Don't be made a fool of from one end of the valley to the other. Sink those toes into some ankle-deep shag carpet and don your finest green visor. It's The Chris Crofton Show, coming to you via two big, fat antennas, streamin' stream-of-consciousness at your stream bowl ... stream stack. It's Episode 62, and you can hear it after the jump.
* The good folks of American Songwriter were at Bonnaroo. I know that because I kept running into 'em. (Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to challenge the staff of AS to a drinking contest. I think the Cream Teamers could take 'em.) Anyhow, they shot and posted the above mini-doc while taming that nasty 'Roo this year. It's called Myth, Legend, Dust: The 2011 Bonnaroo Documentary, and it features interviews and performances from locals including Tristen, Apache Relay and Kopecky Family Band. There are some other folks in there, as well — Ryan Bingham and Futurebirds among them.
* Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives were on Letterman last night. They played "Country Boy Rock & Roll" (just what it sounds like), Letterman called "Studio B" "Studio 8" by mistake, and Kenny Vaughan's hat poked Marty in the face. Also, Stuart's 30-minute doc, Marty Stuart in Philadelphia, MS is currently streaming on Hulu. Go check that out. [That last bit is via The Tennessean, bless their hearts. We're thinking of you, our fellow scribes.]
So U2 at Vandy isn’t the only big rock show coming to town this weekend, as on Sunday night, Mötley Crüe, Poison and New York Dolls (Really!) will retro-glam Bridgestone Arena. You could call it Crüe 2 weekend — or Crüe -ropa weekend, or U2 Live Crue — in Nashville … or whatever.
Anyway, you know damn well that if someone were to give you a free pair of Crüe tickets just for throwing a witty wisecrack — the jokes that kill, if you will — out into the Internet ether, you’d be shoutin’ at the devil, all like, “Fuck yeah! Call up Dr. Feelgood, because we’re gonna party hardy, brah-ham!” Wouldn’t you?
Right. So take a look at the inexplicably bizarre photo above, kick-start your inner comedian, and conjure up the most hilarious accompanying caption you're capable of, then enter it in the comments section to win two tickets to see The ‘Stone get transformed into a theater of pain. Be sure to include your email (no, we won't publish it) so we know how to contact you when, and if, you win. You have until 3 p.m. tomorrow to do this right. And if you’re not funny and you know it, but you still wanna take a ride on the (cue gang-vocal) wild side, then follow this link to just straight-up buy tickets.
Update: We have our winner! Thanks for playing.
* Keegan DeWitt has a Daytrotter session! Um, again. DeWitt did a sesh with DT a couple years back, but they liked the dude enough to ask him back for more. This go-'round features "Two Hearts," "Wild Heart," "Reluctance" and what I personally think is DeWitt's strongest effort to date, "Thunder Clatter." As DeWitt himself points out in the comments, the session was "recorded at 1 a.m. the night before I proposed." Awww.
* Those scheming bloggers/blogging schemers over at Nashville's Dead are continuing to play record exec, and we dig it. ND just announced that they'll be releasing yet another single. This one's from Texans Bad Sports, it's called "Nothin' to Do," and it's a breakneck serving of urgent, vicious, tightly delivered punk rock. No details on when the single will be out, but you can already hear an MP3 via Nashy's Dead.
* Is YouTube user aprilnovak related to Cheap Time's Jeffrey Novak? I'm almost certain she's his sister. Anyway, she resides in Memphis and has loads and loads of great performance videos on YouTube — some shot in Memphis, some shot here in Nashville, and some shot elsewhere. Anyway, peruse that channel, where you'll find footage of Useless Eaters at Springwater, Jacuzzi Boys at Grimey's, Cheap Time at The Hi-Tone, Wanda Jackson at Minglewood Hall and loads more.
