The folks at Live and Reel are back with another of their in-studio performances, and this installment features one of our all-time local faves: critically acclaimed sometime sideman/sometime solo picker (and future local venue proprietor) William Tyler. Since we're talkin' Tyler, you may recall that he recently made a 7-inch to be released via Nashville's Dead Records that's a bit more far-out than most of the content of 2010's Behold the Spirit. And those of us lucky enough to see him open for The Strange Boys at The End about two weeks ago got to hear him do a couple songs while accompanied by Seth Murray (Natural Child) and Jamin Orrall (JEFF the Brotherhood) — I have to say, the full-band tunes featured this fantastic, psychedelic-punk splash that you don't typically get from a William Tyler set.
But anyway, this performance is classic Willy T. See him doing his moody, mildly sinister "Lissmacue" above, and get it in MP3 form right here. There's another performance video, say the L&R folks, "exclusive to email subscribers and Facebook fans." Get on that.
It's Episode 93. Hey, just like 1993 — the last year Chris Crofton was truly engaged with the world. It's The Chris Crofton Show, and you can click through after the jump.
But as far as shows between now and Monday go, we're actually looking at a pretty fine spread. Tonight you've got Pierced Arrows with Bad Cop and more at The End, AyeVee at 12th & Porter, How I Became the Bomb with Colorfeels and Norm at The High Watt and more. Saturday you're looking at OBN III's with Useless Eaters and Cy at The End, Nobody's Vault but Mine featuring Dex Romweber Duo, Black Belles and more at The Base"Internet Superstar"ment and plenty more. There's even some action on Sunday. Have a look at the rest — compiled by Adam "Internet Superstar" Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a festive and safe weekend.
Who's that buddy? Why, it's Scene/Cream staffer Adam Gold, talkin' shop (i.e., Nashville music) with IVJ (Internet VJ?) Allison Hagendorf and her phone in AOL Music's Signature Sounds segment on Music City. Based on this segment alone, the Signature Sounds series appears to only provide cursory glances of various cities' music scenes. Gold's bit — filmed on the Rock Block in front of Exit/In — starts at around 3:15, when Hagendorf and her precious phone seek to dip into Nashville's little-less-country, little-more-rock 'n' roll history. Gold briefly explains Jason and the Scorchers and the whole "Nashville Curse" thing, but we don't get very much of that before Hagendorf and her beloved phone have to venture off to talk to Mona's Nick Brown about how he shares bootdust with Willie Nelson — though not literally, I presume.
Also stuffed in there are bits about Nashville country becoming a "global brand" and songwriters attempting to make it at Bluebird's open-mic night — where Hagendorf and her phone flip their lids over the music of songwriter Seth Alley, who's from Sparta, Tenn. (hometown of The Features, what's up). So, as I noted, it's pretty brief and very cursory, but so are most video-tours of Nashville, right? And besides, if you want to hear Gold finish his thought, you can always approach him at the bar or come visit us in the cubicle farm. There's plenty more rawk-tawk where that came from.
Hey, it's this dude again! Meadownoise, the brainchild of Church of Cleanliness' Matt Glassmeyer, is back with another video in advance of his forthcoming LP, It's 4:00 — we already shared with you his EP of the same name. The video, put together by Glassmeyer and Matty Zarth, is for the tune "Mousey," and it has a bit more of a set concept than the vid for "Little William." At least insofar as there being anthropomorphized bits of ribbon and toilet paper, plus crying babies and so forth. Looks pretty great. See it above.
