Here's something mildly amusing if not totally uninteresting. ... Are you still with me? Cool. While I was mindlessly entering mind-numbing music listings this afternoon, a name of Beatles-esque stature caught my eye, inducing a "Huh?" followed by chuckle. Followed by an "Oh wait."
It was Richard Starkey. That's Ringo Starr's real name, for those of you who don't know. And for those of you who don't know that, Ringo Starr played drums for The Beatles — an English rock band that was, in their day, more popular than Jesus Christ, but not quite as popular as Oasis.
According to a routine, generic event listings email sent the Scene's way, Starkey will appear at The Hall this coming Sunday, Feb. 5, to give a guitar demonstration. In case your confused, I've commissioned an artist's rendering (above) of what this event could potentially entail.
* I ran into the prolific Matt Moody at the By Lighting!/Uncle Skeleton/Casa Castile show a few days ago, and he informed me that he'd soon be releasing yet another Amy Hobbs-directed music video (in addition to this one, this one, this one and this one). "What, are you going to do a video for every song on the new record?" I asked incredulously. "Maybe!" was the response. Fair enough. If he keeps making 'em, we'll keep posting 'em. See "The Law and Your Man" above.
* As previously mentioned (twice), local "bohemian bookworm-pop" outfit (as Seth Graves once described them) Umbrella Tree will soon release and album called To the Memory of a Once Great Man. The album will be out April 17, and you can see a video for that record's "The Watcher" after the jump.
Before studying Batman
I was never wholly at ease
With rationally conceding
That the best thing to do
Was to have to walk away
It was a bizarre form
And I wore some cape
Like an insular jacket
* And you know what they say: You're not a rock band until you've covered at least one Stones song. Well, I made that up just now, but I'm sure someone has said it. The typically shoegazey indie popsters of Bows and Arrows just posted a laid-back, grooved-out cover of The Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb" — which is from possibly my favorite Stones record, and is definitely my favorite somewhat misogynist song of all time (Faces' "Stay With Me" is a close second) — and you can hear it below or via Bows and Arrows' Bandcamp page. The B&A kids say they're currently working on a full-length, so keep an eye out for that "later this year."
During the stage replacement project, the existing hickory support beams will be strengthened with concrete at their bases and the joists will be reinforced with steel brackets. Additionally, new cross-beams will be put in place to further enhance the structural integrity of the stage. The current oak plank stage will be replaced with Brazilian teak certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, the same type of wood used to replace the Grand Ole Opry House stage after the 2010 flood. Currently, the Ryman’s oak stage can bear 40,000 pounds of weight. By using teak products, one of the hardest woods available in the world, the new stage will be able to support up to 120,000 pounds. The size of the stage will remain unchanged at 60.5’ by 36.5’.
To honor its role in an unparalleled history of classic performances, an eighteen inch strip of the oak planks from the current stage will run along the front of the new stage. By combining the lighter oak of the past with the deeper colored teak of the future, performers will still have the opportunity to touch the stage where so many of their heroes once stood.
The construction will commence on Feb. 4, and will be completed "within two weeks" — that means it will all take place in the gap between the Feb. 2 Dierks Bentley show and The Band Perry's sold-out Feb. 20 show.
Oh, and while we're on the topic of The Ryman, Canadian chanteuse Leslie "Feist" Feist will play there May 1. Last we saw Feist, she was playing a pretty solid last-minute show at Third Man. Tickets for her Ryman appearance go on sale Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. via this link.
According to a fresh greeting on the Third Man Records homepage, White's local label will — in conjunction with Columbia and XL Recordings — release the record on April 24 in the U.S. and on April 23 across the pond. An interesting item of note: April 24 is also the stateside release date for White’s fellow Raconteur Brendan Benson’s solo What Kind of World LP.
But before that, Third Man will release the album’s first single “Love Interruption” in 7-inch form. That's next Tuesday, Feb. 7. But you don’t have to wait that long to purchase or hear it. Nashville indwellers and visitors alike can pre-order their copies of the hot wax over at the Third Man downtown shop, while the rest of you can pre-order it at White’s official site — where, as of minutes ago, you can stream “Love Interruption.” The track’s non-Blunder B-side is a song called “Machine Gun Silhouette.”
