Familiar with the Belgian dance duo Arsenal? Until today, I wasn’t. Well, it appears as though YouTube user PlayoutPlaygrounds — likely associated somehow with Arsenal’s label, Playout Records — has posted a four-part video series featuring artists who contributed in one way or another to their record Lotuk. Part 3, shown above, features a remarkably candid interview with beloved local songstress and KORT member Cortney Tidwell, who contributed vocals on the Arsenal song “Who We Are.” In her segment, Tidwell performs "Hard to Tell," talks openly about her legendary family and even visits Nashville’s Mt. Olivet Cemetery, a locale that holds special meaning for her.
Perhaps that explains his series of collaborations with famous-for-the-sake-of-being-famous pop (country, et al.) “singer” Jessica Simpson. Having previously worked with Simpson twice — first on a cover of “These Boots Are Made for Walking” for the Dukes of Hazzard OST, then appearing as Simpson’s “Pap Paw” in 2007’s homage to Working Girl, Blonde Ambition — Nelson’s goin’ for a Simp-phonic three-peat with an appearance on Simpson’s latest record, Happy Christmas.
After Lambchop (not sure if that's the actual album art — waiting to hear back), subscribers will get records by Richard Youngs, L. Eugene Methe and 200 Years (Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance and Elisa Ambrogio of Magik Markers), plus a "deluxe hard-shell box" to keep them all in. Nifty.
We've actually known about this for a while, but shits got busy, and then there was all that turkey, and the black this and the cyber that, and I didn't get around to posting it in my usual somewhat almost timely manner. If you're not excited about this show, I guess I understand: First name, last name, etc. — we get a lot of that in this town, and a lot of it is about as interesting as a cardboard box, which, at least you can make an awesome fort out of a cardboard box if it's big enough.
But seriously: You should be excited about this show.
(Yes, I usually reserve these posts for Missed Connections that occur at rock shows around town, but, as modern folk, we must allow for the kind of semantic space in which people use the term "club." Humor me.)
We’ve been working on this stuff for a good bit now and it’s finally time to announce that we’re officially jumping into the realm of record labels. That up there is our first release — and we couldn’t be more stoked about it. It’s a Useless Eaters single for “Space City” b/w “Market Rat” and it should be out right around holiday time [so if you're looking for a good cheap gift to get a buddy, there's your answer] The second single, which should come mid-January, is from one of our favorite local bands — The Paperhead [formerly The Looking Glass] The single features “Yellowbook” b/w “Dear Mr. Vacant”. Those Paperhead boys have some pretty sick bizness of their own going on that they’ll tell you about later. We’ve got a whole lot more in the works for the 2011 year [more singles and LPs than we know what to do with] If you would like to nerd out with us for a bit, click below and we’ll give you the skinny on how we’re gonna run most of this stuff…
Gotta say, those sleeves look pretty sick — propers to Miles Johnson, who also puts the kick in the visual style for a certain other record label in town. We're looking forward to putting the needle down on these slices of ultra-vinyl-ence, so congrats to Nashville's Dead youth on their great leap forward.
The venues in question — and in no particular order, unless you count "alphabetical" — are Bridgestone Arena, The Cannery Ballroom, Mercy Lounge and Third Man Records. Canadian sci-fi prog masterminds Rush will be stepping into the “limelight” here in Nashville quite soon. New York’s comic-rap madman — and bizarro Kyp Malone — Reggie Watts will be explaining “why shit be so crazy” in Music City before you know it. Roots-rockers Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will soon “grace” us with a “nocturnal” appearance. Last but not least, young folkstress Lissie will soon “catch” the “tiger” that is your attendance at a Nashville venue. So who goes where? Follow me after the jump to find out, but no premature peeking! I have a very special gift for you if you place each of the four performers with the correct corresponding performance hall.
* 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.
After a controversial incident like the recent one in Indianapolis, wherein Justin Townes Earle allegedly smacked a few folks around, got arrested and spent a subsequent stint in rehab, well, it’s a little tough not to use it as a preface when reporting on what’s essentially JTE’s triumphant return since the whole thing went down. Earle rocked two crowded houses at the Mercy Lounge over the weekend, and while we happened to take in Saturday's set, buzz around the room indicated both were equally big to-dos.
Thanks Gold. If his home base is in LA I can definitely understand now why…
Cherub is amazing!!! Check out their video for Doses and Mimosas!!!
He lives in L.A.
Cool. Is Mr. Grohl still based in Seattle? Seattle and Nashville should become sister cities…
I'M A FOX HEAD FULL OF LOVE LET ME BE YOUR MOUNTED TAXIDERMY SAY WHATEVER…