Below are a few more gems I was able to find thanks to the Stereogum article. They are also the five best pop songs I’ve heard in years. If you care anything about perfect earworm hooks, great melodies, attractive people and tight, professional songwriting, I’m begging you to please give these songs a listen. I genuinely want to start a conversation! I’m getting tired of talking to myself!
As promised, Justin Townes Earle appeared on last night's Late Show With David Letterman, and you can see him performing "Look the Other Way" from his brand-new Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now above. That's most definitely the stellar Paul Niehaus (Lambchop, Calexico, Nikki Lane, tons more) on lead guitar, and I personally think the horns sound great.
Following Earle & Co.'s performance, Dave says something along the lines of, "There's Donovan, and everyone's depressed and unhappy about the islands disappearing, and then these guys show up!" I'm fairly certain that's a ringing endorsement as far as Dave goes, even if he is holding JTE's record upside-down. Good performance, have a gander.
Two Short: Two-sentence reviews on new albums from Bruce Springsteen, The Shins, Lyle Lovett, Hospitality, Spiritualized and more
Merry Scene of Scots: We Were Promised Jetpacks look to carve their own niche in the New World (Playing Thursday, 29th at Exit/In)
Artless Believers: Earnest youngsters The Vespers maintain an artless serenity on their latest release (Playing album release show Tuesday, 3rd at Trevecca University; playing Music City Roots Wednesday, 4th at Loveless Barn)
Cage Match: Vortex Percussion Ensemble and former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company celebrate the work of influential avant-garde composer John Cage (Vortex Percussion Ensemble Celebrates John Cage and Merce Sunday, 1st at Ingram Hall)
The Diplo of Romanticism: As Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini makes clear, variations are the remixes of classical music (Nashville Symphony March 29-31 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center)
In The Spin: Mind Spiders w/Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders, OGG and D. Watusi at The End, Road to Bonnaroo Round Two at Mercy Lounge
Plus Critics’ Picks on DJ Wick-It, Scissormen’s album/DVD release show, Shoot the Mountain’s farewell show, The McCrary Sisters, Mount Carmel with Hellbender and Tijuana Goat Ride, the Shine benefit for Kim Collins, Jesco White and more
* PUJOL frontman Daniel Pujol spoke with NBC's New York affiliate while he was down in Austin for SXSW, and you can see his video interview right here. The Pooj spoke about people in his community (hey, that's us!) working to better themselves and those around them, plus the Internet, and how we were all brought up to believe in limitless possibilities and so forth. Anyway, it's a little glimpse into the mind of the Pooj, so have a look.
* We told you about The Flaming Lips coming to Nashville to cut at least one track with Ke$ha — which turned out to be for the Lips' forthcoming collaborative LP. But what if that was just the beginning of a
beautiful drug-addled, long-term friendship? (Kidding about the drug-addled thing, mostly.) Right, the point: Coyne tells Rolling Stone that he likes Ke$ha, and that he's considering collaborating with the Nashville-bred, trash-embracing glam-pop queen on her next record. "She's a lot of fun and crazy and open to ideas and she's creative," says Coyne. "She's all these things that you don't know." Fancy that!
As you can see over there on the right, the cover art for For the Love of the Game features a shot of some young lady's callipygian figure. In support of their fresh LP, Natty Child will presently be heading out on tour with Hunx and His Punx, and you can see all those dates after the jump. While you're at it, have a listen to a little Game preview that the boys are offering up. It's called "Ain't Gonna Stop," and it's yet another thick slab of hell-if-I-care, bluesy, scuzzy, laid-back Southern groovin'. It doesn't appear as though they're going to stop.
Internationally recognized local tough-cookie garage punks Heavy Cream just debut their tune "John Johnny" via Spin, and it's a track that inspired Spin's David Bevan to toss out words like "pugnacious," "thick," "smelly," "herky-jerky" and, yes, "snot-spackled." But I'm picking up what Bevan's laying down. "John Johnny" is the lead-off single from Heavy Cream's forthcoming full-length Super Treatment (out May 8 via Infinity Cat Records), and it does indeed feature the sort of bratty, snotty, blown-out, cantankerous, bloozy-punk delivery that HC has, bit by bit, been honing for the past couple of years.
As Nashville's Dead reported last week, Super Treatment was recorded out in San Fransisco with West Coast garage-rock luminaries Ty Segall and Eric Bauer. As a matter of fact, Nashville's Dead debuted the artwork for Treatment, and you can see that after the jump. Anyway, since Spin was just giving away "John Johnny," we figured we'd do the same. Hear it below.
I didn't go to MTSU, but a large gaggle of my closest pals did. And when I'd find myself crashing on a couch during one of my weekly Murfreesboro treks, the tube was quite frequently tuned into The Hustlin' Gourmet on the university's cable station. The hustler in question was one Mr. Big Fella, who had a personality large enough to match his moniker, and who now continues his Hustlin' Gourmet legacy on Nashville's iQtv Channel 10.
