Saturday, January 31, 2009

Weekend Round-Up: I Can Has a Super Bowl Style! Part 2

Posted By on Sat, Jan 31, 2009 at 8:00 AM


So those of us lucky enough will be driving out to McMinnville--which is of course, just downstage from American Idol--for Silver Jews' final show. As for everyone else: Rest up. It's a big night. Here's what's up:

AC/DC w/The Answer at the Sommet Center. Turns out Brian Johnson likes Wal-Mart!

Lucero's second night at Mercy Lounge. This time Dead Confederate opens.

The Killers w/M83 at the Grand Ole Opry House. Whatcha think ol' Porter Wagoner would think of The Killers?

Altered Statesman and Millionaire Magicians play The Basement. The Magicians have some new tunes up on their MySpace page, recorded by The Carter Administration's Andy Willhite at Safe and Sound Studios.

MEEMAW w/JEFF the Brotherhood, Kintaro, Skunkape & Brainwreck at RCKTWN. "Drop in" and "score some free grindage."

The Outlaw Lovers w/Pushy Lips at The End.

Kelly Kerr and the Distractions w/Zombie Bazooka Patrol at Springwater.

Valerie Smith at Station Inn.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Ghostland Observatory Return to Cannery Ballroom Mar. 27

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 5:06 PM

On the heels of their sold-out show in November, Ghostland Observatory will be returning to the Cannery on Friday, Mar. 27. When digging up info on the electro duo for a piece on them this past fall, I suffered a bit of Ghostland overexposure. I was intrigued by their novel recording techniques, and the man behind the synths (Thomas Turner) definitely struck me as a talented fellow. But after listening to every single track the dudes have recorded, reading a handful of lengthy bios and feeling slightly blown off due to their canned answers to my interview questions (only slightly blown off--I understand they're busy guys), I'd pretty much had my fill.

But here's the thing: They put on an epic show. Like the music or not (and these days I'm leaning slightly more toward "not"), their performances are huge and their lasers are intense. Does it take artists like Girl Talk and Ghostland to get Nashvillians involved in a live show? Maybe that's why I have mixed feelings. Either way, this show will doubtlessly sell out yet again, and Aaron Behrens--as you'll see above--can cut one hell of a rug. Tickets are already on sale.

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Sinister Sundays at The 5 Spot

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 3:43 PM


Unlike Mr. Rodgers and Mr. Gold, I plan on enjoying the shit out of some Super Bowl, including all the non-Springsteen portions. And for that reason I'm going to miss the first half of what I'm told is going to be a regular event at The 5 Spot. At 7 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month is going to be Sinister Sunday, a metal showcase hosted by local death metal crew Ophiuchus. The three songs on their MySpace page are called "Gods of Torture," "All Shall Burn" and "March into the Mouth of Hell." Plus, I have no idea how to pronounce their name, so they obviously mean business.

I commend The 5 Spot in their efforts to position themselves as the city's premier metal/swing dancing venue.

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Weekend Round-Up: I Can Has a Super Bowl Style! Part 1

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 2:25 PM


So this weekend Bruce Springsteen's playing a show that apparently has some sort of football event scheduled around it. This is what they tell me, anyhow. If you're like me, you use the few hours when everyone's watching the Super Bowl to do your winter looting and vandalism. If you need me, I'll be stealin' iPods and spray-painting dicks on the town water tower. Here's what's up for Friday, Jan. 30:

Cavalcade of Cock (Dave Cloud's latest musical incarnation) w/The Tits, Werewolf Killers & Astral Queen at Springwater. I could really exercise my dirty pun muscle here and make some joke about putting all that Cock between The Tits and A. Queen or something like that, but would the effort truly be worth it? Any way you slice it, this is the most Springwater-y show at the Springwater I've seen in a hot minute.

Updated: We Were the States w/Kindergarten Circus & The Lake at Vine Street in Murfreesboro. If Tyler Coppage is quitting Shoot the Mountain but staying on full-time with WWTS, I'm expecting a massive surge of energetic shows from these dudes. The bar has been set.

Lucero w/Dexateens at Mercy Lounge. Lee Stabert digs 'em. Maybe you should, too.

Elle Macho w/Ferraby Lionheart & Lanky at The Basement. Elle Macho is no longer here...TO MESS WITH YOUR MIND. They have rescheduled their show at The Basement for March 5. Have your minds messed with then.

You're also lookin' at Dirty Dozen Brass Band w/The Levees at Exit/In, Sixty Nine Tribe w/The Bunnies at Windows and Off the Wagon at Station Inn. Don't say I didn't give you options, people. Tune in tomorrow for a preview of Saturday night's sundry options.

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Cream News Alert: Secret Morrissey Show at The Basement Canceled!

