Friday, June 29, 2012

Americana Music Festival Announces Initial Lineup

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Billy Joe Shaver, Punch Brothers, Brandi Carlile and John Hiatt top the list of performers slated to appear at the 2012 Americana Music Festival and Conference, which will overtake various Nashville venues Sept. 12-15 and feature more than 100 artists. Also among them are Sara Watkins, The Deep Dark Woods, Shovels and Rope, Eilen Jewell, Rodney Crowell, The BoDeans, Robert Ellis, The Wood Brothers, The McCrary Sisters and, of course, Buddy Miller. See the full list of as-yet announced AMA performers after the jump.

The festival’s main event, the 11th Annual Americana Honors and Awards ceremony at the Ryman, will honor Bonnie Raitt, Booker T. Jones, Richard Thompson and others. Raitt will also deliver a keynote interview at the AMA kickoff event. Last year the festival attracted more than 12,000 patrons. Conference and festival badges range in price from $350-$450, depending on whether or not you’re an AMA member, while general admission wristbands are $50. Visit the association's official site for more info.

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Party & Bullsh*t: This Week in Nashville Hip-Hop [DJ Premier Edition]

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Remember how last week I mentioned that the dudes over at The Boom Bap had big news but I couldn't tell you what it was? Yeah, well, I can talk about it now, but I'm going to guess that you already heard: DJ Premier is going to be playing the next edition of The Boom Bap at Mai on Friday, July 27. This is about as boom-bappy as The Boom Bap could ever get, possibly the pinnacle of their years-long run as one of Nashville's, um, premiere parties. I had originally intended to put together a normal, run-of-the-mill P&B post, but after trying to pick just one Premier track to post, I've decided to say "Fuck it!" and just scour YouTube for Preemo beats for the rest of the afternoon. If you listen closely, you can hear my editor groan, "Dude, you do that every Friday." You know my steez, so to speak. After the jump, check some of my all-time favorite tracks from one of the greatest producers hip-hop has ever known. An afternoon listening to Preemo cuts is an afternoon well spent.

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Susanna Clark, 1939-2012

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Guy and Susanna Clark
The idea of professional songwriting that expresses something more than economic necessity is very American, and such esteemed tunesmiths as Stephen Foster, Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt made their marks writing about the commonplace joys and terrors of a democratic, expanding country. For a certain kind of songwriter, Nashville has been the place where you come to test your skills among your peers. From Texas, Susanna Clark came to Nashville in the early 1970s with her husband, Guy Clark, and both proceeded to write songs of great originality that pushed the boundaries of country music. Susanna Clark's songs came out of her own experiences — in this case, she moved within a world teeming with talent, energy and ideas — but gained currency through the interpretative machinery that the Nashville music industry puts into motion to sell those ideas and experiences to its audience.

That's to say that Susanna Clark wrote gorgeous songs at a time when, as Nashville lore has it, the likes of Mickey Newbury, Van Zandt, Larry Jon Wilson and many others gathered at her home to exchange ideas, try out new material and have a grand time making their marks as a new generation of songwriters. All were inspired by Van Zandt, but you'd have to include the influence of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Chuck Berry and Hank Williams on these Nashville tunesmiths of the '70s and '80s. A visual artist whose work would grace album covers by Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, Susanna Clark seems to have been energized by this hothouse atmosphere, and began writing songs.

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Bombino w/Heavy Cream and Richie at The Zombie Shop, 6/28/12

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM

In the immortal words of Sen Dog and B-Real, "When the shit goes down, you better be ready!" And by Jehovah, we were! By the time we arrived at The Zombie Shop for a not-quite-a-surprise show by Bombino — possibly the best guitarist on earth — we had a disco nap under our belts, a sixer in our hands and a whole bunch of Gold Bond in our ... shoes. Yes, when things get hot, The Spin puts Gold Bond in our shoes. We were ready, prepared to sweat it out to the sweet, sweet sounds of overdriven Strats and swirling psychedelic desert blues. Which we didn't do because the weather in Nashville is totally temperate and reasonable. Kidding! We lost more liquids than we knew we had.

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Help The Non-Commissioned Officers Film a Music Video Monday, July 2, at Brick Factory

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I know you once had dreams — dreams of stardom, dreams of success. You thought you'd be a music-video starlet or ... um, man starlet. But those dreams rusted away like so much front-yard jalopy. Or did they?

Local New Wavy rock outfit The Non-Commissioned Officers will film a music video on Monday, July 2, at local art/event space Brick Factory, and they need some warm bodies — to act as extras, that is. There's a Facebook event page with all the pertinent deets. Here are the essentials:

WHAT: Extras Needed for Noncoms Music Video Shoot, Lights, Lasers, Pizza and Drinks provided!!!

