Eddie Vedder is really good at climbing
Look at this human monkey! I get vertigo just leaning over a second-story banister, so I find his talent to be both impressive and horrifying. Be careful, guy!
Highs and Lowes: Nick Lowe opens up to the Scene before opening up for Wilco (Opening for Wilco at The Ryman Saturday, 1st and Sunday, 2nd)
Takes Ten to Know Tenn: Nashville-based singer-songwriter troupe Ten out of Tenn soldiers on with polished pop (Playing Thursday, 29th at Live on the Green in Public Square Park)
For Shame: Never mind Nevermind — hear The Lemonheads perform It's a Shame About Ray in its entirety (Playing Monday, 3rd at Mercy Lounge)
In The Spin: SoundLand 2011
Plus Critics’ Picks on the IBMA Fan Fest, Gary Bennett & Chris Scruggs, Nikki Lane’s Record Release, The Autumn Defense, tUnE-yArDs, Vockah Redu and his Crew, The SoundCrawl, Wanda Jackson and Kenny Vaughan, Paper Diamond, k.d. lang, Mates of State, Buddy Miller Band with Patty Griffin, Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard, Yuck and more
A minute ago, when I mentioned that JEFF the Brotherhood is going to be on Fallon next month, I probably should have reminded everybody that the Bogus Bros were on Matt Pinfield's newly revamped 120 Minutes last weekend. In addition to airing JEFF's video for "Hey Friend," Pinfield also grilled Jake and Jamin on starting Infinity Cat, their father's work in the music industry and being generally stinky. See the full episode via MTV2. Shout-out to Karl! And how 'bout that little Bob Orrall/Matt Pinfield/Jon Stewart memory at the end?
* You know radio-ready Nashvillian alt-rockers The Worsties? They're the ones who opened for Bon Jovi that time. Well, apparently the folks at the kids' program Yo Gabba Gabba are fans, as they've asked The Worsties to be their "Super Music Friends" on a couple occasions during the Yo Gabs live tour. (Interesting that a band with a song called "Drop Your Panties and Roll" found its way into the children's music game.) Well, The Worsties recently played four shows as the Super Music Friends while they were in Chicago, and during one of their sets, Muno — that's the cylindrical, curiously studded character who kinda looks like a ... well ... you know — came out and jammed with them. See the video here or after the jump. Nice axe, Muno. What is that, a Fender Mustang?
* Have you heard of the ABC show Revenge? No? OK, me neither. Apparently it's brand-new, and it's an adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo set in The Hamptons. All right, sure! Well, local sometime country-punkers, sometime chill indie rockers Those Darlins' song "Let U Down" will be featured on tonight's episode, which airs at 10/9 p.m. Central. As the Darlins themselves put it, "Linwood singing on TV!" Dig it! Which reminds me, did we mention that JEFF the Brotherhood will be on Fallon Oct. 6? It's true! Exciting!
I drove two hours from Philadelphia to see Jeff Mangum play in Baltimore. I was excited. Then, unexpectedly, five seconds into "Oh Comely," I got kind of sad.
Over the course of the Neutral Milk Hotel frontman's set, that feeling did not go away. Something felt ... off. Maybe it was the fact that he was playing those songs (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, On Avery Island) and only those songs — a time capsule of a performance. Yes, the reclusive genius was back from exile, but with what? It was hard not to see tragedy in those fallow years. His voice sounded great, but he used it in the service of simple acoustic versions of those classic tracks. He reached in all the same places, and warbled at all the same moments. It felt more like a recital than a performance.
Part of Metro’s Municipal Auditorium Commission’s July agreement to lease space inside the 1960s-era auditorium to the hall of fame —— displaced 20 months ago via eminent domain to make way for Nashville’s new Music City Center —— is a “co-branding” of the facility, which includes a name change.
That name modification, allowing the facility to be known as Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, is subject to Metro Council approval. A bill sponsored by Councilwoman Erica Gilmore, who represents downtown, is up for the first of three votes at the council’s Oct. 4. meeting.
