Friday, September 28, 2012

Tomorrow's PseudoMoto Rally and Show Moved From The Zombie Shop to The Stone Fox

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM

If you saw Edd Hurt's Critic's Pick in this week's paper, or came across this Facebook event page, then you know that new local motorcycle club PseudoMoto will host their inaugural rally and ride tomorrow, with performances afterward from Richie, Mystery Twins, Ranch Ghost, Ben Spinks Supermelt and more. The rally and show are still on, but there's been a last-minute venue shakeup. Riders will still meet at 11 a.m. in front of The Zombie Shop, but competitions and music will take place at that hot new West Side venue you may have heard about, The Stone Fox. There's a full press release. Check it out:

The Rally Ride is still on as planned, and will still meet in front of the Zombie Shop at 504 6th Ave S at 11 am on Saturday, September 29th. The ride itself will commence at noon. However, due to forces beyond our control, the post-ride events have been moved to The Stone Fox at 712 51st Avenue North, 37209. The event is still free to attend, though there is a $10 fee to enter your bike in the motorcycle competition. Classes will include Vintage & Modern Japanese, Vintage & Modern British, European, American, Two Stroke and Under-150cc. Visit or join the public event on Facebook for up-to-date information regarding the rally or our weekly rides and get-togethers. ...


11 am: Meet in front of Zombie Shop — 504 6th Ave S, 37206 (6th & Lafayette)
Noon: Ride (approx 50 miles round-trip)

3 pm: Competition @ The Stone Fox - 712 51st Avenue N, Nashville, TN 37209
4 pm: Slow Races
6 pm: Live Music ...

Ben Spinks Supermelt
Ranch Ghost
Acorn Bcorn
Mystery Twins

$10 Motorcycle Competition Entry Fee

A good excuse to check out the Fox if you still haven't been. Anyway, I'm glad I attended the last big Zombie Shop show. Did I say "last"? I just meant "most recent."

By the way, if you want to see some pretty rad footage of the Pseudo crew's recent ride to Santa's and Twin Kegs, peep that after the jump.

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Party & Bullsh*t: This Week in Nashville Hip-Hop [Fyutch, The Lonely Biscuits, Isaiah Rashad, Ziggurat, Jota Ese]

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Clearly, we have hit Peak Rap-Name Status. When you start getting this freaky with vowel placement, when you have to throw around umlauts, you know that things are getting out of control. But then again the Future-formerly-known-as-The Artist-and-before-that-The-Unknown definitely has been eclipsed by the sudden chart-topping success of R&B artist Future, and you can't blame the dude for wanting his own Google hits. And he deserves his own bit of shine as Mr. Flattop, the first release under his new nom de plume, is a well-executed post-collegiate party-rap tape with plenty of pop hooks and big bumping Down South bass. If you're forced to take on a new name, this is the damn way to tell everybody.

Mr. Flattop is akin to an evening club-hoppin' in Nashville — hitting Second Ave., Midtown, Y2K, Yea Baby's and then closing it out at The 5 Spot in one whirlwind of booze and beats. It's a tape that veers from intensely hedonistic at moments to wonderfully laid-back at others, and it's all tied together with the razor-sharp flow Future, uh, I mean Fyutch has been honing since his days in Biscuits N Gravy. Mr. Flattop is not always my style — I'm an old dude and can't party like that anymore — but Fyutch, DJ Sir Lazenby and producer G-Pop aren't making these records for people who spend their nights off reading on the couch with their wives. That said, it's got a lot of thematic and sonic layers crammed in its 43 minutes and definitely becomes more satisfying with each lesson.

For my money — not a whole hell of a lot frankly, two cents might be a stretch — the real gem on Flattop is "Set Me Free" produced by longtime collaborator and P&B favorite Wick-It. It's got a gorgeous hook and a deep, mournful groove that you might not expect if you hadn't been watching both of these artist develop over the last half-decade. Basically, any time Fyutch rocks a track with some Nashville cats, it pops off something serious: The "Catch Me Cruisin" remix with Mello Rello is a perfect track for drivin' slow in the early autumn, and "Rainin' Money" with local production all-stars The Fans makes me kinda wish I had enough bills to throw around. Oh, and the crew flips a Spice Girls hook on "My Lover" — that, sad as it is, is sorta my style. Old man is old.

