Last week we dished some deets on mid-indefinite-hiatus folk-pop duo The Civil Wars’ highly anticipated self-titled sophomore effort (out Aug. 6), and also posted the album’s lead-off single, “The One That Got Away.” Now you can check out the video for the dire dirge, which the duo dropped on YouTube today. It’s a black-and-white clip capturing members Joy Williams and John Paul White cutting the track, lounging around with looks of rock-star exhaustion (See also: Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” video) and avoiding eye contact with each other. Peep it above!
A week ago, we shared with you the fourth installment of Noisey's Guitar Moves series, in which Black Key and Nashville resident Dan Auerbach sat down with Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Zwan, Skunk, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, more) to talk shop. Guitar shop. Well, for this week's Guitar Moves (not an intentional Bob Seger reference, apparently), Sweeney came to Nashville to chat and play with Country Music Hall of Famer and recent Scene cover boy "Cowboy" Jack Clement.
In the clip, which you can watch above, Sweeney displays appropriate reverence as Cowboy plays "You Are My Sunshine," "Just a Girl I Used to Know" and more and talks about his gorgeous old Gibson. The highlight, however, comes when Cowboy discusses his writing of Jerry Lee Lewis' 1957 tune "It'll Be Me." You know the "If you find a lump in your sugar bowl" line? Well, let's just say the original lyric was a little bit ... shittier.
Back in January, local songster and co-founder of The 5 Spot's weekly Keep on Movin'! dance party, Jacob Jones, released his LP Good Timin' in Waynetown. As noted by Scene contributor Marissa R. Moss, the album marked a shift for Jones from self-serious singer-songwriter to good-timing rock 'n' roller. Among the good-timin' Good Timin' cuts was a duet with Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard by the name of "Play It Loud, Ray!" — a boogie-woogie-ing dance number that we shared with you a few moons ago.
Well, Jones now has a Steve Condon-directed video for "Play It," and while Ms. Howard ain't in the mix, there are plenty of cameos from other retro-styled East Side types. Sharp-looking folks. Watch above.
Less than 72 hours from this very moment, local jokester Richie Kirkpatrick and his party-rock outfit Ri¢hie — who won the third and final installment of this year's Road to Bonnaroo series — will open Bonnaroo with the very first performance of the entire fest. So how's about a little preparatory party? Above you'll find Ri¢hie's brand-new Wayne Blake Pollard-directed video for the tune "I Gotta Crush on You," the first single from Ri¢hie's forthcoming Night Games LP. The video was shot in hip-happenin' local hotspot The Stone Fox, and it features shots of some exceptionally attractive people. Good-looking faces abound, thanks to cameos from Birdcloud, Tristen, the hosts of Talk 2 Me Now and more.
Mike Butera puts his Artiphon Instrument 1 through its paces in this new video, showing off all its finger-picking, drum-looping, keyboard modeling, upright bass-mimicking and various sound-triggering capabilities. The Instrument 1 is an iPhone- or iPod Touch-powered instrument slash MIDI controller that uses a combination of (very) touch-sensitive pads (not screens) to play a lot more like a "real" instrument and less like, well, an iPhone.
(I wrote about Artiphon and their Nashville-centric creative principles in this Scene cover story.)
If you like what you see, they're now taking "reservations." That's kind of like a pre-pre-order, holding your place in line for $10 and then turning that $10 into a $20 credit once the I1 is available. (Street price: $799.) And if you want to see Artiphon up close and personal, there'll be an official exhibitor at Summer NAMM, coming to a brand-new $585 million convention center near you July 11-13.
There's a video for "Everything Has Changed," the Taylor Swift-Ed Sheeran duet on Red that is all hush-a-bye and adult-contemp, and it is excessively, recklessly, indulgently cute. School-kid crush cute. Sneaking out of class to hold hands and dance in an empty auditorium like that line in the song "American Pie" cute. (It's also roughly half the plot of Little Children.) Fictional girl who looks sorta like Taylor Swift and fictional boy who looks kinda like Ed Sheeran turn out to be fictional Taylor Swift's daughter and fictional Ed Sheeran's son, but I just want to point out that if nonfictional T-Swizzle really had a 3rd-grader, she'd have been pregnant with her when she was 15, roughly the age Abigail was when she gave everything she had to a boy who changed his mind. Just sayin'! Anyway, this video is way too cute.
Some things never change. And among those unchanging — or should I say static, har har — things is public-access stations airing low-fidelity footage of bands with weird names "playing" their songs. Music City Shake Down (which we've told you plenty about already) is the public-access program responsible for putting local acts on Nashville's NECAT Channel 19 in recent months, and they've got a couple of new doses for us — and both doses, it just so happens, feature genuinely good bands with genuinely silly names.
Above you'll find coed, glam-meets-New Wave unit Tipper Whore pantomiming their none-too-subtly-innuendo-laden "Two Sticks" while sticking to a Boy Scout theme, appropriately enough. After the jump you can see psychedelic conquistadors Penicillin Baby green-screening their way through the dreamily excellent and trance-inducing "Tainted Mind" and "Baby Loves It."
It's also worth mentioning — since we're on the topic — that Tipper Whore was recently featured in local GLBT-scene mag Out & About Nashville, and they'll be playing the Nashville Pride fest next week (in addition to playing a show with the recently reunited Fork Hunts this Friday).
Brace yourselves, guit-fiddle junkies and blues-fueled gear dorks: Lead Black Key and Nashville resident Dan Auerbach recently sat down with Matt Sweeney (known for his work with Chavez, Zwan, Skunk, Bonnie "Prince" Billy and loads more) to talk shop. Their hang/shred sesh was for the Sweeney-hosted Noisey video series "Guitar Moves" (I, like Auerbach, thought the name of the series was a Seger reference, despite the fact that Sweeney seems to not really think so), and you can view the result above. There are references to Mississippi Fred McDowell, Elmore James, Alan Lomax, the Nashville Number System and all sorts of guitar-wonk stuff. Nerd out, guitar nerds.
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