Happy Hump Day, sweethearts. There's an interesting and eclectic array of musical happenings going down this evening, so let's review our options. First off, thoughtful folk artist Stone Jack Jones — whose beautiful video for "Black Coal" we shared with you once upon a time — is making a rare appearance this evening at The Stone Fox. He'll be joined by avant-garde multi-instrumentalist and sonic craftsman Matt Glassmeyer's Meadownoise along with Lionlimb and Sam Smith (not this Sam Smith, but rather this one). In advance of tonight's show, Glassmeyer created the above Meadownoise video, in which we can all watch him construct the song "The Bats Have Come Now" piece by piece. Rad. Doors at 8 p.m., and that one costs $5.
Now, let's keep rolling.
Chris Crofton would like to offer his condolences to all the children who listen to The Chris Crofton Show for having to put up with shitty current rappers. Crofton 4 Kids. Now, dive into Episode 152 after the jump.
Fans of all kinds of psychedelic rock 'n' roll in Music City have had a pretty solid year. Psych-pop superstars like The Zombies and The Flaming Lips have been through, well-established indie acts like Seattle's Night Beats have paid multiple visits, and local psych bands like Penicillin Baby and Ttotals have kept busy. One of the most grin-yer-face-off news flashes came last fall, when we got the word that Roky Erickson, the godfather of psychedelic punk, was coming to town. Backed by The Hounds of Baskerville, featuring his son Jegar, he did not disappoint, to put it lightly.
Today, we learned that Roky will be back in February, sharing the stage with The Black Angels. The dark and stormy coed psych outfit proudly upholds the tradition of keeping Austin weird on their latest full-length, Indigo Meadow, which has all the pop and R&B you could ask for, coated in mind-bending sonic treatments. Erickson hasn't released a new album since 2010's Okkervil River collaboration True Love Cast Out All Evil, but he's got a wide and deep catalog to draw from; Back in September, Light in the Attic reissued his sci-fi/horror-focused 1981 album The Evil One (see a clip of him playing "Night of the Vampire" with the Hounds above).
The freakout commences at Mercy Lounge on Feb. 21. Tickets are set in the $20-$25 range, and go on sale here Friday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m.
Christmassy/Holiday-ish/Wintry. Call me old-fashioned, but I think songs around the holidays should sound like the holidays. What’s the fun of a Christmas No. 1 if it has almost nothing to do with Christmas? Highest points are going to seasonal songs. Deal with it.
Idiosyncratic. America doesn’t really “do” Christmas No. 1s, so extra consideration is going toward songs that are proudly, weirdly British. There are a few Americans peppered throughout the list, but for the most part, the charts did this job for me.
Good. I prefer “good” songs over “bad” songs. My judgments for “good” and “bad” are not up for debate. Shitty songs at the bottom, good songs at the top.
Cheesy. Christmas is a cornball holiday for people who love cornball shit. Nog? Sweaters? Carols? Come on. It’s deliciously lame. No one’s holiday traditions should ever be cynical, and that is why truly dorky songs shall be celebrated on this list.
Sincere. Sincerity will trump crassness, whether it is sincerity in how stoked you are about Baby Jesus or how stoked you are about parties. You will just have to trust my (arbitrary, mutable) judgment on this one.
Shall we get started?
So, check this shit out. College favorite cult actor/comedian David Cross (Mr. Show, Arrested Development) teamed up with Frenchkiss Records honcho and Les Savy Fav bassist Syd Butler and the Orchard Video Network to create FKR.TV, an indie-counter-culture-friendly online network boasting original, mostly comedic content. And on that network is a new Web series called Bluejeans.
The show, which debuted yesterday (and which you can watch Episode 1 of above) is a loosely satirical take on the Williams legacy (sort of) that stars former Party Cannon frontman Ben Pearson (also the show’s creator) as a washed-up, “tiny-dick, redneck asshole” Hank III-type protagonist named Lil Benny Bluejeans. He’s the son of double-talking Bocephus-esque shyster “sexist, alcoholic, tax-evading hillbilly” country singer/stand-up comedian Big Benny Bluejeans II (“He’s a piece of shit, but he’s family”), who’s played by none other than resident Cream jester Chris Crofton. LBIII and BBII are grandson and son, respectively, of drug-addicted Big Benny Bluejeans Sr. — “the original outlaw” — who’s played by legendarily lecherous and drunk Nashville-outsider-music legend Dave Cloud. Shenanigans ensue.
Tickets are now available at this link at an earlybird price of $85.
Most folks know Chuck Mead as one of Nashville's premier honky-tonkers — he was one of the founding members of BR549, the band that led the Lower Broad Revival of the ’90s, and he's put out a couple of impressive solo albums of old-school country in recent years.
What you may not know is that Mead is a closet arena-rock frontman. Exhibit A: the above video, showing Mead fronting the Sons of Zevon for a rousing version of The Who's "Who Are You?" on Nov. 16 at The Family Wash. (For those of you who don't know, Sons of Zevon is a collective of local rock luminaries who get together once or twice a year at the Wash to cover the songs of a particular year from the ’70s — in this case, 1978.)
The iPhone-shot video is a little shaky, but Mead's performance is impressive — and he manages to nail the Roger Daltrey thing pretty damn well. See how he holds up next to the real thing — and to Louis C.K. — after the jump ...
The always prolific Starlito has been especially busy these past few weeks, even by his own standards. He recently dropped his fourth music video in less than three weeks. The video for “28th Song” — from the Step Brothers 2 collaboration with Memphis’ Don Trip — is relatively straightforward. Still, it’s cleverly shot and a bit trippy, and features the perfect visuals to complement one of the most memorable tracks from the album.
Ever wondered what it’s like to cruise the mean streets of Music City with Heavy Cream? Well then check out this featurette on the Nashty, self-proclaimed “straightforward punk” troupe (recently resurrected from indefinite-hiatus status), courtesy of the good folks at New York City-based "digital interview magazine" Avant/Garde Diaries.
“I think all of the publicity that Nashville’s getting today, our generation of kids kind of did it,” HC frontwoman Jessica McFarland says in an interview cut to deafeningly hi-def live footage and slow-motion shots of the band giving a virtual tour of the 'Ville, in addition to their own body art.
“We’re really into glam right now,” McFarland goes on to explain. So perhaps expect influences the likes of Gary Glitter and “All the Mott From Memphis” crooners Mott the Hoople to inform the band’s next release, which will hopefully land sooner rather than later.
The Yeezus Tour has been a viral sensation so far. After every show Kanye has played, fans in different cities have uploaded their own photos and video footage to Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Vine. We knew to expect grand theatrics, including but not limited to: a giant, glacial mountain; huge visual projections on a circular LED screen; fireballs and clouds of smoke; futuristic dancers; and of course White Jesus. So although most people in attendance had at least a vague idea of what was in store, all the discursive imagery that’s been passed around in the last few months ultimately just added to the general sense of “what the fuck is about to happen?”
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