As evidenced by our archives, we at the Cream can get into the drawling Southern rock 'n' roll of Deer Tick. And it's certainly no secret that we enjoy the surf-bluesing, riffing, hyperactive garage-punk of locals and recent Serpents and Snakes signees Turbo Fruits. Well, both outfits are playing tonight at Mercy Lounge, and new contributor Marissa R. Moss cobbled together a pick for us. We've replicated said pick here via the modern marvel known as "copy and paste":
There are several reasons to catch Deer Tick live, but, for the sake of brevity, I’ll just list three. To begin, the band’s gold-toothed king of rasp John McCauley has moved to our fair city from Rhode Island. So it’s only right to hit the bar, as McCauley himself demands on Divine Providence, and raise a welcome pint of beer. Secondly, the last time I saw Deer Tick, the band blasted through a set of older tunes like the excellent, apocalyptical “Christ Jesus,” a killer a capella version of “Dirty Dishes,” covers of The Replacements, Townes Van Zandt and Ritchie Valens — then capped it all off by screaming, “Fuck Mumford and Sons!” If that doesn’t sell you, how about this: After all that, McCauley had the balls to take The Ryman stage with the British quartet. Last reason? Fellow locals Turbo Fruits open — a band whose pioneering Southern-garage sound just got them signed to Kings of Leon’s label Serpents and Snakes. It would be reasonable to expect cameos, boozing and broken guitar strings. —MARISSA R. MOSS
Cover is $15, and it kicks off at 9 p.m.
Back in January, we reported that Nashville trash queen Ke$ha and Oklahoman psych gods The Flaming Lips were collaborating on a track here in town. And just a few weeks ago, we discovered that lead Lip and good-vibe mascot Wayne Coyne is interested in potentially making this more than just a one-off. Anyway, as reported by Stereogum, the collab album The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends was released on Saturday (which was Record Store Day, of course), and the record's lead-off track is a Lips-Ke$h cut called "2012 ... You Must Be Upgraded."
The track — which you can hear above via YouTube embed — is a four-minute barrage of skronk-pop madness that features (at least according to Stereogum, as I keep my nerdy obsessions mostly tuned to American sci-fi and am thus largely unfamiliar) a Doctor Who sample. "I want my mind to be completely toast," speak-sings Ke$h-Ke$h amid apocalyptic lyrics, ungodly sounds and an "acid haze." I think listening to this track on repeat for over an hour would probably send anyone's mind into Toast Zone, as Ke$ha's sinister mumblings make her sound a bit like she could be the leader of those Pink Robots the Lips sent Yoshimi to battle a decade ago (God, has it really been that long?). Around the two-minute mark, "2012" wanders idly into perfectly listenable terrain, before dropping back into that maddeningly discordant freak-out. After an acid-fueled Armageddon, where could this collab (The Ke$hing Lips? Flame-$ha?) go from here? Oh, of course. Into futuristic-sex-toy terrain.
By the way, the Rumor Mill also seems to be churning up other bits of Nashville-Lips collab action. This tweet from Mr. Coyne indicates that Nashville's own Linear Downfall recorded a King Crimson cover with his outfit, and this one shows Nashville's Conestyle joining Coyne's collaborative entourage. Coynestyle. Now that one's easy.
Remarkably, Preds post-game traffic and light rain didn’t deter my lazy ass from hitting up Cheap Time’s record release show at The Zombie Shop on Friday night. More of you should have followed suit. Really.
Regrettably, I made a relatively late arrival and missed Ranch Ghost’s first-out-of-the-gate set. Now, here are a couple things you non-attendees missed: D. Watusi turning in their seemingly weekly local performance of rockin’, rambunctious freakbeat revivalism for a smallish but invigorated crowd of from-thrift-store-clad brown baggers. That was cool. ‘Twas then followed by a punishing, distortion-and-haunting-facial-contortion-laden set from Detroit garage-psych luminary Tim Vulgar’s (Clone Defects, Human Eyes) Timmy’s Organism. And then Cheap Time slayed all in attendance by playing Wallpaper Music in its entirety, hardly once ever stopping between tracks to take a breath as they enraptured and deafened all with their deft musical approximation of The Sex Pistols gone psychedelic.
You also missed your chance to gawk Aziz Ansari, who turned up after doing his stand-up thing at TPAC.
With perks like bed-bug-infested tour vans and bank balances that make ATMs feel like slot machines, playing in a rock band is probably the most fun way to learn about the unfairness of life. For most bands, the good times, sweaty gigs and sweet riffs end in tears before they ever make waves outside their local scene. Just ask Java Christ. The long-defunct local ska-punk contemporaries of Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger could’ve just as easily made it onto the radio in yours and millions of other bedrooms worldwide, but they didn’t. Or ask one-time Murfreesboro mainstays Imaginary Baseball League and Serotonin, who could have ridden last decade’s emo and post-hardcore waves (respectively), but didn’t. But you can see them tonight and only tonight. It’s Scene contributor/local rock roustabout Seth Graves’ [age redacted] birthday, and he’s celebrating by reliving the bygone days and long rock ’n’ roll nights of yesterday’s Middle Tennessee music scene by hosting his first annual 8 off 8th: Reunion Edition. Joining the aforementioned Java Christ, Imaginary Baseball League and Serotonin are amp-cranking noise-rockers Daphne’s Operation, Snakeskin Machine Gun (a once-upon-a-time Ass Chapel offshoot with a penchant for East Bay punk), baroque-poppers Jetpack (the Joy Division to locals The Nobility’s New Order), heartland-y bar rockers The Lonely Hearts
and pop-rock troupe Tommy and the Whale. —ADAM GOLD
As always, the 8 off 8th is free and kicks off around 9 p.m.
