Those of you who like your reality chopped, screwed, reconstructed and dramatized by completely unreal people might have heard Nashville's fun-loving, electro-friendly tunesmith Kyle Andrews on last night's episode of MTV's The Real World: Brooklyn. While February is traditionally a time for us to bone up on our black history knowledge, I'm going to take it upon myself to declare this "Kyle Andrews Month" as well, since the same track ("Sushi") also appears on Paste 's Feb. '09 new music sampler. I couldn't make it through five minutes of the The Real World: Brooklyn, but I did give the track a listen on Andrews' MySpace page, and I don't think I'm going to be able to stop listening to it any time soon. The album on which it appears, Real Blasty, is available at Grimey's as we speak.
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of jammy, horn-y (horny?), haywire pop--or "carnival rock" as Welikeit.indie puts it--but a hardworking Nashville band getting national press is certainly notable. DF's "ambitious debut release" Rewiring Electric Forest was profiled on the Jan. 26 episode of NPR's All Songs Considered. The album was recorded in Omaha with help from Mike Mogus, known for his work with Bright Eyes, Jenny Lewis and more. You can hear Darla Farmer's "The Strangler Fig" on said episode, along with new tastes from Beirut's Zach Condon and New Pornographer A.C. Newman. Stream on.
You know what sucks? Not being able to listen to music in your car. A friend once told me that he did 75 percent of his music consumption while driving. He's since moved to L.A., so I assume that number is now closer to 110. Living in a city with no trains means sitting in your car a lot, and Nashville, if in no other way, is like L.A. in that regard.
Highway Hi-Fi, on eBay, but that hardly seems practical. And it probably wouldn't work anyway, at least not for long. As it turns out, I happen to have exceptionally bad luck with car stereos.
I've owned three vehicles in my life and in each case the stereo eventually just stopped working. My first car was a 1986 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser--the kind with fake wood paneling and a fold-up, rear-facing third row of seats. You might call it a Grocery Getter, which people I knew sometimes did. The radio (AM/FM only) was never very good, and would sometimes cut out completely. If I hit the steering wheel just right, I could get the music to come back on. I called this "Fonzie-ing" the stereo, and actually thought it was kind of cool.
Caitlin Rose was featured as one of "five songstresses...as good in front of a camera as they are before a crowd." Here's what they had to say about Cato:
With influences worn on her shirtsleeves, Caitlin Rose has managed to create a fresh, new sound. "I think that Linda Ronstadt could sing the hell out of my song 'Sinful Wishing Well,'" she says, with a smile. "I don't really care about being special, I just want to be good." Fact is, she's both.
You can catch Caitlin Rose and all that crazy, luxurious hair of hers Feb. 9 at 12th & Porter with Buffalo Clover.
Our beloved power-pop sensations Superdrag have booked a show at Exit/In for Mar. 14, three days before the release of their new record, Industry Giants. Check out a preview of the new track, "Slow to Anger." Tix go on sale this Friday, Jan. 30 here, and cost a mere $15.
The record will be available for pre-order starting Feb. 12 from Nimbit.
The band is taping a live performance at Lake Fever Studios on March 8 that you'll be able to check out at Lake Fever Sessions.
And, if that weren't enough, the band is finally on Facebook!
I don't know who Philip is, but I do know that he has a pretty huge arena down in Atlanta. I saw my lord and savior Bruce Springsteen there on the 25th of April last year. On the 26th of April this year, Springsteen--the only Boss I listen to--will once again be kickin' it live down at Philips. The announcement came Tuesday via Backstreets.com and tickets go on sale Monday morning. Springsteen plays the Superbowl Halftime Show on Sunday. I'll tune in for that, meaning the number of Superbowl viewers will go from 100,000,000 to 100,000,001.
So, there's a preview of the new Michelle Branch song, "This Way," making the rounds right now. The video clip shows her on a desert road, tying her shoes and singing. No big deal. Occasionally, bits of song lyrics appear and flit around the screen. Pretty standard instant-meaningfulness technique. But when Branch gets to the line, "I know how long you've been holdin' on," the word "HOLD" magically appears--on top of her breasts. Right on top of 'em. I've tried to rationalize this, like, "Oh, it's a metaphorical thing, you know, holding onto her heart or what have you." But no. The message is clear: "HOLD. BOOBS."
We told you that DCFC play the Ryman on May 4. Since I've already gotten a bunch of emails about this show, I'm assuming it's probably maybe kind of a big deal, in that might-sell-out-pretty-fast kind of way. Of course, I've been wrong before.
Tickets go on sale to "the general public" on Friday, but for those of you who specifically want to go, head over to Lightning 100 tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 10 a.m., where the magical interwebs will provide you with a password and link. Have your credit cards ready!
The Lynryd Skynyrd story is one of perserverence and untimely death. Keyboardist Billy Powell, a member of the band since 1973, has been there through just about all of it. Including the 1977 plane crash that claimed the lives of three fellow band members, and health problems that claimed the lives of two others. His street survivin' came to an end last night at his home in Jacksonville. He was 56. A cause of death has yet to be announced. According to a press release recieved by The Scene:
Beloved Pianist for the Lynyrd Skynyrd Band, Billy Powell, passed away last night. We have no further details. The family and band request your respect and understanding during this difficult time. Thank you.
Powell's death means that guitarist Garry Rossington is now the only suriving member from the band's classic lineup. I'm willing to bet that he's having a hell of time finding an affordable life-insurance policy.
You can pick up a copy of this week's paper or click here to read my sidebar on Silver Jews' final show in McMinnville this weekend. And you know, if Berman is truly planning on disbanding the Jews, he'll likely have a lot of spare time on his hands. Gold has suggested getting the man a Cream login and having him contribute for us. Hey, he's gotta exercise those writing chops somewhere, right?
OK. So Berman isn't likely to start contributing to this blog. But he did give me a wealth of quotes--far too many to squeeze into a 500-word sidebar--so why not run them here and make believe the Poet Laureate of Nashville Rock has joined our modest team of bloggers? Here's a little taste of what Berman has to say about the excesses of the music industry:
There is something about participating in the music economy that makes me uneasy. You see it a lot in Nashville, Supply down on its knees begging, whoring for Demand, but I didn't ever expect it to infect what was once called "underground music," the vague world I've been working in for fifteen years.
Berman bares the tattered remains of his weary soul after the jump.
Thanks for the extra info, dudes! Two of my favorite local boosters right there.
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