Good news for Nashvillian fans of funnyman Aziz Ansari — well, fans who don't already have plans this evening. As tweeted by Third Man Records, the Parks and Rec star will be performing a last-minute show tonight in the Blue Room of Jack White's headquarters on Seventh Ave. Best part? Shit's free. Free! The show will begin at midnight, with doors opening at 11 p.m. No crowd-surfing!
Inside sources tell the Cream that Ansari will be performing new material, so it's best you don't go in expecting time-tested crowd favorites. And since you asked, Ansari is currently in Nashville because he has a gig this evening at Tennessee Tech. Anyway, we already know he likes all of Music City's hotspots, so if you're not lucky enough to catch him at TMR, maybe you'll see him around town someplace.
Noting the relative dearth of local pre-2000 sounds in my own collection, I made a stop at Grimey's Too recently, where Features drummer Rollum Haas happened to be serving as counter master and DJ. His turntable selection that afternoon: Rock 106 Presents: Homegrown, a compilation LP I'd never heard of, featuring artists I'd never heard of, sponsored by a radio station I'd also never heard of, despite living in the mid-state from birth.
The tracks themselves don't necessarily amount to a treasure chest of lost gems: As Rollum accurately pointed out, they're mostly competent applications of what were popular tastes then, bearing the influence of Blue Öyster Cult, The Cars and second-phase ZZ Top, with a little KISS in the mix. The comp itself isn't rare — Grimey himself happened to be nearby when I was checking out, and mentioned that a copy turns up at the store once every few months. But discovering that a hard-rock scene existed here and was strong enough to make a semi-pro-grade 10-song comp is a little like finding out that one of your relatives is actually Mr. T.
Curious to discover what else there might be to the story, I snagged the other copy they had on hand. Take a jump with me to hear and see for yourself what else I learned about Homegrown.
The lawsuit, filed Monday, claims that the copyright to McGraw’s aptly titled Big Machine album “Two Lanes of Freedom” should actually belong to Curb Records. The label alleges that McGraw recorded the songs while he was still under contract with Curb.
The controversy centers around McGraw’s previous album “Emotional Traffic,” which he maintained was his fifth and final record for Curb. But Curb argued in a breach of contract suit filed in 2011 that McGraw recorded those songs during an unauthorized period of time in an attempt to quickly fulfill his contract obligations.
Curb is now asking the federal court to determine that “Two Lanes of Freedom” belongs to them. Further, the suit maintains that McGraw also owes Curb a sixth album due to a 2001 settlement agreement regarding “greatest hits” albums that weren’t fulfilled.
"The lawsuit also asks for compensatory and punitive damages," CP goes on to report, "as well as an injunction to prevent McGraw from recording material until he has fulfilled the Curb contract." Well that stinks.
Norm is the solo outing of Privates frontman, My So-Called Band frontman and my fellow music scribe (at someplace called Tennessean?) Dave Paulson. In case you never happened to notice from his tenure with The Privates, Paulson is exceptionally gifted when it comes to constructing left-of-center pop numbers, and this eponymous full-length — Norm's second eponymous release — features nothing but idiosyncratic, catchy bedroom pop. While I personally think it sounds great as-is, Paulson promises a fully mastered version in the not-too-distant future. "Right now, it's best heard in my '03 Honda Civic," says Paulson. "The mastered version will come out in May, and everyone who's already downloaded will be sent a download code for it. That version will be put up on Spotify, iTunes, etc. next month, too." Nice. Stream the whole thing above or download it for any price you like at Norm's Bandcamp page. "Funny Face" and "On to You" are my favorites.
Well, there's no dearth of options this evening as far as live entertainment is concerned. As noted by contributor Stephen "Goose" Trageser in his feature, shape-shifting Brooklyn punks The Men (whose Open Your Heart crept into my personal faves last year) will be performing at The Stone Fox with local possum-prone power-punks Diarrhea Planet. As also noted by Goose in a different feature, Mississippi transplants The Weeks will celebrate the release of their brand-new Dear Bo Jackson at Grimey's (6 p.m.). You've also got Little Big Town's sold-out show at the Ryman, with on-the-rise songstress Kacey Musgraves opening up.
