Show promoter Jesse Baker tells the Scene that, over the course of the evening, Sartain’s booking agent could not contact the singer and expressed that his management was at a loss too. Two days later, Baker says, he still hasn’t heard a word from the Sartain camp explaining, apologizing, or updating him on the artist’s outright stand up, which forced him to refund about 15 patrons’ $8-$10 admission fee and turn away others at the door.
Saturday night’s End appearance was to be Sartain’s first after canceling an eight-date string of shows, citing a family emergency.
So, anyone heard from Dan? If so, is he safe and sound? If not, should we be worried?
Jack White recently spoke with the BBC about music, how much better vinyl records are than iPods, and colors, among other things. He seems like he's in a really good mood in this video — so much smiling! — much to the ever-loving relief of BBC's North America Editor Mark Mardell, who says in the accompanying text: "I had worried that White would be glib and pretentious. ... He's anything but." Mardell doesn't specify why he thought that, but hey, worries, be gone! This (non-embeddable) interview with JWIII, which features some nice shots of what I assume is United Record Pressing, is currently No. 6 most-viewed on the BBC website — surpassed by such clips as "To whom must the Duchess curtsey?" for reasons I'm guessing are incredibly British.
Over the past seven days, The Black Keys performed for 50 people at Nashville's diviest dive bar, a Keane show at Marathon was cut short by a transformer literally catching fire (at long last providing the answer question, “Where the universe stands on that irritating ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ song?”) and The New York Times blew the lid off Music City's organic mustache ranchers (and also restaurants, we guess). But even with all of that buildup, we still weren't prepared for witnessing Tenacious D singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” with The Protomen at Exit/In on Friday night.
Yeah. So, that happened.
We arrived on the Rock Block early enough to glimpse the huddled proto-masses in a line that stretched down Elliston and wrapped around the corner. Charmed as we were by the weapons-grade earnestness on display — all wearing black Protomen T-shirts, all practically bouncing up and down in excitement for what we local jerks just think of as “another local rock show” — we weren't interested in sharing in it. Given the choice between chilling next to the hollowed-out carcass of a payphone next to Fiesta Azteca for an hour or spending it at Gold Rush, we'll pick Gold Rush every time.
From the Department of Should Be an Onion Headline: Nathan Blankenship, of Bellevue, must have totally thought he was gonna get laid at Saturday’s Brothers of the Sun Tour stop at LP Field. His chances really weren't bad. Not only did the strapping, be-cowboy-hatted Blankenship drop somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 for a single floor seat (and on a school teacher’s salary to boot, literally) he happens to bear an uncanny resemblance to tour headliner Kenny Chesney.
Congratulations, Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill and model wife Lily Aldridge on the birth of their daughter, Dixie Pearl Followill! ... And congratulations to The Tennessean on an awesome headline!!
Tenacious D’s Jack Black lent The Protomen his melismatic vocal chops on a rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” Friday during the band’s A Night of Queen show at Exit/In. If you’re a Nashvillian, or at least a Middle Tennessean, then I’m gonna go ahead and assume you’re Facebook friends with at least one of the 227 members of the local dork-rock Proto-geek squad and, thanks to an onslaught of status updates, you’re already abreast of that.
As you may also recall, The P-Men supported The D at recent concert in Vancouver back in May. Friday night’s show came a day before The D slathered a sold-out Ryman crowd with comedic rocket sauce, explaining why Kage and Jables were kickin’ it Nashville style. In case you missed this monumental moment in the annals of unfettered hometown hero worship meets enrapturing celebrity sighting meeting majestic, rhapsodic rock ’n’ roll, catch a capture of it in the video above. That D-licious magic happens at 3:09. Just remember, while “Bohemian Rhapsody” just so happens to be the greatest, best song in the world, this is just a tribute.
It’s worth noting that Sept. 6 falls during a break in The Black Keys' current world tour. Perhaps Dan Auerbach, producer of Dr. John’s recent Nashville-recorded LP Locked Down, will make a guest appearance with the singer. Live On the Green is free.
