Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dee Snider Doesn't Think Taylor Swift Should Be Ambassador of New York City

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Surely you've heard the news: Taylor Swift has been named the new Global Welcome Ambassador of New York City, timing perfectly with the release of her new album, 1989, which opens with a track called "Welcome to New York." Is pop music ever not an advertisement these days? (Related: Read this great piece about pop music and advertising.)

Of course there's some backlash. What does Swift have to do with NYC? She was born in Pennsylvania, she grew up here in Tennessee and I've got a two-year-old MetroCard with $0.75 left on it that says she'll never step foot on the subway or even leave Manhattan without a camera crew urging her to do so. Does she know the politics of the city? Has she ever watched someone die in the East River? Is she going to do anything other than tell people to go to Times Square and shop at Target? Urinary tract infections have lasted longer than that woman has lived in the city!

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A Primer on Metal Legends Carcass, Playing Exit/In Nov. 7

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM

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Holy crap, y'all, Carcass is coming to Exit/In in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS! I don't even live in town anymore and I'm stoked for this.

Nashville missed out on the band's first major stateside tour in decades when Carcass headlined the Decibel Magazine tour earlier this year, but a bill with Exhumed, Obituary and Noisem is a sweet consolation prize. (Noisem played that Decibel tour, too.)

But my gut tells me that there might be some of you who aren't properly pumped about this show. If you have even a passing interest in metal, you need to cancel all other plans for Nov. 7. Don't have $25? Sell some plasma.

For the uninitiated, here's a Carcass primer:

Three dudes in Liverpool, England, started what would become Carcass in 1985. Bill Steer also played in Napalm Death (Scum, side 2), and Jeff Walker was in Electro Hippies. Early on, they were grindcore pioneers, putting out records with gory art and short songs with ridiculous titles. But we're gonna jump right into their finest hour.

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Instant Sell-Out Alert: Hozier Adds Second Date at the Ryman, Mar. 16

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 1:21 PM

It's not easy to write music that's technically accomplished, soulfully performed, addresses controversial social issues and appeals to a wide audience — let alone all at the same time. In that case, consider 24-year-old Andrew Hozier-Byrne something of a Superman. His self-titled debut LP came out Oct. 7 and is riding high on the charts, buoyed no doubt by a recent SNL appearance and the now-year-old breakout single "Take Me to Church." The song's humanizing messages about sexuality and defining a relationship with faith are extraordinarily well-spoken, as is his position on a variety of social issues; before he even had the cache of a respected popular artist, he used the YouTube video for "Church" to call for an end to violence against same-sex couples.

I spoke to Hozier about all that and more in previewing his sold-out two-night stand at Exit/In in September. Before he even played those dates — to a house full of fans including Taylor Swift (HT to Managing Editor Patrick Rodgers) — he was booked into the Ryman on March 14 next year, a date which promptly sold out. A second date has just been added for two days later, on March 16. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon right here, and will run $35-$45.

Check out the live performance of "Take Me to Church" from SNL's Oct. 11 broadcast above, plus "Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene" from the same show and a video for swell album cut "Jackie and Wilson" after the jump.

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Watch Sturgill Simpson Play 'Turtles All the Way Down' on The Tonight Show

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

As he's toured in support of this year's excellent breakout release Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, we've seen locally residing country songster Sturgill Simpson play on Conan, on Letterman and in the famed (and recently saved) RCA Studio A. We've even seen him play Metamodern opener "Turtles All the Way Down" right here in Scene HQ. But this, my friends, is the big show. It doesn't get any bigger than The Tonight Show.

Last night, Simpson and his crew of top-notch players — guitarist Laur Joamets, bassist Kevin Black and drummer Miles Miller — graced The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a performance of the aforementioned "Turtles." Is it just me, or does Fallon, who notes Metamodern's "massive critical acclaim," affect a bit of a Southern drawl when he tells Simpson, "That's good right there"? Regardless, it's a hell of a moment to see a Nashville singer deliver an original song about expanded consciousness, questioning conventional religion and "reptile aliens made of light" who "cut you open and pull out all your pain" on the most storied and most watched late-night program there is.

Simpson — who recently opened the third night of Jason Isbell's three-night stand at the Ryman — will next play Nashville Feb. 28 and March 1, when he'll appear at 3rd & Lindsley.

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Tetherball, Whimsy [Review]

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM

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Tetherball
Whimsy
Silver Point Records
Oct. 28, 2014

To simply run down an itemized, song-by-song list of every style that Nashville transplant Steve Voss incorporates into Whimsy, his solo debut under the name Tetherball, does a disservice to the imagination and craftsmanship Voss employs to tackle those styles. Whimsy, out yesterday on Music City's Silver Point Records, accomplishes an all-too-rare feat: It plays like one long, sustained breath of fresh air.

Throughout the record, Voss is able to draw a sense of coherence out of a remarkably varied palette that at times lands somewhere in the realm of jazz-folk (the acoustic campfire strum and unorthodox harmonies of “Gilded Rings”) but also touches on a vaudevillian brand of herky-jerky circus rock ( album opener “Bootss”), country blues twang (the roadhouse swagger of “Boulderado”), and elegiac balladry so convincingly rendered it'll stop you in your tracks (the breathtaking “Puzzles,” for example, with its delicate cocktail lounge arrangement and ghostly trumpet that hovers over the mood like a sad, heavy memory).

