OK. I like movies, and I like rock ‘n’ roll, so how the fuck have I never seen Roadie — Meatloaf’s 1980 vehicle as a leading man on the silver screen?
Anyway, tonight, those interested in her career as a model and exceptionally symmetrical being can hear Elson speak in a free Q&A at the Frist. It's an event offered in conjunction with a just-launched, breathtaking exhibit called The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947—1957 that runs through Sept. 12, which I previewed here, and which showcases a magnificent collection of dresses, shoes and accessories from a 10-year period when French designer Christian Dior reigned. It's not just pretty things, although anyone interested in gazing at pretty things won't be disappointed. It's craftsmanship of the highest order.
Elson will talk with former New York Post fashion editor Libby Callaway, who now resides in Nashville and sells vintage under the name Diamond Halo, about wearing couture, visiting ateliers, working with couturiers and other insights into standing around for ages, just so, looking elegant as hell. 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Frist Auditorium — free and open to the public.
Good Vibrations: The Farewell Drifters nail friendly West Coast harmony on their first proper album, Yellow Tag Mondays (Playing Thursday, 24th at Station Inn)
The Chitlin' King: Blues great Bobby Rush comes to party with the Nashville Blues Society (Playing Saturday, 26th at Jefferson's Showcase)
What Love's Got to Do With It: Are Courtney Love and Hole one and the same, or are they both Nobody's Daughter? (Playing Tuesday, 29th at The Cannery Ballroom)
In The Spin: Ke$ha flood benefit show at Limelight, Jacuzzi Boys (almost), Turbo Fruits and more
So I’m leaving work last week, listening to WRVU, minding my own business. It was then that it happened, a moment I’ll never forget: the moment they played the song I could immediately identify as the worst thing I've ever heard. Just listen to this garbage:
My brain sluiced out many questions at once: When does the music start? Why won’t someone take that child away from the microphone? Is there a human DJ on right now who thinks it’s OK to share this distasteful dreck at drive time? Why me? This song, this utter waste of the miracle of human evolution, is a fairly concise cross-section of bullshit I can’t stand: it's overlong talk-singing by a ”babydoll” vocalist with what sounds like literal cooing as lyrics.
Anyway, that’s just my example. Maybe you like this song (are you OK?). What's the absolute worst thing you've ever heard in your whole entire life? Is it something similar to this, useless indie-pop few people outside of the Scottish Student Virgins Club will ever hear, or is it something more mainstream and (unfortunately) inescapable? Share your tales of pain.
Something we haven't yet announced, however, is this: She & Him are playing The Ryman on Sept. 1. Oh, what to say about She & Him. ... Well, we can all agree that M. Ward is a gifted arranger, right? And every 18- to 30-year-old male with a vintage camera, a subscription to Vice or at least one Serge Gainsbourg record on vinyl is obsessed with She Who Shall Not Be Named. We'll call her Z-Day for right now. That's right. Hey, Jenny Lewis: Who says you're the only actress-turned-indie-folk-songstress who can grow a serious set of bangs?! Tickets for She & Him's Sept. 1 show at The Ryman go on sale right here at noon on Friday.
It’s fitting, if not inevitable, that Philadelphia band mewithoutYou is touring with singer-songwriter David Bazan — there’s a certain thread of spirituality that can be traced throughout both their musical careers. While Bazan, an indie-rock pioneer in his own right, retired his Pedro the Lion moniker and now performs sans band, mewithoutYou have always maintained an attitude of inseparable community and self-sustainability. As evidence, they were one of the first bands to adopt the use of a “greasel-powered” engine to their tour van. But mewithoutYou doesn’t draw attention just for their innovative automotive skills. In 2005, mtvU awarded them “Most Original Artist.” From the band’s history of emotionally charged performances and high-strung, sophisticated lyrics, many fans knew it to be a long-deserved recognition. Still, if mewithoutYou and Bazan share a common bond of faith-based origins, last year each arrived at an artistic, fan-dividing evolution. 2009’s It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All a Dream! It’s Alright found mewithoutYou ditching their post-hardcore inclinations in favor of bright, folkish ditties with messages of childlike innocence. Bazan, on the other hand, makes a strong re-declaration of agnosticism on Curse Your Branches — quite possibly his most personal album to date. So if you’re going to see these two artists on the same stage, why not pick one of the most provocative stages in their careers? Then again, if you don’t have an opinion on the matter, maybe opening Finnish act Rubik is just the safe, level-ground indie pop you need.
You might also check out Jewly Hight's feature on Bazan from back in March. "[F]oremost on most people's minds when they're at a rock 'n' roll show," he says, "is 'Do I look cool?' "
Listen, I don't normally go making appeals to our readers, but please, there has to be someone left in the local rock scene under 30 who'll audition for this crazy heap of trouble for our viewing pleasure. Movement Nashville's entire roster should be there as it is, and anyone who's spent the last decade eschewing mainstream success? Here's your chance to show us how it's really done, covert-ops style. Remember, it only takes one day to change the rest of your life. Deets after the jump.
(Note: This is not a "you might be a redneck if ..." contest, so don't send any entries like "your Bluetooth is your only tooth!" because we're already going to get 1,000 of those, and none of them are going to win anything. Plus, it will make us hate you.)
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"We regret to inform you that Lilith at Bridgestone Arena on August 7th has been cancelled. All tickets purchased can be refunded at the point of purchase."
And that's it. I wrote back asking if there was any more information about why the show won't go on, and apparently all anyone knows at the local level is that the show's canceled. No explanation available, at least at the moment. No mention at the Lilith Fair website. So. Looks like no Loretta Lynn, Beth Orton or Lissie for you this summer, Nashville.
well fuck you anon! Go and Catch fire!
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