Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Memphis' House of Blues Recording Studio Is Moving to Nashville ... Literally. Seriously, Literally

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 4:32 PM

My Fox Memphis reports that House of Blues' famed Studio D will soon be moving to Nashville. And by "moving," I don't mean, "OK, let's gather up all this stuff and put it in a new building." Oh no, I quite literally mean "moving." The building is being transported up I-40 via wide-load truck. The report makes no mention of where the building will end up, but deductive reasoning leads me to believe it will be transplanted alongside House of Blues Nashville's other buildings — HOB Nashville's website calls the Berry Hill complex a "three, soon to be four-building facility."

HOB's Mike Paragone notes that artists as diverse as The Bar-Kays (!), Collective Soul and Matchbox Twenty have recorded at the Memphis location. Hey ... remember when The Spin spotted half of Matchbox Twenty at Patterson House? Yeah, that almost certainly has absolutely nothing to do with this move. Anyhow, "sour note" for Memphis' music scene, but a welcome addition to Music City.

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Magic Kids at Grimey's, 8/30/10

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 4:28 PM

  • Photo: Diana Lee Zadlo

It's easy to take Grimey's in-stores for granted. As many times as we've seen a band like Surfer Blood shut the place down because it's so jammed with fans, we've also seen a handful of people awkwardly milling about while Tyler Ramsey attempted to sway us from the pre-loved CD rack with a Jackson Browne cover. We have no clue what will draw folks out of their holes sometimes, but we had a good feeling about Magic Kids.

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Kyle Andrews' Kangaroo EP out Today; Fresh Vid for 'You Always Make Me Smile' and Release Show Sept. 3

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Are you ready for the Kyle Andrews multimedia onslaught?! His brand-new EP, Kangaroo, is out today on Elephant Lady Records, and he's playing a release show at Mercy Lounge on Sept. 3. Look for my Critic's Pick in this week's forthcoming glossy. (Sneak preview: I call Andrews "sweetly doleful but uplifting.")

You might recall that "You Always Make Me Smile" was selected as the soundtrack for Holiday Inn's national "Stay You" ad campaign. Well, now Kyle's got the above video to accompany the song, which allegedly is a "world record-breaking" one, featuring "120,000 balloons and 4,000 people." Filter Magazine is also featuring a free download of the tune "Lov3r" from Kangaroo.

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No-Cashville: Young Buck Files for Bankruptcy

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 10:00 AM

  • Photo: Eric England
As The City Paper reported last night, Nashville-based rapper, Scene cover man and former G Uniteer Young Buck has filed for bankruptcy.

David Darnell Brown, who performs under the stage name Young Buck, filed for protection under Chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code earlier this month. The filing came soon after IRS personnel carried out an early-morning raid on Brown's lakeside home in Hendersonville, seizing much of his personal property.

The bankruptcy petition came to light Monday after Nashville's U.S. District Court lifted the seal it had placed on court filings related to the August 3 seizure. The Chapter 13 process, designed to allow individuals to restructure their debts, automatically halts efforts by any creditor — even the IRS — to collect on debts owed by the person who files. Creditors can ask the bankruptcy court to lift the stay against them on certain grounds, allowing them to move against the debtor.

The tax authority claims Brown owes it about $305,000 for taxes due between 2006 and 2008, including penalties, interest and collection costs.

If you want to gawk, you can check out the list of stuff seized from Buck's house, which includes everything from a "Breitling Bentley Watch with diamond face and band," listed as worth $31,000, to a bucket of 2,000 "pain balls" (probably a typo), along with a bunch of recording equipment, awards and assorted dudestuffs like miniature football helmets.

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Nashville Cream Fourth Anniversary Party Update: My So-Called Band! Next Big Nashville Passes! More Prizes!

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 9:08 AM

  • CREAM 'EM ALL 2010
Yes yes yes, our birthday party is this Friday at Exit/In. What you see here is the extremely limited-edition Boss Construction poster you can get if you show up! Lineup:

My So-Called Band
Shaky Voices
DJ sets by Grimey's staff

Tristen is a Cream favorite and should need no introduction at this point, but if you need some convincing, head on over to her site and check it out, or follow the jump below. You may have heard that My So-Called Band will be performing Pinkerton, an idea so nifty some band called Weezer decided to give it a spin, too. If the name Shaky Voices sounds familiar, maybe that's because they wrote the Cream theme, and so many of you didn't.

More vital stats: Drink special! You can responsibly enjoy 16 oz. tall-boy cans of Heineken and Heineken Light for a mere $4 each. The cover is only $5, and the show is 18+ no matter how old you are. Tickets are here. Photo booth by Steve Cross.

Maybe you like free stuff? Here's some of the awesome we'll be giving away:

* $50 Grimey's gift certificate
* Grimey's prize packs including Weezer's Pinkerton on vinyl
* Two pairs of VIP passes to Next Big Nashville (value: $250 each)
* Infinity Cat Records prize pack
* Tickets to The Hold Steady, Matt and Kim, The Love Language, Deerhunter & The Thermals
* Mercy Lounge/Cannery Ballroom "Super Pass" that gets you into any show (no NBN, AMA or NYE)
* Acoustic guitar
* Restaurant gift certificates from around Nashville

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Concept Video: 'Wilderness Downtown' Puts Your Street View in Arcade Fire Land

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Web-heads are somewhat abuzz over this for its clever interactivity, but how will music lovers respond to the immersive Arcade Fire experience as designed by video director Chris Milk + Google? Kind of a nifty idea: You go to the "Wilderness Downtown" website, put in your childhood address and out comes a moody vid that vibe-wise, is somewhere between Donnie Darko and The Dark Half. Or alternately, faceless, hooded-sweatshirt-wearing kid pounds rainy pavement in the suburbs, with accompanying sweller-of-a-track "We Used to Wait" from the band's latest; flocks of birds swirl overhead. (Has anyone else been as inundated as I have by online ads for this record? Inescapable.)

