Well, good news for edgy local songwriters and performers with the sort of itch some reality-TV exposure just might scratch: Producers of a prospective "Nashville Rocker / Hipster / Alt-Country Rock Documentary-Reality Series" recently posted a casting call on both Craigslist and producer Adair Kaiser's website. Kaiser & Co.'s casting checklist features the following: a female singer-songwriter, a female singer, a male music manager, a three- to five-piece band, and a male singer-songwriter who "knows how to touch a girl's soul with a song." Here's the post as it appears on Craigslist:
Producers are looking for cast members who are living these parts: not actors looking to play musicians.
1. Female singer/songwriter trying to make it in Music City - passionate about the craft of singing and songwriting. Schooled in Classic Country.
2. Female singer with attitude (songwriter a plus), driven to success. Schooled in Pop Country and/or Country Rock.
3. Male music manager and under 35 - homegrown and on the handsome side with a passion and no-holds-barred attitude to selling his client(s).
4. Band - 3 to 5 member - Alt Country or Rock or Country Rock or Americana band - unsigned with an East Nashville attitude. No straight up Country.
5. Solo male singer/songwriter with heart. Knows how to touch a girl's soul with a song.
If you are sexy, driven, young and talented as well as comfortable in front of the camera plus looking for major exposure, please apply here
After the jump you'll find the posting as it appears on Kaiser's site, where she notes that the male singer-songwriter should be "more Iggy Pop than pretty boy look" — because, of course, we know how many girls' souls Iggy touched with "I Wanna Be Your Dog."
Presented without comment, here is tattoo artist Jonny Lashley's next-level painting of local joke-folk caterwaulers Birdcloud.
Tickets aren't on sale now, because there are no tickets. The event is free. But if you're itching to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page here. And because why the hell not, let's listen to a classic Best Show clip in which Scharpling speaks to Rabid B. Hatchetman — a misguided Juggalo portrayed by Jon Wurster (who else?) — after the jump.
Update, July 31, 1:30 p.m.: As noted on the official Facebook event page, Scharpling has had to cancel his appearance due to unforeseen circumstances, though the rest of the event is still set to proceed as scheduled. Bummer to hear it. Hope to see Tom in our neck of the woods some other time.
From the Department of Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog-Flavored Diarrhea (ugh, sorry): As reported by Stereogum, Fred Durst and Wes Borland of noted clown brigade Limp Bizkit were recently photographed with a copy of Loose Jewels, local punk-poppers Diarrhea Planet's 2011 debut LP. See Borland holding his Jewels above. "Reports" Stereogum writer Tom Breihan, "I don’t have any idea why or how this happened." Breihan does know that the photo was taken "at a record store in Moscow." Limp Bizkit is indeed playing Moscow's Park Live festival this weekend, but a thorough scouring of the Internet appears to turn up no further information. Anybody know where this came from? Care to fill us in? Durst's lavalier mic suggest a "What's in My Bag"-esque record-store rundown.
Anyhow, the Planeteers are no strangers to being repped by superstars — be those stars Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles or just a rogue possum. Stereogum also unveiled DP's "Kids," an anthemic and earnest, laid-back, mid-tempo, surf-punk fist-pumper that will be featured on I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams (out Aug. 20 via Infinity Cat). Stream that below as you bask in the glow of Fred Durst's wiry, professorial beard.
Update: As pointed out by former Scene intern Wrenne Evans, the photo was taken at this Russian record store. Here's where the photo was originally posted, complete with a caption that Google Translate translates as, "We were stopped by Limp Bizkit, they loved the record N*ggers and Diarrhea Planet!" If you're wondering about that random racial slur in there, that's the name of the band whose record Durst is holding.
