It's a new week, but the hits keep coming in the land of fresh performance videos. First up, Buffalo Rodeo made a stop in Chicago, where they filmed an in-studio session for Audiotree Live. The Bowling Green-hailing psych-dream-pop outfit performed four cuts from their recent 123 Water EP, including "Butterfly Knife" which we premiered back in March. They also played the single "No End in Sound" (the full-speed version, not the half-speed one) and the unreleased track "Pretty Things."
Back in October, we shared with you the video for local electro-pop outfit How I Became the Bomb's "Ulay, Oh" from the band's Adonis EP. The clip — which ultimately made it onto yours truly's list of the 26 best local music videos of 2014 — featured the story of performance artist Marina Abramović and her long-lost former lover Frank Uwe Laysiepen (stage name Ulay); the pair's story also inspired the song itself. You see, back in 2010, 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, 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. Revisit the video above if you need a good Monday morning cry.
So, here's the news part: Over the past week or so, several sites (like this one, this one and this one) got hold of HIBTB's "Ulay, Oh" video, posting it under headlines like "The Power of Love" and "She Sat With Many Strangers That Day, But When This Man Shows Up I Got Goosebumps." In a matter of days, the video was launched to viral status. At the time of this post's publication, "Ulay, Oh" has received more than 3.1 million views (11,000 views since I began writing this post just minutes ago) — that's roughly as many views as this Christmas video featuring Grumpy Cat.
"It's been fun checking our phones," HIBTB frontman Jon Burr tells the Scene. "We're just glad people enjoy the story as much as we do." Burr goes on to explain that, when the band first debuted the video in October and it failed to take off as he'd expected, he was "crestfallen." But now that the clip has exploded, Burr and his bandmates are elated. "There's no downside yet," he says.
Congratulations, How I Became the Bomb, and welcome to Internet stardom.
It's been a pretty solid week for videos here on the Cream, and we've got one more nice one to share with you before you head out for the weekend. The folks at Third Man Records struck up a partnership with camera manufacturer RED, which makes the widest range of 4k video cameras on the market. (Without getting too technical: Each frame of a video filmed at the current standard for high-definition video is divided into 1,080 horizontal lines, while a 4k video has 4,000 lines; generally, more lines means finer detail.) Using RED's provided 4k gear, Third Man motion picture guru Brad Holland is filming a series of intimate performances in TMR's Blue Room, which will feature some artists from the Third Man stable and other notables as they pass through town.
The technology, of course, doesn't matter as much as what you do with it. The first release from The Blue Room Spotlight Series is the super-sharp clip above of Danny Kroha performing on a baritone dulcimer, overlaid with film of Kroha accompanying himself on percussion. The song is "Walking Boss," a tune which appears on Kroha's recent TMR solo release Angels Watching Over Me. It was originally made famous by Bristol, Tenn., banjo picker Clarence Ashley, who made his first recordings on Gennett Records, the label known for early recordings of Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton. Kroha is also co-founder of influential punk power trio The Gories, who just released their first new material in two decades. The 7-inch on Third Man, featuring the songs "Be Nice" and "On the Run," arrived along with a string of European tour dates; no word on when we might see The Gories or Kroha solo in our neck of the woods.
So, how would you a pair of free tickets to experience Jourgenson & Co.'s prescient nightmares in person at Cannery Ballroom on Tuesday, June 2? All you have to do is come up with the most side-splitting caption for the image above and enter it into the comments below. 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. Our panel of judges will pick the funniest caption on Tuesday at 3 p.m., so watch your inbox. Phasers set to pun? Away we go!
Ever notice how blues music — particularly blues from the Depression Era and thereabouts — often puts an emphasis on food and food-related metaphors? Meat and potatoes (or a lack of potatoes), shrimp, lemons, crackers, polk salad and on and on. That probably has a lot to do with the fact that the blues are about hardship and lean times — times when basic staples seem almost a luxury.
Well, local stompin'-and-hollerin' blues-rock outfit Blackfoot Gypsies may not have the same hardscrabble background and authenticity as the bluesmen of yore, but they do seem to have the same fixation on victuals. That's evidenced in both the title of and video for their tune "Pork Rind." The Noah Miller-directed video — which you can watch above — features frontman Matthew Paige strutting around Nashville (from Bordeaux to Midtown and beyond) while munching on what seems like an endless supply of pizza. Part of the video takes place at Two Boots Pizza, so maybe the BFGs have the hookup there.
