Friday, October 31, 2014

Photo of the Week: Jack White as the Tin Man

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 3:02 PM

So, have you gotten a load of The Spin's recap of the Devil's Night festivities at Third Man Records? Sounds like it was a pretty good time, full of bloody bathtubs and fire eaters and, oh right, some music too. But wait. Who was that silvery so-and-so in the Tin Man costume? Take a close look at the above photo, which was shot by freelance shutterbug and TMR employee Angelina Castillo. That's your boy Jack White.

Complete with a steampunk nose, ax, funnel hat and silver face paint, White is easily as convincing a Tin Woodsman as Jack Haley, the actor who contracted a severe eye infection from the silver makeup used while filming The Wizard of Oz. Hopefully the metallic face paint industry has upped its safety standards in the 75 years since Oz was released.

I have to say, of all the things a wealthy guy could do with his money — outside of philanthropic endeavors, of course — wearing what is surely a costly and uncomfortable but definitely authentic Halloween costume has to rank near the top. Anyway, there's probably a "You Don't Know What Love Is"/"If I Only Had a Heart" or "Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers and bears" joke in here somewhere. I'll leave you to it.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I Never Thought I'd Get Misty Eyed While Watching GWAR, but Here We Are

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Gwar did the A.V. Undercover thing just in time for Halloween — as you can see above, the horror-core outfit delivered a fantastic version of Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls." But the true magic comes at the end of the video when the band busts into their own take on one of my favorite songs, "People Who Died" by The Jim Carroll Band. I think there's something in my eye, some dust or fake blood or something. I can't possibly be tearing up over a Gwar performance.

Gwar, if you see this, please play this medley at your Nashville show at the Exit/In on Dec. 2. PLEASE. That would be amazing.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

TV Personality David Rees Mashes Up Taylor Swift and Aphex Twin

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM

In case you haven’t checked your Taylor Swift countdown clock lately, we’re a mere four days out from the release of 1989, T-Unit’s foray into pop music which has so far elicited eye-rolls from New Yorkers and applause from Canadian white noise enthusiasts. But, while it’s fine and all that Swift is finally sloughing off her country music aesthetic for new horizons, wouldn’t it have been a lot more fun if she went headlong into experimental electronica?

Enter Aphex Swift.

Television host and cartoonist David Rees, who brought us Going Deep on NatGeo and Get Your War On, has been posting mash-up remixes of Taylor Swift and Aphex Twin on his Soundcloud for the past three days and, in a word, they're awesome. Aphex Swift sounds like a copy of Red hurled through the vast chasm of space and into that wormhole from 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s an angular nightmare of glitch-y electronic and songs about *~boys~*, straight out of some kind of pop-culture-addled John Carpenter fever dream. What's not to like about that?

Scope an unlikely mash-up between "Starlight" and "Windowlicker" below and keep an eye on Rees’ SoundCloud page for more — he’s been posting new tracks daily and seems like he’ll only let up when the lawyers come knocking.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Taylor Swift Tops the Canadian Charts With Eight Seconds of Static

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Before you get too panicked about the fact that 2014 is the first year without a platinum record, keep in mind that Taylor Swift has yet to release 1989, her highly-anticipated follow-up to Red (which has moved somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.2 million units and still counting in the US).

If you think Swift can't sell a million records by the end of the year, you're wrong. Yesterday, when Swift's released her lackluster new single "Welcome to New York," another song, "Track 3," was also accidentally posted. So many fans coughed up the $1.29 to download it, the song shot to the top of the Canadian iTunes chart. Problem is, "Track 3" wasn't actually a song — it was eight seconds of white noise. Yup! Eight seconds — the entire duration of a successful bull ride — of nothing, posted under Taylor Swift's name, outsold Calvin Harris, Maroon 5, Pitbull, Gwen Stefani, and even Taylor Swift herself.

As Adam Gold pointed out, "Taylor's eight seconds of static has more substance than 5 Seconds of Summer." Rimshot!

It's a pretty good argument that a major pop star's success has very little to do with the actual talent involved (despite what overenthusiastic fans might say). At this point, Swift's brand is more profitable than her music — Swift could post a recording of Olivia Benson digging in her litter box and it would go to the top of the charts almost instantly. Meow.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sleater-Kinney Releases New Song, Announces 2015 Tour

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Today is a very good day, because today is the day Sleater-Kinney has officially announced that not only are they touring in 2015, but they are also releasing a new album. WHAT!? YES! The trio of women who have all taken turns being the best friend of my dreams are releasing the reunion record No Cities to Love — their first record since 2005's underwhelming (IMHO) The Woods — Jan. 20, on Sub Pop. Brief US and European tours will follow the album's release.

Wait, there's more! The band also posted a lyric video (above) for a (great) new song called "Bury Our Friends," starring the wonderful and weird Miranda July. The song's got a choppy D.C. dance-punk/Q and Not U vibe — I can't wait to hear the whole album. Of course the world's 3,000 luckiest Sleater-Kinney fans got to hear the song before everyone else, as it was included in the colored vinyl box set that is now totally sold out. (Don't panic if you missed out — Sub Pop is taking orders for a second, all-black pressing that will ship in mid-December.)

