Update: We have our winner. Thanks for playing!
And just like that — and while you've still got a chance to grab those Deer Tick tix — we've got another caption contest for your caption-writing pleasure. The prize this time: two seats to see Crowded House at The Ryman Monday night.
As per usual, don't dream it's over, but instead write a funny caption — something so strong it makes us laugh — and win your two spots on the guestlist. We won't publish your email address, but we'll need it to contact you if you win, which makes checking your email a good idea.
This contest ends at 3 p.m. Friday. Go!
The initial lineup just features some national acts and a handful of nationally and regionally recognized locals, but it’s pretty exciting news to find that your wristband or badge will get you into the Yeasayer show at Cannery Ballroom on Oct. 1. That’s right. I dropped a name. Follow me after the jump to see the other names JMW and the NBN staff have dropped, as well as info on where to get your early-bird wristbands and badges and more. NBN fever. It’s catching.
So here's the new Turbo Fruits video for "Mama's Mad Cos I Fried My Brain," directed by Matthew "We Fun" Robison and featuring pills, bare-chested motorcycling, suction and the smashing of melons. (In addition to angering his mother, Stein has made Daddy mad 'cause he wrecked the car, and it looks like maybe the car was an Audi?) I don't recommend you watch this video if you have a heart condition or epilepsy. In other Turbo news, the band announced on the Twitter yesterday that they've got a new 7-inch on the way in October, and singer dude Jonas Stein confirms by email that they'll be recording some jams with Jeremy Ferguson over at Battle Tapes next week. Stein said the new single will be the first in a series to be self-released on the band's new label, Turbo Time Records. "To hell with going through other labels anymore," is the way he put it. He also told me about something else pretty awesome that he asked me not to mention yet, but I can say it involves water, smoke and the tropics. If you know what I mean.
You guys certainly know the deal. Rhode Island's beloved alt-country outfit Deer Tick will be playing with Dead Confederate at Exit/In on Sunday, Aug. 1, and we'd just love to give you a pair of Deer Tick-ets. Will you help us make that happen? I know you will.
Say some funny shit regarding the above image. The most entertaining caption shall win two much-sought-after spots on the guest list. Please include your email address so we can reach you, our potential winner. Your address will not be published. We'll pick our two favorites on Thursday at 3 p.m. That leaves you over 48 hours to crack wise. Get to it!
Update: We have our winner. Thanks for playing!
From musicality to sheer spectacle to momentous, life-affirming jubilation, Paul McCartney's Nashville debut at Bridgestone Arena Monday night was an all-out master class in rock 'n' roll showmanship.
After Sir Paul casually strolled onstage and counted his champion backing-band into an opening "Venus and Mars/Rock Show" to a more-popular-than-Jesus-like reception from the sold-out crowd, it took at least that whole song for us to wrap our heads around the shock of seeing a Beatle before our eyes. And when the Ram first busted out in his full voice and channeled Little Richard, we realized right off the bat that, at 68, he's still got it. He's still fucking got it.
Now, like we told you, they've got a new 7-inch record of the vinyl variety out on Chicken Ranch, featuring James Leg of the Black Diamond Heavies and, more importantly, featuring one of the most ass-jamming kick-ass jams of the summer, "Twin Evils." Go listen to it. And then make plans to see the KC tonight: They're playing Grimey's at 6 p.m. for free, then at Exit/In around rock o'clock for Rock the Block hosted by Nashville's Dead (with Natural Child, Heavy Cream, So Jazzy, The Looking Glass, Spanish Candles, Cannomen, Diarrhea Planet and Funstix). That show is also free. No money, no problems.
Special thanks to Virginia Cannon, who handles artist relations for Voyage-Air Guitar, and who helped facilitate this interview. Voyage-Air makes guitars with folding necks for ease of travel, and Ray is an endorser. (Scene managing editor and resident six-string hack Jack Silverman took one of their acoustic models for a quick test-run and gave it a hearty thumbs up.)
In an effort to post this interview in time for tonight's concert, we transcribed as much as we could before showtime. There were a lot of other interesting portions, including Ray's experiences with Phil "the Road Mangler" Kaufman and Etta James, that we hope to include in another post later this week.
Nashville Cream: Tell us about your solo project.
Brian Ray: Today, my second album, This Way Up, goes on sale, at [my website]. I have two singles that just came out, like, three weeks ago, wherever digital music is sold — and it's a really fun, cool modern rock record that I just finished.
(You might also be interested in Bill Demain's Scene feature on McCartney and Wings' 1974 working vacation in Nashville.)
In previewing Sir Paul's Nashville debut tonight at Bridgestone Arena in this week's dead-tree edition of the Scene, I speculate on why so many people hate on Macca, despite his overwhelmingly positive contribution to modern music and incomprehensible influence on melodic construction. Obviously I get the whole hating sacred cows thing, but I still don't know what the convincing argument is that justifies people hating on Paul McCartney the same way they hate on Sting. Take a look the piece after the jump, and if you feel like you have that convincing argument I'm looking for, post it in the comments. I'm really curious to know. Otherwise, if you're going to tonight's show, I'll see you there. I'll be the guy playing left-handed air-Hofner.
* Hands Off Cuba — you know, the band composed mostly of incredibly talented instrumentalists who play for Kurt Wagner and/or Cortney Tidwell — have a video for their song “Defribilator.” It was directed by Hands Off Cuban Ben Marcantel with assistance from Ryan Norris, and it looks great. Get the tunes here, if you like.
* Kyle Andrews’ song “You Always Make Me Smile” is currently being featured in Holiday Inn’s “Stay You” national ad campaign. We’re not exactly early to the party on this one, but it’s a pretty big deal. Andrews’ Kangaroo will be released Aug. 31 on Elephant Lady Records.
* NME like Nashville-based outfit Mona enough to have dubbed them “Princes of Leon.” Which begs the question, how do Mona feel about getting shit on?
* Full disclosure: Caitlin Rose is my roommate and my buddy, so I try to avoid official, professional comment on her work. But this extensive write-up on Rose in The Independent — which features all sorts of Music City cameos — deserves a read. I’m sayin’. Objectively.
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