Jake and Jamin, also known collectively as south-wave thrashmasters JEFF, are moving to Chicago in January according to their latest Myspace bulletin. They want to play one more show before they head out of town until the summer and are taking suggestion as to where. I was thinking they should play in the lobby of the Scene.
Anybody got any good ideas?
Uh, sorry I missed these recent hott Nashville-centric posts about the local rock scene.
1) Though I can't tell precisely when this happened, WKRN ran a segment (just online?) on a local rock band risin' to the top of the heap, with the snappy headline "Local Rock Band Brings Bang, Gains Attention." Good for a laugh: it references the band's recent mention in "the Rolling Stone magazine." (A nitpicky observation, to be sure, but not unlike the annoyance felt when people call Dire Straits "The Dire Straits.")
2) A New York Times article from Dec. 17 on a Latin artist in Nashville that features prominent quotage from local producer/former Wilco/Uncle Tupelo drummer Ken Coomer, plus a Lost Highway exec who gives a shout-out to a handful of Nashville acts contributing to the vibrant local scene. Go ahead, guess which ones they are—and don't you love that "alternative rock" is still getting mileage? (Link is from a blog to avoid NYT log-in/article surcharge issues.)
From the NYT article:
"It's very unusual for a Latin act to come to Nashville to record," said Kim Buie, the Lost Highway executive who first thought Mr. Coomer and Mr. Garza would make a nice fit. "We've got a strong alternative rock scene here," she said, pointing to bands like ——, the —— and ——. "But Nashville is not the first place people think of for international music. Neil Young has come here to record. So has Elvis Costello. Jack White moved here a year ago. But for a Latin artist to come? That's a whole new thing."
We spent our last music section of the year letting some local rock kids speak for themselves on the state of 2006 and their hopes for 2007. Wanna know their favorite records of '06? Who they think will rule the scene by '08? What trend they'd love to see retired in '07? (Yes, one such trend is skinny jeans.)
Also, what the crap is going on New Year's Eve? I know, tons of shows in every genre imaginable. Our critics' picks help point the way, and our own Lee Stabert makes an excellent point about having fun on the big night in her round-up of local rock shows bringin' in the new year: keep your expectations low low low. That said, what's everybody doing Sunday night? Is this the year to go out or stay in? Anyone making the trek to Chicago to catch The Features open for the Raconteurs?
I woke up around noon Christmas Day to this depressing bit of news: James Brown has died at age 73.
End-of-year lists do several things. They clear the mind, give props to records and artists who might be a bit undervalued, and reveal the taste of the listmaker. The trick is to balance what one thinks is truly significant—difficult records that nonetheless are worth the work—and the records that you just got a kick out of. They're nice blends of obsessiveness and sober analysis. Yeah, right. Anyway, at the jump, here are a few that I thought were significant in 2006, and it's gratifying that a couple were products of the incredibly fertile Nashville music scene.
As we wrap up our final issue of 2006 (look for hot band-on-band action in the Dec. 28 issue in the form of a local rock poll), we here at the Cream just wanted to say thanks for reading this year. Next year we promise more rumors, gossip, random posts, podcasts, band news, hot trax, snark and all-around local music mischief, and we can only hope you'll keep coming around to praise, ignore or berate our efforts. We leave you with this non-holiday holiday themed song for your listening pleasure. See ya next year!
From us to you!
I managed to overlook this show when I first saw the music listings for this week, but I've since decided to postpone my travel plans one day in order to go see Zoroaster (apparently they're fond of animation) and Nachtmystium at Springwater. Grayson Currin's Critic Pick is right to endorse Zoroaster's Sleep-meets-Melvins riffage, but there is scant mention of Nachtmystium, whose Instinct: Decay happened to place #4 in Decibel Magazine's best albums of the year. These sorts of tours don't exactly frequent Nashville. So, if you have any interest in metal and are still in town, you should prep up your smoker's lung and head on down to the Supper Club tonight.
Best cover songs o' 2006:
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