If you were to force me to put together a Top Five Favorite Albums — and please don't, as I'd likely hem and haw myself to death — it's likely that Paul Simon's Graceland would be in there. So yes, I'm biased. But I'd venture to guess that even for the casual Graceland fan, Joe Berlinger's Under African Skies is a captivating and well-crafted documentary. Skies showed at the 2012 Nashville Film Fest, and when we were putting together our preview issue, I insisted that editor-in-chief Jim Ridley let me screen and blurb it. Once I'd finally gotten my grubby paws on the screener and Jim had politely shooed me out of his office, here's what I came up with:
So much more than your stock rock doc, director Joe Berlinger's Under African Skies chronicles the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon's explosive album Graceland, recorded amid the political turmoil of apartheid, and Simon's recent reunion with the artists who played on the record and subsequent tour. Because Simon broke the African National Congress' cultural boycott in order to collaborate with South African outfits like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Stimela, many critics at the time of Graceland's release felt he was landing on the wrong side of history. But Under African Skies suggests — via interviews with Paul McCartney, Harry Belafonte, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Philip Glass and Artists Against Apartheid founder Dali Tambo — that Simon's synthesis of African and Western styles transcended the maelstrom of debate and did more to bring black South Africans' plight into the international spotlight than perhaps any other album. Also, yes, there is some absolutely choice performance footage, and you can't do much better than the eloquent Belafonte for a Greek chorus. D. PATRICK RODGERS
Our Gulch neighbors Two Old Hippies will show Under African Skies for free tonight at 6 p.m. — that leaves you enough time to hit Poetry Sucks afterwards. There's a Facebook event page, and there will reportedly be door prizes and popcorn.
B-Side Ourselves: One single at a time, The Polyphonic Spree shows that 'you are me' (Playing Tuesday, 29th at Exit/In)
Gear-Jammin’ Daddy: If his excellent debut is any indication, honky-tonker J.P. Harris is going to know every truck stop in the country before long (Playing album release show Thursday, 24th at The 5 Spot)
Lowered Avant Garde: Canadian indie rockers Plants and Animals evolve from weird for weird's sake to appropriately idiosyncratic (Playing Tuesday, 29th at The End)
Last Dance: Queen of disco Donna Summer dead at 63
In The Spin: Jack White with Alabama Shakes at The Ryman, M83 with I Break Horses at Marathon Music Works
Plus Critics’ Picks on Korby Linker’s album release, Hurts To Laugh’s video premiere, Monophonics, AyeVee at 12th & Porter, Damien Jurado, Pierced Arrows, Joe Walsh, Elenowen’s EP release, the Nobody’s Vault but Mine events, OBN III’s and more
It's nice to see that Spinner — via writer Cameron Matthews — took the time to actually interview and profile Pujol, quoting Poojie's accurate depiction of the local rock scene. Here, look:
"A lot of the people here [in the scene] have grown up here and a lot of their parents are involved in the country music industry," he says. "It's not necessarily like the punks vs. the country music industry. It's just that there's a good infrastructure for making and playing music here. It's fairly shared. There's not really antagonism. The facilities and the resources are here and people play in 'em."
Over the last few years, Nashville has become a hotbed of sweaty garage rock. From Jeff the Brotherhood to D. Watusi, the town that's most known for its Opry is welcoming a new kind of loud. Pujol rooted himself in Nashville because he could grow alongside local heroes in an environment based on sharing.
"I moved here from the middle of nowhere because people didn't want to share," he says. "And not because they didn't want to, but that they probably didn't know how to. I got lucky coming here and meeting people that wanted to figure out how to share ideas with enough dignity to have this conversation."
So as you'll hear, "Providence" features many of the characteristics we've come to expect from the Pooj — gritty guitar tones, plinking key parts, a busy bass line and accessible but finely crafted, big-picture lyrics. It also features some falsetto, which, at least as far as I can recall, is pretty new for the Pooj. There will be a release show at Club Roar featuring Natural Child, Fox Fun, D. Watusi and more on June 5, but more on that next week. Now, listen:
So it looks like Music City renaissance siblings William and Elise Tyler's mission to put West Nashville back on the local rock map officially launches July 12. According to a press release Sub Pop Records sent the Scene's way, that's when Vermont's first-rate representatives of the international garage-rock revival King Tuff return to Nashville to rock The Stone Fox — the venue the Tylers are opening in The Nations neighborhood.
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