob Dylan. Not to diss Duluth’s favorite son, but there’s more in the world than creaky folk songs about social unrest.

For José González, the Swedish-Argentine singer who famously made bank on breathing warmth into The Knife’s “Heartbeats,” the appropriate adjective is probably “Drake-ian.” Like Nick Drake, the reluctant folk legend behind Pink Moon and Five Leaves Left, González is all intimacy. Songs like “Deadweight on Velveteen” and “Crosses” are warm and inviting, yet still feel a little distant. That juxtaposition makes González the most natural torch-bearer for a style of folk music that seemed hell bent on dying out in the face of big, bold Americana. 

Tonight's show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $20-$30. Ryley Walker opens.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Florida Georgia Line to Open Hillsboro Village Boutique, Annoy Nashville Hipsters

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 1:57 PM

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HOT TAKE ALERT: Florida Georgia Line are kinda OK and I think you are all overreacting to their newly announced retail store and coffee shop in Hillsboro Village. I mean, yeah, I get it: Bros, bro country and bro-country bros doing bro-country stuff are all sort of repulsive to the carefully crafted cultural milieu of New Nashville.

But c’mon, guys, gimme a break. Not every person who buys property in the city can be Jack White and you should be thankful that the Anything Goes bros got to it before another developer with a tear-down boner snuck in and turned it into another Panera-lookin' POS. Hear me out on this. As insane as it sounds, FGL opening an anchor store (can we nickname it Third Bro?) next to the Vanderbilt food court is actually kind of great.

First, a little background. I was not always a supporter of Florida Georgia Line. I’m a full-time freelance music writer. It’s a cool job and all, but part of the gig is going from publication to publication with hands outstretched like a Dickensian pauper asking, "Please sir, may I have a listicle?" It’s a tough racket.

So when, say, a nationally known publication with an iffy reputation teams with a monolithic corporation to create branded propaganda, and one of their editors is like, "Yo, dude, we’ll pay you stupid money to cover this stupid band," as one did this summer, I can’t really say no. Then, because I’m a sap and believe that all music has some intrinsic value, I sit there and I take the whole situation way too seriously and treat FGL's “This Is How We Roll” the same way I would a Terry Riley composition. And that’s where shit got weird.

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Run the Jewels Tonight at Marathon Music Works

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 10:58 AM

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If you missed Run the Jewels’ performance at Bonnaroo in June, then you missed an exhilarating showing from the “best rap group in the world.” That’s how Killer Mike — one-half of RTJ — referred to his duo during the performance, anyhow. Whether or not they’re the world’s No. 1 rap group, they certainly put out one of the strongest hip-hop albums of 2014 with Run the Jewels 2, a frenzied collection of rapid-fire rhymes dropped over furiously heavy beats. It’s true-blue hardcore hip-hop that flirts with both EDM and punk rock — the latter perhaps more in terms of ethos than sonics — and it makes for an electrifying live show. When RTJ played Bonnaroo, Mike’s shoulder was in a sling due to a torn rotator cuff sustained during SXSW, when an alleged “fuckboy” (again, Mike’s words, not mine) rushed the duo and the rapper pushed him off the stage. So know that when Mike and his partner El-P — amid their constant barrage of F-bombs — say, “That fuckboy shit about to be repelled,” they will make good on their promise if need be.

Boots, Cuz Lightyear and Fashawn open tonight's show at Marathon Music Works. Tickets are $23. After the jump, watch the feline-friendly video for "Oh My Darling (Don't Meow)" from  Meow the Jewels, the "cat-centric remix" of RTJ2.

Update: Tonight's show is sold out.

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Foo Fighters Tonight at Bridgestone Arena, Should We Expect Big Guests?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 7:50 AM

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About one year ago, Foo Fighters slathered on the corpse paint and took the stage at the Ryman, performing a historic Halloween-night concert that lasted until 2 a.m. and featured special guests Tony Joe White and Zac Brown. It was an unforgettable night for the 2,400 or so lucky fans who scored tickets.

Sure, the Bridgestone won’t be nearly as intimate as the Mother Church, and Grohl won’t be bouncing around the stage in his usual flea-like manner (he busted his leg during a show in June), but there’s no doubt the consistently entertaining Grohl Gang will still deliver an outstanding, memorable performance.

And maybe they’ll even bring out a pal or two. At their recent L.A. show Stevie Nicks and Haim joined the band for “Gold Dust Woman” — will the Nashville crowd see a special guest of our own? (DOLLY PARTON! DOLLY PARTON! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DAVE GROHL, PLEASE CALL DOLLY PARTON!) Or call Mick Jagger and see if he's still in town. I bet you're thinking of calling Steven Tyler, aren't you. Or has he already called you. 

