Local filmmaker Seth Pomeroy's seven-year labor of love Couldn’t You Wait? The Story of Silkworm was released digitally via VHX back on Monday. In a rare move for a Nashville documentarian, Pomeroy spent over half a decade collecting interviews — with indie heavyweights like Stephen Malkmus, Steve Albini and Jeff Tweedy — and stock footage that had absolutely nothing to do with a Nashville band, or anything really to do with Nashville in general. Rather, Pomeroy's film chronicles the notoriously little-known career of veteran indie act Silkworm.
You can stream or download "Just the Movie" for $5. The more avid Silkworm fan can get “The Movie Deluxed” for $10, and that includes 86 minutes of “live Worm.” For a total of $20, you can get “Absolutely Everything,” which includes the kitchen sink of what Pomeroy spent the better part of his 20s collecting. It's an interesting model for a film release. Pomeroy attributes the following review on his Facebook page to Albini:
Hey, guess what. A bunch of of people put out hip-hop albums, songs, videos mixtapes, cuneiform tablets and so on in the last couple of weeks — Dee Goodz, Ducko McFli, Gummy Soul — and you should listen to them. I'm sure by now you know my opinion about those folks. Otherwise, it's all songs about money recorded on cheap microphones and 30 seconds of "acting" before yet another song about Instagram — can we quit it with the app-rap, folks? — so let's talk about something important. Baseball is almost here. Opening day is little more than a month away. Since I'm obligated to talk local hip-hop but would really rather be talking about baseball, this seems like a good time to bring up the series of vanity rap records sorta recorded here in Nashville.
You mightn't guess it, but the Nashville-based string trio that goes by the name of The Howlin' Brothers is made up of Yankees. They met far north of the Mason-Dixon, but together they relocated to Music City, where they tracked their forthcoming Howl with noted local songster and Raconteur Brendan Benson. Howl, which was cut at Welcome to 1979, will be out March 5 via Benson's own Readymade Records.
The ever-gigging Howlin' Bros. have a whole slew of shows coming up — the SXSW sendoff show March 2 at Mercy Lounge, The Billy Block Show March 5 at The High Watt, an in-store March 9 at Grimey's, several SXSW dates, two sets March 20 at The Station Inn and plenty more — but they were kind enough to squeeze in a bit of time for us here at the Cream. For the latest installment in our ongoing Conference Call series, the Brothers (not literally brothers) crashed our conference room to play an original called "Gone" (above) as well as a cover of John Hartford's "Julia Belle Swain" (after the jump), both of which will be featured on Howl, and the latter of which is about a riverboat. Benson didn't pop up to play the Zippo, but you'll find that — as is the tradition with an old-time string band of this nature — the fellas are awfully good at filling up plenty of space with just three members. Give both vids a look, or bounce on over to The Howlin' Brothers' Soundcloud page if you'd like to hear excerpts from the whole record.
The Conference Call was shot by Seth Graves and Stephen "Goose" Trageser, and edited by Seth Graves. Thanks to The Howlin' Brothers.
Mason worked on Traffic's debut, 1967's Mr. Fantasy, before leaving the band in early 1968. He produced the first album by English progressive blues-folk rockers Family, Music in a Doll's House, before rejoining Traffic later that year. Traffic's second full-length, Traffic, appeared in 1968 with Mason's "Feelin' Alright," a two-chord pop-blues number that has gone on to be a rock standard. Joe Cocker's 1969 hit version is likely definitive.
Along the way, the versatile guitarist, singer and songwriter helped out on acoustic guitar on Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland track "All Along the Watchtower." Moving to California, Mason hooked up with country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons, whom Mason had met at a 1968 Rolling Stones recording session. He played guitar with American soul musicians Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett on a 1969 tour that included another English guitarist enamored of blues and soul, Eric Clapton.
But before we make it to the awards ceremony on Sunday, we've got a decent smattering of local shows to keep us entertained. Tonight you're looking at: The Bluefields at The Highwatt; The EvinRudes at 12th & P; the KDSML Review at Exit; Allen Thompson Band with Poly and Lonely H at The Basement; and more. Tomorrow you've got: Menomena at Mercy; Count Bass D at The Stone Fox; AJ and the Jiggawatts with DeRobert and the Half-Truths at The High Watt; Patrick Sweany and a bunch more at The Basement; and more. Have a look at the rest — compiled by music listings editor Adam "Dgold" Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves an award-winning weekend.
