Earlier this year, former Oblio frontman Terry Price released How to Say Goodbye, the debut LP from his solo project Photo Ops. According to fellow Creamster Adam Gold, it's a record that is full of "post-traumatic, spacious dream pop," and according to me, it makes me think of Swedish '90s indie-pop Radiohead footstep-followers Kent. But enough rehashing; how about some new news?
Photo Ops have a brand-new Jordan Noel-directed video for the song "You Said You Were," and you can see that above. The video's concept is a simple one: Price and his pals go for a leisurely summertime hang. There's hiking, there's swimming, there's cards and there's slow-motion singing. There's even a cameo from the Pizza Buds truck, affectionately kinda-sorta known as Leisure Time, appropriately enough.
* Road-dawgin' Music City trad-country jester Jonny Fritz recently popped in for a performance on Kansas City Live — which of course airs "weekdays at 10 a.m. on your 41 Action News station." Fritz and his good buddy and longtime fiddlin' sideman Josh Hedley played a couple of tunes ("Ain't It Your Birthday" and "Fever Dreams") for KCL, and they sound pretty solid. But my favorite bit is a take that didn't make the air; hop after the jump to see Fritz and Ol' Hed getting a seemingly insurmountable case of the giggles right in the middle of "Birthday." It happens to all of us, boys.
* As avid Cream readers will recall, local roots-rocking outfit Buffalo Clover is currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of their Test Your Love. Test was recorded at Andrija Tokic's Bomb Shelter over on the East Side, and if you look after the jump, you'll find a video of the Clover clan covering Skip James' "Drunken Spree."
* And finally, Milktooth is still at that "Stay Home America" series of theirs, covering tunes by folks like Beck, The xx and more. In their latest installment, you'll find Milktooth covering Mumford & Sons' "Whispers in the Dark" at the Axis building. Watch that after the jump, or download the track — along with the rest of Milktooth's covers — via Bandcamp.
Nashville, 2013. The tempo of the city had changed sharply. The buildings were higher, the parties were bigger. The morals were looser, and the liquor was cheaper.
OK not really — I'm just borrowing a bit of Toby Maguire's dialogue from the trailer of Baz Luhrmann's forthcoming adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby (watch that above). In addition to Leonardo DiCaprio's magnificent hair, the trailer features Jack White's cover of U2's Achtung Baby-closing number "Love Is Blindness." Well, word comes via White's Third Man Records today that the Gatsby soundtrack — which was executive-produced by Jay-Z and features contributions from White, Jay-Z, Florence + the Machine, The xx, Beyoncé and André 3000, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, will.i.am, Lana Del Rey, Fergie, Q Tip and more — will be released by TMR. From the release:
It's been a while since we last heard from punk-rockin' scoundrelettes Heavy Cream, who released their sophomore LP Super Treatment almost precisely one year ago. The various Creamsters have stayed busy — frontwoman Jessica McFarland now plays bass for Cheap Time, guitarist Mimi Galbierz is the latest of Cy Barkley's Way Outsiders, drummer Tiffany Minton is 50 percent of Cry Baby, and ... well, they had a slew of bassists, all of whom are up to something.
Rumor has it that Heavy Cream isn't currently active (awaiting an official response on that)*, but that didn't stop them from debuting a brand-new video for their tune "Prison Shanks" over at Noisey.
The Lina Plioplyte-directed video, which you can see above, features McFarland and Galbierz on a crime spree of sorts. Or, as noted by a remarkably astute Noisey staff writer, "I'm pretty sure that these girls are both in the band but I'm too lazy to email Heavy Cream back so I'm just going to say it's them. Journalism!" I suppose doing an image search of the band would be too difficult? Great work, buddy. Anyhow, the tension at the end of the video reminds me of that one scene from Martha Marcy May Marlene — no spoilers! — except, you know, lighthearted instead of kinda terrifying.
* According to Infinity Cat, Galbierz and McFarland are currently working on material for another record. Good news, H.C. fans.
