* As I've mentioned a time or two, I enjoy the shimmering sounds of local rock 'n' rollers Penicillin Baby. This Friday, March 29, the Babies will celebrate the release of their Jams: Volume III with a show (also featuring Elk Milk, Golden Spurs and Shy Guy) at Springwater [FB event page]. We'll have to wait until the end of the week to hear all the Jams jams, but you can see Penicillin Baby's largely NSFW, found-footage-featuring vid for the tune "All Dolled Up" above. Do you like pasties and butt cracks and lithe psychedelic grooves? You're in for a treat.
* Avant-indie songster Meadownoise will play this Thursday, March 28, at The Stone Fox along with fellow Cream faves Echo Group and Tower Defense. You'll be able to read my Critic's Pick on that in this week's forthcoming dead-tree edition of the Scene. But for now, you can watch frontman/brains-behind-operation Matt Glassmeyer and his collection of savvy instrumentalists playing "Yep, That's Right" from It's 4:00. The performance was recorded live to two-track tape by Matt Stager at Electric Kite Records, and filmed by Tower Defense's Mike Shepherd.
* Well, as we noted yesterday via tweet, Last Call With Carson Daly filmed one of Glossary's SXSW performances, and that aired on last night's episode. I've come to find today, however, that LCWCD takes somewhere in the neighborhood of a month (sometimes more) to post episode clips online, so if you missed the show last night and don't do the DVR thing, you may just be shit out of luck for a minute. Except! You see, fellow Murfreesboro-bred rock 'n' rollers The Features appeared on an episode of Last Call back in December, and those performances just now hit the Web. See the boys doing "Temporary Blues" at The Troubadour above, and check out "Golden Comb" and "Big Mama Gonna Whip Us Good" after the jump. (Hat-tip to contributor Stephen "Goose" Trageser on those links.)
* Dave Stewart, as you surely are aware, is known not only as one-half of Eurhythmics, but also as a noted producer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, Joss Stone, more) and solo artist. Well, Stewart has been working on his forthcoming record, Lucky Numbers, at the renowned Blackbird Studio here in Nashville, and he recently tracked a tune with model and musician Karen Elson (coincidentally, last week's Scene cover girl). You can hear the song, titled "Nashville Snow," and see some footage of the pair in the studio after the jump.
* And finally, local songbird Sara Beth Geoghegan (who's taken to going by "Sara Beth Go" lately, and really, can you blame her?) has started a little video series called "Dining Room Duets," which will feature ... well, I think you can figure that part out. In the first installment — much like when Sara Beth teamed up with The Nobility frontman Sean Williams to cover "All I Have To Do Is Dream" — SBG sat down with Williams for a rendition of the vocal-pop classic "Tonight You Belong to Me" (also done by such purveyors of cutesy-poo as Zooey Deschanel and Ben Schwartz and Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters). Peep that one after the jump as well.
* Animal Collective has rescheduled five of their spring tour dates "due to a band illness." Among those five dates is their March 13 stop at Nashville's Marathon Music Works, which has now been rescheduled for July 19. "All tickets will be honored for rescheduled dates or can be refunded at place of purchase." (See Creamster Adam Gold's chat with Animal Collective knob-twiddler Geologist here.)
* According to Basement/Grimey's honcho Mike "Grimey" Grimes, The Features have hopped onto tonight's Basement bill and will play "a quick 40-minute set pre-SXSW. They will preview a few songs from their new record coming soon. Also on the bill is Nashville's Sturgill Simpson, thinking man's outlaw country up-and-comer (and a favorite of Dan Auerbach's) and New Jersey's The Everymen with Grimey's buddy/compadre Michael Venutolo-Mantovani, Matador Records sales and marketing coordinator." That one costs a measly $5.
