The change of venue — from the Vandy music building last year to the Curb Center this year — probably helped his mood (it's a nice space and it gives the whole thing a really "pro" vibe), but I'm sure the fact that there were actually a whole bunch of people there didn't hurt at all. Seriously, there were probably more people in that room than listened to all of the speakers combined last year. And it's not just college students there for extra credit. We're talking actual adults — people who probably have jobs and shit. A huge jump from previous installments of the conference in terms of presentation and attendance. Nice work, duders.
As for the actual panels, I had barely settled into a discussion of leveraging and monetizing networked platforms of 1,000 true apps made out of belly-button lint — or some other industry lingo-spill that makes the music critic portion of my brain spasm violently — when I got an e-mail from Biz Markie's people about an interview tomorrow. I'm sure the answer to the question "Do country fans use iPhones?" is really interesting (or short), but me and my ADD had to get home and listen to I Need A Haircut. To Jason and the speakers, I apologize for cuttin' out, but I'll definitely be back tomorrow after I talk to the Diabolical! Biz! Mar! Kie!!! (Can you tell I'm having trouble containing my excitement? I am.)
Elusive, “technically” local garage-psych trio Cheap Time isn’t gonna be so elusive when they appear at two of Nashville cool’s flagship record stores in rapid succession tomorrow. The band will kick off this double-header with a free 6 p.m. in-store at Grimey’s before hopping, skipping and jumping over to Seventh Ave. to melt face alongside Cy Barkley, Heavy Cream, The Ettes and JEFF the Brotherhood as part of Third Man Records’ Next Big Nashville festivities — which they’re hosting in conjunction with Nashville’s Dead.
That show almost undoubtedly promises to be the one to define the Next-ness, Big-ness and Nashville-ness of this year’s event. And if it doesn’t, the Saturday night blowout featuring D. Watusi, PUJOL, Turbo Fruits and Jacuzzi Boys will. Bide your time waiting for that prophecy to fulfill itself by watching the videos above and below capturing Cheap Time’s appearance at the 2009 Scion Garage Fest in Portland, Ore.
One thing we didn't get notice of before the paper went to press: Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill will be the subject of this year's Artist Keynote Interview. That will be at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) at the Curb Center. Try not to get a parking ticket like I did. (At least it had a kind note at the end: "Also, this isn't really a parking space.") Anyway, non-conference goings-on start going on tonight as well, and here some highlights:
If you're going to Next Big Nashville and have an iPhone, here's some awesome news: The NBN app is ready. You can use it to keep track of the schedule, the venues, the bands, the parties and your own personal itinerary that you created, which will sync with the app if you update it on the web. (If you used the Bonnaroo app this year, this will feel familiar, since it's made by the same people.) That is, if you have an iPhone. If you don't have one of these magical devices,
I hope you're having fun in the past you can still make your personalized schedule online and then try to remember it for those long, long minutes between not looking at your computer anymore and arriving at the venue. Wait, which venue? What band are you going to see? You forgot? Well, just check your — oh, right. You still have a Chocolate or something, don't you?
And now we find out, as revealed at long last by Third Man yesterday, that PUJOL will be releasing a Third Man Records "blue series" 7-inch produced by Jack White — "Black Rabbit" (already a cassette classic) backed with "Too Safe." (Hopefully you won't have to break open a JEFF record to play it. JK, I think.) This will be in addition to a live EP recorded back when PUJOL opened for Nobunny. So that's pretty awesome.
Now, the new PUJOL 7-inch will be released on Oct. 2, which, incidentally, is also the night PUJOL plays the second of the Nashville's Dead Next Big Nashville showcases at Third Man Records, which we can now tell you about. To the jump!
* Ticket taker/Door greeter
* VIP party host
* Event Setup
Uh, one of these positions sounds doper than the others, no? I don't know why, but when I see the phrase "VIP party host," I'm immediately reminded of this syndicated, late-’90s/early-Aughts gem. The registration form is here, but if you have any questions, you can shoot them on over to volunteer [at] nbnsummit [dot] com.
I still get thrown, at least for a minute, by the whole Thursday-night's-headliner-actually-appears-on-Friday part of the schedule — it's more of a problem when you select an individual day, as opposed to when you're browsing the overall schedule — but I do manage to still see the shows I want to see ever year, so I guess it's not too hard, even for me. If you start feeling overwhelmed by all the choices, you can also sort by venue, which de-clutters the view. Here's just Mercy Lounge, for example. There do seem to be some shows missing, though — nothing's listed yet for Third Man Records, where we hear Nashville's Dead will be holding down with some of the bands you'd expect to be playing a Nashville's Dead show at Third Man. We're still 21 days out, so I bet that lineup gets firmed up well before then.
This festival won't be the same without your band — literally. [NBN]
A showcase marking the program's kick-off will go down Friday, June 18, at downtown’s Hard Rock Cafe and will feature Megan McCormick, The Apache Relay and more.
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