It's alternately really cheesy and totally neat-o seeing said address incorporated into the song's brooding bombast, though, if, like me, you grew up somewhere pretty small-town-ish, you might get the message that there's not enough data to create the experience from your technical childhood address and you have to go with something more recent. (There's even a feature that asks you to speak to that childhood directly, and I could fool around with the tree-branch procedural drawing tool all day.) Still, it was just as amusing seeing my current locale spun 'round in dramatic complicity with the anti-sprawl. (More info on how it's done here.) Again, it's a bit cheesy — when watching the video someone remarked that 14-year-olds would eat it up — but it reinvigorates the medium, to be sure. Worth the time-waste.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Buzzfest 2010: Papa Roach, Drowning Pool & More, Sept. 10 at LP Field [Oh the Humility]

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Just imagine this times, like, 7,000.

Certainly you haven’t forgotten how God opened up the flood gates upon last year’s Buzzfest, punishing Music City alt-rock fans by preventing performances from Mudvayne and “Alice and Chains” (or was it Alison Chains?). Unbroken by that debacle, 102.9 The Buzz are back to bring you Buzzfest 2010, Sept. 10 in the LP Field parking lot. While a 15-day weather forecast is predicting Sept. 10 to be “mostly sunny [and] warm” with temperatures ranging from 72-93 degrees with a 0% probability of precipitation, Drowing Pool are playing, so fans can still expect to get a little wet. Also on the bill are fine active rawk ’n’ rollers the likes of Shinedown, Seether, Papa Roach, Sick Puppies, 7 Day Binge and Janus. Additionally, a “Local Buzz” stage will feature November, Manic Bloom, Adalene, Forgotten Fable and Voodoo Prophet — bands you can read more about on Nashville Rock. Said website is throwing a Buzzfest afterparty at downtown’s Rock Bar. Buy your Buzzfest tickets here. Don't hold back, go the full nine and splurge on the VIP package (only $152.99 per-person).

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Don’t Forget: Armed Forces ‘Radical Luv’ 7-Inch Release and 8 off 8th Tonight

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 12:56 PM

I've gotta say, working the Brandon Jazz beat is a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it. Right? Posted above is the new Seth Graves-directed EPK for Brandon Jazz and his Armed Forces. While some of you are a little less than enthused by Jazz’s aversion to shame and desire for fame, when it comes to hate, y’all got nothing on the trolls currently posting on our sister blog Pith in the Wind. At this moment, throngs of idiots are over there responding to the abhorrent acts of intimidation that were directed at Murfreesboro’s Islamic community this weekend by spewing a barrage of jingoistic rhetoric, redneckery and outright hate speech. I think the sane among us can probably agree that these folks could all use a strong dose of radical luv. Well, there will be more than enough of that to go around tonight, when Music City American Idol hopeful Brandon Jazz, his Armed Forces and friends celebrate the dropping of their latest 7-inch at Mercy Lounge for tonight’s 8 off 8th. In addition to Jazz’s inevitable using of his forces, expect to also see performances from The Black Shades, Black Baby, Captain Midnight Band and Heartbeater, in addition to sets from DJs Coach and Gumby, and a “special performance” by Matt Friction. Unfortunately, Loose Cougar and Diarrhea Planet had to drop off the bill, but fortunately they’ve been replaced by Tesla Rossa and Cobra Cheetah Tiger Viper. Take a look at what I had to say about the event in these week’s print edish of the Scene after the jump.

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Album Tacos, Nashville Edition, Starring The Dead Weather and Heavy Cream

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 12:44 PM

So, Album Tacos.

It's a tumblr page that's kind of fun. The idea is simple and, when executed properly, pretty entertaining: Put tacos on album covers. There's this one and this one. Overall, this is pretty obvious, but sometimes you have to look a little closer to get the fire sauce.

Apparently the site doesn't take submissions (though they will reblog, for you tumblng tumblrs out there), but even so I couldn't resist making a couple Nashville editions.

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Bell Biv DeVoe at Limelight, 8/28/10

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 11:57 AM

We're not going to lie: We were nervous about the Bell Biv DeVoe show at Limelight on Saturday night. See, we really, really like BBD, but never saw them back during their heyday, and have been letting our imaginations run wild for the last 20 years about just how awesome their show would be. We had some pretty high expectations — everybody dancing, the whole crowd singing along to every word, hands in the air, partying like we did, in fact, not care. But we've been burned before by heritage artists — to paraphrase BBD, never trust an old group and a smile. Turns out our imagination was dead on, and any misgivings were unfounded.

Bell Biv DeVoe aren't touring these days — a brief check of their schedule shows they just do one-off Saturday gigs at the moment — and maybe because of that they seemed like they were in just as much of a party-down mood as the packed crowd at Limelight. We're of the mind that any party gets better when you play Bell Biv DeVoe songs, and when you have Bell Biv DeVoe actually there to play those Bell Biv DeVoe songs, there's just no stopping the awesome. The dudes even busted out the dance moves from their classic videos.

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