It's Friday, the sun is shining, and time is about to spring forward — let's get this party and bullshit started! And it's going to be a quick one this week, because, well, looks like cats are taking the week — my inbox is empty, YouTube is fallow, and my news feed is a no-man's-land. Oh wait, that's probably because I've been de-friending weak rappers like it's going out of style. (So kids, learn to rap or we can't be friends.) But that isn't to say that we don't have a high-quality bit of P&B for you this week — in fact, we've got that new newness from Mello Rello. Rell's been laying low lately, but this video for "40 Days and 40 Nights" makes a solid argument that you should not sleep on Rell, ever. The track is from last year's Long Live the Fly, and I'm going to cross my fingers and hope that the dude drops a new tape soon.
All right, let's get on with this party-and-bullshit bullshit ...
Happy Snowpocalypse 2013, everybody! Wait, are you saying that this massive blizzard has dissipated by the time this post went live? Surely there are at least eight-foot snow drifts and polar bears wandering aimlessly, looking for food, gnawing on the skulls of helpless salmon-resembling hipsters? No? A lot has changed in the last couple of hours. That or somebody spiked my Cheerios. Or I spiked my Cheerios and didn't notice. Anyway, if you don't want to bust out the dog team and go mushing through the sleet, why don't you just kick back and enjoy the latest video from Ducko McFli, which premiered on Vibe.com this week. It's the first video from Ratchet Life Sophisticated Dreams, which, if I'm not mistaken, is the first Ducko record that's actually for sale on iTunes. I've been enjoying the SoundCloud version quite a bit — mostly because the new iTunes interface gives me a headache and I don't want to deal with it — and so it's nice to see the dude get daps from a major publication. And it's also nice to see that the video wasn't a tribute to Al Pacino's Cruising, because that would have opened up a really weird can of socio-political worms that I have no interest in dealing with while it's snowing.
And now it's time for more Party & Bullsh*t, and this week we're going to start it with some bullshit:
Hey, guess what. A bunch of of people put out hip-hop albums, songs, videos mixtapes, cuneiform tablets and so on in the last couple of weeks — Dee Goodz, Ducko McFli, Gummy Soul — and you should listen to them. I'm sure by now you know my opinion about those folks. Otherwise, it's all songs about money recorded on cheap microphones and 30 seconds of "acting" before yet another song about Instagram — can we quit it with the app-rap, folks? — so let's talk about something important. Baseball is almost here. Opening day is little more than a month away. Since I'm obligated to talk local hip-hop but would really rather be talking about baseball, this seems like a good time to bring up the series of vanity rap records sorta recorded here in Nashville.
For What It's Worth
For What It's Worth
* As noted by Rolling Stone, VH1 Classic has a new show by the name of For What It's Worth co-hosted by Gary Dell'Abate (yes, as in "Baba Booey") and Jon Hein. The show is all about "digging through pop culture collectibles to find out what they're really worth," and in the first episode, Dell'Abate and Hein make a trip to Jack White's Third Man Records here in Nashville to discuss the triple-decker record, among other things. The episode will air tonight, but you can watch a little sneak-preview segment with White and his sergeant-at-arms/nephew Ben Blackwell above. Anyway, we all know JW's preference for tangible goods over intangible ones — especially given his recent mission statement as Record Store Day 2013's official ambassador ... even if some locals prefer to emphasize "the content" rather than "the container." Fair enough point.
* And since we're on the topic of rock stars and everything, this seems apropos: Grantland's Steven Hyden has been penning a series by the name of "The Winners' History of Rock and Roll," and the seventh and final installment is all about The Black Keys, "one of the only indie bands of the '00s to break out of the underground rock ghetto and achieve mass stardom." Hyden's piece is a thoughtful and insightful overview of the post-millennial effect of critical praise vs. commercial success and what's become the "no-man's-land between the underground and the mainstream." It also follows along with The Black Keys' arc, which I suppose we know a thing or two about around these parts. Anyhow, good read, even if it's not quite as challenging as the installments about Aerosmith or Linkin Park. Hat-tip to contributor Jewly Hight for sending along that link.
* And finally, this ain't a super-fresh bit, but it's certainly worthy: As noted by Music Row Magazine, local institution Music City Roots, which broadcasts live every Wednesday from Loveless Cafe, will soon be aired by stations across the country. (Here's the full list of affiliates.) Sure, that's great news for MCR, but really, it's good news for the rest of the country.
