If you peeped Scene contributor Jewly Hight’s Q&A with Rayland Baxter the Cream posted Monday, you learned that — in addition to being a former jock, an admitted former Everclear fan and the son of famed Steve Earle/Dylan sideman Bucky Baxter — the lanky local troubadour is a diligent songwriter and a detail-oriented arranger with a penchant for whistling. Baxter takes inspiration from a palate of influences spanning the Polyphonic Spree to Townes Van Zandt (and not Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zandt). See if you can pick up on that in the above clip of the singer-songwriter pensively performing his tender “The Mtn Song” in his backyard.
Baxter’s full-length debut, Feathers & Fishooks, dropped Tuesday on ATO Records. Check out the record's teaser trailer after the jump.
It's The Chris Crofton Show, Episode 103. Themes include pro-audio gear, Republican veep candidate Paul Ryan and the music of the Buzzcocks. Download it after the jump.
Damn! I'm out of the loop for two weeks and Rio — one of the city's best hip-hop and R&B producers — starts making wistful folk records? Crazy. But I gotta say, the new direction works. It's surprising, but it works. And it's not really surprising considering we live in Nashville and, well, I'm pretty sure there is something in the by-laws that says every recording artist must produce at least one folk song per quarter or risk being shipped to Paducah. I swear that's in the by-laws. That said, Rio's video for "So You Say," directed by Ed Pryor, is pretty and pastoral, dreamy and downright gorgeous. I'm as surprised as you are, but I dig it. A lot. Though I'm still a bit weird about leading my hip-hop column with a low-key acoustic number. Ah well, fuck it — I've got plenty of hip-hop up my sleeve.
So now let's wistfully mosey on to some more partying and more bullshitting ...
Nahnee Bori, "Iditarod" Single
So, Cody Uhler. Uhler is one of the two brains behind local pop ensemble Kindercastle. The other brain in that equation belongs to Ross Wariner, whose project Uncle Skeleton frequently features contributions from Uhler. The point? Wariner and Uhler are buddies and they love each other. The real point, however, is that Uhler has his own project called Nahnee Bori, and he's currently offering a single for free download in advance of his forthcoming full-length. As with Uhler's other material, Nahnee Bori is experimental, synth-y electro-pop. It's got all sorts of blipping and blooping alien sounds and big fat drums and bass lines, and it's topped with Uhler's enormously poppy and ambitious vocals. Stream the "Iditarod" single along with two remixes and two B-sides above, or download it all for a price of your choosing at Nahnee Bori's Bandcamp page.
Perhaps on account of the holiday, it doesn't appear as though a whole lot of action is popping off this weekend. Still, there's some good stuff if you fish around. Tonight you've got: Screen Door Records' second of two showcases at The End, feat. Echo Group, Joy of Painting and more; Mayhem doing Madonna at The High Watt; and Nikki Lane with Justin and the Cosmics at The Basement. Tomorrow you're looking at: Musicians Corner with The Blind Boys of Alabama, Karen Elson and more at Centennial Park (early); Diana Darby at Grimey's (early); High Class Hillbilly's party feat. Jonny Fritz, Nikki Lane, Hugh Bob and the Hustle and Promised Land at HCH's place on Lischey Avenue (early); Rodney Crowell at Franklin Theatre; The Maloneys at Brick Factory and more. If you feel like trekking a little bit, you could also check out either Muddy Roots in Cookeville or Loretta Lynn's Labor Day Bash out in Hurricane Mills. See the rest — compiled by music listings editor Adam "Sexy" Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a safe weekend
* Local experimental artists Sparkling Wide Pressure (that's the project of Frank Baugh) and Stephen Molyneux (that's the project of ... um, Stephen Molyneux) will soon release a new tape apiece via Watery Starve, a "micro press" whose m.o. is to "document music, writing and art in unique and limited quantity." (Facts about the artists, just for good measure: Molyneux co-founded No Kings Records, via which Garifuna Field Recordings was released earlier this year, and Baugh is also a member of the local improv collective Horsehair Everywhere. Also, they both play banjo.) Watch the trailer for Molyneux and Baugh's releases above. It was shot and edited by Geoffrey Sexton.
