As the Riverfront Times, our former sister paper, reported on Saturday, the shit hit the band Friday night in St. Louis, as Kings of Leon walked offstage at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater after playing only three songs because bassist Jared Followill had been shat upon — near his mouth! — by a pigeon, or perhaps many pigeons that were part of an "infestation." (Maybe they meant "birdemic"?) According to Andy Mendelsohn of the band's management in a press release (full text below), "I’m surprised they stayed on for as many songs as they did. ... They really tried to hang in there. We want to apologize to our fans in St. Louis and will come back as soon as we can.”
Considering the way fans were left to stand around and wonder what the fuck was going on — people really don't like that! — maybe they should wait a while before making that return trip.
Do you remember how local high-intensity “At the Drive-In covering XTC" trio CACTUS'S ominously nailed a sign displaying their band name along with some kind of “owl-wolverine hybrid” illustration on a telephone pole across from Scene HQ a month or so ago? Well, in continuing what I can only guess is their Shepard Fairey-inspired guerrilla campaign to get us to acknowledge their presence — which is apparently working — the band, or their minions, allegedly posted a follow-up sign reading “NEW BONES” on that very same telephone pole this morning. This time the Owl-verine is smiling. Someone, I’m assuming from the city, has already removed the sign, but not before a diligent Southcomm staffer managed to get a shot of it. (See above.)
I’m guessing "NEW BONES" is the name of a release, or perhaps a song, or maybe they just changed their name. The Internet doesn’t seem to answer such questions at this time. I suppose we’ll have to wait for a sign. If you want to ask the band such queries in person, their next Nashville show is Friday, Aug. 6, at Exit/In.
It's Friday — I don't wanna work, you don't wanna work. So let's just agree that we're not going to get anything done and spend the next few hours wasting time on the Internet. It's a deal! But before I retire to the wanton chaos of the tubes, I'd like to use my bully pulpit here on the Cream to beg and plead with the fine folks at the Belcourt to please, please, please book SoulBoy when, and if, it ever gets a stateside release. Ya, it looks a little treacly with all the boy-girl lovey-dovey bullshit, but it's definitely the first narrative film to deal with the Northern soul scene that would lay down the groundwork — along with the contiguous happenings in New York's underground disco scene — for dance-music culture as we know it. Pretty please? OK, moving on to the time-suck portion of our day ...
Before you proceed to read this post, click to play the video above, then close your eyes. Now, tell me what band you just heard. Done? OK, is it one whose name rhymes with Paramour?
It's no "Yo Steps Is on Fire," but it's pretty damn funny. Anyhow, getting the "Shreds" treatment is something of an honor, right? If you're interested, here's the original, filmed during KOL's notorious Reading 2009 performance.
[HT: Aaron Distler]
Anyhow, Mr. Adam Gold has compiled for us a list of the weekend's more enticing musical concerts, and you can peruse said list after the jump. We're talkin' How I Became the Bomb, Dirt Nasty, Across Tundras, Moon Taxi and Space Capone, The Ascent of Everest, Mashville and more. Pretty local-centric weekend. Take a look at our list, tell us what we missed, and have yourselves a pleasant little weekend. Now, just as soon as I can find them, I'm going to put on some pants.
Wow, Internet, you are just brimming with really weird shit today, aren't you? I'm not going to pretend to know anything about Broadway, and I certainly don't get what's going on with the towel-clad guy singing Foreigner. But here's what the Internet had to say about this event:
"Singin' in the Shower" is a behind-the-scenes look into the one place where stage fright doesn't exist and clothing isn't required. Join us as we pull the shower curtain back to reveal the stage where today's entertainers debuted their talents: The Shower.
Broadway, television, nightlife and the internet's past, present and future stars will align for one night only to sport their best bathroom attire and sing their favorite shower show tunes all to raise money for the Nashville Flood relief effort. Hosted by professional bathtub belter and dinnertainment's Bradley d. Gale, "Songs from Behind the Bathroom Door" will feature Broadway and "American Idol" alumna Diana DeGarmo, internet sensation Miranda Sings, Altar Boyz' Travis Nesbitt, Nightlife's Kenny Holcomb, Elizabeth Jones from "The Most Interesting Show in the World," Jessalyn Gliebe, and Jermaine Miles. Musical direction will be by Carnegie Mellon's Dan Radzikowski.
So, ya, thanks. I guess. It's weird, but thanks. I guess.
In this week's Scene cover story, multi-platinum Nashville rapper Young Buck talks to interviewer Mark Wheeler about his long-running feud with 50 Cent, the G-Unit Records kingpin he says is keeping his career in a legal stranglehold by refusing to put out the two albums remaining on Buck's contract.
Above, Buck talks about his childhood home on Seifried Street in North Nashville. More videos can be found in the cover story. Whatever you do, don't skip the short interview with Northside Auto Clean Up proprietor Pinky.
According to the New York Times, digital media measurement company BigChampagne (pronounced Biiiiiiiig-Sham-paaaag-nah ... not really) has announced the Chart to End All Charts — or at least Incorporate All Charts — aptly named the Ultimate Chart. Not to be confused with the their last attempt at meta-list making, the Penultimate Chart, the Ultimate Chart pulls data from various digital sources like Yahoo, iTunes and Last.fm, and squishes them all into one music-ranking monster.
The idea is that sticking with just the radio-and-sales model a la Billboard is like buying a one-way ticket to irrelevance. Listening to the radio and then buying stuff? That's, like, so 20th century, and hardly anybody's doing it. That's why we need a chart that tells us what the "kids" are listening to on their "social networks." It's these "social networks" that will eventually gain sentience and destroy their creators and hunt down the last, scared, frail remnants of humanity like crippled beasts on a scorched savanna ... which is why they call it the Ultimate Chart. So yeah, we're all doomed. But at least we'll know how many people are listening to Justin Bieber fiddle while the empire burns to the ground.
Behold! The first installment in the Cream's brand-new original series — we're calling it Conference Call. A few weeks back, I received an advance copy of Colour Revolt's forthcoming record, The Cradle. I liked it. So when Colour Revolt's people asked if we wanted to have frontman Jesse Coppenbarger stop by Scene HQ and play a couple of songs for us, we not only agreed; we also figured, "Why not make this a regular thing?"
Colour Revolt are originally from Mississippi, but Coppenbarger lives up here right now; I, for one, am happy to have him as an adopted Nashvillian. The Cradle will be released Aug. 10 on Dualtone, and you can pre-order it right here. Colour Revolt will be kicking off their tour with Turbo Fruits Aug. 19 at Mercy Lounge. Conference Call was shot by Seth Graves, with title design by Steve Haruch and Elizabeth Jones. Stay tuned for more.
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