It's caption contest season! Maybe our Wild Nothing/DIIV giveaway isn't your speed. Fair. Well, how do you feel about shimmery electro-popsters Reptar, worldy dance-popsters Rubblebucket and local grimy-pop duo Cherub? Those three will also be playing on Friday night — at Artist Growth's Celebrate the City event at War Memorial Auditorium, to be specific — and we've been offered not one but two pairs of tickets to give away.
So let's do this. Come up with the most gut-busting caption you can for the image you see above, and post it below in the comments section. Be sure to include your email address in the proper field — we won't publish your address, but we'll need it in order to contact our winners. We'll pick our two favorite captions on Friday (day of show!), so keep an eye your email. If we don't hear from our champs within an hour or two, we'll have to step to our next folks in line. Everybody savvy? All right, go!
Surprise! How's about a midweek dose of The Crofton Crew? The gang has a couple of fresh episodes in the can, and here's one of them. Ding! It's on now, fools. From the steam room of The World's Tallest Building (in Tennessee), it's The Chris Crofton Show, Episode 105. Hear it after the jump.
By the way, Crofton will appear tonight at Springwater with thrash dudes Ayebawl.
Love her or hate her, semi-Nashvillian global pop star and Queen of Mid-Word Punctuation Ke$ha is back with a new single, with a new album on the horizon. I, for one, love her, and while I was sort of hoping that all the time she's been spending with Wayne Coyne would result in a way, way freakier new sound, I gotta say I'm digging on the new single "Die Young." She doesn't really mess with the formula — hedonism plus hooks equals hits, amiright? — but it's another earworm in the classic Ke!ha vein, and that's all right by me. Will it win over any of the Ke%ha haters? No, no it won't. But we don't want to party with you anyway. Ke&ha's new album Warrior drops Dec. 4, and you can see the album art after the jump. Also, she's naked on Twitter if you're into dental-hygiene themed non-erotica.
Believe it or not, there's more on "Big" Kenny Alphin's mind than The Case of the Missing Vest. When he's not trying to get to the bottom of Vestgate 2012, Big Kenny is hitting the press circuit with his partner in crime, John Rich, in support of the duo's brand-new full-length crotch-kick to music, Hillbilly Jedi. As you can see above, Big and Rich recently appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, where they stopped talking "music" in order to get political. Well. Kind of. Highlights include:
* Morgan asks Big Kenny if he is or has ever been a liberal, to which BK responds, "I don't even know what that ... what that is."
* Kenny says, "The sky is our ceiling, the ground is our floor, and the world is our one big happy home, and we oughtta just love everybody. How 'bout that!" Points for that one, I guess.
* Big and Rich admit that they agree a lot and disagree a lot on political issues.
* Rich admits that he's conservative. As though Donald Trump's bestie would be liberal.
* Big Kenny likes "the word statesman," not that he necessarily seems to know what it means.
* Morgan wants to know if Big Kenny voted for Obama, but Kenny doesn't "think that's proper for [Morgan] to even ask that."
* Piers can't vote, Big Kenny gives him a hug.
Well. I feel like I've learned a lot. And by "a lot," I mean "that either Big Kenny is a closet liberal and doesn't want to alienate his base, or he genuinely doesn't know what 'liberal' means." Hat-tip to D. Striker for bringing this one to our attention.
I don't believe we ever shared Wild Cub's video for "Drive" with you, did we? "Drive" premiered via Spin a couple weeks back, and as you can see above, it features driving, feelings, some beautiful black-and-white shots of Oregon's coastline, a magical fireworks cape and more driving, but no Ryan Gosling. The video was shot and edited by Marc Ripper. "Drive" — a tune I once called "gauzy" — is of course a cut from Wild Cub's debut LP Youth, and you can revisit my review of Youth here, if you so desire.
It's been a while since we've heard from Nashvillian performer Mikky Ekko. Ekko's always been something of a vocal-centric singer-songwriter, a la Jeff Buckley or perhaps Rufus Wainwright. With his latest, "Feels Like the End," I'd say that's still the case, but with a splash of Sigur Ros-y (rosy?) post-rock atmospherics thrown in to sweeten the pot. Have a look at the Robert Seidel-directed (not Robert Siegel-directed) video for "Feels Like the End" above. It's like if the iTunes visualizer was shot deep under the ocean. Only nicer. Does that make sense?
Also, you can download the "Feels Like the End" right here for a price of your own choosing.
