In doing my due diligence (i.e. some idle Googling) to try and gauge Nashville’s overall impact on the national music press, I came across an overwhelming amount of Music City-centric coverage — mostly positive, if not outright gushing — across the blogosphere echoing the Cream’s South-by sentiments on locals who repped Nashville (and ripped Austin) hard; marching to the Music City drum we’ve been beating for years. Like how JEFF the Brotherhood have the power to part seas like Moses, or how Mona take a novel approach to garnering Prince comparisons by asserting themselves as Kings of Leon’s heirs apparent.
Anyway, the moon is back to normal this weekend — and no longer acting like an attention whore — so we can get down to the business of enjoying some fantastic shows without fear of giant werewolves or anything. Tonight, you're looking at Jessica Lea Mayfield at Mercy Lounge, James Wallace's tape release show featuring Fly Golden Eagle at The Basement, George Kinney, William Tyler and Cherry Blossoms at Betty's, Evan P. Donohue at The 5 Spot and much more. Tomorrow we've got The Coolin' System's album release featuring Uncle Skeleton at The Basement, Mashville at The End and plenty more. There's even some action on Sunday. Have a look at the rest, compiled by lunar lunatic and music listings editor Adam Gold, after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have a safe one.
Wanna know what you missed by skipping the Turbo Fruits- and Panache Booking-organized Bruise Cruise back in February? Richmond Independent Radio spoke with Kingsley and Matt of Turbo Fruits — along with a young lady named Kate — and you can hear their tall tales of Patron shots and gambling winnings above. They also shared some tidbits about their forthcoming record, and how the Fruits' Jonas Stein basically worked his balls off throughout the duration of the cruise, rather than partying them off as most of his compatriots did.
Washington City Paper's Jonathan L. Fischer also has an account of the nautical shenanigans, which actually sound a bit more surreal and terrifying when relayed via an outsider's perspective — some bro on the boat shouted a homophobic slur at The Black Lips' Jared Swilley, plus a couple of Dutch seamen hated the music, noting that "indie people," like Russians, are "melodramatic." New York Mag's Amos Barshad also has a considerably less Gonzo take on the Bruise Cruise, though Barshad, too, notices the incongruity of the Bruisers v. the non-hipster cruise normies. Good coverage all around.
Like us, you like you some local jams, and like us, you like it when those jams are free on the Internet, n'est-ce pas? Well, we're all in luck.
First up, let's talk about Bows and Arrows, who are starting what they're calling a "digital 7-inch" series on their Bandcamp page. The plan, according to frontman Rodrigo Avendano (fully disclosed here to be a former Scene intern), is to release a new "digital 7-inch" each week until ... some kind of "exciting physical releases" on Grand Palace later in the year. Here's the first B&A release, which includes covers of The Zombies' "Leave Me Be" and The Beach Boys' "All I Wanna Do." Respect the architect, as they say. And as you'll recall GP is in a state of flux at the moment, but we're told good things are in the offing. How about some more jams?
Well, looky here — our favorite drum ‘n’ bass dance night is all grow'd up! And they ain't fuckin' around when they gets to celebrating, neither! Ed Rush & Optical are arguably the biggest names in the history of the genre — what the younger, less informed kids have called “the fast dubstep.” They are pioneers of such substantial standing that it's almost impossible to put their influence into words. OK, maybe not impossible: They've recorded for most of the most important international jungle labels, and they've been setting dancefloors afire across the globe for over a decade and a half. And we're not talking about a dancefloor doing the dubstep-lurch, we're talking about full-on, full-body-freakout dancing, high speed, with high-energy excitement spilling out of the speakers and into your brain.
Once upon a time, I started this project where I was collecting every song I could find with "Nashville" in the title. A lot of those songs, it turns out, aren't very good. But some of them are awesome! Like Jason and the Scorchers' "Greetings From Nashville," for instance. (I actually posted that song on Cream in 2007, whoa, but that was two blog platforms ago, so it looks like the MP3 link doesn't work anymore. If I remember, I'll fix that when I'm home and have access to the file.) I remember I had Ed Rush and Optical's track (with Matrix) "Flight to Nashville" queued up at some point, but a cursory search of our archives tells me I never got around to posting it. Hey, YouTube:
That's how I felt coming back from Austin (not really).
Going Big: After a 7-year hiatus, Godspeed You! Black Emperor lean back into the squall (Playing Thursday, 24th at The Cannery Ballroom)
Long Odds: Bobby Long doesn't mind the "Next Dylan" tag, but can he learn to laugh at it? (Playing Sunday, 27th at 3rd & Lindsley)
The L-Shaped Room: 3rd & Lindsley celebrates 20 years on the Nashville club scene ("Third & Lightning Birthday Event Tuesday, 29th)
In The Spin: South by Southwest 2011: The Strokes, OMD, Death From Above 1979, Wild Flag, JEFF the Brotherhood and more
Via a tweet from The Greenhornes: Indianapolis alt-weekly — hey, we love those! — Nuvo Weekly presents their preview of tomorrow night's Greenhornes show with Hacienda and We Are Hex at Radio Radio ... in comic-strip form! Dig that delightful J-Dub doodle.
OK, not really. In all seriousness, the RTB Series has shaped up to be a fantastic means of hearing some hungry youngsters play their hearts out, and Mercy Lounge recently announced the lineup of the third and final installment of the 2011 Road to Bonnaroo experience. You’ll recall that Chancellor Warhol handily won the first round and Cheer Up Charlie Daniels vanquished the competition in Round 2 — as tweeted by the official Bonnaroo peeps themselves. But here’s the interesting bit about the April 18 lineup: There are no clear, standout white horses. It’s any man’s game! From Cream faves PUJOL, The Clutters, Uncle Skeleton, Action! and Tallest Trees to weirdo pop songstress Sarah Silva, manic pop-rockers Kingston Springs and mysterious relative newcomers The Rouge, it appears to be a pretty even playing field. So let's get that competish stirring. Godspeed to all the dark horses.
Among the first featured episodes were several of the bands who played the Noisy showcase: Dirty Beaches, Oberhofer, Yuck (who are great) and, of course, JEFF the Brotherhood. JEFF's episode features an interview and intro with the Brothers Orrall (see that bit above), plus uninterrupted performances of "Heavy Days," "U Got the Look," "Ripper" and "Hey Friend" from JEFF's appearance in Cincinnati on Feb. 7. You also get some Cincinnati folks in there talking about the "Dirty 'Nati" and their whole DIY, Rust Belt steeze, as well as a Death by Audio guy sporting the best beard I've ever seen and talking about intimacy at rock shows.
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