Monday, November 29, 2010

People Noticin': William Tyler in The New York Times, Willie Nelson Getting Busted & Village Voice Hatin' on Songs [Newsy Bits]

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 2:17 PM

* The New York Times has noticed local fave and KORT/Lambchop/Cortney Tidwell/Silver Jews/Tim Chad and Sherry guitarist William Tyler. He’ll soon be releasing his record, Behold the Spirit, with a Grimey’s in-store slated for Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. The Times recently ranked Behold the Spirit among their Critics’ Choices for new releases, saying “This album may remind you of … baroque guitar music, Jimmy Page’s acoustic playing on “Led Zeppelin III,” some of Bert Jansch’s early records, Jim O’Rourke’s post-postmodern Americana. But over all, in its learnedness and mystery and beauty, “Behold the Spirit” often sounds like his version of a record by John Fahey.”

* Cops in Sierra Blanca, Texas, noticed about six ounces of marijuana in Willie Nelson’s tour bus on Friday … you know, since we’re on the subject of dudes named Willie/Willy who spend a lot of time in Nashville. The Red-Headed (read: Pot-Headed?) Stranger could face a minimum of six months in the clink. Hey, the quantity of illegal substances in question certainly isn’t as substantial as it was in 2006. Maybe this will prompt the legendary songsmith to grow his hair back out? I recommend that Willie's people issue the following statement: "Dude's a baller. Let him roast a bone or two if he feels like it."

* The Village Voice has noticed some terrible songs. They begin their countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010 today, and they’ve already mentioned “a never-ending race to find the bits of actual food in Ke$ha's glitter-puke” and Taylor Swift’s “difficult third album that doubles as a TMZ slambook phase.” Fingers crossed that Nashville owns the list! WE WILL OWN EVERY LIST.

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