But want to hear about the for-a-limited-time sweetest plum? You know how titans of '90s indie rock Archers of Loaf are playing Mercy Lounge on Aug. 18? Well, if you purchase tickets to the Cream party, you'll be entered to win a free ticket to the Archers show — two rad rock 'n' roll shows for the price of one! And by the way, we're sitting on more than just a handful of Archers tickets. I won't say how many (ahem, double-digits), but if you purchase Cream Party tickets right now, you're looking at some pretty good odds.
You may recall that Raconteur and longtime solo singer-songwriter Brendan Benson launched his very own label, Readymade Records, back in April. You also may recall that, as Creamster Adam Gold put it, "Readymade takes a fairly novel, coffee-is-for-closers approach to pushing its releases, farming out promotional and song-plugging duties to other companies within the indie industry and rewarding their successes with sales commissions taken from song placements and moved units."
So, those of you keeping score, get ready to make another tic under the Readymade family's "relatively novel approach" column. (I say "relatively" because some record labels have been known to dip into film distribution at least, if not necessarily production.) Benson recently announced via his website (and the above trailer) that Readymade shall soon launch a "film wing" that will "produce music videos, documentaries, live show footage and more." In that trailer up there, you may recognize a bit of footage pulled from Benson's "Pretty Baby" video, not to mention excerpts from Readymade's performances at South by Southwest and Benson's Concert Los Angeles. To celebrate the launch of Readymade Films, Benson & Co. will host a party at The Basement on Aug. 4 featuring a screening of Concert, a DJ set by the man himself, and a performance from The Howling Brothers.
Nashville Cream: How did this come about?
Chuck Mead: I guess it’s just kind of in the air, you know? The Mavericks are getting back together, Old Crow kind of reassembled.
NC: Is that the life cycle of a band — that’d you want to revisit the heady days a decade or more later?
CM: There was a certain chemistry that went along with those five guys, irreplaceable for any of us. Once you have that kind of chemistry and have big things happen to you … I’m not trying to recreate it, anyway. I can’t speak for the other guys, but I don’t think they are either. Because you can’t. All the things that, I guess, made us part ways in the first place, [it’s] like the Bob Wills song says, time changes everything. We never ever thought it would happen, but it looks like it’s happening. And it all happened so quickly, too. It was like this rumor and then all the sudden Donnie [Herron] and I are talking on Skype. To be honest with you, I’m really not sure how it happened. But we’re all in a good spot for it. We’re all really looking forward to it. We’re actually gonna rehearse, which is something. It’ll be the first time in almost 11 years that all five of us have been in the same room together.
Surely there is reason
Not to leave
Clinging on by augmentation
With all this; tanks of fish
Stay wet enough to swim
As the sun grows stronger
The glass thickens
To prevent the boil
From reaching itself in
Froth and foam for,
Regardless of attendance, the local staples and Louisville natives brought a pungent stank of profound hallucinatory riffage. Openers Old Baby delivered the best act of the evening by means of indie supergroup freshness thanks to Jonathan Glen Wood on guitar and vocals, Evan Patterson from Young Widows on guitar and backing vocals, Drew Osborn of Your Black Star and Workers on drums, Neal Arghabright on synthesizer and Todd Cook of Shipping News and Slint on bass. Unlike Parlour and Shedding, Old Baby takes on post-rock in a less spacey, more dirty-cowboy way — as proven with the union of their song “Pale as Man” with a projector playing footage of old Westerns and horses. There have been times in which the concept of a projector has failed The Spin (think back about 10 years ago during the height of cheesy post-hardcore bands), but Old Baby pulls it off nicely — minus one projection at the beginning of their set that looked a little like a Windows Media Player background.
You may have noticed that we at the Cream were a bit stoked, as they say, when we managed to land Guided by Voices for the Scene's Sounds Like Summer series at Marathon Music Works. Top that with the deliciously syrupy psych punk of locals Turbo Fruits — who are opening the show! — and you've got a full-on, torqued-out rock 'n' roll boner. (I'm sure the folks in our marketing department will be really happy to see me talking about torqued-out boners.)
