After avoiding Mack trucks and industrial-road drippage plaguing Cowan St., we were corralled into a large gravel lot with only a tent in sight. Had we somehow stumbled upon a budget version of Bonnaroo? No, it was just the Mix Nashville seminar, a two-day panel on all things recording where we learned a few things: record companies used to be villains (who knew?), Pro Tools is expensive and the number one reason why a record sells—because a friend said it was good.
The "Welcome Tent" bordered on sensory overload—1,000-inch Apple computer monitors and Meyer Sound banner here, ASCAP artist Ricky Young crooning there, oh and cookies—ADD in a tent. And there was swag everywhere: t-shirts, lanyards, pens, magazines, everything.
Our psychedelic-tent experience was cut short by Robert Clement, publisher of American Songwriter, who agreed to show us around. He turned out to be a super nice guy, and was headed to the same place we were: a panel on new methods of musical promotion and distribution.
From Beard to Infinity Matt Pelham @ The 5 Spot.
(Photo by Steve Cross.)
Band of Jypsies: Is conservative country ready for a band of ﬂamboyantly eclectic siblings?
Midnight Thrills: Garage-rock duo The Kills release their third and most fully realized album to date (Playing Tuesday, 27th at Mercy Lounge w/ Dax Riggs & Magic Wands)
Rising Up: Roots’ drummer ?uestlove on their new album, touring with Erykah Badu and the present state of hip-hop (Playing Tuesday, 27th at TPAC w/Erykah Badu.)
Thirteen Bar Blues: Thee Silver Mt. Zion’s latest venture in rockin’ out (Playing Monday, 26th at Mercy Lounge.)
In The Spin: David Vandervelde, Matt Pelham, Coral Castles, Tristen, Ladyhawk, JEFF, Meemaw.
Our Critics' Picks: Gwar, Ocelots, Wess Floyd & the Daisycutters, Adrian Belew, Fred Eaglesmith & more.
To the members of the armed forces who gave their all in defense of this great country, Scenecast Episode 133 is a 21-gun salute from The Roots, The Kills, Silver Mt. Zion, The Red Stick Ramblers, Sea Wolf, Wess Floyd & the Daisycutters, Überphonics, Erykah Badu, The Biscuit Burners, Fred Eaglesmith, Adrian Belew, Jammin at Hippie Jack's and the Hands Together in Flatrock Music and Arts Festival.
IBL broke up in 2005, but they went out with a whimper and not a bang with an underattended show in Ohio. To paraphrase Woody Allen, we're always trying to get things right in art that we can't get right in life, so they've done the unthinkable and rescheduled a farewell show nearly three years after breaking up.
From IBL frontman Aaron Robinson:
We just wanted to let everyone know that there will be an Imaginary Baseball League reunion show, for one night only, on Friday, July 11th @ The 5 Spot. This will also double as drummer Ryan Rayborn's "I'm leaving the whole dang state" going-away party. The 5 Spot was actually the last venue in the Nashville area that we ever played before we broke up in '05. Our actual last show, in the most anti-climactic of fashions, was @ Elbo's in Dayton, OH w/ some band called Mars Ontologica for a roaring crowd of about 11. While having our reunion show there was certainly tempting, we figured more people would come if we did it in Nashville. It won't be a complete reunion as our original bassist Ben Evans is no longer in the area, but former Aireline and current Aaron Robinson band bassist Matt Mosley will be filling in. Keith Childrey (now of Sleeptalker) will still be rockin' the guitar/keyboard at the same time, and Aaron Robinson will still sing the songs. We picked 15 total tunes, cause how the hell are we going even re-learn THAT many!? It's 21-up (we tried, kids, we tried!), and the complete band lineup has not yet been finalized.
So, get out your favorite Red Rose Coffee cup, your Humdrum Music Collective CD samplers, your homemade inkjet record sleeves, and your back-issues of MTSU Sidelines, and come on out for a blowout!
-Imaginary Baseball League
I'm hoping that in a few weeks I'll be over it.
On June 5 Nada Surf are playing Mercy Lounge, and normally I would be tingling with anticipation. I really love their particular breed of melancholy power pop and, after over a decade playing together, they are one of the tightest live acts out there. But recently I've been having something of a Nada Surf problem, and its all Julie Klausner's fault.
Hear new Nashville Star host Billy Ray Cyrus talk deets.
Your favorite local post-rock outfit MAPS reviewed in Amplifier Magazine.
And finally, those of you who were worried about Summer of Dreamz coming back again this year, fear not. We're like, totally over that. Well, not the concept of dance parties, but the concept of dance parties as a life-changing force or some shit. I can't believe I even thought that. But I was younger then. You know, like 31.
Still, we can't prevent things like Happy Valley from happening. It's "Nashville's newest electro-bash," and as such features the usual art-damaged hipsterati trashed-out aspiring Internet phenoms. Or maybe it's just DJs and drinks. AND, there's a penthouse or something. I'm sure it's no Buddytown/Poor Little Rich Kids/Last Night's Shoes/808 Entertainment.
Update: This post originally had some crap about a Ben Folds DVD, but it was outdated. Sorry!
With just two-and-a-half albums, British import KT Tunstall demonstrates a steadfast desire to avoid easy categorization. The dreamy ’70s-ish folk-strum of tracks like “Other Side of the World” earned her comparisons to Dido, who Tunstall suggested (not inappropriately) “can’t fucking sing.” Acoustic Extravaganza—squeezed out between world tours—offered the countrified “Ashes” and the husky drift of Beck’s “Golden Age.” It’s impressive beyond its odds and sods status, and teased anticipation for last fall’s Drastic Fantastic, which maintains a more straightforward pop/rock approach. The fuller production muddies some of Tunstall’s charms, though her versatility is apparent on tracks like “Funnyman,” whose folksy shuffle is buoyed by a funky Mothership undercurrent, and the sultry Latin strut of “Hold On,” which sounds like a soul-injected Miami Sound Machine. 7:30 p.m. at the Ryman Auditorium —CHRIS PARKER
Think of this side project of stellar jazz guitarist Frisell—a Grammy-winning solo artist and sought-after sideman for the likes of Elvis Costello, Paul Simon and Norah Jones—as a less arch, more musically expansive version of the Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players. His inspiration is the haunting portraiture of Mike Disfarmer, a small-town studio photographer whose posed World War II-era photos of the citizens of Heber Springs, Ark., evoke a Diane Arbus-like alienation in the hollows of the heartland: two grim sisters gripped in a stilted deadlock of an embrace, little boys facing forward with ancient eyes. Tonight, along with the photos, Frisell will be accompanied by steel guitarist Greg Leisz, violinist Jenny Scheinman and bassist Viktor Krauss. 7 p.m. at The Belcourt —JIM RIDLEY
If you're in a local rock band and you don't know Janet Timmons, you should. If this resident blogger (Out the Other) and WRVU DJ likes your stuff, she'll not only play it on her radio show, but she'll write about it and tell people about it with a tireless devotion. Timmons' radio show has moved time slots—you can catch her now on Monday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight.
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