So the winners of Road to Bonnaroo 2012's second installment were Wild Cub. Second place was Five Knives, and third place was Evan P. Donohue.
With that out of the way, why doesn’t the company that owns the parking lot across the street from Mercy Lounge just build a multi-level garage? The Spin was directed to distant parking by no fewer than three attendants, who were all trying their best to corral confused drivers and yell warnings to oblivious pedestrians that maybe it is not such a hot idea to cut in front of that SUV. Garage. Entrance. Exit. It’s too common-sense to work.
I'm looking over the ledge
Of the edge, of the edge
Of the edge, of the edge
Like the Cat Man Dude
I can fall
I can land and stand
On my hands on command
Like the Cat Man Dude
If you read this week's dead-tree edition of the Scene, then you probably saw contributor Jewly Hight's top-notch piece on the latest release from hometown hero Justin Townes Earle. JTE's record is called Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, and it's out today via Bloodshot. (Also, you can stream it now via GQ.)
And of course, a brand-new record means a brand-new touring cycle for young Earle — a touring cycle that's already taking him from a local radio station to the Ed Sullivan Theater. JTE recently stopped in at Lightning 100's HQ, where he performed two numbers from his new record: "Memphis in the Rain" (above) and "Am I That Lonely Tonight?" (after the jump). Also, as tweeted by the man himself, Earle will appear tomorrow night on The Late Show With David Letterman. You may recall that JTE killed it on Letterman last year, playing the titular tune from his Harlem River Blues — revisit that performance here if you like.
Despite the best efforts of Sugarland’s legal team, an Indiana Superior Court judge, the Honorable Theodore Sosin, has ordered Nettles to testify on behalf of the band, which is named in several lawsuits filed in the wake of the Aug. 13, 2011, tragedy that left seven dead and dozens more injured when 60 to 70 mile per hour winds toppled a stage mere moments before the multi-platinum country duo was to hit it.
Co-defendant Mid-America Sound Corp. — the company that provided, erected and rigged the unsound stage — requested nettles’ deposition, which is set to take place sometime between April 1 and April 15. In a round of high-stakes finger pointing, Nettles will answer Mid-America’s claims that the band negligently neglected calls to delay its performance, keeping fans waiting in harm’s way on that ill-fated Indiana night. A deposed Indiana State Fair Commission executive testified in January that the band prioritized its own scheduling concerns over those posed by severe weather warnings. According to Friday’s ruling, Nettles' deposition will focus on the singer's personal knowledge of those warnings.
When we told you that fraternal, Nashvillian psych-garage duo JEFF the Brotherhood was slated to open some dates for queen of cat-loving, boy-crazy sunshine pop, Bethany Cosentino and her Best Coast, we also mentioned that they recorded a direct-to-quarter-inch session at United Record Pressing for Volume III of the plant’s Upstairs at United series. Included on the single in question is an 11-minute cover of Hawkwind's "Master of the Universe" featuring locals William Tyler, Loney Hutchins and Joey Plunket. The single will drop on April 21 — Record Store Day 2012.
On Friday, Spin premiered an exclusive video of JEFF & Co. recording "Master," and you can watch it above. Nice of the boys to toss out nuggets to national media between interviews with international media.
After a relatively slow weekend — and even a cocaine binge on a Tilt-a-Whirl would seem slow after last weekend in Austin — Sunday provided some much-needed redemption via The End. There are few things more menacing than wandering through the venue’s darkened doors only to find it relatively empty and no band in sight. Fortunately, this time it was just paranoia getting the best of us.
In yesterday's Observer — that's the Sundays-only sister publication of the UK's The Guardian — writer Michael Hann profiled Nashville's garage-rock scene. Specifically, the piece continually references East Nashville, though non-East Side establishments like The Zombie Shop pop up, too. Hann spoke with several Scene/Cream faves and entrenched local rock 'n' rollers, among them Daniel Pujol of PUJOL and the Cream's own EGGS series, Jamin Orrall of JEFF the Brotherhood, Jeremy Ferguson of Battle Tapes Recording, Ben Todd of D. Watusi and Nashville's Dead, Ben Swank of Third Man Records and Ryan Jennings of The Paperhead. There's talk of still-vital punk units (Natural Child, Diarrhea Planet and Heavy Cream) as well as the now-defunct kiddie-punk outfits that preceded them (MEEMAW and Be Your Own Pet), not to mention the label that most of them call(ed) home, Infinity Cat.
