* What? You still don't have yourself a copy of Those Darlins' debut album Those Darlins by Those Darlins? Well, it's ridiculously inexpensive at just $5 from Amazon MP3, at which price it will remain until the end of August. [Amazon]
* Locally produced zom-rom Make-out With Violence, which took top honors at the Nashville Film Festival, will be getting a DVD/Blu-Ray release in October. I mention this because the $30 LP/DVD edition includes, and I quote, "Vinyl LP by The Non-Commissioned Officers, film poster, lock of actress Shellie Marie Shartzer's hair, an essay by somebody who likes the movie." [Some fuckin' DVD site or some shit]
If you’re looking for a packed-to-the-gills, get-your-money’s-worth, unrelenting pop onslaught of a show, you’re not going to do any better than The 5 Spot tonight. There’s the dark, lush indie pop that hosts De Novo Dahl proved they’ve mastered on this spring’s release, Tigerlion. Then there’s the precious, twee-tinged acousti-pop of coed duo Channing and Quinn. And of course there’s — my favorite — the prurient, synth-laden dance pop of Fly Golden Eagle, whose latest, BoreUs, features enough contagious riffs and exhilarating, feel-good vocals to make even the most austere of music fans wiggle their respective rumps. So what’s with the epic lineup? It’s all part of the launch of Family Tree, an arts collective spearheaded by De Novo Dahl frontman Joel J. Dahl. The plan for Family Tree is not only to release free songs, visual art, poetry, recipes and essays each week, but also to organize public service projects and benefits for local charities. “Art can be vain a lot of the time,” says Dahl, “so we have been trying to develop this thing to be something that gives.” Rounding out the bill are Oh Dang Lo Mein, Paris Ontario, Tiger Tears, Heather Millington, The Black Shades and more.
According to Dahl, Family Tree's website will launch tomorrow, but as for right now, there's nothing at the site. Personally, as history will tell you, I'm a fan of collectives when they're productive and meaningful. Sounds to me like Dahl & Co. are really trying to do good things with this one. I'm into it. Also, that Fly Golden Eagle album is off the damn chain.
Booyah! It's episode 28. Enjoy yourselves, fools.
Anyhow, there's some pretty solid stuff going on this weekend. Talkin' about the Southern Girls Rock 'n' Roll Camp Showcase down in Murfreesboro, Halloween in July at The Rutledge, De Novo Dahl launching their artists' collective with Fly Golden Eagle and more at The 5 Spot — that's my pick for the weekend — Max and the Wild Things' CD release, Jazz and Jokes at The Belcourt, Kink Ador with The Ettes and way more. Have a look after the jump; old Gold put together a list before disappearing into whatever realm it is he's currently inhabiting. Let us know what we missed, and have a safe weekend.
* So you know how this fella by the name of David Shamban is always making awesome commercials for potential clients starring local rock dudes? There was the TurboTax one and the Nokia one? Well the above advert is for Bounty, and it features rock dudes Steve Poulton (Altered Statesman), Ben Martin (Tristen, Caitlin Rose, Lone Official, et cetera) and more. Martin’s lookin’ hard as hell with that axe.
* You know what’s coming up? Friday the 13th. You know what that means. It’s about time for another dose of our favorite local trad-country jester, D. Striker. This time he’ll be at Billy’s Idle Hour rather than his typical haunt (The 5 Spot), and he’s got a promo vid for us all to enjoy. Come on down!
* There’s a new video for Milktooth’s song “Arrows,” and it looks pretty great. I’ve always wondered about that name … Milktooth. If you knock a tooth out, you’re supposed to put it in milk to preserve it, right? Kind of like how if you cut your finger off, you put it on ice. Fingerice. Anyway, video looks great.
* It’s been a while since we checked in on the good folks at You Tell Concerts, but they recently worked their magic at Dirt Nasty’s 12th & Porter show. Over to you, Chrystal.
Sometimes we just shake our heads and mumble to ourselves, "Nashville, where the fuck are you tonight?' Wednesday at Exit/In was one of those nights. Were you at home watching that Bill Cosby special on NPT? Were you at a Basil Marceaux dot com dot rally gaining immunity from state laws and railing against the evils of traffic stops? Were you fighting with Vince Young at a titty bar in Dallas? Were you crying yourself to sleep on your hair gel-stained pillow, wiping your tears with an Affliction knock-off shirt that says something awful like “Jesus Is My Stylist” because the Dove Awards are moving to Atlanta? No? Are you sure? Well, you definitely weren't at the Torche show.
Which, frankly, is a damn shame.
As much of a rapscallion, ne’er-do-well, nogoodnik and downright joker as our buddy Seth Graves can be, we sure do love the guy. He contributes for us (see his picks on Hammertorch and Max and the Wild Things), and he does pretty much all the video work for our music blog, the Nashville Cream. So now that he finds himself in some legal trouble — a few grand worth of legal trouble, in fact — how could we ignore his plight? As it happens, if Seth “Casio Casanova” Graves doesn’t scrounge up the scratch to pay off some legal fees he’s incurred, he’s going to end up in jail. Like, real jail. But whether or not you feel for the guy, tonight’s lineup is a very strong one that’s worthy of your cashola. First, you’ve got the reunited Pink Spiders, appearing together with their original lineup on a Music City stage for the first time in over two years. Then there’s new wave revivalists The Non-Commissioned Officers, fresh off the slot they won at this year’s Bonnaroo. Rounding things out are Scene favorites Shoot the Mountain and The Armed Forces, the latter fronted by local controversy-monger and sometime Graves collaborator Brandon Jazz. A minimum donation of $7 is requested.
Not to mention a rake and a roustabout! Anyway, 9 p.m. at Mercy Lounge, 18+ for all you voters-but-not-drinkers.
Unshaken: How Rooney escaped the major-label shredder with their identity intact and a career to boot (Playing Tuesday, 3rd at Wildhorse Saloon)
Melbourne Identity: The out-of-the-way Down-Under success story of Crowded House (Playing Monday, 2nd at The Ryman)
In The Spin: Paul McCartney at Bridgestone Arena.
"[W]here a lot of bands have sought extra heaviness by tuning their guitars down from the standard E to D or C, guitarist Steve Brooks calls his lowest string the "bomb string," which he jokes is tuned to Z. It's actually a bass string that's more or less tuned to the lowest discernible note — the sludge-metal equivalent of going to 11."
Yeah, dude. The bomb string. Show starts at 9 p.m., with Beings (ex-Floor, Cavity!, Nobuhjest) opening.
* New Yorker by way of Nashville Justin Townes Earle cut his hand something bad, forcing him to cancel his shows this weekend. "He injured his hand this past weekend and has 19 stitches and there’s no way he can play guitar." Nineteen stitches is a lot of stitches. [Justin Townes Earle official site]
* Surfy sun-poppers Best Coast (who are coming to Mercy Lounge Sept. 12), talk to Pitchfork about fan art, favorite movies and favorite songs. Bobb Bruno (the old one): "Smith Westerns: 'Tonight' and Those Darlins: 'Wild One' are probably my two favorites of the last year." [P4K]
* "What the Kings of Leon didn't realize was that this was a test. And the Kings of Leon failed." [America's Finest News Source]
* Were they so drunk they needed IVs? [Riverfront Times A to Z]
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