Founded in 2011, The Other Basement made its debut on the scene with a scorching King Tuff show, featuring JEFF the Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet, that was later immortalized on video by Jay-Z's Life + Times website. While it never quite reached the iconic heights of MEEMAW House or Glenn Danzig's House, for years, The Other Basement has been the most consistent house venue in town, picking up where Glenn Danzig's left off.
The unfortunate reality, though, is that The Other Basement's shutdown was really only a matter of time. Between neighboring Belmont University's unending construction, skyrocketing rents and a neighborhood that has never been totally welcoming to live music (see also: Supper + Song), The Other Basement's shuttering was never a question of “if,” but a question of “when.” The writing on the wall came last month, when The Other Basement suspended booking shows. And now, the other shoe has dropped.
It's not all bummer news though. The Other Basement proprietors are leaving us on a positive note: “Keep your head up Nashville. Don't see this as an end, but as possible beginnings.” Awww, you guys.
As you can see from that very sharp Josh Shearon-designed flier over there on the right, local punk-rock outfits Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders and Jawws will play a show at The East Room Monday night, May 26, alongside something called "Dr. Pepper Blues Band." Just the strength of both OG-style punker Cy and promising young guns Jawws — along with my love of Dr. Pepper — might be enough to sell me. But, as it turns out, "Dr. Pepper Blues Band" is an assumed name. According to an extremely reliable source, Dr. Pepper Blues Band is a JEFF the Brotherhood cover band featuring members of JEFF the Brotherhood. Catch my drift? It's JEFF, guys.
So, why the fake name? JEFF proper has several shows coming up, including JJ's Bohemia in Chattanooga tonight and Happenin' Fest in Birmingham tomorrow. Truth is, I don't know. Maybe it has something to do with how their shows are booked, or a radius clause, or just trying to keep it somewhat small. Maybe they're debuting some new members and/or some new tunes. Whatever the case, don't say we didn't hip you to it. Buy us a Dr. Pepper some time.
A post from Classic Rock Magazine sheds a little more light on where some of that footage may turn up: HBO, the cable network that brought you The Wire, Game of Thrones and True Detective, will air a series focused on recording hosted by Grohl; he'll record in each studio, and chat with musicians who've recorded there before. The article names several studios to be featured, namely Don Zientara's Inner Ear Studios in DC (Fugazi, Bad Brains, Half Japanese), Steve Albini's Electrical Audio in Chicago (Nirvana's In Utero and dozens more), and Dave Catching's Rancho de la Luna near Joshua Tree, Calif. (desert hideaway favored by Queens of The Stone Age), as well as some of the musicians interviewed, including Fugazi's Ian MacKaye, Heart's Nancy Wilson and Joe Walsh (aka The Coolest Eagle).
The Cream reached out to the folks over at Southern Ground Nashville, who were able to confirm that footage for the series was shot at the century-old facility — home to sessions by Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young and more during its several lives post-Addison Avenue Cumberland Presbyterian Church. It's too early to know for sure what will be included or when it will air (the show is expected to be part of the winter programming block), but if you have an interest in records and recording — and I'm willing to bet my drink tickets many of you do — keep an eagle eye trained on your TV listings.
The Inforooers say the schedule has since been pulled, but not before being screen-capped and posted in various formats. User dprince shared links to screen shots taken directly from the App — see schedules for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday over at imgur. User tyler durden arranged the alleged schedule into a handy grid over at Clashfinder, while user Jones Jupiter converted it to a straight-up list. Neither the list nor the grid features some of the smaller acts (like local Road to Bonnaroo winners El El, Blank Range and Kansas Bible Company, for instance), but you can see the abridged list-format lineup block-quoted after the jump.
So, is the leak legit? This alleged schedule seems pretty consistent with the way 'Roo has been organized in years past, from midnight Superjams to headliner placement. If this intel is to be believed, Kanye West will headline Friday night, world-record-setter Jack White will rule Saturday night, and Elton John will close things down on Sunday.
(HT: Dave Paulson)
False Rumours: Neil Young and Jack White are not doing a record of duets as has been erroneously posted on various outlets. We are certain those rumours have no basis in truth.