More details to come ...
It’s not often your more makeshift venues (dive bars, coffee shops, clothing stores, etc.) are able to offer up the intimacy of a DIY punk den without giving up the sonic comforts of a proper PA. In fact, it pretty much never happens. Hence, we weren’t surprised at the lack of audible vocals upon walking in on Cheap Time’s set at East Side dive Dino’s on Friday night.
Exit/In filled its vault to nearly full capacity Saturday night by scheduling Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards, an early-Aughts SXSW sensation who wooed journalists and music execs alike in 2003 when they detected heavy traces of Lucinda Williams. Now, as the female market trends away from alt-twangers (it’s been 20 years since Sheryl Crow’s debut, you know), Edwards has decided to rip it up and start again, and on her fourth release (the barely fortnight-old Voyageur) she is not alone. Voyeur indeed, Edwards stares through the lens of Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) — the album's producer and Edwards' recent romantic interest — whose presence permeates Voyageur. What’s funny is that the word "voyageur" literally refers to a woodsman who used to trade fur along the U.S.-Canadian border — clearly a metaphor that summarizes their back-and-forth visiting of late — but there’s also Bon Iver’s music, which possesses the haunting yet chilly eloquence one might associate with a woodsman crossing frigid waters. Chilly and chapped cheeks might explain why Vernon sings in a pained and spooky-high falsetto. Wisconsin (Vernon’s home turf, where Edwards recently moved) does seem very cold.
There are a lot of unsung heroes in Nashville’s music scene — the screen-printers, the sound guys, the bookers, the promoters, the house-show house owners — but there are few people more unsung than the poor schlubs who decide to book 8 off 8ths. Have you ever tried to get eight bands in the same room without the promise of getting paid? Newsflash: it’s hard as hell. This week’s poor schlub is none other than local photographer (and BFF to science) Steve Cross, who has put together a solid line-up for Mercy Lounge’s weekly series. Aside from Cross’s own band — the ‘80s inspired synth-pop trio Scale Model — the lineup features everything from experimental electronica (Sugar Sk*-*lls) to uptempo ‘Boro power pop (King Arthur) and a slew of bands in between, including Bows & Arrows, Magnolia Sons, Bravo Max, I Believe in Hotpants and Honey Locust. —LANCE CONZETT
Kicks off at 9 p.m. But if you've got roughly $30 to spare, perhaps you'd rather catch Nick Carter downstairs. And if neither a free local rock bill nor a boy-band-member-turned-reality-show-wash-up-turned-solo-artist is your bag, He's My Brother She's My Sister is also playing at The Basement. By my count, that's plenty of options for a Monday night.
A late-Friday news bit is rolling our way courtesy of Jack White's Third Man Records and "student travel" organization Brightspark: High school choirs and bands are now being granted the opportunity to tour Third Man Records and record a 7-inch — pressed on the students' school colors — in the TMR studio. The details:
While normally closed to the public, Third Man has partnered exclusively with Brightspark to bring in high school bands and choirs to show them the inner workings of a modern record label. Groups will receive an informative tour of the colorful building and enjoy an in-depth Q&A with Third Man’s head of production [Ben Blackwell].
On top of that, your group will record two songs for a vinyl record pressed in your school colors! Using the same room that’s featured the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, the Raconteurs, Conan O’Brien, Feist and many others, your group will experience firsthand the methods and workings of a real recording session. Each student will receive a copy of the 7” 45rpm vinyl record and the group will receive a plaque of one of the records for display in their band room or trophy case.
See a video from one such tour above, in which TMR's head of production Ben Blackwell grants a tour to a lucky busload of kids — but not before a boot-scootin' stopoff at The Stage. Blackwell's looking super-natch on camera these days — ahem, not that he wasn't looking natural in this video or anything. Also, Cream contributor Lance Conzett just stopped by the office, and he presented this hypothetical: Will the TMR super-fan vinyl collectors go out of their way to secure 7-inch pressings from these high schoolers' outings? Remains to be seen, but I wouldn't put it past them.
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