Jota Ese, Jota esAIDS or: The Devil You Know
The one and only Jota is back with another of his chilled-out, lo-fi hip-hop tapes. This one — once again coming to us via Day Old Records — is charmingly titled Jota esAIDS or: The Devil You Know and features 15 tracks of stony old soul samples and head-bobbing grooves. The standout for me is the Fiona Apple-sampling "xxxxx xxxxxx xxxxx" (yes, all of the track titles look like that). As with JE's Who's Pimpin' Who?, there's even an extended video to accompany the tape. Watch that after the jump, or stream the tape above. Better yet, download the whole thing for free at Day Old's Bandcamp page or via Mediafire.
* In just about every one of her interviews this week, you'll find Parton addressing long-running rumors that she has a romantic relationship with her best buddy Judy Ogle. Spoiler: She doesn't. But she is extremely supportive of the gay and lesbian community. Hear Dolly's interview with the excellent Tom Ashbrook of On Point:
Aloha, Party-and-Bullshitters! How was you holiday? Trample anyone at the mall? Neither did I; it was kind of a dull weekend. Ah well, you can't win them all. I'm going to warn you now, it's sort of a slow, weird news week here at P&B — I mean this happened, and it's sorta Nashville hip-hoppy — so don't be surprised if this column degenerates into chaos by the time it hits the comments section. And what better way to kick off a trip to the heart of weirdness than with our boys The Purple Monk and Miyagi? The Ziggurat MCs' Scrabble-dictionary-in-outer-space flow over a buttery, post-bossa beat from Asheville production duo Two Fresh, with crisp sushi-and-Hennessy visuals by Coffer: "Aloha" is basically the only way to say hello to the weekend, Party & Bullsh*t style. Also, Miyagi is rocking a "Cream Team" basketball jersey in the video.
All right, we set the controls for the heart of party and bullshit after the jump ...
Jazzed for the Quadrophenia and More Tour on Sunday? Got your tickets yet? If not, you've still got a chance to win a pair via our caption contest. The Spin will be there.
But even before The Who — or Pseudo-Who, or Half-Who, or whatever you want to call them — light up Bridgestone on Sunday, this weekend is looking rather promising. Tonight you've got: The Ettes with Blackfoot Gypsies and more at the new Zombie Shop; The Faint doing Danse Macabre at Cannery; The Exotic Ones at FooBar; Stephaniesid with Hanzelle and Honey Locust at The High Watt; Jasmin Kaset with Little Bandit and Richie at The Basement and more. Tomorrow you're looking at: The Mountain Goats at Mercy; a benefit for Poverty Is Real with WIld Cub, Foreign Fields, Casa Castile and more at Exit; Natalie Prass with Jo'shua Odine and 24/7 at The Basement; Bobby Bare at Grimey's; The Sex Bombs with Rainbow Kitty at The End; and more. Have a look at the rest — compiled by music listings editor Adam "Birdman" Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves an explosive weekend.
Well, I'm happy to report that in a couple of weeks, we'll all have as good an excuse as any to brunch at The Stone Fox. The West Side venue, bar and restaurant will host their Holiday Market and Music Night on Saturday, Dec. 15. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., there will be local vendors of all stripes, from the vinyl-peddling Third Man Rolling Record Store to comestible dealers Bang Candy and Buttermilk Road Sunday Suppers. Jams will follow when day becomes the night — those jams courtesy of new faves Promised Land, trouble-makers Birdcloud, robot rockers Heypenny and more. Reason for the Season Alert: Second Harvest will be there accepting nonperishable food items. But you don't need me to tell you this noise. Fox co-proprietor and Tyler Family Band member Elise Tyler sent along a press release. Elise release. Take it away, Lisey:
THE STONE FOX is pleased to announce a day of holiday festivities on SATURDAY DECEMBER 15th. We will begin the day with a one stop shop for all your gift buying needs with the HOLIDAY MARKET, which will go from 10am-4pm. A variety of local vendors will be in attendance, from Third Man Records Rolling Record Store, Cumberland Valley Kombucha, Buttermilk Road Sunday Suppers, Acorn + Archer handmade jewelry, Emily Leonard fine art, Green Bee Designs, Baby Bear Shop, DCXV Clothing, Be Simple Massage, Bang Candy Company, as well as over a dozen local artisans and crafters. Margie Tyler, the Tyler family matriarch, reading from and signing copies of her new novel Tales from Tumble Inn. There will be an activity area for children, and Second Harvest will be accepting non-perishable food donations. Inside the Fox, brunch will be served from 11am-3pm and the turntables will be spinning holiday jams all day long.
