Hmmm, let us think about this for a second … What you’re saying is that DJ Crisis, the man that rocks the decks behind Young Buck while keeping Sunday nights on 101 the Beat Jamz hot like fire, is playing a show with Sir Lazenby, the DJ/producer behind our main man Future the Unknown, and they’re going to be showcasing the hottest new rap talent in town? Really? Well, then, we’re on it like the proverbial baby’s proverbial bonnet. At press time the details were scant, but we know that homie Dee Goodz will be in the house, and that cat has been on fire recently: His track “Bananas” was just that, and his new Last Dragon-sampling video for “Lisa Lopes” toes the smoothed-out/roughneck line just the way we like it — and we have total faith that the rest of the lineup will be hella dope.
9 p.m. at The End, $5. You want flow? Check some videos below.
Exit/In: Reid Magette, Samantha, Harlow, Dylan Jones and Your Friends, Evan P. Donohue
The End: The Inscape, Conestyle, Nineteen Eighteen, Casa Castile, The Fifths
"I won’t join another band again," he reportedly says. "Three’s enough for one lifetime. If I can’t say it in any of these bands, then I’ll say it by myself."
For a second there, I was going to say something like, "What? Why just pick some arbitrary number and say that's enough bands for a lifetime, when, well, you just never know?" But then I was like, "Oh, yeah. Three."
Strangely enough, minimalist pop can sound pretty maxed-out, and that’s the case with the New Orleans sextet Empress Hotel. The group came together last year out of various Crescent City groups who seemed intent on combining the disparate styles of such quasi-pop aggregations as Tortoise and Steely Dan. Guitarist Ryan Rogers had done time in Antenna Inn, who skillfully combined the jazzy lope of Tortoise circa TNT with Donald Fagen-style irony. Vocalist Micah McKee had worked with Silent Cinema, a band with a similar slant. Empress Hotel’s languid harmonies, cheesy keyboard ostinatos and foursquare rhythms dispense with jazzy overtones altogether — such tunes as “Bells Ring” and “Mach Bach” suggest a fusion of Sparks and The Beach Boys around the time of Wild Honey. Their music is cute and minimalist without sacrificing density — minimalism maximized for optimum effect. Expect a self-titled debut EP in March.
If you like rhythm 'n' balloons, check out the band's video for "Mach Bach" over at Paste.
From the Department of Plucked Heartstrings: Step aside, Wu-Tang: Caitlin Rose is for the children. (Via YouTube user girlcalledjoe.)
* The L.A. Times tracks down the "children of the revolution" — the revolution being the influx of talents like Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam and Kevin Welch into ’80s Nashville — and in this case, these are literal children, including Scene faves Justin Townes Earle and Chelsea Crowell. My favorite quote comes from Dustin Welch: "There's a huge difference between an idol and an icon — an idol takes all the energy from an audience for themselves; an icon takes that energy, transforms it and gives it back. We learned the real connection is giving back." [L.A. Times]
* Rooney's playing Exit/In tonight. What about it? Here's some Critical Pickage for you: "Their scruffy-but-pretty faces and ELO-meets-Psychedelic Furs-by-way-of-Weezer blend drove enough early MySpacers crazy to get them a deal with Geffen and spots on popular prime-time shows like The O.C. Unfortunately, Rooney never got successful enough to please the suits, and now, in their second decade, the band finds itself learning to function as a bona-fide indie band." [Critics' Picks]
Florida — who, you may recall, penned a similar piece called "The Nashville Effect" for The Atlantic's Daily Dish a couple of years back — points out the effect that adopted Nashvillians (Jack White, Robert Plant, Keith Urban, et al.) have had on Nashville's boom. He also references his colleague Dan Silver's 2009 analysis of MySpace genre proliferation to point out that Nashville is ... wait for it ... more than just country. Ah, that old chestnut. (It should also be noted that the veracity of artists' self-selected MySpace genres was somewhat debated here on the Cream when that article first appeared; plus, as we all know, MySpace [or My___?] is something of a husk now.) From Florida's Atlantic piece:
Over the past several decades, Nashville transformed itself from a rather narrow country music outpost in the 1960s and 1970s into a major center for commercial music. By the mid-2000s, only New York and Los Angeles housed more musicians. Nashville's rise is even more impressive when you look at its ratio of musicians to total population. In 1970, Nashville wasn't even one of the top five regions by this measure. By 2004, it was the national leader, with nearly four times the U.S. average. Today, it is home to over 180 recording studios, 130 music publishers, 100 live music clubs, and 80 record labels.
Yea verily, the Music City Machine doth churn out plenty more than just country — though it's thanks to country that we have the opportunity to churn out anything else. Anyhow, Florida's piece is an interesting read, with nods being thrown in the respective directions of Miranda Lambert, Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum and more. Long and short: Nashville is again being called "the Silicon Valley of the music business" (will it stick?!), and if it wasn't for us, America would have only barely beaten out Canada regarding domination of saturation. Come on, America! We can't carry the weight forever. ... Or can we? (To be fair, The Band's "The Weight" was recorded in New York
City. But that was Pre-Boom. Pre-Boom!)
Ten years ago, if you’d asked The Spin what we’d be doing with ourselves on a Friday night in 2011, we probably would have casually replied as follows: “I dunno. Probably, like, writing a review of a Jimmy Eat World or Pedro the Lion show for, like, a newspaper or something.” And then we’d have indifferently swept our hair out of our eyes. Typically, we like to think of our teenage Spin selves as little Dorkensteins who hadn’t yet realized our full potential, street cred- or hip-wise. But, in this instance, Teenage Spin was right.
Director of Student Media Chris Carroll argues that the VSC board worked to exhaust all other options before making the possible sale public — and that even now, they are treading carefully.
"They reached the conclusion at the end of the year that having a public discussion about it to invite all kinds of information would be the wise thing to do," Carroll said.
There was also hope that announcing the possible sale would inspire a large endowment donation, or even inspire Vanderbilt to purchase the radio station, Carroll said. [Emphasis mine.]
That's an interesting wrinkle — as I reported in my City Limits piece in this week's paper, Chancellor Zeppos' office has said, "The university views this as a matter for the board and will not intervene in the process or the decision." Now it would seem that VSC would at least entertain the idea of the university's input, at least if it came in the form of cash. Stay tuned, and if you've got any wealthy terrestrial radio-loving friends or relatives, maybe give them a ring.
* JEFF the Brotherhood announced a bunch of new tour dates, including a string of hot-rockin' nights with The Greenhornes and King Tuff. They've also got their own skateboard deck, made in Germany, and you can pre-order one of those right now. We've heard about some other exciting things for the brothers, but we've got to keep a lid on that for now. [JEFF the Brotherhood]
* I was flipping through my copy of Venues Today today and saw that our own Predator-y gigantiplex, Bridgestone Arena, is ranked second in the country in gross ticket sales! OK, fine, I don't actually get Venues Today, I read it in a press release. "From Dec. 16, 2010, through Jan. 15, 2011, Bridgestone Arena sold more than $4 million in tickets," the press release says. Thanks, Kid Rock!
* Tallest Trees' Dabney Morris has a new side project, and it's called Tyrannosauricorn. A Tyrannosauricorn is a mythical beast, half T-Rex, half unicorn, made from delicious milk chocolate. At least that's the vibe I'm getting. [Tyrannosauricorn]
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