It's been a minute since we've had some news from Chrome Pony, the local rock act revolving around brothers Tyler and Kyle Davis, and it's not because they've been slacking — quite the contrary. They've played out a few times a month, made a guest appearance on Wastoid, the new LP from Stardeath and White Dwarfs, and bassman Jon Gottschalk made a 24-hour record with local-dude super-group Fist.
The trio has also been at work on a new EP, You Are the Pisces, which is out today via Black Tooth Records. The record has plenty of the youthful exuberance that was all over their garage-y debut, Lazy Bones, but it also plays up the groove element that made Bones stand out from the contemporary garage crowd. The group got some backup from local rock MVP Ricardo Alessio, Ettes bassist Jem Cohen and others, and they co-produced the record with Andrija Tokic over at The Bomb Shelter.
You can stream Pisces in full below or download it for $3.50 via Chrome Pony's Bandcamp page. But first: While on tour in Puerto Rico, the boys were filmed by Schuyler Howie, who created a little tour diary to go along with closing track "Burnout." Check that out above — if you're into rock shows and general goofing off, and you aren't grossed out by someone eating pizza in reverse, we bet you'll enjoy it.
Last we heard from coed local rock 'n' roll duo Mystery Twins — an outfit featuring one-half of The Clutters that we've spoken about a time or two — it was when we caught the news that their tune "The River" is featured in Third Man Records' recently released Language Lessons Volume I, "a hardbound book of contemporary poetry and prose, two vinyl LPs of jazz, psychedelic-punk, poetry, blues and pop, and five pieces of hangable art all housed in a hard-case clothbound sleeve." But that wasn't all the Twins had up their sleeves. Above you can see their brand-new video for "Ghost," a tune from last year's Ghost in the Ground. The suitably spooky and ethereal black-and-white clip was directed by the Twins' own Doug Lehmann, with art direction by local clothier Leslie Stephens. "Most of the camera exposures are one to two seconds long," says Lehmann of the vid's visual effects. "It's really a combination of long exposure and time-lapse photography."
As mentioned in my colleague Stephen "Goose" Trageser's post earlier today, Mystery Twins will release a cassette by the name of I'm Not Like Everybody Else on Cassette Store Day, which goes down Sept. 27. Anyway, give the "Ghost" video a look above, and stream or purchase Mystery Twins' Ghost in the Ground via their Bandcamp page.
Back in May, local country-rock songstress Nikki Lane unveiled her motorcycle-torching video for the single "Right Time," a song about being bad for bad's sake from this year's All or Nothin'. Since then, Lane and her band of Music City rock-scene ringers have been touring hard, popping up on our radar here and there thanks to performance vids filmed in places like Seattle and Minnesota.
Well, last night Lane & Co. made their television debut with a performance on Conan, where — following an appearance from the whole damn cast of Orange Is the New Black — they played the aforementioned "Right Time." Watch that above, and dig those leather shorts.
Last time we checked in on local pop songster Korby Lenker, he was unveiling his video for "Forbidden Fruit," a clip that features a performance from local restauranteur Arnold Mynt's alter ego Suzy Wong. Today, Lenker is releasing a video for "Here We Go Again," another track from this year's eponymous long-player (available via iTunes). The video was directed by Caleb Kuhl and filmed in both Malibu, Calif., and L.A.'s Studio City, and — like the song — it depicts the ups, downs, bummers and sweet little triumphs of a monogamous relationship. It's definitely some heart-on-sleeve, sweetie-pie singer-songwriter pop. Give it a look above.
And hey, this is pretty big news for Lenker: On Aug. 12, he'll release his very first book, a collection by the name of Medium Hero and Other Stories. You can pre-order the paperback right here for $20, and catch Lenker at a discussion and signing at Nashville's own Parnassus Books on Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. Details here. According to a release, Medium Hero "features 23 stories culled from Lenker's 15 years as a solo touring indie artist ... from a romantic-encounter-turned-family-crisis, to a humorous eulogy for his recently deceased piano teacher, to an unlikely visit with a convicted felon in a California desert."
Happy Friday, Creamsters! Did you wake up this morning thinking, "I sure would like to see some vomiting Barbie dolls before this day is over?" That's a weird thing to want out of life, but the universe has heeded your call. Lucky you, I guess!
