* Apparently, reality television star, perpetual pot-stirrer and friend of the Cream (just kidding!) John Rich just kicked a crew from the local Fox affiliate out of his house (aka "Mt. Richmore"). According to Fox 17, Rich "invited media to his home on Monday to unveil his new clothing line and information about the possibility of new music. ... FOX 17 arrived to the Rich home, only to be kicked out. ... According to a Rich staffer, FOX 17 was 'uninvited' because he was 'still upset' about an interview with Rich's alleged stalker Chris Sevier." More on the Sevier business here and here, if you want it. Now git!
* Remember last summer, when one rude dude got totally nude at Kings of Leon's show in Birmingham, England, and the band was into it? Well, KOL drummer Nathan Followill wants the trend to continue. According to NME, Followill told Q Magazine, "It wouldn't hurt to see a little nudity at a concert, but it never happens!" His brother, frontman Caleb, added, "We're up there pouring our hearts out, and if someone wants to show us a little skin, then that will only add a little variety to our show. So anyone out there, preferably of the female variety ... but if anyone wants to hang a little dong we'll look at that too." You have to subscribe to Q to read the full interview, but here's a preview in which Caleb points out that he and his brothers "were fighting like pussies" for a time.
* And finally, news from my fellow Lipscomb University alumnus, vanilla crooner and "WASP with no stinger" (as fellow Creamster Adam Gold puts it) Pat Boone: There's a warrant out for his arrest! According to TMZ, "Boone was ordered to appear in court in connection with a lawsuit involving a condo he purchased on a luxury cruise liner. ... The lawyers subpoenaed Pat to court, but he was a no show, so the judge issued the arrest warrant." Too bad Boone didn't cover "Breaking the Law" on his metal-covers album.
* Music City-residing, arena-rockin’, tireless torch-carriers of commercially successful, blues-based trad rock, The Black Keys, are finally ready to unleash some new music. According to Revolt, dynamic duo Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney will release “Fever,” the first single from the as-yet-untitled full-length follow-up to their Grammy garnering, platinum-plus-selling 2011 LP El Camino next Monday, March 24. Expect more deets on the album, the band’s eighth long-player, to also hit news feeds on Monday. Lawyers for Pizza Hut and Home Depot are psyched. Are you?
So hey, why don't we all cap off our work week with a trio of totally disparate but enjoyable performance vids?
* Up first we have an intimate little performance from local folk songster Stone Jack Jones, who's been on our radar a lot lately (with videos and tracks and remembrances of dearly departed folk legends), mainly because his third full-length, Ancestor, will be out March 4. Above you can watch a Zack Spiger-directed clip of Jones playing his spare, lullaby-like ballad "Petey's Song." Neat, tender little song and performance.
* I mean OK, we've all seen Wild Cub play "Thunder Clatter," the bopping, feel-good, indie-pop number from their record Youth — we've seen them play it in living rooms and in front of Jimmy Fallon. They've got the damn thing down pat. But hey, why not, let's watch 'em do it for Austin's KUTX! Head after the jump to see the Cubbies doing another tight rendition of their best tune, and catch their homecoming show March 2 at 3rd & Lindsley.
* And finally, here's this: Local clothiers DCXV have just launched an in-shop performance series they're calling, duh, "Shop Sessions." Episode 1 features local husband-and-wife-and-one-other-dude landlocked surf-pop troupe Repeat Repeat. As we recently pointed out, RR will release their debut LP on March 11, but you can watch them play their sweetie-pie ode to puppy love, "Love That Never Ages," after the jump. Wander over to DCXV's Tumblr to hear the two other live tracks Repeat Repeat laid down while they were in the shop.
We kicked off our Hump Day with a hearty blast of Euro-style JEFF action, so let's keep the performance-vid theme going with a quick triple-shot of local talent, shall we?
* Glossary frontman Joey Kneiser is known to do the solo thing from time to time, and he recently shot the above performance of "Valessa" from Glossary's 2007 release The Better Angels of Our Nature in his kitchen. It's labeled "Episode 1" of "Kitchen Songs," so fingers crossed there's more to come from the thoughtful Southern-rockin' southpaw.
