As many of you know, being an enthusiast of what is colloquially known as "indie rock" requires a healthy amount of proactive ear-to-the-groundness. For followers of the genre and practitioners of the "indie" counter-culture it's crucial to always be ahead of the curve and have that handful of coveted bands that only YOU know about. Bands like The Mewlies, Perfume (the band), The Gay Republicans, Mark-O Pole-O, The Its & The Acts. If you don't have these far-flung references in your back pocket at all times then you're bringing nothing to the table besides your suave haircut and best argument for why Dune IS the best David Lynch movie.
Today at LaundroMatinee, two videos of Caitlin Rose performing at the Monolith Festival at Red Rocks this past September. That's "Sinful Wishing Well" above--check out "Shanghai Cigarettes" over at the the 'Mat, where they say, "Her voice is both delicate and twangy, like a banjo with butterfly wings." They've also got Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Thermals, The Antlers and so forth. What's that? You want some MP3s? My Old Kentucky Blog's got 'em. In not-so-good news, you may have heard that Monolith may not be back for another go-around.
* Speaking of WOTT, they're co-hosting tonight's 8 off 8th at Mercy Lounge with My Tyger. Bands! Eliza the Arrow, The Kingston Springs, Bad Cop, Majestico, My Tyger, The Zut Alors, De Novo Dahl and Heartbeater. At 9 p.m. and free.
* The Onion AV Club takes on The Shazam: "Frontman Hans Rotenberry bellows giddily through songs about being 'not fucked-up enough,' and about attending a disco at the fairgrounds, and about how there's always time for a piece of pie; throughout all this, he sounds like a man free from any of the angst and self-doubt that's the enemy of fun in rock 'n' roll." (Or take Edd Hurt's word for it.)
If you've been paying attention to the chit-chat about our local airwaves lately, you know there's been much ado about the recent decision by the VSC board to limit the number of community (or "non-affiliate") DJs to 25 per semester.
In this week's City Limits, I delve into the issue a bit deeper, and talk to many of those involved, including VSC board members Kevin Leander and Mark Wollaeger. Understandably, many of the DJs I contacted did not want to talk on the record for fear of either jeopardizing their own shows or biasing the board. In any case, it looks like things are headed, at the very least, toward more discussion. Check it.
This week's episode comes to us a couple of days early, what with the impending holiday and all. Have a listen to this week's very special Thanksgiving episode of The Chris Crofton Show presented by Lake Fever--you'll find it in in MP3 podcast format below. This one features all sorts of Indian-style cornfield antics, involuntary time travel, miraculous hair re-growth, pilgrim firearms, Hawaiian turkey talk, Pete Wilson hatchet burying and more. Get stoked on this bizarro holiday business, and enjoy your extended weekend.
Did anyone other than me go into work this morning? If so, you may have heard WPLN's piece on Elle Macho. The gist of it is Elle Macho is a very talented band full of great, clever, wry, tongue-in-cheek people who are super-awesome and basically perfect at everything they do. They are, in fact, so good at being musicians, you cannot tell when they are parodying their own songs. It's called talent and they have it in spades. They even mention their one-city tour of Nashville that caused "a lot of animosity in the blogging community."
But I did learn something. Radio is the opposite of a blog. Radio loves everything with bright-eyed enthusiasm. Every time a radio personality hears a song is like the first time Helen Keller figured out words--nothing but pure, transcendent joy. Bloggers hear the same song and are like, "This sucks! Put on Slanted and Enchanted!"
Remember when this town once made you feel so good? That's an opening line from Glossary frontman Joey Kneiser's new solo record, All-Night Bedroom Revival, just released for free download on Glossary's website. Maybe he's talking about Murfreesboro, and how, when you first move there, you're all full of idealism and hope and creative energy, before you get all burned out and cynical about life and shit. You know, maybe. Anyway, the band is touting this nine-song scrappy care-worn fighter of a record--which includes Kevin Kerby cover "Paper Mills"--as an appetizer to hold you over till Glossary proper releases their new record, Feral Fire, on Feb. 2. But this solo effort--which Kneiser recorded all by his lonesome--is already getting its own official rave reviews. For instance:
[Redacted] baffled at how 30 people could RSVP "not attending" to a free record download. and it's SO SO GOOD. Thanks Joey of Glossary, you've outdone yourself again.
Again, get it here for free. It sounds like the perfect tunes for any backroad trip across Tennessee for the holidays.
It's caption contest time again, kiddies! We just got word this morning, so this'll have to be a quickie. The two best captions will get one ticket each to tonight's Charlie Louvin, Dex Romweber Duo & Caitlin Rose show at Exit/In. As always, funny rules, and be sure to include your email in the proper field. (We won't publish it, but we'll need it to notify our winners.)
Contest ends at 4 p.m. today. Go!
Update: We have our winners. Thanks for playing!
Anyone who picked up this past week's dead-tree edition knows that it was our annual holiday guide--our all-encompassing reference book for what to get those omnipresent jerks in your life known as friends and family. My colleagues came up with some fantastic ideas, from local custom-made musical gear to slews of booze and gifts for Jews. My contribution, however, was a brief list of some of the best new box sets out there, and it features perfect gift ideas for your mouth-breathing cousin Ron (Jesus Lizard), your sans-marbles hippie Uncle Jack (Woodstock) and even sweet old Gramma (Sinatra). Have a look at the list, complete with concise descriptions, after the jump.
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