Friday, January 31, 2014

Pixies' Joey Santiago: The Cream Interview

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 6:02 PM

For a rare instance in Tennessee, rock music fans that count the fucks they give about watching the Super Bowl on zero fingers have respite from this weekend's red-blooded Bruno Mars bullshit and jock-a-thon when alt-rock legends Pixies play the Ryman on Sunday.

Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago talked with the Scene in advance of the show — and you can read an article about that here. You can also read the (mostly) full Q&A with Santiago after the jump, in which he candidly explains the whole Kim Deal/Kim Shattuck/Paz Lenchantin bass player sitch, talks about how the band got back into the studio after nearly 10 years of reunion touring and more. He also refers to the The Breeders as Kim Deal's "pet project." Burn!

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Preview Amerigo Gazaway's Marvin Gaye/Yasiin Bey Mash-Up, Yasiin Gaye [Fresh Track + Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Amerigo Gazaway has arrived with a preview of his upcoming project, Yasiin Gaye, his first full-length since parting ways with Gummy Soul. Yasiin Gaye is the first installment in Gazaway’s new “Soul Mates” series, which continues the narrative of his past conceptual mash-ups, Fela Soul and Bizarre Tribe. Yasiin Gaye pairs Brooklyn MC Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and soul legend Marvin Gaye for maybe the greatest hip-hop/soul collaboration that never happened. Check out the video trailer above, and hear the first single from the upcoming project, “Inner City Travellin’ Man,” below or via Soundcloud.

Yasiin Gaye is slated for release on Feb. 25.


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MTV Casting Call Seeks 'Kids of Nashville'

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 12:54 PM

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Human consciousness is both a burden and a gift; it enables us to love, to create and to nurture the lives of others around us. But it also brings the knowledge of mortality, the fact that you and everyone you know will, without exception, die. Our time is limited. How one chooses to use that time should be carefully considered. Here is one option:

MTV is extending a select invitation to the Nashville elites who want to star in an unparalleled television project "The Kids Of Nashville."

Yes, the network that brought us reality TV notables like Amanda Lorber, Jamie Gleicher and assorted Finnish stuntmen is inviting you, the Nashville elite, to join those immortal ranks. Are there any other qualifications?

To be considered for a starring role in "The Kids of Nashville" you need to show us that you are instantly adored, super hot, and a superstar with lots of drama going on in your life

I see. Anything else?

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Paramore Breaks a Bunch of Arbitrary World Records in 'Ain't It Fun' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Last we heard from Franklin, Tenn.-bred emo-pop sensations Paramore, they were playing their big (if somewhat undersold) homecoming show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena in November. "It’s just a really cool town to come back home to," frontwoman Hayley Williams told our own Adam Gold in advance of the show. "I really don’t know that I would ever love any other city the way that I love Nashville."

Williams & Co. returned to their hometown back in December to shoot a video for the tune "Ain't It Fun," and you can watch that above. As you'll see, the Sophia Peel-directed clip features the band breaking a series of world records, arbitrary (and mildly dubious) as some of them may be — "longest scream while riding in a convertible" and "longest time spinning vinyl record on finger" and so forth. Well, if you think you can do better, the band has invited you to do so: Visit their Record Setter page to challenge all of their records. I'm fairly certain that someone at a slumber party somewhere has beaten that "fastest time to unwrap a mummy" record.

Anyway, as for the tune itself, while it has a bit of the snarly attitude you might associate with pop punk or emo pop or whatever you'd like to call it, I think, sonically, it lands somewhere between Amy Grant and Rhythm Nation-era Janet. Nothing wrong with a bit of unabashed pop, if that's your thing. Now, skip on after the jump to see some raw, silly footage of Williams and her cohorts going for those records.

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Weekend Round-Up: Superb Owl Style

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 7:35 AM

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When I asked music listings editor Adam Gold who he'll be pulling for this weekend, he responded with, "Who's playing?" As he weighed the pros and cons of each city — Seattle has better bands, but he's been to Denver, but both cities like weed — I just decided to say to hell with it and go with Denver. I'll mainly be tuning in for "Abracadabralifornia."

But before the Superb Owl rolls 'round, there are some fun options on the weekend concert calendar. Tonight you're looking at: Jasmin Kaset's album release with Rayland Baxter and Ponychase at The Basement; Nightmare Boyzzz at the Cool Ranch (house show!); Ikey Owens at The High Watt; Plastic Visions at The End; and more. Tomorrow you've got: Jake Bugg at the Ryman; Keith Urban at Bridgestone; The Whigs and R. Stevie Moore at Exit/In; My So-Called Band's Philippines benefit at Mercy; and plenty more. Have a look at the rest — compiled by our boy Adam "Sportfan" Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a championship weekend.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

We Want You! To Nominate Candidates for Our People Issue

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

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Sup crumbums? So, maybe you're familiar with the Scene's annual People Issue, wherein we profile some of the most compelling locals we come across. Last year, for instance, we talked about Karen Elson, Ruby Amanfu and a bunch more; the year before, we got up close and personal with "Little" Jimmy Dickens, Birdcloud and others. Well, this year we want to add a little something different to the mix.

