Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bert Jansch, Roger McGuinn, Pentagram, Harvey Milk and More

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Bert Jansch
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Heroic Doses: Bert Jansch: the guitar hero’s guitar hero, and influence on everyone from Led Zeppelin to Pavement¬†(Playing Tuesday, 1st, and Wednesday, 2nd at The Ryman, opening for Neil Young)

Wolf Blitz: If you think you’re too cool for Pentagram, you’re wrong (Playing Friday, 28th at The End; read an interview with singer Bobby Liebling here)

Least-Likely Athenians: Harvey Milk are still higher than your assessment (and don’t call them hipster metal) (Playing Thursday, 27th at Exit/In)

Folk Ways: How Miles Davis helped The Byrds, and why guitarist Roger McGuinn likes the Internet (Playing Thursday, 27th at The Belcourt)

In The Spin: Those Darlins, Nobunny, PUJOL, Natural Child, The Spits and more

Plus Critics' Picks on Ferraby Lionheart, Kink Ador's record release, Happy Valley Two-Year Anniversary Party feat. Mindub and Coach, Moustache May 2010 Celebration: Moustaches Against Domestic Violence Benefit feat. Uncle Skeleton, Tristen, The New Whole Usuals, Shaboi & Roy Ira , Neil Young and even more than that.

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Pentagram's Bobby Liebling: The Cream Interview

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Omid from Outlaw Recordings contributed this post.

A more unlikely survivor you would be hard-pressed to find. Both Pentagram and their lead singer Bobby Liebling have had nine lives and then some. For the first 30 years, Pentagram narrowly dodged chances to achieve success, instead staying underground and perfecting their craft of playing doom metal in the DC/Virginia area. Members have come and gone, then come and gone again, but the cornerstone of Pentagram has always been Bobby, and he never let it go. But the excess (even Keith Richards might cringe) and self-sabotaging tendencies prevailed, and Pentagram seemed doomed (no pun intended) to obscurity.

Then there was a twist in the story when Relapse Records decided to issue an anthology of ’70s Pentagram demos in 2001. That led to more exposure and success over the following few years than they had ever experienced in the preceding 30. All of a sudden Pentagram was THE doom band, and everyone was name-dropping them. [Editor's note: Well, almost everyone.] Who would have thought bands like The Dead Weather would ever be covering Pentagram songs on late-night talk shows?

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kings of Leon Will Play New Songs, Possibly 'Beachy' Ones, at Bonnaroo, Ease Your Mind

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Yesterday, a bunch of us press people were all on a fancy conference call to talk about Bonnaroo, and did we ever! Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon was up first, and the first thing he said was, "See you guys back at the studio!" He wasn't talking to us, obviously. Later on, he said (to us) that the KOL band is almost done with their new record-album, which they made mostly in New York, where they had expected to make a "darker record." But they didn't! "I’ll be damned if we didn’t go in there and make a fun record," Followill said. "[I]t’s got songs that are beachy, it’s got songs that are a little more like our Youth and Young Manhood days." They're going to play some of these new songs, and maybe even some of the beachy ones, when they headline the What Stage Friday night at 9:30 p.m.

Your humble narrator even got a question in:

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Those Darlins' Mini-Doc Via Paste

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2010 at 12:04 PM

So everyone knows that poor Nikki Darlin busted up her wing, and Those Darlins are thus grounded from their planned tour to Australia. But good news for fans: The folks over at Music Moving Images made a mini-doc on the Darlins, and it's being hosted over at Paste's site. Swanky! The video features performances, SXSW stuff, talk about Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp, talk about MTSU, talk about a big red bastard of a van that quit on the gals outside of Baltimore, a snippet of my second favorite Boyz II Men song ever, Sheriff Lin looking classy as hell and more. If you want to view the doc in style, it's also on Vimeo.

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Will The Cold Stares Be Nashville's 'Ambassadors of Rock'?

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM

What Nashville band will be playing at London's Hyde Park this summer? Kings of Leon, actually. But what Nashville band might be playing there, too, if they win the Hard Rock Cafe's "Ambassadors of Rock" contest in which they are now one of 10 bands to make the final cut? That would be The Cold Stares.

Go check out this video of them playing at the Hard Rock, and vote for them if you feel like doing that. The guitarist Chris Tapp looks kind of like a cross between Roger Clemens and Jonathan "Sus-Dog" Susman, and is a real wild man onstage. (Let's just say that if he was your boss, every day would be Casual Friday.) “With Nashville being known to the outside world as primarily 'country,' " Tapp says in a press release, "I believe we can get our fellow Nashvillians to help us show the world that Nashville rocks and bust that stereotype."