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I Never Thought I'd Get Misty Eyed While Watching GWAR, but Here We Are

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Gwar did the A.V. Undercover thing just in time for Halloween — as you can see above, the horror-core outfit delivered a fantastic version of Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls." But the true magic comes at the end of the video when the band busts into their own take on one of my favorite songs, "People Who Died" by The Jim Carroll Band. I think there's something in my eye, some dust or fake blood or something. I can't possibly be tearing up over a Gwar performance.

Gwar, if you see this, please play this medley at your Nashville show at the Exit/In on Dec. 2. PLEASE. That would be amazing.

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Halloween '14: A Monstrous List of Music Events

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 7:15 AM

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Worried you won't get in to Friday night's hot-ticket Halloween Foo Fighters show at the Ryman? Well worry not, there's a spate of musically spooky Halloween happenings set to haunt Music City this weekend. Peruse the full, spine-chilling list of ominous options below (and after the jump). And check out the Scene's comprehensive list of haunted houses, horror film showings and other non-musical evil events here.

• Jack White protégé and former Black Belles frontwoman Olivia Jean celebrates the release of her debut solo record Bathtub Love Killings with an appropriately spooky Devil's Night show at White's Third Man Records. Unknown Hinson hosts. JP5, Weekend Babes and Breast Massage round out the bill. Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

• You down wit' O.P.P. (Other People's Pumpkins)? Join Naughty by Nature with Ugly Kids Club, Trubz, The Captain Midnight Band, DJ Rage and more at Division Street's massive Midtown Monster Mash. The $25 cover gets you access to the outdoor stage and street party in the Soulshine Pizza district as well as five "haunted bars," promising six stages and 16 participating bars in all until 3 a.m. — along with prizes, costume contests, "1 super scary phone booth" and a ride-home program. Oct. 31 at 6 p.m.

The Battle for the Bones event to benefit sarcoma awareness and research takes over the entire Mercy/High Watt/Cannery complex on Cannery Row with some of the biggest names in country music: Jake Owen, Gary Allan, Big & Rich, Gloriana and plenty more. Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.

• Break out the faux snakeskin and barbed-wire temporary tattoos for this trash fest: a three-band bill at The Basement featuring '80s hair-metal tribute act Hair to the Throne, Nashville's resident parody cock rockers LazerSnake and White Zombie cover band Welcome to Planet Motherfucker, naturally. Oct. 31 at 9 p.m.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hear Purpl Monk's 10 Ft. Flying Kick, See Promo Vid for 'Hiii Rollers' feat. Pradda [Fresh Vid + Fresh Tracks]

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Early this summer, contributor Itoro Udoko hipped us to 10 Ft. Flying Kick, the forthcoming full-length from North Carolina-transplanted MC Purpl Monk. Kick is here, and while it's smooth as hell, it also peaks that weird shit-o-meter. That should come as no surprise since the variety of collaborations on board include Bohemian Hype Cult's Treekeeper and Pradda, the latter of whom has a verse in the spacy chiller "Hiii Rollers." In the Dustin Lane-shot, Daniel Henry-directed clip above, see Monk, Pradda and crew cruising what looks like way-north Gallatin Pike on a lazy summer afternoon. Other contributors include much-loved producer SOSA and dance crew Two Fresh. After the jump, drop your Tuesday in the groove and stream Kick in its entirety.

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Partying Like It's 1989: Taylor Swift Goes Pop, Returns To Singing About Living in a Big ol’ City

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 1:27 PM

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Taylor Swift’s 1989 is the album you make when you’re 24, insanely wealthy, live in New York and have the carte blanche to make whatever music you want.

The album — the singer’s fifth, and her unabashed foray into pure pop territory — is self-confident without sounding self-serious. It’s charming in its complete lack of subtlety. It would be surprisingly self-aware if anyone but Taylor Swift had made it.

But she did. Following in the footsteps of Reagan-era-established superstars like U2 and Madonna, on 1989, the not-so-country girl who epitomizes New Nashville continues to try to elevate her fame to new heights by breaking free of genre constrictions, haters be damned.

By comparison, 2012’s Red, in all its jarring, super-pop-rock-dubstep-whatever, genre-bending success, retroactively looks like Swift in limbo. If she set out to make another album full of songs like “I Knew You Were Trouble,” she didn’t succeed.

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The Week in Fresh Tracks [Stone Jack Jones, Caitlin Rose, Natalie Prass, Good Sex, King Bitch]

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 12:16 PM

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Are you in the mood to get your stream on? Here's a buffet of fresh tracks from some of your favorite local artists — feast your ears. As always, send submissions to cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com, and look back at past weeks in fresh tracks here. On with the show!

Stone Jack Jones, Circumstance

It's Halloween week, so let's kick off this roundup with something a little spooky. Hot on the heels of this spring's Ancestor, his first LP in almost a decade, Stone Jack Jones already has a new album in the works. The first track for public consumption is "Circumstance," a slow-burner which premiered last week via PopMatters. Lambchop's Kurt Wagner is a featured guest, but his role is unclear; maybe that's him on the vocal double? I'm not sure what's more unnerving — that pitched-down growl, or the fact that you get accustomed to it as the song goes on. Your next chance to see Jones and band is Nov. 10, with O'Death and Joe Fletcher at Exit/In.

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