Look! In the yard! It's a powerplaaane! It's a powersuperrrman! It's a Powerbrrrd! And they're playing a Superchunk-y song and shotgunning beers and shooting fireworks at each other and wearing White Sox T-shirts and dancing and grilling pizza. Do you ever feel like the '90s were so much better than the '00s, except that back then we didn't have embeddable Internet videos or the expression "that's how we roll"? Of course. Millions of peaches. Full disclosure: Seth Graves owes me $20 for posting this video. Just kidding, Seth! If you shot a video in your front yard this weekend and want us to take a look, email a link to cream at who-know-where.
Local promoter Chris Cobb has long been an avid advocate for Nashville’s rock scene. His friends American Bang, Will Hoge, Ricky Young and J-Roddy Walston will take the opportunity to reciprocate Cobb’s support when they come together to help him and his family in an hour of need. Last month Cobb and wife Telisha welcomed daughter Arabella, who was born nearly 14 weeks premature and weighing only one pound. While baby Bella is gaining strength and health by the day, her fight isn’t going to be easy, and the financial burden on the Cobbs is gonna take the generosity of the community to help overcome. Exit/In plays host to Benefit for Bella, a fundraiser to celebrate the tough little tot and raise money for her family.
8 p.m. at Exit/In. Do it!
1. Here's the new Dead Weather video, for "Blue Blood Blues."
2. It premiered on Team Coco.
3. I dig the photocopy look.
4. "Crack your knuckles when you're at home / like an ice cream cone."
First off, you can head over to Kindergarten Circus' MySpace page to hear the track "Twin Evils," from the forthcoming "No More Wizards" 7-inch, which features James Leg of The Black Diamond Heavies on both sides. It's real Sabbath-y, if you know what I mean, but not too Sabbath-y, if you know what I mean.
Label: Chicken Ranch
Street date: July 13
Lyric I may have misheard: "I've got some sliced bologna!"
Update: Photos from the showcase below.
The Tennessee Teens Rock & Roll Camp has been happening this week, and I've been both teaching the music photography workshop and managing a band. Having to opt out of the 2009 Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp this year, after volunteering for them in 2007 and 2008, was a bit saddening for me, but having a “real” job and the fact that SGRRC is in Murfreesboro made it all but impossible for me to work with them this time. But earlier this year, the news that their umbrella non-profit Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities (YEAH) was starting a new, co-ed camp in Nashville was music to my ears. I quickly signed up because the camp was slated to go down at University School of Nashville, right across the street from my day job at Vandy.
The first day of camp, the campers split up into bands and then rehearse either an original or a cover song all week long with two-three volunteers known as band managers, then perform that song in a showcase on Saturday. More on that later. With this camp being co-ed, I halfway expected to end up doing more bathroom make-out raids than teaching, but the first day I quickly learned this would not be the case. These kids are here to learn how to rock. Nothing more. Nothing less.
My biggest challenge with teaching photography to these kids has always been how to keep it fun/interesting and how to skim through everything in only a week's time. Having an assistant photo teacher who's a former SGRRC camper/photo student was a big help this year, and her input really helped me to hone the lesson plan for this type of environment: don't get too technical because that's boring, do more stuff where they get to take pictures of each other, and remember that we're only giving them a glimpse of the possibilities.
I must mention the band that I'm managing, because to be totally honest, this is the funnest part of camp for most volunteers. I'll break it down into a day-by-day account:
For those of you looking to rock and/or roll this weekend, the options are there … to some extent: Mercy Lounge’s glam-rock tribute night, The 5 Spot’s Beatles B-sides night and a Journey tribute night. Make it all the way to Sunday and you’ll get to check The New Pornogs with The Dodos and The Dutchess and the Duke. Or skip everything and come with me to see Fire Walk With Me at The Belcourt. Was that me asking you on a date, everybody? I don’t know. Maybe. You tell me. Check out what Mr. Gold has compiled for us listings-wise after the jump, let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a safe weekend. Also, call me.
We've got all those things in one party, dude — Fourth of July at Mercy Lounge. It's only going to cost $5 ($8 if you're 18-20), and that tiny tariff includes a delicious Vienna Beef hot dog. And since you'll be at Mercy, you'll have a pretty awesome view of the fireworks from the patio. Bombs bursting in air! And as soon as the city is done blowing shit up over the river, bands are going to play songs! Ghostfinger! Alcohol Stuntband! Heartbeater! Armed Forces! And Chris Crofton, of The Chris Crofton Show, will be your MC for the evening! Dude, that's going to be awesome for watching o'er ramparts!
Party starts at 7, and Brandon Jazz has promised free drinks all night to anyone named Sean Maloney who wears this costume, also known as the Kings of Leon mascot. Yeah. July 4, 7 p.m., hot dogs, bands, rock, America.
But there’s a reason I jumped at the opportunity to blog this one. Remember former Scene contributor Caleb Hannan? Back when our publication changed hands, he galloped off to the Pacific Northwest to work for the Village Voice-owned Seattle Weekly. A couple weeks ago, Hannan attended and blogged about the first show of Stars’ two-night run at Seattle’s Triple Door. Now, Stars frontman Torquil Campbell is reportedly known to be a bit of an inflammatory character, so when Hannan reported that Campbell hollered at the dinnertime crowd for eating during his set and threw an unsuspecting attendee’s doggy bag on the floor, I guess you’d say no one was especially surprised. There’s a twist, though: Turns out that the fella with the doggy bag had a serious heart condition and was physically unable to stand up during the set. That’s a tough enough break as it is, right? But when it turns out that it was heart-condition/doggy-bag guy’s birthday, too? Well, that’s just shitty luck, my friends. As is customary with blogs and musics, all sorts of info shook out in the comments section … including Stars member and genuinely talented Ca-babe-ian Amy Millan — or at least someone posing as her — calling Hannan a “douchebag.” Awesome.
The point? Oh, right. Stars are playing Cannery Ballroom Oct. 5, and tickets are $18. You can purchase them right here as soon as 10 a.m. tomorrow, June 25. Typically, I'm only willing to pay as much as 10 bones for a rock show at a small- to mid-sized venue ... but throw in the possibility of getting kicked in the doggy bag by a pretty Canadian? I'm totally there.
Like any responsible musicologist, I’m sure as hell not gonna pass up an opportunity to post the video for Tom Tom Club’s 1981 pop masterpiece “Genius of Love” when one arises. While the sheer compositional, uh, genius and indubitable infectiousness are more than enough cause to justify posting this clip for pure, uncontextualized enjoyment, there is indeed an impetus for today’s Creamy inclusion: Tom Tom Club are coming to Exit/In, Sept. 26 — according to Pollstar.
This curmudgeon misses 328 Performance Hall everytime I see a show at The Cannery
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