It’s My Vault for Being Famous: Third Man Records' Ben Swank sounds off on Nobody's Vault but Mine, the second annual fan-curated Third Man appreciation event (Saturday, 28th and Sunday, 29th at Mercy Lounge)
Wild and Crazy 'Grass: With Rare Bird Alert, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers prove they aren't just kidding around (Playing Friday, 27th at The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel)
It’s Been Too Long: On her first album in over a decade, Matraca Berg does it her way — and that's a good thing (Playing Thursday, 26th at The Station Inn)
In The Spin: The Flaming Lips at The Ryman, Social Distortion and Chuck Ragan at The Ryman
Plus Critics’ Picks on Hippie Jack’s Memorial Day Festival, the Kindercastle Record Release/Moustache May Celebration, Night of the Living Cover Bands II, Call It Dope!, Old Union’s 10th Anniversary, Jeff Zentner, Georgette Jones, Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, Sugar Sk*-*s and Hobbledeions, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Peach Kelli Pop and more
Nashville is at its best when it's being true to its roots, not trying to be the next Brooklyn or L.A. (Ironically, if you step foot in any hipster Brooklyn bar or boutique — looking at you, Lady Jay's/Commodore/Bird — and you'll see and hear people trying to ape Nashville, instead.) The new style blog Handsome Roy gets that staying down-to-earth can be fashionable, and also understands that fashion — all the different ways we dress ourselves up or down to convey a visible sense of who we are — is not only a relevant form of cultural expression, it's downright traditional.
More after the jump ...
OK, I have to admit that I'm of two minds about this here Kickstarter project to produce a documentary tentatively called Pilgrimage: A Search for Authenticity. Two digital cinema students at DePaul University in Chicago (go Blue Demons!) are going to Bonnaroo, and want to make a movie about it. Good for them. And they want to crowdsource the funding. Good for them again. I have to say, though, that "A Search for Authenticity" sounds awfully precious, and like something a college kid who doesn't know shit about anything would subtitle a movie — but I also have a hard time holding it against them. Well, until the one dude says they want to drive the back roads to Tennessee and "really experience America in the manner of Kerouac or Boroughs," which, like, the only thing worse than a culturally own-back-patting Boomer is a college kid who thinks the Boomer experience is some kind of Authenticity sperm bank just waiting to impregnate our fractured post-postmodern consciousness, bro. Anyway, the aspiring filmmakers have lined up the verbal support of both Matt and Kim, all of Toro y Moi, Tennis and one dude from The Low Anthem. If you want to pony up some cash of your own, head over to their Kickstarter page before June 1.
(Via Consequence of Sound.)
Local rock royals Kings of Leon are currently in London gearing up for a month of arena, festival and stadium dates in the UK and Europe. I’m talkin’ Segways.
You know what’s great about Segways, right? They … “Don’t make a sah-hooownd.” High five, Nay-Fo!
As of last Tuesday, those of you in the record-buying community can legitimately acquire your very own physical or digital copy of ROME — renaissance producer Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi’s Spaghetti-Western-hat-tip LP featuring Jack White and Nora Jones. Those of you who are stuck in cubicles (like me) and would like to test-drive the album in inevitably inferior sonic fidelity can do so on Danger Mouse’s YouTube page. … Or right fucking here on Cream, as the 35-plus-minute, 15-track clip is as embeddable as a foreign war correspondent. And we love that!
Nashville musician Vince Romanelli (who, in addition to his solo stuff, makes music with percussion duo The Bucket Boys and rock outfit Philos) has a friend and a bandmate named Kenny Foster. Foster's family lives in Joplin, Mo., and "his mom, dad and younger sister were trapped in their crawlspace and were freed after Kenny’s grandpa and a neighbor axed away at the rubble." According to Romanelli, "They walked away with nothing," and he's looking to help.
As reported over at Music Think Tank,
Romanelli Foster will be heading to Joplin tonight, and he's gathering donations for victims of the tornado, with a specific emphasis on his family.
In addition to basic clothes, items like pajamas, work boots, socks, rain boots or jackets, are appreciated. Also, there is a need for day to day toiletries such as shampoo and conditioner, soap / body wash, makeup, tylenol / advil, towels / washcloths, etc. or items that will be helpful when working on clean-up efforts so things like work gloves, batteries, flashlights, bug spray, and sunscreen.
Beyond that, we have also been working with the local chapter of the Red Cross in Joplin and will also be carrying donations of items they’ve requested such as clothing (all sizes), blankets, duffle bags, sleeping bags, moving boxes (broken down so they can be transported easily) and non-perishable items. I would ask that the items donated be new or only very gently used. Since these folks will be starting completely over so we want to make sure that they are provided with items in a good condition and don’t come with stains, rips, or an obvious amount of previous use. We will also be purchasing water from nearby towns but didn’t want to use up the weight or space transporting those so any cash donations will be used on that.
