* Looks like Miley "Ching Chong" Cyrus will be appearing at the Green Hills Davis-Kidd next Thursday, Apr. 9. Something to do with her book, Miles to Go. Before you sleep, Miley, before you sleep. (Via Nashvillest.)
* John Rich in the New York Times sounds a lot like he did in the Scene last week, talking all about the economy and how he's a champion of the little guy, even though he's a Rich guy who hangs out with the Big guy.
* The June/July issue of Nylon will feature The Features, alongside the usual page after page of extremely thin women slouching and wearing expensive clothes. (Follow @thefeatures, if you're into that kind of thing.)
* On a related, drummersharing note, The Privates checked in with Out the Other last night and played their new EP, Motion, in its entirety. You can listen to the archive, and see if they talked about pants.
So we told you when the folks from the Make-Out camp first made their five-song Let's Get Awesome EP available. But, oh, that was just a paltry little taste. They've just made their full, epic-ass, 44-song soundtrack available for purchase. The two-disk soundtrack is $15, and you can buy it with Paypal or a debit or credit card at the Make-Out With Violence website, email limerentpictures[at]gmail[dot]com to pay without those pesky shipping costs, or wait until the Nashville Film Festival, when you'll be able to buy it in person.
The Non-Commissioned Officers will be performing songs from the soundtrack April 23 at Mercy Lounge with further acts TBA. I hope they play that "Sweet Eleanor" song from the trailer. That one's mah jam. Check out the album art and track list after the jump.
All of you Smashing Pumpkins fans out there who have been crying yourselves to sleep at night over the recent departure of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin can rest assured that the "band" will have a new skin-pounder soon. The Pumpkins, or shall we say Pumpkin, will be holding auditions this Friday, Apr. 10, in Los Angeles. (If you're interested in auditioning send your bio, photos and web-links to pumpkinsdrummer[at]gmail[dot]com.) With Chamberlin out of the band and James Iha playing in the ragtag ensemble Tinted Windows with Bun E. Carlos, Taylor Hanson and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger, Corgan is now be the only original member of band, making it safe to say that he's the Axl Rose of grunge.
After Chamberlin first got the boot following a 1996 heroin overdose that resulted in the death of touring keyboardist John Melvoin, his position was offered to studio wiz Josh Freese, who turned down the gig when the band's management asked him to pay his own airfare to Chicago. For those of you who don't know, Freese is a pretty distinguished drummer who's toured as a member of Devo, The Vandals, A Perfect Circle and Nine Inch Nails among others. He's played on more than 250 records backing up everyone from Ween, The Replacements, Sting, Guns 'n' Roses and practically every faceless modern rock band in between. Now that Pumpkins drum auditions will be held in L.A., Corgan will have his second chance at getting Freese in the band. He could also just pay the drummer $75,000 for a month of his services, and so could you.
Sure, local venue 12th & Porter went through some tough times--even getting shut down at one point--but those are in the past, and the new ownership has made a lot of upgrades (the most noticeable of which being the 12 billion candle power Close Encounters UFO in your face lighting rig).
But what they really want is to be your fave venue. They've got a brief survey for you to take, if you're into that kind of thing and want to tell them the way to your heart. (That's my limo pictured, btw. My driver's name is Jeeves--he lost his job in the Bay Area after the Internet bubble burst.)
The 45 RPM single turns 60 today. On March 31, 1949, RCA Victor released "Texarkana Baby" b/w "Bouquet of Roses" by Eddy Arnold. I figure this is as good a time as any to talk 45s, singles or 7-inches or whatever you call them. Something tells me Maloney has an Archers of Loaf single he really likes. How 'bout y'all?
Oh yeah, and would-be machine gunner/rapper T.I. has also been added to the bill. The show will be just in time for T.I. to go to jail. Rites of Spring runs April 17-18. Tickets are $20-$55 and available through Ticketmaster or by calling 255-9600.
The parking lot was a full-bore clusterfuck when we arrived on Cannery Row for the Dynamites show around quarter of nine, leading us to surmise that our alcoholic asses might not actually know what day or time it was. (We woke up in a love seat at the How I Became the Bomb house earlier that day, and who knows what sort of ascot-bedecked atrocities they had committed while we were unconscious.) Ends up we were at the right place and right time after all, but there was an event downstairs that was described to us as "art and models and people that think they're in L.A. and shit." Glad we missed that.
One artist we can always count on showing an annual allegiance to Nashville is Elvis Costello. Last week, we told you about Costello's forthcoming record Secret, Profane & Sugarcane--recorded with T Bone Burnett over a three-day Nashville session. Today he announced a June 16 appearance at The Ryman, during which he'll be backed by a new group of imposters called The Sugarcanes. The band features Jim Lauderdale, Jerry Douglas, Jeff Taylor, Mike Compton, Stuart Duncan & Dennis Crouch.
I've seen Costello--or as I call him, The Quentin Tarantino of rock--in various live incarnations and have never been disappointed. The man's voice has aged like wine. I'm sure the $35.50-$50.50 tickets, which go on sale this Friday, Apr. 3 at 10 a.m. here, will be worth it.
It is far too often that we open ourselves up, let down our guard, create or participate in something completely questionable or ridiculous and then blame it on boredom. I make no excuses for what you are about to read, nor am I offering any explanations.
Simply put, I have taken the concepts and my opinions of 15 local rock bands and described them in haiku. I'd say most of them are pretty easy, some have multiple interpretations, but all pertain strictly to local bands.
Feel free to "solve" them or add your own in the comments.
Sunday's Save Cowboy Keith benefit--held in honor of local legend Cowboy Keith Thompson, who sustained serious injuries in a recent scooter accident--turned out to be a mos-of-day and all-night affair that included a scooter rally, BBQ, silent auction and concert at The 5 Spot. We showed up around 2:30 to find that we'd missed the departure of the those participating in the scooter rally. We chowed down on refreshments and awaited their return while braving increasingly oppressive wind conditions that inevitably forced us to go inside the "purple building" to check out the array of books, DVDs, music memorabilia, gift certificates and Rock Band video games being auctioned off for the cause. Upon the triumphant return of the--couple dozen strong--scooter pack we headed home for a little XBox siesta before the concert portion of the days festivities was to begin.
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