Art imitates life. This is definitely, definitely a case of art imitating life, not the other way around.
Local outlaw rapper Struggle Jennings (grandson of outlaw countryman Waylon Jennings) shot his latest video — for the song “Black Curtains,” and you can watch it above — at the Davidson County Jail. More to the point, Jennings (born William Harness) appeared in the video — filmed in November 2012 — while incarcerated at the facility, where he was being held on drug-related charges. Now, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Karla West is claiming Jennings “duped” the jail into allowing a film crew to shoot a music video at the facility.
“They came to us saying they wanted to shoot a documentary,” West told local CBS affiliate News Channel 5. “We were duped, when it seems as though now, their purpose from the beginning was to try and get that accomplished so it could turn into a video, not a documentary at all.”
According to multiple Tumblr and Facebook posts I've come across over the past 24 hours, Lou Reed once uttered the above words. I've followed the quote back about as far as I can, but I'm not seeing the original source.* Regardless, it does indeed sound like just the sort of thing Reed might say — it's subversive and funny and dark all at the same time. It's a lot like what was best about Reed's music, in my opinion: It's crafted from simple enough elements, but says something that's either powerful or accessible or weird or dangerous (or puzzling). Can you think of a song that better surmises what rock 'n' roll did to you the first time you heard it than The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll"? Can you think of a better lead-off track than Transformer's "Vicious"?
The great enigmatic Reed died yesterday, Oct. 27, at the age of 71 due to liver disease. The Internet has of course already been flooded with remembrances — there have been statements from colleagues like John Cale and fans like Julian Casablancas. Follow me after the jump to see what members of the local rock scene — including PUJOL's Daniel Pujol, The Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Those Darlins, Hammock, Tyler James, Karen Elson and more — had to say about Reed's passing via Twitter.
* If you know where the alleged Reed quote first appeared, let us know in the comments section. Please feel free to share your thoughts on Reed's death as well.
Speaking of record dweebs, here's what Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith had to say about record dweebs, plus a quote from Grimey's co-honcho Doyle Davis:
"The tour reintroduced us to a certain breed of music fan and the people whose job it is to keep their worlds alive," frontman Taylor Goldsmith said. "This show is one of the performances from that tour: The gear is limited, the space is smaller than a normal venue, the material was virtually unknown at the time, but when you're playing for a group of record store regulars, you know that you're in good hands."
"This is a recording of the performance that turned me into a devoted Dawes fan," said Grimey's co-owner Doyle Davis. "I had always admired their records for their immaculate construction; tasty yet restrained chops and literate songwriting. But hearing Dawes live for the first time put everything into perspective, convincing me this is one of the finest bands making music today. For what it's worth, I made a point to catch two more Dawes shows within four months of their Grimey's performance. That's how fans are made."
Stripped Down at Grimey's will feature the songs "From a Window Seat," "Someone Will," "Time Spent in Los Angeles," "Most People," "Something in Common" and "A Little Bit of Everything," and the cover features that picture of Grimey's you see over there on the right. See the full list of participating Record Store Day Black Friday venues here and the list of special releases here.
Scary news comes our way today: According to Metro police, iconic performer and songwriter Dolly Parton was in a car wreck this morning at the corner of Vaulx Lane and Kirkwood Avenue in Nashville. Thankfully, the singer sustained only "minor injuries." The police department issued the following statement:
Dolly Parton received minor injuries late this morning when the SUV in which she was riding was struck by a car at the intersection of Vaulx Lane and Kirkwood Avenue.
Parton was the front seat passenger in a Nissan Xterra being driven by Judy Ogle, 68, of Nashville. They were traveling eastbound on Kirkwood Avenue when a Mitsubishi Diamante being driven by Diane Lish, 64, of Old Hickory, pulled into the intersection from Vaulx Lane. The two vehicles collided at 11:41 a.m. The investigation shows that Lish failed to yield.
Ogle and Parton were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. Lish was taken to Centennial Medical Center. None of the injuries appeared to be serious.
Phew. Seeing as how it doesn't look like it was a particularly serious accident, I suppose it's not entirely inappropriate if you want to insert your own "Dolly's airbags deployed" joke here. I'm going to take this opportunity to re-watch the Porter-and-Dolly Drunk History segment and listen to some classic DP jams.
Anyway. The thought of Dolly being injured ... it's enough to drive you crazy if you let it.
It’s fair to say the build-up to The City Under the City, L’Orange and Kansas City rapper Stik Figa’s new collaborative work, has been filled with a level of anticipation that no previous L’Orange record has seen. The City Under the City was released last Tuesday (stream it all here or after the jump). Shortly before then, L’Orange and I met up at his headquarters to discuss his creative vision, as well as the new work. Along the way we touched on the difficulties of making full-length, collaborative music. We also traced his musical influences, talked about extreme mental illness and dissected how Hey Arnold! made him the artist he is today.