At press time, standard-issue $35-$75 tickets are sold out via Ticketmaster, but you should at least have better luck getting into the gig with StubHub seats this time around. Austin bluesman Gary Clark Jr. opens.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Los Colognes Embrace Vintage Sit-Com Vibes With 'Baby, You Can't Have Both' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 2:31 PM

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Smooth and creamy local jamsters Los Colognes released their sophomore record Dos just last month. As pointed out by my colleague Stephen "Goose" Trageser when we shared a stream of Dos — you can still still hear the whole record at that link, so click it — the album "is light on its feet and heavy on the boogie, with tinges of some good stuff you might have forgotten, like The Grateful Dead in the ’80s and Dire Straits in the ’90s." So creamy. So smooth.

Just today, Los Colognes debuted their video for Dos' "Baby, You Can't Have Both" via Grantland. Grantland's Danny Chau also noted the Dead similarities (Los Colognes are Dead ringers, if you will) before calling the band a "dad-rock appletini," pointing out that "being a dad is a state of mind." I know that's right.

Anyhow, the video — which you can watch after the jump — is a tongue-in-cheek affair that skewers the cheesy vibes of classic sit-coms in a manner reminiscent of Adult Swim's absurdist Too Many Cooks clip. Watch as Colognes and associates play baseball at Ascend Amphitheater, goof around on Lower Broad and get up to other trite-by-design wackadoo hijinks. We're having fun, dad-style!

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Carve a Great Pumpkin, Win Free Diarrhea Planet/JEFF the Brotherhood Tickets

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 2:23 PM

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The leaves are turning, there's a nip in the air, and I can wear all my hoodies without getting heat stroke. Decorative gourd season is in full effect! That also means we're getting close to the big Halloween blowout at War Memorial Auditorium with Diarrhea Planet and JEFF the Brotherhood, and your finest decorative gourd could win you a whole trick-or-treat bag's worth of free tix.

All you gotta do is wear your best costume or bring your best already-carved jack-o'-lantern (don't try to carve it on site!!!) to the Infinity Cat Visitors' Center at 467 Humphries St. during the Art Crawl on Saturday night.

Everyone is encouraged to check out the whole crawl (very cool happenings at the galleries inside Track One, Fort Houston and many more; see Joe Nolan's latest Crawl Space for details), but you've got to be at iCat at 8:30 p.m. to be judged by Ale from Infinity Cat, Kage from radio station Alt 98.3 and the Scene's own managing editor D. Patrick Rodgers. The contestant with the best costume and the best pumpkin will each get five free tickets to the show.

Pro tip: if you can manage to work La Croix Sparkling Water into you costume or carving, you're halfway to winning Patrick's vote already. Check out the Facebook event for updates.

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Weekend Round-up: Goldie Griffith Style

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 7:30 AM

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Why, hello, there, Creamsters, and a happy Friday to ya. Did you know tomorrow is the 55th anniversary of the television debut of The Andy Griffith Show? More importantly, do you know what "Opie" is short for? I sure don't.

Anyhow, let's talk shows! It's a busy one. Tonight, you've got Death Grips at Marathon Music Works; two shows for Promised Land Sound's album release (Grimey's at 6 p.m., and a new space at 919 Gallatin Road, in the same complex where Boheme Collectif used to be — no longer at Fond Object — at 7:30 p.m.); Fistikuffs' album release at The Basement; Futurebirds at Mercy Lounge; Hayes Carll at City Winery; HR_Lexy and many more at Queen Ave. for the Eternal Visions showcase; Dogs of Oz album release at Blackbird Tattoo Gallery; Lees of Memory and more at Exit/In's 44th Anniversary (also a benefit for long-time door guy Kenny Highers); Little Big Town and more at the Grand Ole Opry's 90th anniversary; Ray Wylie Hubbard at 3rd & Lindsley; the Muletown Music Fest kicking off in Columbia; Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto at the Schermerhorn and more.

, you've got Ramsey Lewis at Polk Theatre; Raging Fire's reunion show at Exit/In; Steve Cropper and others at RCA Studio A's 50th Anniversary Open House; Protomen, The Features and more at East Side Social in East Park; Kit Kite and Burlei's The X Sounds project release at Fort Houston; Lucy Stoner's cassette release at Phat Bites; Bob Mould at City Winery; Jessie Baylin and others at Musicians Corner; the Jackalope brew party/Springsteen cover show Brewed in the U.S.A. at The Basement East; Idle Bloom at The Stone Fox; Brandi Carlile at the Ryman and more.

Besides Death Grips, there's plenty of great hip-hop this weekend, including Saul Williams doing spoken word on Sunday and Run the Jewels on Monday. Also, take a peek inside the Nashville Symphony's Composer Lab on Tuesday. Have a look at the rest after the jump, let us know what we missed in the comments, and have yourselves a swell weekend.

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