Now, it does appear as though Jack White's Third Man Records might have a little something to do with a forthcoming Young release by the name of A Letter Home. You see, earlier today, Rolling Stone caught up with Young on his way to the Grammy Event of the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, and ol' Shakey confirmed that his next record (due out in March) is called A Letter Home, and its recording was "one of the lowest-tech experiences I've ever had."
Shortly after Young revealed that hot tidbit to RS, Third Man Records posted the following message on their site:
"It wasn't necessarily, like, a super-erratic decision or anything like that," Parish tells the Cream. "I got into producing other bands and artists about four years ago. And actually, even before the band got started — when I was like 14, 15 — I wanted to be a producer before anything else. And then [Cage the Elephant] obviously took off and did more than what any of us could have expected."
Parish goes on to explain that his last performance with Cage the Elephant was Nov. 2 at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's Buzzfest in Houston, Texas, although he'd made the decision to leave the band about a month before that. "Production is where my heart is" at the moment, Parish says, and he hopes to "make an honest attempt" at making that his primary career focus.
"Everybody in [Cage the Elephant] has been super-supportive," Parish explains. "I think they hated to see me go. It was one of those things where they were also happy to see me doing what my passion is right now."
Parish runs Talk Box Rodeo in Woodbine, and in the past he's recorded bands including Cream faves Penicillin Baby and Western Medication. Any bands interested in recording at Talk Box Rodeo can reach out via talkboxrodeo[at]gmail[dot]com.
Said Coyne in a tweet bright and early this morning, "As of now ...sadly there will be no Lip$ha.... I can't say why... It is sad..." There have been no further tweets from either Coyne or Ke$ha on the matter.
What I really want to know is this: If Lipsha did any preliminary tracking (demos or otherwise), do any Nashvillians have any tracks they'd like to leak? If not, does anyone care to do a mash-up of The Soft Bulletin and Animal for us (The Soft Animal)? Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and Warrior (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Warrior)?
Update: As noted by Spin and others, a petition is currently being circulated by Ke$ha fans to free the star from her multi-album contract with noted pop producer Dr. Luke. Some think the Lipsha album has been nixed because of Luke's "puppeteer"-like control over Ke$ha.
According a tweet, Tennessee native and onetime Scene cover boy Dee Goodz "took a random azz innocent bystander bullet" in the leg last night in New York City. Further Facebook posts elaborate that Goodz was "in the wrong place at the wrong time" and that it was simply a "ricochet bullet." Goodz has a show scheduled tonight at Coco 66 in Brooklyn and claims that "the show must go on." Damn. If I got shot in the leg, I'd be a significantly bigger baby about it. Anyhow, we reached out to Goodz and are awaiting a response.
Dee posted a photo of his wound to his Instagram account. See an uncensored version of that after the jump. Also, the perpetually on-his-grind Goodz released his new mixtape, Donny Cash, earlier this week. Stream or download it here.
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.
Everybody remember British post-punk outfit Editors? You'd be forgiven if they've slipped from your mind just a bit — it's been what they call a "hot minute" since the release of their last record, 2009's In This Light and on This Evening. Since Evening's release, guitarist Chris Urbanowicz left the band, and rumors bounced around a bit that perhaps that was all she wrote for Editors. Not so. Good news for Ed-Heads, as word popped up not long ago that not only are Editors still alive and kicking, but that they're recording their next album here in Nashville with noted production wiz Jacquire King, who's known for his work with Kings of Leon, Norah Jones, Modest Mouse, Tom Waits, Cold War Kids and many more.
Editors have uploaded a handful of videos to their YouTube channel — videos that feature little glimpses of their recording process and their time in Nashville. You can see their week-three clip above, and videos from weeks one and two are embedded after the jump. While I'm not coming across any official confirmation of where King and the Editors are recording, various footage sprinkled throughout those clips looks an awful lot like the renowned Blackbird Studio in Berry Hill — where artists including The White Stripes, George Jones and countless more have recorded, and where King has been known to work in the past. Click around at Editors' Twitter feed to find things like full song lists.
Welcome to Nashville, Editors, and make yourselves at home. But also maybe have your drummer brush up on those karaoke skills a bit — Music City ain't fuckin' around when it comes to karaoke.
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Oh HELL! Did we just eat from the same meat bucket last night!!!???