Friday, November 28, 2008

Jensen Sportag, VHS or Beta, Today Is the Day and More: Post-Turkopalyptic Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 6:06 AM

Oh no he Madridn't.

Friday, Nov. 28

Jensen Sportag celebrate the release of their new EP, Sergio. DJs Justin Kase and Mindub join the festivities at Aerial, starting at electro'clock (slightly later than rock o'clock). You want backdoor access? Browse stealthily toward and pick up a secret password.

VHS or Beta haven't changed their name to Blu-ray or HDDVD yet, but they are playing at Exit/In tonight with The Hollywood Kills and Mother Father. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Guilty Pleasures play your favorites from the Duran Duran years at Mercy Lounge. Call it 9:30-ish.

Today Is the Day play with Los Cobra and The Admirals Club at Wall Street. 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Altered Statesman and Lone Official celebrate the release of their split 7-inch, "Stolen Steaks"/"Horseapple Junction" at The Basement. Rock o'clock.

Red Flecks w/MONA, Mother Father, Turbo Fruits & DJ sets from Justin Kase. 9 p.m. at Mercy Lounge.

Dead Confederate, Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine & more at RCKTWN, right after dinner (7 p.m.)

And finally, A Tribute to Cream is playing at Kimbro's in Franklin. Thanks, guys.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving From Nashville Cream!

Posted By on Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 6:06 AM


Photo illustration by D. Ricky Rodriguez.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Inside Baseball: Vote for Fastball Opener

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 2:16 PM


OK, the nominations are in. Now it's time to vote for which band will open for Fastball at Mercy Lounge on Dec. 2.

The nominees are:

Alcohol Stuntband


The MotorFlys

Randy Moore and the Fabulous Suedes

We Were the States

Cast your vote in the comments and look for another opening band democracy action event, coming soon to Nashville Cream.

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My iTunes Genius Is an Idiot

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 12:10 PM


As it has for so many rock 'n' roll aficionados of my generation, iTunes has played a pretty pivotal role in my pursuit and attainment of new music. It has been at the forefront of legal downloading software nearly since its inception. In recent months, however, it seems as though iTunes has been taking unnecessary precautions in order to stay at the front of the pack.

Virtually every time I open iTunes, I'm prompted with a message. Something along the lines of "iTunes v8.0.3.45 now available for download. Download now?" Initially the changes were helpful, but now they're increasingly trivial and occasionally not even noticeable. The most blatant of these recent "improvements" is the nefarious Genius Sidebar.

Genius' intention is to provide the listener with unfamiliar albums or similar artists; it can also formulate playlists from your library based on a "seed" song. I first have to say that even if it were flawless, Genius doesn't do anything for me that All Music and Adam Gold don't do already. What's worse, it's done in a much more intrusive manner. Yes, I know I can make Genius go away, but I always find myself wanting to give the thing a chance. But when listening to Roy Orbison, my Genius recommended The Bangles, Journey, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and Debbie Gibson. While I was enjoying Neutral Milk Hotel, my Genius thought I might want to check out The Decemberists or Okkervil River. Next thing I know, my Genius will be telling me to stab myself in the ears or park my car in the garage with the motor running.

Is there anyone who finds this thing beneficial? Am I overlooking some key feature that makes Genius badass? I'm afraid iTunes is swiftly becoming the Coors Light of music software, forever fearful of losing its footing, steeped in neurosis and self-doubt. I don't need a frost-brewed liner or a temperature sensitive label to enjoy a cold one. I liked you just the way you were.

But on an interesting side note, while listening to Wilco's A Ghost Is Born, Genius recommended the likes of one Missus Butterfly Boucher. So, you know. There's the local angle. Visual proof of Genius' iTardation after the jump.

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Death Cab for Cutie's Something About Airplanes Gets a Reissue, I Get Nostalgic. Tear.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:43 AM


This summer, I was a guest on the WRVU show Out the Other, and managed--between playing records at the wrong speed and selecting the wrong songs on my iPod--to spin the Death Cab for Cutie song "Pictures From an Exhibition," off their first full-length album Something About Airplanes. (The vinyl is a nice marbled blue.)

Barsuk has just re-released the album, with a bonus disc including the band's first-ever show at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle (now closed, sadly--one of the best and best-sounding clubs ever).

Cue harp glissandi and squiggly dissolve as we journey back in time and space--to 1998!

As chance would have it, I bought Airplanes not long after Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, an album that I was learning by heart. The "featuring members of Slint" era of indie rock had run its course, and a new crop of bands were showing their commitment to melody and songwriting, rather than complex dynamic arrangement, Converse shoes and rhythmic counterintuition. (Well, a lot of the new bands wore Converse, too, but usually Chucks over One Stars.)

