Local brainy punksters PUJOL's latest LP, KLUDGE — which I discussed at great length with frontman and central member Daniel Pujol in advance of this feature I wrote — opens with a track by the name of "Judas Booth," which details how someone might separate him- or herself from his or her identity. The record ends with a tune called "Youniverse," which closes the loop of the record, in a sense. "I want to spend some of my time with you, because I know I'm going to die and that you will die too," sings Pujol. "But no one wants to talk about it like you do whenever I am blue." Does that strike a chord with you? Does that ring true to you? Do you find that real as hell?
Feast your eyes on PUJOL's brand-new video for "Youniverse" above. Directed by Eddie Austin and Perry Shall, the VHS-y vid is all about rock 'n' roll dude Shall's thrift-store mission, and it features cameos from Ted Leo, Screaming Females, Juiceboxxx and loads more. Get your hands on KLUDGE right here, and while you're at it, revisit PUJOL's video for "Circles," as it remains my favorite video of 2014 thus far.
We've talked about Spanish Gold a time or two. That's the super-group featuring My Morning Jacket's Patrick Hallahan, City and Colour's Dante Schwebel and Brownout's Adrian Quesada that recently released their Nashville-recorded debut, South of Nowhere, and played Letterman about a month ago.
The Goldsters are back with a brand-new Frank Weysos-directed video for the tune "Day Drinkin," though none of the band members themselves are featured in the clip. Instead, the video follows an unnamed, booze-swilling, butt-smoking, car-stealing clown — can we call him Bobo? — as he makes his way through a depressing day with one little ray of hope at the end of it. The song itself is a brief, bobbing rock number that moves along at a pace befitting its boozy subject matter. Chill stuff. Watch it above. Spanish Gold's next Nashville performance will be Aug. 14 at Live on the Green.
It's been a minute since we've heard from local pop maestro Evan P. Donohue, and with good reason. He's been busy working on the follow-up to his 2010 full-length Rhythm and Amplitude, and today he hit our inbox with a quintuple-decker, Dagwood Bumstead-approved sandwich of good news, to wit:
1. The record is nearing completion, and is slated for a September release.
2. It's called Stairway to Evan. (If appreciating that gag is wrong, I don't want to be right.)
3. The first sample of said record is ready for public consumption and called "She's Mine I'm Yours." Stream that below or download it at your leisure. It's a characteristically hooky tune about a love triangle — clever but never smug.
4. There's also a video by Kyle Turgeon, and you can watch it above. In the clip, Donohue romps around a lake and some woods in what looks like fall, trying to decide whether his companion or her unseen rival is on the side of the fence with greener grass. Will she get wise to his duplicity? Watch and find out.
And the fifth and final layer of this delectable deli behemoth: Donohue is headlining a show at The Stone Fox this Thursday, July 10. Doors for the 18-and-up gig are at 9 p.m., the cover is $5, and Sun Seeker and Matt Campbell and band will perform as well. Whew! Anyone have some Tums?
Happy Monday! Hope everybody enjoyed their holiday weekend. You know how local morning program Fox 17 This Morning celebrated American independence? By inviting an English guy to play pedal steel on the July 4 edition of their show, that's how. The Brit in question is Spencer Cullum Jr., and along with Telecaster-slingin' picker Jeremy Fetzer and the rest of their "upcoming band" Steelism, he delivered a dose of countrypolitan-ized surf rock. Have a look above to see Steelism playing their tune "China Plate," a number from the band's 2013 split with fellow local Andrew Combs that you can stream or purchase right here. And here's a bit of trivia for you: "China Plate" is cockney slang for "mate." (Dip into some more cockney rhyming slang here.)
Anyhow, while anchor Jennifer Waddell notes that the guys from Steelism "are performing at Dancing in the Park," I believe what she means to say is that they had actually played the night before at Nashville Dancin'. Same thing, right? The fellas don't appear to have any upcoming in-town dates, but keep an eye on 'em here, and hear their most recent tune, a cut from their upcoming record 615 to Fame called "Cat's Eye Ring," right here.
Brown, “Dollar Menu Ballad”
If you recall our review of the Nashville MC Brown’s February debut, 7:22, then you’ll recall that it’s one of the best releases in Nashville hip-hip so far this year. The young MC is back with a music video for “Dollar Menu Ballad,” the first visual treatment from the 7:22 EP. The video, shot by GemsOnVHS, features Brown and crew splurging at the McDonald’s drive-thru and sharing a bounty with a group of friends. “Dollar Menu Ballad” epitomizes the “no fucks given” everyman ethos of 7:22.
