Looks like Destroyer will be coming to Mercy Lounge on Tuesday, April 29.
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Band of Horses
Exit/In (Sold Out)
1. The band opened with "Monsters" off their debut Everything All The Time. In my opinion, the slow-burn opener is totally lamecore. Especially after two opening acts and a lengthy sound check, open big.
2. There were an awful lot of dudes in the crowd who looked like they could have been in the band. I haven't seen that much flannel or that many beards in a good long while—well, except in Murfreesboro.
3. There were a few notable trad-country/Americana folks in the crowd: Thad Cockrell and Gillian Welch, to name a few. It seems like the band's turn towards a more Southern-tinged sound has won them some cred with the pedal steel and cowboy boot set.
3a. Ben Bridwell pronounces words weird sometimes.
For a complete overview of the Band of Horses show, check out next week's Spin.
Hola dear Cream readers, and welcome to a new feature here on the blog. It's called "Things That Annoy Me" and it's about--you guessed it--things that annoy us about the local rock scene, the music industry and life in general. Today, I tackle that rock club stand-by: the obnoxious Drunk Girl.
Drunk Dudes propose a whole different set of issues (which will no doubt be covered at a later date), but overly intoxicated females also mean trouble for everyone. Last night's Band of Horses show was sold out. The place was packed. I was hoping for a relaxing evening of soaring, Southern-tinged indie rock. Unfortunately my companion and I seem to have located ourselves at the nexus of the Drunk-Girl universe. Two specific young ladies come to mind.
Enclave reported last night that there has been another arrest in The Case of the Stolen Laptops With All Your Personal Information (if You Vote) on Them, Even Your Social Security Number. The Tennessean reported as much, and more, today:
Two people associated with The Muse coffeehouse will be charged in connection with the Christmas Eve theft of two laptops from the Davidson County Election Commission.
Randal Logan Cheek, 27, was arrested Monday night on charges that he knew the stolen laptops were fenced at his business. A router and one of the hard drives were located at the business on Jan. 17 during a police search, according to Metro police.
Jonathan Richman brings his
golden arm gold sounds to The 5 Spot for two nights, Feb. 27 and 28.
Don't say we didn't tell you.
(Card image swiped from GlyphJockey. Mothersbaugh is probably the best of them.)
How I Became the Bomb
Stories That Live
Tommy and The Whale
The Sleep Study
Not necessarily in that order, free at 9 p.m.
I love me some Van Morrison, but $130 for the cheapest seats?!
Surely it will sell out, and the law of supply and demand would thusly justify the price. (Tickets go as high as $250, and, yes, I just used the word "thusly"—deal with it.) Still, we saw his last Ryman show, and while it was good, I don't know that it was $130-good.
At that price, he better at least say something to the crowd this time.
Next Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of Fireplace Whiskey Journal's premiere issue, which included, amongst other things: Bruce from The End's top albums of 1987. We reproduce them here verbatim:
1. Document - R.E.M.
2. Electric - The Cult
3. See How We Are - X
4. Lord of the Highways - Joe Ely
5. Darklands - The Jesus and Mary Chain
Not bad. At least Bruce didn't fall for Permanent Vacation, like some of the others who submitted their lists. Anyway, the reason for this post is that FWJ, which Tracy Moore's "Never in Nashville" story calls "snarky" and "contentious," is now online. It's funny. It contains lines like: "If this record is a party, I'd rather watch Michael Dukakis' eyebrows grow."
Touch the demon burger. Touch it.
Related: "Vandy Girls" New Wave Documentary 1983.
Wanna see the next phase in dance-club delirium? Head to Play on Church Street tonight, where DJ Ron will be showing off his beat-mixing skills with video clips. Thanks to some fresh software, a Vestax VCI-100 MIDI controller that resembles a sleek, gleaming 21st century update of the venerable wheels of steel—and a terabyte hard drive holding 10,000 songs and 4,000 videos—the veteran Nashville event DJ and 91/Radio Free Nashville radio host can spin, mix and even scratch videos the way turntablists do LPs.
The effect is especially cool on mash-ups, some of which DJ Ron commissioned from VJ or me-jay (media jockey) friends in New York. I was bummed that I missed the mix that spiraled "Rock the Casbah" into Beyonce's "Upgrade U" and Hall & Oates' "Maneater." But the clip splicing Missy Elliott into George Michael ("Get Ur Faith On") absolutely rocked.
If you see DJ Ron in the booth tonight, tell him congratulations. With his collaborators Lenny B. and Tommy Dorsey, collectively known as Piper, he scored a No. 1 on Billboard's dance chart two weeks ago with a remix of Kimberley Locke's "Band of Gold" (yes, the Freda Payne standard). It's a strong companion to Piper's smash club remix of Wynonna's Foreigner cover "I Want to Know What Love Is." Get there tonight around 10 p.m. And don't even think about out-blinging Ron.
This week, The Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop 2007 poll was released. Like most of the Scene’s fine music writers, I voted in the poll, which involved dividing 100 points among 10 albums and crafting a list of 10 favorite songs.
Doing a “Best of” list is a strange task. You always end up feeling torn between stuff you thought was brilliant, stuff you thought was important and stuff you ended up listening to the most. This year was even more confusing for me, because I found myself liking so much of what everyone else liked. These lists usually seem like a small opportunity to interject some hidden gem or local masterpiece in the national dialogue. I wedged Wax Fang onto my list this year, but also included LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, Radiohead and Arcade Fire. Surprisingly, most of those albums made it on based on category three: they were the things I listened to the most. (Though the album I may have listened to the most overall was one I didn’t really like all that much on first listen: Josh Ritter’s magical The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter.)
"Johnny Cash" is the pseudonym for Joaquin Phoenix, right?
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