What's more, there's talk of Nashville's "garage sound," "the garage-psychedelic-punk lineage" many of these local outfits have fallen in line with, and whether or not Music City's underground will be "artificially inflated in the way Detroit was a decade ago" — Spoiler Alert: Hann has a hard time seeing it "lasting for ever." Regardless, it's a whole lot of across-pond ink-spillage in reference to some rock 'n' rollers who run around in our back yard, so give it a read. As it happens, the picture that ran with the story (the one you can see over there on the left) was shot at Battle Tapes by Third Man in-house shutterbug Jo McCaughey and features members of Quichenight, Turbo Fruits, PUJOL, Bad Cop, Ranch Ghost, By Lightning! and more.
Some controversy arose after this year’s first installment of the Road to Bonnaroo series at Mercy Lounge, when — despite winning both the audience vote and the judges’ vote — dark horses Colorfeels were disqualified for playing longer than their allotted time (allegedly by just two minutes). Thus, feel-good indie ensemble By Lightning! took home the prize and will be playing at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Hopefully there will be no such hullabaloo this go-round, as eight more local outfits fight it out for a spot at the ’Roo. Competing in this, the second of three RTBs, will be some Scene faves — trad country-channeling songstress Nikki Lane, Costello-esque pop wunderkind Evan P. Donohue and songwriter Keegan DeWitt’s electro-pop outfit, Wild Cub — not to mention reggae rockers The Running, wistful Southern rockers Static Revival, pop-rock pretty boys Tesla Rossa, blue-eyed funksters Marquee Mayfield and industrial-leaning electro-punks Five Knives. And they’ll all be vying for our attention — our fave! —D. PATRICK RODGERS
As usual, that one starts at 9 p.m. and will cost you no dollars. Now, as we reported on Thursday, there's also a benefit show taking place this evening featuring Denney and the Jets, William Tyler, D. Watusi, The Greater Good and DJ Sparkle City (aka Jonas Stein). That one's at Exit/In, and will benefit the victims of the brutal assault/mugging that took place in Antioch on March 17. If you want to attend the Road to 'Roo and still contribute to the cause being supported at Exit/In, it looks as though there's a FundRazr account via which you can make donations.
Update: Mercy Lounge has also announced that, at tonight's Road to Bonnaroo, they'll be accepting donations for the victims of the aforementioned assault.
Local is-he-man-or-is-he-band Majestico mostly makes what I'd call psychedelic glam rock. If your first exposure to the Maj was the graceful, mandolin-augmented performance of "Come Away" he filmed with Live and Reel, however, you might think he was an old-timey sort of piano balladeer — like a classy brute performing in the background of an episode of Boardwalk Empire. Or something. "Gimme Love," on the other hand, is a little closer to the kind of fare we're accustomed to hearing from Majestico.
Anyway, point is, Majestico did a session with the Live and Reel folks, and you can see "Come Away" above and "Gimme Love" after the jump. Download the MP3s here and here, respectively. By the way, if you're a Live and Reel subscriber, you can get a bonus performance each month. Even so, I've managed to embed this month's bonus performance — "Fools" by Massachusetts' Dream Tigers — also after the jump. How is it a bonus if everyone can see it? I'm not sure exactly, but it's a very earnest sort of indie folk. Enjoy. And while you're at it, "like" L&R on FB, if you like.
What's up, everybody? How ya been? It feels like we haven't talked in forever! As you may have noticed, last week was SXSW, and while I had work obligations that kept me from catching as much hip-hop as I would like, I did manage to catch Fat Tony, Spaceghostpurp and three seconds of Mista Motherfuckin' Exquire. But whatever, I'm back in Nashvillle, and there's more hot hip-hop to keep me happy! You might have already seen my article on Rob Swift — one of the greatest DJs in the history of history — who's going to be at The Boom Bap this Saturday. But did you also know that Dom Kennedy was going to be at Mercy Lounge the same night? Here's what I had to say in ye ol' dead-tree:
The other day we were chatting with the rest of the secret cabal that runs hip-hop in this town — though it’s not really a secret or a cabal, more like a bunch of folks who run alongside hip-hop and say encouraging things in public forums — discussing the simple fact that in less than a year, Nashville went from being a city that got skipped by hot tours to a city that gets more hot shit than we can handle. For real, there have been about 10 great touring acts this month alone. Dom Kennedy, for instance — who just signed a deal with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath records — is one of the hottest MCs on either coast, and he’s making a stop in our little burg. This would never have happened 18 months ago. Smooth and soulful, Kennedy makes undeniably sophisticated hip-hop that’s got all the swag the kiddos are looking for, and all the substance old-school heads crave. Kennedy is joined by DJ Crisis, Open Mic, Dee Goodz and Kyle J.
If what I hear is correct — and if everybody stays on schedule — catching Kennedy and Swift is gonna be easy like Sunday morning. Though if you catch both shows, Sunday morning is probably gonna hurt. But it's a good hurt. And y'all know I'll take any excuse to reference The Commodores. Check out Openmic's promo for the Kennedy show at the top o' this post.
And now it's time for the breakdown!
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