Bachman has released a new full-length, Seven Pines, and he's been busy elsewhere. Last year's brutally expressionistic Grey-Black-Green was recorded into a boombox, and displays Bachman at his most experimental. Earlier this year, he released Oh Be Joyful on a small Oregon label. Seven Pines and Oh Be Joyful are similar in sound and intent: Bachman employs various drones, over which he fingerpicks his steel-string guitar in relentless fashion. Although his pieces have minimal harmonic motion (as opposed to exemplary forward motion), Bachman has a way with melodies, and if part of the aim of such American guitarists as Fahey and Robbie Basho was to agitate and stimulate the emotions, Bachman most certainly fits into the continuum those players helped to begin.
Born in Fredericksburg, Va., on Nov. 10, 1989, Bachman became interested in guitar after delving into his parents' extensive collection of '60s and '70s folk music. He dropped out of high school when he was 17, becoming enamored of the folk sounds of Fahey, Basho, Sandy Bull and Pentangle. He did his first tour in 2008, and began releasing records under the name Sacred Harp. Moving to Philadelphia for a period, he woodshedded and continued to record and play gigs, and did an ambitious tour of Europe earlier this year. The Cream caught up with Bachman at home in Fredericksburg, where he was getting to ready to play a series of shows with fellow guitarist Mark Fosson. (He, Fosson and Lylas have a Nashville show set for Nov. 28 at the Stone Fox.) Bachman is enthusiastic, and he sounds like he's absorbing the lessons his touring, recording and playing have taught him so far. See the interview below.
As we approach the holiday season, more and more events will begin to ping our “good causes” radar. And that’s great. But rarely does an event fall within that elusive overlap in the Venn diagram of “Stuff We Like” and “Good Causes.” Here, friends, is one of those events. The volunteer organization East C.A.N. is best known for placing homeless and abandoned dogs with foster and permanent homes — certainly a worthy endeavor when it comes to our furry little four-legged friends wandering the East Side. But as it happens, this lineup features three Scene faves, so we don’t have to feign interest in the actual entertainment aspect of tonight’s show! Earlier this year, Quichenight released Quichenight II, a sloppily brilliant collection of bedroom power pop that takes cues from Alex Chilton and Robert Pollard alike. Wild Cub’s Youth, also released this year, is a far glossier collection, stuffed with electro-pop nuggets not unlike those of Phoenix or The Teenagers. And we can’t forget about playful, idiosyncratic indie-popsters The Nobility — self-described as “America’s most convivial band” — who are as charming with a vocal melody as they are with their [Wes] Andersonian visual aesthetic. Hurrah for good causes, and — better yet — hurrah for good causes and good art. —D. PATRICK RODGERS
Out yesterday via local music benefactor Michael Eades' YK Records, Place is an 11-track collection that drifts between synth-utilizing electronic pop and trad-style chamber pop. While "Won't Stop Our Picnic" is a gauzy, chilled-out electronic exploration, "Pathetico" echoes the approach of such traditionalists as Randy Newman, Ben Folds or even, say, Mose Allison or Leon Redbone. It's that jazz-tinged, easy-strolling approach and lounge-y croon that make Place's busiest blips and boops seem not quite so manic indeed. An interesting dichotomy, to be sure. Also, the previously released "Iditarod" has an undeniably intoxicating vocal melody, and that's just something you'll need to deal with.
You can stream all of Place below, or download it for $7 at Nahnee Bori's Bandcamp page. Or better yet, buy it on vinyl for $10. The lovely artwork and packaging were designed by the aforementioned Mr. Eades.
Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale are two names that need no introduction in Nashville circles. Both are critically lauded songwriters and producers — their combined canon of credits includes Brooks and Dunn, Dixie Chicks, George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, Carlene Carter and others — not to mention major architects of the burgeoning Americana movement. Though they have appeared on and contributed to each other’s respective records numerous times over the past two decades, it’s rather shocking the pair has waited this long to team up on a duets album — Buddy and Jim. The set was composed and cut over a three-day period, but it draws on two careers of stellar session and songwriting experience. The album boasts a sensual, rusty country-rock luster, and standouts like lovesick album-opener “I Lost My Job of Loving You” and the creeping boogie of “South in New Orleans” exude a bright, gritty shimmer. Trad-country cuts like “Lonely One in This Town” and “The Train That Carried My Gal From Town” benefit immensely from the record’s spontaneous vibe. And as a contrast, confessional, tear-in-beer ballads like “That’s Not Even Why I Love You” and “It Hurts Me” tug at the heart strings with a tender vice grip. —ADAM GOLD
Contributor Stephen "Goose" Trageser also tells me that, while listening to Grimey's own Doyle "D-Funk" Davis on Lightning 100's Indie Underground Hour last week, he caught an announcement that Miller and Lauderdale will appear for a special in-store at Grimey's on Friday, Dec. 12. Thanks for that scoop, Doyle, and thanks for relaying it, Goose. Tonight's show kicks off at 7 p.m. and will also feature performances from 18 SOUTH, The Church Sisters, Mike Farris and Shawn Camp. As always, Lauderdale will host.
All I wanted to do
Was make you pancakes.
And then BAM
Hot oil in the face
Is the first thing
I must grin through.
And not be BAM
Hot oil in the face
All over everyone
I hold most dear.
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Om Is Where the Heart Is: Evidence that heavy-music heavyweights Om will rattle your brain loose (Playing Tuesday, 27th at Mercy Lounge)
Bringing It All Back Home: Dobro master Jerry Douglas completes his Traveler tour with a Nashville performance (Playing Sunday, 25th at 3rd & Lindsley)
It’s Good To Have Options: On the 10th anniversary of Pedro the Lion's Control, David Bazan revisits his darkest, most thematically ambitious album (Playing Saturday, 24th at Exit/In)
In The Spin: Roky Erickson w/Nude Beach at Exit/In, The Legendary Shack Shakers w/Mystery Twins, The Dirt Daubers and Pine Hill Haints at Mercy Lounge
* Well hey there, it's another one of War Memorial Auditorium's Attic Sessions installments. For Season 2 Episode 6, the WMA folks invited local piano-pop troupe Paper Route into the historic venue. The Route fellas chat about their backgrounds as Christians and their song structures and so forth, and they also squeeze a couple of performances in there. Truth be told, Paper Route's aiming-for-the-heart, eyes-closed pop balladry has never been my speed, but they clearly put their hearts into it. Give that one a look above.
* So, Barefoots Joe is a coffeehouse at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and they have a performance series called Sound on Film. Since Nashville's own electro-pop road dogs Wild Cub have been tearing up the Internet lately, it was only natural that they stop in at Union and film a segment featuring a performance of their tune "Colour." The boys played a more deliberate, down-tempo rendition of "Colour" — quite different from the urgent, U2'd-out version that appears on WC's Youth. Cool take. See that after the jump.
* Singer-songwriter Angel Snow recently stopped in over at American Songwriter headquarters with her trusty sidekick Todd Lombardo to perform "Holiday." Snow, who has of course penned tunes for Alison Krauss, has a gorgeous voice, and it's a beautiful rendition — if, you know, you like the intimate acoustic singer-songwriter thing. Which, obviously, loads of people do. Enjoy that one after the jump as well.
Electro-rockin' synth-popsters Scale Model, who released their eponymous debut EP back in August, have unveiled their first official music video. It's for the tune "Airstream in Space," and — much to the delight of the Internet — it features a smattering of things Web-nauts will love: stop-motion animation, a curious interstellar kitty cat and psychedelic deep-space visions. The vid was directed by Mandy Stoller, and you can watch it above. Stream all of Scale Model's Scale Model below, or download it for any price you like over at SM's Bandcamp page.
Full disclosure: Scene/Cream shutterbug Steve Cross — who loves music and science — drums for Scale Model. But we won't hold that against them. Rim shot, et cetera!
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In the meantime, here are the 10 best quotes from the book, in order and without context:
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