So anyhow, Big Fella's also a champion of the local hip-hop scene, and he's hosting a birthday show this evening at The End that will feature performances from Gummy Soul, Ducko McFli, ForteBowie, Drupy, PA Lit, The Radikalz and WARE. So if you aren't the sort of person who would attend the Tin Pan South kickoff at Third & Lindsley, this might be the soiree for you. Contributor Sean L. Maloney penned a Critic's Pick for us. Like to hear it? Here it goes:
If there’s one figure who looms large over the local hip-hop scene, it’s Big Fella. Obviously his size is part of it — he is in fact a big fella — and his TV cooking show The Hustlin’ Gourmet is one of the greatest things to ever come across your local cable-access channel. But more than anything it’s his constant support and encouragement for up-and-coming artists that makes him a sizable figure. Nobody puts more effort into helping the youngsters find their way through this maze of a music scene. And so it’s apropos that Big’s birthday party would feature some of the finest of Nashville hip-hop’s new wave. From Scene favorites like Gummy Soul, Ducko McFli and The Radikalz to recent transplants like Ware and Forte Bowie, it’s going to be a stellar night of new-school talent. —SEAN L. MALONEY
According to the Facebook event page, the festivities commence at 8:30 p.m. But, you know, it's The End. So I'd take that with a grain of salt. Happy birthday, Big Fella!
War Memorial Auditorium's Attic Sessions — the series that has brought you performances and chats with artists including Keegan DeWitt, Madi Diaz and Rayland Baxter, among others — are back with their 10th episode. This one features trad-country/Americana chanteuse Nikki Lane and her frequent sidepersons, Sean "To the Wall" Thompson and Carey Kotsionis — the latter of whom co-owns vintage shop High Class Hillbilly with Lane.
Lane may have gotten stuck with the least (or at least second-least) desirable slot at last night's Road to Bonnaroo installment, but here she's dead-center in the spotlight, talking about collaborating, making money and more. She also plays a couple of tunes: "Sleep for You" and "Lies," both of which can be found on last year's award-winning Walk of Shame. Watch Lane's Attic Sesh above or right here.
MTV — beef-mongers that they are — mostly latched onto the fact that Carney referred to Parker as an "asshole." And yeah, sure, he did. But it was all part of a larger point he was making. At SXSW, Parker prognosticated that Spotify will eclipse iTunes within the next two years. When that came up, here was Carney's response:
"Because he’s [Parker] an asshole. That guy has $2 billion that he made from figuring out ways to steal royalties from artists, and that’s the bottom line. You can’t really trust anybody like that. The idea of a streaming service, like Netflix for music, I’m totally not against it. It’s just we won’t put all of our music on it until there are enough subscribers for it to make sense."
Carney continues: “Trust me, Dan and I like to make money. If it was fair to the artist we would be involved in it. I honestly don’t want to see Sean Parker succeed in anything. I imagine if Spotify becomes something that people are willing to pay for, then I’m sure iTunes will just create their own service, and they’re actually fair to artists.”
The claim interviewer Kim makes is that it takes 66 plays on Spotify to generate the same amount of revenue as one 99-cent iTunes download. Last year — around the same time that Creamster Adam Gold's cover story on the new landscape of the music industry ran — Gold posted an interview with an official Spotify spokesperson. Here was the rep's response when asked about how Spotify plays would benefit the artists themselves:
Touring in support of their forthcoming third LP Rize of the Fenix — which drops May 15 — the comedy-rock duo and self-proclaimed Greatest Band on Earth is bound for The Ryman on June 23, meaning JB and KG will finally get to rock (or "gently fuck," if you will) the same musical Mother Church as Ted Nugent and Foreigner.
I actually saw my fair share of D shows back in the day, and I think the duo’s mock-rock routine worked better as two-man acoustic show — as opposed to the full-band, faux-arena-rock extravaganza it is today. There is, however, one rather amusing aspect of seeing The D these days: bearing witness to hippie burnouts and frat boys who take the band’s unserious, tuneful spoofs seriously. It’s an odd phenomenon. While watching the band at Bonnaroo a few years back, I distinctly remember seeing a dread-headed, poncho-clad, Oakley-sporting Jorge Garcia dead ringer raise a pinched joint roach to his lips with one hand and a rock-horned hand gesture of empowerment to heavens with his other while singing along to “Kielbasa” with the earnest defiance of a downtrodden Neil Young die-hard rocking out to “Hey Hey, My My” at a Crazy Horse show.
Anyway, tickets are $29.50-$49.50 and they go on sale Friday, March 30, at 10 a.m. here. Detroit rockers The Sights open.
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…
Your illegal Mexican groundskeepers don't count, snowman69.