Friday, August 30, 2013

Posi Beach Party: Meth Dad w/TronAteMyBaby, Body of Light, MantraMantraMantra, Saturday at The 5 Spot

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 4:28 PM

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Well, that went quickly! It's already Labor Day weekend, the Unofficial End of Summer. Maybe the pool's closing, but there's still time for one last hurrah, and you can bet Tyler Walker — the bespectacled party-starter behind Meth Dad and the Tour de Fun festival (recently reborn as Boro Fondo under new management) — will be rocking his traditional Speedo and sequined tunic at The 5 Spot on Saturday night. When he's not busy with Meth Dad, the unabashed fan of contemporary pop music works on remixes (his Taylor Swift "Trouble" remix is an impressive new spin on the track, which arguably gives the lyrics more gravity than the original), compiles free mixtapes and puts together shows with such like-minded bands as Stay Magical Presents (last month's High Watt party and the pop-up show series South Fry South Wendy's, for example).

A lifelong self-promoter and fearless frontman, Walker has a knack for turning any kind of gathering into a party, which gives him an edge in the growing Do It Together musical landscape. The philosophy: The world is only going to get flatter. We'll have to work together and get along anyway. Why not make it fun? If that thought gives you an urge to yell at the kids on your lawn, you may want to stop here.

However, there's a lot more to the story than just glitter and grins. A broad range of acts is cropping up that represents different threads woven neatly into this aesthetic, and this particular show is an excellent example of their diversity. Make the jump to sample the wares that will be on offer on Saturday.

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Timothy Chance’s ‘Beer Drinkers’: The Most Mind-Blowingly Atrocious Hick-Hop Video of All-Time?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 2:24 PM

This is Timothy Chance, who taste-makers Fox 17 reportedly dubbed the "king of melding country and hip-hop." He's local.

Discuss.

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Five Reasons You Should Vote Right Now in The Scene's 2013 Best of Nashville

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM

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1. You have a say in what's best about Nashville. Feel like caulking your ears now whenever you hear the phrase "It City"? Vote for your favorites and tell people where they really should be looking. Nashville isn't just about country music these days, or so we hear.

2. Your vote counts. In years past, winners in some categories have been decided by single digits. The store you frequent, the mechanic you trust, the doctor you love, the coffee you can't wake up without — your vote could determine the outcome in too many categories to list.

3. You might produce an upset. Feel like the selections could use some new blood? Start it pumping by voting. And by the same token ...

4. You can't complain if you don't vote. Hear us and tremble, O ye who griped all those years when Best Breakfast used to go to Shoney's. If you don't vote for what you think should win — be it a restaurant, a band, a gallery, or a local politician — we can all but guarantee you it will lose. And finally ...

5. You wouldn't want to disappoint this dog dressed as Yoda, would you?

Didn't think so. Vote here.

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Body of Light EP Release Show Tonight at Bohéme Collectif

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

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Bohéme Collectif — the tiny, sometimes sweltering, lofted room within a large and seemingly unused warehouse space off Gallatin Road — has suddenly become one of East Nashville's groovy little diamonds in the rough. (Added bonus: It's actually on the less rough side of everyone's favorite IRL Frogger straightway.) And the anonymous gray building can be easy to miss: Keep an eye out for BC's nicely designed sandwich board out by the road, and follow the driveway up to an ample parking lot. If you accidentally pass it once or twice, you'll be in good company.

Anyway, tonight Bohéme hosts a release party for eclectic Nashville indie popsters Body of Light's new-self titled EP. If you're looking for incentive to attend, right off the bat there's the fact that it's a free show, and the first 20 people at the door will receive complimentary copies of the EP, complete with artwork by Aaron Martin.

Should you require further incentive, there's also the fact that Body of Light's body of work happens to be some expertly crafted, pristinely produced pop. Some of the rhythms are choppy and angular (members and monozygotic twins Mike and Mitch Kluge used to play in Murfreesboro math-rockers Big Cat). But other tunes like, say, EP-opener “Where You Belong,” or “Night Time,” with its breathy female vocal lead, are in a much smoother vein. Like, should you listen while making out with your freshman girlfriend in her dorm room, your hand will have no trouble finding its way under her blouse. This is speculation on my part; obviously other factors could affect the situation. But it is also pretty much the best way I know how to sum up the various qualities and moods of this here EP, generously supplied to me, basically a straight-up music journalist by now, in advance of its official release.

The Joy of Painting, Fake Brad and Rales open up the show, which as I mentioned, will cost you nothing to attend. Bohéme Collectif, (little fucking accent above the e and all) is located at 919 Gallatin Ave.

