Monday, June 23, 2008

What's Grosser Than Gross? Napkin Nights

Posted by on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 11:40 AM

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If you like the prospect of "sexy," clubby tan people sleazing around Nashville bars acting like they belong in Miami or something, check out NapkinNights. I'm not sure what's worse—the sickeningly fake tans, the hundreds of pictures of the exact same pose (girls arm-in-arm, their faces smooshed together, beery-eyed glassy OMG-look-at-me! poses) or just the fact that this is being perpetrated as the ultimate Nashville nightlife. If you like what you see, go to Fuel, Aerial, BarTwenty3 or Limelight.

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Out of Gas: How Many Indie Tours Derailed by Gas Prices?

Posted by on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 11:14 AM

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Are you in a rock 'n' roll band? Were you going to load up the Econoline and hit the road this summer, living off gas-station burritos and fart jokes for three months? Unless you had a sweet publishing deal (and didn't split pub money with your bandmates), then it's likely the cost of gas has crushed your chances of living the dream this year. And you wouldn't be the only one.

From CNN:

Steven Garcia pulled into a Houston gas station recently to fill up the old Dodge van his punk band uses on summer tours.

For months, the 23-year-old singer-guitarist had been budgeting money and booking show dates for Something Fierce's third tour—but skyrocketing gas prices have put the brakes on those plans.

"Once I ran the numbers it was a 'There's no (expletive) way' kind of moment," Garcia said. After much hand-wringing and grumbling from bookers who'd scheduled the band to play, Garcia canceled the tour.

Cramming into a rusty, creaky van and playing dive bars and house parties is a summer ritual for many young musicians and ambitious independent bands trying to get exposure, make a living and maybe build a solid future in music.

But like everything else that requires lengthy time on the road, filling up at $4 a gallon or more is taking a toll.

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Tonight's 8 off 8th at Mercy Lounge

Posted by on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Caitlin Rose and Tristen

Hotpipes

The Glib

The Titts

Eureka Gold

The Hannah Barbarians

And the Relatives

Oblio

We are told it will start at 8 p.m. sharp. Free, as always.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Rhythm Section Quits the Pink Spiders

Posted by on Sat, Jun 21, 2008 at 1:27 PM

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It's already been a tough year for local pop-rockers The Pink Spiders. Label, management and booking-agent issues, as well as a crippling bus fire, are, as of now, the least of their concerns.

Confirmed Thursday by a bulletin posted under the band's MySpace account, drummer Bob Ferrari and bassist Jon Decious have quit the band. The bulletin was penned by frontman Matt Friction and cited reasons for the departure being, "they simply don't want to do it anymore."

A subsequent blog post the following day by Ferrari gave quite a bit more detail. Here's an excerpt:

there is a thing called publishing, this is what people live off of when the are in a band. EVERY band splits publishing so that everyone ib the band is equal. i have lived off $30,000 for 3 years now since we signed that record deal. its hard to play in a band when you dont have a car and another member has a brand new convertible. its hard to go to band practice when you see all the great steaks, cookies, booze, a brand new hd big screen tv, about 100 dvds, new furniture, and all that shit. there would be days i was starving and i would go to practice at his house and i would see that even the dog was being taken care of.

The Pink Spiders are in the midst of their latest tour and Friction intends finishing it as well as the upcoming Warp Tour using Raf Cevallos on keys and Joe Reilly on drums—the two were touring with the band—as well as friend Ben Young on bass. Young flew in yesterday just in time to join the band at Cave 9 in Birmingham. Reports say the performance was shaky at best.

Friction goes on to say:

I've been torn on the idea of continuing the band without two of the guys that I started it with. I'm sure most of you will miss Jon and Bob, and I certainly will too. Having finally set a release date for our new album, Sweat It Out, for September 23rd, I just really wanted to see it through. It’s a record we spent a long time on and one that I'm really proud of.

No word yet on whether the two former members intend to start new bands or make their side project Dixie Whiskey a full-time endeavor. In the meantime, Ferrari is determined to make a living off playing the drums one way or another, and is now offering to give lessons to anyone interested.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

The Spin: Grand Archives, Sera Cahoone and The Nobility at Exit/In

Posted by on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 3:28 PM

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Mat Brooke and Ron Lewis of Grand Archives. Photos by Steve Cross.

You know how sometimes you go to a show and you're like, "Sure, it's great so many people came out, but it would be nice if they actually paid attention to the bands for a minute every now and then"? Well, Thursday night at Exit/In was sort of the opposite of that. The place wasn't empty, but it wasn't packed, either. It would have been nice if more people had come out. But on the other hand, it was great how attentive everyone was.

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Whatcha Doin' Tonight?

Posted by on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 3:27 PM

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Poolapalooza w/AutoVaughn @ Opryland Hotel?

Ghostfinger @ The Basement?

Jeff w/Meemaw, Royal Bangs & Totally Michael @ The End?

Seawitch w/Hellen Keller, Black Skies & I Am the Tower @ The Springwater?

The Jack Silverman Ordeal @ Family Wash?

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Top 39 Annoying Things That Bands Do

Posted by on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 12:34 PM

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Ever played the Creepy Crawl in St. Louis? If you did, you probably pissed them off, 'cause they listed all the stuff bands do that gets them all riled up, like these all-too-common infractions: 4. Local bands with managers. 7. Bands that have more roadies than band members. (Via Idolator.)

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The Spin: Stone Jack Jones, Cortney Tidwell and The Privates @ The Basement

Posted by on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 12:19 PM

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All Photos by Steve Cross.

When The Spin arrived at The Basement Wednesday evening, we immediately recognized the skillful, fluid spinning of DJ Kidsmeal. Turns out Kidsmeal would be scratching all night, completely eliminating any lulls that might take place between sets.

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Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted by on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 11:51 AM

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Photo by Rob Williams.

Archival Quality: Everyone in Grand Archives is special and has something to contribute (Playing Thursday, 19th at Exit/In w/Sera Cahoone & The Nobility.)

Nashville Rebel: Chuck Prophet covers outlaw Waylon Jennings, and it works beautifully (Playing Saturday, 21st at The Basement.)

Out of Time: Cheap Time’s debut full-length turns the clock back nearly three decades.

Scenecast Episode 137 makes like toaster strudel this week with sweet warm gooey goodness from Parachute Musical, Helen Keller, Black Skies, Missy Raines & The New Hip, Justin Townes Earle, Joshua James, Richard Julian, Murali Coryell, Centro-Matic, Glossary, Merle Haggard and Daniel Johnston.

In The Spin: Metallica at The Basement; Bonnaroo.

Our Critics' Picks: Major Stars, Parachute Musical, Hellen Keller, Moog Guitar Showcase, Paul Van Dyk, Centro-Matic, Daniel Johnston & more.

Tonight: Grand Archives at Exit/In

Posted by on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 11:16 AM

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Seattle's Grand Archives play tonight in support of their nearly self-titled Sub Pop debut, which I wrote a bit about in this week's paper. Mat Brooke, who wrote a couple of songs on an album that contains a song about being ready for a funeral, though he didn't write that song, is a member of Grand Archives. Long-time Cream readers may recall my getting all misty-eyed about Carissa's Wierd, Brooke's band before that band he was in for a bit there but isn't in anymore.

Also, I have to admit that GA tour mate Sera Cahoone's record, Only as the Day Is Long, has grown on me. It reminds me a little bit of Jesse Sykes, though Cahoone's not nearly as torchy a singer. Ms. Cahoone played drums on the first album by that band with the equine name that moved from Seattle to South Carolina a little while ago. Tonight she and her band play second, following locals The Nobility.

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