It happens every now and again. Some noteworthy shows creep up on us, and they don't blip our radar in time to make it into the dead-tree edition. Sure, they made it into the weekend round-up, but methinks some expounding is in order. That's what bloggin's for. Just call me Kenny Bloggins, because I'm about to walk you through your weekend in chronological order. I'm alright. Nobody worry 'bout me.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Fly Golden Eagle Album Release and Tour Fundraiser at The Stone Castle
I probably haven't talked about Fly Golden Eagle enough, and that's on me. FGE makes the sort of pulsing, lascivious synth pop that is attempted by many and successfully achieved by few. Their BoreUS LP really wowed me about a year-and-a-half back. I said this:
All of the parts are terribly smart and meticulously arranged; like any good dance record, BoreUS is at once primal and evolved. Recommended for fans of Empire of the Sun, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, Miike Snow and !!!.
OK, me. That's accurate enough. Anyhow, Fly Golden Eagle is releasing another record tonight. It's called Swagger, and their release show is at a private residence on Whites Creek Pike by the name of "The Stone Castle." Here's the Facebook event page. At their show, FGE will be raising funds to make their way to Canada. According to that FB event page, "Fly Golden Eagle recently achieved a minor-miracle and got accepted for a residency at the Banff Centre for the Creative Arts for 3 weeks in Banff, Canada. We'll be leaving right after the record release, and will be working with Howard Bilerman (drummed on Arcade Fire's Funeral, runs Hotel2Tango in Montreal, mega-Producer), Tony Berg, Shawn Everett, and Graham Lessard, all worth looking into and respectable."
If you want to pitch in but can't attend tonight, you can donate via their PayPal account. Godspeed to those guys.
SATURDAY: Morally Good Record Sale at The 5 Spot
I'm not sure I could think of a better way to start your Saturday than with a record sale that's within five blocks of your house! Well, it's within five blocks of my house, but when I used the proverbial "your" back there, I was really thinking "my" in both instances. I digress.
Several record dealers will be teaming up tomorrow for a joint record sale at The 5 Spot. The sale will go down from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more details, check out the Facebook event page, or follow Morally Good on Twitter. Here are some details from an East Nashville Listserv posting:
I'll have my same selection (with lots of new additions) as the previous sales - thousands of 45rpm singles, all categorized and alphabetized - lots of 50's-60's doo wop, R&B, and pop, 60's-80's rock, pop, R&B and country, and some 90's - current punk and hardcore. This time they will be half price: .50 each, or 50 for $20. I'll also have about 30 crates of albums, categorized, alphabetized and individually priced. Most are in in the $3-$5 range, but there will be some higher priced collectable albums as well. There will be a lot of classic country, bluegrass, old time, folk, rock, pop, R&B, comedy, rap, dance, lounge, exotica, kids, blues, jazz and southern gospel records of all sorts. There will also be a few 78s, reel to reel tapes, 8-tracks and CDs available. A turntable will be available for testing albums ...
SATURDAY NIGHT: Parachute Musical Album Release at The 5 Spot
I won't mince words here. Local outfit Parachute Musical has never exactly been my speed. It's a class of friendly, inoffensive piano pop that just never quite jived with my personal taste. That said, these guys work hard, play out frequently and play their instruments well. So if you like happy, bobbing, clean radio pop with big, sugary vocals and pristine guitars and keys, maybe you'll like Parachute Musical's brand-new record, Kill It Cut It Down — which they'll be unveiling Saturday night at The 5 Spot. Hear some samples directly above or at PM's site.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Hate Life Sunday feat. The Black Belles at The Basement
And a thoroughly intriguing prospect on Sunday, at which you can stick that proverbial fork into your weekend. Ben Swank — known by most as Jack White's Third Man Records sergeant-at-arms — has lately been holding his Hate Life events on selected Sundays at The Basement. You see, he's been hosting his Hate Life Thursdays DJ nights at Dino's for some time, but those may in fact be coming to an end. By and large, Hate Life looks as though it's migrating from the East Side, though Swank says he's "still doing Dino's on the semi-reg."
This Sunday's Hate Life is particularly of note, as Third Man Records' The Black Belles will be making their second live appearance ever. You may recall The Black Belles from their "What Can I Do?" single, which ended up as the theme song for Elvira's Movie Macabre. (The "What Can I Do?" 7-inch was backed with a cover of The Knickerbockers' "Lies.")
Or, you may know The Black Belles for their collaboration with Stephen Colbert. In fact, that's probably how you've heard of them. If you've heard of them, that is. Question is, do they have any tunes besides "What Can I Do?," "Lies" and "Charlene II (I'm Over You)"? Certainly they must ... but I guess that remains to be seen. A bit of all-girl goth-garage could be precisely what the doctor ordered. Just be on the lookout for TMR super-fans. Those fools will cut you.
Oh, and guess what. There's a Facebook event page for that one, too.