Last but not least, the southpaw sultan of shredding — and there can be only one, of course, since Jimi is no longer with us — will transform Mercy Lounge into a SoCal tiki bar, drowned in 'verbed-out sounds and West Coast vibes. I'm speaking, obviously, about surf-rock originator Dick Dale. Contributor Randy Fox penned a Critic's Pick for us. Let's go trippin' on that:v
The Monkees have just announced a monthlong string of tour dates — it's a tour that they're calling A Midsummer's Night With the Monkees, presumably because it takes place in the middle of the summer and the shows happen at night — which will take them from Port Chester, N.Y., to Portland, Ore. It's only the group's second batch of American concerts with Nesmith since he left the group in 1970 — last year's reunion tour took place after the death of founding member Davy Jones — and the eighth stop on the tour is Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Here's a little sampling of what daydream believers can expect:
The trio’s setlist will feature a selection of their classic hits (such as “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” deep cuts from their first five platinum albums (including some performed for the first time since the 1960s) and fan favorites from the soundtrack to their cult film classic Head and their Emmy®-award winning television series. Plus, a few surprises!
The show will encompass a full multimedia evening of music, rare films and one-of-a-kind photographs culled from the archives. Backed by the same stellar crew of musicians from their 2012 run, Nesmith, Dolenz and Tork will also perform an unaccompanied set as a trio. This foray into tracks from their 1967 homespun #1 long player, Headquarters, is sure to be among the highlights of the upcoming dates.
This begs (at least) three questions: Is Marilyn Manson still relevant in The Rock’n’ Roll Danger Department? If so, will church groups congregate in War Memorial Plaza to protest the Mechanical Animals singer’s appearance and pray for the souls of concertgoers, even if said concertgoers are mostly 30-somethings with lives and careers? And if so, will said protesters (and maybe even The Spin) meet the same fate Occupy Nashville campers and Scene staff did in the plaza?
Tickets start at $40 and go on sale this Friday, May 3, at 10 a.m. right here.
In related news: Picture Me Broken is the real name of a real band that actually exists, and will open the show. Did the band perhaps find its name here?
Like we said, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James — who released his debut solo LP Regions of Light and Sound of God back in February — will play Cannery Ballroom on Thursday, May 2. We'll have a bit more on that in this week's forthcoming dead-tree issue of the Scene.
Now, James' show is of course sold out. So if you don't have tickets already, you're shit outta luck, as they say. Right? Well, not necessarily. It's time for another of our beloved caption contests! We're prepared to give away a pair of tickets to Thursday night's show, and by now, you ought to know the rules. Dream up the most clever, gut-busting, side-splitting or otherwise creative caption you can for the image you see above (which comes to us courtesy of AFP). Post that down there in the comments section, and be sure to include your email address in the appropriate field — we won't publish your address, but we'll need it in order to contact our winner. We'll pick our favorite caption around noon on Wednesday, May 1, so be sure to keep an eye on your email. All right. Ready to do this? Go!
Update: We have our winner. Thanks for playing!
Wednesday evening, family and friends will gather at an undisclosed location for a private visitation to precede the public memorial, which is slated for 10 a.m. the following morning.
"Thanks to George's friends, fans and loved ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time. I love you all,” Jones' widow Nancy said in a written statement.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund or the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
According to Fox 17, a Nashville George Jones farewell concert — scheduled for Nov. 22 at Bridgestone Arena with slated guest appearances from Garth Brooks, Sam Moore, Kid Rock, Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers and more — will go ahead as a tribute concert to the fallen singer, who released more than two dozen Top 10 albums and scores of Top 10 singles over the course of his 50-plus-year career.
The Spin approached the Mother Church with an open mind on Sunday night. We’ve heard a bit of Band of Horses, but it's never quite cut through the SST alumni, soul singers and other staples of our diet enough to stick. However, having sold out a night at the Ryman, added a second night to meet the demand, and then promptly sold that out, to say that these guys must have impressed somebody is a bit of an understatement. A quick check of the details indicated that the group had also impressed two of our favorite producer engineers, Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Halo Benders, the first three BOH records) and Glyn Johns (The Who, The Rolling Stones, BOH’s latest, Mirage Rock). Intrigued, we took our pew.
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