Oh, how the Brits love our rock 'n' roll excess. British rock mag Kerrang!, who have surpassed NME as the biggest weekly music pub across the pond, took a moment to help perpetuate the many myths of the Pink Spiders in a recent issue.
Meanwhile, Spiders rhythym section Bob Ferrari and Jon Decious have started a trad-country side project steeped in booze called Dixie Whiskey Music. On lead guitar (not drums, as originally reported) is Dillon Napier, formerly of Scatter the Ashes and, for about five minutes, Nite Nite. He also keeps the beat with Mother Father, who announced recently that they will begin work with Jacquire King in June for their Epitaph debut.
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Look out, would-be showcasers: 12th & Porter just got a visit from the Tax Man, and he wasn't there to play Beatles covers. According to two signs slapped on the front doors, the venue known for struggling up 'n' comers, goofy martinis and "upscale pub fare" has been seized by the State Department of Revenue for nonpayment of state taxes.
At this point, it is unclear whether the unpaid taxes are property tax or sales tax. But such seizures are usually the result of several weeks of unpaid sales-tax revenues, according to a Revenue spokesbabe. If so, it raises interesting questions about where taxes on the sale of all those mixed drinks have been going.
According to a source hanging around the club at the time of this photograph—who asked to not be quoted but confirmed connections to the venue—the club's future is murkier than Long Island tea. For now, all the shows planned for the venue are still on the books. Check their site for updates about cancellations or new venues for these acts. And refresh yourself with a tall cool Wildberry Cosmo while you wait.
Sure, White Stripes mania is dying down, but we think we can keep it going a little bit longer. Local photographer Tommy Barrett sent us a scan of a pretty cool keepsake from the show—during the encore Jack White took two photos with a polaroid camera, giving one to Meg and tossing the other at Barrett in the crowd. Here's the photo in it's entirety! A Nashville Cream exclusive.
All you rock 'n' roll-loving graphic designers out there can finally combine your two great passions: Photoshopping the hell out of an image using themes from one of your favorite local bands. Grand Palace makes the rules and provides the record cover image you need to get started.
Alright, so here's the deal - Bod Teen from Ghostfinger wants to give away some "awesome prizes", so we're having our first-ever Photoshop contest. The rules are easy, just incorporate the moustache, the headband and send them to photoshop at grandpalace.us. If you have a Flickr account you can post it with the ghostfingerphotoshop tag and we'll find it. Winners will be announced at the Ghostfinger show at The Mercy Lounge on May 31st, so be there baby...
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For the Summer Guide in this week's Scene, which features do-it-yourself projects, I created an ambient-sound piece and wrote a story about the experience. I used a Zoom H4 handheld recorder to capture sounds and Apple's GarageBand to create the project. I opted to go for a rhythmic approach, essentially looping the various sounds in layers. It was a blast, and something anyone with a computer and recorder can do.
More after the jump....
Good Ol' Boys & Redneck Women: Michael McCall finds parallels between John Anderson and Gretchen Wilson in both their latest records and their careers.
Man Man Eat Your Beefheart Out: Man Man bring the carnivalesque orchestra to Nashville. (Playing Tuesday, 22nd at Mercy Lounge.)
Vamping Memphis Pop: Edd Hurt looks at Amy LaVere's latest, and finds a jazz singer who actually isn't just aping Billie Holiday. (Playing Friday, 18th at The Basement.)
Subversive Sounds: John Pitcher walks you out of Alias' season ender with composer Michael Daugherty's piece, Paul Robeson Told Me.
In the Spin: As you can see from the photo, Mickey Avalon really really digs his fans. Plus, The Mattoid CD release show, Ben Gibbard and more.
Our pick of the week? Kate McGarry. (Or, you know, that White Stripes show could be cool and stuff.)
The White Stripes will play an intimate show at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN this Friday, May 18th. This will be Jack and Meg's first performance since December 2005. Tickets will be available exclusively through the band's website via the presale link located at the top of the "shows" page starting at noon CST, Thursday, May 17th. There is a 2 ticket limit per person and the show is open to all fans 18 years of age and older.Check it!
we play short, uptempo folk flavored punk rock songs with mostly acoustic instruments. we have tons of shows this summer. our songs are easy to learn and don't require any mad expertise to play. if you have: a bass, bass amp, nashville residency, a fondness for bands like the dead milkmen, beat happening, violent femmes, and this bike is a pipe bomb, a moderate grasp on the "less is more concept", and no problem with your new stage name being "[your first name] Con Queso", then you should email tigersconqueso at gmail.comAlso, be sure to check out their brand new e.p., Unleash the Fury!
New York Times critic Tony Tommasini got a sneak peek at scenes from Elmer Gantry, the Robert Aldridge-Herschel Garfein opera that receives its world premiere performance in Nashville next November. Tommasini calls the opera an "unabashedly populist piece" that's "a little too eager to please." Sounds like the perfect piece for Nashville Opera. Opera buffs who want to make up their own minds can find more information here.
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