Here's a video of Kelsey Waldon doing her song "Try and Pretend" in front of the sparkly strands at The Stone Fox back in January. (If I'm not mistaken, this was shot on a night Waldon shared the stage with Lilly Hiatt and Allen Thompson.) The song comes from Waldon's excellent Fixin' It Up EP, which is throwback country in its mannerisms — tidy verse-chorus structures, sturdy Telecaster pickin' and high lonesomeness aplenty — but feels smartly contemporary in its mien. Not unlike a more tradition-leaning Caitlin Rose or Kasey Musgraves, in that sense, though you'd never mistake her for either. "It's a simple thing that I can't place / It's a hard liquor, and I can't chase." So good! And dig how the shadow of "I Still Miss Someone" falls across the guitar lick coming out of the first chorus. Call it Americana if you have to, just come and like it now with me.
Video by Zachary Dyke.
* Winston Yellen and his Night Beds have been touring pretty hard on their release, Country Sleep, recently heading across the pond for an appearance on Later With Jools Holland. Plane tickets are pretty pricey, it would seem, as Yellen just brought along a drummer for his Jools performance — see Night Beds doing "Ramona" as a two-piece above, and skip on after the jump to hear Yellen very bravely doing "Faithful Heights" completely unaccompanied.
* As noted by The Spin, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams did her best to "delicately engage with her fans who were word-vomiting nonsense at her out of uncontainable excitement" at Grimey's on Record Store Day. If you want to know what that looked like, YouTuber Zach Swift posted the entire set. Watch that "WOO!"-garnering performance after the jump.
* As also noted by The Spin, one of the most touching moments of this year's Freakin' Weekend rock 'n' roll fest was when local punkers Diarrhea Planet dedicated a rendition of The Boss's "Born to Run" to dearly departed Weekend founder Ben Todd. Well, the Planeteers recently revisited "Born" at a show in Brooklyn with Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles of vox. Stereogum picked it up, noting that "those of us who have routinely skipped Diarrhea Planet shows because of the band’s name have been fucking up." See that performance after the jump as well.
* And finally, local country-rockin' dude Andrew Combs and his band recently played Music City Roots at Loveless Barn. Watch the boys perform "Emily" after the jump, and keep an eye out for a charming glance from British steel man Spencer Cullum Jr.
As noted last week, plenty of the films — documentaries and features alike — screening at this year's Nashville Film Festival are music-related in one way or another. One doc we haven't yet mentioned, however, is Musicwood, which screens tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m., with a Q&A featuring the director and the producer to follow. Tickets are available here.
Now, when most newspaper-reading types hear the words "Gibson Guitars" and "wood" in tandem, they most likely think of the two occasions when the Nashville-based company was raided by agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — the raids took place because Gibson violated the Lacey Act by illegally importing exotic wood, with the instrument makers ultimately losing roughly $600,000 in penalties and forfeited assets. But that actually isn't what Musicwood is about at all, it would seem. Rather, it's about the point of intersection between representatives from three guitar companies (Gibson, Martin and Taylor), a Native-American logging company, Greenpeace, and some musicians: that point of intersection being Southeast Alaska. Here's a synopsis:
Last fall, local rock 'n' rollers The Kingston Springs released their eponymous debut full-length, the second track of which was a number called "Weight of This World." We've seen videos of the Springs performing "Weight" a time or two, but this week marks the premiere of the song's official video.
The vid — which was co-directed by Tim Duggan and the band members themselves — centers on an intrepid young lady whose motorbiking adventures bring her face-to-face with some oceanic, volcanic and cosmic activity (yes, in that order). It all conflates into one big, kaleidoscopic mass of whirring, flashing imagery just as "Weight of This World" reaches its psychedelic pinnacle. Truly, this is one of the better-looking and more creatively constructed local music videos I've seen in some time — and we've seen some good ones lately. Enjoy that above, and for good measure, hear all of The Kingston Springs below or at the TKS Bandcamp page.
Oh God, I hate this.
As we mentioned last month, local outer-blues/psych duo Ttotals will release their Spectrums of Light 7-inch on April 26. But wait, back up a second — they've recently contributed a tune by the name of "Life Thus Far Out" to Sonic Cathedral's Psych for Sore Eyes 7-inch EP. That's already sold-out (boo!), but you can still see the video for "Life Thus Far Out" above (yay!).
Anyhow, Ttotals' Marty Linville-directed video is quite a well-shot affair, complete with an intriguing premise — some paranormal "automatic drawing," some clandestine briefcase-swapping, some appropriately psychedelic imagery, and a cameo from the Silver on Black art work. Good stuff; give it a look.
I'm too sexy for my human, as I do my little turn on the manwalk.
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