But Sommers didn't email me to brag about all the stuff he's good at. He emailed to let me know about how his solo project, Happy Little Trees, will be playing a show Saturday, Dec. 3, at The Basement along with Poly and Frances Foundation. The show will celebrate the release of Happy Little Trees' debut 7-inch — "I've Been on the Fence but God I'm Getting Tired" b/w "You'd Make a Great B-Side." You can already listen to the two tunes below or via Happy Little Trees' Bandcamp page. It's busy, schizophrenic, power-poppy indie-rock stuff. It's definitely at least mildly reminiscent of Hotpipes' material, and the hooky bits remind me somewhat of all the power-poppy '90s "Super" bands — the 'Chunk, the 'Drag and the 'Grass. The 7-inch was recorded at Battletapes, and there will be a limited run of 100 "glow-in-the-dark vinyl pressed at United Record Pressing in Nashville, TN, with a handmade, hand-glued, hand-written, hand-stamped, hand-numbered cover constructed from 13 different papers and cutouts. Each cover is unique with its own color combinations." How do you like that? Have a listen below, or go ahead and buy it via Bandcamp for $6.
So I went to the infamous Springwater Supper Club and Lounge on Saturday night to check out Memphians Cheap Time along with Chicago's Mannequin Men and locals D. Watusi and King Karl. (King Karl is Cy Barkley's new outfit, by the way, and it's definitely less punk rock and more melodic indie rock than most of Cy's stuff. Think Pixies and Dino Jr. rather than the usual Ramones and Misfits influence.) Anyway, Ke$ha was there, and while that doesn't have too much to do with anything — and while we know it certainly wasn't the first time Ke$ha was spotted at Springwater — it's always entertaining to see an international pop star (who has a bunch of awards from MTV and NME and Billboard and stuff) being carded in a place like Springwater.
But someone else who happened to be in attendance was former Scene/Cream intern Rodrigo Avendano (he's also the frontman for Bows and Arrows). Rodrigo told me he recently stumbled across some footage of those now-beloved indie-rock stars and elder statesmen of the Pitchfork set, Animal Collective, playing at the supper club back in June of 2001. Above you'll see what is technically a rendition of "Essplode," and after the jump you'll find footage of A.C. playing "Lablakely Dress." It's a lot of erratic playing and caterwauling from Panda Bear, Avey Tare and Geologist in a performance that some might deem difficult — or at least mildly uncomfortable — to watch. As a friend put it, "If I'd seen that show, I probably would have thought Animal Collective sucks." Anyway, hip things happen at Springwater at least once a decade. Thanks to Rodrigo for letting us know about the videos. Enjoy!(?)
After the pre-weekend holiday clusterfuck of giving thanks and black Fridays, the only turkeys left in town were of the jive variety. Additionally, unless this is your first time reading anything printed or published by the Nashville Scene (online or off), then we don’t need to reiterate just how integral hip-hop and electronica have become in our ever-expanding definition of “Music City." But Saturday night, DJ Kidsmeal’s eponymous revue at Exit/In did just that, by showcasing an impressive variety of the hip, the hop and the “don’t stop” that are currently bubbling up through the regional radar.
In addition to all of the rare gems I.C. is now putting up via eBay, they're also currently offering a 7-inch bundle deal. The bundle features eight singles — 7-inches from PUJOL, Natural Child, Denney and the Jets and Cy Barkley among them — and costs a mere $25. Funny story: My pal recently ordered the aforementioned bundle, which he accidentally had shipped to his parents' house. My pal and his father happen to have the same first name, so pal's dad opened what he thought was a package addressed to him, where he found something labeled "Diarrhea Planet" and something else with the words "Fuck you!" on it. Pal's dad was confused.