And, truth be told, our experience with The Voice set the tone for the rest of our evening, and made for a rather fitting analogy. Why? Because — like Foster the People — The Voice is something that a lot of Americans apparently really enjoy. And also, there's some serious, genuine talent there. And surprisingly, two of the final four Voice contestants seemed rather unlikely, as they were certainly unconventional in the "pop star" sense. Of course, the cute straight girl and the hunky straight guy were the "Final Two," but still ... we were impressed that America has grown up enough to vote two lesbians into the final four of a prime-time singing-competition program based solely on the attributes that matter: They were talented, and they were good performers. Also, Maroon 5's Adam Levine is on The Voice, and that has a lot to do with the show we were about to see.
Tape Operator: Brendan Benson loans his gear and a rug to Welcome to 1979, home base for Nashville's resurgent analog recording scene
Tinkering in the Garage: Hanni El Khatib customizes garage rock on his new record, Will the Guns Come Out (Playing Saturday, 2nd at The End)
Punk Rock to Swear By: Fucked Up continues to break the rules of hardcore punk rock with David Comes to Life, but it totally works (Playing Thursday, 30th at Exit/In)
Joseph’s Music of Many Colors: Nashville Symphony shines on new all-Schwantner recording for Naxos
In The Spin: Chris Crofton and the Alcohol Stuntband, The Fast Boys, The Black Faces and Satan's Youth Ministers at FooBar
In City Limits: The Vinnie Vincent Implosion: How Rutherford County's resident former KISS guitarist squandered his stardom
Plus Critics’ Picks on Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Michelle Malone Banned, Is She Weird, Is She White Pixies tribute, The Lonely H, Molly Thomas, Town Mountain, The Coathangers, R. Stevie Moore, Fitz and the Tantrums and much more
So, I went to see Steve Miller Band last night ...
Any Nashville rock fans who saw The Jesus Lizard at Exit/In two years ago know they'd sooner forget their own birthday or country of origin before they forgot how unspeakably awesome that show was. And any locals who failed to attend, robbing themselves of such cherished memories, are probably still trying to forget how foolish they are, and forgive themselves for doing whatever it is they ended up doing that night instead.
Well, it looks like those who were there will get to relive the show, and those who missed out will get a second chance to see what it was like.
More of Wilco's fall tour dates and news about their forthcoming record, The Whole Love, can be seen at P4k. (No tickets/event link yet at The Ryman's site, by the way.) Wilco does, however, have a brand-new single from the record. It's called "I Might," and it's backed with a cover of Nick Lowe's "I Love My Label" — a mad-appropriate cover, considering the fact that Wilco recently left the major-label game to launch their own label, dBpm. Wilco's releases will be distributed by ANTI- Records in the future. Now, let's listen as Tweedy Bird & Co. serenade us with "I Might." With its thick, fuzzy bass tone, a Farfisa and a glockenspiel, "I Might," I'm happy to say, sounds a lot closer to Summerteeth than anything I've heard from Wilco in a while. Sad grampas unite!
* Local glam-pop glitter clown Brandon Jazz was on BalconyTV performing his tune, "Vultures." Drummer/beatmaster Jerry Pentecost served as Jazz's only Armed Force in the performance, which you can see above. In the tradition of most BalconyTV performances, it was introduced by your boy Crow — who doesn't have time for jokes about the Internet, obviously — and shot from a balcony on Lower Broad. Atypical of most BalconyTV performances, it features a disco ball and an American-flag cape. Jazz will be hosting a Fourth of July 8 off 8th at Mercy Lounge, by the way, but more on that later.
* And from the exact opposite end of the spectrum comes this tidbit: Nashville's own The Civil Wars did one of those neat little Tiny Desk performances for NPR. The duo played "Barton Hollow," "Twenty Years" and "Poison & Wine" for their 12-minute session, which — unlike the Tiny Desk appearances from Lambchop and Kopecky Family Band — apparently was played before a small audience. Dig those sorrowful harmonies. By the way, the fact that The Civil Wars are married — but not to each other — made Bob Boilen "almost" feel "duped."
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