Well, noted nudists Those Darlins continue to eat up all the publicity. We told you about the flesh-featuring banner that overlooked Eighth Avenue South for a time last week, and then we told you about the big reveal of it being the album art for Those Darlins' forthcoming Roger Moutenot-produced LP Blur the Line. Still haven't gotten enough of the Darlins' fleshy bits? Then we've got great news for you: They have a brand-new video for Blur the Line's "Oh God." It was directed by Veta&Theo for Ovvio Arte, and you can watch it above.
Those Darlins will celebrate the release of Blur with a show at Mercy Lounge on Oct. 4. Also, you can download "Oh God" — a listless, Petty-esque sort of roots-rock road ballad — via this link.
Not even the best publicist in the world could fabricate the sort of mystique that swirls around Neutral Milk Hotel frontman and founder Jeff Mangum. After the success of 1996's On Avery Island and 1998's seminal In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, the notoriously reclusive Mangum disbanded NMH and, for a long time, kept out of the spotlight — and all the while, rumors surfaced regarding what he was up to.
Well, whatever it was that was keeping Mangum and his Hotel out of the public eye, it's not doing so any longer. The band's original touring lineup — that's Mangum, Jeremy Barnes, Scott Spillane and Julian Koster — have recently announced a whole truckload of tour dates that will take them from Baltimore to Japan to Spain and beyond. (Good Cause Alert: A portion of all NMH's ticket sales will go to Children of the Blue Sky.) OK, so, here's the part you're skimming this post to find: Neutral Milk Hotel will play Nashville's Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman Auditorium, on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Tickets — which will run you $36 plus service fees — go on sale this Saturday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. via the Ryman's site and Ticketmaster.
Do you guys remember a while back when I posted a video of local turntablist Black Cat Sylvester making way out funk with Wick-It, Ugly Lvly and some weird cloth-draped contraption? (Here it is, if you need a refresher.) Well, the cloth has been dropped and the source of those way-out sounds has been revealed! Sylvester calls it the Synth Table, which makes sense, as it's part-turntable-part-synth, and he took it out for a spin at the recent summer edition of NAMM (the Disneyland for gear nerds/trade show that was just in town). In the video, Sylvester jams out with fellow turntablists Orig and Suspicion over some spacey grooves laid by guitarist Alex Bachari and drummer/Cream commenter James "Burrito" Bonomo. Oops, did I just reveal the Li'l Burro's secret identity?
No word on when the Synth Table hits the streets, but make sure to check out the second video of buttery prog-funk after the jump.
What I like about the idea of era-defining songs is there is no way you can get esoteric with it. Universality is a requirement. You can define your own life through Captain Beefheart or Belle and Sebastian, but that shit won’t play in an exercise designed to be as broad as possible. Below are songs that I think help define the decade/era with which they are associated, thanks to ubiquity of play or the magic of film montages or just my own vague thoughts and feelings about times in which I never lived. This is the only time I’ll ever say this, but: These are just my opinions rather than stone-cold facts.
Early-bird tickets are already sold out, and advance tickets are going for 90 bones to the first 3,000 customers. If you’re among that contingency and you’re 21 or older, you’ll also receive a free ticket to The Great American Craft Beer Tour, featuring over 100 craft beers and microbrews for your drinking pleasure. If you aren’t among those first 3,000, the tour costs $35. Camping passes are $50 for all. For more information visit the Music in the Middle Fest website.
Local-by-way-of-Australia pop songwriter Chris Pickering will play The Stone Fox tonight with Brian Wheat and Josh Farrow. Contributor Edd Hurt is into that, and thus he penned a Critic's Pick for us. Edd, if you please:
An exemplary modern power-pop artist, Chris Pickering grew up near Brisbane, Australia, and drummed for a band called Boat People before embarking upon his solo career. A lot of interesting groups have attempted to emulate Big Star — I can recall such landmarks of Chilton-philia and Bellism as Diesel Park West’s “All the Myths on Sunday” and the collected works of Teenage Fanclub. Pickering modernizes Big Star’s Buffalo Springfield-meets-The Beatles-at-Stax aesthetic perfectly on his 2010 full-length, Work of Fiction. Recorded partly at Memphis’ Ardent Studios by veteran Bluff City producer and songwriter Don Nix, Work of Fiction combines expert background vocals and Van Duren-style lead singing with electric guitar licks straight out of Big Star’s “Feel” or “I Got Kinda Lost.” Now a Nashville resident, Pickering has been busy making a trio of fascinating EPs — the final installment is slated for a fall release. —EDD HURT
Starts at 9 p.m., costs $5.