Check out the whole mixtape at or, you know, right here:

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The Week in Fresh Tracks [Matt Moody, Epic Ditch, Good Rester, Financier, Bows and Arrows, Jordan Caress]

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM

All right then. Looks like it's time for another installment of The Week in Fresh Tracks, and this time we've got a great big sampling of top-tier local tunes. Follow me below to hear some psychedelic grooving from Matt Moody, rapid-fire skate punk from Epic Ditch, ambient synth pop from Good Rester, electro-rock from Financier, bedroom indie pop from Bows and Arrows, and introspective folk from Jordan Caress. Have a look at past Weeks in Fresh Tracks here, and if you've got something to share with us, send it along to cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.

Matt Moody, Capture All the Good

As we noted when he revealed his video for "Capture All the Good" a couple of weeks back, local psych-pop mastermind Matt Moody is a prolific individual. "Capture" is one of the four tunes featured on Mr. Moody's brand-new EP of the same name, and his other outfit, By Lightning!, serves as his backing band on this release. Coming to us from By Lighting!'s Been Struck Records, Capture All the Good captures all the feel-good, positive-minded, '60s-inspired psychedelic rock we tend to expect from the lanky, hirsute songster, but with a bit of diverse influence — the soul-funk strut of "Shining Moments," the sleepy country-rock delivery of "Mistaken," and the fuzzed-out grunge of "A Lot Like You." Good stuff, no surprise. Stream all of Capture All the Good above, or download it for $4 at Moody's Bandcamp page.

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Lake Fever Presents The Chris Crofton Show, Episode 106

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Blammo! Two episodes in a week! Hey, if you vote for Mitt Romney, your mom will end up with a gleaming skull where her face used to be. Also, Crofton will be hosting a found-footage party tomorrow night at Third Man Records as part of The Belcourt's nD Fest. That's right. Crofton at Third Man. Can't wait to get that one on vinyl. For now, peep a John Denver-riddled episode of The Chris Crofton Show, featuring Crofton and sidekick Nick Davis, coming to you from a hotel room in Hendersonville. It's Episode 106, get your mitts on it after the jump.

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Weekend Round-Up: Gangnam Style

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 7:30 AM

All right, Internet. You win. Last I saw, South Korean sensation PSY is still climbing the charts with his ridiculous "Gangnam Style," made popular, of course, by the song's music video. That video has as many views as the United States has people. So. Just let that sink in for a minute.

But here in America, in Nashville, we have some pretty awesome options for fans of live music. Tonight you've got: Reptar, Rubblebucket and Cherub at War Memorial; Wild Nothing, DIIV and Ponychase at Exit/In; Heavy Times with Deluxin', Monsters on Television and Square People at Betty's; TN EDM: Hardcore Till I Die at Avenue 9; and loads more. Tomorrow you're looking at: Stars with Diamond Rings at Mercy; Circuit Benders' Ball at Brick Factory; the PseudoMoto rally with Ranch Ghost, Mystery Twins, Richie and more at The Zombie Shop; and more. Both nights, you've got The Belcourt's nD Festival at multiple venues. Have a look at the rest — compiled by Adam "That's Just My Style" Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a stylish weekend.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hammock's 'Cold Front' Video Looks Spectacular [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Are you ready to be hypnotized by some of the most gorgeous imagery you've ever seen in a local music video? I'm hardly being hyperbolic here — Hammock's David Altobelli-directed video for "Cold Front" is absolutely breathtaking.

As I mentioned last week, local post-rock duo Hammock will release their double LP Departure Songs on Oct. 2, and "Cold Front" is one of the tunes from Songs that you can currently stream at Hammock's Bandcamp page. I recommend that — if you care anything about sweeping post-rock soundscapes, beautiful packaging and very talented locals — you go ahead and pre-order that. And here's a challenge to the locals: Let's see who can come up with a video that's anywhere near as stunning as this. Hats off, Hammock. Well done.

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The Decemberists' Colin Meloy To Discuss Children's Book Oct. 1 at Nashville Children's Theatre

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Carson Ellis and Colin Meloy
  • Carson Ellis and Colin Meloy
The Decemberists' Colin Meloy and his wife, illustrator Carson Ellis, are coming to town to discuss their new children's book Under Wildwood, the follow-up to their best-seller Wildwood. The two books are the first installments in the couple's ongoing series Wildwood Chronicles. Meloy and Ellis will appear at Nashville Children's Theatre at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, as part of the Salon@615 series.