Dr. John isn’t the only Gulf Coast state-bred performer bound for Nashville this fall. Mercy Lounge just announced that Yelawolf is coming to Cannery Ballroom on Nov. 16, and the rapper-on-unstoppable-rise is bringing his Slumerican Tour with him. The jaunt features Rittz, Trouble Andrew and DJ Vajra. Tickets are $22 and go on sale next Friday at 10 a.m. here.
The Cream spoke with venue owner Chris Cobb, who echoed the info provided in MMW's official release (see it after the jump). But here's the long and short: Shortly into Keane's set, a newly replaced transformer caught fire just outside of the building — Cobb spotted a "little bit of flame," which soon "went out on its own." When that service melted, it cut off power to certain parts of the building but not others. While some lights remained on, for instance, the PA was completely out. Cobb was forced to make an announcement that the show would not continue via the building's evacuation system, and the crowd exited via the back of the club.
Cobb assures me that the safety of the attendees was of course his first priority (even though there was reportedly "no threat of fire to the building"), and while the situation basically amounts to a force majeure and a bit of especially bad luck, he noted a few "silver linings" — among them the fact that there was "no internal turmoil whatsoever" between the production crew, promoters AC Entertainment or Keane themselves. Also, opener Patrick Watson set up outside and performed an impromptu set for attendees, with the guys from Keane coming out to shake hands and sign autographs. Cobb and the rest of the MMW staff are currently answering questions at 615-891-1781, and are "very sorry Keane fans were not able to see the entire performance."
Look out! P&B is throwing you a curve ball! This week I'm kicking it off with a band that is neither hip-hop nor form Nashville, but should be of interesting to every soul-loving cat and kitten that reads this column. (That's all of you, right? I just can't fathom how one could read a hip-hop column and not love soul music.) Anyway, Chicago's No. 1 soul outfit The Right Now is rolling into town tomorrow, and I expect to see all of you out there. Look, I even killed some trees to remind every body:
Huzzah! We’ve been waiting for The Right Now to come back for a hot minute, and finally the day has come! This Chicago outfit is one of our absolute favorite bands to emerge from the soul revival of the past decade, and their new album Gets Over You is one of our favorites of the year. Produced by Orgone’s Sergio Rios — one of our other favorite soul-revival crews — Gets Over You’s got all the right tones to make it “authentic,” and all the energy and swing that make soul music all-caps LEGIT. The songs get stuck in your head, the grooves get stuck in your rump, and from beginning to end Gets Over You hits all the sweet spots — the horns, the breakbeats, the soul-stirring vocals of Stefanie Berecz. This, ladies and gentleman, is sweet soul satisfaction. —SEAN L. MALONEY
And I'm not the only violating the stricture of genre to make sure TRN get their shine — Chicago Reader, um, readers just voted them the best blues band in The Windy City. I mean, they beat Buddy Guy and they don't even play blues, fer cryin' out loud. And since I'm all in my bully pulpit, I'm going to insist that some of the producers and remixers in the crowd grab this album and have a go at it — it's a goldmine of potential samples and inspiration. Let me repeat, this is one of my favorite albums of the year, hands down.
And now party people, let's move it right along to more party and bullshit ...
As contributor Jewly Hight reported back in April, locally residing indie-rock/power-pop singer-songwriter, producer and Raconteur Brendan Benson recently launched his label, Readymade Records, here in Nashville. The label's first two releases were Young Hines' Give Me My Change and Benson's own What Kind of World, and now you can see the fresh vid for Benson's "Pretty Baby" above. Keeping it all in the Readymade fam, the video was directed by Hines.
The song, though it's constructed in that classic pop kind of style Benson often utilizes, has something of a dark, creeping, sinister aura about it — probably due in part to all the talk of heart holes and hounds closing in and so forth. Anyway, the video itself is also pretty dark, full of bleeding hearts, flaming hearts, nostalgia-framed field frolicking and (spoiler alert!) Benson lying prostrate with a bullet hole in his dome. Have a watch. And check after the jump to see Benson and his band playing "Pretty Baby" for New York's WFUV 90.7-FM.
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