But if even that price is too high, or you’re not a student, or you are a student but you lost your ID because … college, we’re giving you a second opportunity to win a free pair of tix to the show with a caption contest.
Okay. Don't you feel better? Now we can give our full attention to more important things like the fact that HOLY SHIT BJÖRK RELEASED HER NEW ALBUM YESTERDAY! Surprise! Vulnicura was supposed to be out in March, but the Icelandic genius decided to blow off the intended release date and share it with the world yesterday. Poof. Just like that.
Super exciting, right? YES! Except for one little thing: Sleater-Kinney also released their long-awaited reunion record No Cities to Love yesterday and I have been anticipating that album for months now. MONTHS. Jan. 20 was Sleater-Kinney day, the day I was going to hear the full album for the first time and then — whoosh! — here comes Björk with Vulnicura and suddenly my Sleater-Kinney Day turned into Oh, Fuck, Which One Do I Listen to First? Day. (For the record, I went with Sleater-Kinney and I have no regrets. Björk will have her turn as soon as I'm done obsessing over the songs "No Cities to Love" and "A New Wave.")
Today, Friends and Family announced that the new station will take the airwaves by June 4, 2016, under the call letters WXNA-FM. As the Scene previously reported, the station still plans on broadcasting on 101.5-FM from a transmitter located in Germantown, via a 100-watt signal capable of reaching central Nashville, East Nashville, North Nashville, West End-Belmont, and south to the Berry Hil. The station will also stream online at WXNAfm.org, which went live this morning.
There are some swell album teasers, a great concert vid, an excellent full-length Natalie Prass album and a covers set from William Tyler, who throws us a curve by singing. Some long listens in here, all very much worth your time on this Wednesday morning. Prepare to feast your ears!
As always, send submissions to cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com, and look back at past weeks in fresh tracks here.
Turbo Fruits, "The Way I Want You"
Here's the first taste of the Fruits' forthcoming LP No Control, due April 20. "The Way I Want You," a wistful pop nugget with some Strokes-style part-doubling and a gnarly guitar solo, is one of the tracks recorded with The Black Keys' Patrick Carney. TF chief Jonas Stein tells Billboard that the band decided to make the album on their own dime, and Carney stepped in to help them finish when funds ran short. His assistance was more than financial: This song, Stein says, didn't even make the final cut of the record until Carney convinced them to give it another shot.
Of course, by Internet Law, I’m required to mention the now 13-year-old incident when Adams famously attempted to eject a jokester from a Ryman show for requesting he play “Summer of '69” and later, in a blog post, lovingly described the famed theater as “a shithole in Nashville.” But, in fairness, maybe you’re not as funny as you think you are when you shout “Freebird” at a band on stage.
It’s pretty much a given that Adams will lean on tunes from last year’s Ryan Adams, a critically lauded return-to-form that racked up an armload of Grammy nominations in December. But will he dip into 1984, the surprisingly badass Replacements homage that dropped a month prior to the main event? One can only hope — it's one of the best damn records to come out in all of 2014.
Maybe don’t shout out requests for “When the Summer Ends” in April, though. Just listen to it after the jump. Tickets for both shows go on sale this Friday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.
I'm pretty sure I cried.
But the cyclical nature of pop culture and the pressing concern of nostalgia for people in their 30s has vindicated me, for NKOTB returns to Bridgestone Arena (the boy-turned-man-band's third stop Downtown enormodome in the last six years) on May 27, with TLC and Nelly opening. TLC! Will they have a hired gun to fill in for the long-lost Left Eye? Will "Waterfalls" or "No Scrubs" get a bigger response? Will anyone cry during "Unpretty?" Nelly! Will Tim McGraw make a surprise appearance with him? Will he wear a band-aid on his lil' cheek? Will he try to get a round of applause for St. Louis? So many questions! Only one way to get answers! Tickets go on sale (right here) Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.!
After the jump, you will find one of the best pop songs of the late '90s, the best episode of Behind the Music and my favorite Nelly song.
Anyhow, the people have spoken: Not everybody may find Weird Al LOL-tastic, but certainly plenty of folks do. Thus, Yankovic will be taking his Mandatory World Tour — you guessed it — worldwide, likely playing new ones like "Foil" (a spoof of Lorde's "Royals"), "Tacky" (a crack on Pharrell's "Happy") and "Word Crimes" (a bust on Robin Thick's "Blurred Lines") alongside classics like "Fat" and "Smells Like Nirvana." The tour will bring the Weird One to Nashville's own Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman, on Saturday, May 23. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. via this link.
Watch a bunch of recent Weird Al action after the jump because whatever, why the hell not.
Dear Advice King,
It seems Nashville women either want a country singer guy with tight jeans and a goofy hat or some hipster beer-drinking guy with a beard. So let me ask you, Crofton. I'm neither. I'm a regular, non-plaid-wearing guy with hips too big to wear tight jeans. I need some advice. How can a straight-up guy such as myself with a glowing personality and a job snag one of those Nashville women?
Dixie Hall wrote great songs from a universal viewpoint, and it was her gift to make connections between cultures. Whether she wrote about the trauma of Southern-born war veterans or the joys of being a hard-charging truck driver, Hall drew upon her gift for friendship — and her fierce, joyful work ethic — to create lasting art.
Known to her many friends and admirers as “Miss Dixie,” Hall was born Iris Violet May Lawrence in 1934 in Warwickshire, England. By the time she was 18, Hall had become an accomplished equestrian who performed trick riding stunts in a traveling Wild West show. The future songwriter had already gained a bit of fame for her lyrics. When she was 9 years old, she wrote a poem for a contest, won first prize, and received the honor of reading her work on a London radio show.
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