Well, road-worn country/folk troubadour John Prine has already made a pretty noteworthy Music City appearances this year — you may recall that he provided a rendition of Cowboy Jack Clement's “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” at the "Honoring a Legend" tribute at War Memorial in January. That was something special indeed, but it turns out that Prine will get not one but two nights of his very own on our fair city's most revered stage this fall. The Ryman has just announced that the legendary songster — whose records have been produced by Steve Cropper and Sam Phillips, among others — will make a two-night stand in October.
On Friday, Oct. 25, eccentric ragtime specialist Leon Redbone will open for Prine, while on Saturday, Oct. 26, Prine's fellow outlaw crooner Steve Earle will provide support. Tickets will run you between $49.50 and $59.50, and those go on sale Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m. via this link.
The first INC went down in 2003, curated by one Frank Falestra, better known as Rat Bastard. A pro audio engineer and musician based in Miami, Bastard has produced some interesting projects — groups like The Mavericks and Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, who are familiar faces now, but virtual unknowns at the time. As you might guess, RB is hungry for new sounds — things that aren't boring — so he's been experimenting with electronic music and devices throughout his career, both with noise-terrorism outfit To Live and Shave in L.A. and with his latest amorphous ensemble, Laundry Room Squelchers, who have served as the core of all INC events in the U.S. for the last 10 years; Numerous INCs have been organized in other nations.
Curated by someone familiar with the experimental music scene in every town on the tour, the rules are simple:
- Everyone gets 15 minutes to do their thing.
- No laptops, mixers or droning.
During U2’s unforgettable, fiery 2011 Nashville spectacular at Vanderbilt Stadium, Bono — accompanied by The Edge’s campfire chords and a comically semi-committal-gravel-voiced-Johnny Cash-impression — crooned the first two verses and choruses of “The Wanderer,” U2’s 1993 Zooropa-closing, Brian Eno-meets-Cowboy Jack Clement duet with Johnny Cash, a top-shelf deep cut the band had never before played live.
The sparse, minute-and-40-second performance fostered a debate in the U2 fan community: Was the truncated rendition of “The Wanderer” long enough to consider it the song’s live debut, or was it merely an extended snippet?
In the immortal and transcendent words of Yung Joc, meet me in the mall — it's going down. What's going down? Why, only the latest music video from Nashville-based songster Daniel Tashian and his laid-back pop outfit, The Silver Seas. The video — which you can see above — is for the song "I'm the One," and it looks to have been shot at Opry Mills Mall. I know that Johnny Rockets, by God.
Anyhow, "I'm the One" is an easygoing, earworm-y little adult-alternative-pop-rock number taken from The Silver Seas' forthcoming album Alaska. Alaska — the Seas' fourth LP — is slated for release in early July, and you can see the good-lookin', Sam Smith-illustrated cover art right here.
Last we heard from local county- and punk-rooted coed indie rockers Those Darlins, they were playing an installment of Ovvio Arte's Bianca's Upset series and working on their follow-up to 2011's Screws Get Loose with noted local producer Roger Moutenot. Word comes to us from the Darlins' camp that they've wrapped up recording their next effort, and they'll be celebrating with a performance this weekend at the East Side Hootenanny in East Park alongside Magnolia Sons, The Vespers and more (FB event page). The event is free, but the Darlins really want folks to come out, and that's why ...
Blammo, caption contest. In order to get the word out about the Hootenanny, Those Darlins have offered us a whole bunch of stuff to give away. "What stuff?" you ask. Well, shut up; I'm trying to tell you if you'd stop interrupting me. How's about a poster, a copy of the Darlins' "Summer's Dead" 7-inch, a copy of Screws Get Loose, a T-shirt, a sweatshirt and a pair of goddamn underwear? That enough swag for you? You know how our contests work. Come up with the best caption you can for the image (via) you see above and post it down there in the comments section. Be sure to include your email address in the appropriate field. We won't publish it, but we'll need it in order to contact our winner. I reckon we'll email you on Friday afternoon. Sound good? OK, go!
