Wednesday, August 25, 2010

‘New’ ‘Genre’ Alert: Which House? Witch House

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Well, I know this “new” genre has been gestating for a few months, so posting about it now doesn’t exactly put me at the cutting-edge, finger-on-pulse, ear-to-ground forefront of web-savvy blog buzz. But hey, we’re in Nashville! Nashville loves to stay just behind the crest of the hipness wave, no?

So remember when people started name-checking “glo-fi” and “chillwave”? Basically, a crop bands — Neon Indian, Memory Tapes, Toro y Moi, Washed Out, et cetera — started to emerge about a year ago, using electronic instrumentation and various production techniques to make digital recordings sound analog. It certainly wasn’t a new trend — artists like Ariel Pink have been doing it for a while — but when united by a semi-official moniker and the power of the Internet, BOOM! It was a trend. Well, when it comes to semi-official (and seemingly pretentious) monikers, trends and especially Internet power, I think this latest wave of artists has to take the “WUT?” Cake. The blanket term is “witch house,” though it’s also interchangeable with “drag,” “screwgaze” and — my absolute favorite expression ever — “crunk shoegaze.”

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Conan, Natural Child, Turbo Fruits Get 7-Inchy [Newsy Bits]

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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* That Conan O'Brien 7-inch, "And They Call Me Mad," is now available from Third Man Records. It's a madcap take on the legend of Frankenstein! And the B-side is an interview with CoCo conducted by Jack White. There's also a limited-edition version (100 copies) being sold at the store for $100, with all those proceeds going to ReTune Nashville, the nonprofit working to help uninsured musicians replace their flood-destroyed gear. No word yet on when that big ol' "Live at Third Man" 12-inch is coming out.

* Natural Child have a new 7-inch, too — “White Man’s Burden” b/w “Ray Thompson’s Blues” and “Bang My Head.” There are 250 of these, available now on vinyl of indeterminate color from Infinity Cat. Here's a video of Natural Child not playing any of those songs, and also telling an Eric Clapton joke.

* Turbo Fruits have put up a mono mix of a new song called "Where the Stars Don't Shine" on their MySpace. As The Spin mentioned after T.F. opened for Colour Revolt at Mercy, the boys recorded some new tunes at Battle Tapes for an upcoming 7-inch to be released on their new label, Turbo Time. This new one's what we've come to expect from the Fruits — gritty, mom-disapproved rock 'n' roll.

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Best of Nashville: Vote for Your Favorite Music Things, and Other Things

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 8:34 AM

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Hey, did you hear the one about how Jeff Yarbro lost the Democratic primary to 840-year-old Douglas "rape, ladies and gentlemen, is not today what rape was" Henry — by 17 votes? I'm not saying that voting is important or anything, or that you should vote, ever. But what I am saying is that this year's Best of Nashville ballot is up, and that you could, if you wanted, vote for stuff you think is the bestest in Nashville. This is basically the one time every year that your critical appraisal of things gets into the paper. Not that you should care, just sayin'.

Since we like to talk about music around here, you might be interested in the Arts & Entertainment category, which includes important distinctions like Best Local Band, Best Concert, Best Place to Hear Live Music, Best Music Industry Hang (make your own joke), Best New Bar or Club opened since Oct. 2009, Best Open Mic and so forth. And since this is a music blog, ahem, you might want to cast a vote in the Media category. And there's always the wild-card Best Category We Forgot (under Other), where you can nominate whatever for inclusion in our yearly Best of Nashville issue. Get psyched! Or not.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Letters to the Editor: He Adores and Enjoys Dianna Paul

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 3:07 PM

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Now has time come the making for Letters to Editor! But for real though, we at the Scene often get email feedback from our readers and/or random online solicitors, and we typically run the cream of the crop in our Love/Hate Section. Some of these responses are vitriolic, some are supportive and some are … well, some sound like they were typed out by an ESL helper monkey. As far as I know, we’ve never written anything about local country singer-songwriter Dianna Paul — who is the "daughter of a Southern man" and shouldn’t be confused with local DJ/mixologist and Dave Paulson alter-ego D-PAUL — but that didn’t stop Daniel de Culla of North Hollywood/Madrid from letting us know how great she is:

Department: Letter to the Editor
Subject: I adore and enjoy Dianna Paul

Message:
I adore and enjoy SongWriter Dianna Paul. Her Songs are a ballad to my favourite dreams of Her. Excellent. I want to meet like to dream about.

Contact name: Daniel de Culla
City/state: North Hollywood, and Madrid

OK! Just for good measure, I translated Daniel’s words to Spanish and then back to English again:

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Caption Contest: Chromeo Ticket Giveaway! [Updated]

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 12:26 PM

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We have arrived at another caption contest, and it's a doozy. If you'd like to win two tickets to see Chromeo this Thursday at The Cannery Ballroom, where they'll be performing with Holy Ghost! and Telephoned, then just do one thing for us, if you will: Make a funny caption for the photo above. And when you do, make sure your email's in the email field, and that you check your email so you can read all about how you won, if you did.

