* Did you guys see local country crooner Caitlin Rose on Rolling Stone? RS is offering a free download of Rose's "Shanghai Cigarettes," and they also happened to talk to her a little bit about the nicotine-y inspiration for her tune. "They taste like shit, but I guess they make great stocking stuffers," says Cato. You crazy, Cato!
* In celebration of Halloween, country punkstresses (and male drummer Sheriff Lin, who is dudely as hell) Those Darlins are giving away their track "Mystic Mind" for free. Well, nearly free. You have to sign up for their email list. Trick or treat, son!
And on the video front, European electro-pop outfit The Green Children filmed their video for "Black Magic (Part III)" at The End here in Nashville, and it's being offered as a "Halloween Exclusive." The song itself is a little ... well, it's cleanly produced, European dance pop. How do you think it sounds? Anyway, you only get to see The End featured in a music video that appears to have had some sort of a budget — at least enough of a budget for, like, two dozen candles — every so often, so see it after the jump. Also, since it's Halloween, watch Bobby Bare Jr. playing his "Rock and Roll Halloween" on Lightning 100 a couple years back. Why not?
Walk of Shame, the full-length debut from Nashville-residing, trad-country-influenced songstress Nikki Lane, was released recently via IAMSOUND (get it on iTunes). You may recall that The Spin attended Lane's release show, which also featured a stunning performance from The Alabama Shakes. You may also recall that Lane released a video for her tune "Gone, Gone, Gone" not too long ago, and the fresh vid for "Sleep for You" (watch above) was directed by the same dude (Jared Eberhardt). This one features some simple, washed-out and sullen footage of Ms. Lane, and the song itself is lush, brief and riddled with the sweetly sad, sadly sweet strains of pedal steel. Calls for a couple back-to-back listens, at least.
Lane is also setting sail for a string of tour dates with Noah and the Whale. See those after the jump.
Friday night, The Spin ventured to Bridgestone Arena to catch the rockabilly/punk blend of SoCal-punk legends Social Distortion as they opened up for The Avett Brothers and their wilder, more acrobatic take on Granddad’s old-time Appalachian music.
Our M.O. here at Nashville Cream is, of course, to bring you music-related bits of news and entertainment. We skew toward the pop end of the cultural spectrum and leave hard-news coverage to our fellow journalists over at sister blog Pith in the Wind. ("Journalists?!" you cry. "At the Scene? Since when?!" That's a very good one. Holding for laughs.)
Anyway, regardless of your political leanings or level of interest in political and social happenings — local or national — some very noteworthy things have been transpiring here in Nashville over the past few days. Things that deserve everyone's attention. As reported late Friday night/early Saturday morning, Scene reporter Jonathan Meador was arrested at Legislative Plaza while covering the Tennessee Highway Patrol's arrest of 25 peaceful Occupy Nashville protesters. Meador, as it happens, had a flip-cam on him and was able to document his arrest. Metro Night Court Judge Tom Nelson, however, dismissed the charges against the protesters and Meador. ("I have reviewed the regulations of the state of Tennessee, and I can find no authority anywhere for anyone to authorize a curfew anywhere on Legislative Plaza," was the exact quote, I believe.) Nevertheless, our CEO wants an apology from the governor.
Point is, if you're not the sort of person who frequently pops over to Pith in order to see what's going on in the news realm, maybe you should think about doing so today. We'll stick to our beat, sure. But when questions like "Does the enforcement of a heretofore unheard-of curfew violate our First Amendment rights?" are being raised, then it's time for everyone to pay attention. PITW.
Were any performer other than frequently incoherent controversy magnet Tracy Morgan playing 30 Rock’s actor-comedian Tracy Jordan, the character’s Gold Record-winning novelty party song “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” probably wouldn’t have felt like something that could actually happen. But in the hands of Morgan, the glorious inanity of it all felt absolutely real. Anyway, my point was … um … oh, right! The Scene’s valuable-beyond-his-pay-grade double-threat contributor, writer/photog Lance Conzett, booked tonight’s Halloween-themed 8 off 8th, which is named in honor of the aforementioned fictional novelty song and features an exceptionally strong local lineup. Performers include mirthful live hip-hop outfit The Greater Good, uproarious Halloween-themed MC Shaboi, bedroom-pop wunderkinds Casa Castile, pop-savvy shoegazers Bows and Arrows, dark and gorgeous folksters Lylas, synth-pop heavyweight dandies How I Became the Bomb, punk rockers Bummer (who will be playing all Misfits covers) and chiptune mastermind Fake Brad. (For those of you too square — or perhaps not square enough — to know what chiptune is, we’ll oversimplify for you and call it “video game music.”) Like all 8 off 8th celebrations, this one is absolutely free. But unlike most of them, tonight’s show just might feature boys becoming men — and men becoming wolves! —D. PATRICK RODGERS
Spooky, scary! OK. Moving on ...
Bands can be a dime a dozen in Music City, and album release parties are more like a nickel. So when an exceptional band puts out a good album, the occasion calls for something extra — like maybe a costume party. That's what The Grayces are throwing tonight at East Nashville's The 5 Spot, kicking off the national tour in support of their new album Social Shock.