Update: Tommy and the Whale have reportedly dropped off of tonight's bill.
The unpredictable Nashville weather had turned raw and wet overnight, and the wind cut into The Spin's out-of-season clothes as we manipulated our way around side streets to park within reasonable distance of the Record Store Day action at Grimey's and The Basement. We can’t for the life of us figure out why nearly every year on this one particular weekend in April — the weekend on which the Nashville Film Festival, Vanderbilt’s Rites of Spring festival and Record Store Day always fall — the weather is completely dreary and terrible. Perhaps the God of Solid Entertainment wants us to earn it. But the line snaking down the street seemed full of placid people, glad to be standing around in the drizzle in hope of scoring something cool. Big groups of music junkies were out in force, blowing on their hands in the dampness.
OK, maybe not that last one, but pretty damn close. As you may have read in this week's dead-tree edition, I'm a life long Gwar fan, so when I was offered an interview, I jumped at the chance to speak with frontman (front-alien?) Oderus Urungus. I took the opportunity to ask some really stupid questions. (You try interviewing an evil space alien intent on destroying the human race. It's intimidating! And I've even done an interview in lock-up! Only Biz Markie was more intimidating, but then again, nobody beats the Biz.) Oderus was kind enough not to exterminate me for my insolence. It was a good chat.
Tonight, Gwar will play Marathon Music Works with Kylessa, Ghoul and Legacy of Disorder. You can get tickets here. Witness the journalistic carnage after the jump.
Y’all ready for Record Store Day? I know I love the holiday season. But I doubt I love it as much as filmmaker Jason Wilder Evans. His documentary Record Store Day — The Documentary (not to be confused with Brick and Mortar and Love — the RSD doc that screens tomorrow at the Nashville Film Festival and at Grimey’s during its big RSD bash) comes out at midnight tonight here, though you can watch almost a half hour of it up above.
Like Brick/Mortar/Love, some of this flick is filmed at Grimey’s. (Natch.) Skip to 11 minutes and 45 seconds to briefly see see Cortney Tidwell putting her John Hancock on a copy of KORT’s Invariable Heartache and Grimey’s co-proprietor Doyle Davis waxin’ wise about the retail rebirth of hot wax. Or skip to 5:55 and LOL at former (sniff) REM guitarist Peter Buck doing his damnedest to look like George Washington.
Helm wasn’t exactly the leader, although it’s his voice on “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” the famous Civil War narrative that appears on 1969’s The Band. And while the others pitch in on Big Pink’s “The Weight,” it’s Helm’s mixture of unbowed arrogance and enormous good humor that comes through on that most celebrated of The Band’s songs. Helm came from the Delta region of the South, on the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River near Helena — flat, rich blues world, where Helm would take Robertson to meet a dying Sonny Boy Williamson in 1965. Robertson and the rest were Canadian, and desired to get hot farther South with rock 'n’ roll, jazz, soul, blues and country music.
This Sunday, April 22, Mustard Plug will stop by Nashville as part of their East Coast tour. However, instead of tapping into the rich Nashville ska scene for openers, the outfit has recruited punkards Left Alone, Stuck Lucky and Brunt of It. Although my familiarity with of these groups is fairly low, Brunt of It has already won me over by mentioning on their Facebook page that the most recent show involved “Nude dude GG Allin covers.” Seriously, who doesn’t like a little bit of shock rock from their openers?
Celebrating their 20th birthday (if ignoring the 2002-2007 split), Mustard Plug hit the road earlier this month for a three-month 20 Years of Beers tour. And yes, dear reader, this does sound uncannily similar to The Toasters, who swung by The Muse in January celebrating their 30th birthday. Sadly, both groups are also more or less shells of their former selves, with Robert Hingley being the only original member to survive The Toasters’ 48 different musicians and Mustard Plug boasting a meager two, synergy be damned.
Does this member volatility inhibit the musical skankability of the tunes? Probably. Will I ignore this fact, still go and have a great time? Abso-fucking-lutely.
Tickets can be purchased here, and check out Mustard Plug’s “Mr. Smiley” below.
There's a good bit of action this weekend. Tonight you've got the first night of Rites of Spring at Vanderbilt (there's still a chance to win tickets!), Cheap Time's record release at The Zombie Shop, The Punch Brothers at Cannery, The Cadillac Black's record release at The Basement, Ranch Ghost with Dirty Dreams and D and the Js at The High Watt and more. Tomorrow you're looking at the Record Store Day festivities at The Groove and Grimey's, the second night of Rites of Spring, Bear in Heaven at Exit/In, Ponychase with Scale Model and more at The End, Chelsea Crowell's release party at Santa's and more. Have a look at the rest — compiled by music listings editor Adam "Rastaman" Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a sublime weekend.
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