As the day turns to night, the stage will be home to a medley of local musicians and bands playing holiday favorites and originals. Confirmed artists include Heypenny, Promised Land, The Tyler Family Band, JP5 (Joey Plunkett 5), Birdcloud, plus more to be announced.
So, the fuck’s the deal with Anthem? Weeeell, according to a press release sent the Scene’s way yesterday, the 12th & Porter-adjacent haunt will be a 1,000-capacity live music space, complete with a full kitchen, a 400-capacity VIP balcony and a “boutique dive bar” called Revelry. No word yet on what kind of music the new venue will host. However, the release’s promises of “upscale experience[s]” and “Vegas-style dress code,” coupled with the fact that the establishment is co-owned by London Parfitt and Austin Ratcliff (aka The Status Group, aka overseers of such swishy swanky spots as Whiskey Kitchen, Virago, Kayne Prime and Lime), suggests that Anal Cunt and The Murder Junkies’ names won’t grace the Anthem marquee any time soon.
I won't be so bold as to name one show in particular as The Show of the Year. But if The Spin is to be believed — and why wouldn't you believe The Spin! — then I'd say Nashville's Dead's third birthday back in September ranks awfully damn high. Alongside West Coast rock 'n' rollers Thee Oh Sees and The Ty Segall Band and Tennessean garage punks Gnarwhal, Useless Eaters and Ex-Cult, proto-punky Cream faves D. Watusi played a set that doubled as their debut LP's unveiling ceremony. Dark Party — which you can stream all of below — is an excellent and surprisingly diverse slab of rock 'n' roll, but the limited-edition physical copies unleashed at that show in September swiftly ran out.
According to Nashville's Dead, however, there will be more copies "very soon." Along with fellow throwback rockers Ranch Ghost, the Watoos will open up for The King Khan and BBQ Show Monday, Dec. 3, at Exit/In — I wrote a Critic's Pick on that one, since you asked. Have a look at a Jen Uman-shot D. Watusi performance from that Zombie Shop/ND Anniversary show above. That tune is so new, as it happens, that it isn't even on Dark Party. Oh also, since it's semi-relevant, the NEW Zombie Shop will host their first official show tomorrow night, with The Ettes, Blackfoot Gypsies and more. There's a pick for that, too.
Who’s First: The Who, or what's left of them, dust off Quadrophenia for their Nashville debut (Playing Sunday, 2nd at Bridgestone Arena)
Soul Brother Renewed: Lee Fields loves the world, and it's starting to love him back (Playing Wednesday, 5th at Mercy Lounge)
That Darnielle: The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle doesn't need suffering to make good music, but it doesn't hurt (Playing Saturday, 1st at Mercy Lounge)
Jailhouse Rock: A new book on legendary band of convicts The Prisonaires sheds light on the details and the myth (The Mistakes of Yesterday, the Hopes of Tomorrow is out Nov. 30 via University of Massachusetts Press)
In The Spin: Japandroids w/Swearin' at Exit/In, The Sword w/Eagle Claw and Gypsyhawk at Exit/In
Plus Critics’ Picks on Keb’ Mo’, Dance Yer Ass Off!, The Pharmacy, Stephaniesid, The Exotic Ones, The Ettes at the NEW Zombie Shop, The Faint doing Danse Macabre, Carolina Chocolate Drops, the King Khan and BBQ Show, Lady Antebellum, Jonathan Coulton, the Grammy nominations concert and more
As previously noted, the T-Swiz duckets drop Friday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. here, and if the singer’s record-breaking recent album sales are any indication, they’ll be all gone (or posted on StubHub) well before noon … or 10:01 a.m.
Now, on a personal note, a question to veteran fans: How much does Tay-Tay shake up her set lists from show to show? Should I snatch up tickets for all three nights to maximize variety?
Trad-style rock 'n' roller J.D. McPherson ain't a Nashville boy — he's an Okie. But seeing as how he's at the center of what is likely my favorite of War Memorial Auditorium's Attic Sessions thus far, I reckon we can let that slide. After all, as McPherson himself says in the back half of the above vid, he's at least given some thought to moving to Music City. Hey, if the wife is keen on the idea, that's a pretty good sign. While you're at it, click on over to Rolling Stone, where you'll find an exclusive stream of McPhereson's "new jump-jivin', wintertime sing-along," "Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)."
Seriously though, J.D. Give Nashville some real thought. We'd be happy to have you.
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