Friday, March 30, 2012

Earl Scruggs Service April 1 at The Ryman Is Open to the Public

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Perhaps you read the thoughtful Earl Scruggs obit penned for us yesterday by contributor Jon Weisberger. We appreciate Jon's words.

But one thing we didn't point out in the obit is that there will be a service in honor of Mr. Scruggs this Sunday, April 1, at The Ryman, and it will be open to the public. I'll just share the information as it appeared in a press release:

Earl Scruggs, A Celebration of Life
Sunday, April 1, 2012
2:00 p.m.
Ryman Auditorium

Event is open to the public, doors open at 1:00 p.m.

The service will be broadcast on 650-AM WSM

Rest in peace, Earl. I can't think of a more fitting tribute to such a legend than a Sunday service in the Mother Church.

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Murfreesboro-Based Benefit for Victims of East Nashville Fire, April 1-3

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 4:19 PM

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For all of our bickering over perceived Road to Bonnaroo injustices and the mounds of hate we all heap on Kings of Leon, if there's one thing you can always count on in Nashville, it's that when something truly awful goes down, the community launches into benefit show hyperdrive. I'm sad to say that the time has come once again for that local rock barn-raising.

Early Monday morning, several Murfreesboro ex-pats were forced to flee their home in East Nashville (two through windows in the top floor) when a fire broke out. Though everyone escaped the blaze, two people were treated for burns — one hospitalized for treatment of second- and third-degree burns — and many of their possessions were lost. Among the victims was Tour de Fun founder and sole member of the band Meth Dad, Tyler Walker, along with others who operated the now-defunct 'Boro house-show venue Trash Mountain.

Since the fire, a single benefit show has ballooned into a three-night affair, featuring bands like Cherub, Hanzelle, Mom & Dad, Fine Peduncle and more. Each show has a $5 cover, though I'm sure they'd happily accept more, and all money collected goes straight to the victims. You can find full details for each night after the jump.

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Party & Bullsh*t: This Week in Nashville Hip-Hop [Fresh Music Festival, The Perfect Hours, Kaby, Eazy-RA]

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

So did you folks look at the Bonnaroo lineup and say, "Needs more New Jack Swing"? Same here. But we're in luck! Fresh Music Festival is happening at Municipal Auditorium on June 17, roughly the day you should revive from your post-Coffee County coma — because I assume that everybody who loves SWV also loves hanging out in a dusty field for four days. No? Just me? Weird. Anyway, SWV is playing with Keith Sweat, Guy, K-Ci and motherfuckin' JoJo. I mean, have you listened to that new SWV song? It's awesome, go listen to it and come back. ... It's awesome, right? "Co-Sign" is right. But anyway, SWV isn't playing Manchester — you gotta go dowwwwn-towwwn! Ba-dump-cha!

All right, let's chill with the rest of this week's Party & Bullshit ...

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Black Cab Sessions' Nashville Episode Finally Airs, But We Can't Watch It in the US ... or Can We?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Once upon a time — way back in December 2010 — we told you about how the UK's famed Black Cab Sessions would be rolling into town to film an episode featuring performances from Jack White and Wanda Jackson, Those Darlins, The Ettes, Tristen, PUJOL, KORT and more. Well, the episode finally aired in the UK, and while it's currently streaming at this link, you have to be in Great Britain to watch it.

Or do you?

First of all, someone grabbed the portion of the episode featuring Jack White and Wanda Jackson and uploaded it to YouTube, so you can watch that above. Also, there's a site called Stealthy that enables you to "hide your IP address for privacy online" and "access all content privately without censorship; bypass firewalls." I'm not saying that you should download that extension and then watch the full episode via this link. And I'm not saying that I did that. But if I had done that, this would probably be my synopsis of the episode, with screen grabs:

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Lake Fever Presents The Chris Crofton Show, Episode 89

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Hey, it's The Chris Crofton Show! It's Episode 89, and it's about to come on you like no one's ever come on you before. Hear it after the jump.

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Weekend Round-Up: April Fools' Style

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 7:45 AM

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Show of hands: Who's prankin' this weekend? If you aren't raising your hand, that means you're gettin' pranked prank'd. I'm thinking I might slip about two dozen of these bad boys into my roommate's car, hamper and pillowcases. Of course, if he reads this post, he can pre-empt me somehow. Fair warning!