*Don't worry, you don't have to pay me for these rad ideas. I just want to see them happen.
* Locally residing punk rock outfit Cheap Time recently filmed an installment of BreakThru Radio TV's (I know, confusing) Serious Business. They played a handful of tunes and shot the breeze with a dude named Travis, and frontman Jeffrey Novak talked a little bit about opening for Social Distortion. He also talked about Graceland Too. By the way, I'm a lifetime member at Graceland Too. It's actually far creepier than Novak implies. Anyway, watch above.
* So, as recently mentioned, sometime Nashvillians Deer Tick will release their Negativity in September. During the Newport Folk Festival, the Tick's John McCauley and Ian O'Neil sat down to play a rendition of their "The Dream's in the Ditch" for Esquire. Watch that after the jump, and while you're at it, listen to McCauley's solo set at Newport via NPR. "Please be advised: Some of this audio contains profanity." Oh shit!
* Local bad girls Thelma and the Sleaze have a brand-new video for their tune "Summer Fun," and it features an awful lot of footage of them running around and behaving badly and so forth. You can see that after the jump, and stream or purchase the track itself via the Sleaze's Bandcamp page.
* And finally, Birth Control is a local gloomy pop outfit, and I once said they remind me of Depeche Mode, Psychedelic Furs, New Order and Bauhaus. Well, they have an extraordinarily, comically far-out and evil video for their tune "Holy Father," and you
can should watch that after the jump as well.
All right, film buffs. Who here recalls Monte Hellman's meandering 1971 portrait of wanderlust, Two-Lane Blacktop? Well, local guitarist William Tyler and director Michael Carter certainly do. In the above Carter-directed video — which is for "A Portrait of Sarah" from Tyler's Merge Records debut, Impossible Truth, and which debuted today via Pitchfork TV — Tyler and his companions participate in a recasting of Blacktop. That's of course Willy T. as our protagonist Jimmy T. (James Taylor), not to mention JEFF the Brotherhood's Jamin Orrall as sidekick Dennis Wilson, local comedian and Chris Crofton Show host Chris Crofton as antagonist Warren Oates, and actress Ashley Fisher as the heart-breaking young love interest Laurie Bird. With portions of the video shot at Goodlettsville's Music City Raceway and Nashville's Tennessee State Fairgrounds, the "Portrait" video is less a note-for-note remake than a heartfelt tribute. This scene with Harry Dean Stanton, for instance, didn't appear to make the cut.
Enjoy the video above, and if you still haven't, purchase Impossible Truth via Merge Records — they've got it in just about any format you can imagine. If you've got a couple of minutes, watch the Two-Lane Blacktop trailer after the jump. And hell, if you've got a couple of hours, watch the whole movie here.
Show of hands: How many people here are fans of manic, panicked, frantic, punky psychobilly? By the hands I now see flailing wildly, I know that the answer to my question is "some." Richmond, Va.'s The Nervous Ticks will do their best to shake The Stone Fox right off of its foundation tonight, and contributor Stephen "Goose" Trageser wrote a Critic's Pick in advance of the festivities. Take it away, Goose.
Richmond, Va.’s The Nervous Ticks deliver a nice, raw twist on psychobilly that’s coated in a generous helping of garage grime. Leader Chaz Tick, who refers to himself as “Head Louse,” screams about the weight of the world and beats on a janky guitar, while percussionista Liza Jane threatens you with a set of maracas and her best Elly May Clampett yowl, and drummer Killer K. whales away at a kit built around an old wash tub. It’s a gorgeous, rapid-fire mess that’s a little menacing, and it wouldn’t sound right brought to you any other way. If you haven’t gotten on board with locals Fancytramp and their old-school heavy psych jams laced with just the right touch of ’90s alt-rock, catch that wave tonight; their self-released EP from last summer was good, but the “Wicked Mind” single they dropped in May seals the deal. Local lo-fi garage-pop outfit Dirty Dreams will open. —STEPHEN TRAGESER
As noted, locals Fancytramp and Dirty Dreams will open. Starts at 9 p.m., costs $5.
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