Anybody catch Lambchop, Cortney Tidwell & The Features at that glorious house show last night? I wanted to share the deets with everyone, but it was at a private residence in honor of the AIMS folks being in town, and thus I was not at liberty to divulge. Keep your eyes peeled for a recap in The Spin. Here's Saturday night's hotness:
The Privates w/Tristen (backed by The Privates) & The Young at The 5 Spot. The Privates debut their backing band skills.
KinderCastle EP Release feat. Heypenny & The Young Republic at Mercy Lounge. KC's liberal guest list has now been closed, so I hope you got in on the action while the gettin' was good.
Rock 'n' Roll Hooligans w/All We Seabees & The Tits at The Basement.
Caitlin Rose (backed by Hammertorch) w/Norene & Hands Down Eugene at The Boro in the 'Boro. Hands Down make what they refer to on their MySpace as a "rare Murfreesboro appearance." Feel honored, Murfreesboroans...Murfreesborites?
Lorien CD Release feat. Brenn, The Vettes & Kopecky Family Band at 12th & Porter.
Also in the mix are Unknown Hinson at Exit/In and Tony Trischka at Station Inn. Plenty of options. Go forth, imbibe your booze and listen to some choice rock 'n' roll. Catch you on Monday, weekenders.
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Spinal Tap is coming to the Ryman May 10 on their "Unwigged & Unplugged" tour. Deductive reasoning tells me that they'll be playing both unwigged and unplugged.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6. They'll be $35.50-$55.50.
"No one likes to be touched in that way. But in Nashville, that's what we do."
So proclaimed Derek Brown of Spring Hill Spider Party, exhorting members of the crowd to fondle each other. But let's back up for a moment. When we arrived at Mercy Lounge, we found a loose agglomeration of people that by no means filled the room. But when the band took the stage, we found that this turnout represented the devoted core of SHSP fanatics. Dry ice billowing around us, everyone crowded towards the stage.
The four-piece band opened their set with a cover of the Who's the Boss? theme song. Nostalgia was a recurring theme of the night; Brown, wearing a naval cap and "THAT WAS EASY" T-shirt, asked the crowd if they remembered the video game "Duck Hunt," before adding that "it sounds like a hip-hop vagina if you say it fast."
The local band with the meta name, "Quote," had a nice little feature on them on our NPR affiliate today. Why? Because they made an album that's also a book and a bunch of paintings. Or something like that.
When the band "Quote" tours, they don't just play music, they put on an art show. WPLN's Adrienne Outlaw reports on a musical experience for the ears and the eyes. A few years ago in California two friends were playing around with their music. One said to the other, "I'm writing a story about your song."
It's another year of aural overload at SXSW, and Nashville and Murfreesboro bands keep making the annual trek to Austin (Mar. 18-22) in the hopes of standing out among the thousands of acts there hustlin' for your ears.
A list of local acts officially committed after the jump. And of course, this list doesn't include all the bands playing unofficially at clubs or day parties. (We already told you about the Next Big Nashville lineup here. And veteran attendee Janet Timmons of the Out the Other has a valuable guide to navigating the festival on the cheap here.)
I'll be attending this year, but I can't say I'm quite as excited about the lineup as I have been in previous years. But all I really need is my Horrors of 2009, that one band to go ga-ga over like a giggly little 13-year-old boy. Who else is attending, and what are you excited about seeing?
Looks like it's going to be a messy weekend. Bust out those galoshes and ponchos and drive safely. And remember: If you hit the hotel party, no room service. Just Snacks and Shit. Here's what's poppin':
Rwake w/Music Hates You, Drugs On War & I Am the Tower at The Muse. I was told it's pronounced "Wake." Dammit. I was saying it wrong. It's "LU-sir-o/lu-SARE-o" all over again.
The Nashville Nightlife Awards feat. Tommy and the Whale, Modoc, AutoVaughn & Heypenny. You remember; the thing with the voting.
Wayne Hancock w/Bob Wayne & Jacob Jones and the Shelby Street Revival at fooBar.too. Yes, I'm pretty sure fooBar.too is actually punctuated and capitalized like that.
Everyone's favorite long-lost hippie aunt Joan Baez at TPAC. She just released The Day After Tomorrow. Not the movie; the Joan Baez album.
BUZZ New Music Showcase feat. Lovers and Liars, One Less Reason & The Becoming at Exit/In. Here is a picture of The Becoming. Just look at it. Please.
Furious Primates w/Darla Farmer, Losers Beat Winners & Vacant Hero at The 5 Spot. Last we heard from Darla Farmer, they were on NPR.
You can also hear some Mozart and Rachmaninoff at Schermerhorn or take a road trip to M'boro for Lylas w/All We Seabees & Hammertorch at Wall Street. Let us know where you're going to be. Back tomorrow with more gems.