In the Scene that hit stands today, Chapter 16's Ed Tarkington reviews the new book. Here's an excerpt:

Under Wildwood continues the standard that Meloy and Ellis established in the first volume for blending the traditional elements of fantasy fiction with a witty take on the juxtaposition of magical forests and coffeehouses frequented by vegan pacifists on bicycles. There are clear shades of Tolkien and Narnia and Harry Potter and even Dickens, but with a dry humor and offbeat delivery appropriate to the children of the YouTube generation. There's also a clear sense that Meloy simultaneously means to appeal to the Gen-X parents of Under Wildwood's target audience. "For the first time in her life," Meloy writes of Prue, "she was feeling the nagging pull of adulthood, and she did not like it one bit." Joffrey Unthank, the orphan-exploiting industrialist, keeps his coffee table covered with magazines such as DUMP! and The 1% Journal. Unthank's factory echoes with maxims blared from a loudspeaker that call to mind the Newspeak of Orwell's 1984: "MACHINE PARTS MAKE MACHINES. MACHINES MAKE CONVENIENCE. CONVENIENCE IS FREEDOM. FREEDOM IS FAMILY."

Read the whole review here. And if you're a lover of books, be sure to check out Chapter 16, an online publication of Humanities Tennessee. It's the ultimate source for all book-related happenings in the state.

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Rubblebucket's Alex Toth: The Cream Interview

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Talking to Rubbletucket’s Alex Toth, it quickly becomes clear that the Brooklyn-based dance-pop octet is nothing if not methodical. As one of the band’s two leaders, along with frontwoman/saxophonist Kalmia Traver (Toth’s life partner), Toth has been instrumental in honing Rubblebucket’s dedication to its craft, which shines through in the band’s exceptionally adroit live show, as well as on the new EP Oversaturated. Arguably Rubblebucket’s biggest leap forward to date in terms of production and style, Oversaturated sees the band venturing further away from its Afrobeat origins into adventurous sonic terrain that touches on New Wave while further establishing the uniqueness and future growth potential of its sound.

While Toth, Traver and their bandmates have done an impeccable job of defining and executing their vision, Toth insists that they have much to learn on the production end. You can see for yourself — and if you attend the show on Friday night (see my Critic's Pick here, and our caption contest here) you’ll also see how the band is so conscious of its live tones that it essentially “produces” itself onstage. Naturally, though a full-length album is on the slate for sometime next year, for now the band prefers to work in EP-sized recording chunks so as to focus on quality over quantity in the studio. Toth, who charmingly refers to production in plural form as “productions,” gave the Cream a sense of the learning curve he’s been on from his high school days, through the time he and Traver spent in Boston reggae band John Brown’s Body and up to now.

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Ghost With a Boner: Ke$ha Had a 'Sexy' Experience With a 'Ghost'

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

As reported by Jezebel's inimitable Lindy West (and originally posted on Digital Spy), semi-Nashvillian glitter-pop superstar Ke$ha recently told Ryan Seacrest that she had a sexual experience with a ghost, thus finally giving meaning to local punk group Diarrhea Planet's song "Ghost With a Boner." Here are some ridiculous words that Ke#ha said aloud. On the radio. On purpose.

"[My song 'Supernatural' is] about experiences with the supernatural... but in a sexy way," she told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM radio show.

"I had a couple of experiences with the supernatural. I don't know his name! He was a ghost! I'm very open to it."

Ke$ha added that her new album Warrior was based around a spiritual quest she went on to improve her music.

"The theme of this record is magic. I went on a spirit journey by myself," she said. "No security guard. No managers. I just went around the world and lived on a boat."

Ke&ha is of course currently doing press for her upcoming full-length Warrior (out Dec. 4), and I guess no press is bad press. Even when talking to Ryan Seacrest about having sex with a ghost. No word on whether or not Ke*ha ate the ghost after boning it. This is so stupid, I don't have time for this.

Hat-tip to Michael Eades for bringing this absurd garbage to our attention.

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The Walkmen, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Dinosaur Jr., World of Bluegrass and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Heavenly Creatures: The Walkmen return to Nashville to once again prove their status as indie-rock standard bearers (Playing Thursday, 27th at Mercy Lounge)

Big Country: David Byrne and St. Vincent document the struggle of brassy American funk on Love This Giant (Playing Tuesday, 2nd at the Ryman)

Dynamos Sr.: With their third full-length since reuniting, indie legends Dinosaur Jr. have finally begun to influence themselves (Playing Monday, 1st at Mercy Lounge)

’Grass Roots: They start 'em young at the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass

In The Spin: Nashville's Dead's Third Birthday at The Zombie Shop, Southern Ground Music and Food Festival at The Lawn at Riverfront Park

Plus Critics’ Picks on Live on the Green feat. Alabama Shakes, Poetry Sucks!, Rubblebucket, Polica, the PseudoMoto rally, Stars, Nick Waterhouse, Sondre Lerche, Grimes, Gotye, Angel Snow’s album release and more

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