What's up, folks?! How ya been? I happy to say I survived my trip to Amish country and I'm totally stoked to be back in the city listening to my fellow citizens drop some hella tight hip-hop. Nothing will make you appreciate the talent in this city like having to a trip to Buttknuckle, PA. Anyway, first up in this week's installment is the new video from Gray for the track "Doing My Thing" from his brand new Shades of Gray mixtape. "Doing" is a beautifully shot, wonderfully minimalist video for a song that — in my mind at least — lands somewhere between early Goodie Mob and Black Star. Yep, it's hotter than a car fire on I-24 and cooler than an Eskimo with ice down his pants. The mixtape is hot as hell too, full of big booming beats, tons of funk and really, really fantastic string arrangements. Pick it up over at Dat Piff. Like right now. It'll make your day.
And on to the rest of this party. And bullshit. We can't forget the bullshit.
Nashville Cream: If you wouldn't mind telling me just a little about your history in Nashville. What brought you were, and what it was like during that years that you lived here.
Garry Tallent: I moved to Nashville in February of ’89 from New Jersey. I had a studio up in New Jersey and worked with a few people from Nashville, and met several people who had just moved to Nashville. At that point I had produced a record with Steve Forbert who was living in Nashville at the time. And I had done some work and met Steve Earle, and met Bill Lloyd when they were putting Foster and Lloyd together and we had even talked about me producing that record, but I was touring at the time and all that. So anyways, I was just a little curious, I just liked a lot of what was going on and came down in late ‘88 and ended up moving there. And at that point, I was just starting to do session work and producing and ended up opening a studio and eventually a record company. Just really getting involved in the whole Nashville scene, and hanging out with a lot of cool musicians I had a lot in common with. I really enjoyed my time there, and I think from getting to know people that had similar interests in old records and music and we’d get together and play old records for one another and eventually that's where the idea of doing something like The Long Players came about, just going and doing live albums beginning to end and using the pool of talent that was in Nashville.
But all in all, she was a champ, I was a chump and somehow that made for a good article. (I think it was good. That's what folks told me. I can never tell with these things.) Y'all can peep the carnage after the jump. Because I love you.
Anyway, The Ettes ventured up north to track a handful of numbers — two from 2009's Do You Want Power? and two from the forthcoming Wicked Will (out Tuesday, Aug. 2, via Fond Object). The four tunes, unsurprisingly, feature some swaggering, femme-fatale garage-rock thump, the ultra-mean, thick-as-hell bass tone of Jem Cohen and frontwoman Coco Hames' self-assured croon. The highlight, for me, is their take on "My Baby Cried All Night Long," a song penned by Lee Hazlewood for Nancy Sinatra's 1966 release, How Does That Grab You? (This is what Nancy and Lee's version sounded like.) Strong session, and as always, you've got the delightfully nebulous words of Daytrotter rep Sean Moeller to accompany the sounds. "The songs are a series of dares," says Moeller, "of these strong-assed women saying, 'You go ahead and do that and see what it'll get you.' " Fair enough!
It's The Chris Crofton Show! Ever since Crofton & Co. moved to iTunes, their gadget budget has gone through the roof, so Chris is stuck in a bowl of pasta as far as wires are concerned. Remember: You can also "find this shit out" on iTunes, fools. It's Episode 65. Hear it after the jump.
Forget all that. On to the matter at hand. Music! Good times! Got some pretty enticing stuff going on this weekend. Tonight you're looking at a Kinks tribute featuring members of The Lonely H and Buffalo Clover at The 5 Spot, The Long Players performing the Stones' Exile at Mercy Lounge, Little Tybee and Evan P. Donohue at The End, Feverqueen, Willy T and 84001 at Betty's, Big Fella's Block Party featuring Three 6 outside 12th & Porter, Hammertorch and Jasmin Kaset at FooBar and loads more. Tomorrow you've got the last Glenn Danzig's House show EVER featuring Bad Sports, Cy, The Paperhead and more, The Long Players doing a wide selection of tunes at Mercy, the American Idols Live! Tour at Bridgestone, Dex Romweber Duo at The End and more. Hell, there's even Ke$ha on Sunday if you'd like to spend your day of rest worshiping a trash-pop idol. See the rest, compiled by music listings editor Adam Gold — who has never cried in his life — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have a strong weekend.
