Friday, July 30, 2010

Zut Alors Need Their Start Kicked Just a Little More; Those Budget Darlins; Make-Out With Blu-Ray [Newsy Bits]

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 2:07 PM

* Hey, so as D.P.R. told you back when, local popular music band The Zut Alors started a Kickstarter project to raise enough scratch to press their album Boy Girl Party to sweet, sweet wax. As you may know, a Kickstarter project is all or nothing — and today, with just under 10 hours to go, they're just $183 short of their $1,995 goal. They've come too far to not get this done, right, Nashville? [Kickstarter]

* 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]

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De Novo Dahl and Friends Launch Family Tree Art Collective, Saturday Night at The 5 Spot

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 11:29 AM

I mentioned in the round-up that De Novo Dahl will be launching Family Tree on Saturday night at The 5 Spot, so that's all well and good. But what is Family Tree? So glad you asked. It's an arts collective headed up by Joel J. Dahl. I'll let my pick do the talkin':

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.

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Lake Fever Presents The Chris Crofton Show, Episode 28

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 10:31 AM

  • Logo by Mike Clausius

Booyah! It's episode 28. Enjoy yourselves, fools.

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Weekend Round-Up: Where's Goldo Style

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Can ya find him?! Whatevs.
  • Can ya find him?! Whatevs.
So our trusty music listings editor, Adam Gold, has been missing from the office this week. Where has he been? Well, we've narrowed it down. He's either: A) working on an important cover story at home that I'm super-proud of him for; B) in Chicago covering yet another music festival of some sort; or C) imprisoned somewhere on a cartoon beach. First person to find Gold in that image over there can come claim a prize pack from me! When I say "prize pack," I really mean the first four or five things I see on my desk ... like, this Alan Jackson promo CD, some of those ridiculous-looking sunglasses they give you at the optometrist, a really big rubber band, some ketchup packets and another CD or two you probably won't like. But I'm not mailing this stuff to you ... you have to come get it. Enticing, I know.

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.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Video Round-Up: Commercial With the Locals, D. Striker, Milktooth & Dirt Nasty’s YTC

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 2:57 PM

* 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.

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Torche at Exit/In, 7/28/10

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 10:45 AM

  • Photo: Diana Lee Zadlo

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.

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Seth-Aid Feat. The Pink Spiders, The Non-Commissioned Officers and More Tonight at Mercy Lounge

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Y'all enjoyed the Conference Call video the other day, right? Well, let's not let the guy who shot and edited the thing end up in the hoosegow. The campaign to keep Seth Graves' ass out of lock reaches its logical apex tonight in the form of a benefit show, which I will not do a better job of telling you about than our own D. Patrick Rodgers, who has this to say about it in this week's Critics' Picks:

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.

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Deer Tick, Crowded House, Rooney and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Tick Tock: Growing up, looking in and rocking out in Deer Tick’s cosmic America (Playing Sunday, 1st at Exit/In)

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.

Plus Critics' Picks on Hammertorch, Joan Baez, William Topley, Bluegrass Nights and more.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Torche Tonight at Exit/In

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Torche melty
About that face of yours — how about a little melty melty? Thunder-poppin' daddies Torche are playing Exit/In tonight, and maybe you should go. Do you like the low end? Do you like the doom but also the pop? Again, maybe you should go. From Matt Sullivan's reckoning in the the current glossy edition:

"[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.

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White Stripes Vinyl Re-Issues, Kings of Leon Poopdate, Best Coast Love for Those Darlins, Justin Townes Earle's Stitches [Newsy Bits]

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 2:04 PM

* Interesting interview with Jack White in the Detroit Free Press, in which he discusses re-issuing White Stripes albums on 180-gram vinyl ("Vinyl is the only segment of music that’s growing in sales and interest, and I want to be part of that"), why the world doesn't want Mick Jagger solo albums ("In my brain, the Dead Weather is really me producing Alison Mosshart, you know?") and why he hasn't checked out your band ("I almost want to put on a disguise on to go check out bands. I don’t know how to say that in the right way that it doesn’t sound egotistical. But it’s hard to go check it out, because it’s very difficult"). [Detroit Free Press]

* 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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