With the relentless proliferation of smart phones, social networks and email-literate communicators, the antiquated voice mail system is going the way of the rumble seat, and I’ve regrettably gotten increasingly negligent in tending to my office voice mail. Consequently, a message or two will slip through the cracks every now and again. That almost happened this morning as, when cleaning out the communicative cobwebs of my inbox, I stumbled upon a voice mail message from none other than niche rock guitarist Richie Kotzen, who was none too pleased by the recent blurb I wrote roasting him for the $99 “V.I.P.” meet and greet package he was hawking to fans before his Mercy Lounge appearance a few weeks back. The package did not include an option for a personal phone call from the Kotz, so I don’t know exactly what its worth is, but I managed to get one for free anyway.
Chiptune has been on the periphery of my musical knowledge for a while. While I can’t say that the theme music to Bubble Bobble touches my cold rock ‘n’ roll heart, the concept of the genre is something I’ve always been curious about.
By now, many of you have likely seen the news report out of San Antonio regarding the rising trend of teenage “werewolf” packs: groups of teens with a post-goth sort of aesthetic roving about in leashes, fangs, white contact lenses and tails. Yes, tails. Life imitating art imitating life, you might say. While most of the kids in the above video aren’t being labeled as any sort of threat, Wolfie Blackheart — also of San Antonio … go figure — did come under some scrutiny for allegedly severing and cleaning the head of a neighbor’s dog. The dog, she claims, was already dead. Also, when asked about burglary charges she received a while back, Wolfie claimed she was found not guilty, because she was “in the woods nearby. [She’s] always in the woods.”
The first of the two benefits, the proceeds of which will aid Candice in paying off her medical bills, is De Novo Dahl's record release show for their latest, Tigerlion, tonight at Mercy Lounge. Tallest Trees, Fly Golden Eagle & How Cozy! will open. The second benefit for Burnside is an all-killer-no-filler bash tomorrow night at Exit/In featuring The Features, Cortney Tidwell and a (partially) reunited Hotpipes.
Even if you've seen these bands countless times, this show promises to be unique for a couple reasons: First off, Tidwell drummer Scott Martin — who's a bona fide badass behind the kit — is out of town and unable to make the show. The Features' Rollum Haas — who too is a bona fide badass behind the kit — will pull double duty and fill in for Martin.
* Speaking of Caitlin Rose, her Daytrotter session went up yesterday, and it's awfully good. As Sean Moeller puts it, in part, "It all comes from an aching place, though there's plenty of pride and plenty of that stiff upper lip that you'd expect from such a fireball like this one. She can most certainly stand up for herself, even if what's wanted is to throw on a sundress and some boots and grab a cold beer or warm whiskey drink." [Daytrotter]
* Speaking of flood benefits, local collective Ten out of Tenn have put together the compilation album We Are All In This Together, with all proceeds going to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Artists include Katie Herzig, Matthew Perryman Jones, Trent Dabbs, Joy Williams, Andrew Belle, Madi Diaz, Griffin House, Jeremy Lister, Tyler James and Butterfly Boucher. [iTunes]
* Still speaking of flood benefits, the good people of Bonnaroo announced that they're getting in on the relief efforts, too. "Now through Sunday, June 6, Bonnaroo will be facilitating donations, via the Bonnaroo Works Fund, and matching them, dollar for dollar, up to $30,000. All donations will go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee." [Bonnaroo Works Fund]
As far as the Memorial Day weekend goes, we hope you all have a good one. We likely won’t be in the office on Monday, but we’ll see you again come Tuesday. There are burgers (and veggie burgers) to be grilled and booze to be imbibed. As far as shows go, there are some fantastic ones going on this weekend. There's the De Novo Dahl release show, Candice Burnside's breast cancer awareness and fundraising benefit featuring Cortney Tidwell, The Features and a temporarily reunited Hotpipes, the Moustache May celebration/Uncle Skeleton release show, the East Side Prom, the Happy Valley Anniversary and loads more. Have a look after the jump. Please, let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a safe weekend.
In this week's cover story, the cast of the new film Trash Humpers talks about the making of Harmony Korine's latest piece of auteur provocation. Korine, Chris Crofton, Dave Cloud, Brian Kotzur, Travis Nicholson, Chris Gantry and Rachel Korine discuss the finer points of trash humping, including how they got involved in the project. Nicholson: "I was like, 'As long as I don't have to touch Brian Kotzur's dick or show my dick.' And [Harmony] had to think about it! And he finally said, 'No, you don't have to.' And I said, OK, I'll do it.' " Korine and crew invaded the Scene office for their photo shoot, which, as you can see in the clip above, had an unexpectedly arousing effect on the director.
Hey dudes, Judes and all you other lonely people of the blogosphere! Do you guys remember what happened last time Nashville Mayor Karl Dean called a press conference at the local enormodome? Of course you don’t: a Nashville stop on Elton John and Billy Joel’s Face 2 Face tour was announced. We were all a little bummed when it wasn’t Morrissey and The Sex Pistols … or Guns N’ Roses and Metallica. Well, our illustrious mayor is at it again, and will be announcing an upcoming area appearance by another rock icon at a similar press conference today at 2 p.m. Hint: It’s not Limp Bizkit, although they are making their stateside return to the road this year ... at least they were until their tour was canceled to "reroute venues." LMFAO.
From the playful, music-box-like plinking of “Smaltilder” to jazz-, swing- and reggae-inflected elements all throughout the record, Wariner proves — even more so than with Pancho Chumley — to be incredibly gifted at piecing together subtle, beautifully executed parts (strings and keys more than anything else) that compliment one another rather than clashing. Trust me; that’s a difficult skill. Jeff Lynne and a few others could do it, but typically, tunes featuring this many ambitious parts tend to sound like a jumbled mess. Wariner utilized the talents of many local players in putting this one together, and they all shine. It’s tight, and it’s riddled with chop-laden performances and sweet, moving melodies. Recommended for fans of ’60s baroque pop (Beach Boys), symphonic classic rock and prog (ELO, King Crimson) and synth pop (from Devo to MGMT).
Warm Under the Covers will be out via Michael Eades’ YK Records, and you can procure it digitally or CD-wise on Saturday. It’ll be out on vinyl in a couple of weeks. For those of you torn between the Moustache May show and Candice Burnside’s breast cancer benefit at Exit/In that same night, good news: The Moustache May show will also be a charitable benefit for a good cause. “A portion of the door will go towards the YWCA,” reads Mercy Lounge’s site, “helping women leave abusive households and start new lives.” Listen to "Allright" from Warm Under the Covers below or at Uncle Skeleton's Bandcamp.
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