Anyhow, follow along above as the pizza-fueled Paige grooves around town on a pizza-and-beer bender. If you're itching for more of Blackfoot Gypsies' particular brand of blues-indebted rock 'n' roll, the group will play tomorrow, May 30, at Mercy Lounge, along with Chalaxy, Matt Owen and the Eclectic Tuba and Levi Ray.
Let's talk shows! Tonight, you've got Superchunk's Mac McCaughan at The Stone Fox; Banditos' album release at The Basement East; Western Medication's 7-inch release at The East Room; the Nashville Symphony ending their season with Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at the Schermerhorn and more. Saturday, you've got Chris Gantry's album release with Supe and the Sandwiches at Douglas Corner; Shelby Lynne at City Winery; Space Capone and Whitehorse at The Basement East; Smooth Hound Smith's album release at The Basement; Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau at Grimey's; Surfer Blood at Exit/In; chatterbird's David Foster Wallace-inspired program at abrasiveMedia; Adia Victoria and many more at Musicians Corner in Centennial Park and more.
Among your Sunday offerings are Nashville Jazz Orchestra at City Winery, The Carter Administration at Performing Artists' Co-Op and Lambchop at Dragon Park (4 p.m.). Next week, Ministry comes to Cannery on Tuesday. See the rest after the jump, let us know what we missed in the comments, and get yourself a nice trim this weekend.
All right, one of those words is obviously not like the others, but they're more closely related than you might think. Rick Davis, father of Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, once upon a time played keyboards for country legend Owens, and he long owned the studio where Owens and his band recorded. Now, the studio has been restored, and it functions as nu-metal freaks Korn's home base. But it looks as though the country-Korn connections do not end there.
As reported by Loudwire, Davis is currently working on a collaboration with pop-country duo Big and Rich — the group that of course features the Kenny Powers of country music, John Rich. Yesterday, Davis posted a photo of B&R in the studio, along with the following caption:
Working with Big and Rich on a country music project #Bakersfieldsound
So, questions remain. Will Davis continue to use his ridiculous mic stand, perhaps slap a cowboy hat on it? Is Donelson's own Head involved in any way? Will there be a sort of Roger Miller-fied, "Do Wacka Do"-esque rehash of Korn's nonsense-scat jam "Twist"?
However, an official lineup announcement came across the desk, and it's even better than before. Pretty Lights, Rob Trujillo, Jack Antonoff, Chance the Rapper, Reggie Watts, Eric Krasno, Jamie Lidell, John Medeski, Oteil Burbridge, Sput Searight and Brian Coogan all remain on the bill, though unfortunately Miguel is no longer slated to take part in the '80s Throwback Dance Party. Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels of Run-D.M.C., New Orleans saxman Karl Denson, the horn section from Austin, Tex. Latin-funk-metal outfit Brownout (who have their own Which Stage set at 2 p.m. on Friday), the Carolina Chocolate Drops' masterful frontwoman Rhiannon Giddens and Music City's own freaky electro-funk outfit Cherub have all been added to the bill. The major heart-breaker about this set: It overlaps with D'Angelo and the Vanguard, who will start at 2 a.m. at This Tent.
But the inaugural NiFi Festival goes down Aug. 28-30 in Sparta, Ky., a short four-hour drive from Nashville, and its initial lineup is pretty unusual: Festival regulars like Green Day, Kings of Leon and Built to Spill (and local favorites Bully, Moon Taxi, Nikki Lane, Charlie Worsham and Rayland Baxter) are interspersed with country mainstays like CMA champ Miranda Lambert, Hank Williams Jr., Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen and a handful of others.
How big is the crossover, really, between fans of Black Lips and fans of Trace Adkins? That's probably a bigger divide than between, say, Spoon fans and Drake White fans. On the other hand, rip-roaring punks The Orwells are coming, and their scene is a bit easier to imagine crossing over with the bro-country element of the bill.
If you'd like to witness this experiment for yourself, weekend passes start at $245 and go on sale here May 28 at 10 a.m. Eastern (9 a.m. Central). The first-tier VIP option, the Ignited Pass, runs $795, and the rhinestone-studded VIP option, called the Headliner Pass, carries a whopping $30,000 price tag, which provides deluxe amenities for up to six people. Check out the entire initial lineup after the jump.
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