Local self-described "'70s pop/Hawaiian country" songstress and "one of the nicest persons in country music" Courtney Jaye will release her third full-length, the Mike Wrucke-produced Love and Forgiveness, on May 7, and she's just debuted her brand-new video for the tune "Say Oh Say" via USA Today. The video — which was directed by Cream/Scene contributor Seth Graves, and which you can see above — features iconic Nashvillian clothier Manuel as the host of a sort of Midnight Special-esque performance program. Jaye's backing band is played by Sean Thompson and Joey Scala of Promised Land, as well as drummer (and noted designer in her own right) Poni Silver of The Ettes.
"It reminds me of a Blue Oyster Cult song," Jaye tells USA Today. "The melody sort of takes me to that, for some reason. It's one of the more pop-leaning songs on the record." While I personally am not particularly picking up on the BOC similarities (maybe in the bridge a bit?), I detect dashes of Dolly and the breezier side of countrypolitan, as filtered through a sort of contemporary-pop lens. Creamy, dreamy stuff. Give it a look and a listen.
So now join us as we shoot the ducks in the drum closet of our local Craigslist "Musicians Community."
Local comic, captain of the Cream-hosted Chris Crofton Show podcast and frontman of laugh-a-minute cock-rock outfit Alcohol Stuntband — whose "Dickerson Pike" was recently deemed one of the Best Local Rock Songs Ever — Chris Crofton needs your help. He and the Stuntband recorded a long-player by the name of Thelema! with Louisville's Kevin Ratterman (Wax Fang, Jim James) at his Funeral Home studio, and in order to "pay for mastering and to aid in the production of 1,000 copies on 180 gram vinyl," he's launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $5K. Crofton says that, were he to far exceed his goal of $5,000, he'd happily press the LP on, like, six-pound vinyl or more, if that's what everyone's into. The deadline is 29 days away.
As per usual with a KS campaign, there are incentives for different tiers of pledging — most of the incentives are different numbers and combinations of the record itself, Alcohol Stuntband T-shirts, and stickers. If you pledge a grand, Chris will write and record a song for you on any topic you like — a topic like, for instance, nut-sized lumps of odorous gray matter. When the Cream spoke with Crofton by phone earlier today, he seemed particularly freaked out about that incentive, so I'd like to see some folks pool together and make it happen. By the way, Crofton and the Stuntband also have a brand-new Michael Carter-directed video for the Thelema! tune "Country Living," and you can see that — along with all the song's lyrics — after the jump.
"Who is this generation's Fugazi?" he asked.
I am not here to answer that question. I am here to give you the seventh installment of the Cream's Best Local Rock Songs Ever series, not to be confused with the Most Awesome Nashville Rock Song (TM). There is no real time frame or frame-frame, just five arguably rock songs I happen to think are among the best to come out of Nashville ever.
Indians With Horns: Horn nonet Red Baraat carries the flag of Indian-American jazz (Red Baraat playing Thursday, 28th at Exit/In)
Origin Story: Brooke Waggoner's Originator is technically piano pop, but also something more (Originator out March 5; playing Monday, 4th at Grimey’s and Tuesday, 5th at 3rd & Lindsley)
You’re Our Only Hope: Diplo returns with another Major Lazer offering, and it's restoring our faith in EDM (Playing Tuesday, 5th at Cannery Ballroom)
Think P!nk: Why the shape-shifting superstar deserves a second look (Playing Saturday, 2nd at Bridgestone Arena)
In The Spin: Road to Bonnaroo Round One at Mercy Lounge
Plus Critics’ Picks on Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Fanny’s Anniversary Party, Escondido’s release party, Buddy Guy, Angel Olsen with William Tyler and Richie, Mark Robinson record release, The Bar-Kays, SXSW Sendoff Party, Forget Cassettes, Delta Saints, Oh Dang Lo Mein’s record release, Gaslight Anthem, They Might Be Giants and more
But does it really have to be that way? Shouldn’t a $2 million speaker system sound like a million bucks, and not like World War II? There’s only one right answer to that question, and it rhymes with “guess.”
Since nothing says “Music City” like actual music, below is a list of 20 (22 actually, because fuck it!) alarmingly topical songs the city should set to blare out of these 20 new storm-warning sirens. From Johnny Cash to JEFF the Brotherhood, each is, in the event of a twister, literally, lyrically and sonically pitch perfectly sound to hastily rustle you out of bed in the dead of night.
