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.
Having played a killer show as Thunderbitch Saturday night at Ghot Wingz, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and several members of new-to-Nashville rock 'n' rollers Clear Plastic Masks were having a pretty good weekend, it seems. Until, according to Serpents and Snakes Records general manager/A&R czar Seth Riddle, the crew was robbed at gunpoint on the front porch of Bomb Shelter owner/producer Andrija Tokic's Cleveland Park home.
According to Riddle, who was also present at Tokic's home, two hoodie-clad, "skinny little" teenage boys — who Riddle estimates as being approximately 15 or 16 years old — approached
Tokic, Howard and the rest with guns drawn. Thankfully, no one was injured, and the assailants got away with nothing more than a few dozen dollars in cash and some cellphones.* Riddle tells the Cream that he and his crew blew off the tension of being mugged by having a few drinks later that night at The Whigs/Weeks show at Mercy Lounge.
Armed robberies are certainly nothing new in this or any city, but it's not the sort of warm welcome we like to extend to out-of-towners and recent transplants. The Cream is grateful that no one was harmed last night. If anyone has any information that could lead to the identification of the assailants, please contact the authorities.
* That's what you get when you rob musicians, you dumb little punk-ass bastards.
Update: Tokic was not home at the time of the robbery, but rather at his studio. This incident took place at a private residence and not at the Bomb Shelter or any other studio.
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Almost precisely one year ago, the Scene ran an Adam Gold-penned cover story on the rapid rise of the Wars, so look back at that if you're feeling wistful and nostalgic. What will come of the Wars, we wonder? Solo careers? A rapid reconciliation? An indefinite hiatus to be followed by a tear-jerking Mitch and Mickey moment? Only time will tell, folk fans.
According to Zombie Shop honcho Brent Jackson, The Zombie Shop and Brick Factory won't be shuttering, but rather relocating to a joint space. We're not at liberty to share the forthcoming spot's address just yet, but here's a hint: When you eventually pop into The Zombie Factory (that's not what they're calling it or anything, that's just what I've decided to refer to it as in this paragraph), you'll be within walking distance of a good burger, a baseball game and a park or two. Make sense?
If you want to find out the actual address, all you have to do is pull a Good Samaritan. This weekend and next weekend (Nov. 3, 4, 9 and 10), The Zombie Shop is hosting a "Moving on up Party," for which they're requesting some local assistance. Got a truck, a trailer or a broom? Then head to Zombie's soon-to-be-former location at 504 Sixth Ave. S. and pitch in with the moving efforts. Here's the Facebook event page.
Jackson promises that the new space will have an official launch event in the months to come. Stay tuned — we'll keep you posted.
Just five months ago, proggy local folk-pop outfit Umbrella Tree released their To the Memory of a Once Great Man. It's a record inspired by the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, but according to contributor Jewly Hight's review, it "is by no means a straightforward retelling of a ruler’s bio." But despite a thoughtful and ambitious new record, a newly minted fourth member and their ongoing penchant for constructing what Hight refers to as "postmodern pop," Umbrella Tree appears to be calling it a day.
In an email sent to friends and supporters, the members of Umbrella Tree announced that — after seven years together as a band — they have decided to amicably part ways. As a farewell, UT has posted an HD, multi-camera video of the band's performance at their May 19 album release show at Exit/In. You can watch that above, or download the audio only at this link. Have a look at the Tree's farewell message — which begins with a lyric from one of their songs — below.
This is what happens when you run out of gas.
On August 23rd, we celebrated the 7-year anniversary of our first show as Umbrella Tree. We now announce, with introspection and cautious optimism, that Umbrella Tree is no more. So it goes. We part ways with a great surplus of love and mutual well-wishing.
As noted by Cream contributor Sean L. Maloney, Clear Plastic Masks recently performed at The Basement, and they're in town for three months making a record at The Bomb Shelter with Andrija Tokic. Seems as though they've got a little bit of time on their hands, as they popped over to Fly Golden Eagle's BIV Town to record a couple of tunes with Howard and the FGE gang. Under the moniker Thunderbitch, Howard & Co. sloppily tracked a couple of raw rock 'n' roll numbers: "My Baby Is My Guitar" and "I Don't Care." Blacktooth posted the tunes, and we've shared them again below. "Guitar" is a sprawling, five-minute, blues-rocking, impassioned ode to (what else?) Ms. Howard's guitar, and you might detect some sexual undertones there. The far briefer "I Don't Care" is more of an anthem about, well, not giving a shit and the powers of rock 'n' roll.
But before we get to further details (and pictures — yes, we have pictures) of the whole TMR expansion, there's also a handful of shows that will take place at Third Man throughout the month of October. Let's go ahead and announce those:
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