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:
The Rally Ride is still on as planned, and will still meet in front of the Zombie Shop at 504 6th Ave S at 11 am on Saturday, September 29th. The ride itself will commence at noon. However, due to forces beyond our control, the post-ride events have been moved to The Stone Fox at 712 51st Avenue North, 37209. The event is still free to attend, though there is a $10 fee to enter your bike in the motorcycle competition. Classes will include Vintage & Modern Japanese, Vintage & Modern British, European, American, Two Stroke and Under-150cc. Visit pseudomoto.com or join the public event on Facebook for up-to-date information regarding the rally or our weekly rides and get-togethers. ...
11 am: Meet in front of Zombie Shop — 504 6th Ave S, 37206 (6th & Lafayette)
Noon: Ride (approx 50 miles round-trip)
3 pm: Competition @ The Stone Fox - 712 51st Avenue N, Nashville, TN 37209
4 pm: Slow Races
6 pm: Live Music ...
Ben Spinks Supermelt
**FREE TO ATTEND**
$10 Motorcycle Competition Entry Fee
A good excuse to check out the Fox if you still haven't been. Anyway, I'm glad I attended the last big Zombie Shop show. Did I say "last"? I just meant "most recent."
By the way, if you want to see some pretty rad footage of the Pseudo crew's recent ride to Santa's and Twin Kegs, peep that after the jump.
The Stone Fox folks have announced that their official opening show will take place on Monday, Sept. 24, and it will feature performances from Rob Mazurek's Sao Paolo Underground and local post-rock queen Cortney Tidwell. Sao Paolo Underground, by the way, makes a sort of jazz-infused, modern take on Tropicalia, complete with electronic flourishes and wildly proficient playing. Read more about those dudes here, and download an MP3 of their tune "Jagoda's Dream."
Admission for the Sept. 24 show will run you $7, and here's the Facebook event page again. The Stone Fox is located at 712 51st Ave. N.
In addition to the three genre categories you'll see at the top of the page — "Americana," "Bluegrass" and "Classic Country" — you'll also see the category "Concrete Country." That's where the site files performance videos from that aforementioned series of theirs — performances from the likes of Trampled by Turtles, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Caitlin Rose and more. Edge has already premiered a new video from Sara Watkins, Dwight Yoakam's new tune "It's Never Alright" and more. There are also profiles on and interviews with acts like throwback rock 'n' roller J.D. McPherson.
So, wait a minute. Trampled by Turtles, Carolina Chocolate Drops, J.D. McPherson, Caitlin Rose? That's certainly some of the more thoughtful, interesting stuff on the modern country-slash-Americana landscape, and not exactly what I'd call CMT's usual fare. When you visit CMT's regular site, you're more likely to find tidbits from reality shows like Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and My Big Redneck Vacation, or artist spotlights on folks like Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Little Big Town and Bucky Covington. By the Edge's own definition, the artists they spotlight represent "the fringe of country music" — the "edge," you might even say. Since when, though, does CMT care all that much about fringe artists?
Local denim boutique Imogene + Willie has announced that their ongoing Supper + Song series — wherein audiences dined BYOB-style on food truck cuisine and grooved to free performances by acts as notable as The Ettes, Karen Elson and Caitlin Rose — has, at the request of the city, ceased and desisted.
There's a very comprehensive and sentimental explanation penned by co-owner Carrie Eddmenson and posted on the I+W website's blog. However, to paraphrase, noise complaints from the neighbors were an issue from the start. Even after having the bands strip down their sets and keeping noise levels controlled and within daylight hours, the authorities still showed up consistently to follow up on neighbors' complaints. The district's councilwoman, says Eddmenson, was eventually notified, and it was deemed by the police force that the business district that houses the store is not zoned for the noise level created by outdoor performances whatsoever. As admitted by Eddmenson, due to the I+W folks' "lack of knowledge about our zoning and the sound ordinance connected to it," they were "by our own fault, uninformed, and did not understand how we were harming the peace of our neighborhood."
