Monday, October 20, 2014

Billy Corgan Must Be Stopped: Smashing Pumpkins Have a New Song and It Is Garbage

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Tommy Lee exhibits his method of mayhem on the new Smashing Pumpkins track.
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Hey look, Billy Corgan released "Being Beige," the new Smashing Pumpkins song featuring Tommy "Upside Down Drummer With a Horse-Size Dong" Lee. I will hereby refer to it as “Peeing Beige,” because a malfunctioning urinary tract is an improvement over this song. Remember when Motley Crue tried to make a grunge album and all the grungers were like ‘ew, Motley Crue? Well, this is basically Motley Crue’s grunge album taking a dump on your childhood. Except worse, because Billy Corgan is about half the lyricist that John Corabi is. Which, geezus. I never thought I would say that about anyone.

“Peeing Beige” makes Generation Swine sound like William fucking Blake and Generation Swine is, after listening to it for the first time in 17-odd years, actually worse than I remember it. The chorus to “Peeing Beige” goes, “The world is on fire,” like Corgan didn’t already write a song that declared the world to be a vampire, which basically makes this song "Shout at the Devil '97" for aging mall goths.

There you have it, folks. The once better-than-OK-ish Smashing Pumpkins are now basically the Methods of Mayhem of second-rate Coldplay imitators. Method of Mayhem, of course, were third-string Limp Bizkit imitators, and the ol' LB were fourth-string version of The Goats, so basically this song sounds like Vertical Horizon meets Orange 9mm. Kidding! It doesn’t sound that good.

But the bullshit doesn’t stop there!

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Sleater-Kinney Releases New Song, Announces 2015 Tour

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Today is a very good day, because today is the day Sleater-Kinney has officially announced that not only are they touring in 2015, but they are also releasing a new album. WHAT!? YES! The trio of women who have all taken turns being the best friend of my dreams are releasing the reunion record No Cities to Love — their first record since 2005's underwhelming (IMHO) The Woods — Jan. 20, on Sub Pop. Brief US and European tours will follow the album's release.

Wait, there's more! The band also posted a lyric video (above) for a (great) new song called "Bury Our Friends," starring the wonderful and weird Miranda July. The song's got a choppy D.C. dance-punk/Q and Not U vibe — I can't wait to hear the whole album. Of course the world's 3,000 luckiest Sleater-Kinney fans got to hear the song before everyone else, as it was included in the colored vinyl box set that is now totally sold out. (Don't panic if you missed out — Sub Pop is taking orders for a second, all-black pressing that will ship in mid-December.)

All the US and Europe dates are posted at sleater-kinney.com, but warning: At press time, the closest they get to Nashville is Chicago on Feb. 17. Hopefully more dates, including a Music City stop, are still to come.

Until then, road trip!

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See How I Became the Bomb's Emotional 'Ulay, Oh'; Stream the Adonis EP [Fresh Vid + Fresh Tracks]

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 1:44 PM

As part of a retrospective in 2010, renowned performance artist Marina Abramović famously presented a 736-hour-and-30-minute piece called The Artist Is Present, in which she remained seated at a table in New York City's Museum of Modern Art, inviting spectators to come and sit opposite her. On opening night, her fellow performance artist and former significant other Frank Uwe Laysiepen (stage name Ulay) surprised her. The pair hadn't seen one another since they ended their love affair in the '70s in most dramatic fashion — by walking the length of China's Great Wall and meeting in the middle for a final embrace. Ulay's unexpected appearance at Abramović's performance in 2010 marked the first time the pair had seen one another in over 30 years. Drama, y'all.

Well, the brand-new video for local electro-popsters How I Became the Bomb's "Ulay, Oh" — as well as the song itself — tells the story of Abramović and Ulay's reunion. “I was fortunate enough to wander into the MoMA just in time for The Artist Is Present," HIBTB frontman Jon Burr writes in the video's description field. "Equal parts unsettling, absurd, and profound; I couldn't shake the experience. Later, I stumbled onto the video wherein Ulay and Marina reunite and was overwhelmed with only one sentiment: This is a song.” Watch the video above and feel all of the feelings. As we pointed out just two weeks ago, the Bomb will return with their first new release in five years, the Adonis EP, on Nov. 4. They're offering a free stream of Adonis' three gloriously sparkling, synthesizer-ensconced mega-pop tunes via their Soundcloud page, and you can hear those after the jump.