Now, since we won't be bringing you a proper weekend round-up come Friday morning, I'm just going to run through some of the better shows that are going down this weekend. Of course you already know about tonight's show at The Basement featuring Jonny Corndawg, Tristen and Andrew Combs. And while options for Turkey Day Proper are limited, Jerry Pentecost and his glam-pop glitter-clown cohort Brandon Jazz will still be hosting their weekly record-spinnin', booty-poppin', creep-lurkin' Book Club event at No. 308. As always, there will be hot tunes and drink specials, but the Thanksgiving installment will start a little bit later than usual — at 11 p.m. Visit that link for more deets. What about other haps this weekend? Here are the best ones:
While I'm not gonna give air to my ideas about how this country is totally turning into a dystopian corporate-police state — it doesn't seem very thankful now does it? — I do want to give you guys the heads-up on the new "More Cops, More Stops" program that the fine state of Tennessee is firing up this weekend. I mean, it's pretty self-explanatory, but I figure you guys have something better to do with your life than watch five hours of local news a day, and thus you might have missed the announcement. Basically, there's a bunch of cops out this weekend and they're looking to harsh your mellow. So don't let 'em!
No seriously, be safe when you're out on the road this weekend. Designate a driver, call a cab, pass out on the floor of you mother's garage. And if you think maaaaaaybe you're OK to drive, double check with the new BreathalEyes app — it can tell how drunk you are based solely on your eyeballs, man. Usually I wouldn't endorse an iPhone app — I'm an Android user myself, it matches my cyborg-obsessed lifestyle — but Russell Ries is part of the team that produced it, and frankly, I trust former members of Plastic Clap in all matters of inebriation. My one fear is that it's actually a Voight-Kampff test and y'all are going to figure out that I'm actually a robot.
Anyway, be safe, be thankful, and I'll see all y'all on Monday. Maybe.
As far as tonight's talent goes, here's the rundown: Nomad, jokester of outlaw country and genuinely talented songwriter (and skillful leather/airbrushed T-shirt artist) Jonny Corndawg recently put out an absolutely hilarious video for "Chevy Beretta," which happens to be the first track from this year's acclaimed Down on the Bikini Line. And pop songstress Tristen. Remember her Kickstarter? The one to raise funds for her forthcoming Tristen Decks the Halls 7-inch? Yeah, she met her goal in less than 48 hours. Oh, and Andrew Combs. He's the bro who just did two videos for that top-notch new performance-vid site, Live and Reel — his performances inspired me to use the adjectives "wistful," "world-weary," "dusty" and "thoughtful."
What's more, today is Tristen's birthday. I hear she's turning 23.* There's a Facebook event page for tonight's show — if you're the sort of person who finds him- or herself RSVP-ing for things — and $8 will get you in.
* Best wishes to Tristen. We hope this is her best 23rd birthday yet.
Back to Black: Record Store Day has extended their special releases and promotions to Black Friday; see what to get and where to get it (Friday, 25th at local record stores including Grimey’s, Great Escape and The Groove)
Shoe Fly: Sneakers and Speakers brings Nashville's hip-hop and urban-fashion cultures to the surface (Saturday, 26th at 12th & Porter)
In The Spin: Black Tusk w/Clorange and MonstrO at The End, Wanda Jackson w/The Black Belles at Marathon Music Works
* Hey college babies, any of you looking for an internship for next semester? The folks at the legendary Ryman Auditorium recently mentioned that they're now seeking applicants for their unpaid internship position. Sure, there are some intern-y, bottom-rung responsibilities in there (making copies and coffee, for instance), but you'll also get to check out their extensive Hatch Show Print library and be a part of their special media events. I can't think of a better place for young, music-minded Nashvillians to intern. Well, except for here at Scene HQ, but we're not taking applications just yet. The Ryman tweeted that they'll begin interviews next week, so that's where the "interview-y" bit of this bit comes in. I like themes!
* Taylor "Babygirl Tay-Tay" Swift was recently featured in a 60 Minutes Overtime segment in which she spoke to Lesley Stahl about "leading a normal life," not having a boyfriend and wanting to eventually have, like, "10 kids ... like, an army of them." Stahl also apparently was the subject of a post-interview interview about her interview with Swift, in which she talked about talking to Swift. So ... meta points there. Also, Stahl brought up the whole "Kon-yuhwest" VMA thing, and Babygirl shut her down. Zing.
And in other bits and baubles: If you didn't get enough Wanda Jackson talk from The Spin's review of her show Saturday night, local fashion blog Under the Guise has some candid shots of and words on the show. Also, if you don't follow us on Twitter (which you should), you probably missed this tweet. Thus, you might want to know that Greek keyboard wizard Yanni will play TPAC on May 12, and former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter (Backstreet's back! All right.) will play Cannery Ballroom on Jan. 30. I'm only saying that you might want to know that.
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