Cruise Cap’n Jonas Stein has announced that ever-boisterous and ebullient Fucked Up singer Damian Abraham — who once gave yours truly the biggest, sweatiest, most unsolicited bear hug in bear hug history — as the 2012’s Official Festival Cruise Director. Abraham — who is, like, Canada’s indie-rock Adam Curry as host of MuchMusic’s The Wedge, on which stuff like this happens — will master on-board ceremonies and special events such as concerts and workshops. So says a press release Stein sent to the Scene, proclaiming anticipatory pride in showering audiences with the “’Fucked Up at sea experience’ as they charter into international waters together this winter.”
But as far as freshly minted year-end lists go, our fellow Nashville-based music scribes over at American Songwriter have put together their collection of the 50 best albums of 2011. There's a huge dose of Nashville music (and Nashville-related music) in the list — as one commenter put it, "Feels like that list should be sponsored by the city of Nashville tourism board." While Wilco took the top spot with this year's The Whole Love, Nashvillian Gillian Welch took the No. 2 spot for her The Harrow and the Harvest. Follow me after the jump to see where other locals — from Tristen and JEFF the Brotherhood to Those Darlins and The Civil Wars — landed. Beware: We have footnotes!
Hope you like sweetly cute story lines about cutely sweet people being sweet and cute together! Local indie-pop troubadour, Ben Lee beefer (not really), PC salesman and guy responsible for that Holiday Inn song that you have lodged in your brain, Kyle Andrews, has a brand-new video for his tune "Heart U 4 Ever." It was directed and produced respectively by fellow Nashvillians Ryan Kendrick and Will Morgan Holland. The tune is of course taken from this year's Robot Learn Love, a long-time-coming album that contributor Seth Graves has sung the praises of not once but twice.
Have a look at the video above. It features a dude putting on an autobiographical play for his lady. Been there, am I right?!
Charlie was scheduled to appear on our show for February 20, 2007 and it just so happened that Jello would be appearing at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville on the same night. That morning, Kels received a phone call from Jello to let him know about the show and that he had put Kels on the guest list. When Kels mentioned to Jello that Charlie would be appearing on our show that evening Jello got really excited and asked if he could drop by the station. ...
And so about 50 minutes into the show Jello showed up at the door and the meeting between one of the men responsible for Satan is Real and one of the men responsible for Frankenchrist began. Jello had stopped off at a record store and snagged a couple of Louvin Borthers LPs for Charlie to sign. No copy of Satan is Real, but Jello was still mighty happy.
My favorite off-air moment was when Jello asked Charlie to inscribe the records to him, and Charlie said, “I’m sorry, what’s your name again?”
“Jello! You mean like the dessert?”
Gems like that are what make independent community radio so special, and why the loss of WRVU is a big deal. Hear a little snippet of Jello and Charlie's conversation embedded in Fox's blog post. And while you're at it, hear the piece Fox did for WPLN on the reissue of Satan Is Real.
The initials of Nashville's own bedroom-pop-ensemble monsters of melody Casa Castile: C.C. The initials of Nashville Cream's own live, in-office video series Conference Call: C.C. It's fortuitous! Serendipitous! Why, it was only a matter of time before we Creamsters asked Casa frontman and central member Andrew Nabuco and his cast of musically gifted journeymen to participate in our little series, and here you have it. Mr. Nabuco and three of his fellow Castilians — Corey Newton, Sam Williams and Ryan Ellis — recently popped into Scene/Cream HQ and performed three tunes. The first, "Dead Sailor," is from this year's full-length Umbra, and you can watch their performance above. As usual, the video was shot and edited by Cream contributor Seth Graves.
You can also stream or download all three of the Conference Call tunes via Casa Castile's Bandcamp page. (The Bandcamp player is also embedded after the jump.) We'll post the remaining two videos from Casa's Conference Call later this week. Enjoy!
Question: Just how badly do you want to preview five tracks from the forthcoming Black Keys LP El Camino? And do you think your desire to do so runs as deep as both the band’s and Warner Music Group’s longing to log your email address into their databases? Well if the answer is “yes,” then y’all are mothertruckin’ match made in pre-release promotional heaven. And I’m more than happy to play OK Cupid to your converging destinies, OK?
E-mosey on over to The Black Keys' official site, where a prompt requesting each web surfer's email addy rewards him or her with a five-song-strong stream of tracks from the band’s seventh album, El Camino, which drops next Tuesday, Dec. 6. In fact, the powers that be made the unlockable-by-email player embeddable, so your lazy ass doesn’t even have to follow that link, but rather just train your peepers to the top of this post and hope that your cursor follows.
