* Longtime Middle Tennessean indie-rock fans will undoubtedly remember The Katies, the power-pop outfit that helped lead the Spongebath Records takeover of the late '90s. The band, led by Jason Moore and Gary Welch, is still doing their thing, and above you can see Moore and Welch playing three tunes ("Hotel," "Your Broken Heart" and "Sideways") for Toy Box Studio's Stereo Sessions. Big-hearted power-pop with spot-on vocal harmonies. If you dig it, dig in.
* I don't need to remind you just how hard Those Darlins have been grinding along this year in support of their Blur the Line (which landed at No. 6 in our Top Local Albums of 2013 critics' poll). The Darls recently stopped by Colorado Public Radio's studios to perform a handful of Blur the Line tunes ("Blur the Line," "Optimist," "In the Wilderness" and "Oh God"), and you can see those videos after the jump. Sounding on point as always.
* And finally, Courtney Jaye, whose 2013 release Love and Forgiveness is among the most underrated local LPs of the year. Sometime Scene contributor Marissa R. Moss runs a little blog you may have heard of (Lockeland Springsteen), and she recently had Jaye stop by to perform her tune "Morning." Hell of a set of pipes CJ has on her. Watch that video after the jump.
And in the immortal words of Eric Sermon, I'm outta here like last year. (Or maybe Parrish Smith, I can never remember.) Yes, dear readers, after two-and-a-half years cranking out the latest and greatest in Nashville hip hop tunes on the weekly (more or less) I am turning in my resignation, handing in my hip hop card and putting the kibosh on this party and bullshit.
* A lot of impressive local video action coming our way this week. Take, for instance, the beautifully animated video for The Winter Sounds' "Shoulders Above," which you can watch above. Directed by brother-sister animation duo Team Kolendo, the video takes place in the pages and spaces of a bookstore. The song itself is just the sort of urgent and up-tempo, pop-savvy indie rock that The Winter Sounds' latest album, Runner, is full of. Stream Runner or purchase it for $10 via The Winter Sounds' Bandcamp page.
* Paper Route — another pop-savvy local indie-rock outfit — has just launched an ongoing covers series that begins with their rendition of New Zealand pop artist Lorde's "Royals." The Routers fleshed out the tune, dropped the tempo and very much made it their own, as you can hear when stacked against the comparatively sparse original. Anyway, see a video that features some in-studio footage after the jump, and stay tuned for more covers from Paper Route.
* And finally, pop-savvy local (folk-tinged) indie-rock outfit Milktooth has a performance video of their song "Wild Before Our Eyes," the titular tune from Milktooth's recent EP (stream or download via Milktooth's Bandcamp page). The performance was shot at local print shop Isle of Printing by the folks of American Music Project. See that one after the jump as well.
Well, it's a bit hectic around these parts. Nevertheless, a whole swarm of performance videos is bouncing around the 'Net, so let's have a look at some of them in a quick rundown, shall we?
* The Features were recently at Phoenix's Last Exit Live, where they played a stripped-down and retooled version of "This Disorder" from this year's The Features in an Airstream trailer. Watch that above. I particularly enjoy watching bassist Roger Dabbs play the recliner.
* All right, the straight dope: Rhode Island natives and regular road dogs Deer Tick don't belong to Nashville. But they've spent loads of time here, with co-frontman John McCauley even posting up long enough to win "Best New Nashvillian" honors in our 2012 Best of Nashville issue. So we like to claim them, and thus the on-Conan performance of their "The Dream's in the Ditch" you'll find embedded after the jump.
* Hey, if you aren't sick of the Followills' latest record cycle yet, Kings of Leon did one of those Live on Letterman concerts last week. You can stream the whole concert — all 45 minutes of it — after the jump.
* Sara Beth Go and Nobility frontman Sean Williams have gotten together to duet a time or two, and it looks as though they done done it again. Watch them crooning together on the Bobby Goldsboro tune "Me Little Japanese Boy, I Love You" (penned by Burt Bacharach and Hal David) also after the jump.