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Alice Cooper Rocks Dan McGuinness in High Definition [Golden Nuggets]

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Still bummed about missing Alice Cooper’s surprise (mostly) covers set at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub last week? The one you might have read about in The Spin? The one the 66-year-old shock-rock icon, uh, shocked a-hundred-or-so Nashvillians with mere hours after rocking Bridgestone Arena in support of Motley Crue? The one where he — with crack backing band in tow — re-cast classic rock standards by The Doors, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Who in his own welcomingly nightmarish musical image?

Even if you’re one of the lucky fucks who caught that rare rock happening, chances are, unless you were right at the front of the stage, all you saw was a partial view of the top half of The Coop’s head. The stage was low and the place was packed, natch.

Luckily a local YouTuber (HT!) named Jerry Brown (not this guy) captured and has since posted the entire performance in unobstructed high definition. Cooper joins his band at around the 4m 44s mark for proto-goth-croon-y, roadhouse-ready renditions of “Break on Through (To the Other Side),” “Revolution” and “Foxey Lady” in the clip above, and continues with “My Generation” (complete with slurs and stutters) and a rightly obligatory finale of “School’s Out” in the clip after the jump.

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Macy Gray Tonight at City Winery

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 7:43 AM

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While I don’t really need an excuse to endorse a Macy Gray show — in the 15 years since she released On How Life Is, she has never disappointed me, on record or on stage — this week I’m able to pinpoint the exact reason for said endorsement. I was watching the pilot episode of Gilmore Girls, and Gray’s neo-soul classic “I Try” came on just as Rory and Lorelei do some deep, contemplative distance-gazing, and damned if I didn’t lose it just a little bit. I tried to keep it together, but that song gets me every. Single. Time. And then I went running straight to The Way, Gray’s latest and a stunner in its own right, the kind of sophisticated and fun R&B that soars on the weight of great writing and wonderful performances. Which makes it just like Gilmore Girls, in a trans-media sorta way.

Gray takes the City Winery stage tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45-$55 (yikes!) and you can get 'em here.

Now check out the video for "Bang Bang," a greasy, swaggering tune from The Way, along with a heart-string-tugging Gilmore Girls montage cut to "I Try," after the jump.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Update: Miranda Whitcomb Pontes Behind the Changes at Dino's?

Posted By on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 5:23 PM

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Who's buying the building that Dino's is in? It looks like it's Miranda Whitcomb Pointes, the restauranteur behind Burger Up, Josephine and the soon-to-open Italian place Prima.

Earlier, managing editor D. Patrick Rodgers reported:

When the Cream rang up Dino's for comment, owner Rick Wildeboor (who owns the business, not the building) said that the space has "changed hands." Whether or not Dino's will stick around "remains to be seen." "Nothing's set in stone," Wildeboor told us.

Since then, news keeps coming in over the transom about Pontes being the buyer and that it looks like Dino's is staying, in some form or another.

Two different sources tell the Cream that Pontes is in the process of acquiring the space. Pontes, another tipster points out, was posting pictures from New Orleans on Instagram recently with the hashtag #DinosRandD:

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Pop Quiz, Punk Rocker: Can You Identify These ’90s Punk Lyrics?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 3:07 PM

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Amazon Music is not having a very good day. This morning their twitter account, @AmazonMusic, tweeted the above message to its 1.6 million followers.

Thanks for the inspiration, AmazonMusic! But that lyric didn't come from NOFX; that's a Rancid lyric (from "The 11th Hour" on And Out Come the Wolves...). NOFX would never be that posi.

Instead of shrugging off the mistake, though, the over-30 (or 40) punk rock set got real indignant. A lot of folks jumped in to correct them and/or express their LOLs while others weren't so polite. "You stupid fucks," Tweeted anthony42069kony2012. "Actually, Rancid. #fail" said another. One man even tagged NOFX's Fat Mike in his reply as if Fat Mike even gives a shit.

But, c'mon. Like you've never gotten one song or band confused with another. If you think you're sooOOooOOooo good at recognizing punk songs, check your skills on this little quiz I've created, featuring eight ’90s punk bands and some of their lyrics. If you get them all right, congratulations! You're a punk rock know-it-all! Feel free to continue mocking the less intelligent on Twitter. But if you miss a couple (or, worse, Google for hints), you have to hand over your punk rock credentials and trade in your Bad Religion records for Barry Manilow. Good luck!