The record marks an advance for the band, and not just because it's their first full-length. Guitarist/ vocalist Iz Stone, bassist Patrick Ward and drummer Gaelen Mitchell still deliver plenty of garage-y guitar riffs, fuzzed-up bass, minimalist solos and sing-along choruses. But Stone makes up in swagger what her alto lacks in range, whether using a cabaret singer's world-weary croon in “No Sense In Crying” and “Like The Way” or squeaking like a squeeze toy on “Ricky” and “Eleanor.”
The night caps a good week for the Grayces, who just closed a successful $2,500 Kickstarter fundraiser at $2,565 on Oct. 26. The money will finance the group's tour, starting in November. In the meantime, joining them tonight are Fuckshow and — whoa! — Dave Cloud and his Gospel of Power. I only have one request: Someone please go dressed up like a box of wine.
* Keegan DeWitt recorded one of these new-fangled "Stairwell Sessions" at War Memorial Auditorium. He played "Wishing Well," not to be confused with Terence Trent D'Arby's "Wishing Well" — although the latter is also a total jam, of course. Sound is a bit like ... well, like it was recorded in a stairwell. But that's to be expected. See it after the jump.
* One of the many Nashvillians to venture up to NYC for last week's CMJ was charming trad-country songstress Nikki Lane. While there, Lane sat down for a "five-minute" chat with the New York Times' Jeremy Egner. Lane spoke on the intimacy of Nashville's music scene, paying homage to the Queens of Country, the pros and cons of modern technology and being liked by "dirty hipster boys and girls." Good chat.
* Via their blog, JEFF the Brotherhood is posting their entire discography. New-school JTB fans might be thinking, "What, you mean Heavy Days and Champions?" Oh friends, there is so much more than that. From splits with Screaming Females and Sisters to limited-edition tapes and classics like Castle Storm, JEFF completists are going to want to compare notes here. There are two parts thus far (1, 2), with more to come.
And in other bits: If you were wondering where The Black Keys found that dancing dude in their latest music video, Spin has a little info for you. And Talihina Sky — the Kings of Leon doc — will be available in stores and via iTunes on Nov. 1, if that's something you think you want to see.
Anyway, when it comes to hillbilly music's "obsession with songs of orphaned children, lost mothers, betrayed lovers, train wrecks, coal-mining disasters, flood, fire, famine, ghosts, the devil, insanity and murder," the fantastic Mr. Fox certainly seems to know what he's talking about. For Fox's full, fleshed-out blurbs on his favorite Halloween-related classic country albums, be sure to check the cover story. But just for shits and gigs, let's have a look at the 10 albums Fox deemed spooky enough for print. See them after the jump.
It's decorative gourd season motherfuckers! And we here at P&B — and by "we" I mean "me" — take this season very seriously. Well, as seriously as a person who writes a column named "Party & Bullsh*t" can take anything. Which brings me to the first order of business on this most epic of holiday weekends: Wrapper's Delight, the latest entrant into the Nashville food-truck onslaught. Any longtime reader knows I love a good food pun — like, food puns might be my favorite thing ever — and I'm sure you've all figured out that I have a fondness for hip-hop. So I'm sure you can figure out my reaction to menu items like "Triple Six Tilapia," "The PB Cool J" and my personal favorite, "The Big L-talian." The fare looks very, uh, stoner-friendly, and they hit the streets in early November. I have a sneaking suspicion I'll be a regular. I mean, who doesn't want the "Gangsta Grizill'd Caesar"?
All righty then, let's get on with the business of partying and bullshitting after the jump. It's gonna be a quick one, 'cuz I gotta get out of town and get my Tony Toni Tone on.
As you'd expect, there are loads of celebratory shindigs going on this weekend, and many of them are music-oriented. And, of course, there are plenty of shows that aren't technically Halloweenish in nature. Regardless, it's a party-oriented weekend. Mercy Lounge and Cannery Ballroom are having their "Hallo-Weekend Spooktacular" (Easy on the puns there, boys!) Friday and Saturday night, with performances from My So-Called Band, Space Capone, The Aught-Nots, Guilty Pleasures and more. Tonight you also have The Avett Brothers and Social D at Bridgestone, Vitalic Noise's anniversary party at The Wine Loft, Adrian Belew at The Belcourt, Spongebath Nite with Self and Seth Timbs' Thing at The Basement, The Grayces' album release at The 5 Spot, Chance, The Kicks and Call It Dope at 12th & P and loads more. Tomorrow you're looking at Jacuzzi Boys with Heavy Cream and Cy at The End, Paul Burch's album release at Peter Nappi's Studio, The Black Belles and How I Became the Bomb at Greenhouse Bar, a Little Hamilton blowout featuring covers of The Misfits, Sunn O))), Minor Threat and Black Flag, Night of the Living Cover Bands at The 5 Spot to benefit the Tennessee Teens Rock & Roll Camp (with folks like Uncle Skeleton, Tristen and The Non-Comms covering Kraftwerk, The Go-Gos, Brian Eno and more), Bush, Candlebox and more at the 12th Ave. Block Party Stage and more. There's even some good stuff on Sunday. Have a look at all of it — compiled by music listings editor, staff writer and domeless equestrian Adam Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have a "spooktacular" weekend.
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