Wednesday, July 30, 2008

So Many Dynamos: Tonight at Exit/In w/We Were the States & Mean Tambourines

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 7:00 AM

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St. Louis' So Many Dynamos whirl their way into town tonight, taking the stage at Exit/In with locals We Were the States and Mean Tambourines.

Here's an unreleased SMD song, off an upcoming album, the release of which the band is still working out. It's called "New Bones," it's all synthy and pinched, angsty and polysyllabic, and at one point the melody apes Depeche Mode's "People Are People." Check it out:

Show starts at 9 p.m. $5. SMD also play at Wolfcastle as part of Diorama-rama, this Saturday, 2nd, with MEEMAW and Target Market.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Silver Jews Cover Song Contest

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 5:13 PM

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A Cream reader alerts us to a post over at Pitchfork: "Drag City is currently seeking submissions on high quality QuickTime video of folks playing their way through their favorite Lookout [Mountain, Lookout Sea] track (or, at the very least, whichever one's the easiest to sing and play at once). Oh yes, it's a cover song contest!"

Winner gets a copy of the Silver Jew DVD and an appearance on You've got until Halloween to submit your video over the tubes or via snail mail to Drag City, P.O. Box 476867, Chicago, IL 60647.

Silver Jews play Exit/In Sunday, Oct. 12 with Monotonix.

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Jack White and Alicia Keys to Collaborate on James Bond Theme

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 4:19 PM

At least he's not releasing a book of poetry. Idolator reports that Mr. White and Ms. Keys will be teaming up on the theme for Quantum of Silence—apparently that's the title of the new James Bond movie, not a first-person shooter. The song will allegedly be called "Another Way to Die." I thought they were playing at The Muse next week. Odds that this song will be awesome: one in 25.

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Sexpipe: Reveal Yourself

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 12:06 PM

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Last night, I thought about going to Mercy Lounge's 8 off 8th, but did not go because the lineup was either unknown to me or known in a way that still made me not want to go.

But buried down toward the end of the bill on Mercy's calendar was a band called Sexpipe. That's right. Sexpipe. So cheeky, so mysterious, so hilariously stupid I had to know what the eff it was all about.

Lazily, I searched for the band online, only to turn up nothing. Sexpipe, reveal your intentions immediately. Tell us who you are, and what you want with us.

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Can't Wait to Get Offended: Deerhoof Play Mercy Lounge Oct. 30

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Deerhoof. Mercy Lounge. Oct. 30. With Experimental Dental School and Flying. $12.

The last time the 'Hoof played in town (also at Mercy), they completely ruled the place, which, oddly enough, smelled like delicious, delicious bacon. At one point, someone who plays in a variety of local bands leaned over to me and said something to the effect of, "These guys are basically The Who." Since neither Satomi Matsuzaki, John Dieterich nor Greg Saunier was wearing a scarf or destroying a stack of Marshall amplifiers, I took that comment to mean, "This band is legendary."

The new Deerhoof album Offend Maggie comes out Oct. 7, and in case ya didn't know, the first single, "Fresh Born," is already available online. As sheet music. If you record a version, send it to cream [at]

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No. 1 With Toast: Randy Who and the Whaaa?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 10:11 AM

So, the Tennessean just had their "Toast of Music City" promotion, which seemed an awful lot like a thing we do around here called Best of Nashville, but whatever.

Forget for a moment that there's a category for "best condo development." First place under "best local band" is, uh, Randy Moore and the Fabulous Suedes. Never heard of them? No one I asked had heard of them. I tried watching a YouTube video of the best Nashville band going, but couldn't get the link to work. So there you have it. The Fabulous Suedes are so fabulous (at ballot-box stuffing, anyway) that they also won in the singer-songwriter category.


The Dandy Warhols Come Down South

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 9:54 AM

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The Dandy Warhols visit Mercy Lounge Sept. 24. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 DOS, and are on sale now go on sale Saturday, 10 a.m.

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Tonight at Mercy Lounge: The Apples in Stereo

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 8:01 AM

OK, so the video above does not exactly capture their finest work. But before they were singing the praises of The Colbert Report, before there was a Colbert Report, before fake news was more popular than newspapers, before music blogs (or MP3 blogs)—a long time ago, that is—The Apples in Stereo were already doing a slightly spazzed-up, fuzzed-out rendition of 1960-something like it wasn't already going out of style. I remember playing the shit out of "Strawberryfire," the trippy I-can't-believe-it's-not-The-Beatles number from Her Wallpaper Reverie. (At some point I lost that record to an ex-roommate, but I've never figured out which one. It's been nine years, so I guess I should just buy a new copy. Oh wait, that was before people stopped paying for music.) Anyway, for a dude that's been driving beat-up vans around the country for so long, head Apple Robert Schneider still seems like he's having fun. And shit, The Music Tapes have a new album due in August, so maybe that whole E6 thing is just gonna happen all over again. Mr. Mangum, are you listening?

The Apples in Stereo play tonight at Mercy Lounge, accompanied by Poison Control Center and Big Fresh. 9 p.m., $12 if you don't have your ticket already.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

The Spin: Noise Night at Springwater

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 2:01 PM

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Photos by Steve Cross

When Big Nurse made their first Nashville appearance in over two years Sunday night, they decided to make a big deal about it. That big deal was a festival of sorts at Springwater dubbed Noise Night.

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Who's Getting Their Ass Kicked by Lollapalooza?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 12:16 PM

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I’m sure many local music buffs are still recovering from their jaunts up to Chicago for Pitchfork just a week and a half ago, but I'm afraid it's time for another dose of excessive, hedonistic rock. Lollapalooza is back again, baby, and this year it’s serious. Plenty of tickets are still available, though prices aren’t quite as modest as they were for the ‘Fork. The headliners alone might be worth it—Radiohead, Rage(!), Nine Inch Nails, The Raconteurs, Wilco. Not to mention we’ll get to see if Kanye pitches another one of his little hissies.

Other notable acts include Malkmus and the Jicks, Broken Social Scene (unfortunately playing at the same time as Battles), Dr. Dog, Brazilian Girls, The National and a reunion from ’90s rock kings Toadies. I’d have to say Perry Farrell has truly outdone himself this year.

Abridged schedules after the jump.

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