Monday, September 15, 2014

Numbah 4,080: Ducko McFli and Friends; Karl Dewayne

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 4:41 PM

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Ducko McFli & Friends

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.”

Be sure to also check out Ducko-produced tracks by Danny Seth and OG Maco, the latter of which features some from entertaining feature verses from Migos.

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Status Update of the Week: Sturgill Simpson on Being 'Chastised' for Singing 'Goddamn' on Conan

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 4:03 PM

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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.

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Quick Sell-Out Alert: Thee Oh Sees w/Jack Name and D. Watusi Nov. 15 at Exit/In

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Almost as soon as they announced an indefinite hiatus, San Francisco's neo-psych-garage masters Thee Oh Sees came roaring back with a new album for Record Store Day, titled Drop, and a slew of tour dates. It's been two years since we caught them at Nashville's Dead's birthday party; we'd argue that's two years too long, and it appears they agree, because the fall leg of their tour is stopping at Exit/In on Saturday, November 15 — exactly two months from today and an already packed night of shows, with Jenny Lewis in town as well.

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.

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Kris Kristofferson at the Ryman, 9/13/14

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

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The Spin digs conceptual art, so we were fascinated with Kris Kristofferson’s solo acoustic show Saturday night at the Ryman. His performance was a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and it went beyond the usual singer-songwriter conventions — cult of personality, minimal accompaniment, unstudied vocal approach, and the like — into a sphere all its own. A tunesmith whose literate, raffish sentimentality helped change Nashville songwriting in the ’60s and ’70s, Kristofferson has always been a disarmingly imperfect singer, and therein lies part of his charm.

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.

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Little Harpeth Backyard Jam Feat. Deluxin', Ben Spinks Supermelt, Fox Fun and Churchyard, 9/12/14

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 9:53 AM

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.

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Jordan Knight and Nick Carter Tonight at Cannery Ballroom. No, Seriously.

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 7:40 AM

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.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Stream Farm Aid Live This Weekend [Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Jack White and More]

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 4:44 PM

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Seeing as how it’s an eight-plus-hour, 545-mile drive from Nashville to Raleigh, NC, you better leave now if you wanna make it to tomorrow’s Farm Aid show at the City of Oaks’ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, which — in addition to the inevitable Willie Nelson performance — will feature sets from Neil Young, Jack White, John Mellencamp, Jamey Johnson, Carlene Carter, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dave Matthews and others.

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.

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Starlito's 'Mood Swings and Mrs.' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 4:39 PM

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.

Stay tuned.

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Rock 'n' Roll Sports Classic, 1978

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Contestants:
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.

Related: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts open for Journey tonight at Bridgestone Arena.

HT: Wifey.tv.

Bonus screen-grab after the jump.

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Free Show Alert: Deluxin', Fox Fun, Ben Spinks Supermelt and Churchyard Tonight at Little Harpeth Brewing

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM

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The folks at local brewery Little Harpeth have some good lager beers — if you couldn't tell, that's not a paid endorsement, but I did buy one the other day, and I was mightily refreshed. (This is an appropriate time to talk real beer science: paging home brewer/freelance shutterbug Steve Cross!) Little Harpeth also has a pretty sweet spot just over the river from downtown with a swell view of the skyline, which you see in yonder picture. So, nice location, good beer, evenings on which it isn't gross to be outside: I'm thinking conditions are optimum for an outdoor concert.

Great minds must think alike, because that's exactly what Little Harpeth is doing. Around 7 p.m. tonight at their headquarters at 30 Oldham St., the second installment in their Backyard Jam series will commence with a DJ set, followed by bands at 8. You've got nimble twin-guitar pop from Churchyard (dig those deceptively complex harmonies), pedal-to-the-heavy-metal garage punk from Ben Spinks Supermelt, righteous jangle from Fox Fun and extra-gnarly introspective post-punk from Deluxin' (the local band I could most genuinely describe as sharing DNA with Pere Ubu).

If you need juuuust a little more to tempt you, the Delta Bound mobile kitchen will be on hand with fine Southern comfort food to anchor that beer. The show is free, beer and eats are cash-only. Keep track of the show on Facebook here or here. C'mon out and be neighborly!

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