Thursday, April 21, 2011

Austin Mildly Jealous of Nashville's RS Spread, Kings of Leon and Glee Bury the Hatchet, Talib Kweli at Grimey's, Loss to Release Debut on Profound Lore & More [Newsy Bits]

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM

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* The folks over at the Austin Statesman caught wind of our Rolling Stone spread — you know, the one that inspired all the vitriol. While they incorrectly identified us as "the Nashville Tennessean’s Nashville Cream blog," they also called us a "fine bunch," so I guess we'll maybe let it slide. Also, they referred to RS as "the old grey lady glossy acid burnout of rock writing" (magnificent), and their post seemed to generally garner the same sort of response as ours: "Consider the source," et cetera. It's kind of like our doddering old math teacher chose to give Nashville the Gold Star, and even though our buddy Austin didn't really want it, they're still kind of like, "What the hell?"

* Kings of Leon didn't really want their songs on Glee. Glee creator Ryan Murphy was like, "Fuck you." Elton John was like, "Lighten up." Well now, finally, it's resolved. Murphy apologized for his choice of words, and KOL's Caleb Followill told the old grey lady Rolling Stone he accepts the apology. Brother Nathans says, "I’ll just be glad when I can check my Google alerts and don’t have to read anything about us and Glee." Right ... except for just now.

* Talib Kweli will be doing a Q&A and signing at Grimey’s on Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m. He also has a show that night at Cannery, and tickets are still available.

* Former Nashvillian, current Alaskan and eternal metalhead Matt Sullivan hipped us to some local metal news. Says Sully, "There's a band in Nashville called Loss whose debut full-length is coming out on Profound Lore, which is a big deal underground metal label. It's a Canadian label that's usually noted for putting out lots of weirdo stuff. The band's playing a release show on May 20." Good to have some viable local metal up in this piece. Sullivan, how does a nickel per word sound for that quote you just gave me? I owe you about $2.30. [Profound Lore]

* Esquire recently hosted a songwriting challenge they called "Last Night in Detroit," and it features the talents of some dudes. Some Detroit dudes, some Nashville dudes, and some dudes who go both ways. Sometime Nashvillians (well, basically all-the-time Nashvillians) Brendan Benson, Dierks Bentley and Third Man Records' Ben Blackwell were in the mix, along with Raphael Saadiq — one of my personal faves — and Dhani Harrison.

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