An interview with Church was featured in the most recent issue of Rolling Stone — the Stone of course doesn't seem to have posted the interview online anywhere yet, but a blog with a name that probably also functions as its MO (Keepin' It Country) transcribed a bit of the Q&A. Church dogs on the reality-performance program The Voice for a while — along with judges/coaches Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green — before turning his guns on modern rock 'n' roll:
“Rock & Roll has been very emo or whatever the f—. It’s very hipster. We played Lollapalooza and I was stunned at how pussy 90 percent of those bands were. Nobody’s loud. It’s all very f—-n’ Peter, Paul and Mary sh–.”
As awesome as a phrase like "fuckin' Peter, Paul and Mary shit" no doubt is, I had to look into the alleged emo-or-whatever-the-fuck outfits in question. Google tells me that the only year Mr. Church ever played Lollapalooza was 2009. Also, he played on Friday, so we'll narrow the list of the bands he's potentially dissing down to just rock bands that performed at Lollapalooza Friday, August 7, 2009. Here we go: Manchester Orchestra, White Lies, Ben Folds, The Decemberists, Kings of Leon, Heartless Bastards, Crystal Castles, Of Montreal, Hockey, Zap Mama, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Andrew Bird and Peter Bjorn and John.
Well? Is that a list you might consider "90 percent pussy" (if you're the sort of person who would say something like that)? I was prepared to be like, "O rly, Eric Church?" But after seeing a list with names on it including Of Montreal, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and Peter Bjorn and John ... well, I'm not saying that Church has a point, per se. I'm only conceding that Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes isn't exactly Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, am I right?
* We told you about how esteemed thespian Gary Oldman would be directing Jack White's American Express Unstaged concert event live from New York City, which broadcast last Friday, April 27. You can watch that whole performance right here. But in advance of the Unstaged broadcast, Oldman stopped by White's Third Man Records HQ here in Nashville to chat with White about why he has his two gender-segregated live bands, why he chose Oldman to direct (hint: It's like having your drummer produce your record) and more. Also, to start the video (which you can see above), you'll see that JWIII decided to ambush and tackle Commissioner Gordon. Bold move. Real blood.
* And since we're on the topic of Third Man — because they just can't seem to stay out of the news, thanks very much — TMR co-Bens and co-proprietors Blackwell and Swank recently curated a playlist of YouTube videos. The playlist features Jack White's Nashville-shot video for "Sixteen Saltines," not to mention videos from local artists PUJOL, JEFF the Brotherhood, Turbo Fruits, Karen Elson and more. See the full playlist here, and check the Bens' intro after the jump. All right, last Third Man news bits for the day, I promise ... unless, of course, White suddenly decides to release a single by dropping gilded, parachute-outfitted cigar boxes from a helicopter or something. Who knows, really.
* Proud East Nashville repper and acclaimed singer-songwriter Todd Snider recently blessed our pals over at American Songwriter with a performance of his tune "Too Soon To Tell," and you can see that after the jump. Snider is currently touring in support of his new Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables — he's also recently released a tribute to outlaw troubadour Jerry Jeff Walker titled Time as We Know It — and he'll co-headline The Ryman June 2 alongside fellow rootsy crooner Justin Townes Earle. The performance was shot and edited by Ian Maravalli, with audio by local sound dude (not the iconic comic, obviously) Steve Martin.
* We already gave you some deets regarding coed garage-punk quartet Heavy Cream's forthcoming Super Treatment (out May 8 via Infinity Cat). In the ramp-up to said release, HC recorded a Daytrotter session that debuted last week and features four tracks — plus the customary "Welcome to Daytrotter" intro. The gals and guy will celebrate Treatment's release May 11 at The Zombie Shop with a show and a crawfish boil (sweet!). Nashville's Dead has some further details on that, and there's a Facebook event page, too. And just because, hear HC's single "John Johnny" one more time after the jump.
It's a rough slot even if you're a funny band, because our fans ... a lot of them apparently are not fans of music. They're really just fans of Tenacious D. Even if you're really good, too bad. I actually prefer to have people we don't know open for us, so when they receive the punishment, I don't feel as bad. I'm not in standing in the wings, going, "Oh, that's my friend you're crushing!"
Sounds like the gig of a lifetime! By which I mean that Tenacious D fans intend to end your life.