All the US and Europe dates are posted at, but warning: At press time, the closest they get to Nashville is Chicago on Feb. 17. Hopefully more dates, including a Music City stop, are still to come.

Until then, road trip!


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Missed Connection: Sad Craigslister Still Carries Torch for the Amy Grant Fan Who Got Away

Posted By on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Ceci nest pas une Craigslist post.
  • Ceci n'est pas une Craigslist post.

So ladies, how weird would it be to learn some perving, wedding-bells-projecting rando was out there regretting how he didn't creep on 1987 teenage you? How unnerving would it be to know that some sad, sad, too-shy-for-Kajagoogoo guy whose eye you caught at a pop-country concert 27 years ago has obsessively spent those 27 years searching for your face from the shadows of every mall, park and school event his sad legs have taken sad, lonely paces through on his sad journey through a sad life marked by phantasmal visions of holy matrimony, all the while haunted by the sounds of profoundly happily married America’s sweetheart Amy Grant? Hopefully the subject of the psychotic author of this doozie courtesy of Craigslist Nashville missed connections will never, ever know.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Status Update of the Week: Sturgill Simpson on Being 'Chastised' for Singing 'Goddamn' on Conan

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 4:03 PM


Last week, up-and-coming neo-traditional country songster Sturgill Simpson appeared on Conan, where he played "Life of Sin." We loved it. Conan loved it. But apparently some folks didn't love Simpson's use of the word "goddamn" in his song, and they have — in Simpson's words — "chastised" him for it.

Well, the singer took to Facebook earlier today, responding with a status update that ought to either shut those alleged chastisers up, or piss them off even further. Either way, doesn't seem like Simpson gives a goddamn about their nitpicking. See the full status update in the screen-grab above or block-quoted after the jump.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Rock 'n' Roll Sports Classic, 1978

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

The Alessi Brothers, Boston, The Commodores, Seals and Crofts, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, ELO, Freddy Fender, Earth Wind & Fire, Leif Garrett, The Jacksons, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Kenny Loggins, Anne Murray, The Runaways, Helen Schneider, Sha Na Na, Rod Stewart, Tanya Tucker.

Related: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts open for Journey tonight at Bridgestone Arena.


Bonus screen-grab after the jump.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Hear Tom Hiddleston Sing Hank Williams' 'Move It on Over'

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Remember several weeks ago when we mentioned that Tom Hiddleston — the British actor known primarily for his portrayal of Loki in the Marvel films — would be playing the part of Hank Williams in a forthcoming biopic by the name of I Saw the Light? Folks' reactions seemed to be generally positive, banking on Hiddleston's skills as a thespian and his mild resemblance to the legendary country singer. Actually ... not everyone was into it. Williams' grandson Hank 3 thought the role should've gone to an American actor — namely Matthew McConaughey.

Well, now's our chance to see just how well Hiddleston's going to fit into ol' Hank's shoes. Over the weekend, the Brit popped up at the Wheatland Music Festival in Remus, Mich., where he played and sang a couple of Williams' numbers. Above you can see a clip of the star singing "Move It on Over"; according to The Wrap, Hiddleston and noted Nashvillian Rodney Crowell — who's set to serve as I Saw the Light's executive music producer — also played a rendition of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" together.

So, thoughts? Are you wowed by the clip, aside from the point at 0:50 when someone can be heard saying, "Lookit, it's Loki"? Let's be honest: It's not a particularly impressive attempt. Maybe it's a work in progress, or maybe Hiddleston had the jitters or a bad monitor mix. Or maybe the plan is to dub all the vocals, and he was just getting the knack of singing onstage at Wheatland. Would McConaughey do any better?


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Hannibal Buress' 'Gibberish Rap' Set to Norm's 'The Right One' [Fresh Track]

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Two dudes: One, Hannibal Buress, is a particularly hilarious comic known for his stand-up specials and appearances on Broad City, Letterman, Fallon, 30 Rock, Louie, Kroll Show and more; the other, Dave Paulson, is a prolific local musician and music journalist known for fronting outfits including power-popsters The Privates and '90s-centric nostalgists My So-Called Band. Paulson also has a solo project by the name of Norm, via which he releases sharp, catchy, cleverly engineered pop tunes that swirl all sorts of genres (from punk and hip-hop to EDM and baroque pop) into one rather rad and enjoyable gumbo. One track worth hearing is Norm's latest, "Moving On," which you can stream or download for free via Bandcamp.

So, here's the thing: A ways back, Buress "dropped a single," which is basically him rapping nonsensically about things like "chicken dicks" and "putting on deodorant" for a few bars. Hear the original "Gibberish Rap" here. Yesterday, Buress offered the "Gibberish Rap" vocals up to anyone who might like to try their hand at a remix. Paulson answered the call, putting Buress' hot fire over a pre-existing Norm instrumental track by the name of "The Right One." And it appears as though Norm's version was the very first one. Also, it's great and hilarious. Hear Norm's version of "Gibberish Rap" below, or download it for free via Soundcloud.

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