Over the weekend, Pittsburgh, Pa., Kenny Chesney fans fought the law (and each other), and the law won. According to KDKA 2 (via Buzzfeed), Pittsburgh police made a total of 73 arrests — 49 at the venue and another 24 nearby — at the “Beer in Mexico” singer’s No Shoes Nation tour stop Saturday night at Heinz Field. Though the stadium is home to the Pittsburgh Steelers (pun intended), most of the arrests were for misdemeanors the likes of disorderly conduct, public intoxication and aggravated assault. No fans, however, were reportedly arrested or ejected for bearing uncanny resemblance to Chesney.
Additionally, 150 concertgoers received medical treatment, with 45 ending up in area medical facilities. There were reportedly at least 10 fights (like the one captured above) in or around the stadium, none of which were the main event.
A week ago, we shared with you the fourth installment of Noisey's Guitar Moves series, in which Black Key and Nashville resident Dan Auerbach sat down with Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Zwan, Skunk, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, more) to talk shop. Guitar shop. Well, for this week's Guitar Moves (not an intentional Bob Seger reference, apparently), Sweeney came to Nashville to chat and play with Country Music Hall of Famer and recent Scene cover boy "Cowboy" Jack Clement.
In the clip, which you can watch above, Sweeney displays appropriate reverence as Cowboy plays "You Are My Sunshine," "Just a Girl I Used to Know" and more and talks about his gorgeous old Gibson. The highlight, however, comes when Cowboy discusses his writing of Jerry Lee Lewis' 1957 tune "It'll Be Me." You know the "If you find a lump in your sugar bowl" line? Well, let's just say the original lyric was a little bit ... shittier.
While much of the band's gear was stolen, the drums were salvaged thanks to one good Samaritan. It's all detailed in the story, but follow me after the jump to read an excerpt. (Ignore the bit in which Wilson says it's improbable for a melodic electronic pop band to be from Nashville. You know, considering our diversity.)
Well, we've had to keep this one under our hat for a minute now, but the time has come to doff said hat and share the news: Despite the date not being mentioned in their recent tour announcement, Bradford Cox and his Deerhunter have just been added as openers for The Breeders' Last Splash anniversary show tomorrow night at Cannery Ballroom.
Deerhunter's Monomania was released just last week and has received strong reviews — though I'd personally like to endorse the record with an "exceptional" stamp rather than simply a "strong" one. Why didn't they announce their Cannery appearance further in advance? Perhaps they're trying out that new material live and want to see how it plays. Or perhaps they just didn't want to steal The Breeders' rightful thunder. Either way and anyhow, yes, tickets to tomorrow night's show are still available at this link. Those will cost you $20 plus service fees, and I recommend you go ahead and jump on it; I predict that this one will sell out before showtime. But feel free to roll the dice and attempt to buy a walk-up ticket — my predictions have been wrong before.
All right, let me provide a little bit of background for the younguns among us. Long ago, in a time known as the '90s, MTV (which was and still is an acronym for "Music Television," if you can believe it) featured music-centric programming. One program that ran on MTV throughout the '90s was known as Alternative Nation, and it was hosted by a young lady by the name of Kennedy. Kennedy was known for conducting interviews, some of which tended to meander, while others just went clean off the rails.
Well, Kennedy now hosts Music in the Mornings on KYSR 98.7 FM in Los Angeles, and as you can see above, she and her fellow KYSR DJ Kade recently spoke with our own hometown heroes JEFF the Brotherhood at Coachella. Between mislabeling JEFF's music as "lo-fi," randomly saying the word "analog" after being told that Hypnotic Nights was recorded in a very expensive studio and talking about the reality-television program Splash, Kennedy manages to let brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall (and newbie JEFF members Christina Norwood and King Karl) speak just a little bit. All the while, Kade yucks it up like a good radio DJ ought — grinning and laughing nervously like your mom trying to keep Thanksgiving civil while your weird, inebriated aunt asks everyone bizarre questions.
Interview highlight: "Well, I think that if [this interview] was a race car, you'd need to tighten up the suspension," says Karl, "and, like, lead it into the corners." So, needless to say, Karl for the absolute win here.
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