It's a pretty damn hackneyed cliche to blather on about superjams in rock 'n' roll heaven whenever a music legend dies (as Joe Cocker did today). But an afterlife reunion of these two doing this classic shtick is worth fantasizing about.
Local label Jeffery Drag Records' flagship band of bad boys, Bad Cop, recently released an EP by the name of Wish You Well, and you can download it for free just by clicking this link. Amid the songs on Wish You Well is a track by the name of "Shotgun," a fast, loose and busy barrage of garage punk that clocks in at just two minutes and 19 seconds. The Adam Moult-led outfit has a new video for "Shotgun," and you can watch that above.
"I wanted a video that flirted with the idea of bouncing in and out of reality to help convey the somewhat bleak lyrical aspect," Moult told Pure Volume, where the clip debuted. The video, which according to Moult was inspired by the film Natural Born Killers ("specifically when they are looking for the snake poison and get caught"), was directed by sometime Cream contributor Seth Graves. Give it a look.
Turns out it's going to be a merry Christmas for fans of Nashville hip-hop: Starlito’s long-anticipated Black Sheep Don't Grin drops Monday, 11/15. In anticipation, Lito posted a Black Sheep album trailer (above) on YouTube. The clip captures the rapper hanging out in the studio and kickin’ it in Vegas with a crew of friends and collaborators. Frequent Lito cohorts Don Trip and Petty (who, along with Kevin Gates, Yo Gotti and others, both appear on the album) both make cameos.
And in related news: Lito and Don Trip contributed the single "No Rearview Two" to Atlanta DJ Burn One's upcoming compilation, GREENWOOD. The verses find Lito and Trip in classic Stepbrothers mode, reminiscing on past decisions and contemplating future struggles, all over an angsty, post-Y2K sounding beat. Take a listen below.
Sturgill Simpson — whose latest LP, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, nabbed the No. 1 spot in last week's Scene critics' poll — has played The Tonight Show. He's played Letterman, Conan and even the Live in the Morgue series right here in Scene HQ. So what's left, then? Craig Ferguson? Kimmel? Well, you can now tick Late Night With Seth Meyers off the list, as that's where Sturgill and his crew of Music City hotshots stopped in last night. The boys played two Metamodern songs: their cover of When in Rome's "The Promise" on the air, plus a Web-exclusive rendition of album standout "Turtles All the Way Down." You can see the former above and the latter after the jump.
Sturgill and band will next play Nashville Feb. 28 and March 1 at 3rd & Lindsley, but both shows are already sold out.
I recently had myself a bit of a Wizzard phase. Wizzard, for those of you who aren't familiar, was the short-lived British glam outfit fronted by wooly wizard Roy Wood (also of The Move and ELO) that put out jams like the Phil Spector-esque mega-pop number "See My Baby Jive." Please, oh please, watch this "performance" of "See My Baby Jive" from 1973. Another Wizzard song — a gargantuan hit, as a matter of fact — is "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday," which, as Wood's fellow countryman Nick Lowe will tell you in the clip above, is an absolutely ubiquitous song in the U.K. every holiday season.
For a special holiday edition of The A.V. Club's ongoing "Undercover" series, the renowned Mr. Lowe — who, you may recall, my fellow Creamster Adam Gold interviewed at great length back in 2011 — was joined by sometime collaborators Los Straitjackets for a cover of the aforementioned "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday." Certainly you're familiar with the Straitjackets, but if not, I'll just politely remind you that they're the Nashville-bred, mask-sporting surf-rock troupe that has weathered some bad times and come out on the other side still kicking sizable portions of ass.
Anyhow, watch the Basher and his crew of rippers deliver their rockabillied-out rendition of "Christmas" above. If that doesn't put you in the spirit of the season, then friends, it likely just isn't going to happen for you. For comparison's sake, see the far-out original version of "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" after the jump.
Local pop outfit Kink Ador trend towards the sunny, as D. Patrick Rodgers reminded us back in September, when the video for "Hold on Tight." Today, they're dropping something a little different. Their new single is a cover of "Seasons (Waiting for You)," the tune Future Islands played when they made their network debut on The Late Show With David Letterman in March. Where Future Islands' lead singer Samuel T. Herring shows soul-shouter passion in the original version, KA's chill take, complemented by frontwoman/bassist Sharon Koltick's vocal restraint, puts a cool alternate spin on the lyric, which is all about the tension that comes with deciding whether a relationship is worth trying to save. In the stylish clip above, directed by Seth Graves, see Kink Ador kick out the jams while some other youths spend a day waiting around downtown. The group's new full-length doesn't arrive until February, but you can pick up the single on iTunes right now.
Local hip-hop collective BZRK are keeping busy these days. Just last August, they dropped their first mixtape, followed by individual releases from members ThirdEye G and Caveman (whose Fucking Hip Hop's beats were built solely on local releases). Last winter, we heard their first full-length, Local Anesthetic, followed by another EP — all this before dudes even played their first show, which happened at East Side house venue Tower 2 in October.
The prolific collective has another mixtape on the way, this time via Jeffrey Drag Records; it's called Anesthetic Awareness, and it'll be hitting the streets in two weeks, just in time to get stuffed in your stocking or nestled under your tree. In the meantime, check out the video for "Now I'm Good," which was directed by Cream contributor Seth Graves. The cut features some scorched-earth game talk from the posse, calling out rappers who focus more on brand-building than flow and beats. And the video is equally punk-centric, featuring hijinks like sipping 40s, skating in a suburban neighborhood and sharing a blunt with a dummy — way more punk than, say, spraying Cristal around.
Just one day after the death of legendary Rolling Stones saxophonist and all-around classic-rock session man Bobby Keys, equally legendary Small Faces/Faces keyboardist and all-around classic-rock session man Ian McLagan — who’d also put in time as a supporting cast member in the Stones camp — dies. Mac died this afternoon at a hospital in Austin, Texas, where he resided, after suffering a stroke yesterday. He was 69 years old.
In honor of the two departed music titans, watch the above 1979 clip of them rocking out as members of Keith Richards’ killer short-lived side-project band The New Barbarians, which also featured Ronnie Wood, Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and bassits Stanley Clarke and Phillip Chen. Here they are playing the Richards-voiced Some Girls classic “Before They Make Me Run.” While the sound and video quality of the clip leaves a little to be desired, the music itself sure as shit delivers.
In October, we shared with you the video for Mikky Ekko's "Smile," a track from the local pop singer's forthcoming debut full-length, Time. Now we have a video for the album's titular song, a sparse, pensive ballad adorned with strings and Ekko's outsized, pliable voice. As you can see above, the video — which debuted yesterday at The Fader and features footage of Ekko walking down a street at dusk — is more a vehicle for the tune than a stand-alone visual treatment.
Ekko will release Time Jan. 20 via RCA, and you can pre-order it here. I know what you're thinking: The guy has already been nominated for a Grammy alongside Rihanna and he hasn't even released a solo record yet? It's true. Let's see what he can do once he has an LP of his very own under his belt.
Seems like McPherson and band have been spending quality time with several Nashvillians: An earlier entry in the series, filmed during a soundcheck for McPherson's October run at The Stone Fox, shows the band tearing through "Hilbilly Blues" with Los Straitjackets' Eddie Angel hot-dogging on lead guitar. Calling it a drastic change in mood is quite an understatement, but it's also very much worth your time: see it after the jump.
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