Here's where we mention that you can download tracks from Chromeo and Holy Ghost! (and a bunch more) over at Green Label Sound. This contest ends tomorrow (Wednesday, Aug. 25) at 3 p.m., so go! Update: We have our winner. Thanks for playing!

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Heavy Cream Video: 'Watusi'

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 9:32 AM

The kids in local punk troupe Heavy Cream released their first single off Danny a couple weeks ago — that'd be "Watusi," from their debut album with the intensely equine cover art. Now we've got their brand-new video for that song, a shoplifting, lottery-ticket-scratching, smoke-bombing, pick-up-truck-riding, tire-swinging, Ouija-boarding romp through Nashville, directed by JEFF the Brotherhood's Jamin Orrall with a flair for casual mischief and spirit-world summoning.

Yesterday was your last chance to pre-order Danny and get that autographed tour DVD (sorry), but Heavy Cream play their record-release show tonight at Billups Art (1008-C Woodland in East Nashy, behind Drifter's BBQ). Cover is $10, and Infinity Cat says you get free beer! Nashville's Dead will be DJing and, like we told you yesterday, Those Darlins will also be playing. Get on it!

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Nashville Cream Fourth Anniversary Party Update: Tristen! Prizes!

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 8:39 AM

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You already know our birthday's coming up, and that we're throwing a party at Exit/In on Friday, Sept. 3. You know My So-Called Band is going to play Weezer's Pinkerton. (And you know Weezer has since been, um, inspired to play Weezer's Pinkerton.) You know the Cream party is always fun.

And now for a few updates. First off, Tristen — she's a wild one — has joined the bill. You oughta know about her by now, but if you don't, you will, and you should.

Also: prizes! Grimey's is a sponsor of this year's party, and will be giving away a gift certificate and at least one vinyl prize pack, which will include a copy of — you guessed it — Weezer's Pinkerton. (Records nerds should note that this album is currently only available on vinyl as an import, and a $32 import at that.) We'll also be giving away tickets to upcoming shows, and a bunch of other stuff, including a guitar. On top of that, you can take home an awesome poster screenprinted by Boss Construction. If that doesn't sound like a party, you've probably never been to a party.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

It Gets Worse Than the Cover of Soundgarden’s New Album … but Not by Much

Posted By on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Seriously? Seriously.
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  • Seriously? Seriously.

No, you did not just see the latest work courtesy of the Cream's in-house photoshop artiste, D. Ricky Rodriguez. The image above that just made you lose your lunch is indeed the real album artwork for Soundgarden’s forthcoming release, Telephantasm. Unlike the misplaced irony behind the cover for Weezer’s next strike against their own dwindling legacy, Hurley, it appears as though Soundgarden approved such a design in earnest. I mean, nothing says a band’s for real like a wise, stern K-9. It seriously looks like a band-sponsored fan club contest to design the telephantasmic cover resulted in a 10-way tie — a problem they solved by using morphing software to hybridize the winning entries, resulting in an image that looks like White Fang meets Goodnight Moon meets The Road Warrior meets your Mammaw’s moon wolf shirt.

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Warpaint, The Non-Commissioned Officers & Royal Bangs at Exit/In, 8/20/10

Posted By on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 3:19 PM

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Between Tallest Trees celebrating the release of The Ostrich or The Lark across town, The Cannery Ballroom bro-ing down with a free Lucero show and Diarrhea Planet playing in a Pegram basement, it was a good night to be a fan of local rock in Nashville. And yet, with all of those options, we opted for L.A. psychedelic group Warpaint headlining a show at Exit/In with Non-Commissioned Officers and Royal Bangs. In fairness, Warpaint did call Nashville their second home for some reason, so we can totally claim them, we guess.

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Remembering Stacy Fleeman, One Year Later

Posted By on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 12:16 PM

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Hard as it is to believe, today, Aug. 23, marks the one-year anniversary of musician, End doorman, Spat! Records proprietor, champion of the local rock underdog and all-around sweet guy Stacy Fleeman’s untimely death. He was 33. At this time last year, Stacy’s friends, family and Nashville rock brethren flooded the Cream and the Scene with remembrances of his life, and praises of his warm, generous personality. If you’d like to revisit those, here are a few links:

* Cream post reporting on Fleeman's coma

* Cream post reporting on Fleeman's death

* Fleeman's obituary in the Scene

Tonight at 8 p.m., friends of Stacy have organized a gathering at The Gold Rush to celebrate his life and have a drink in his honor. View the event page on Facebook to RSVP or simply to show your support.

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