But you know where all this is leading. While Cream MVP Adam Gold will have a feature on and an interview with GBV later this week, I say we go ahead and get the ball rolling on giving away a pair of guest list spots to Thursday night's show. What say you? Dip into that noodle of yours and pull out the most clever, sidesplitting caption imaginable for the image you see above. Post it below in the comments section, and be sure to include your email address in the appropriate field — we won't publish your address, but we'll need it in order to contact our winner. Please keep an eye on your email Thursday morning, as that's when we'll pick our winner. And if you don't want to leave it to chance, you can go ahead and scoop tickets at this link. Everybody savvy? Ready to do this? OK, go!
Update: We picked several winners this go-round, so above you'll just see one of the many champions. Thanks for playing!
Friday was Infinity Cat Day in Nashville. Not just at Exit/In, where the patriarchal local punk label hosted the first of two weekend shows to celebrate its 10th anniversary, but at City Hall as well. This according to Nashville Metro Council Resolution No. RS2012-339, “honoring Infinity Cat Recordings on its Tenth Anniversary as one of Nashville’s best Independent Labels.” Minutes before Tristen took the stage and midway through the night, Nashville Councilman at Large Ronnie Steine (father of sometime JEFF the Brotherhood sideman and Nashville’s Dead co-founder David Steine) officially presented the resolution to Jake, Jamin and Bob Orrall, enlisting the crowd to intone each of the document’s seven uses of the word “WHEREAS” in unison.
Remember when we shared with you that in-a-van session PUJOL's Daniel Pujol shot with the Bonnaroo 365 folks while he was down in Manchester last month? Well, the Pooj wasn't the only Nashvillian to hop in a van with some strangers. Cherub brought their talk-box and their slick, libidinous electro-pop to the Jam in the Van folks, and you can see the results above and below. Up top: "Disco Inferno." After the jump: "Love You Right." Slip out of those clothes and immerse yourself in some glistening, unctuous grooves. Or keep your clothes on, that's completely your call.
Well, doling out a bit of insult on top of all that injury, the IRS will auction several of the troubled rapper's former possessions on Thursday, July 26, at 460 Metroplex Dr. As you can see in this ad/register of items, goods including Young Buck's Bentley watch, 615 Cashville Records cross necklace, a console and other recording equipment, a "Ten-a-Key Watch With Black Leather Band & Diamond Face" and a Titans-themed vending machine will be up for sale. The fact that some framed local press clippings are among the loot almost just seems like intentional salt in the wound, am I right? In addition to the proper sale — which begins Thursday at 10 a.m. in Suite 205 of the aforementioned address — there will be an open house from noon until 5 p.m. on July 25 and from 8 until 10 a.m. on July 26.
Anyway, according to Tune in Music City, creditors have submitted claims totaling $11.5 million, and the trustee administering Buck's estate says she intends to "sell the trademarked 'Young Buck' name." Wow. Even selling the dude's name. Take a dude's jazz-themed art and even his Titans drink machine, but at least leave him with his name. In absolute seriousness though, I want that drink machine.
The video above is a serious must-watch for fans of Elvis Costello’s polarizing 1981 country covers album Almost Blue. It’s a 31-year-old episode of the UK's ITV's South Bank Show, and it chronicles Costello as he cuts the record in Nashville’s famed Columbia Studio B with Billy Sherrill.
The episode, or more documentary, directed by Peter Carr, provides an intimate look behind the scenes of a cocksure Costello, biting at the ankles of country music as a chain-smoking, speedboat-skippering, ever-bearish-but-professorial Sherrill humbles and disarms the smart-alecky Costello with his dry wit and first-hand knowledge of something the singer still obviously knew in concept only. The doc also gives snapshot after snapshot of a radically different Nashville and the Music Row circa 1981, along with Costello’s commentary on the city.
Totally agree with Caves as top album of the year----killer album!
Mac was in the first Southern Rock group called Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry,…
We covered this. He is talented.
Does puke come in piles?
It's not because he's black, altho his being black & throwing it in our face…
Guys it's because he's black.