Everybody, spread some milque on your toast — it's time to shoot a Train music video. According to a post on the monsters of MOR's Facebook page, Train is looking for extras to show up for a music video shoot tomorrow. The video will be for the song "Bruises." Hopefully that doesn't mean extras will be beaten with a sack of doorknobs. At least, not literally, as I imagine having to hear the same Train song about 30 times would be akin to having your soul savagely beaten. Anyway, from the 'Book:
How would you like to be in our music video for "Bruises"? We are shooting in Nashville on Wednesday, 9/26, and need some extras. All you have to do is send a photo of yourself and your availability for that day to trainvideo2012[at]gmail[dot]com. We will send you details if you are chosen.
As you can see in the video clip above, Train frontman Pat Monahan claims that "Bruises" was "voted the greatest song that has ever existed." Ballot tampering? Also, when did Howie Mandel join Train?
"Sweet," says fellow Cream contributor Adam Gold when told about the video shoot. "Cool shit." I think he's being facetious, seeing as how he once made this joke: "Question: How do you know if you’re dead inside? Answer: You own a Train CD."
It's a big night for non-rock 'n' roll record releases. Jazz-funk guru Victor Wooten will celebrate the release of not one but two brand-new solo albums tonight at Third and Lindsley. The 1861 Project Vol. 2 — that's the second installment in a collaborative collection of songs written from the perspective of folks affected by The Civil War — will have its release tonight at The Basement. And of course, the Alias Chamber Ensemble will release their sophomore album, Boiling Point, tonight at the CMA Atrium.
But if you're looking for something to do on the local rock/pop/indie/electronic/cabaret tip, there's a show going on at The High Watt that I figured we ought to shed a little light on. As you can see (hear, really) in the above mash-up trailer, Meadownoise, Financier, Poly and Nahnee Bori are all on tonight's bill. There's Nahnee Bori, the project of Cody Uhler, which I recently called "experimental, synth-y electro-pop" with "all sorts of blipping and blooping alien sounds and big fat drums and bass lines" that are "topped with Uhler's enormously poppy and ambitious vocals." Hear the "Iditarod" single after the jump. Then there's Poly, whose (according to Lance Conzett) "retro-pop style recalls a classic early-century pop aesthetic with hints of twee and sunshine pop thrown in for good measure." See their video for "Shears" after the jizz-ump. You've also got Matt Glassmeyer's Meadownoise, and I once said that Glassenmeyer "is remarkably gifted when it comes to taking the rich, avant-garde, bedroom-pop textures that swirl around in his head and actually executing them adroitly." See Meadownoise's video for "Little William" down below. And finally, there's Financier. We haven't spilled any ink on those guys yet, but you can peep a bit of their stony, shoegaze-y electro-rock on the other side.
Starts at 9 p.m., and it'll run you $7.
Last night, the inaugural show went down at the brand-new, highly anticipated West Side watering hole The Stone Fox. Post-rock songstress Cortney Tidwell played a solo set (with a vocal assist from Tristen), and psychedelic, experimental trio Sao Paulo Underground skronked, blipped and blooped their way through some Latin- and electronic-skewing jazz numbers. And while all of the music was rich, cerebral and occasionally challenging, the true headliner of the evening was The Stone Fox itself. We are happy to report that the vibe, decor, stage, sound, drinks, food and lighting are all top-shelf. One of our cohorts did comment that he found the sound during SPU's set to be a little bright, but if you show me a full room in which no one has any complaints about the sound, I'll show you a room that isn't located in Nashville.
As you'll see below and at this link, the Cream did in fact dispatch trusty shutterbug Steve Cross to get some shots of the bands and the Fox itself. Again, here's the link to the slideshow. Have a look. Congrats to the folks of The Stone Fox. I imagine we'll be seeing a lot more of one another.
This Friday, Sept. 28, dreamy indie-pop act Wild Nothing will play Exit/In along with shoegaze-y indie rockers DIIV and local faves Ponychase. It's sure to be — to exhaust an adjective here — a dreamy one, and we'll have a little something in this week's paper about that, of course.
But how's about we go ahead and jump on giving away a pair of guest list spots? No objections? You know the rules. Come up with the sharpest, most clever, most hilarious caption you can for the image you see above, and post it below in the comments section. Be sure to include your email address in the proper field — we won't publish your address, but we'll need it in order to contact our winner. We'll pick our favorite caption, oh, let's say late afternoon on Thursday, so keep an eye your email. Everybody good? Any questions? All right, go!
Update: We have our winner. Thanks for playing!
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