Anyway, let's get serious. We've got some decent options for local music seekers this weekend, be they jocular or austere in spirit. Tonight you're looking at Scissormen at Family Wash, Parachute Musical's farewell show at The 5 Spot and more. Tomorrow you've got Quintron and Miss Pussycat at Third Man, By Lightning! with Wax Fang and Poly at The Basement, The Lonely H at The 5 Spot and more. Have a look at the rest — compiled by music listings editor Adam "Joker" Gold — after the jump. Let us kow what we missed, and have yourselves a jovial weekend.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bonnaroo 2012 Announces Comedy Lineup [Aziz Ansari (duh), Steven Wright, Marc Maron, Reggie Watts and More]

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 4:07 PM

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Here’s a joke: What do Ginger Baker and coffee have in common? (Pause.) They both suck without cream. (Buh-dum cha!) Here’s another joke: What kind of socks does a pirate wear? (Another pause.) Arrrrrrrgyle. And another: What's a pirate's laugh sound like? Harrr Harrr.

… I’ll spare you the rest of my repertoire and take a minute to tell you that, if you’re a Bonnaroo-bound chuckler who likes jokes and wants to hear some that are better than the ones up top, your heart will smile at the announcement of this year’s Bonnaroo comedy lineup, which a press release lists as follows:

Aziz Ansari
Steven Wright
Marc Maron
Brian Posehn
Judah Freidlander
Reggie Watts
Rhys Darby
Colin Hay
Garfunkle & Oats
Amy Schumer
Pete Holmes
Rory Scovel
Mike O'Connell
Ali Wong
Kyle Kinane

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Farewell Blues: Earl Scruggs Dead at 88

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM

With the passing of Earl Scruggs on Wednesday, the world — and I use that term with considered precision — has lost one of its greatest musicians. Though it’s obviously true that his banjo played the critical role in bringing a new and highly particular style of music into being, it’s equally if less obviously true that the impact of that act — and all that followed it — has been felt across the decades and around the globe. And while he’s gone now, there’s little doubt that his legacy will continue to resound for as long as there are banjos to be played — and really, possibly even longer than that.

Earl was, of course, a key player in the group that created bluegrass back in 1946 and 1947, and the effect his banjo playing had on audiences and on fellow musicians is nearly impossible to overstate. But as important as that was, it was what happened after he left Bill Monroe’s employ and partnered up with fellow former Blue Grass Boy Lester Flatt in their own group that did the most to build, and eventually cement his reputation.

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Paul Collins and Peter Case's April 19 Show at The High Watt Canceled Due to Inner-Band Turmoil; The Nerve!

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM


They left us hanging. :(

Bummerino Metropolis! Remember when I got all psyched that Peter Case and Paul Collins (both of The Nerves and The Breakaways, and of The Plimsouls and The Beat, respectively) were slated to play Mercy Lounge's High Watt stage on April 19? Well scratch that. It looks like "the final leg" of their tour will be canceled. And our date, my fellow Nashvillians, dwelled on that leg. From a curiously worded release:

We regret to announce that the final leg of the Peter Case/Paul Collins spring tour will be cancelled. Despite a promising start, much excitement in the local press, and a batch of highly publicized SXSW dates, Paul Collins was sent home from the tour early last week. Shortly thereafter, we received news that the last batch of shows would be cancelled altogether, including the performance scheduled for April 19th at The High Watt.

This LA Times story sheds a little more light, not to mention a claim from Case that Collins "was continually abusive to the band and others supporting the tour, and when I stuck up for them, he repeatedly showered me with loud abuse. ... The Nerves didn't work out in the seventies and they couldn't now." Well. There went a little piece of my soul.

For those of you who had already purchased tickets for the April 19 show, there are details for getting your money back via this link.

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American Idol Recap: Jesus, Take the Wheel ... From Colton Dixon

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Here we are, back again — a little older, a little wiser, and slightly sad over the ouster of shriveled-up old lady Erika Van Pelt. This week, we open with another melancholy montage of the contestants' "journey" set to "Landslide." I want to hate this, but that song is some serious emotional kryptonite. You could set it behind a video of monkeys on roller skates and I would probably well up.

Seacrest opens the show with, "Good luck tonight, and may the odds be ever in your favor." Hunger Games! Like that movie needs his help, amiright?! This week, the contestants will be channeling their own "idols." As a mentor, they've defrosted Stevie Nicks — no wonder they were pulling my "Landside" strings.

First up is that odd amalgamation of Q-tips and dryer lint, local boy Colton Dixon. Stevie tells him, "Don't ever cut your hair." Breaking News: Colton is making a serious play to fill the Shannon MaGrane-sized hole (um ... ) and be our resident Jesus Crispie.

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