Friday, June 15, 2012

Elizabeth Cook and Jason Isbell's Letterman Performance, Paste's 12 Tennessee Bands, Filter Debuts The Sufis' Fresh Vid [Media Bits]

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 1:56 PM

* So, as we've seen before, David Letterman loves the shit out of Elizabeth Cook. And in the Late Show web-exclusive video you can stream above, Cook returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater in order to cover a pair of Townes Van Zandt tunes with fellow crooner Jason Isbell. Both Cook and Isbell dwell on the fringes of contemporary country — in the area that certainly isn't mainstream, but also isn't quite the sort of thing you'd label with prefixes and modifiers like "outsider" or "alt." Basically, they're the sort of performers who really appreciate TVZ, and that's top-notch in my book. Anyway, the two play "Tecumsah Valley" and "Pancho and Lefty," so dig it.

* Paste does these lists from time to time. Seldom are they comprehensive or far-reaching, but there are some occasional gems in there, and a recent list titled "12 Tennessee Bands You Should Listen to Now" features ... well, I have a feeling you can guess what it features. Not all of the bands are from Nashville, of course — there's Memphis hip-hopper Cities Aviv, for instance, who sounds pretty great — but some familiar Music City denizens made it into the mix: Glossary, Cherub, The Apache Relay, Moon Taxi, Vinyl Thief and The Kingston Springs, namely. I could list off a couple dozen Nashville artists Paste seems to have missed the boat on here, but as writer Lane Billings points out, "[Tennessee music is] all too rich and wide to be summed up comprehensively with a list so small ... " All right, fine.

* Have we talked about The Sufis yet? Like The Paperhead, D. Watusi, Ranch Ghost and a whole grip of fellow young locals, The Sufis embrace the warm, garage-brewed, psychedelic sounds of the '60s, and they resemble a band you might discover — Dare I say it again?! — on a Nuggets collection. Well, The Sufis just debuted their video for the tune "Sri Sai Flora" via Filter (see it after the jump as well). I can't not mention that "Sri Sai Flora" doesn't not resemble "Taxman" at least a little bit, as pointed out by one YouTube commenter. But anyway, it's far-out and hypnotizing, and The Sufis' self-titled debut will be released via Cornershop's Ample Play label on July 3.

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