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Party & Bullsh*t: This Week in Nashville Hip-Hop [Labor Day Weekend]

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 10:26 AM

It's Labor Day weekend, and you know what that means: I'm punching the clock early and goofin' off 'til Tuesday! In the words of Flavor Flav, "We're going to the beach, G!" But then again, my birthday is on Wednesday, so really I'll be goofin' off until the 10th ... damn, I love Labor Day Weekend. then again, there's a dearth of local tracks and vids this weekend (I think the rap scene already started their vacation), so I'm going to fill the news hole with some work-themed rap videos to fuel your pre-party slacking (and The Isley Brothers, because The Isley Brothers rule). Remember to stay safe, don't drink and drive, do take a cab, and watch out for coppers. Oh, and go see Phil Ade.

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Caption Contest: Muddy Roots Festival Ticket Giveaway! [Updated]

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 8:00 AM

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  • Employee photo at the Indonesian candy cigarette sweat shop.

As noted in our feature this week on Muddy Roots founder Jason Galaz, the Muddy Roots Festival kicks off today in Cookeville. Performers will include Black Flag (you know you're curious), Red Simpson, The Monsters, Shooter Jennings, Dale Watson and plenty more. So. Who's up for a last-minute road trip?

You know the deal. Come up with the most gut-busting, inspiring, thought-provoking or otherwise next-level caption imaginable for the image you see above, and post it below in the comments section. 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. Obviously, we're going to want to pick our winner today, seeing as how festivities begin at 2 p.m. We'll pick our winner this afternoon. All right, ready? Do it!

Update: We have our winner. Thanks for playing!

Weekend Round-Up: Labor Day Relaxation Style

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 7:30 AM

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Hey, you know what the international symbol for "I'm relaxing right now" is? Hammocks. But don't fall asleep in your hammock on Monday and miss Greg Cartwright's in-store at Fond Object. That'd just be criminal. (Also, you can go ahead and thank me for not going with my original idea for this week's round-up style: "Twerkin' for the Weekend.")

Anyway, good stuff happening this weekend. Of course, you could drive down to Cookeville for Muddy Roots, but if you're hanging out in town, tonight you're looking at: the first night of Bitch Fest with Cry Baby, Churchyard, Tipper Whore and Scale Model at The End; Tav Falco's Panther Burns at The Stone Fox; Matt Moody and Hands Down Eugene at The Family Wash; Fly Golden Eagle with Majestico and Ranch Ghost at The Basement; and more. Tomorrow you've got: the Demonbreun block party with How I Became the Bomb, Kansas Bible Company, Patrick Sweany and more; more Bitch Fest with Melanie (yes, as in "Brand New Key" Melanie), Thelma and the Sleaze, Take the Power Back and more at The End; the American Idol thing at Bridgestone; Red Baraat at Exit/In; The Silver Seas' release show at The Basement; and more. Have a look at the rest — compiled by intern Cory Woodroof and music listings editor Adam "Hammock" Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a chilled-out weekend.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Not So Breaking News: Idiot Allegedly Tries to Burn Down Ryman Auditorium

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 3:14 PM

In case you missed it: Alleged admitted arsonist and all-but-confirmed idiot Jeffrey Parsley, apparently not a country music fan, is accused of trying to burn down the historic Ryman Auditorium on Aug. 18. For Nashvillians, that’s like the Boston equivalent of pissing on Fenway Park; the New York City equivalent of taking a sledge hammer to the Statue of Liberty; or the Austin, Texas, equivalent of calling Stevie Ray Vaughan overrated (even if Stevie Ray Vaughan was totally overrated).

According to WSMV, surveillance cameras caught the since-jailed firebug as he ignited newspapers at the hallowed hall’s "back door" facing Fifth Avenue, which was slightly singed (and has since been replaced). Luckily, heroic firefighters extinguished the foot-high blaze before any significant damage was done.

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The Chris Crofton Show, Episode 142

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Broadcasting from beneath a billiard table in an old gristmill in Mount Juliet, it's The Chris Crofton Show, sponsored in part by the Green Hills Neighborhood Improvement Collaboration Society. Episode 142 — dig in after the jump.

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Oblivians’ Greg Cartwright to Play Fond Object In-Store Sept. 2

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 1:12 PM

There are three kinds of rock ’n’ roll fans who will skip Monday night’s Oblivians appearance at Exit/In: those who don’t live in Nashville or neighboring cities; Labor Day revelers who can’t hold their liquor; and utter fools. The groundbreaking Memphis garage-rock legends — currently reunion touring to support Desperation, the band’s first full-length in 15 years — top Nashville’s Dead’s Fourth Birthday Bash, which will feature Ex-Cult, Heavy Cream, Fictional Boys and Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders on the under-card. The gig also doubles as Barkley’s record release.

Labor Day be damned, Oblivians frontman Greg Cartwright will pull double-duty on Monday, as Fond Object just announced that Cartwright will make an early-evening, solo-acoustic in-store appearance at the newish East Nashville record shop.

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