I won't lie and act like I didn't own Something About Airplanes, The Photo Album and even Transatlanticism back in my high school days. I'll continue my trend of not lying by admitting that I haven't purposely heard a song written and performed by DCFC since probably about three months after I purchased Transatlanticism back in 2003. But that doesn't change the fact that people currently care about Gibbard & Co., even if The Ryman's capacity is only about 15 percent that of Bridgestone's (that's a very, very rough approximation). Anyway, they're still touring in support of last year's Codes and Keys, so I imagine that tour cycle will wind down before too long. By the way, you know what Death Cab was doing on July 17 of last year? They were watching a stage collapse in Ottawa — a collapse that, thankfully, killed no one. Still ... all these stage collapses are quite sobering, am I right? After the jump, see a video of the collapse in question, and then (on a brighter note), DCFC's video for "You Are a Tourist."
* All three of these adjectives were borrowed from Allmusic's entry on DCFC.
Instead, we chose an easier show to watch, but one much more challenging to write up: Friday night's Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears appearance at Mercy Lounge, with openers The Preservation. Fresh talent and fun-loving, hard-working bands in vans aren’t as easy — or deserving — a target for our good-natured ribbing.
It was a tale of two Sharon Van Ettens Thursday night at Mercy Lounge. As expected, there was the Sharon Van Etten we remembered, who gave a shout-out to the Red Rose (RIP) during an aw-shucksy stretch of banter that was heavy on thank-yous. And then there was a Sharon Van Etten we'd never really seen before, at least not in person. More on her in a bit.
And it's a strong-looking weekend, friends, even if we can't be there to enjoy it with you. Tonight you've got Van Halen and Kool and the Gang at Bridgestone, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears at Mercy, Bloodkin with Bobby Keys at Exit/In, Baroness at The End and more. Tomorrow you're looking at Brendan Benson with Young Hines at Cannery, Andrew Jackson Jihad at The End, Apache Relay with Colorfeels and Nikki Lane at Exit/In and more. Have a look at the rest after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a powerful weekend.
I hope you've all started slathering yourselves with SPF 5000 sunscreen, because we are a scant 41 days away from the start of Bonnaroo. That's 41 short days until we have to suffer through not one, but two Phish sets — echoing through our campsite and driving us jam band deniers to the brink of total madness. Also, Radiohead will be there. And as it turns out, a whole hell of a lot of local bands.
Earlier this week, Bonnaroo dropped the full lineup for this year's cafe stages — Cafe Where and The [Insert Beer Sponsor Here] Music Lounge — with Nashville artists taking up nearly a quarter of the time at the Roo's smallest stages.
Y'all already know by now that By Lightning!, Wild Cub and Fly Golden Eagle will be repping Nashville at the 'Roo this year after winning their respective Road to Bonnaroo competitions, but they'll also be joined by a whole slew of other locals, including 2011 RTB winner Caitlin Rose, Cherub, Chuck Mead, Glossary, James Wallace and The Naked Light (shown above), Katie Herzig, and PUJOL.
Notably missing from the group are Colorfeels, whose disqualification in the first round of RTB launched a hearty Facebook campaign in their favor. But Kenny Rogers was added to the lineup, too, so I guess there's that. Better luck next time, fellas.
You can find a full listing of the cafe artists after the jump.
Ahoy-hoy, gentle Cream readers. It's time for another evening of singing and moving robotically on American Idol! First, we have to discuss the shock of all shocks — local boy Colton's elimination. I was genuinely surprised. They keep telling us the tweens always win, but maybe there is hope yet. That said, I stand by my affection for his "September" last week. Colton, we will miss your skinny pants, your Jesus talk and, of course, the hair. See you at The Rutledge, my brother.
Let's get to the action. This week is all about Queen, and the show opens on a surprising note with the contestants joining Brian May and Roger Taylor for a medley. I love how gay queen is — sometimes it seems like Freddie Mercury was enacting a top secret plan to get straight people to like as much gay stuff as possible. World, consider yourself punked! (Rob Halford from Judas Priest, who is now out and proud, did the same thing with all the leather.) The medley is fine. Elise sounds great on this stuff, and something about Holly and Jessica singing "We Will Rock You" without an ounce of the necessary conviction or self-awareness makes me laugh.
Again this week the contestants will be singing two songs: a Queen jam and then their personal choice.
The influence of Kool and the Gang upon the '70s generation — kids who lived out their formative teenage years in the early part of that decade — is incalculable, and that impact has something to do with the down-home but futuristic quality of the group's music and the super-populist temper of the era. The premise of the band's 1973 track "Hollywood Swinging" is that a guy goes to see Kool and the Gang and becomes a "bad piano-playing man" with the very jazz-funk ensemble he has idolized. Newly successful, the band goes to Hollywood, where they take a realistic view of the possibilities of the big city and foresee nothing but a party ahead: "So here I am in this Hollywood city / The city of the stars, movies, women and cars," they sing.
I'm too sexy for my human, as I do my little turn on the manwalk.
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