Here’s a nice little Nuggets-ready nugget. Courtesy of Millionaire Magician and former Spider Virus frontman Jerry Campbell’s Tue Mommies, it’s the band’s brand-new video for the track “Jan & Elsie,” and it’s a propulsive, laconic, tambourine-jangle-laden, shimmering psych-pop scorcher. The clip was shot by former Bubblegum Complex bro Andy Snider with help from former Coldcock rocker Josh Lagersen. Peep it!
At the ultra-hip corner where rock 'n' roll fashion intersects with rock 'n' roll music, you'll find this new mini-doc created by British clothing retailers AllSaints — it's called New Music City, and as you can see above, it profiles Nashville's music scene and Kings of Leon's label, Serpents and Snakes Records.
The 10-minute clip opens with S&S general manager Seth Riddle vowing that he's "never seen anything like Nashville" — it's "cheap as fuck" with a venue on every corner and 10 studios on every block. From there, we see: Rick of Dino's calling our town a "melting pot"; footage of JEFF the Brotherhood's gigantic Freakin' Weekend show at Exit/In back in March; Kings of Leon's Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill talking about the "new Nashville sound" and their mission statement with Serpents and Snakes (i.e., to expose rock bands that weren't getting enough attention); The Features explaining that the Followills have "brought a lot to this city"; Turbo Fruits, The Weeks and Snowden further noting that Caleb & Co. are Music City's great rock 'n' roll benefactors; imports Clear Plastic Masks exclaiming that they love New York, "but Nashville is our town"; and footage from Serpents and Snakes' AllSaints-sponsored SXSW 2013 showcase, which we of course mentioned in our SXSW recap. The mini-doc closes with Caleb Followill saying, "Hopefully our label will be the label that really spawns a lot of great bands." Well, of course, you can certainly make the case that Spongebath, Infinity Cat and several others already did a lot of that, but I won't argue that he doesn't have some serious quality on that roster.
AllSaints also posted performance videos from The Kingston Springs, Promised Land, The Weeks and Snowden, and you can see all of those after the jump.
Is there anyway to make a reference to a popular Ice Cube movie without coming across like a complete cornball? Maybe a Trespass reference? Would anybody else even get a Trespass joke? And the fact that Ice Cube is playing Marathon Music Works kills that whole "... you ain't got shit to do" gag. Doesn't matter either way, because we're not talking about internationally famous, family-friendly film actor Ice Cube — we're talking about Ice-to-the-mother-fucking-Cube. The Predator. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted. Fuck that Are We There Yet? shit — we're talking about a founding father of gangster rap making a hella rare appearance on a Nashville stage. I'm just gonna cross my fingers and hope he goes so deep into his catalog that he starts busting out Lench Mob cuts.
Tickets are $28-$30 and you can purchase them here.
For those unfamiliar, each 33 ⅓ book provides in-depth analysis of a single album of popular music (so far, from 1960 onward), a kind of Classic Albums documentary in book form. In our age of instantaneous content consumption, the series offers a chance for critical reflection on a smorgasbord music, ranging from Dusty Springfield to Public Enemy to Elliott Smith, which inspires strong feelings in a wide variety of authors, including music journalists, novelists and musicians (The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy, Scud Mountain Boys’/Pernice Brothers’ Joe Pernice, and Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle have all contributed). The books are physically small — about half the size of an ordinary paperback — and fall (in most cases) at just the right length to give readers a deeper perspective on a record without bogging down in minutiae.
In the spirit of summertime adventures, I decided to school myself on titles in the series that I hadn’t read yet. Sadly, this meant skipping the volumes on Murmur, Bee Thousand, Low and others I’d already enjoyed (MTSU professor John Dougan deserves a shout-out for his excellent work on The Who Sell Out; also see Sean Maloney’s review of his more recent book on The Prisonaires), but with 86 titles and counting after 10 years in the business, there were bound to be some treasures waiting to be uncovered.
Don't worry son, your Mom will be back as soon as the school bus drops…
The second woe is past; and behold, the third woe cometh quickly
Ok, Daddy, if I promise to go on the potty; can I have my gun…
8-8:15 third kind
8:30-8:45 the shapschenk restagtion
9-9:15 lazer slut
9:15-9:30 tim carey
This here's mah boy Charlie