The storefront has become a staple in all those Nashville hot-spot profiles popping up in magazines around the world — among them GQ's recent spread on Nashville. The lesson? Whether it's in the name of fun or the crusade against, contacting your councilwoman can actually get some shit done. But also, neighbors are the worst.
RIP, Supper + Song. Bummerino Metropolis.
Details at The Crying Wolf's website and Facebook page are somewhat scant, but Manny tells the Cream that he and his fellow Crying Wolf cohorts "are just three dudes and a lady out to make an awesome space for people to have fun at." Between this, The Stone Fox and The Owl Farm, I'm digging the animal theme that all these new and forthcoming venues are taking on.
Stay tuned. We'll keep you posted.
Update: Manny got back to us with some details regarding The Crying Wolf's stage and plans for live music. Here's what he had to say:
the stage is something that will be revealed after we have been open for a bit, so as we can iron out the kinks in the bar and restaurant itself. it is a bar first and foremost. the shows will be epic, but add to, versus define the bar. we want them to be special, and events. we are trying to build a place where people have wonderful, memorable experiences. unpredictability is an important factor in that. so sometimes some awesome band you wouldn't think will be playing in east nashville. but most times you can have a drink with some friends.
Big news for local audiophiles, bookworms and coffee junkies: We've just confirmed via Grimey's co-proprietor Doyle "D-Funk" Davis that the oft-lauded record store plans on expanding into a second location two doors south on Eighth. They'll christen the spot Grimey's Too (see their logo above). Grimey's Too — an annex of sorts, as it won't be directly connected to the current Grimey's location — will feature a coffee bar run by a local coffee business, a "full-service indie bookstore" by the name of Howlin' Books (headed up by Jessica Kimbrough) and, as you might expect, more records.
Davis tells the Cream that all sales in Grimey's Too — books, records, all of it — will be "seamless," with "everything in one place." The new spot is two stories and roughly 6,000 square feet, with "almost a full acre" back lot for more parking and potentially even bigger music events. Davis also indicated that a handful of local vendors are interested in participating in regular food-truck food courts back there, and that there will be room for al fresco seating on a patio. Davis says they have some work to do readying the place, but they've already begun moving in, and hope to open later this year. Stay tuned, there are more plans and news to come.
In advance of Poster's Skype sesh, I got the opportunity to speak with the man himself about Hank Williams, Skrillex, Harmony Korine, Wes Anderson, Eric Church, The Creation and more. A trimmed and pristine version of the Q&A will run in tomorrow's dead-tree edition of the Scene, and I'll likely post the full, uncut version right here on the Cream. However! Mr. Poster happened to drop in a couple of interesting, local-centric morsels that I thought I'd go ahead and share with you. From our interview:
Nashville Scene: Are you working with [Martin Scorsese] a lot with Boardwalk Empire?
Randall Poster: Yeah. We’re in the third season of Boardwalk Empire. And that’s been a real treat. In local news, we just recorded a track with Karen Elson, and you know this guy, Pokey LaFarge? Have you heard of him?
NS: Yeah, totally, kind of old-time string band stuff.
RP: Yeah, we had Pokey LaFarge come in and sing with us, and that’s been really fun. And the other thing, just to say, to give it a plug, I’ve got this Fleetwood Mac tribute record that’s coming out in August. You can check that out online ...
Hey, there's a little scoop. And that Fleetwood Mac tribute Poster plugs, by the way, is called Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac (out Aug. 14 via Hear Music/Concord). It will feature Mac covers as performed by the aforementioned Ms. Elson as well as The Kills, Lee Ranaldo Band feat. J. Mascis, Marianne Faithfull, MGMT, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren with St. Vincent and more. You can stream the whole thing via NPR right now.
I'd also like to mention that Boardwalk Empire is the best thing to happen to television since The Wire — Mad Men and Breaking Bad be damned. Yeah, I said it.
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