* Up next is Nashville's very own answer to Dan Deacon, Tyler Walker and his Meth Dad. The local electro-party boy shot a performance of his tune "Nobody Gets Hurt" (with a vocal assist from
a young lady whose name I can't seem to track down, so please share if you know Taylor Aleese Jensen) along with with a DJ set (see both clips after the jump) for OurVinyl.tv. You can almost taste the party streamers and bong residue. Dig in.
* And finally, local garage-punkin' bad boys Bad Cop recently shot an acoustic rendition of "My Dying Days" (the best song from last year's Light On EP) for French Kiss Records' YouTube channel. Bad Cop's label Jeffery Drag Records is of course a part of the French Kiss label group, if you're wondering about that connection. Peep that performance after the jump as well.
MTV is extending a select invitation to the Nashville elites who want to star in an unparalleled television project "The Kids Of Nashville."
Yes, the network that brought us reality TV notables like Amanda Lorber, Jamie Gleicher and assorted Finnish stuntmen is inviting you, the Nashville elite, to join those immortal ranks. Are there any other qualifications?
To be considered for a starring role in "The Kids of Nashville" you need to show us that you are instantly adored, super hot, and a superstar with lots of drama going on in your life
I see. Anything else?
Happy Wednesday. How's about a quick triple-shot of videos from three local dudes who all work under the very broad umbrella of roots/country/blues influence? That's painting with pretty broad strokes, sure ... but hey, you want to see these videos or not?
* Back in September, current Nashvillian Jason Isbell stopped in at Seattle's KEXP while touring in support of last year's critically lauded Southeastern. He played four tunes — "Flying Over Water," "Live Oak," "Different Days" and "Stockholm" — and you can watch the full performance, which just showed up on KEXP's YouTube channel last week, above.
* Yesterday, local rock 'n' roller Tim Easton debuted his Shawn Foster-directed video for "Don't Lie" — a tune from last year's Not Cool — via CMT. It's a slide-adorned, blues-inflected little burner of a song about tension and conflict, and the moody video plays with lighting in a way that suits the tone rather well. Dig into that one after the jump.
* And finally, Keith Parish (a local dude) and his band Roy Ira (a local band that sounds like the name of a dude) recently uploaded their pleasantly wistful instrumental number, "Abby With Yellow Flowers in Her Hair," with some visuals to accompany it. "It's low definition and grainy," says Parish, "please enjoy." Check that after the jump. Roy Ira also recently recorded a Daytrotter session, which you can check out here.
* It's Friday afternoon, and if you're looking for a good diversion, a great one comes to us courtesy of Premiere Guitar, who recently visited with sometime Raconteur Brendan Benson at his Readymade Studios complex near Music Row. Benson talks about his live rig (seen not long ago onstage at the Ryman) before digging in deep on the amps, pedals and other goodies that grace You Were Right, his latest full-length collection of power-pop nuggets. Some of that gear, including one of Benson's favorite Marshall amps, was among the casualties and near-casualties of the flood of 2010 at SoundCheck. For another great diversion, take a look at Parke Puterbaugh's excellent piece in Oxford American on the gear that was resurrected from that disaster and the players' close relationship with it (HT to Joe Nolan). For the audio nerds in the audience, Benson also mentions that he uses Endless Analog's CLASP, a unique technology that incorporates analog tape into the digital recording process, designed and manufactured here in Nashville.
* If Benson and his axes don't get your blood pumping, we also got word of a return screening of Slow Southern Steel, RWAKE frontman Chris Terry's documentary about metal in the deep South. If you missed it the first time around, Terry will be in attendance for another showing Saturday night at Fort Houston; doors at 6 p.m., film starts at 7. There's no cover, but donations are encouraged, and if it means more "giant fuckin' riffs that just step on you the whole night," we can get behind that. Nimble aficionados can catch that and still have time to make the 10 p.m. showing of Phantom of the Paradise over at Cult Fiction Underground.
* Speaking of giant riffs, the Nashville Symphony's one-off concert of Led Zeppelin tunes has sold out, but tickets went on sale this morning for the NSO's upcoming evening of Pink Floyd jams. Tickets range from $44 to $99 for the June 3 concert, which will include the requisite laser light show. The details mention that "Comfortably Numb" will be part of the two-hour-plus program, which begs us to ask: Who will be on duty for guitar solos?
* 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.
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