When I was 15, at this time of day on Friday, I’d probably be vegging out after-school style with a mall-rat friend or two, ordering up punk rock videos on The Box while waiting for Kurt Loder and Tabitha Soren to tell us about The Week in Rock over at MTV. Remember The Week in Rock? Remember The Box? The Box was like a publicly accessible broadcasting juke box of music videos.
In the early/mid-’90s that was where you were more likely to see rock videos with skateboards in them. Directed by Team Geritol veteran skater Elvis Wilson, the above Epic Ditch clip for “Unexploded Ordnance” — the poppiest number on the band’s forthcoming 36-Hour EP — is a rock video with skateboards in it. It would have fit right in on The Box. Of course, videos don’t appear on television anymore — and I’m no longer a teenager, either. But neither is Hurts to Laugh lead singer/drummer Erik Dail, who is seen rippin’ shit up at the skate park as the band rocks out.
Oh damn, that's my jam! Welcome back to another Total-ly dope installment of Party & Bullsh*t. This weekend is real heavy on hot shows, so let's get down to the very serious business of partyin' and bullshittin'. First off, happy birthday to The Boom Bap, and good call on bringing Tony Touch to town. I mean, as the above video clearly illustrates, that dude is one of the greatest DJs of all time. Oh wait, let me elaborate on that assertion a bit, cranky old-man style:
OK kiddos, here’s the thing — if anybody claims to be “on top of the mixtape game” yet they have never actually released something on an analog cassette, they are full of shit. Sorry to ruin the fantasy, but uploading to DatPiff is not the same as mixing a mixtape. Tony Touch, on the other hand, ruled the world of C90s back in the ‘90s, more or less breaking every artist of that era that really mattered. When we were coming up in the game, getting our hands on a new Tony Touch tape was cause for celebration — remember this is pre-Interweb, so getting underground music wasn’t as easy as turning on your laptop — and the source of much of our info on what was new and hot in New York. Needless to say, Touch is the perfect DJ to help our hometown underground crew celebrate their fourth year of head-nodding and ruckus-raising.
Will I be in attendance at this momentous event? Who knows! The P&B party bus took a forklift to the face and is out of commission for a hot minute. The MTA's non-party bus is a total pain in the ass for clubbin', so we'll see what happens.
And now, it's time for more Party & Bullsh*t, whip-less or otherwise ...
But we all know what a touring cycle means. It means interviews. Interviews like this one, in which Pelham tells Indie Rock Reviews that The Features have "finished another record, so we’re just kind of sitting on it until we’re finished touring and promoting Wilderness, then we’ll release the new one." So there's your official confirmation, not to mention the fact that Pelham refers to himself as a dinosaur and talks about the rock explosion in Nashville, and then the folks at IRR spell Murfreesboro like this: Murphysboro.
The bit that made my heart sing just a little bit, however, comes via The Dallas Observer. After conceding that Kings of Leon are "no longer en vogue" and fending off the nays of "skinny-jeaned naysayers" who may or may not actually exist, blogger Kelly Dearmore asked Features drummer Rollum Haas to conjure up an "all-time top five future Features band/movie tie-ins." After injecting a bit of Features into total classics like The Graduate and Midnight Cowboy (and the nouveau classic Arrested Development), Haas casts Clint Eastwood as himself in the Features made-for-TV musical, and offers this wonderful what-if: "George Lucas remakes Star Wars with The Features cast as the Cantina Band." Seems like a good enough excuse to post the Cantina scene to me!
The Crofton Crew is back! Returning to a bark-based currency system with Episode 83. Hear it after the jump or via iTunes.
Anyway, the rock 'n' roll appears to be in full swing this weekend, with shows — primarily shows of a local-centric nature — popping off all over town. Tonight you've got Hate Life with Puffy Areolas, Cheap Time and The Black Faces at Dino's, Jason Isbell out in Franklin, great hip-hop showcases at both The Attic and 12th & Porter, The Long Players doing Fleetwood Mac at Mercy and loads more. Tomorrow we're looking at Kathleen Edwards at Exit/In, that killer show with Ranch Ghost, The Paperhead and more at The Zombie Shop, The Boom Bap's fourth anniversary at The 5 Spot and loads more. See the rest — compiled by Adam "The Average-Height Guy" Gold— after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a strong one.
1. Good or evil? Canton-bound. Ascension linked to versions of the Sabbath
2. A name amongst the Titans. What's your favorite flavor?
3. The original simpleton; misspell the mini-liar
4. Trained: a cloth sack state of mind. Savor the queen's delight.
5. Push in the IV; follow the vowels to the coming of age.
6. I am that I am, a performing cadaver. Look to the eye of the storm.
7. Offerings from the garden; "I think you're God."
Keeping in mind I’m the sort of person who cries over Muppet films, I’ve ranked the best (aka my favorite) songs that ever won Oscars. Is there Fred Astaire? Is there disco? Is there a distinct lack of Disney? You know it!
And if you'd like to see the sophisti-pop of "Sophisticuffs" created in a live environment, you can catch Uncle Skeleton this evening at Mercy Lounge alongside fellow Nashville rock outfits By Lightning! and Casa Castile. And since we love providing context, download some free tunes from upbeat indie-pop ensemble By Lightning! right here (stream after the jump), and revisit Casa Castile's Nashville Cream Conference Call installments here, here and here (or stream the audio only after the jump).
Key Change: Kathleen Edwards gets some distance from twang — no offense — and makes an album with Bon Iver (Playing Saturday, 28th at Exit/In)
Boy From Alabama: Jason Isbell goes it alone — just him, his guitar and a perfect song or two — in Franklin (Playing Friday, 27th at Franklin Theater)
Spirit of ’66: With the release of her 1966, the songs of late, great folkie Karen Dalton are given new life (1966 was released Jan. 24 via Delmore Recording Society)
Swank’s Guide to the Hate Life: A hardened rock 'n' roller doles out pearls of wisdom to the local rock set
In The Spin: Graveyard and Radio Moscow at Exit/In, Mercy Lounge's Ninth Anniversary Celebration with How I Became the Bomb and more
Plus Critics’ Picks on Gray, N!tro, Kaby and Classic Williams, Gretchen Peters’ album release, April Caspari’s album release, Hate Life feat. Puffy Areolas, Cheap Time and more, The Boom Bap’s Fourth Anniversary, Nicolay and the Hot at Nights, Steve Cross’s 8 off 8th and more
* Nashville's Dead just posted the second installment of their Teen Beat series, in which correspondent Television Addict sits down with an up-and-coming local outfit to talk about influences and interests and all sorts of jazz. This edition features Nashvillian psych rockers Ranch Ghost, who have been relentlessly delivering their Nuggets-y brand of loose, groovy, mid-tempo rock 'n' roll as of late. They also debuted their tune "New News" — which will be included on a Jeffrey Drag-released single this spring — and you can hear it above. Catch Ranch Ghost live at The Zombie Shop this Saturday, Jan. 28, alongside fellow psych- and garage-rock outfits D. Watusi, The Paperhead and Denney and the Jets.
* And We Own This Town hipped us to a brand-new track from electro ensemble Hanzelle. It's called "I Know," and it's a heady, dark bit of pop that utilizes all your favorite moody synthpop conventions. Hear it below, or download it for a price of your choosing via Hanzelle's Bandcamp page.
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