Local funk troupe Space Capone may have narrowly missed punching their ticket to Bonnaroo, but they did land a sweet spot jammin' at the pool--which, when Sweaty Pits McJune rolls around, might feel like a better prize.
The weekly happening begins at the Cascades pool at 6 p.m., with music starting at 7 p.m. There is apparently "free parking in select lots," though I'm not sure which ones. Swimming was encouraged last time around, so pack your Speedokini or whatever. Poolapalooza is all ages. Here's the lineup:
Oh, and admission is free.
As a rule, The Spin does not enjoy standing in lines. But when we saw the humanity-snake already twisting its way around the corner of 21st and Belcourt Saturday night, we were surpisingly psyched about it because we knew that meant The Anvil Experience had sold out--and frankly, anything less would have been a let-down.
It's been a while since we saw a movie with a packed house, or a band in a movie theater, but this was probably the first time we ever saw a movie open for a band. Come to think of it--and this shouldn't have come as any surprise--the movie did a better job than 98% of the opening bands we've seen. No offense, bands. Anyway.
Something tells me those chipmunks ain't from Nashville.
For those who haven't yet heard, Jay Bennett--probably known best as a former Wilco member and multi-instrumentalist--died in his sleep yesterday at the age of 45. Bennett had reportedly been experiencing severe health problems recently: A lack of insurance left him unable to pay for a hip replacement surgery he needed badly. The exact cause of Bennett's death has not yet been released.
Bennett, also a founding member of Titanic Love Affair, sued Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy just weeks ago for breach of contract regarding backpayments on song royalties and his appearance in I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Sam Jones' 2002 documentary on the legendary Chicagoans. Bennett's earlier conflicts with Tweedy and his resulting departure from the band were documented in the film. Rock journalist and Chicago institution Jim DeRogatis ran this piece on the Chicago Sun-Times blog, which includes the following statement from Jeff Tweedy:
We are all deeply saddened by this tragedy. We will miss Jay as we remember him--as a truly unique and gifted human being and one who made welcome and significant contributions to the band's songs and evolution. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends in this very difficult time.
It's a remarkably tragic end for a genuinely talented instrumentalist and songwriter. Watch below as Bennett helps construct the "sonic landscape" that made Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's "Poor Places" one of the most interesting songs on the record.
It's rare that The Spin can go out and enjoy every single song by every single band, but Friday night's tribute to Joey Ramone was one of those nights. Kinda like shooting ducks in a barrel, really--we're nuts about Da Brudders. While we would have preferred to see End of the Century played end-to-end, cuz it's basically Joey's solo record and the last good thing Phil "Killer Fro" Spector did, we also acknowledge that we are total nerds. Seriously, who here would have shown up if it was just End and nothing else? Raise your hands...ya, that's what we thought. Ah well, gifts and horses' mouths and whatnot.
The night kicked off with Bad Cop who were, frankly, just plain bad. If your band can suck the energy and excitement from Ramones songs, you should probably just turn in your instruments and think about selling insurance. And if your band gets shown up by the Mean Tambourines, then you might want to speed that process up a bit. We saw both bands play "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" back-to-back and, whoa, did Bad Cop whiff. Sad, really.
The Kindergarten Circus leaned heavily on 1985's underrated classic Too Tough to Die, rocking out super sugar-buzzed versions of "Endless Vacation" and "Mama's Boys." The Incontinentals own a very, very special place in our heart for cranking out a great version of our favorite late-career Ramones tune "Strength to Endure," and they win extra points for at least having a Moserite-shaped guitar and a dude in a leather jacket. And The Relatives' Andrew Brassell definitely crossed a line with an inappropriately face-melting guitar solo at the beginning of "Blitzkrieg Bop," but we'll let it slide this time.
"If I don't get rich I'm gonna find another way to make a living. I know a lot about finance. Don't worry about me," observed Chris Crofton last night. Oh, we're not. Chris Crofton and the Alcohol Stuntband, playing Saturday night at the Basement in support of their new self-titled EP, seem to know exactly what they're doing. But let's back up a bit.
Firstly, we must apologize for missing Take the Power Back, the all-female Rage Against the Machine cover band. It's just as well, really. We're not very familiar with the Rage Against the Machine oeuvre. The band's virtuosity and passion would have been wasted on us; our penetrating critical intelligence would have been wasted on them.
Here's the rest:
Anvil! The Story of Anvil is screening at The Belcourt with a performance from Anvil themselves. Totally awesome...except tickets are sold out. I snoozed and lost. D:
Chris Crofton and the Alcohol Stuntband CD Release feat. Take the Power Back & Bad Friend at The Basement. And there's the in-store at Grimey's at 6 p.m. Our caption contest winners have been selected, by the way.
The Long Players perform Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run at Mercy Lounge. Just try and keep Gold away from this one.
Marcy Playground w/We Were the States, Oso Closo & Derick Stroker at 527 Main Street (or whatever the hell) in Murfreesboro. Read my argument for why it's OK that Marcy Playground exists.
The Branded Sons w/Ricky Young, Red White Blue & Chris Nathan at 12th & Porter.
And Sunday at Red Door East, the 8th Annual British Motorcycle Show will be going down. All sorts of manly, badass revving and riding with musical performances from Luke and the Latenights, Hans Condor, Les Honky More Tonkies & more. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Enjoy your sunny weekend, and don't forget to apply the sunscreen liberally. Contact me if you need help with that. See you Monday.
It's a beautiful Friday afternoon and there is a feeling in the air that you can't get anywhere except in Nashville. As soon as I find something to light my cigar with, this day will be complete.
Thanks for the extra info, dudes! Two of my favorite local boosters right there.
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