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Paul McCartney's Triumphant Bridgestone Arena Return

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Let’s be clear: Nothing short of channeling the spirits of John Lennon and George Harrison via psychic medium for a surprise guest appearance could top the experience of witnessing the epic, 80,000-party-ready-festival-goer-strong outpouring of joyous, emotional release at Paul McCartney’s 2013 Bonnaroo set. We caught that one, and loved it. And only that Bonnaroo show could top the excitement of seeing Sir Paul for the first time at the Beatle’s Music City debut at Bridgestone Arena in 2010. We caught that one, too, and loved it.

So with that in mind, we entered the 'Stone giddy with excitement over knowing we were about drink in one of the best shows we’ll ever see, yet knowing that all-important element of surprise was gone for good. Personally, subjectively, the returns would inevitably be diminishing in The Emotional Transcendence Department, but looking around the boomer-brimming arena, it was clear there were still many first-timers in the house, and the collective vibe was ecstatic.

That said, like last time and the time before, our hearts still grew a size or two and our eyes still welled during moments like “And I Love Her,” “Here Today” (as a touching tribute to John Lennon), “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” “Yesterday” and many others.

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Dino's Building Has Changed Hands, Is Up for Lease [Updated]

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 11:52 AM

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Earlier this morning, local folk 'n' roll jesters Birdcloud brought the following to our attention: The space that houses beloved longtime East Side dive/haunt/venue/greasy spoon/watering hole Dino's is currently up for lease. This listing offers the 1,277-square-foot space for $16 per square foot per year. (Let me do that math for you: That comes to $20,432 annually.)

When the Cream rang up Dino's for comment, owner Rick Wildeboor (who owns the business, not the building) said that the space has "changed hands." Whether or not Dino's will stick around "remains to be seen." "Nothing's set in stone," Wildeboor told us.

If I may get personal for a moment: I've been going to Dino's for roughly a decade, and I know countless folks who have been doing the same for much, much longer. In addition to cheap pitchers and just about the best greasy no-frills burger you'll find in the 37206 zip code, Dino's has also long been a go-to spot for punk rock, noise-rock, hip-hop, experimental, poetry and country shows (and beyond). Next door to sleek-and-stylish bar No. 308, Dino's is a holdover hang for Old Nashville types — rock 'n' rollers, barflies and roustabouts. Here's hoping it keeps hanging on.

Update: Sources tell us Miranda Whitcomb Pontes of Burger Up and Josephine is behind the changes at Dino's. More here.

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Weekend Round-up: Good Time Style

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 7:46 AM

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Well, slap on my water skis and send me down the river: it's Alan Jackson's birthday. It seems like just yesterday he was penning his first CMA-winning hit "Chattahoochee," which taught "a lot about livin' (and a little 'bout love)" when programmed back-to-back with Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It" at my middle-school dances. Today, the Georgia-born singer has 16 CMAs and two Grammys to his name, a boatload of number-one hits and his own exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (where he's playing the second of two sold-out Artist-in-Residence concerts on Wednesday, Oct. 22, by the way).

Anyhow, there are shows aplenty for you to dig into this weekend. Tonight you've got the Return of the Rave Lock-In at the Global Events Center; Pallbearer at Exit/In; The Del McCoury Band and Hot Rize at War Memorial; Daddy Issues and Dogs of Oz at Local Honey; Kip Moore with Charlie Worsham and Sam Hunt at the Ryman; and Motel Beds and Altered Statesman at The Stone Fox. Tomorrow you're looking at Blocktoberfest with Self, Tristen and more at Marathon Music Works; a Fiddler's Tribute to Kenny Baker hosted by Fiddle House luthier Brian Christianson at The Station Inn; Netherfriends and more at Queen Avenue Art Collective; Milk People playing early at The Basement and late (for their album release) at The End; The Long Players playing Born in the U.S.A. at 3rd & Lindsley; and the Musicians Corner Oktoberfest Saturday and Sunday at Centennial Park. Have a look at the rest after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and follow Music Editor Adam "Got a Little Crazy, Never Got Caught" Gold's example: have yourselves a Good Time this weekend.

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