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Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

I work in the tourism industry. Where will the tour buses for Studio B park when the Studio A parking lot is gone? I can't imagine them using the road to load and unload from now on.

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Posted by Jane Walters on 09/02/2014 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

I find it stunning that the inspections were not done prior to purchase of the property. While inspections are not necessarily required by law, things like water leaks/damage, known structural issues, and mold problems are "required disclosures" in real estate proceedings. Unless, off course, they're of no consequence to the buyer because the plan all along was to demolish the structure. And let me just say, there's no crime in that, it's done every day.
The crime in this case is the claim - actual quoted statement - by Reynolds that "if the studio cannot be saved he would not buy the property." That implies a structural/commercial inspection BEFORE the sale. Now he's hanging his "we can't save it" campaign on the inspection ... done AFTER? Clearly there is a lot of doublespeak here.

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Posted by brokenhumans on 09/02/2014 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Lunchtime Poll: What's the Best Band Cameo in Simpsons History?

Without a doubt, NRBQ. They are even featured live (not animated) in the closing credits, as they play the theme. I don't think anyone else can make that claim.

Posted by Jack on 09/02/2014 at 6:13 PM

Re: “The Black Belles' Olivia Jean to Release Jack White-Produced Debut Solo LP Oct. 14

This cd sounds incredibly interesting. Kind of old-timey.

Musically gifted and gorgeous.

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Posted by Yianni on 09/02/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “LazerSnake’s ‘Virgins up in Space’ [Fresh Vid]

finaly some descent local music

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Posted by kennybloggins on 09/02/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “LazerSnake’s ‘Virgins up in Space’ [Fresh Vid]

thanks uall so pumpt to have this vid out and real pumpt u guys premeerd it - signd dusty

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Posted by Dusty Forsythe on 09/02/2014 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

It won't be long before the demolition and blasting begin! Merely twelve (12) feet apart on the same plot of land, is there a contingency plan to save Historic RCA Studio B from eminent damages and have Tim Reynolds pay for them? ‪#‎RIPRCAStudioA‬

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Posted by roadiegarth on 09/02/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

Just curious if the present and past tenants were informed of the so called asbestos and mold problems when they signed their lease agreements? If they were not, and the problem is as bad the new owner and his engineers are saying it is, do the tenants not have grounds for legal action? Could the past and present owners be held liable? Maybe someone should call Bart Durham.

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Posted by Curious minds want to know on 09/01/2014 at 11:30 PM

Re: “The Black Belles' Olivia Jean to Release Jack White-Produced Debut Solo LP Oct. 14

You are all fucking sexist brats.
Maybe she named the album after a brutal crime against girls because that's exactly what happens to her in these forums. You are killing Olivia's spirit.

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Posted by Naynaymccormick on 09/01/2014 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Pack Mentality: San Antonio Youths Think They're Werewolves, and It Has Nothing to Do With Music

Damn kids!
Always expressing themsleves through dress and behaviour.
Listening to music that resonates with them.
Figuring out who they are and where they fit in this crazy messed up world.
Making close friends through common interests.
Having their own belief systems.
What is the world coming to?!

Posted by Shad0wFlight34 on 09/01/2014 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

Hey Gropp, "Go suck one" very classy!

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Posted by truthbetold0706 on 09/01/2014 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A


Thanks for all of your input.

I am so glad there is someone out there with some common sense that I can relate to on this whole topic!

Sincerely, "change can be good, especially for this old building"

PS#1: A note for "And preservation can be good, too"...

It's not a "he" but rather a "she". You got that wrong for sure!

PS#2: A note for "brook thorn"...

I recommend you do some research on your own about asbestos and mold. Asbestos and mold are not easily dealt with. You got that wrong for sure!

my last 2 cents:

Some old buildings are worth saving and some old buildings are not worth saving. If the previous owners who developed this studio space and made great music in this studio space believe the old space isn't worth saving I am going to respect their judgment.

If the developer, that paid the previous owners millions of dollars for an old building with a lot of problems with the intent to demolish the old building and build something better there, then I think it is his purgative to do so.

There are a lot of people that are wanting this old building to be saved for what it used to be but no one was willing to put their own money into saving it, not even Ben Folds. I think that was pretty 'FUCKED UP' of him after all the stink he made about how the this old building should be saved. He spent 12 years renting the studio space and had plenty of time to get a preservation committee together and raise funds to do that over all of those years. Mr. Ben Folds did not start whining about this studio until the building finally sold after being for sale for 24 years.

Mr. Ben Folds and his supporters can have a "Crying In Their Beer Party" (and write the song) and those of us that support the old owners and the new owners can have a demolition party and another party when something new opens up in this old building's space.

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Posted by 'the times, they r a changin' on 09/01/2014 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

In response to Whipperwill Caplinger: it certainly sounds like you have a Government Mentality, if I understand your statement, cost to renovate this old building should not be considered as a deciding factor for the developer on whether or not to renovate verses demolition.

I'm not sure what profession or background you may have, so let's have a lesson in Economics 101......Most all rental property owners seek to have their properties turn a monthly positive NOI, Just in case your not familiar with NOI it stands for NET OPERATING INCOME. Hopefully you understand that NOI doesn't include debt service of a property.

