Friday, February 25, 2011

WRVU in CMJ: 'One of the Nation's Top College Stations'

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM

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I've been wondering when some of the bigger media outlets that have taken up the KUSF story (cough) would also take up the WRVU story and see the connection since, well, it's pretty obvious. CMJ came through yesterday, with a piece by Brianne Galli on the opposition to selling WRVU's broadcast license and connects those two dots. And if you've been wondering what 300 listeners "at any given time" works out to, then check this out: "WRVU averaged 28,500 listeners between July and October 2010, making it one of the nation’s top college stations, so the lash out against its sale comes as no surprise."

As for that whole maybe-Vanderbilt-will-buy-WRVU scenario Chris Carroll floated out there in Orbis the other day, along with that whole maybe-some-really-rich-people-will-pay-for-an-endowment scenario, I've yet to get a response from Chancellor Zeppos' office. They have said before that VU is going to stay out of this, though.


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Lake Fever Presents The Chris Crofton Show, Episode 48

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 9:00 AM

  • Logo by Mike Clausius

This weekend, Chris Crofton is headed down to Austin, Texas, and you know what that means: It's The Texas Episode! It's like Texas Chainsaw Massacre if W.A.S.P. was a part of it. Hear it after the jump.

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Weekend Round-Up: Golden Franco Style

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 8:48 AM

So, Oscar weekend is upon us, and that of course means we're all about to get bombarded with loads of Franco. Can you handle the Franco? You know, our own music listings editor, Adam Gold, was initially in the running to play the part of Aron Ralston in 127 Hours, but was beaten out last-minute by Franco. Why? Because nobody knows Franco like Franco knows Franco, and that sort of confidence, Franc-ly, makes for a sexual explosion onscreen.

Anyhow, the Oscars aren't your only chance for an exciting shindig this weekend. Some sweet local-rock action is going down. Tonight, you've got The Jompson Brothers with Shivering Timbers at The Basement, Afroman (LOL) with DJ Wick-It down in Murfreesboro, record releases from Trent Dabbs at 12th & Porter and Shotgun Lovers at The 5 Spot and loads more. Tomorrow, we've got Heypenny's record release show at Mercy Lounge, The Joe Bidewell Quartet — featuring loads of skilled locals — at Dino's, Mashville at The End, Government Cheese's reunion at The Rutledge, Ghostfinger with Heartbeater down in the ’Boro and more. Have a look after the jump to see the rest, compiled by listings king and Oscar hopeful A. Harrison Gold. Let us know what we missed, and, as per usual, have a good weekend.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fresh Tracks: Free Album Downloads From Big Surr, Field Days, Tyler James and More

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Everyone likes free tunes, yes? Everyone likes supporting the locals, yes? Thanks to Internet, I've found a way we can all do both. Below are links to free downloads of EPs and LPs from locals Big Surr, Casa Castile, Field Days, Tyler James and Infinity Cat. I've also embedded some tunes, so you can try it before you buy it. Even though you're buying it for $0. I'm making this really easy for you guys. Just give it a listen.

* For fans of feel-good, lo-fi California pop, I give you Big Surr’s Miss You Most EP. Best Coast enthusiasts, be warned: This one may be directly up your alley. “Alright” and “You Got Somethin’ ” are standouts. Hear "Alright" below. [Download Big Surr’s Miss You Most EP via Mediafire.]

* Our own Lance Conzett already hipped you guys to Casa Castile’s Vake EP months ago, but it bears repeating. I got the chance to catch Andrew Nabuco & Co. live at Tuesday night’s Rock the Block, and I was not disappointed. Incredibly smart, remarkably dense bedroom pop with gorgeous melodies and brilliant instrumentation. Without a doubt, my most-played local release at the moment. Hear "Lights, Flashes" below. [Download Casa Castile’s Vake EP via Mediafire.]

