Well, The Weeks' tune "Brother in the Night" — the brassy dose of Southern grunge-soul that, as we just mentioned, recently debuted via Paste — now has an official John Merizalde-directed video. "I'm a Southern man forever," sings Weeks frontman and Nashvillian by way of Mississippi Cyle Barnes, and it seems like the "Brother" vid is meant to serve as evidence of that. While the video doesn't have a particular narrative arc, per se, there's some knife play, the casual spinning of a revolver's cylinder, the drinking of 40-ounce malt beverages and some very subtly implied pseudo-criminal activity. Have a look at that above.
The Weeks' LP Dear Bo Jackson will drop April 30 via Kings of Leon's record label, Serpents & Snakes, and the band will celebrate with a release show at Mercy Lounge on April 26.
If memory serves, Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s tone-deaf gift to the comedy world, “Accidental Racist,” is the greater corporate country machine’s first bona-fide crossover meme. It’s like Mutt Lange producing Shania Twain hits, but racist (arguably) and unlistenable (definitely).
That almost makes it seem plausible how Paisley’s label, Arista Nashville, failed to foresee the viral torrent of Twitter snark and click-bait-y opining and red light the song. No one forgets the first time they make the Internet explode. Just ask Clint Eastwood’s Obama chair. I mean, come on, how many Music Row suits do you think had ever heard of Gawker and Jezebel before last week?
(Did you return just from an Internet blackout zone abroad? Haven’t heard about “Accidental Racist” yet? Salivating for some catch up? Look no further than my CliffsNotes-style annotation of the song at its controversy.)
For those who aren't hip to the hip sounds of GED Soul Records, that's the Murfreesboro-born indie label responsible for releases from local soul and funk outfits including DeRobert and the Half-Truths, The Coolin' System and AJ and the Jiggawatts, among others. The above mini-doc — posted to Roger Shaner's YouTube channel — profiles label co-owner Nick DeVan and director of operations Dave Guy, from the days of The GED Soul Revue on MTSU's college-radio station 88.3 WMTS, on up to cold-selling CDs and 45s at record shops and recording and mastering their own releases. It's an interesting if succinct little rundown of what it's like to operate a DIY indie label — a label that just so happens to have its own singular flavor in Music City. Give it a look.
When I caught Hanni El Khatib at Bonnaroo in 2011, he was backed by just a drummer and delivering what I called "basic power-chord structures spattered with bluesy riff bursts and lyrics about lost love and cruel women." It would have been fairly easy, I thought, to compare the Los Angeles-based garage rocker to The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, though I didn't. Here we are two years later, and El Khatib has recorded his forthcoming LP Head in the Dirt (out April 30 via Innovative Leisure) here in Nashville at Auerbach's own Easy Eye Sound — the studio I first described in the Scene's cover story on The Black Keys' move to Nashville way back in '11.
The folks at Yours Truly popped into Easy Eye to speak with El Khatib about tracking in Nashville, and you can see the video above (despite the site's note that Easy Eye is in East Nashville, I can say with 100 percent certainty that it is not). The video also features Auerbach and El Khatib performing the tune "Nobody Move," and you'll likely notice skin-pounder Patrick Keeler (The Greenhornes, The Raconteurs) behind the kit. El Khatib will return to Nashville for a show with The Black Angels at Mercy Lounge on May 5.
Nashville's own Escondido — who we've described as "spaghetti Western-informed breezy expanse," "sleepy ’70s desert country-rock" and David Lynch-beloved — popped into the Cone Zone last night for a performance of the tune "Cold October" from their recently released debut LP The Ghost of Escondido. The clip opens with a very brassy and Ennio Morricone-esque blast of trumpet from frontman Tyler James and concludes with frontlady Jessica Moros giving a big-ass high-kick.
Anyhow, if you look closely, you'll see another familiar Nashvillian or two in there, contributing to a tight performance of a slick, mid-tempo, Western country-rock burner. I'm mildly surprised Mr. O'Brien didn't bust out his Conando bit, seeing as how "Conando" and "Escondido" sound like a good match. But he did wear this Escondido sombrero and refer to the band's performance as both "great" and "fantastic." So that's good. Have a look above.
* As noted by contributor Goose Trageser last month, local smooth R&B/highbrow yacht rock outfit Tim Chad and Sherry recently had their self-titled LP — a sort of revamped version of 2011's We Can Work It Out — released by the U.K.'s Tirk Records, even going on to play a few dates across the pond. Well, Zack Hall and Zack Wilson made a video for Tim Chad's "Now That's Love," and it features the visual-effects-laden head of TC&S drummer/vocalist/wiseguy Brian Kotzur. Watch that above.