So my question to you sir is, "Does it make economical sense for any property owner to invest more capital into this building than the building could possibly generate a positive NOI each month?" I'm confident that neither you or any other property owner including the owner of Music Square West desires to loose money each month operating a property.

Maybe you can form a non-profit and buy this building and demonstrate to all those that have set on the sidelines for the past 24 years including yourself and done nothing to preserve this decrepit 50 yr old building. So why don't you put on your rescue cape and grab your checkbook and be a hero......sounds like you have all the answers!!!!!!

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Posted by letsbereal on 09/01/2014 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Photo of the Week: Nashville Parthenon Featured on Foo Fighters’ SimCity-esque WTF Album Art

Considering that Nashville has had the nickname "Athens of the South" for over 150 years I think the choice of the Parthenon as representative of the city is more fitting than the "Batman" building.

Posted by Ben Crawford on 09/01/2014 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

All of you people who are negative regarding this project haven't a clue as to what the new owner has in store for this site. Having worked in this industry it wouldn't surprise me if the renovations to this building to bring it up to codes would cost about if not more than building was bought for, sure 8 million plus makes a lot of couldn't raise rents high enough to cover the overhead.

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Posted by letsbereal on 09/01/2014 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

Remember these words,"It is all about the money". If all things that were supposed to be wrong with that building were not worth fixing, then you would have to tear down about 70 or 80% of the buildings in Nashville and most other major cities. All older buildings have some problems, but you don't tear them down, rather than fix them. From what I have read, I think that Mr. Reynolds has hired a fox to count the chickens. To the person who said that Ben Folds got a modest rent increase, I would say, "If you were given a "MODEST" 124% increase in your rent,you would probably lay down an have a litter of kittens. Come on, give everyone a break. Cities all over America has courthouses that have water stained ceiling tile, should they tear them down, put the officeholders in the new mall, and build condos in the middle of town. If you believe that, then you need to call Diane Sawyer, she needs a good laugh.

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Posted by Whipporwill Caplinger on 09/01/2014 at 6:20 AM
Posted by disraeli99 on 08/31/2014 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

Those who write ignorant statements should educate themselves with the facts before speaking. Ive personally owned a building
that was built with hazardous materials such as lead paint and asbestos, The abatement of asbestos is time consuming, costly and will certainly interrupt
the tenancy of the building, remember this is an office building not just a single music studio. I would assume People have these offices rented to conduct
Business and in order to abate these hazardous materials in such a large building the entire building would need to be vacated.

After experiencing the abatement process myself I learned there are many materials that can contain asbestos such as; sprayed on fireproofing, textured ceilings, pipe insulation, floor tiles and sheet vinyl, floor adhesives, joint compound for walls and ceilings, roofing felts and shingles and ceiling tiles .

The health risk of being exposed to these types of materials are serious, its determined there are four serious diseases associated with exposure to asbestos, lung cancer, mesothelioma , digestive system cancer and asbestosis, occupying this building seems to be risky based on the photos depicted in the inspection reports, lets face it people… this building is beyond repair and should be demolished and replaced with a much safer and modern building, to suggest asbestos is simple to remove or that the developer played the asbestos card says to me once again the authors of these statement certainly don't understand asbestos abatement or business.

I personally feel a building owner has the responsibility to fully investigate and take what ever steps necessary to protect those who enter and work in the building including demolishing the building if necessary. Lets remember the original Country Music Hall a fame opened on Music Row in 1967 and was closed in the year 2000 and later demolished for a parking lot to benefit the employees of BMI, the City of Nashville commenced construction on the new hall a fame in the year 2000 for a larger more modern building.

Im confident many famous recording artist graced the doors of the "old" Country Music Hall a fame and preformed legendary songs prior to its demolition but that didn't prevent reasonable thinking" visionary" City and business leaders from recognizing the building was no longer viable as it related to its condition and its size. I find it odd no one in 24 years felt this property ( 30 Music Square West) was worthy of saving and now that a developer has recognized its value for re-development all of a sudden the property should be saved and considered historic…where have you drum beaters been for the past 24 years. The previous owners have a history of saving studios and save three in and around Music Row don't you think if this building and studio was worthy of saving the previous owners would have done just that, lets don't forget the previous owners have a sister that sits on the board of the Country Music Hall a fame and would have all the contacts necessary to raise the funds to have saved this building but again they are smart people and recognized the building was beyond saving. Let use our heads folks for more than just something to hang a pair of sun glasses on!!!

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Posted by letsbereal on 08/31/2014 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

Whoever "change can be good" is, he's lecturing everybody as if someone had said change isn't good--or can't be. He reveals, in the process, that he has no understanding but a dismissive demeaning one of why people (even non-failures!) would be moved towards preservation,of history, of how places matter, and how, if there is no sense of place, there will be no value in real estate either. But he doesn't need to know, because he knows about asbestos and (a myopic definition of) vision in "business." There are thriving, growing cities who have a better handle on this.

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Posted by And preservation can be good, too on 08/31/2014 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Brentwood Developer Sets Stage for Demolition of RCA Studio A

How does a city brand itself, singularly, as "Music City" and then do nothing to save one of its ten irreplaceable music assets?

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Posted by brook thorn on 08/31/2014 at 7:00 AM

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