At least, that's what the New York Post called Nashville in a recent travel piece about ours truly. There's more here than Trace Adkins, guys. Rock 'n' roll, y'all! A little sample of the story:
August 29, 2006 — THE very mention of the Tennessee capital makes one think country hits, Dolly Parton's ample assets, "What Would Jesus Rock?" and, wait for it, chicen-fried chicken.
With a thriving indie-rock scene on top of its rich country heritage, Nashville is starting to look more and more like the next stop on the cool people circuit.
How's this for a must-see: Soul legend Solomon Burke performs Monday, Sept. 25, at the Belcourt with Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin and Emmylou Harris—and those are just the confirmed guests. It's in honor of Burke's superb new album Nashville, which comes out the next day: if nothing else, you've gotta hear his ravaging version of Tom T. Hall's classic "That's How I Got to Memphis."
The show's being filmed by HDNet. Tickets are $40 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at http://tickets.belcourt.org.
Nashville will soon get its own Walk of Fame, reserved for the city's biggest music stars. The walk will start at The Country Music Hall of Fame and end at that statue of naked dancers near Music Row. The walk will be funded in part by Gibson Guitars and the City of Nashville, and construction will start in November. No word yet on if legendary Nashville indie-rockers Crop Circle Hoax will be included on the walk. We'll keep you posted.
I've never really warmed up to iTunes. I have an iPod so I have to use it, and occasionally I'll purchase something from its "Music Store," but mostly I sit around and reminisce about the good ol' days (1999-2001) when a girl could get the entire Led Zeppelin catalogue for free off Napster. I also like to eat dinner at 4:30 pm and talk about my bunions.
But whatever my opinion, iTunes is still the thing to do. For now. But that might change. According to the New York Times, Universal Music plans to start a new service called SpiralFrog that will allow consumers to download songs for free. SpiralFrog will rely on advertising for its revenues.
On top of being a record store, silkscreen shop, recording studio and live music venue, Murfreesboro's Grand Palace has decided to also be a record label. Vertical integration is the name of the game. They have two releases scheduled for this fall. The first, due out in October, is a 7 inch single from the Turncoats, who would have been your parents' favorite band in '67. The second, due later in the year, is a joint release with the Athens label Happy Happy Birthday to Me to put out Hiroshima's Revenge by Velcro Stars. They recorded a whole bunch of songs for that album, so it's going to take two labels to release that much Superchunk.
We got two fist-pumpers tonight.
Nashville / Mercy Lounge: Harold Ford Jr. will be wooing the rock crowd with a rock and roll rally, featuring De Novo Dahl, Apollo Up, Hot Pipes and DJ Mindub, as well as a speech from the man himself. 8:30pm, and it's free!
Murfreesboro / Grand Palace: "Back to School Party" featuring the ever-psychedelic Wax Fang (Louisville, KY). 18+. 8:30pm and only 3 bucks!
Today, Nashville's tender party-boys Lylas are Spin.com's MINI: Soundtrack to a Drive band, which I'm assuming is some sort of car promotion. Too bad they listed Lucero's website in the Lylas "on the web" section at the bottom of the page. As a bonus, you can download the track Tiny Echoes.
That reminds me, remember when they were on Simply Steve's show on WMTS? That camera had a really tiny lens.
In keeping with the spirit of the latest post, I'll go ahead and add to the fray that Southern-fried rockers Bang Bang Bang just announced that on the day they were set to sign a demo deal with Sony/Daylight, they were made a more lucrative offer from Warner Brothers (home to other MN artist Jeremy Lister). They signed with WB at 5 pm today.
Now it's time to sit back and watch...
The feeding frenzy!
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