Local comic Sean Parrott recently released THE DTH OVE LOF, his follow-up to last year's song-a-week project, and he has a truly strange and juvenile music video to accompany the lead track from that record — a goofy electro-pop parody of dopey sleaze-bag summer songs called "Summertime," which features Corporate Juggernaut co-founder Gary Fletcher rapping as Swagnum P.I.
Be forewarned that this video is pretty wildly NSFW — the word "titties" is used, by my editor's estimation, 93 times, and the video features dolls doing inappropriate things to each other. But in the waning hours of the work week, what better way can you celebrate your near-freedom than taking three minutes to watch a telescoping plastic dick knock over a toy dog? None. There is no better way.
Last week we shared with you the exceptionally delightful feline-featuring music video for Self's brand-new single, "Runaway." You see, Self — the project of indie-pop guru and MTSU alum made good Matt Mahaffey, who once again resides in Middle Tennessee after a long stint out West — has a brand-new EP by the name of Super Fake Nice, and in addition to unveiling kitty-riddled music vids, the band also just made their television debut. Last night, Mahaffey & Co. played Super Fake Nice's "Runaway" as well as "Lucid Anne" from 1995's Subliminal Plastic Motives on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
"I want you to keep an eye on the bass player for this band," says Kimmel in the clip you can see above, "because he's been named one of the hottest guys in rock music." You see what old J-Kim did there? Very clever. Watch Self perform "Runaway" above, and check out "Lucid Anne" after the jump. Self is back, baby, and it feels so right. Order Super Fake Nice right here.
The gender-stereotype-subverting music video for former Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis’ Beck-produced, breezy dirge “Just One of the Guys” features silver screen A-listers Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson playing the parts of Lewis’ backing band. But the singer’s real backing band of late — while she tours to promote her latest and long awaited pop-alt-country endeavor The Voyager (out yesterday) — features virtuosic Nashville rock faves Natalie Prass and Megan McCormick on keyboards/background vocals and guitar/background vocals, respectively. Check ‘em out (along with some Adidas-tracksuit-clad, fake-mustache-sporting throw-back ‘break dancers) as they help propel Lewis’ spirited “Just One of the Guys” performance that aired Monday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in the clip above.
But this year? No. Every song this summer is terrible.
Regular readers of the Cream may recall the name The Lees of Memory — that's the local rock outfit featuring John Davis and Brandon Fisher of popular '90s alt-rock troupe Superdrag, plus drummer Nick Slack and producer Nick Raskulinecz (the latter of whom has worked with Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age and, most recently, Mastodon). In October, we shared with you a couple of the Lees' tunes, one of which was a shoegaze-y slow-burner by the name of "We Are Siamese." Pretty good shit.
Well, just this morning, The Lees of Memory unveiled their video for "We Are Siamese" via Stereogum. The vid was shot by director Elvis Wilson at Raskulinecz's noted Rock Falcon Studio out in Franklin, and it features the band rocking out heavy-grungy-slowcore style, plus a burning guitar and some trippy visuals. Watch that above. SideOneDummy will release both digital and vinyl versions of the Lees’ debut LP Sisyphus Says Sept. 16, and Burger Records will release it on cassette the same day.
"SideOneDummy is also pressing up Superdrag's Head Trip in Every Key on vinyl," frontman Davis tells the Cream of his other band's classic long-player, "along with another package of demos and rarities, blah blah blah blah." Superdrag fans can get their hands on the blah blah blah in question right here.
Back in March, local psychedelic groove warrior Graham Fitzpenn (aka Majestico) released his When Kingdom Come via ATO Records. As our own Seth Graves put it, all the album's tracks "are awash in generous heaps of reverb, lyrics praise the primitive and the mystical, and love is more or less all you need." "Gimme Love," the album's second track, is certainly no exception, and you can see the rock 'n' roller's brand-new video for that tune above.
The Schuyler Howie- and Joshua Shoemaker-directed video features Fitzpenn and his band — members of fellow psych-rock outfit Fly Golden Eagle — jamming along to "Love" before all going into psychedelic freak-out costume changes. Give it a look, and get your hands on a copy of When Kingdom Come right here.
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