It’s only the first week of Lent, but this art party — organized by the folks at Plowhaus Gallery — is a veritable Easter basket of goodies. Sure, headliner Warren Pash co-wrote the Hall and Oates hit “Private Eyes,” but he’s also a veteran performer whose solo work leans toward The Byrds and Big Star. If he isn’t enough to get you out on a school night, Matt Moody and his wife Mandy Peitz-Moody will release their latest joint project — a book of full-color prints of Mandy’s paintings, along with a CD featuring specially reworked recordings of the songs that inspired them, which Matt and friends will perform live. Pash and Moody will share the stage with rocket-fueled Vietnam-era rockers Blackfoot Gypsies, gnarly experimental punx MurderVet, and Ned Evett, who customizes his guitars with handmade glass fingerboards. Also on display will be work by renowned photographer Keith Carter, known for his surreal black-and-white work. —STEPHEN TRAGESER
Rumor has it that local songstress Tristen might even pop in for support on a song or two at some point. Doors at 6, bands start after 7. There's still time, you can make it!
For What It's Worth
For What It's Worth
* As noted by Rolling Stone, VH1 Classic has a new show by the name of For What It's Worth co-hosted by Gary Dell'Abate (yes, as in "Baba Booey") and Jon Hein. The show is all about "digging through pop culture collectibles to find out what they're really worth," and in the first episode, Dell'Abate and Hein make a trip to Jack White's Third Man Records here in Nashville to discuss the triple-decker record, among other things. The episode will air tonight, but you can watch a little sneak-preview segment with White and his sergeant-at-arms/nephew Ben Blackwell above. Anyway, we all know JW's preference for tangible goods over intangible ones — especially given his recent mission statement as Record Store Day 2013's official ambassador ... even if some locals prefer to emphasize "the content" rather than "the container." Fair enough point.
* And since we're on the topic of rock stars and everything, this seems apropos: Grantland's Steven Hyden has been penning a series by the name of "The Winners' History of Rock and Roll," and the seventh and final installment is all about The Black Keys, "one of the only indie bands of the '00s to break out of the underground rock ghetto and achieve mass stardom." Hyden's piece is a thoughtful and insightful overview of the post-millennial effect of critical praise vs. commercial success and what's become the "no-man's-land between the underground and the mainstream." It also follows along with The Black Keys' arc, which I suppose we know a thing or two about around these parts. Anyhow, good read, even if it's not quite as challenging as the installments about Aerosmith or Linkin Park. Hat-tip to contributor Jewly Hight for sending along that link.
* And finally, this ain't a super-fresh bit, but it's certainly worthy: As noted by Music Row Magazine, local institution Music City Roots, which broadcasts live every Wednesday from Loveless Cafe, will soon be aired by stations across the country. (Here's the full list of affiliates.) Sure, that's great news for MCR, but really, it's good news for the rest of the country.
I was 15 years old when I entered the local rock scene in 2002, bade by some super-cool 16-year-olds to come to a blowout show at The Muse. And while I may not be intensely familiar with the heyday of The Scorchers or Government Cheese, I sure do know a hell of a lot about the sort of nonsense you'd expect to come out of The Muse, Indienet and Next Generation between the years 2000 and 2005. I'm talking bands like Oliver's Army, Scatter the Ashes, Popular Genius (remember that band? And their flute?), Stuck Lucky and Sadie Hawkins.
None of those bands show up on my list, but that may just be because I can't find a damn Oliver's Army song anywhere on the Internet (by the way, if anybody wants to send me some Oliver's Army and Breakdown songs, I would not turn them away). These songs may not be the most technically proficient tunes our city has to offer, but they were nothing if not influential. And isn't that the real barometer for “best"? No? Well, y'all are just gonna have to deal with it until Jim Ridley gets behind the wheel and schools us on some classics.
The Hot Band: The Mavericks are back with a brand-new record, and yes, they still stand out (In Time out Feb. 26 via Valory Music Group)
Alone With Everybody: Tift Merritt recruits her studio dream team on Traveling Alone (Playing Saturday, 23rd at 3rd & Lindsley)
True Blues: Latimore, Denise LaSalle and Shirley Brown are ignored by cultural gatekeepers, but beloved by longtime fans (Nashville Blues Festival Sunday, 24th at Municipal Auditorium)
Bearer With Us: Pallbearer, Little Rock's kings of doom metal, take Sorrow and Extinction on the road (Playing Monday, 25th at The End)
In The Spin: fun. with All Get Out at the Ryman, East Nashville Underground at The East Room
Plus Critics’ Picks on Warren Pash with Matt Moody and Mandy Peitz-Moody, Petty, The Bluefields, The Evinrudes, Menomena, Count Bass D, Dave Mason, Road to Bonnaroo Round One, Mountains, Heavy Medical and more
So now join us as we cross the Cumblerand to mock the latest and not-so-greatest from our local Craigslist "Musicians Community."
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