* That Jack White-produced JEFF the Brotherhood Blue Series 7-inch? The one we told you about? The one featuring "Whatever I Want" and a cover of Tiger B. Smith's "Everything I Need" that will be out Oct. 4 via Third Man? Well, that image over there will be the art for the back side of the 7-inch. Says Third Man, "100 copies of the Tri-Color versions of the single will be available for purchase at the Third Man Records Nashville location at 10am on release day."
* Add another media outlet to the list of folks who love PUJOL. (Hey, it's not like I called it 20 months ago or anything. Oh wait, I DID.) MTV Hive is diggin' on the POOJ, and they posted "Mayday" — the lead-off track from PUJOL's forthcoming Saddle Creek release, Nasty, Brutish, and Short — along with a quote from frontman Daniel Pujol about how much he loves his buddy Richard Houston.
Yeah, we've already mentioned this show a time or two. But A) I wanted everybody to see the above video of The Alabama Shakes playing their tune "Hold On," and B) I wanted everyone to read Jewly Hight's pick regarding Nikki Lane's new record:
If you miss the hillbilly bite of Those Darlins’ first album, Nikki Lane is your woman. But don’t expect the buzzed-about South Carolina-bred Nashvillian to take the same approach as that band to blending ’60s-inspired country and garage rock. For starters, her brand new full-length Walk of Shame — arriving on the heels of her Gone, Gone, Gone EP — is drenched in echo chamber reverb, which dramatically softens the edges. The more important difference is that Lane’s sultrily sullen singing and her penchant for writing songs that make you feel the painful consequences of people’s actions (in the punchy, bopping title track, a wild night is cause for remorse; “Look Away” is a warning; “Save You” resolves in a graveside scene of regret) give her oeuvre a darker tint. “Hard Livin’” may be hooky and rollicking, but it reports the struggles of a housewife in a way you won’t hear from anybody else but the Pistol Annies right now. —JEWLY HIGHT
Denney and the Jets are on the bill, too, celebrating the release of their "Killin' Machine" 7-inch. Starts at 9 p.m., cover is $7.
Between preparing next week's "Best of Nashville" issue, wrapping up our SoundLand coverage and doing about a million other projects, features and blog posts, a handful of our staffers were just too slammed to pitch in this go-round, but after the jump, you'll see what's on the turntables, iPods and tape decks of a couple of staffers (Laura Hutson and myself) as well as freelancers including Ashley Spurgeon, Seth Graves, Lance Conzett, Jewly Hight, Edd Hurt, Lee Stabert and William Hooker. We're talkin' Alabama Shakes, Sex Pistols, Mikal Cronin, Gonzales, tUnE-yArDs, Pulp, Dungen, Sonic Youth, Robert Ellis, Ralph McTell and loads more. Wanna see what we're groovin' on? Follow me after the jump. I'll go first!
Nashville Cream: Just to give you an idea of where I’m coming from, I think Bad Hair Day came out when I was 8 or 9 years old, which my friends and I proceeded to pretty much wear out.
“Weird Al" Yankovic: [Laughs]
NC: Do you get that a lot? People saying that they really got into your records as kids?
WA: Yeah, well, that happens now that I’ve been around for a few decades. It’s not uncommon for me to have a grown adult come up to me and say that they got into me when they were a small child. Which is very flattering, you know. It’s nice to know that I’ve been a part of some people's lives for a long time at this point. It’s always nice to hear.
Kickin' down your door and asking where the sugar's at! It's The Chris Crofton Show, and it's Episode 71, straight out of 1974. Hear it after the jump or via iTunes.
But let's talk music. Whether or not you've recovered from last weekend's SoundLand extravaganza, this weekend is plowing on with some solid options. Tonight you're looking at Weird Al at The Ryman, tUnE-yArDs at Exit/In, Nikki Lane, Denney and the Jets and The Alabama Shakes at The Basement (a fantastic triple bill), Vockah Redu at The End, Bennett and Scruggs at FooBar, The Autumn Defense at Family Wash and so much more. Tomorrow you've got the first installment of Wilco's two-night stand with Nick Lowe at The Ryman, Mayhem doing Goats Head Soup at The 5 Spot, Super Bowl Rocket Ship's EP release at The End, the IBMA fan fest at the convention center and more. There's even some good action going down on Sunday. Whoa! That's a lot of stuff. Have a look at the rest — compiled by music listings editor Adam "Mr. October" Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a good one.
Tonight, an East Nashville party will feature a free outdoor screening of the legendary movie that attempted to crack the Bowie code back in 1973. Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars follows Bowie — or at least his stage personal Ziggy Stardust, aka the leper Messiah (well-hung and snow-white tan) — during a performance that was billed as Ziggy's last, and which many at the time thought would be Bowie's swan song, as well.
Come early and imbibe in a wine tasting courtesy of Woodland Wine Merchant, or sample some Ziggy Starcrunch ice cream from Pied Piper Creamery. The screening will start at dusk (roughly 7 p.m.) in the backyard of Fanny's House of Music (1101 Holly Street), and an after-party starts at 9 p.m. with Warthog, billed as Nashville's only Ramones cover band, at The 5 Spot.
It's all part of the nD Festival, a five-day Belcourt fundraiser that combines film, fashion and music. Ziggy's a perfect fit.
If you missed that, then you should really try and make it out to The Ryman to see Basher bang it up opening for Wilco. But first, check out Lowe's musings on songwriting, touring with Jeff Tweedy & Co., contemporary pop production, Brinsley Schwarz reissues (and the lack thereof), his marriage to and divorce from Carlene Carter and the process of recording his stellar new LP The Old Magic in the full Q&A (be-lowe) for this print piece.
Nashville Cream: Just out of curiosity, are there any plans to reissues any of the Brinsley Schwarz records?
Nick Lowe: No. Not that I know of. I don't know who would do that, but I certainly haven't heard anything about it.They're out in Japan. You can buy them in Japan, but I don't really have anything to do with the leasing of those records. I was fortunate enough to take control of my records much later on. Now those Brinsley records, I don't now who owns them.
From The Department of Low-Hanging Fruit, in conjunction with The Department of Can’t Resist: There isn’t enough snark in the blogosphere to describe how hilarious the first track to drop off the Lou Reed/Metallica record is. With these web waters so chummed with snark bait, how can a bloodthirsty blogger such as myself not bite, right?
Well, drummer Jereme Frey and bassist Mike Shepherd (formerly of Gentleman Divers, Badfeeler, Apollo Up and Partytown Hostpital) are looking to keep their chemistry alive. In a press release sent to the Scene, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, Shepherd explains:
Inglewood, TN, September 29, 2011 — The rock music rhythm section of bassist Mike Shepherd and drummer Jereme Frey are seeking musical collaborators. Shepherd and Frey, most recently of Gentleman Divers, are interested in playing loud rock music and drinking beer with other like-minded musicians. "We would prefer someone we already know and like to hang out with," said Shepherd, "We would also consider someone that we don't know, but that is rich and famous."
After the demise of their most recent endeavor, janglecore quartet Gentleman Divers, following the amicable departure of guitarist Dylan Ross, remaining members Shepherd, Frey, and guitarist Beau Cayton attempted to continue as a trio, Bad Feeler. However, Cayton's recent relocation to Tempe, AZ, has left Shepherd and Frey a lowly duo, a formation that has never been successful, creatively or commercially.
Read the rest after the jump.
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