As he often liked to say, Marc was a charter member of Lambchop. The band’s origins can be traced directly to his Nashville bedroom, where Marc, Kurt Wagner and original guitarist Jim Watkins first got together in 1987 for weekly practices, equipped with only a Casio keyboard, an amp and a mic strapped to the bedpost.
No matter where Lambchop might have been — in smoky practice sessions, packed into a 15-passenger van, or playing the great concert halls of Europe — Marc’s steady, solid bass playing and his innate sense of humor served as the glue that kept Lambchop together. “Buddie T,” as he was known by friends, supplied the band with a steady stream of jokes, off-the-wall stories and whatever beer could be found close to hand. Along with helping to define the band’s sound, he also made his own contributions to Lambchop’s recorded output, including “The Theme From the Neil Miller Show,” the closing track from What Another Man Spills.
The folk, R&B, roots, rock and bluegrass label home to such artists past and present as Alison Krauss, Allen Toussaint, Robert Plant, Rush, Duran Duran, John Mellencamp, George Thorogood, Jim James and Julianna Hatfield will set up shop in Nashville early next year. But many Rounder roster residents — including The Time Jumpers, Abigail Washburn, The SteelDrivers, Del McCoury and others — already call Nashville home. Rounder VP of A&R Scott Billington told the Globe the Music City move is inspired by such proximity. “In spite of technology,” he says, “nothing beats a face-to-face meeting. … [The Boston area] is not a good place for business.”
According to Billboard, Wood Creek Capital Management, a Connecticut private equity firm, purchased Rounder’s parent company, the Concord Music Group, for a reported $115 million to $125 million earlier this year.
If you've lived in Middle Tennessee for more than two years, chances are the letters WRVU tap a deep well of feelings, ranging from fond memories of the Vanderbilt station's outstanding offerings to outrage over the school's decision to cut out community DJs and sell off the terrestrial broadcast license in the spring of 2011. You've probably also heard about WRFN, aka Radio Free Nashville, the low-power station that began broadcasting from west of town in 2005. A lot of us thanked the maker on that one — giving opportunities to student broadcasters is critical, but so are community DJs, who offer a wealth of specialized knowledge and experience in a vast range of music, not tied to the profit concerns that dominate commercial radio. We crowned RFN Best Underground Radio Station last year, and decreed that DJ Angie Dorin's Cat Beast Party is the Best Radio Show Hardly Anyone Can Hear this year.
And there's the problem: You probably haven't heard the station itself. For context, 94.5-FM Hippie Radio, "Your 5 Million Milliwatt Baby Boomer Blowtorch," transmits at 5,000 watts, and their signal does a decent job of covering Davidson County and surrounding areas. WRFN's terrestrial broadcast on 107.1-FM is limited to 100 watts, and barely carries east of Belle Meade. (If you want to reach nerd-vana on this subject, future country giant WSM went on air in 1925 with a 500-watt transmitter; at that time, it was heard all over the state. Find more details in Craig Havighurst's Air Castle of the South.)
I bet that you, like me, can also count on one hand the number of people you know who are tech savvy and/or patient enough to stream a radio station in their car.
Well, from The Department of Twitter Beefs comes (probably) a bummer for fans of Detroit hip-hop artist and controversial blowjob recipient Danny Brown: After a beef with Derek Vincent Smith (aka Pretty Lights, headliner of tonight's Illumination event at Greer Stadium), it looks as though the rapper likely won't play Illumination. In Brown's words, as a matter of fact, he "fasho won't be playing Nashville ... sorry."
Pretty Lights played a show at St. Louis' Chaifetz Arena last night, with Brown appearing in support. Apparently it didn't go well. According to Brown, "the soundman had my shit sounding like I was playing outta a beats pill in the middle of a castle." According to Smith, "When an artist yells at the fans and chucks a mic at the crowd for not responding to his set.. It ain't working. Diff shows diff fans." A volley of tweets erupted not only from Brown and Smith, but also from fans of each artist — Brown may even be considering playing a Murfreesboro house show or at least eating some barbecue instead. Anyway, suffice it to say that after Smith's appraisal of Brown's set as "weak," an appearance tonight at Greer doesn't seem likely.
An email to one of Smith's representatives has not been returned as of press time. See screen shots of some of the tweets in question after the jump.
Read the filing in full after the jump.
Brown — who’s produced records by the likes of Vince Gill, George Strait and Reba McEntire, in addition to being the former president of MCA Nashville and co-founder of Universal South Records — was released from jail yesterday after posting a $5,000 bond. He’s due back in court Nov. 20, to face charges of assault and domestic bodily injury.
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