For the 2014 People Issue, we're opening up the floor to you, the people, and allowing you to nominate any locals you deem worthy. Here are the pertinent deets:

Do you know someone with a unique job, a remarkable story or a special place in the city? Submit your nomination by Feb. 8 — then come back and vote through Feb. 22 for your choice! We'll feature the person with the most votes in the People Issue.

And you don't have to limit yourself to musicians and music-biz insiders — political figures, athletes, community organizers, entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, weirdos ... they're all eligible, so long as they're Nashvillians. So hop to. We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Need that link again? Here it is.

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Watch Hard Working Americans Play 'Stomp and Holler' on Conan

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Back in November, we brought you the news that reefer-tokin', East Nashville-dwellin' singer-songwriter Todd Snider had formed Hard Working Americans — a supergroup of sorts, featuring members of Widespread Panic, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Great American Taxi and more. Well, Snider & Co. entered the Cone Zone last night, where they played a rootsy Southern bar-rocker by the name of "Stomp and Holler." It's a tune that — complete with a harmonica solo from the barefoot Snider — personally puts me in mind of Georgia Satellites and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Hard Working Americans' self-titled debut was released last week via Melvin Records and Thirty Tigers, and you can find out more about that here. They'll play Marathon Music Works with fellow ganja-puffin' road dogs Turbo Fruits on Feb. 21. Tickets here.

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Keith Urban, Neutral Milk Hotel, Pixies, Jake Bugg and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 7:45 AM

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A Wrinkle in Timekeeping: Demystifying Keith Urban's seamless, savvy electronic update (Playing Feb. 1 at Bridgestone Arena)

The Curious Case of Jeff Mangum: Is it the music or the mystique that has kept fans obsessed with the elusive Neutral Milk Hotel all these years? (Playing Feb. 4 at the Ryman)

Deal With It: Pixies return to the Ryman with a new bassist and some new songs (Playing Feb. 2 at the Ryman)

Young Man Blues: Jake Bugg, built to last (Playing Feb. 1 at the Ryman)

In The Spin: Hollow Ox, The Ascent of Everest and The Inscape at The Stone Fox

Plus Critics’ Picks on Buzz Cason, New Orleans Suspects, Jasmin Kaset’s release show, Nightmare Boyzzz, The Marcus Roberts Trio, Ikey Owens, The Whigs with R. Stevie Moore, Ttotals with Shy Guy and much more

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Watch Alanna Royale Play Three Songs

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 5:17 PM

As you know, dear reader — since you loyally pore over the latest issue of the Scene every week — local neo-soul outfit Alanna Royale released their "Phantom Limb" single last weekend at Mercy Lounge. (Is, I wonder, "Phantom Limb" a Venture Bros. reference? A Shins reference?) Well, Red Bull has a new performance series they're calling "Sounds of the City" (not to be confused with Village Voice's excellent music blog, Sound of the City), and Alanna Royale popped up in the first Nashville installment.

Look above to see frontlady Alanna Quinn-Broadus and her crew ripping through "Phantom Limb," and hop on after the jump to see them deliver "Animal" (shot in my favorite local deli, Mitchell) and "Tennessee Heat" (shot in vintage spot Old Made Good). Visit Alanna Royale's Bandcamp page to stream "Phantom Limb" or purchase it for a buck.

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Numbah 4,080: ThirdEye G and Caveman's 'New Planes' and 'FoReal'; Mountainwalker's 'Southern Smoke'

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 4:09 PM

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ThirdEye G and Caveman, “New Planes” and “FoReal”

BZRK is perhaps the most promising entity to have popped onto the Nashville hip-hop landscape in 2013. With three impressive releases already under their belt, the BZRK crew seems primed for a big year in 2014. A few days ago, they released the first teaser from their upcoming album Local Anesthetic in the form of two songs that didn’t make the final track list: “New Planes” and “FoReal.”

Local Anesthetic, the follow-up to ThirdEye G and Caveman’s Halloween doubleheader, is an ambitious project that puts the two foremost BZRKers side by side, a la Raekwon and Ghostface or Starlito & Don Trip. It follows the narrative started by Caveman on his solo debut, Fucking Hip Hop. For those in need of a refresher, Fucking Hip Hop is somewhat ironically titled, as the album samples exclusively from local bands, none of which are hip-hop acts. Instead, Fucking Hip Hop pulls from the local punk and DIY scenes, sampling Karoshi, Sky Burial and Altars of Complaint, among others.

“FoReal” is an impressive track that ThirdEye G spits on solo, but it’s “New Planes” that is the instant standout from the duo of Local Anesthetic rejects. It is a genre-bending head-bopper built around two Gnarwhal favorites, “New Booty” and “Asbestosis.” “New Planes” is the first in a string of collaborations that the BZRK boys and hardcore math-rock duo Gnarwhal have been working on. There’s talk of an upcoming BZRK/Gnarwhal cassette single, though current details on that are minimal. I suppose it’s fair to say we can also expect more BZRK and Gnarwhal magic on the final cut of Local Anesthetic. Hear both tracks after the jump or via Soundcloud, and stay tuned.

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