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 pseudomoto.com 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
**FREE TO ATTEND**
$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.
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 Livemixtapes.com or, you know, right here:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"[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.
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
in Burdon's defense, touring can be a bit rougher when you're 72. Charles "Wigg" Walker…
Touring is hard work. NOT!!
Thanks for the song clip. I signed up for Third Man Records' Vault Package for…
Word, those Churchyard gals are great. Thanks for the note, Jessi — post updated.