Brown is very reminiscent of College Dropout-era Kanye West. And if 7:22 is Brown's College Dropout, then “Dollar Menu Ballad” is a hybrid of “We Don’t Care” and “Spaceship.” It’s a song that highlights the struggle of dead-end jobs, big aspirations and the pressures of outside expectations, all while throwing a big middle finger to all those who can’t relate (and all while managing to keep the music upbeat). The video does literally contain a lot of middle fingers as well as a good helping of “fuck yous,” but that’s beside the point. Check out the music video above, and be sure to stream 7:22 on Soundcloud if you haven’t yet.
Earlier this year, Hard Working Americans — that's the group fronted by Nashville songster Todd Snider and featuring noted sidemen Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly and Duane Trucks — released their eponymous debut. The album, which our own Edd Hurt described as "a record of bargain-basement dreams, complete with first-rate guitar solos," was a collection of covers, and in the mix was a slinky Southern blues-rock take on Frankie Miller's classic country tune "Blackland Farmer" (hear the original here). On July 15, the Americans will release their 12-inch single version of "Blackland Farmer," and you can pre-order that here.
But before the "Blackland Farmer" single's out, you can see HWA's brand-new video for the song above. Directed by Andy Tennille, the vid features a farmer (presumably a hardworking American one) who falls on hard times and resorts to growing an illicit (in most states) substance. But like, a lot of it. Like, this guy is the Walter White of weed. The Escobar of herb. The George Jung of ganja. All right, you get the point. Hard Working Americans' next Nashville date is July 30 at Acme Feed and Seed on Lower Broad.
In case you somehow still haven't seen it, here's a video of Dolly Parton playing "Yakety Sax" (aka The Benny Hill Show theme) on a small saxophone at last week's Glastonbury Festival in England. Questions: Is Dolly really playing that sax part? Does it matter? Is she really covered in secret tattoos?
Watch some more highlights from Dolly's set after the jump, because she's a national treasure.
So you know rad local rock outfits Blank Range, Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders, RICHIE, JEFF the Brotherhood and Chrome Pony, but you may not yet be aware of Fist. Allow me to introduce you to Fist.* That's the super-group of sorts featuring Grant Gustafson, Chet Jameson, Jon Gottschalk and Ian Bush, all current and/or former members of the aforementioned bands. The folks at Made in Network recently stuck these four dudes together in local studio Club Roar with producers/engineers Michael Hardesty and Stephen Turney for an installment in their 24HR Records series. What resulted was a trifecta of groovy, surfy, riffy stoner-rock tunes: "My Way Home," "We've Got You Surrounded (My Latin Baby)" and "Headed West."
Above you can see a video documenting the process of recording all three songs, which is a bit like a compact, light-speed version of Behind the Music or Some Kind of Monster. "I gotta hand it to us, you know," says guitarist Jameson in the clip. "We did it. We came strong. I came strong. Then we came strong. But overall, it was a team effort. It wasn't one person. 'Cause one man can't do the work of a 20-mule team." Um, how about just a 10-minute super-cut of Jameson saying more shit like that, please? Anyway, you can hear all three of Fist's songs after the jump. Honestly? Pretty good stuff. Like some fierce hybrid of QOTSA and Kurt Vile. Or, you know, a mix of all the bands these guys are in.
* This sentence is also an acceptable way to start a fight.
Well, they said they weren't going to play their breakthrough hit "Doses and Mimosas" — the video for which, by the way, has over 3 million views — and they didn't. Nashville's own grimy, funky electro duo Cherub made their television debut last night on Conan, where they played a cut from last month's major-label debut, Year of the Caprese. The song in question is called "<3," and you can watch the performance above.
How should we pronounce "<3"? Is it "Love"? "Less Than Three"? "Heart"?* Good thing we only have to write it, not say it. Anyway, the song itself is a slippery, vaguely Prince-y tale of romantic retribution. Also, stay tuned until the end of the performance, when Cherub member Jason Huber goes to hug Conan and ... well, you'll see. Purchase Year of the Caprese here, and see all of C-rub's upcoming tour dates here.
* I'm pretty certain it's "Heart," given the chorus.
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