If you're going to Next Big Nashville and have an iPhone, here's some awesome news: The NBN app is ready. You can use it to keep track of the schedule, the venues, the bands, the parties and your own personal itinerary that you created, which will sync with the app if you update it on the web. (If you used the Bonnaroo app this year, this will feel familiar, since it's made by the same people.) That is, if you have an iPhone. If you don't have one of these magical devices,
I hope you're having fun in the past you can still make your personalized schedule online and then try to remember it for those long, long minutes between not looking at your computer anymore and arriving at the venue. Wait, which venue? What band are you going to see? You forgot? Well, just check your — oh, right. You still have a Chocolate or something, don't you?
I think everyone who reads this blog knows we're big fans of You Tell Concerts' post-show videos. It slipped my mind when they posted the video for the recent Crystal Castles show at The Cannery, but here it is. Of all the blogs on all the Internets, The Alt Report beat us to posting it Sunday. Here's an excerpt:
Just watched some youtube journalist interview a bunch of ‘CC fans’ after their show in Nashville Tennessee. Didn’t really know there was an indie core 8bit scene over there, but seems like all of these ‘goth alts’ really loved ‘the live energy’ of the show. Not really sure about Nashville’s Music Scene, but think they prefer ‘honky ass’ rock n roll or something.
Ha ha. (HT: Steve Cross.)
This is currently my favorite video on the Internet.
Well that didn’t take long. If you haven’t already heard, you’re probably not surprised to learn Nashvillian and great white hope of Americana, Justin Townes Earle, has temporarily traded in the road for rehab. A post on the singer’s official website announces that Earle has canceled all his pending U.S. and U.K. fall tour dates and checked himself into an unnamed treatment facility to “[confront] his ongoing struggle with addiction.”
The announcement comes less than a week following a nationally reported incident in Indianapolis, which resulted in assault and battery charges being leveled against the 28-year-old singer. The announcement also notes that those are misdemeanor charges.
While the public is still yet to hear the singer’s side of the story, what is clear is that he’s taken it as a wake up call to man up and slay his personal demons. In the video posted above — a short film directed by Tim Sutton, which also features a pretty stellar performance of the song “Slippin’ and Slidin’” — it’s clear Earle knows exactly who those demons are, as he says of his relationship with bourbon in a bar-stool interview, “I can’t drink this shit … bourbon equals stitches or jail for me.”
Apparently he wasn’t bullshittin’.
When I heard about the pet project of Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley, Postal Service) and her Scottish-American singer-songwriter boyfriend Johnathan Rice, I was prepared for a precious, cloying experience. I anticipated solipsism and a heavy dose of wince-worthy cutesy-poo — like a mildly more legit She & Him. But you know what? Yes, Jenny & Johnny’s brand-new debut, I’m Having Fun Now, is full of sweet duets and a touch of starry-eyed schmaltz, but these two are compelling songwriters and well-suited collaborators, and that didn’t just vanish once they started sharing a bed. Rice and Lewis both contributed heavily to Elvis Costello’s 2008 release Momofuku, and their appreciation for the bopping, new wave-tinged rock ’n’ roll of The Imposter is clear on tunes like “Scissor Runner” and “Big Wave.” It’s sturdy, catchy, sunny, upbeat indie pop — with the occasional organic, folky flourishes you’d expect — and likely Lewis’ best output in a few years.
In addition to that, J&J will play an all-ages show at Third Man Records at 6 p.m. on Sunday. As we are told by official people: "When fans arrive at the venue their ticket will be stamped, they then have 3 days to return to the Third Man shop if they would like to purchase a black and blue colored vinyl of the show." As we are told by the performers themselves, in the most adorable show announcement to hit our inbox in months:
Well, CMT reports that my beloved alma mater has elected to name their auditorium in honor of Swift — the Sumner County School Board voted unanimously to do so, as a matter of fact. There will be a second meeting to confirm the decision, but that appears to be just a formality. Now Taylor, I know you played in that auditorium a few times, and I’m gonna let them name it after you … but I put on the greatest performance of all time in that auditorium. You may have heard about it. I played Raggedy Andy in a children’s theater production of Raggedy Ann and Andy in that auditorium. Epic acting — pretty big deal. I mean, come on HHS. Can’t I get a water fountain or vending machine named for me or something? What about that bench next to the cafeteria from which my buds and I used to shout things and toss fries at people? That corner of the parking lot where I smoked cigarettes every once in a while? You know, our resident bow-tie-wearing emo apologist J.R. Lind also attended HHS, and he won on Jeopardy! Twice! I mean, just because Tay-Tay is an internationally famous pop megastar doesn’t mean that she’s … wait a minute. What’s this?
[Swift] donated $75,000 to the school in 2009 to update the sound and lighting systems in the auditorium.
Oh. Seventy-five large. Fair enough. By the way, school board chairman Don Long made it clear that Swift did not request that the auditorium be named for her. Tay-Tay’s a class act.
If you've been following the WRVU situation, which I certainly hope you have, you should know that DJs will be on hand with petitions you can sign to try to keep the VSC from selling their broadcast license. Yazoo Brew, Mitchell's Deli, Southern Girls' Rock 'N Roll Camp/Yeah In the 'Boro, Music City Roots, Bluegrass Underground and Next Big Nashville will all be on site as well. See you there.
Hoorah! It's the debut music video from KORT, the project fronted by Kurt Wagner, of Lambchop acclaim, and Cortney Tidwell, of ... Cortney Tidwell acclaim. Featuring members of both Wagner's and Tidwell's backing bands — familiar characters all, including William Tyler (Silver Jews), Ryan Norris (Forrest Bride, The Privates), Paul Niehaus (Calexico) and more — KORT's record is called Invariable Heartache and will be available mid-October via City Slang import. I'll have much more info for you in just a few weeks. For now, know this: KORT will be playing a release at Betty's on Thursday, Oct. 14, and the track "Incredibly Lonely" is still available for download right here.
"Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries" might sound familiar to you because it was once performed by Conway Twitty. The reason KORT opted to cover it, however, is because it was initially recorded by LaWanda Lindsey & Kenny Vernon, and it's one of 11 songs on Invariable Heartache that was tracked by Chart Records artists. Chart is a label that Cortney's father and grandfather ran, and her mother was signed to for a time. If you just can't wait for more back story, check this mini-doc on KORT via City Slang's site. Now, enjoy the above slice of flirtatious, gallivanting, throwback American goodness.
He's back, and he's sporting "The Dry Look." It's episode 34 of The Chris Crofton Show. Forget it. It's over. I'm in love with my pipe. Listen after the jump.
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