Three drop-off points for donations have been organized: Romanelli's studio, Foster's home and Downtown Presbyterian Church. See addresses after the jump, and remember to visit Nashville Think Tank for more information.
Cut-off for item donations appears to be 4 p.m. today, and Romanelli has also set up a PayPal for monetary donations, and he can be contacted at 615.669.6156 (Google voice) or vinceromanelli[at]gmail[dot]com. "It's amazing what you can find in the rubble," says Foster. "First off, we found Kate's [youngest child, soon to be married] wedding dress muddy, but intact. We've found backup hard drives, camping equipment, and most importantly, the wine cellar!" More info after the jump.
OK, so we faithfully click on whatever links the crew from local art-bunker Little Hamilton sends our way. It's one of Nashville's most reliable sources for the coolest in experimental, extreme and avant-garde music, and they're our main hookup for some seriously difficult (and worthwhile) listening. So you can believe our shock when we pulled up the Dangerous Ponies to discover that they were a pop band — and not just a pop band but an all-caps AWESOME POP BAND. With punk energy, art-school ingenuity and gorgeous hooks galore, this Philly outfit makes the sort of indie pop that we thought was extinct — you know, fun but still challenging, sweet but still rocking. Sort like if Country Joe and the Fish joined The Rentals to start a Feelies cover band and travel the globe. OK, really nothing like that. But trust us, they're awesome. —SEAN L. MALONEY
True, you may not frequently find me leafing through the pages of the Scene's sister publication, Her Nashville, mimosa in hand. But Her rocks a classy spread from time to time, and in June's "Her Music City" issue, Those Darlins are featured in an especially sexy, fashion-y spread. (The Darlins are, of course, no strangers to sexy, fashion-y spreads.)
"The bands that we think are most interesting to watch are the ones that have a complete vision," says drummer "Sheriff" Linwood Regensburg. The gals and bro are decked out in duds from local outlets Billy Reid, Diamond Star Halo Vintage, Posh and more, and you can see full-sized PDFs here and here.
Over at The Village Voice, writer David Yaffe has put together a list of Dylan's 70 greatest songs in two parts: Part 1; Part 2. "Still, 70 is a mighty powerful benchmark," says Yaffe, "and it officially puts the baby boomers, Dylan's original and most fervent demo, on notice that they are either officially old or, with the aid of the Facebook equivalent of 2031, could help snag Dylan a Saturday Night Live hosting stint." (See Yaffe's Top 10 after the jump.)
But the former Scene overlords at VVM aren't the only folks celebrating Dylan's new-found septuagenarian status in style. Those beloved local jam-peddlers over at Grimey's New and Pre-Loved Music are hosting a bash in Dylan's honor today at 6 p.m. There will be cake, New Belgian Ales and some wax-spinnin' courtesy of The Record Wranglers. Say the fine folks at Grimey's:
May 24th is the Mystery Tramp's 70th birthday! We're throwing a party to celebrate and we wrangled the Record Wranglers to spin some rare and interesting Dylan tunes. Have you ever heard Flatt & Scruggs' take on "Like A Rolling Stone"? Tim Hibbs & Bob Irwin are the Record Wranglers and they're from Sundazed Records, who have 11 classic Dylan titles on vinyl. We'll have a prize pack of Dylan vinyl for a lucky winner and free beer for everybody so join us, won't you?
* The A.V. Club has been doing this series they're calling "A.V. Undercover." As you might guess, they have touring artists pick a tune from a list of popular songs and then cover it. Of Montreal elected to cover The White Stripes' "Fell in Love With a Girl" (watch above), and frontman Kevin Barnes — looking, as he often does, like a fey, lanky Jason Schwartzman — talked a bit about how Jack White once waved at him, and that made him feel good. (By the way, this one turned out way better than Smith Westerns doing Tom Petty.)
* Over at American Songwriter, Davis Inman talked with kinda-sorta-semi-local Jessica Lea Mayfield about her tune "Our Hearts Are Wrong." (That's the snappy number she and her crew did on Letterman.) According to Mayfield, when she was piecing the song together with Dan Auerbach, it came out "like song vomit." Lovely.
* Legendary Nashvillian Rodney Crowell did a few numbers over at Daytrotter. Given Crowell's intro, it sounds like his daughter — herself a pretty talented songwriter — was there, but she didn't do any tunes with him, it seems.
* Oh, and Jeff Bridges' eponymous T Bone Burnett-produced record will be out via Blue Note Records on Aug. 16. Self-titled? Why not Tron Country? Or The Gig Lebowski? Or
Starman Guitarman? Et cetera.
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Porky and the Meat Beaters