Didn't get enough of Menomena member Brent Knopf's witty banter in this week's print edition of the Scene? Well, check out the extended version online. Learn about Knopf's supercool software invention Deeler, the bubble that is the indie-rock universe and what he thinks my headline should have been.
Here's a quick taste:
Knopf: [The indie rock world] totally creates a bubble—some people have never, ever heard of you and other people think you're much more successful than you are. Like we went to Mexico, and they were like "After the overnight success of Friend and Foe, how does it feel to be famous?" And its just like, "Well, it feels great to go back home and wait tables." So, I don't know, its kind of strange.Menomena play on Halloween (Oct. 31) at Exit/In with Illinois & Don Caballero. It's gonna be sweet.
Scene: I'm sure people also assume that you got "Best New Music" on Pitchfork and now you have convertibles full of money or something.
Knopf: I have a 14-year-old, two-door sedan that's in bad shape, that's what I have.
Scene: Full of money?
Knopf: (Laughs.) Yeah. I sell drugs on the road. That's how I really make money. God knows you can't make it selling music.
Next Great American Band has narrowed down some 6,000 contestants to 12, and three of them are Nashville acts.
The Clark Brothers
Denver and the Mile High Orchestra
The show airs Fridays at 7 p.m. on Fox. Not sure how many Nashville rock acts even threw their hats in the ring other than Zombie Bazooka Patrol and Atomic Blonde. Anyone know?
As one alarmist Seattleite put it, "everyone [sic] of their songs glorifies death, dismemberment, murder, suicide." Sounds like the perfect way to kick off the Halloweekend. Schoolyard Heroes are "tight as hell," in the parlance of our time (or, as Angelo Moore of Fishbone once said, describing his own band, "tight as a mosquito's asshole.") And while the riffs fly from buzzsaw to Mustaine, singer Ryann Donnelly hits Bruce Dickinson-like heights—only she's more like an iron maiden than a guy in nut-hugger jeans. 6 p.m. at The Anchor.
Horrorpunk not your thing? Well, Shawna Potter is headed back to town. As you may recall, Potter took off to Baltimore after Fair Verona broke up, leaving Beth Cameron and Doni Schroader here in Nashville to form Forget Cassettes. Her band Avec's dynamic guitars, halting rhythms and emotional allegory should sit well with fans of FC and their post-rock forebears. Avec's album Lines was produced by J. Robbins and, at certain points in the lengthy and satisfying opener, "Dysplasia," their music feels almost—almost—like the collision point of Mates of State and Shiner. 9 p.m. at The End.
Today at 6 p.m. It's FREE and BYOB.
Glossary also play Thursday at the Basement with Ghostfinger and Hands Down Eugene. It's a BBQ party, and only five bucks.
* The show at The Basement is actually $7. Bingham says it was his mistake, and he will hug anyone who is angry. There will still be free barbecue, so consider it an excellent deal.
All of this is in celebration of the release of their most recent album, The Better Angels Of Our Nature, available for free download at glossary.us.
Check out a review in this week's Scene, on newsstands tomorrow.
Last week a bulletin went around about a new website coming to Nashville:
If any of you read The Nashville Scene last week, you may have noticed the intensional exclusion of PHT's Mucklewain performance aside from the comment at the end saying "This one goes out to Porter Hall Tennessee."
We are tired of working bands in this city being overlooked for the same few bands that get extensive coverage week to week.
Porter Hall Tennessee has just purchased the domain name fuckthenashvillescene.com. Can you believe no one has bought this before us? It was a great investment of $5.99 for the year.
With this being said, now we need to do something with it. I am thinking a website/blog where people can post their own thoughts and opinions and it can be run on its own without us having to work it 24/7. I am looking for web designers, writers, and graphic artists that may share the same vision of a true underground informative publication.
We need your help!! I know nothing about running a website and really have no money to invest. I think we could make something happen with the free tools provided and at the very least be able to set up a blog and unbiased concert calender for Nashville.
After we have this up and running, we should start making t-shirts, buttons, and posters advertising our new movement.
OK so who's with me???
Porter Hall Tennessee
Read Lee Stabert's piece on Nada Surf here.
Check out Sea Wolf's "Black Dirt" courtesy of Janet @ out the other.
SEA WOLF If you've heard anything from Sea Wolf by now, it's likely the much-blogged about "You're a Wolf," with its infectious chime of a riff and simple refrain, "You're a wolf, boy / get out of this town." It's a perfect primer for the band's debut, The Leaves in the River, whose songs are far more substantive—and lusciously eerie—than your typical mid-tempo indie rock. Aided by the literary strokes and gypsy pluck employed by main Wolf Alex Church for autumnal scene-setting, the record is full of rainswept, baroque folk-rock that perches the listener on a rocky outcropping overlooking the Irish Sea, or inside one of Hawthorne's dismal forests. Take "The Cold, The Dark and The Silence," a plangent song whose blend of intimacy and grandiosity, set among ice-laden trees swaying like skeletons, wouldn't be out of place on Death Cab's Plans—if Ben Gibbard had earned a degree in lit instead of environmental chemistry. The record hums with the kind of vivid concrete imagery that has MFA written all over it: steady rain, pallid faces and dirt-stained feet on "Black Dirt;" sprouting bulbs of love and perfumed breath on the lovelorn and lilting "Rose Captain." Must be all that sweeping cello, but this is a record for overcast days and star-crossed lovers. Opening for Nada Surf. 9 p.m. at Exit/In —TRACY MOORE
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