* On Thursday, April 11, the Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn will host Live on Video Tape: A Night With R. Stevie Moore, which will of course presumably be precisely what it sounds like. Longtime Nashvillian Moore — the godfather of home recording and of course a Cream fave — will perform and take part in a Q&A, and there will be footage "culled from [Moore's] personal archives" that presents a "portrait of an artist with a sure hand and a mature voice who was wracked by crises of confidence and became increasingly desperate and isolated in pursuit of the success that never came." Rad. Maybe we'll get to see it here in Nashville at some point? For now, check out the trailer after the jump or at Spectacle Theater's Vimeo page.
* So, Seattle's KEXP loves local electro-poppers Wild Cub. A few weeks back they invited the Cubbies to the studio to play a handful of songs, going on to invite frontman Keegan DeWitt & Co. to play their SXSW showcase at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop. You can see Wild Cub's entire set at KEXP's YouTube page or after the jump.
* Local pop rockers Vinyl Thief did a session with OurVinyl.tv, and you can see them playing their urgent and ambitious tune "Faces" after the jump. "Faces" is featured on Vinyl Thief's EP Rebel Hill, and you can hear that — along with loads of other VT tunes — at Vinyl Thief's Soundcloud page.
Those who've perused the latest dead-tree edition of the Scene may have come across contributor Stephen "Goose" Trageser's review of Kids Raising Kids. That isn't the title of MTV's latest reality series (ugh, bad joke), but rather that of Kopecky Family Band's debut full-length, released by the Kopeckys themselves in the fall and reissued just last week by New York's ATO Records. For those keeping score, ATO also happens to be home to Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, and locals including Rayland Baxter, Jonny Fritz, Caitlin Rose and formerly The Whigs.
Well, the day after KRK dropped, Kopecky Family Band premiered their A.K. Hottman-directed video for the tune "Hope" via MTV Hive. The video has a Moonrise Kingdom-meets-Where the Wild Things Are heartstring-tugging nostalgia-core thing going on, which pairs well with the Kopeckys' Arcade Fire-meets-New Pornographers heartstring-tugging indie-ensemble thing. Give that a look above, and if you like what you hear, stream all of Kids Raising Kids at AOL Spinner.
mtvU premiered The Features’ video for their four-on-floor-driven, sprightly new single “This Disorder” — a song which debuted via Rolling Stone just a few weeks back — this morning. The high-budge, high-concept clip (embedded above) takes on the medical industry’s fight to find the root causes behind Electric Boogaloo Syndrome, a condition that causes our protagonist to break dance before unimpressed onlookers in a parallel dimension.
Check it out!
Back in January, we drew your attention to Tristen’s Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of her forthcoming LP C A V E S. Following the resounding success of said campaign, word came this week from Ms. Gaspadarek that the album will be released June 25 via her own label, PupSnake Records. Check out the video trailer above for a taste of the retro-electro flavors Tristen and band have massaged into to the evocative, simultaneously intimate and rockin’ sound of her stellar 2011 album, Charlatans at the Garden Gate.
Intrigued and hungry for more? The song in the video is “No One’s Gonna Know,” which you can stream in its entirety below. If you’d like to download a copy for your very own, cruise on over to Tristen’s site and sign up for the mailing list.
Sweetening the deal further, Tristen also headlines at Mercy Lounge on Saturday night, flanked by two other first-class local ladies, TORRES and Forget Cassettes. Mackenzie Scott, who performs as Torres, has already achieved nationwide recognition for her self-titled debut and its lead single, “Honey,” an examination of a burned-out love affair whose nuances belie her young age. Beth Cameron, who has been performing under the Forget Cassettes moniker since 2002, also has a forthcoming release to celebrate: the culmination of her O Cursa series, yielding an LP with the material from all three EPs plus previously unreleased tracks from the latest incarnation of the band. Check the recently dropped vid for “Lady Lazarus” to get a feel for the latest evolution in the Forget Cassettes sound — also adding an electronic dimension, but without abandoning Cameron’s signature heavy-guitar sound. O Cursa won’t be available in stores until Tuesday, April 9, but you can pick up a copy at the merch table.
The 18-and-up show starts at 10, and tickets are $10.
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