As you may recall, the Vanderbilt Student Communications board voted recently to cap the number of WRVU community DJs at 25 per semester. As you may also recall, not everyone was pleased with that development. (Look for a story in next week's paper.) Last Saturday, a group of DJs met on the Vanderbilt campus--members of the board were also in attendance, as was WRVU general manager Mikil Taylor--and, after a lengthy and sometimes emotional discussion, got to work on drafting an alternative to a hard cap approach. And now, they're asking for public support to show that WRVU listeners share their desire to keep as many community DJs as possible on the air. From the Facebook group WRVU Listeners Against a Community DJ Cap:
Check out this video from The Billy Goats for "It Goes On." The song's from their new album There's No U in Team. (Remember when it was OK to smile in a hip-hop video?) If you caught the Goats at the Cream party, you know the deal: sturdy, nerdy, clean. Incidentally, the band have a record release show coming up Sat., Nov. 28 at The End as part of Mashville. Look for a review of said record in next week's glossy format. Meanwhile, enjoy, and if you thought that was cool, check out Iller's girl.
Tragic news from Dinwiddie County, Virginia. According to their local Fox affiliate, one of the tour buses in Miley Cyrus' vast caravan "crashed and rolled on its side" early this morning, killing one person and injuring several.
Virginia State Police said 10 people were on board the bus when it went off the road and overturned. The singer was not on board and is not at the scene of the accident. Police did not confirm the identities of the injured but WTVR-TV was told the person who died was the driver of the bus.
Cyrus is slated to play Sommet Center Wednesday, Nov. 25, with her brother's band. Here's what Maloney thinks about that.
I've never been what you'd call a Stevie Ray Vaughan fan. I never understood what the BFD about SRV was, and I've always left it at that. Also, guitar straps that are two feet wide and have musical notes printed on them tend to give me the douchebumps. But I have to say, this clip of Vaughan (RIP) doing "Superstition" at Starwood (RIP) in the '80s (RIP) is pretty dope. I mean, maybe it's just that this song brings out the best in people, or maybe it's a "Stevie" thing, but whatever it is, I tip my cap (with a giant white feather in it). Not that SRV comes close to touching this incredibleness, mind you, but who could? And it's nice to see people rockin' out in our old outdoor venue with its giant pillars and all that.
It's gotta be obvious by now that we're huge supporters of the YEAH project being launched in the 'Boro. If you went to MTSU or are from Murfreesboro, you probably feel the same way, 'cause you know what it's like to grow up in a one-college town. A town where as a kid you have to search high and low for the cool. Or if you grew up in Shitsville like I did, you know how cool places to hang out that actually engage your brain and your creative energy are really rare. And you begin to understand why people who grow up in those places spend a lot of time huffing Scotch Guard and going to the mall instead of, say, making a movie, starting a band, acting or picking up a creative skill. But you want to break the cycle, right? You want to help people help kids be cooler. We all need cooler kids, because cooler kids lead to cooler people (most of the time).
It breaks my heart to have to inform you, dear readers, that yet another local musician has found himself the victim of a break-in. Altered Statesman's Steve Poulton sent along an email from his collaborator Joe McMahan regarding the theft of local Michael Backes' gear. See the full list of what was taken after the jump.
My friend Mike Backes was broken in to yesterday and had some really cool gear stolen that he had worked very hard to acquire. I feel like it is my duty to pass along the list and hopefully help get this stuff back and prosecute the vile imbecile who perpetrated this crime. Here's the list:
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The Spin can now confirm definitively: Bruce Springsteen is real. We know. We touched him. Five songs into last night's monster performance at the Sommet Center (where he last appeared a mere 15 months ago), as he crowd-surfed over our heads during the organ solo to "Hungry Heart," it was clear that his determination to outdo any other performer in rock is still unwavering. Now more than 35 years into their performing career, Bruce and the E Street band can still pull out a relentless three-hour marathon of take-no-prisoners enforcement that--at least from an audience perspective--is still the most exhausting and exhilarating in rock 'n' roll.
Remember that whole hot prob at Buzzfest where it rained and everyone went nuts and the show got canceled? Among other acts, '90s grunge holdovers Alice "AND" Chains never took the stage. But now they've announced North American tour dates that kick off Feb. 2, and Nashville's on the itinerary for March 1 at Municipal Auditorium. Any word on whether this is the make-up show that Buzzfest ticket holders will be admitted to for free? There's no info on the Buzzfest site, which still has the same old hold-onto-your-tickets message. But a quick phone call to operations manager Troy Hanson--who graciously spoke to me in spite of our consistently mocking tone toward the station, active rock and its fans--says this IS the make-up date where fans will be able to see AIC. Mudvayne fans are SOL, though. According to Hanson, the band "chose not to participate" in the make-up event, so now I feel like maybe all those people who threw beer bottles at them were kinda justified.
Anyway, starting tomorrow--that's Friday, Nov. 20--through Dec. 20, anyone with a ticket stub from Buzzfest can go down to the Municipal's box office and switch the ticket out for a ticket to Alice in Chains' March 1 show. And anyone who lost or tossed their ticket? "In some way, shape or form, [they need to] contact the radio station with their story," says Hanson. "Pretty much about 80-85% bought their tickets through credit cards so we can trace them through Ticketmaster."
Also, he had a message for Adam Gold: "Ask Adam Gold if it's lonely hanging out with 10 other hip people." We ask ourselves that every day, Troy. Every day.
* The fellas at We Own This Town brought us word last week that local psych-punk bandits Bad Cop just signed a deal with New York-based Reach Out International Records (ROIR). ROIR was behind early releases from Television, New York Dolls, Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, The MC5, GG Allin and loads more--that's a pretty good sign, no? Check out Bad Cop's artist profile at the ROIR site, where you can listen to some tunes. I recommend "Daylight." BC are playing tomorrow night at Little Hamilton, in case you feel like getting your real-time live stream on.
well fuck you anon! Go and Catch fire!
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