At the time, I never imagined for a second that Death Cab would ever appear on Saturday Night Live, any more than I believed there would not be another Neutral Milk Hotel album for 10 years (and counting). Still, I liked Death Cab, though at the time I was probably more smitten by Cat Power's Moon Pix (never saw the diamond commercial coming for her, either) and Pedro the Lion's It's Hard to Find a Friend.

The funny thing about Death Cab, for me, is that they are one of those bands that I can identify, with pin-point accuracy, the exact moment at which we parted ways.

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Ray Davies, O'Death, Altered Statesman, Lone Official, Creech Holler and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 7:08 AM


Khan, Yay! Photo by Steve Cross.

Invader of the Heart: Ray Davies Mulls Life's Great Balancing Act, the Possibility of a Kinks Reunion & more. (Playing Wednesday, 3rd at The Wildhorse.)

Altered Statesman and Lone Official Prove That Family Men Kick Ass, Too, on New Split 7-Inch. (Playing Saturday, 29th at The Basement.)

Life After O'Death: a Billion Influences on the iPod Doesn't Necessarily Make for Good Music. (Playing Monday, 1st at Exit/In.)

Creech Holler Pack More of Their Own Heat on Their Latest, The Shovel and the Gun.

The Spin: Land of Talk, Broken Social Scene, King Khan and BBQ, Ghostland Observatory and more.

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Thanksgiving Eve in Nashville: Where Is Rock?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 6:06 AM

So it's Wednesday again, Nashville. Only this time it's Thanksgiving Eve. You're not leaving town like half the town, so what to do? If you like songs about Dickerson Pike and/or your mom/John Denver and/or wrecking balls and your mom, The Alcohol Stuntband and The Tits will be playing loudly and somewhat discernably at the "cellar full of noise" known as The Basement. A nominal fee, one presumes, at 9 p.m. Mention Bonnie "Prince" Billy and qualify to win a special prize. Over at Mercy Lounge, it's either the return of Hans Condor or a band called The Return of Hans Condor. They will be supported in their rocking by a band called Tall in Tokyo, who I am willing to bet are not Japanese. Free at 9 p.m. Because there were no Marshall stacks on the Mayflower, the good folks who constitute the Old Time Jam will be kicking it Pilgrim style over at The 5 Spot starting 'round 7 p.m. And by "Pilgrim style" I mean there will be beer. You got plans for your pre-tryptophan trip?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Attention Shoplifters of the World: The Groove to Have Storewide Sale Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 12:59 PM


So according to an email I just received, The Groove Records in East Nashville is about to get in on some Black Friday shit with a sale this weekend.
Everything in the store will be on sale! All new merchandise will be 10% off and all used merchandise will be 20% off. You'll be sure to find something for every music lover on your list (including yourself, because you deserve it!) -- and for those who are near impossible to shop for, we have give certifcates too!!
This really does sound like a one-stop shopping opportunity to fulfull all your holiday gift needs. You can pick up some MGMT for your girlfriend, some Clapton or Winwood for the pops, maybe a 180-gram copy of Marquee Moon to treat yourself or a copy of Josh Groban's newest Awake Live for the future mother-in-law that you're about to meet for the first time.

Speaking of Josh Groban--J-Gro as I call him--I'm tired of this guy making me look bad. He's the boy that every Jewish mother this side of Neil Diamond wants their daughter to bring home. Quite the class act, he sings Opera (or something), he's clean cut and look at those eyes--how the fuck am I supposed to contend with that? He might raise you up, but he sure as hell lowers my overall morale. He's sort of like the lost, marginally talented, Friends castmate. And don't attack me for undermining his talent as a vocalist. I know plenty of people who can sing but aren't waist deep in ass while simultaneously charming the hot flashes off every post-menopausal cougar that you'll see at Macy's this weekend. If this demographic is starting to sound unappealing to you, then I'm willing to bet you can avoid it altogether by going to The Groove this weekend and dropping your cash there.

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The Ryman Auditorium: Two Things

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Couple items involving the Mother Church.

First: The Ryman has a new GM, and her name is Sally Williams. According to the release we got, Williams is "only the 8th General Manager in the Ryman's 117-year history and is the third woman to hold the post." The real question, of course: Will she book the Nuge? Read the complete press release after the jump.

Second: Iron & Wine and Blitzen Trapper played there on Sunday, and there are photos for the looking.

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Cheap Time, Kings of Leon: New York State of Mind

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Cheap Time in Brooklyn. Video by thecalicowall.

Above, Nashville's own Cheap Time, rocking at Lake Johnson in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Speaking of Nashville's own and NYC, Madison Square Garden is releasing more fancy tickets to the Kings of Leon show Jan. 29. That happens today at 5 p.m. EDT, which of course is 4 p.m. here. (Via Brooklyn Vegan.)

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