At the top of the bill you've got critically acclaimed media darlings The Features. In the coveted middle slot you've got hard-touring, crowd-pleasing folk-pop songstress Tristen. And now, we're happy to announce, rounding out the undercard for the Nashville Cream Fifth Anniversary Party Aug. 20 at Third Man Records will be Evan P. Donohue. Oh, and Cream contributor and verified vinyl nerd Sean L. Maloney is tentatively scheduled to fill in the gaps with some sweet cuts on the wheels of steel.
And that, my friends, is a full and solid lineup.
As contributor Edd Hurt noted in his Critic's Pick for tomorrow night's show at The End, Donohue "specializes in sly, smart, riff-driven tunes that owe something to ’70s glam rock and — just maybe — The Go-Betweens." You may recall that Donohue did a Conference Call with us back in April. (Tristen did a Conference Call, too, since we're on the subject.) See Donohue performing "The Thing That Separates" from that session after the jump, and get your Cream party tickets here. They're $10, and they're selling like ... well, like those proverbial hotcakes you always hear about.
And Bam! Mission accomplished! That lede sucks! Magnificently. It’s choked blue with forced enthusiasm. It’s cheesy, stupid, assumes you’re stupid, assumes you’re totally out of the loop and have absolutely no idea what SoundLand 2011 is and, most importantly, fails to immediately inform as to why the fuck you’re even reading this in the first place — to learn that Foster the People, Yelawolf, The Low Anthem, CULTS, Big K.R.I.T., Those Darlins, Ben Sollee, Jonny Corndawg, Tristen and The Apache Relay have been added to the festival’s lineup.
But if you are into the whole '80s covers thing, you should probably go ahead and buy a ticket. We've already concluded our caption contest, and scuttlebutt is that this thing may very well sell out. William Hooker wrote a Critic's Pick. Like to hear it? Here it goes:
Hard Rock Cafe, like Rolling Stone magazine, expanded its cache of cool for decades before metamorphosing from obscurity to ubiquity, and shedding its hipster cred in the process. Thanks to the Scene’s Sounds Like Summer concert series, there’s finally a movement to make Hard Rock hip again. After stellar performances by locals The Greenhornes and Turbo Fruits as well as Real Estate and Dent May, it may be time to don the institution’s T-shirts again à la 1989. This week features more local goodness: Guilty Pleasures, whose obscure-but-not-too-obscure cover catalog and venerable lineup are sure to stimulate the Hard Rock’s riverfront rock ’n’ roll renaissance. Whether it’s from Bangkok or Myrtle Beach, air out your old Hard Rock tees and come help Guilty Pleasures celebrate the most missed and foot-loose decade: the 1980s. —WILLIAM HOOKER
There are a few things you should probably know about our state of mind as we made our way to the extremely sold-out Bon Iver show at the Ryman Auditorium: We rode our bike there, we were wearing plaid, and we haven’t shaved in a month. In other words, short of living in a cabin and making pals with a friendly grizzly bear (that’s what Bon Iver fans do, right? Befriend bears?), we could not have been more predisposed to being at least moderately stoked about this show. And guess what? We totally loved it. Shocker.
I'm too sexy for my human, as I do my little turn on the manwalk.
Nope, still listed on his Ticketmaster page...
The kingston springs are going to hve to start paying ranch ghost royalties on copying…
If no half japanese cover band, then at least a half japanese karaoke night? please?
That new Features video has to be one of the worst music videos I've seen…