When: Monday July 2nd @ 12:15pm-3:15pm

Where: Brickfactory Nashville @ Cummins Station

Who: Anyone, Everyone, You!

Please wear dark or black attire.

If you plan on attending please email Andy Duensing - adunzing[at]gmail[dot]com

Dark attire? Pizza? What is this, a music video shoot or a Dungeons and Dragons marathon? All right, that joke was exceptionally wack, even by my standards. Anyway, you have all weekend to think up an excuse for skipping work. Make it count. Brick Factory is located in Cummins Station at 209 10th Ave. S. Ste. 126, and there are some special instructions for entering the building at that afore-linked FB event page.

Hear the exceptional "Ahead of the Wave" from last year's Money Looking for Thieves after the jump. I don't know if that's the song the video will be for or anything, I just think we could all stand to hear that tune right now.

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Lake Fever Presents The Chris Crofton Show, Episode 95

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Hey, Crofton killed at Poetry Sucks! last night. Probably has something to do with all that R&R he got over there in Greece. It's The Chris Crofton Show — now with 100 percent less bell — and you can hear Episode 95 after the jump.

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Weekend Round-Up: Born on the Fourth of July Style

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 7:30 AM

True, July 4 isn't for another five days. But it's close, and with all this talk of babies being born lately, and ... OK, whatever. Maybe it's tenuous, but when were our Round-Up styles ever not tenuous? You guys all skip this paragraph anyway, as would I.

So, music! This weekend looks pretty solid. Tonight you've got The Mynabirds at The High Watt with the Free "Jeremy" Benefit over at Mercy, the first night of Bitchfest at The End, Morgan Evans-Weiler & Co. at Noa Noa, GED Soul Night at The Basement, Guantanamo Baywatch with Ttotals at The Zombie Shop, Wussy at Springwater and more. Tomorrow night you're looking at Nikki Lane with Jasmin Kaset at The 5 Spot, more Bitchfest at Exit/In, Justin and the Cosmics with Little Bandit at The Basement and more. Have a look at the rest — compiled by music listings editor Adam "USA" Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and stay cool out there. Seriously, drink water!

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Turbo Fruits Have Awesome Merch, Nathan Followill and Jessie Baylin Have Baby on the Way, Protomen Make TMZ [Newsy Bits]

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Following Turbo Fruits on Twitter has proven, well, fruitful. Here are two life-enriching things I learned about via the band’s social media presence in the last 24 hours alone.

One: The Turbo Muthafuckin' Fruits tank top. Perhaps the baddest appropriation of the word motherfucker since Samuel L. Jackson's wallet in Pulp Fiction, this bravado-abundant piece of swag (pictured at right) is available at Turbo Fruits’ online store. Don it on high-stress days to show others that, even when you’ve got 99 problems, a stitch ain’t one.

Two: A very well shot, high-def, hi-fidelity video of the band performing “Ain’t the Only One Havin’ Fun” at South by Southwest a few months back. Feast eyes and ears on the clip, courtesy of Austin Music Weekly, after the jump. According to a tweet dispatched yesterday, “Ain’t the Only One … ” is the last track on the band’s forthcoming LP Butter. Replete with surfy, garage-tastic riffs, fightin’ words about having fun, face-pummeling drum rolls and a sweet, stone-y, psychedelic mid-song jam, the track is a pretty good primer on the ways in which Turbo Fruits totally rule. Butter is set for a Sept. 11 release on Kings of Leon’s Serpents and Snakes Records, and here at Cream, we’re pretty fuckin’ psyched about that.

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Explosions in the Sky w/Zammuto at the Ryman, 6/27/12

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Well, Nashville, this may be it. With temperatures projected to rise to peaks of 108 degrees this weekend, we may not survive this heatwave. But if we have to spontaneously combust this weekend (and we do), we could hardly ask for a better send-off than seeing Explosions in the Sky play their first ever show in Nashville Wednesday evening at the Ryman. Even if we had to suffer through Zammuto to get to them.

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Spurgeon’s General Warning: Best Songs of Summer 2012

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Hot town! Summer in the city! In the summertime! When the weather is high! Cruel summer? Now you’re gone.

It’s that time of year again, stupid hot summer full of nasty sweaty people doing gross things to one another in public. Call me old-fashioned, but everyone should wear sleeves year-round. No matter though, because summer brings with it one redeeming factor: the summer song! You know, that hot sweet jam you bump and pump in your busted-ass car on the way to someone else’s lake house? Luckily for all involved, I’ve compiled the best, brightest, most kickin’ songs of summer 2012.

Ready your time capsules, these are singles for the ages.

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