Hey folks, we're keeping this week's P&B brief — unfortunately we had to step out of the office this afternoon to pay our respects to the memory of blogger/bassist/promoter/champion of all that's, good, right and true in music, Ben Todd. While he didn't work within the genre that is this column's purview, I think the work that Todd did in his terribly truncated life can serve as a good example for the hip-hop community.
Todd was one of the city's best, most successful underground promoters — he helped make our punk underground a national force — and he made it all happen through good will, positive vibes and a selfless love of the music, which is rare in a town with so much rampant, unchecked ego. He was able to galvanize a community by creatively circumventing the barriers the industry places in front of the young and eager, he was able to grow that community through constant hard work and devotion. He was an incredible promoter and booster, a man that had world-class hustle, but you would have never known it from talking to him, because he was simply too nice a dude. Our relationship wasn't much more than "I went to some of his parties, he went to some of mine," but he was always friendly, always a pleasure to talk to, never pushy, never scrounging for coverage or attention. He was a sterling example of success built solely on an unwavering love for the music and the possibilities that it held. Todd's passing has left a gaping chasm in the local music community, and I hope that his life can serve as guide for other folks, regardless of what genre they work in — good vibes and love for the art form will always bring highest rewards. And while you're at it, pour out a little liquor.
We'll resume our regularly scheduled partying and bullshitting next week.
* Night Beds, whose debut LP Country Sleep dropped last week via Dead Oceans, played their tune "Ramona" on Friday night's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. No stand-alone clips of just the Beds' performance that I can see on the Net, but I believe this link will drop you in at right about the time frontman Winston Yellen & Co. take the stage (i.e., the 37-minute mark). With three guitars, lap steel and a string section, it's a pretty damn lush performance. Hats off to those boys.
* Local multi-instrumentalist Matt Glassmeyer and his Meadownoise have a new tune by the name of "Thrush," and they posted a performance of it on the ol' 'Tube. It's sort of like a free-verse poem set to a trippy, ominously cinematic soundtrack. A lot of fine players on the performance, so have a look after the jump. Meadownoise will play with Lylas and Wooden Wand tonight at The Stone Fox, but you already knew that.
* And finally, remember Nashville Time Machine? It's that relatively new site that features sessions — from people like Natalie Prass and The Breedings — wherein performers record a song to tape and also tell a little story. Well, the latest session features Madi Diaz performing her "Burn" and telling a little story about her first performance — and her first case of stage fright. (Note: That story is kind of produced like a Radiolab segment, no?) Anyway, hear both "Burn" and Diaz's story after the jump.
It's Friday, and you know what we love to do on Fridays: watch graffiti videos! OK, we love to do that every day, because graffiti videos are awesome. And they're especially dope when it's 11 minutes of your own city getting hit with that spray-can illness. I don't know who these cats are, and I'm not asking — while I love all of the legal pieces going up around town, nothing is better than seeing art show up where it's not supposed to. Also, there's some downright juvenile vandalism that totally enthralls 12-year-old me. Throw in some clips from Nashville, a track from Kidsmeal's classic Secret Recipe album and some tourist-hasslin', and you've got a P&B lede ready to go! But it's mostly ill letters in ill spots and some really beautiful low-light time lapse — a gorgeous portrait of the art that happens while the city sleeps. (Not to be confused with the arson that goes on while the city sleeps. Hey-oh!) But yeah, graffiti videos rule.
Alright kiddos, hop on the party bus, it's time for some bullshit that's fit to print ...
The second woe is past; and behold, the third woe cometh quickly
Ok, Daddy, if I promise to go on the potty; can I have my gun…
8-8:15 third kind
8:30-8:45 the shapschenk restagtion
9-9:15 lazer slut
9:15-9:30 tim carey
This here's mah boy Charlie
While combing through old photos, Billy's court-ordered therapist finally discovered why it all went wrong.