The songs included are lead-off single “Lonely Boy,” its previously officially leaked B-side “Run Right Back,” “Gold on the Ceiling,” “Little Black Submarines” and “Sister.” As you’d probably expect, each track is pitch-perfectly primed to pair with shirtless, flip-flop-footed, post-spliff-exhale mass-nod-alongs at music festivals. Hear for yourself. And remember, the band named their new record after a junk car, so don’t feel bad about using the junk email.
I had a chance to play with Tom once or twice, so long ago that I don't even remember what band we were playing with. But I definitely remember Tom — all he brought to the gig was this funky little electronic percussion pad, and you would have thought we had Tito Puente's entire rhythm section with us. He was exceptionally talented, warm and funny — and most memorably, as enthusiastic about music as anyone I'd met. He was hugely respected as a person and musician, and he will be missed. He left us much too young, but perhaps there's some solace in the fact that he died on tour, doing what he loved.
An excerpt from Cooper's piece:
Mr. Roady, who grew up in the St. Louis area, lived in Nashville for 28 years, and he was an integral part of hit singles including Brooks & Dunn’s “My Maria,” Kenny Chesney’s “When The Sun Goes Down” and Vince Gill’s “What The Cowgirls Do.” He toured with Skaggs, James Taylor, John Denver, Paul Anka and others, and he owned Big Bang Theory Studio in Kingston Springs.
Mr. Roady’s final days were filled with music. Saturday night, he played Puckett’s in Leiper’s Fork with friends Waldo LaTowsky, Gary Talley, Chopper Anderson, Dave Hoffner and Renee Armand.
“He was one of those rare people that everybody liked,” said LaTowsky. “Tom had a great smile and a great vibe."
Thank heavens for that last bastion of classy journalism, TMZ. On Sunday, TMZ ran the above video of Miley Cyrus hanging with Kelly Osbourne at the former's birthday party. Osbourne presented Cyrus with a cake featuring a picture of Bob Marley on it. "You know you’re a stoner when friends make you a 'Bob Miley' cake," says Cyrus. "You know you smoke way too much fuckin’ weed." Yeah. That. Or, perhaps you're just a big fan of Marley and the Wailers' Burnin'. Or you're a Rastafarian. Or you know anything whatsoever about Bob Marley aside from the simple fact that he was known to smoke marijuana.
Whatever. Anyway, TMZ posted about the incident again yesterday, saying that a Cyrus rep denies that Billy Ray's most notorious progeny is a fan of the ganja. "The rep says the Bob Marley cake was an inside joke," reports TMZ. "Kelly Osbourne has been calling her 'Bob Miley' since the infamous salvia incident that TMZ broke last year." All right. Fine. So she doesn't like weed. I'm going to get back to doing something more productive with my morning.
One single is a cover of Ray Price’s “I’ll Be There If You Ever Want” with Becky Stark (of Lavender Diamond), and the other is a cover of The Louvin Brothers' "Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar" with Tom Brosseau. (Here's a video of Brosseau and Reilly doing "Guitar" live back in June.) It's pretty traditional, soulful country stuff — no jokes, totally legit — and you can stream both songs at TMR's homepage. On the whole, the recordings are rather lovely, and easily more palatable than a couple of Detroiters hollering for you to lick their asses. (By the way, the comments section on that ICP/TMR Soundcloud page has totally been taken over by Juggalos, so ... beware.)
The Reilly singles are available "worldwide and on iTunes," say the TMR folks, and "The Tri-Colors of these releases will NOT be sold at Third Man ... but will be sold in a different special location that we will be announcing very soon." Shall we make the obligatory "For your health!" joke? Nah. Let's skip it.
15 and flipping burgers at a reputable franchised establishment (1st stop of the Golden Oldies before routinely migrating to a lunch buffet in “V” formation, gleefully drifting back toward adolescence, after the painful transition from the breakfast menu subsided), my closing manager was an underground semi-professional wrestler operating under the moniker Dark Angel.
He had a braided ponytail like a bolo tie and a black trench coat, encrusted to the point of silvery purple. One time, he demonstrated his Thang to my cohort: He came out of the chicken-breading area to “Back In Black” on the floured kitchen boom-box, his hands arched upward, acknowledging the implied applause from the frothy crowd, walked into the chain-link ring, entered a coffin sarcophagus-style, got nailed into it, and subsequently had it wrapped in chains and set on fire. Then, he broke out of the coffin, whooped his opponent in a cage fight, nailed him inside the coffin, re-set it on fire, and won.
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