Wednesday, January 31, 2007

All that jazz

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 3:51 PM



Looks like the producers of the Stockholm and Rochester International Jazz Festivals are franchising, opening a new festival in Baltimore. Can't we get something like this in Nashville? It would probably be wildly successful and feature guys like Sonny Rollins, above, a regular at the Rochester fest.

February 1st Forecast

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 3:48 PM

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Hey it's snowin' tonight! What does that mean for Nashville music? or Bon Jovi's co-writing appointment tomorrow? or Brad from The End?

We're Singing! We're Singing!

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 1:41 PM

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Hey, did you know that Erin McKeown is playing at the Basement tomorrow? Because she is. McKeown is one bad-ass lady and I've liked her music for a long, long time. She's sorta folky, I guess, sorta poppy, with elements of early swing that might make your grandmother smile quietly to herself and think about that community dance back in 1944 and the kiss she stole from a sailor on leave.

McKeown is on tour to promote her new album Sing You Sinners, which features songs written by Cole Porter and Fats Waller or taken from Fred Astaire and Nat King Cole. See what I mean about your grandmother?

You can sample tracks off of the new abum on McKeown's MySpace page. The last track on there, "Slung-Lo," is an old number off her 2003 album Grand.

What are you doing tonight Nashville, Tennessee?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 12:24 PM

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Tonight local singer-songwriter Steve Lee will celebrate the release of his wonderful new kids record that's not only for the wee ones (Mercy Lounge, 9 p.m.). $10 gets you admission and your very own copy of What Did You Do Today Stephen Scott Lee?

For this show, Lee will be joined by a full band, three keyboard players, a banjitar, a kazoo choir and much, much more (when I talked to him earlier he was picking up balloons). Those who've caught Lee playing solo acoustic around town know what a funny, passionate performer he is.

Here's a track off the record. The bridge is hot.

Steve Lee — "Grab A Balloon" (3979k m4a file)

It's Just a Shot Away

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 11:54 AM

I'm not normally a fan of rock docs. Shaky footage of a concert I never attended doesn't grab my attention. There are exceptions, of course. One of them, I discovered last night, is Gimme Shelter, which is playing at the Belcourt through Thursday.


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I realize that most (all?) of the people who read this blog are already huge music fans, and that recommending such a famous rock film is like someone walking up to a Memphian and saying, "Have you ever heard of Elvis Presley?" But I'm going to do it anyway.

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JJ Cale night at Family Wash

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 11:52 AM



Well, JJ himself may not be at the Family Wash tonight (Wednesday), but his spirit will be there, as local luminaries pay tribute to the undisputed king of the laid-back groove at the cozy Eastside hangout. In case you don't know him, he's the guy who wrote "Call Me the Breeze" (the Lynyrd Skynyrd hit), a couple of monster hits for Eric Clapton ("Cocaine," "After Midnight") and a zillion other lesser known (though often superior) gems. He's also the guy whose sound Dire Straits shamelessly pilfered.

Scheduled to perform Cale numbers with Pete Finney's Soul Food band are Kevin Gordon, Reeves Gabrels, Nicky G, Tommy Womack, Colleen McFarland, Warren Pash, Eric Brace, Steve Wedemeyer, Jedd Hughes, Curt Perkins and Family Wash co-owner Jamie Rubin.

Liner Notes: This Week's Music Coverage

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 11:38 AM

What should you do this week?

It is time for balmy weather: Lee Stabert talks to Canadian singer-songwriter Luke Doucet, who just relocated to Nashville for surprisingly non-musical reasons. (Playing every Tuesday in February at The Basement.)

Mark Sanders checks in with Webb Wilder, who ruled this town some 20 years ago and still has the cult following to prove it. (Playing 3rd & Lindsley Saturday, Feb. 3.)

Metal was bound to become cool again—we just needed the right band. Aaron Burgess explores Mastodon's shot at the title. (Playing Rcktwn with Converge/Priestess Friday, Feb. 2.)

Erin McKeown is a folkie who's gettin' happy with a record of standards from decades past. (Playing The Basement Thursday, Feb. 1.)

In one week, we saw both the best 8 off 8th AND the best Grimey's in-store EVER. Check it.

On the classical front, take note of John Pitcher's interesting look at badass pianist (and Vandy prof) Craig Nies, who studied with someone who studied with someone who studied with someone who studied with Beethoven. In an upcoming eight-part recital series (beginning Friday, Feb. 9 at Ingram Hall), Nies will perform a piece by Bach that leaves virtually no room for error and an even more complex work by Rachmaninoff.

And finally, when you hear the title Romeo and Juliet, do you think:
a) Shakespeare
b) Indigo Girls
c) Dire Straits

If you answered "a," you'll be pleased to learn that the Nashville Opera has staged the classic at TPAC (this Friday & Saturday). JP reviews.

When is iLoveLife hitting the shelves?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 11:15 AM

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Thanks to Stereogum for the tip on iConcertCal, a free iTunes plug-in that uses your music library to generate a personalized calendar of upcoming shows in your city. Click here to download. Though not comprehensive (it appears the dates are pulled off Pollstar), this app. is even cooler than it sounds and could not be easier to use. It includes information on the venue and opening acts. What a great way to keep on top of when Luna Halo are playing around town. Enjoy!

Just don't try searching New York City, it's depressing.

Hey Who's That Other Guy Playing Guitar

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 9:42 AM

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Our 'net savvy 'boro broseph Johnny Hotlinks sniffed out a sweet collection of videos from a Features show at 12th and Porter from all the way back in July of '97, back when Don Sergio still fronted the band. And I think that was the same year they had Spongebath night at the long-gone downtown streetfest, Summer Lights. Or maybe that was '96. Anyway, it's a rare treat for Feature-heads. Check it out.

UPDATE: God I didn't realize they've been playing "Thursday" for 10 years. It's their "Jack and Diane"!

UPDATE 2: The Don Sergio comment was a joke, by the way.

About Damn Time...

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 9:38 AM

The proles will probably lose this one, but at least they are fighting the entertainment oligarchy. The RIAA 's response at the bottom of the story is both pompous and whiny. Part of every dollar spent at iTunes goes to support Mitch Bainwol and the RIAA's lawyer/thugs.

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