I know what you guys are thinking: "Sean, Derek Minor is a Christian artist, and I thought you were a lapsed-Marxist, dirt-worshiping heathen." And you're right! On both counts! But I'm not of the rage-against-religion Atheist ilk — those cats are dicks — and I can't argue with a good song. The fact that Minor and I actually seem to be on the same page (the "material goods don't make you a good person or a good rapper" page) probably helps. The fact that Minor can lampoon the rap crowd and the prosperity-gospel crowd with sick wordplay and a sense of humor pretty much guarantees I'm going to dig it, philosophical and spiritual differences aside. But yeah, it is sort of weird for me to be posting a Christian artist. Whatevs, yo.
And now let's get on to some old-time party and bullshit ...
On a less bullshit tip, Goodz dropped his new mixtape Donny Cash this week, and it's further proof that his time in New York City is being well spent, regardless of how much time he's spending in the ER. Released via Live Mix Tapes, Donny Cash finds Dee in top form, his flow further refined and his taste in beats covering a lot of ground between rough-and-rugged and supremely smooth. Standout tracks include "South Still Ballin'," "Still Mackin'" and the mystic, mijwiz-flavored psych-funk of "Hall of Fame," though I gotta say I've listened to "Hall" probably more than any other track on here. As always, quality stuff from one of Nashville's premiere — if not entirely bulletproof — MCs.
OK, let's kick this party and bullshit into high gear ...
That said, '93 Still is righteous, like a perfect alternate-universe version of one of hip-hop's all-time classic records. Clark reconstructed beats using golden era, West Coast-beloved samples to give the record an aesthetically contiguous vibe. Shit, there's even a moment where Traffic does the ol' bump 'n' grind with Rose Royce, which makes for one seriously butter backpack baby. And the rework of "93 Til Infinity"? It's another classic Gummy Soul master(re)work that manages to capture the vibe of the original and flip it for a fresh take. Basically, I'm saying they didn't fuck up a perfect track.
Now, let's get on with this week's abbreviated party and bullshit.
It's Labor Day weekend, and you know what that means: I'm punching the clock early and goofin' off 'til Tuesday! In the words of Flavor Flav, "We're going to the beach, G!" But then again, my birthday is on Wednesday, so really I'll be goofin' off until the 10th ... damn, I love Labor Day Weekend. then again, there's a dearth of local tracks and vids this weekend (I think the rap scene already started their vacation), so I'm going to fill the news hole with some work-themed rap videos to fuel your pre-party slacking (and The Isley Brothers, because The Isley Brothers rule). Remember to stay safe, don't drink and drive, do take a cab, and watch out for coppers. Oh, and go see Phil Ade.
* First up is the new remix from the local Patron Saints of Smooth, Jensen Sportag. It's a slick, spacey take on "Seeing the Same" by Montreal's Solar Year. As you might expect from the Brothers Sportag, it's sexy as all get-out and goes perfectly with a glass of wine and a roaring fire. Sure it's the middle of the day in the middle of August, but don't you want to sit by the fire? Yes you do. (via Ad Hoc)
Hey Party & Bullsh*t people, can we give a nice warm welcome to the Cream's newest hip-hop columnist, Itoro Udoko? Yes, we can. I'm stoked to have him runnin' with the posse and double-stoked have the Cream's hip-hop coverage expanding. The first installment of Numbah 4,080, if you haven't read (but I know you have) is a dope little piece about Kaby's new album HERE (Holistic Ear Remedies Etc.), so it's only fitting that our Itoro-welcoming P&B kicks it back to Kaby's new video. I'd explain who Kaby is and what he does, but again, Itoro already did that.
So let's coast on to some more of that fine, fine party and bullshit ...
Thanks for the extra info, dudes! Two of my favorite local boosters right there.
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