I know Steve's blog post about the Paramore split had you all asking loads of questions. Questions like, "Who?" and "Wait, What?" The answers to those questions, respectively: "This guy and his brother" and "They're not into it anymore." Turns out Josh Farro — the guy above — and his brother Zac weren't interested in the direction the band was taking, and they weren't exactly pleased about the way this whole split has been handled thus far. In a blog post written by the Farros, the former Paramoralists use scripture, their personal philosophies and some allegations about Hayley Williams' behavior to explain their departure. Here are some of the juicier excerpts:
* Above is Hans Condor's video for "Time Rhyme or Reason," which features beer-bottle microphones, television smashin', white-hot riffs and unbridled good times. You may remember — as Seth Graves informed us — that the Condor released their LP Sweat, Piss, Jizz and Blood on Saturday. They're longtime East Side staples, those Condors. I remember when they used to play The Alley Cat, ranting in most awesome fashion about the "mother ship" and calling everyone "furburger."
* Glossary have a special holiday video gift for us all: It's a seasonal ditty penned by Glossary's Joey Kneiser, and it's called "A Fool's Christmas." That's bass master extraordinaire Bingham Barnes on "the bellz," in case you were wondering. Oh, and according to contributor Sean Maloney, "I think the song is about regretting stupid stuff or something." Something I can certainly relate to, holiday-wise.
* Also — and this isn't a video, but it's awesome — Nashville's Dead and Battle Tapes' Jeremy Ferguson have come together to present the latest Dead Air: It features live sets from Ben Steine’s Money, So Jazzy, PUJOL, Natural Child and JEFF the Brotherhood recorded June 4, 2010, at The End as part of a breast cancer benefit for Candice, Jeremy's fiance. Big ol' downloadable files there from a great show. Enjoy!
See, Big Boi was already diggin’ on Wick-It’s “Black Bug,” a mash-up of The Black Keys’ “Tighten Up” and Big Boi’s “Shutterbug.” Now he’s got seven more tracks to geek out on. Particularly sick are “You Ain’t the Next DJ” and "Everlasting Shine Blockaz." Hear "You Ain't the Next DJ" below, and hear them all at Wick-It’s Soundcloud page or at Mashville’s Bandcamp page. Props to workin’ man Sean Maloney, who passed this one along to me.
Six people were treated for smoke inhalation, but — like the time the band were pooped on by pigeons — no one was seriously injured. There was also no reported damage to the arena. However, the incident cost crews the time needed to rig the building for tonight's performance, resulting in a postponement.
Glad to hear no one got hurt. Here's a video:
The hall will also induct Leon Russell (in the sideman category).
* The Zut Alors have the spirit, too. They threw together a 45-minute jam fest they're calling “Merry Mixmas," and it features tunes from locals including Those Darlins, Cortney Tidwell, JEFF the Brotherhood, Milktooth, The Features, Heypenny, the Zuts themselves and more. Stream that bad boy here. Local nuggets onslaught!
* JEFF the Brotherhood were recently featured on Nylon TV. Turns out they like the "laid-back lifestyle" and "cheap rent" of Nashville. No mention of wine culture, but they do get absolutely wrecked on some Bolton's spicy fish. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for a split-second, super-stealthy cameo from Heavy Cream's Jessica McFarland. Very stealthy indeed. JEFF-taking-over-the-world onslaught!
* I know you've already gotten one audio-visual dose of The Greenhornes today, but how would you feel about some more? Here they are playing "Go Tell Henry" for the Wilcox Sessions. They also did it live on KEXP. Greenhornes media onslaught!
* Our very own Lance Conzett posted a lovely video of Casa Castile performing acoustic over at Dixie Downturn. In case the Thread of Doom piqued your interest in Casa Castile. Good tunes. Casa Castile's onslaught of charm!
Nicely shot video of a mellower, more acoustic Greenhornes, hanging around a house and playing the song "Get Me Out of Here." Not sure if this is part of a series or what, just that it was uploaded to the Vimeo by Granted Productions and looks pro. Sounds pro, too.
Anyway, there's a band in Franklin that needs a new rhythm section, and they've got a South American tour already booked. Maybe they'll hold auditions? Maybe they'll try to snag Rollum Haas or Scott Martin. Wait — we already know the Apollo Up! connection! Maybe my Apollomore dream will come true. Or maybe they'll just find someone at church? I don't know. (P-Rock, I might need my bass back, dude.)
Check out this ’90s gem by Nashvillian rockers-in-matrimony Fleming & John. Replace Led Zeppelin's mountain-hopping with Santa Claus and you've got "Misty Mountain Wonderland." Now Santa Claus and Led Zeppelin have two things in common, the first being an incomprehensible ability to fly (yuk yuk). Bonus points for whoever can determine why the bass guitar sounds like a bullfrog.
Unlike Adam Gold, who saw his first concert when he was 2 years old (was that Iron Maiden's World Piece or Ozzy's Born Again tour?), mine came in middle school when my dad took me to Dancin' in the District to see Fleming & John. This band used to be relatively popular in Nashville, with songs like "I'm Not Afraid" followed later by "Ugly Girl." Ben Folds liked them so much he made them his opener in 1995 calling them "The Carpenters of the 1990s with Led Zeppelin's rhythm section." Not a bad compliment from someone who goofs around on the Internet.
It’s been a very good year! Our very best ever. So Jake planted the seeds, Jamin watered the vines, and Bob and Holland picked the grapes. And then Heavy Cream, Natty Child, Pujol & JEFF the Bro-hood TOTALLY CRUSHED ’EM.
In addition to libations, the folks at Eternity Kitty — that’s what I like to call them from time to time — are offering up a holiday special or two. The Cat crew informs us that if you pre-order the U.K. version of Heavy Days, you’ll get four bonus tracks and a free tote bag, designed by JEFF’s Jamin Orrall (limited to first 50 copies). They've also brought back all sorts of classic releases, including PUJOL's "2010" 7-inch. Merch out, bros.
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