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 1:01 PM


The Cream has been privy to some astounding news this morning regarding a certain celibate English singer and a local record store. The annual Alliance of Independent Music Stores (AIMS) convention--starting Feb. 24--is going to be hosted by Grimey's and taking place in Nashville. The event is closed to the public, but will include a series of shows at The Basement. One of which was going to be a secret Morrissey show (to take place Feb. 25). I shit you not. I also regret to inform you that the secret is out BECAUSE the show has been scrapped.

The Cream caught wind of the rumor yesterday and have now been informed, by an unnamed source within the Grimey's camp, that the promoter's "fiscal scenario has mandated a cancellation." Lost Highway Records has a "developing" artist or two that they wanted to get on AIMS shows and their quid pro quo was to offer the services of a marquee artist on their roster. Morrissey begins a tour on Feb. 28 in Boca Raton, so it seemed like everything was gonna work out. It's not.

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From the Rumor Mill: Flight of the Conchords at The Ryman? [Updated]

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 12:15 PM

I was told several months ago from an inside source that cable TV's famed Kiwi musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords had two nights reserved at the Ryman Auditorium in April. I was also told, however, to keep this on the down low as nothing had yet been confirmed. But now, just a couple months away from the alleged shows, I'm hearing talk of this all over the place (and by "place" I mean Facebook and MySpace). Pollstar has absolutely no dates listed for the band. The venue's website isn't showing anything yet either. Anybody know anything good? Is it "Business Time" or what? Update: Flight of the Conchords will perform one night at the Ryman Auditorium on Apr. 10, 2009. Presale beings Monday (Feb. 2) at 10 a.m. Update II: Electric Boogaloo: Add FotC as your Facebook friend and get the presale password. (Thanks, Nashvillest.)

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AC/DC, Silver Jews, Lucero, Vic Chesnutt: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Lock up your granddaughters!
  • Lock up your granddaughters!

AC/DC's exclusive deal with Wal-Mart was all about the money. (Playing Saturday, 31st at the Sommet Center.)

2009 looks to be a banner year for Lucero, if not for anyone else. (Playing Mercy Lounge Friday, 30th w/Dexateens and Saturday, 31st w/Dead Confederate.)

You may have heard something about Silver Jews coming to an end. They take their swan song underground this weekend. (Playing Saturday, 31st at Cumberland Caverns' Volcano Room. Need a ticket?)

Vic Chesnutt gets a boost of Elf Power. (Playing Tuesday, 3rd, at Exit/In.)

In The Spin: Los Campesinos!, The Virgins, Hot Rocks dance party and more.

Critics' Picks on everyone from Cavalcade of Cock to The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

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Up on the Roof: The WannaBeatles

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 9:22 AM

Hey John, don't you know fur is tacky?
  • Hey John, don't you know fur is tacky?

Whatchya doin' for lunch today? Local Beatles cover band pays tribute to the mop-tops' final show at noon. I know I've been advocating more free outdoor concerts in Nashville, and I suppose this counts.

Take it away, Jack:

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Beatles' last live performance (atop Apple Records' London headquarters), local Fab Four tribute band The WannaBeatles will play on top of Rippy's nightclub on Lower Broadway at exactly noon, the same time their idols did. (Actually, if they wanted to be super-authentic, they'd account for the time difference and do the show at 6 a.m., but that's a minor quibble.) Access to Rippy's rooftop patio will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the show can be viewed at street-level from the corner of Fifth and Broadway.

Hopefully it won't be too cold for the instruments to stay in tune.


Envelope of the Week

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 7:18 AM


When I was a youngster I read Thrasher magazine a lot, and along with their letters they would publish crazy, drawn-all-over envelopes people would send in. I won't bore you with how much mail I get, but I will say I get a lot, and when someone puts a little extra effort into catching my eye, I notice. Doesn't mean I'll like the music, or even have time to listen to it closely. But when I got this envelope from someone named Tony Youngblood, it kinda made my day.

Basically, if you've got a nice package, I'll look at it.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Brian Jonestown Massacre at Exit/In April 9

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 3:01 PM

If you're lookin' for a good time--and by "good time" I mean getting kicked in the face or watching a band crumble under the weight of their steward's ego--then I recommend going to see The Brian Jonestown Massacre Apr. 9 at Exit/In. The last comment might seem like an unfair "dig" on BJM leader Anton Newcombe, who's going to spend the rest of his life, or career--it is unclear which is likely to end sooner--living down the unhinged, nefarious excesses immortalized in the 2004 documentary DiG!. Double-edged sword though. Had it not been for that film and his antics in it, most people wouldn't know who he is.

Newcombe has made some great records and is (supposedly) clean these days. The interview I'm posting above, however, suggests the contrary. It was filmed backstage at Denmark's 2007 Roskilde festival, where--in Anton's world--there is apparently a lot lost in translation between English and well....English. Tickets to the Exit/In show are $16 and can be purchased here. More upcoming Exit/In shows after the jump.

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