I honestly don't know if anything will top the brain-trip I went through last year, as the night transitioned between Feist and Lil' Jon (The Spin was there, too), but here you have it: The Flaming Lips and N.E.R.D. are playing Vanderbilt's annual reason to own a cooler with wheels, Rites of Spring. The lawn-trashing happens Apr. 17-18.
I never thought the Lips would be as big a deal as they are now, but hey, good for them. I guess I'm pretty glad I was able to catch them at a place as small as Metro in Chicago. (Hum opened.) Anyway, also confirmed for RoS: Q-Tip, Okkervil River and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, with more to be announced, of course.
Tickets and passes will cost you somewhere between $20 and $55, and go on sale Monday at 10 a.m., through the hands of lovely Ticketmaster or by calling 255-9600.
Have I told you guys how much I love the Internet? I love it. Love it all. I love the MyLittlePonyBuiltMyHotRod guy, I love the Next Generation remixes and I especially love FuckThatBand.com. Granted, I have no idea who most these bands are, but I guess "the kids" like 'em and, as we all know, "the kids" usually have pretty bad taste. People complain about Cream writers never saying anything nice, but damn do the authors of FuckThatBand.com keep the bile flowing! For example, note the keen insight sewn into the fabric of this paragraph:
I'm not sure if I want to start ice skating or not. Will my boner get frost bite on it? Will the blade of my ice skates "accidentally" cut my wrists cuz im so EMO? Will my lips be too chapped to sing along to all my fav Katy Perry songs? Should I just man the fuck up and lick my lips whenever they get chapped? Should I just use the whole "licking my lips thing" as a substitute for regular chapstick? That doesn't make your lips feel like shit, does it?
Or the simple elegance in this little aside:
P.S. H8 the music Matt and Kim make soo0o0o much. H8 having fun. H8 bands with only two people in them. H8 Brooklyn. H8 Hipsters. Hate da party scene. H8 emo glasses. H8 American apparel. H8 t mobile. H8 sidekicks. Are we human? Or are we dancer? H8 "the city." H8 music.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the future of music criticism. Forget your Richard Meltzers and your Lester Bangses with their Tangerine Dreams and their fancy "literary theories" and their quaaludes--they're so 20th century I'm embarassed to even acknowledge them as influences. TEH INTERWEBZ RULZ!!! DEMI LEVATO 4 PREZ 4 EVA!!!!
More shining examples of contemporary criticism after the jump.
Nickelback last night. He probably didn't anticipate my accepting his offer when he threw down the gauntlet, figuring that a "hipster" like myself wouldn't be caught dead at the show. I guess I'll have to wait to see what unknown pleasures lurk in their pyrotechnic flight of fancy. Bill did send me an email in which he said, "I'd like to share with you some realizations about the show last night which might tend to support your position on the band, as well as some that may not."
One show that I'm much more likely to attend is the Apr. 12 Todd Rundgren show at The Belcourt. Rundgren is a pop mastermind whose albums Runt, Something/Anything? and A Wizard, a True Star all rule. He started being a badass at the ripe age of 18 when he joined Nazz, and his production credits include New York Dolls' New York Dolls, Sparks' Sparks, Badfinger's Straight Up, Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell, Patti Smith's Easter and XTC's Skylarking. Tickets are $40 and go on sale Mar. 6 on The Belcourt's official site. I don't expect to see a candlelight vigil there.
With iTunes Pass, music fans can get new and exclusive singles, remixes, video and other content from their favorite artists over a set period of time, delivered to their libraries as soon as they're available.It certainly doesn't sound like they'll just up and put an artist's entire catalog at your fingertips. Rather, the Pass gives fans bonuses over a seemingly arbitrary period of time. Here's what Depeche-heads get: their forthcoming 12th studio album Sounds of the Universe (to be released on April 21 in the US), their new single "Wrong" and the Black Light Odyssey Dub Remix of the new track "Oh Well." Fans receive "the new album on its street date plus great music and video exclusives before and after the album's release over the next fifteen weeks. The Depeche Mode iTunes Pass can be purchased starting [yesterday] for $18.99." Mashable's Stan Schroeder certainly seems to think it's a great idea. Hell, he has three reasons why he thinks it's sweet. But surely they haven't gotten all the kinks worked out yet. And think about this: Is Depeche Mode really going to make exclusive tracks and videos available to people who buy their iTunes Pass but not folks who schlep down to the record shop to pick up a physical copy? Is this the sort of thing that will get fans downloading legally? Depeche Mode seems like a pretty good first candidate; there are likely plenty of DM completists with loads of expendible income. My suggestion for the next Pass? Wilco. We sad grampas have plenty of pocket change to spend on exclusive tracks to listen to as we while away our idle afternoons on benches in the mall. We can't spend all our money on Werther's Originals.
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