Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The 37th Minute

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 4:57 PM

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Here's my interview with Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich. Well, most of it; I cut out the part where I asked him about being a messy eater. Deerhoof will be at Mercy Lounge tomorrow night (2/22). Click on the period at the end of this sentence if you want more.

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South By Southwhatthef...?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 4:52 PM

It's March Madness time again. Time for countless Nashville bands to get pissed at the talent pickers behind the annual uber-industry hoedown SXSW (South By Southwest) for not choosing them. Normally Nashville does get pretty short shrift at SXSW when it comes to non-country bands and this year, while there are numerous notable Nashvillians showcasing, it's no different.

Glossary, Clem Snide, Emerson Hart, Viktor Krauss, Leigh Nash, Cortney Tidwell, Bang Bang Bang, Luke Doucet (still listed as Toronto), The Pink Spiders, Los Straightjackets, Dash Rip Rock (listed as New Orleans) and The Clutters all made the cut as well as underpublicized Wisconsin transplant Stephanie Dosen who snagged a plum opening spot for Bella Union labelmates Midlake. The biggest Nashville rock connection comes courtesy of Kings of Leon who are playing the massive closing night Esquire-sponsored show with Spoon, Paolo Nutini and The Stooges.

No surprises really, but what does the kid in the Emo's shirt have in common with the Kings? Find out after the jump.

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Never Gonna Be a Rock Star

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 2:15 PM

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Check out the fascinating cover story this week on Nashville rocker Tommy Womack, whose ballsy new CD There, I Said It! came out Feb. 20. Womack is a dude who's been through all the rock cliches, from flirting with success in his '80s rock band Government Cheese to anxiety troubles, shit jobs and the inevitable struggle with drugs, failure and redefining what success means for an artist. He plays his CD release show this Friday, Feb. 23 at The Basement.

Other music coverage this week:

Deerhoof: Whatever you do, don't call them an experimental pop band with a childlike singer. Haruch checks in with the weird-core noise rockers about their new record, Friend Opportunity. (Playing Thursday, Feb. 22nd at Mercy Lounge w/Busdriver & Harlem Shakes.)

Guitarist Richard Thompson recommends a lack of success to everyone. Chris Parker looks at Thompson's legacy. (Playing Tuesday, 27th at The Belcourt.)

We got you all worked up about the Philip Glass mini-festival, but did it deliver? John Pitcher delivers the post-mortem.

We expand our local rock coverage exponentially this week with the debut of a new column from writer Jason Moon Wilkins, whose bi-weekly Nashville Sounds will cover record releases with a local connection. This week, he gives you the skinny on the new Cortney Tidwell record, Justin Earle's debut EP (CD release show Monday, 26th at The Basement) and the latest from The Sways (playing Friday, 23rd at The Basement). Local bands, get your demos in fast if you want Wilkins on the scoop.

And finally, being a Nashville music fan means that one minute you're confused about how to feel at the VietNam/Lemonheads gig, and the next minute, you find yourself in the giddy throb of the Girl Talk show. Luckily, The Spin is here to illuminate.

What to do this week? Chris Difford? Black Diamond Heavies? Harlem Shakes? Check our Critics' Picks.

Oh Darlin'

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 2:03 PM

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Well things are lookin' good— the groundhog didn't see his shadow, the weather's shaping up and Murfreesboro's got a punky new all-gal country band. The Darlins "play traditional country music for an untraditional audience" and features Southern Girls Rock Camp founder Kelley Anderson as a primary picker. Look for them this Spring!

The Darlins on Myspace.

But What Can I Do?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 10:45 AM

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Sign the petition to save Starwood. You know you want to.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Louvin On Your Mind

Posted By on Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 5:55 PM

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Tune in 6 p.m. tonight to 91 Rock, 91.1 FM, where "Hipbilly Jamboree" host Randy Fox devotes the evening to country great Charlie Louvin. From the email Randy sent out this afternoon:
We'll be playing tracks from and discussing Charlie's new CD that features guest performances by Elvis Costello, Jeff Tweedy, Will Oldham, Tom T. Hall, George Jones, Bobby Bare Sr., Marty Stuart, and members of Bright Eyes, Lambchop, Superchunk, Blanche and Clem Snide, among others.

And naturally we'll also be playing classic Louvin Brothers tracks and discussing their legacy with the man himself!
Consider it a warm-up for Louvin's appearance 5 p.m. Saturday at Grimey's.

New GNR Track?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 4:46 PM

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Leak via Idolator.

Top 100 Indie Songs of All Time?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 2:48 PM

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Check it. It's from the blog HearYa, conveniently compiled in chronological order and beginning with 1981. Just reading it is like taking an apathetic, vaguely pissed stroll down the old teen corridor of memory lane: Meat Puppets! Mudhoney! Jesus and Mary Chain! Superchunk! Cake?

It has Fugazi's "Waiting Room" in lieu of any Minor Threat tracks, which is cool with me, because I'm one of those people that liked Fugazi better. And lo and behold if the list doesn't take a big nosedive 'round the late '90s. And hey, if you're gonna have a Beulah track, it should be "If We Can Land a Man on the Moon."

But for old time's sake, I searched to see if anyone was hosting MP3s of those old Fugazi songs. And they are. Here's an MP3 of the "Waiting Room" demo (via Jamie's Runout Groove): Fugazi "Waiting Room" (demo) MP3

"If you're famous for being a prick with "Lead Singer Syndrome," you AIN'T gonna get a call to play with SCRAP METAL."

Posted By on Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 11:02 AM

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Check out this Q&A with Nashville resident Gunnar Nelson, where he discusses the formation of Scrap Metal, a lineup of late 80's, early '90s pop-metal hit paraders who play Mercy Lounge on March 28. Mark Slaughter is on board, as well as Nelson's bro Matthew and members of Night Ranger and Mr. Big.

A few tidbits on the band's criteria for selecting the additional rotating cast members in the band:

1) People have to know who the hell you are. You had to have been a lead singer for a band from 'our era' that had real hits... I'm talking about the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, not just the Rock 40 Chart. During the decade of decadence, there were a ton of bands who had 'hits' on the rock chart that no one knows or remembers now, because that chart was for a niche market. If you had a top ten song in the Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, that means you made the big time. It means that people in the real world, not just hardcore rock fans, know who the hell you are.

2) You have to still look like you give a damn. Looks are important. No one wants to see their favorite star from their high school hit parade looking like bloated road kill onstage. It reminds fans, too starkly, of their own mortality. We're here to help people escape and feel unstoppable, like they did during the best times of their lives when the promise of their futures were down the road ahead, and they were rockin' out to our tunes in their spiritual convertible Ferrari.

More Music, Less Time.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 9:42 AM

WFMU is an independent freeform radio station in NYC. Their Beware of the Blog is having a contest called the "60 Second Remix Contest." Cut your favorite song down (or in some cases extend) to 60 seconds. The winner gets a WFMU messenger bag full of music and WFMU swag. Hurry, deadline is this Friday, February 23rd. E-mail your mp3 submissions to at ken at wfmu dot org.

Even if you don't enter, the other entries are (for the most part) worth a ramble.

Here's a sample:

Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop"

Devendra Banhart "Chinese Children"

And my favorite "Take One"

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