You heard the man, Nashville! Wait, you don't know The Cold Stares? They're like the Randy Moore and the Fabulous Suedes of rock duos! They're like the motherfucking Starlume of prog-blues! They've been together for almost two years! Well, anyway, according to the release, "The band is booking another Nashville show," so watch out for them. Rock over London.

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Win an 'All-Nighter' With John Rich!

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2010 at 6:06 AM

Do you think you have what it takes to hang out with John Rich ... at all? How about all night? Do you think you have the stomach to actually be in the presence of John Rich from dusk until dawn, even if that meant being surrounded by mud-wrestling sluts and other sluts acting slutty and giggling whenever John Rich said something, or when his rhinestones made star-shaped glimmers all over your face? What if Sebastian Bach was there, holding a bunch of sluts in his old-ass slutty arms? Or someone was putting make-up on a pig? No, that's not metaphorical make-up on a metaphorical pig. Nothing in this amazing promo video is metaphorical. Except maybe the "cream style corn."

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Rumored for Nashville Move

Posted By on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 4:57 PM

If we are to believe word circulating on the streets of Cleveland, Jack White will soon cease to reign supreme as Nashville’s singular blues-enraptured, guitar-slingin’, two-piece-frontin’ Midwestern musical transplant.

While visiting Ohio’s "Mistake on the Lake" last weekend, a certain Scene staffer received a tip from an unnamed Cleveland-area club proprietor claiming that Black Keys key-member Dan Auerbach is planning a move to Music City. The source went on to say via email that Auerbach plans on doing more producing and wants easy access to Nashville session players. According to the source, we can tentatively expect Auerbach to set up shop sometime this coming fall.

Corroborating said intel is a post made on Akron, Ohio, music blog Rubber City Review — for which Auerbach is a correspondent — lamenting the sad state of post-LeBron Northeast Ohio by saying:

The economy’s still in the crapper [and] Dan of The Black Keys is thinking about moving to Nashville …

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m definitely down with this.

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Send in the Clouds: Sometimes Music's Future Looks Like It Oughta

Posted By on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Slate ran this piece Friday about how Google's Android is about to become completely untethered — meaning unlike iPhoners, soon Android users will be able to buy music and apps and stuff on any computer, and have that show up on their phones automatically. Anyone who uses an iPhone knows that having to plug in so often to coordinate music and stuff is one of the shittiest things about dealing with iTunes. As author Farhood Manjoo explains, iTunes is slow and clunky; it's got a bazillion updates a month; those updates take forever. And syncing your phone is so fucking yesterday. It's just a big old bitch on her period who happens to still wear relaxed-fit jeans. But seriously, doesn't it seem like it should be so much easier than it is to listen to the music you bought and move it around on all the devices you also bought? I have multiple advanced degrees* and a keen intellect, and I still don't really understand how to manage music files on more than one computer as it relates to syncing. Or, as Manjoo puts it, "It's 2010 — why do I have to plug anything into anything to get files from my computer onto my phone?" My thoughts exactly. Enter "the cloud."

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Armed Forces vs. The Westboro Baptist Church, Pt. 2 [Special Report]

Posted By on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Alright, here it is: The footage all of you — or at least some — have been impatiently awaiting. Above is the video for Armed Forces' latest, "Vultures (You Never Shut Up)." Shot on location and using no professional actors, the clip captures front — and only(?) — man Brandon Jazz's hotly debated spree of Sunday-morning harassment, perpetrated at the expense of radical haters representing the Westboro Baptist Church, this past weekend. Given the smiles on faces of Fred Phelps' God-fearing sycophants, it appears as though Jazz was successful in warming their cold cockles with his performance. All you need is luv.

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De Novo Dahl's Tigerlion out Today, Record Release and Benefit May 28 at Mercy Lounge

Posted By on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 2:40 PM

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De Novo Dahl's latest, Tigerlion, is officially out today, and you can download it for the low price of $Whatever Seems Fair. Go to DND's Bandcamp page and name your own price. There will be a Critic's Pick in this week's glossy on the release show. A snippet:

A couple years back, Nashville’s De Novo Dahl were signed to Roadrunner — a label known mostly for metal and active-rock acts like Slipknot, Nickelback and Evanuisance — and the record that followed, Move Every Muscle, Make Every Sound, was a sugar-coated slice of synth pop. Since then, the lineup has changed greatly, and principal songwriter Joel J. Dahl has been drastically re-working his approach. DND’s newest, Tigerlion, consists of a decidedly darker, more thoughtful style of pop. It still features the ear-catching vocal hooks frontman Dahl has always had a knack for, but this record is all about layers of diverse sound ...

The Tigerlion release show is Friday, May 28, at Mercy Lounge, and will also serve as a breast cancer awareness and fund-raising event in honor of Candice Burnside. Hear "Love Is the Healer" below or via the link. Also, a Tigerlion is pretty much a real thing. Two real things, really.

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