* Heartfelt, intimate folk-pop from Field Days. It’s called Projector, and it features a lot of doubled vocals, improvised percussion and other bedroom-pop tricks. Hear "Half Past Tennessee" below. [Download Field Days’ Projector via New York Groove.]

* Local soul-inflected pop crooner Tyler James offers his It Took the Fire. Methinks I hear some smooth, smooth Wurlitzer parts upon a few of these tracks. (Or maybe it's a Fender Rhodes? Sorry, dudes. I'm not a keys guy.) Think of Ben Folds, Ben Lee or Ben Kweller’s more placid numbers. Hear "All I Got" below. [Download Tyler James’ It Took the Fire via NoiseTrade.]

* And last but most certainly not least, Infinity Cat has a Spring 2011 sampler for you. The mix features a handful of tracks that aren't exactly fresh — tunes from defunct outfits MEEMAW and Cake Bake Betty, for instance — but there are also tunes from folks like Hell Beach, Natural Child, JEFF, PUJOL, Denney and the Jets, FIELDED and more. [Download Infinity Cat’s Spring 2011 MP3 Sampler via JEFF the Brotherhood.]

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WRVU Supporters Respond to VSC Questions, Inspire Open Letter From Phi Mu Alpha's Vandy Chapter

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 11:56 AM

In last week's Scene, I sorted through recent goings-on around the possible sale of WRVU's broadcast license. (If you haven't been following the story, here's the skinny, briefly: Vanderbilt Student Communications, the independent body that operates WRVU 91.1-FM, is exploring a sale of the station's broadcast license in order to establish an endowment that would fund all Vanderbilt student media, including what would be an online-only WRVU; some people think that's a terrible idea. More on that here.) In that piece, I make reference to a list of questions sent out by VSC director of student media Chris Carroll:

... a list of questions that, presumably, the board would consider as it mulled a possible sale. Among them: "Is there an immediate alternative to fund an endowment?"; "Are there likely alumni or other donors willing to match or substantially match the sale offer?"; "Is the revenue potential presented by retaining the broadcast license equal to or greater than the offer?"; "Would the learning experience for students affiliated with WRVU differ substantively if the station's programming was online-only?" While the board has not released any answers, a group of WRVU supporters tells the Scene they're preparing their own item-by-item response, to be made public at later this week.

Today, WRVU supporters posted their responses to Carroll's questions, at some length. Here's one:

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Government Cheese, Dennis Taylor, The Budos Band, Shivering Timbers and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Shivering Timbers
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Giant Steps: The album Dennis Taylor always wanted to make gets an official release without him (Listening party Sunday, 27th at Bluebird Cafe)

The Cheese Incident: Two reunions, a book and 25 years later, all Government Cheese want to do is rock (Playing Saturday, 26th at The Rutledge)

World Clique: When you need to spin something truly funky, reach for The Budos Band (Playing Thursday, 24th at Exit/In)

Kid Tested, Rocker Approved: Shivering Timbers mine the dark side of nursery rhymes on Dan Auerbach-produced debut (Playing Friday, 25th at The Basement and Sunday, 27th at The 5 Spot)

In The Spin: Ozzy Osbourne at Bridgestone Arena, Jimmy Eat World at The Cannery Ballroom

Plus Critics' Picks on Afroman, Rod McGaha, Heypenny, Slightly Stoopid, Road to Bonnaroo, the Right by Her Roots release party and more

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Third Man Records' Ben Blackwell Waxes Records, Dirtbombs and More on The Owen Podcast

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM

In case you didn't learn all you need to know about Jack White's Third Man Records in last month's Scene cover story on the label, check out this interview White's nephew, TMR lieutenant and consummate fountain of factoids Ben Blackwell did with Vanderbilt University's Owen Podcast. In it, he muses about records, his employer, labels, his ongoing tenure as drummer for Detroit's legendary Dirtbombs — who recently released, Party Store, a triple-LP covers record of Motor City techno classics — and more.

