Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Another Nashville Band Makes Headlines

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 12:14 PM

Nashvillians watching Good Morning America today were likely surprised to see local quartet GreenLand performing on the show. GreenLand, a relatively unknown band in Nashville's booming underground music scene, made it on the show by winning in the best song category in the YouTube Underground contest conducted in early October by Good Morning America, Cingular Wireless and, of course, YouTube.

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Troy Gentry and the Bear

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 11:26 AM

Troy Gentry, the non-hat-wearing half of country music's Montgomery Gentry, pleaded Nov. 27 to a charge of improperly tagging a bear he killed in 2004. Depending on what the U.S. District Court in Duluth, Minn. decides, he could face a $15,000 fine and forfeiture of his weapon. And of the bear, who now reportedly graces Gentry's Tennessee house. The press statement released by the duo's label, Sony/BMG, quotes Gentry: "I did participate in improperly tagging the animal I shot, without realizing the seriousness of what I was doing. For that, I am truly sorry. I relied on the experts around me for guidance, and I regret that today. Not so much because I was fined and punished, but because it appears that I don't have respect for the law."

Montgomery Gentry's new record is Some People Change. Reports that they plan to do a hell-raisin' cover of The Big Bopper's old rock and roll novelty number "Running Bear" (the Texas-born Bopper wrote it, Johnny Preston sang it), which was memorably revived by The Guess Who, are apparently just hot air. Yeah, I know "Running Bear" is about a Native American, not a bear, but we all have our troubles, even Troy Gentry and Burton Cummings.

Comfies Dominate Good Day Atlanta

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 11:08 AM

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Good morning Fox 5 viewers, here's the Comfies.

Folkways Records: The Nashville Connection

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 10:22 AM

The Smithsonian Folkways website has a great podcast on the history of Folkways Records and its founder/owner Moses Asch. While there a few howlers, such as "...SENATOR Joseph McCarthy and his HOUSE Un-American Activities Committee," it gives a clear picture of Asch, his accomplishments and faults. Mostly folk and blues, there is a lot of great music.

Of local interest is Episode 14: Music and the Winds of Change: The Civil Rights Movement. There is a section on the Nashville Sit-Ins starting at 36:00, with period interviews with Peggy Alexander, who took part in the protest and with Greenville Pitts, who is described as "the manager of a large department store in Nashville."

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Souls for Sale

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2006 at 2:50 PM

Interested in purchasing a copy of Meet the Beatles, signed by....The Beatles! How 'bout Nirvana's award for "Best Alternative Video" from MTV? Early Dylan recordings from 1961?

Get them and more at It's Only Rock 'N' Roll.com's Bi-Annual Online Auction, Dec. 2 - Dec. 16.

Perhaps the most astonishing item up for grabs is from the personal collection of George Harrison's sister, Louise. She has made available her personal copy of The Beatles' first official U.S. album, Meet The Beatles, signed by her brother and his band mates, which is accompanied by a snapshot of Paul McCartney signing the actual LP on the train to their Washington D.C. concert. One of only nine U.S. copies of the record signed by the band known to exist, this item alone is expected to command well over $100,000.

Music Row Rock Studio Open House

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2006 at 10:38 AM

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Studio stuff- Raf Cervallos (the Comfies), Todd-a (Nashvillezine), John Burr (How I Became the Bomb), Keith Lowen (De Novo Dahl) and me gang-vocalin' at Lake Fever

Lake Fever Productions, the on-the-row studio that brought you real-deal recordings from How I Became the Bomb, the Privates, the Pink Spiders, Hot Pipes, the Velcro Stars, the Comfies, Girls & Boys, Character, Tomahawk, my band, etc, is hosting an open house today, and will feature Dippin' Dots, famous people, and the three twenty-something groovers who run the place. More info after the jump.

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Hanukkah comes early here at the Scene

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2006 at 3:38 PM

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Today Scene staffers were delighted to find a gift of lettuce, raisins and PBR waiting for us at the front desk. What do these seemingly random items have in common? They're all ingredients in JEFF's Beer-and-Raisin Salad. Oh those Orralls! So irreverent, so punk rock! Thank you Jamin, Jake, Bob, JEFF, Skyblazer, Infinity Cat, et al, for the surprise—the perfect cure for our especially dire, post-Thanksgiving case of the Mondays.

And, drawing inspiration from that Liberty Mutual commercial, we've decided to pay it forward. To you Creamophiles, for your listening pleasure, our gift: a track from JEFF.

JEFF — "Noo Sixties" (1633k m4a file)

One in a million

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2006 at 2:50 PM

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Here's a quick update from the weird wild world of Axl Rose:

G ‘n' R Tour shocker: Axl Rose has turned surly. His target: The Eagles of Death Metal, who've reportedly lost their opening slot on the Guns n' Roses tour. At Friday's show in Cleveland, the Eagles played a set some in the audience described as "horrid at best." Accordingly, they were greeted less than warmly by both booing G ‘n' R fans and Axl himself. "So how'd you like The Pigeons of Shit Metal?" Axl said from the stage. "Don't worry, that's the last show they're playing with us." Oooh, snap!

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Belated Best Wishes...

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2006 at 2:32 PM

...for a wonderful Thanksgiving! Please enjoy this joyous little musical moment from one of the most underrated film comedies of all time: Addams Family Values. Make special note of Christine Baranski and Peter MacNicol as the uber-cheery, creepy camp directors. Not quite local? Well, with the rate we're acquiring has-beens in this town, its only a matter of time before Pugsly is forking over some cash for a sweet spot in a sub-division in Bellevue and covering "I Want It That Way" at 8 off 8th.

New Favorite Local Band: Plex Plex Are Cool Cool

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2006 at 2:17 PM

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If you don't already know about locals Plex Plex, hit the MySpace and check out their newest track, "Star by Star." I obsessively cruised the song "My Machine is Dead" for a while, which you can also hear there. It sounds like Siouxsie Sioux fronting New Order: moody, IV-drip vocals with lots of string-bending, glittery guitar riffs and synth. They don't seem to play out often, so the new show listing for Jan. 12 at the Springwater is a rarity.

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