* If you read our recent Spin of the East Nashville Underground fest, you already know that fuzzed-out melodic rock 'n' rollers have a "Jesus Lizard-vs.-Jesus and Mary Chain-cage-match aesthetic." Which, if I'm interpreting The Spin correctly, means that it features both wild, heavy, dissonant elements and melodic, shoegaze-y elements. Well, the Bombs are working on an EP that will debut soon, and they too have a trailer that serves as a "taste of what is to come." It features an excerpt from their song "Kamikaze" along with some live footage, and you can watch it after the jump.
As The Spin told you earlier this week, the Cream's Sixth Anniversary Party at Mercy Lounge and The High Watt on Saturday night was a hit. Between performances from Nikki Lane and her Al Pastor, PUJOL, Future Unlimited, Wild Cub and Natural Child, the Y2K after-party and a photo booth courtesy of Generation Domination, good times were had by all. Cream correspondent and videographer Stephen "Goose" Trageser was in attendance, and he managed to capture a lot of the action. Have a look above to see our video — shot and edited by Goose — which features snippets of all the bands' performances, plus a little bit of photo-booth debauchery. Thanks, Goose! And to those of you who attended, thanks for making us the happiest drunk 6-year-olds you hopefully know.
From the Department of Oh Wait — the same department in which we previously filed Richard Starkey's CoMu guitar demonstration — comes this little nugget: Chad Smith will play Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe on Sept. 4.
Before all you Pepperheads purchase tickets thinking that Red Hot Chili Peppers' Will Ferrell-looking drummer will provide percussion for an In the Round — or perhaps bust out a couple of Chickenfoot numbers — you should probably know that Chad Smith is also the name of a singer-songwriter who describes himself as a "Tifton, Ga., native with Nashville, Tenn., flavor." I'm betting that's the Chad Smith you'll see if you head to the Bluebird on Tuesday. Also, Red Hot Chili Peppers will be in Athens on Sept. 4. Nevertheless, the artist's rendering above depicts what a performance from RHCP's Chad Smith at the Bluebird might be like. I'm sure the lesser-known Smith is well aware of his name doppelganger, so sorry for rubbin' it in. Hear Chad Smith's "Rubbin' It In" after the jump.
Groove Is in the Art: East Nashville's The Groove has found its future drawing inspiration from the past
Blind Ambition: Gospel icons The Blind Boys of Alabama find success in their own way and time (Playing Saturday, 1st with Karen Elson, a Nashville Symphony quartet, Jeremy Lister and more as part of Musicians Corner in Centennial Park)
Nature’s Way: Songwriter Diana Darby's brand-new IV (Intravenous) is a record of fragile beauty (Playing Thurs., 30th at Downtown Presbyterian Church and Saturday, 1st at Grimey's)
Accidents Will Happen: A local glam-rock goof-off and his goon squad land the gig of a lifetime: opening for The B-52s at the Ryman (Brandon Jazz and His Armed Forces play Saturday, 1st at The Basement)
In The Spin: Big Freedia w/Fly Golden Eagle and Slut Party at Exit/In, Nashville Cream's Sixth Anniversary Party at Mercy Lounge and The High Watt
Plus Critics’ Picks on Arborea, the benefit for James DaSilva, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard’s Labor Day Concert Series, Mayhem doing Madonna’s Madonna, the Screen Door Records showcases, Muddy Roots Festival, Rodney Crowell, Dan Deacon Ensemble, KISS and Motley Crue, The Spits, Dead Can Dance and more
The LGBT Music Fest Nashville will debut at venues in the vicinity of Demonbreun and Division streets, Feb. 1-3, 2013. The multi-genre, multi-stage, weekend-long event will feature educational seminars on recording, publishing, song plugging, promotions and more, in addition to parties and performances for and from more than 400 artists, patrons and volunteers.
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