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Nashvillians at South by Southwest: The Local Watch List

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Turbo Fruits Jonas Stein at last SXSW 2010.
Who’s ready for another weeklong installment of debaucherous, street-based, booze-fueled Texan madness? This year’s South by Southwest is a little less than three weeks away, as the city of Austin braces itself for all the day parties, indie-gone-corporate schmoozing, corporate-gone-indie boozing and late-night blog epiphanies it can have shoved into its distended gullet.

Nashville’s being represented at SXSW strongly this year, with appearances from locals including but not limited to Those Darlins, Tristen, The Greenhornes, PUJOL, JEFF, The Clutters, Turbo Fruits and Heavy Cream. Have a look after the jump to see who's hitting Austin next month, along with some of the venues at which they’ll be appearing — not including day parties, by the way. If we missed your band, let us know, and we’ll add it to the list. Keep checking back at this post for updates. As far as general schedules go, see SXSW's official schedule page as well as this fairly decent unofficial schedule.

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Aaron Robinson Drops New EP, Inadvertently Gets Song Placed in Porno

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Aaron Robinson
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Fans of former Imaginary Baseball League frontman and My So-Called Band's Rich Little-worthy Adam Duritz impersonator, Aaron Robinson, will be stoked to learn that the local singer-songwriter has just released a new EP. Fans of porn will be stoked to know — or pretend not to know, if you catch my drift — that there's a site, presumably modeled after YouTube, called YouJizz. And fans of both Aaron Robinson and porn, of which there is apparently a growing number, will be stoked to learn that, somewhere on the site, you can hear his 2008 cut "The Elephant" complement the hardcore sights and sounds of stag cinema. More on that in a minute.

First, let's talk about Robinson's new EP. Titled A Dying Art, the release — which was culled from sessions the singer did dating back as far as 2008 — features five new tracks. He tells the Scene via email that they touch on stories and subjects such as the mistrust of political and religious leaders, and the plight of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's offspring. It's rife with "almost unintended references to God," says the singer. You can share, stream and download the EP at Robinson's Bandcamp.

Now for the money shot. While Robinson's lyrical references to God are "almost" unintended, he says a recent musical foray into the world of pornography — by way of a song placement — is wholly unintended. Confused? I'll just let the man the man himself tell the tale. Now, pull up a chair and venture after the jizz-ump to read what's easily the funniest anecdotal email to hit my inbox in a while.

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Ke$ha Commander, JEFFashion, Square People Tape Release [Newsy Bits]

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 12:19 PM

* Ke$ha's got a new dance remix album on the way, compactly titled I Am The Dance Commander + I Command You To Dance: The Remix Album. I am often confused by "band reveals track listing for new album" emails, but I have to admit, I'm kind of intrigued by Track 9, "TiK Tok Chuck Buckett’s Veruca Salt Remix," partly sort of because their bass player once gave me a pair of gloves and I always wonder what happened to that band, and partly because, well, I'm genuinely curious what Veruca Salt's chocolate might sound like mixed into Ke$ha's peanut butter. I don't know about that green mouth, though.

* What happens when you get a bunch of models walking around New York's Fashion Week wearing slinky Marc Jacobs clothing and there's a JEFF the Brotherhood song playing? Well, you get this Nylon TV video, is what you get.

* Square People Jazz Maturity will be celebrating the release of their new tape Moodscapes (High Density Headache) tonight at Betty's, and they've got Ttotals and Matta Gawa helping them — and you — party down. About Matta Gawa: "founder members of DC’s New Atlantis Collective of musicians; drummer Sam Lohman has also worked with early NYHC legends Sheer Terror, the Radon Collective, Steve Mackay and Acid Mothers Temple; guitarist Ed Ricart works with Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Peter Brotzmann, Herb Robertson, Jason Ajemian, and members of avant rock legends Fugazi, Pinback, Stinking Lizaveta, and the Swirlies."

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