Sit in awe of the opening 20 minute drone that made everybody around you wonder if the show was starting! Relive the moment when some idiot's alarm went off during a lull in one of their songs! Enjoy all of the stuff you missed when you realized you were way too sick to stand around for two hours listening to the assaulting sounds of anarchist Canadians and took off! That last one probably only applies to me. Here's a pro-tip: If you have a cold, droney instrumental rock turned up to 11 isn't a good cure. Who'd have thunk it?
More archival goodness after the jump.
* Taylor “Babygirl Tay-Tay” Swift just hit 20 million in record sales. Twenty million (!), and that’s with only three full-lengths under her belt, and at the age of 21. She celebrated in London at the end of her European tour, with — you guessed it — characteristic humility and her mouth agape in Taylor-esque shock and awe. [Via]
* Miley Cyrus recently spoke with Australia’s Daily Telegraph, and while the focus of the interview was mostly on Cyrus touring Australia, not being single (Jared? Is that you?) and cutting social media out of her life, the main thing Pop Eater seemed to notice is that Cyrus doesn’t think YouTube phenom Rebecca Black is very talented. "It should be harder to be an artist," quoth Mi-Cy. I mean, it’s true. She’s right. It’s just that some people — and I’m not saying me, per se — might find the source of such scrutiny to be a little ironic.
* And finally, strap on your dumpster-diving trash-bag ponchos: Ke$ha had a dream that she and Lady Gaga made out. Remarkably unsurprising, right? Until you hear this part: “We were in this art room at pre-school, and we were painting together. Then I leaned over to give her a kiss. Next thing we’re making out.” So … Baby Gaga and Kindergarten Ke$ha making out and finger-painting. Why does that sound like a Garbage Pail Kids trading card to me? [Via]
End Game: Patience is rewarded on Mountain Goats' latest, All Eternals Deck (Playing Wednesday, 6th at Mercy Lounge)
Rebound: As Sebadoh tour behind a reiusse of 1994's Bakesale, Lou Barlow says he wouldn't rule out a new album (Playing Friday, 1st at Mercy Lounge)
On the Loose: Those Darlins sharpen their chops without losing their scrappy style on their latest
Plus Critics' Picks on Exene Cervenka and Kevin Seconds, Afro-Cuban All-Stars, Electric Six, Almost Too Good to Be True Feat. Quiet Entertainer, Spoken Nerd and The Billy Goats, Loud Love Save WRVU Benefit Show Feat. R. Stevie Moore, Diarrhea Planet, Evan P. Donohue and more
Then, just when you were trying to figure out the exact mixture of hilarity and bad taste you'd been hit with, he would launch into some heartbreaking ballad, or one of those driving old bluegrass standbys. And if it was one of the latter, once it was done, he'd say, "Boy, that's a whole lot more work than writing a song."
Granted, while alliterative Americana(ish) rockers The Romany Rye are yet to distinguish themselves as local rock’s latest transplants (by not moving here ... yet), I wouldn’t be surprised if they're the next. Given that the band — who mostly hail from Little Rock, Ark., and currently call Long Beach, Calif., home — has some local representation, has spent a fair amount of time here lately and have, according to a source close to the band, done some casual recording with fervent champion, father to be and the Cream’s favorite cutter of rugs, Matthew Followill, at the King of Leon’s Nashville studio*, my Magic 8-Ball tells me a Music City move is, more likely than not, in the band’s future. But that's just a prognostication.
* The Civil Wars covered Smashing Pumpkins' "Disarm," and made it all kinds of Civil Wars-y, if you know what I mean. If you don't know what I mean, go check it out at over at Magnet, where Ryan Burleson pits it against the original as part of their "Take Cover" series. [Magnet]
* Mr. Local Avant Garde himself, Tony Youngblood of Theatre Intangible, sends us word of his gig — also this Saturday night, April 2 — at Betty’s. Performing will be Robbie Hunsinger — known for interactive audio/video sets in which she uses “hacked Xbox Kinect, Wii-mote, oboe, Chinese oboe and soprano sax" — as well as William “Prince Howard” Davis of Oh No It’s Howard and Youngblood himself, playing as Adventure Bomb. Lots of radical, alien sounds. See preview videos and more at Theatre Intangible.
* By the way, if you were planning on hitting Diamond Star Halo Vintage tomorrow, March 31, for their Save WRVU Party & Sale, don’t. There was a death in Diamond Star proprietor Libby Callaway’s family, and the event had to be postponed. Our thoughts and good vibrations go to her. If you still want to attend a WRVU benefit, however, Loud Love’s Save WRVU show feat. Evan P. Donohue, Diarrhea Planet, R. Stevie Moore and more is taking place at The Muse on Sunday. Dig that! [Via Needles + Pins]
* We’re going to have more coverage for you regarding Record Store Day (April 16), believe you me. But for now, see Grimey’s site for their RSD lineup. Jason Isbell, Hunx and His Punx, Deadstring Brothers, Gabe Dixon Band, a meet-and-greet with Matt & Kim and more, plus screenings of Better Than Something: Jay Reatard, Heavy Metal Picnic and Broke.
So what do Creamers think of the new Tennessee vanity plate? Is it rocking? Is it a triumph of music-related, guitar-based graphic design? Font? Do you want to put one on your PT Cruiser? These babies will cost $35 plus a $3 service fee, and you can find out (very little) more about them at www.tnmusicplate.com. Some detail:
Proceeds benefit music education benefit music education initiatives led by Tennessee music museums and charities and will be distributed through the The Gibson Foundation.
1,000 plates must be pre-ordered before production on the plate begins. If that goal isn't reached within 12 months, all orders will be refunded.
Photo of the Week honors go to this shot of Evan P. Donohue looking smooth as hell playing a Tidwell & Perryman fashion show. Speaking of EPD, he's playing the Loud Love benefit for WRVU this Sunday at the Muse (7 p.m. show) along with the legendary R. Stevie Moore and Diarrhea Planet. Looks good, does good. (Photo via Under the Guise.)
* NME’s Laura Snapes caught Heavy Cream and Turbo Fruits at South by Southwest, and she clearly dug the hell out of them. Snapes posted a couple of performance and interview videos, musing in a style most British, thanks to words like “knackered.” Snapes also got a tattoo of some triangles, which is definitely the sort of thing you want to do while at SXSW.
* It’s that moment you’ve all been waiting for: You can now download the instrumental, karaoke version of The Pink Spiders’ “Little Razorblade” for just $1.99! I think this is as good a time as any to pitch my brilliant marketing idea: The Spiders should sell the rights to “Little Razorblade” to Gatorade, who can now launch their “Hey hey, drink some Gatorade, when your thirst is serious!” campaign. Everyone wins.
* Remember how Willie Nelson got busted in Texas for possession of six ounces of marijuana? Remember how I recommended that Willie’s people issue the statement “Dude's a baller. Let him roast a bone or two if he feels like it”? Well, Texas prosecutor Kit Bramblett seems to agree. Saying, “You bet your ass I ain’t going to be mean to Willie Nelson,” Bramblett “sentenced” The Pot-Headed Stranger to a $100 fine and one performance of “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” Now, who wants to join me as I drive through Texas with a QP of kush in order to see how our sentence would stack up against Willie’s?
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