The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, eh? It's, um ... it's catchy. "What are you doing tonight?" "Me? Oh, I'm going to see QOTSA at the MHOFAMATNMA." Or, more likely, Municipal will continue to be known colloquially as "Municipal."
Anyhow, Garrison also reports that "with the name change would come a new exterior sign replacing the existing red one." See an artist's rendering above.
Remember in July when we told you that "Merill Garbus' loopy, intricately sloppy, ukulele-and-floor-tom project" (and winner for Most Frustrating Band Name Stylization) tUnE-yArDs would be playing Exit/In on Sept. 30? Well, it doesn't really matter if you remember or not, honestly, because it's happening either way. Promoter Ryan Bruce tells us that tickets are selling most rapidly, and that he anticipates a sell-out. Wanna beat the system? Read on to find out how.
We're going to be giving away two pairs of tickets to this one — one pair via this here caption contest, and one pair later on via Twitter. Rules for the caption contest are same as always. Drum up the most side-splitting caption you can muster in regard to the above image, and post it in our comments section. Remember to include your email address in the appropriate field — we won't publish it, but we'll need it in order to contact our winner. We'll call this one Friday at 11 a.m., so stay up on your email around noon. We'll holler at our winner then. OK, go!
Update: We have our winner! Thanks for playing.
Way back in 2008, when SoundLand was called Next Big Nashville (remember that?!), we nodded to local drummer Tyler Coppage as the fest's MVP in our Spin coverage. He played with Caitlin Rose, We Were the States and some band of fools called Shoot the Mountain — and he did it all in one evening. Pretty impressive stuff.
But it looks as though a different local player topped Coppage's record at this year's SoundLand. Cellist, guitarist, singer and bandurria player Larissa Maestro played four sets this weekend. Four! She provided vocals and/or instrumentation for Jasmin Kaset, Uncle Skeleton, Caitlin Rose and My So-Called Band (How could you have "Something in the Way" without cello?) and for that, we commend her. I also hear that she's recently had some vocals featured in a seasonal Old Navy commercial or two. Hey Maestro! Take a break every once in a while. What are you, trying to live up to your surname or something? When reached for comment, Maestro responded with, "Whew. What day is it?"
If you know of someone who contributed to as many or more sets than Maestro, tell us, and we'll share the glory/prizes with him or her as well. And to see more photos from this year's SoundLand performances, visit this link.
Following this week’s four-day foray into the Land of Sound — where the beer flows like the falls of Niagara and the streets are paved with discarded after-party fliers — The Spin spent most of Sunday lugubriously laying in bed, heavily dry-heaving, letting out sad little weak moans of pain and nursing a cumulatively oppressive, third-day-in-a-row hangover from hell. In other words, we were more than ready — mentally, physically and emotionally — for church. The church of holy rock ’n’ roll, that is.
Sure, we felt like Pvt. Pyle after the soap-sock beating in Full Metal Jacket, but that wasn’t gonna stop us from trekking out to The Mother Church to catch Elvis Costello and the Imposters and their spinning songbook. What do you think we are, fucking stupid?
Along with those of two long-standing “community” (non-Vanderbilt-affiliated) DJs, my application to do a show this fall was rejected by Student Media Adviser Chris Carroll (acting alone). When I discussed this with him, I was told he thought I’d be “toxic” at WRVU because I had often stated publicly that an online-only WRVU would be a poor substitute for an FM station and thus the sale was a bad idea. He claimed I would badmouth the station and poison student morale. (I’m an alumnus and a VU staff member. Before turning in show applications, we’d been told that VU-affiliated non-students’ applications would merely be “reviewed” by VSC and did not need “approval.”)
Further along, Wilson says, "It was also clear that Carroll was retaliating against me for opposing VSC."
When WRVU capped the number of community "non-affiliated" DJs two years ago — keep in mind here that Wilson is a VU alum and staffer — a commenter by the name of "Intern Lance" wondered "if WRFN will wind up as the winner of this situation." In this case, maybe they have: Nashville Jumps now appears on the Radio Free Nashville schedule on Saturday nights from 9-11 p.m. And hey, it's still one of the best radio shows around — no matter where it's beaming from.
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