Dunno if you've caught any of NPR's "Tiny Desk Concerts," but they're part of a wonderfully intimate little series. The videos have been hosted at NPR's website for a while now, but they were only viewable via the site's relatively unwieldy player. A couple of weeks ago, the NPRmusic YouTube channel started putting them up. Check out the above performance from Lambchop's Kurt Wagner; it includes a cover of Dylan's "You're a Big Girl Now."
Other awesome "Tiny Desk" performances include a be-hatted, semi-unplugged sesh from ass-kickers Dr. Dog, one from Vic Chestnutt (whose brain appears to be in deep space) and a totally weird one from Tom Jones. Enjoy.
* What if you could not only download a new MP3, but also get a personalized letterpress sleeve and a piece of actual tape from the floor of John Vanderslice's studio with your new CD called Romanian Names? And JV was playing Exit/In June 23?
* What if Nick Jonas was spotted eating at the Nashville airport Burger King?
* What if you could buy the new EP by The Privates for only $4.95 at iTunes?
* What if we couldn't rewind because we'd gone too far?
We are pleased to announce that we have two (2) tickets to see Death Cab for Cutie at The Ryman this Sunday, May 3. The way you can win them is by writing the funniest caption for the photo above.
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Totally. This video doesn't do a whole lot for me, though skulls and books are both hilarious. I do like the song, though. My question: Has there ever been a band on Slumberland that more than 500 indie pop kids and their virginal librarian friends listened to? It's kind of freaking me out how much attention this band is getting. What's next, Boyracer cracks the top 100 Twitterers? Henry's Dress to reunite and do all-request set at Pitchfork?
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart play this Saturday, May 2 at The End. Look for a feature in this week's print edition of the Scene, in which the band explains that whole incest thing, or lack thereof.
Remember when festivals were a massive deal because there were only so many of them, and each one had just a colossal headliner or two (if any)? I think I'm becoming a bit desensitized, because every time the lineup for the latest Earthlink/Pringles Summer Slam Jam or Puffs Tissues "Fall Into Softness" Tour is announced, it's advertised as the greatest combination of bands in history.
But to be fair, the Austin City Limits folks truly have put together an extremely impressive one this year. They've released their lineup here, though there's a more linear list of artists here via Austin 360. The fest is slated for October 2-4, and local and/or "local" artists of note playing include Jonell Mosser, Kings of Leon, Damien Horne, Sarah Siskind, Jypsi, Todd Snider and The Dead Weather. Headliners include Pearl Jam, Dave "fuckin' awesome" Matthews, Ben Harper, John Legend & Beastie Boys. But...acts you should be truly psyched about include Rodriguez (who virtually never plays in North America), The Walkmen, Sonic Youth, Daniel Johnston, Dr. Dog, Blitzen Trapper and plenty more. Tickets can be purchased here.
I think I was too old to be into that movie Empire Records. It came out in 1995, and I was already at MTSU. I guess the idea of a record store in my mind would be much better depicted five years later by High Fidelity, as far as movie depictions of record stores go. Definitely not like any movie whose soundtrack about a record store would include a song by The Cranberries or The Gin Blossoms.
Still, it seems I've known a lot of folks younger than me that remember that movie quite fondly. To me, it was just another one of those '90s movies capitalizing on what "alternative" meant in a very tidy, formulaic, mainstream kinda way. Grungy attire, nonchalant references to suicide attempts, big corporate takeovers and canned malaise. But hey, if I had seen it in 10th grade it might have felt like my life! Who knows? (Wikipedia says the movie was written by a former Tower Records employee, which actually explains everything.)
"No matter what kind of music you like, you cannot go wrong with Dave Matthews Band." And apparently Dave fucked up the words to "Stairway to Heaven" (!) but it was "awesome" anyway.
(Via You Tell Concerts.)
Earlier, P. Rodg expressed worry about not having anything to do on July 11. I had a similar problem, but with July 9. My concerns have been assuaged by an email missive I received from a certain Jay Reatard, explaining the deatails of his upcoming tour, which will include a stop at The End on the 9th. The Memphis garage punker has "just completed" his new album, according to Matador Records' website; presumably it will come out around the same time.
If you aren't going to Bonaroo and want to escape the Fan Fair clusterfuck on June 12, I would definitely consider heading out to Kix Brooks' place and gettin' goofy on some grapes. If you haven't seen Etta James live, you owe it to yourself--please pretend that Cadillac Records was never made and that Beyonce had the good sense not to sign on as an obvious James wannabe. I've heard from folks that the Vineyard is a really chill place to see a show, which in contrast to the other options that weekend, is looking really appealing. Sweet hang, dooder.
Also, Loggins & Messina are going to be appearing at Arrington Vineyards on Sept. 6, but we all know that the only way to listen to Loggins is on the golf course when you're killin' gophers. And just for the sake of conversation, would you look at this guy's redonkulous drum kit:
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