According to local label Infinity Cat, the release of fecal-punk road warriors Diarrhea Planet's second LP is so close "that it huuuuuuuurts" (at least they didn't say "so close we can taste it"). DP has actually been touring around the country, playing old cuts from 2011's Loose Jewels as well as new numbers from their forthcoming long-player. One of their recent stops was in Columbus, Ohio, where Blue Recipe Radio shot a big chunk of the Planeteers' performance (see all the vids here). Among the new jams was a song called "Ugliest Son," and you can watch that performance above.
Now, what you probably expect (and will most certainly get) from the above video are four-part guitarmonies, pop-punky shout-along vocal melodies and fist-pumping starts and stops. What I imagine you wouldn't expect to see — unless you're clairvoyant or, you know, you read the headline of this post — is the ickiest, fattest rodent of them all, a possum (Satan's hamster), falling out of the ceiling above drummer Casey Weissbuch. The foul beast — which makes its awkward appearance at 1:45 in the video, tumbling most ungracefully past Weissbuch's kit — picked the correct song for its debut, seeing as how it is the "ugliest son [of a bitch]" in the Animal Kingdom (except for this fella, who is somehow inexplicably adorable while eating a strawberry). "No one saw this bastard at the show," say the folks from Blue Recipe. "One guitarist maybe flinches at the sudden movement but ultimately does not notice the semi-large rodent diving into an oblivious crowd of nearly a hundred packed audience members." Head after the jump to see a slow-mo shot of the possum's fall. I went to this Opossum Name Generator site in order to figure out what to call DP's new little buddy, and the name it spat out was, appropriately enough, "Tweedle-Dee Nash Piper." If you somehow come across Tweedle-Dee, be nice, but do not feed him pie.
You can also stream Diarrhea Planet's performance of "Ugliest Son" below, or download it for any price you like at Blue Recipe Radio's Bandcamp page.
And now, coming to you from the country's latest "It" city, it's time for a brand-new episode of As Nashville Turns. Oh right, and also Episode 124 of the Crofton Show. Dig in after the jump, fools.
Local electro-popsters Wild Cub — whose Youth I reviewed when it dropped way back in August — have been road-doggin' it most profusely over the past few months. Their travels recently took them to Seattle, where they stopped off at noted radio station KEXP to perform the Youth tunes "Thunder Clatter," "Wild Light," "Summer Fires/Hidden Spells" and "Shapeless." KEXP blogger Jim Beckmann says the Cubbies sound "less like their Music City contemporaries and more like they belong on an updated John Hughes film soundtrack." I could take a swing at that statement by noting that Nashville's vibrant indie scene boasts electro-pop, synth-pop, EDM and indie outfits of all stripes, or by asking if by "belong on an updated John Hughes film soundtrack," Beckmann really just means "kind of remind me of that one Simple Minds song for some reason." But that would be unnecessarily antagonistic!
Anyway, you may be asking yourself how the glossy precision of frontman Keegan DeWitt & Co.'s pop music holds up in the unforgiving light of a live radio broadcast. I say pretty well, but why ask yourself (or me) when you can just watch and find out. See the full performance in one long stretch above, or hop on after the jump to see each song individually.
Well, you've seen the album trailer, and you streamed the whole record — seems like it's just about time for the first official music video from local chanteuse Caitlin Rose's forthcoming full-length The Stand-In, no? The Stand-In is out one week from today, and Rose just debuted the Michael Carter-directed video for her tune "Only a Clown" (co-written with The Jayhawks' Gary Louris) via Billboard.
"I guess [the song]'s about the person who doesn't have any fun at the party, but still sends you a thank you note," Rose tells Billboard's Chuck Dauphin. As for the video itself — much of which appears to be shot on VHS — it features young Ms. Rose finding herself in a bit of trouble thanks to some bad judgment and a purloined disco ball. Various Music City hangouts play a large role in the video, as does Tennessean reporter Bobby Allyn. Hmmm. Interesting. I seem to recall a time when Rose featured Nashville Scene writers in her music videos rather than Tennessean jokers. Whatever.
The Stand-In is out March 5 via ATO Records. Rose will play a release show Saturday, March 9, at Mercy Lounge. More to come on that next week.
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