Did you know that local pop songstress Madi Diaz has a brother who's in a speed-metal band? At least, that's what her publicist tells me was the partial inspiration for the above clip. Diaz's video for "Gimme a Kiss" — a tune that I recently described as being "sweetly jaunty and playful, like the weirdo pop of a Regina Spector or an Imogen Heap, but with a little taste of straight-ahead, Top 40 sensibility" — was directed by Erich Weiss, and you can see it above or via Diaz's VEVO channel. The dichotomy of a sweet, sentimental pop tune paired with Crow-like face paint and Halford-esque leather-daddy gear: It's rich!
Ever since that joke bell came, The Crofton Show got better. This shit ain't gonna listen to itself. It's The Chris Crofton Show, and it's Episode 86. This week, Crofton weighs in on all sorts of stuff, including our Bruise Cruise cover story. Thanks for reading, Chris! Listen after the jump or via iTunes.
As far as local happenings go, rock-wise, this weekend certainly isn't the strongest we've seen in ages, but it's not so bad. There are options. Tonight, for instance, you've got Tonie Joy and his Slow Bull at Springwater, a George Harrison trib at Mercy, Majestico with Bad Cop and Fly Golden Eagle at 12th & Porter, the Kidsmeal Review. Oh, and Journey at TPAC. Tomorrow night you're looking at Useless Eaters with Fancytramp and King Karl at Springwater, Diarrhea Planet with Reid Magette and more at an East Side house party, The Boom Bap at The 5 Spot, Loss at The End and more. Have a look at the rest — compiled by Adam "Beads please!" Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a festive weekend.
Ummm, maybe his last name is Black? Actually, no. It's not.
First of all, yes. We know that this show was initially announced several weeks ago. And yes, there was some question regarding what venue would host the show — why in the world would Peter Case's website (among others) list the venue as "The High Watt"? As ticketed, it's definitely taking place at Mercy Lounge, and not in some as-yet-unannounced, still-gestating, fetal-stages baby venue. Where would you get that idea?
But here's the thing: If you heard the names Peter Case and Paul Collins, scratched your head and thought, "Eh, must be some random pair of old singer-songwriters," then you're doing it wrong. Extremely wrong. Collins and Case first collaborated in the short-lived but highly influential mid-'70s power-pop trio The Nerves, who released only one four-song, self-titled EP. The lead-off track, "Hanging on the Telephone" — a performance of which was captured in an in-store during SXSW 2007 (see above) — proved to be an enormous hit for Blondie. Puerto Rican garage-rock outfit Davila 666 also does a version that's a lot of fun to watch. But I'm getting sidetracked here.
Anyway, Wiz Khalifa, MUTEMATH, Sleigh Bells, Fitz and the Tantrums and actor/singer-songwriter Tyler Hilton will head up the annual on-campus music festival, which will also feature locals the likes of Gloriana, Wick-It the Instigator, Chancellor Warhol and Beaker Street Blues Band. Y’all excited by seein' that back-to-school-headed handful?
The two-day celebration of music and higher education will go down April 20-21 — again, the same weekend as Record Store Day. Single-day tickets cost $30 for Vandy students and $45 for actual Nashvillians. Weekend passes are $55 in advance and $65 on site. Get tickets and satisfy all your Rites of Spring informational needs at the festival’s official site, or follow them on Twitter, whatever, it’s your life.
Let’s just hope that the heavens don’t opt to unload their tear ducts on the festival once again. Know what I mean?
And while we're talking Cleft, they've got a relatively fresh track I believe you guys may be psyched to hear. Kurt Wagner of Lambchop and Steve Poulton (aka The Altered Statesman) recently put together a 12-inch EP by the name of The Something Missing EP, and as a teaser, Cleft is offering up the track "Something" via their Soundcloud page. You can also hear it below. And as you may notice, the lyrics of "Something" are the same as the lyrics of Lambchop's "If Not I'll Just Die" from their brand-new Mr. M. Hutchins elucidates thusly: "Joe McMahon recorded it. They all play on each other's tracks, along with Scott Martin on drums and Michael Backes on upright bass. Both of Kurt's songs appear on the new Lambchop album as more produced versions. ... It's a limited pressing, 12-inch 45rpm ep. Sounds great!" You'll be able to get that here.
I’m not renting a U-Haul. I’m not asking for help from friends because then I would have to buy beer and pizza for everyone, and frankly I’m selfish and want to save those crisp dollars to buy a new, even-more-adult sofa. (Did you guys know IKEA furniture, while convenient, is shoddily constructed and generally not suitable for long-term living? Huh.) One thing I would like help with, however, is a moving-out mixtape. Share with me the best songs that have gotten you through packing, hauling, unpacking a little bit, taking a break just to watch a bit of TV for a second Jesus Christ this is exhausting and can be finished tomorrow and six months later there is half a box of stuff that should have been donated to charity years ago still sitting in the corner, you should probably hide it under a blanket or something.
Get Back to Where You Once Belonged: Chuck Mead's latest proves he's a master at bringing the past alive for the contemporary fun of it (Playing Tuesday, 28th at The Belcourt)
Trading Spaces: As Sugar and the Hi-Lows, Amy Stroup and Trent Dabbs finally get the chance to focus on the “feel-good” (Playing Sunday, 26th at 3rd & Lindsley)
Keenan Wit: Maynard James Keenan ponders Puscifer, Shakespeare and beer farts (Playing Tuesday, 28th at TPAC’s Jackson Hall)
Blues Authenticity Wars: Despite the divide within the national blues community, the Nashville Blues Festival chugs along (Taking place Sunday, 26th at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium)
In The Spin: By Lightning! album release feat. Glossary and Cortney Tidwell at The Basement
"The single most important thing to Sugarland are their fans,” the band’s manager Gail Gellman tells the Associated Press.
But judging by the response of the band’s legal team to a civil suit filed on behalf of fans injured in last summer's Indiana State Fair tragedy — in which high winds toppled an inadequately rigged outdoor stage, killing seven and injuring dozens more — when it comes to attending their concerts, Sugarland’s policy is essentially Enter at your own risk.
That’s right, the heartfelt tribute concerts have ceased, and according to AP, the blame game of ascribing legal liability is in full-swing, with Sugarland’s lawyers saying that those harmed in the collapse — an “act of God” that occurred moments before the band was to hit the stage — “failed to exercise due care for their own safety,” and thus suffered injuries that “resulted from their own fault.”
well fuck you anon! Go and Catch fire!
The guitar is a custom made Gretsch he used on the Raconteurs tours...sweet. I couldn't…
Sometimes I think snowman69 makes good points. But I think he's way off the mark…
You obviously don't have a clue what touring is actually like snowman69. We all know…