Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Aziz Ansari to Perform at Third Man Records Tonight at Midnight! And It's Free!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 8:04 PM

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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.

Cool.

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Freak Scene Archaeology: Rock 106 Presents: Homegrown

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 5:12 PM

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If you've lived in or near Nashville for more than a week, you've probably figured out that our music scene offers (way) "More Than Just Country." For better or worse, our diversity is becoming downright chic in the current zeitgeist. Our Best Local Rock Songs Ever series has been doing its darndest to dispel notions that this branching out is a new thing, but let's face it: A good portion of your loyal Cream team had their most formative music experiences in the last 10-15 years, hence the preponderance of Aughts material.

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.

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Curb Records Sues Tim McGraw for Copyright Infringement

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 3:00 PM

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According to a story first reported by our sister publication The City Paper, former Music Row bedfellows Tim McGraw and Curb Records are at it again. The "Truck Yeah" singer and his former label finally settled (or at least, so everyone thought) a two-year legal battle back in September, with The Court of Appeals of Tennessee upholding a 2011 decision to let McGraw sign with Big Machine. Well, that didn't sit well with Curb, as they've just lobbed another law bomb at the Indian Outlaw. From The CP:

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.

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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.

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The Week in Fresh Tracks [Norm, Jota Ese, Faux Ferocious, Los Colognes, Millionaire Magicians, The Bang-Up]

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 12:16 PM

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I'm proud of the local rock 'n' roll set. Nary a week goes by wherein we at the Cream don't see a smorgasbord of genuinely remarkable local music, and this week is absolutely no exception. Let's not dillydally. Follow me below to hear: Norm's catchy and quirky bedroom pop; Jota Ese's soul- and jazz-sampling instrumental stoner hip-hop; Faux Ferocious' loose garage-punk; and Los Colognes' breezy, Americana-rooted jam-pop. That's not to mention some not-brand-new but newly rediscovered rock 'n' roll from two defunct local outfits: Millionaire Magicians and The Bang-Up. Dive in. It's a really, really good week.


Norm, Norm

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.

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Tuesday Night Round-Up: Dick Dale at Mercy Lounge; The Men at The Stone Fox; The Weeks at Grimey's; and More

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 7:30 AM

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

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Monday, April 29, 2013

The Monkees to Play the Ryman July 24

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

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Monkee, noted folk performer, bona-fide video pioneer and heir to the Liquid Paper fortune, Michael Nesmith, played a sold-out show at Franklin Theatre back in March, and that's something that not one but two Scene staffers were particularly jazzed on. Well, according to a press release recently sent the Cream's way, Nesmith will return to Middle Tennessee (no, not Clarksville) on July 24, and this time he'll be bringing his two fellow surviving Monkees, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz, with him.

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.

Pre-sale and VIP ticket packages go on sale at The Monkees' website on Wednesday, May 1, at 10 a.m., and general tickets for the Ryman show will be available here on May 3 at 10 a.m.

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Marilyn Manson to Play War Memorial Auditorium July 9

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM

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While not quite as exciting news as ICP at the Ryman, this announcement is at least real. To the delight of the Music City goth contingent, allegedly self-fellating shock rock anti-jock and former Bowling for Columbine and Mr. Belvedere star Marilyn Manson is back to strike fear in the hearts of local social-security-eligible bible beaters and strike LOLs in the Facebook feeds of pop-culture junkies when he brings his traveling to-steeple-size-relative circus of prosthetics, tourniquets, stilts and sweet dreams to War Memorial Auditorium on July 9.

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?

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Caption Contest: Jim James Ticket Giveaway! [Updated]

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 1:29 PM

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  • "Back away from my family! Or you'll meet the same fate as my shirt sleeves!!"

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!

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Public Memorial Service for George Jones To Be Held Thursday at the Opry

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 12:15 PM

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A public memorial service for George Jones will be held Thursday morning, May 2, at the Grand Ole Opry House. The country legend died at the age of 81 Friday morning at Vanderbilt Medical Center after he was hospitalized for a fever and irregular blood pressure.

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.

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Band of Horses at the Ryman, 4/28/13

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

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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