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Duck Sauce (A-Trak + Armand Van Helden) released a video for their latest single “Big Bad Wolf” today and… um… well… it’s *scratches head* absolutely ridiculous? I don’t even know. I wouldn’t recommend watching it at work, though. (It’s age-restricted on YouTube, so it probably won’t play embedded below, but we’ll try anyway…

Also, tonight Chromeo (fronted by A-Trak’s brother Dave) takes over Nashville at the Cannery Ballroom. As of posting there are still tickets left. What’s possibly even more exciting than Chromeo is the fact that the one and only Breakbot is opening for them. It’s a VERY special treat to get to see an Ed Banger artist in Nashville, so you should seize this opportunity. Breakbot is one of my all-time favorite dance/electronic producers and he will NOT disappoint. Even cooler is the fact that locals How I Became the Bomb are on the bill in place of Mayer Hawthorne, and they’re doing a set of Hall & Oates covers! (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not glad Mayer Hawthorne canceled for whatever reason, just glad that my pals in HIBTB got seize such a great opportunity.) Check the video for Breakbot’s “Baby I’m Yours” below:

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A Few Good Shows: 9/9/11

September 9, 2011

Soundland is quickly approaching and the $55 wristband price expires TODAY at noon, so if you’ve been putting off buying one, this is your last chance to get them before the price goes up. A wristband gets you into all the shows, including M.Ward at War Memorial Auditorium, Ghostland Observatory at the Cannery, Foster the People at the 12th Ave block party stage, and everything else. Get them before it’s too late.

Now for this weekend’s goodness:

FRIDAY:

Cassino, The Silver Seas, Ryan Case @ The Basement. 9pm 21+ $7

Girls & Boys Nashville presents Classixx, Justin Faust, Crizzly, Coach and Hands Off Sam @ The Cannery. 9pm $10

And as I told you yesterday, I will be DJing alongside Dali Drama and Losici at the Wine Loft for Vitalic Noise’s new weekly party CRAVE. It’s FREE and goes from 10pm till last call.

SATURDAY:

Grimey’s presents the 12th south concert series ft. The Coolin’ System, D. Watusi, and Turkeys at Sevier Park. Starts at 6pm sharp and it’s FREE. Turkeys is the name of the supergroup featuring Jessi Darlin (of Those Darlins), Joey Scala (formerly PUJOL), Sean Thompson (formerly PUJOL), Jamin Orrall (JEFF the Brotherhood), and Luke Schneider (Cortney Tidwell). They played their debut show at Dino’s a few weeks back as a nameless band, so it’s good they finally settled on a name (and a fitting one at that).

Tetsuo w/ the 1-10’s @ Springwater. 21+ 10pm $5

SUNDAY:

Ben Swank presents Hate Life ft. the Black Belles (who backed Stephen Colbert on “Charlene II [I’m Over You]”) @ The Basement. 9pm 21+ $5

Have a great weekend!

 

Chromeo tonight

August 26, 2010

So you know Chromeo is playing at the Cannery tonight, right? If not, you’re either not in Nashville (which is just fine), or you are in Nashville and need to have your head examined. I’ll be honest, it took me a second to get into Chromeo. 5 years ago I wasn’t nearly as into “smooth grooves” as I am now. But once I was in, I was IN. I had the distinct privilege of seeing them play with Daryl Hall at Bonnaroo this year (playing both their own and all the classic Hall & Oates tunes), and it was honestly one of the best shows I’ve EVER seen. That is not an exaggeration. The fact that Holy Ghost! and Telephoned are opening for them tonight makes this utterly a dream bill IMO. There might be a few tickets left online, but make no mistake, if you snooze on this one, you WILL LOSE. I have no doubt it will sellout online thus leaving none available at the door. On a side note: few people wear Wayfarers as well as David Macklovitch. On another side note: I’m really fucking jealous of my pal Sean Maloney who gets to interview/hang out with them today for American Songwriter.

What could be better than this show happening at the Cannery? How I Became the Bomb covering Hall & Oates songs upstairs at Mercy Lounge BOTH before and after the show, that’s what. Seriously, this is the best idea ever. No clue if Drew or HIBTB cooked this one up, but kudos either way. Oh, and HIBTB will joined by DJs Wild Cub (Keegan DeWitt’s alter-ego) and Rio for the afterparty. I seriously hope this barrage of awesomeness makes a good impression on Chromeo/makes them want to come back. It’s gonna be one helluva night.

I heard about this show last friday, but couldn’t really mention it until the official word came from Mercy Lounge/Cannery. Chromeo and Holy Ghost! will be playing at the Cannery on August 26th! This is the kind of lineup that 5 years ago would’ve never been possible in Nashville, but now it’s happening, and you should be very excited because this is one of the best matchups ever to come through town. I must be totally honest- I’ve always been rather lukewarm about Chromeo, but I can rock some Holy Ghost! any day. After seeing LCD Soundsystem at Bonnaroo this year and then seeing Holy Ghost!, my DFA void will be filled.

On a different note, it looks like local math-punks The Ocelots have been busy in the studio, as they’ve got a new EP on their bandcamp. This material is a much-needed break from their past. These songs have more of a melodic direction than their older ones while still keeping the jagged, bouncy, math-rock format intact. In fact, one of the songs actually stuck in my head for a minute… something that would’ve never happened before. It’s name-your-price… but I suggest making a donation…

The big story today is also an act of shameless self-promotion. Tonight is the sold-out Features/Majestico/Cortney Tidwell show at Exit/In, and I’m DJing the official afterparty at La Paz along with Fan Fiction. La Paz is literally only 3 doors down Elliston from Exit/In, and given the fact that A) there’s NO COVER and B) well drinks/margaritas/wine are all $3 and PBR cans are $2, you’d be CRAZY not to come over after the show (if you’re going). Since the show sold out in one day due the rumor of Kings of Leon opening (which proved to be false), you may not have a ticket. In that case, I suggest simply coming straight to La Paz, because we kick things off around 9-10pm and you know the party will really get hoppin’ later on anyway. In case you hadn’t realized- this is the new incarnation of BFF. It’s simply whenever/wherever Fan Fiction and I DJ together. And trust me, we’re bringin’ the bangers. The resident La Paz DJ for whom we’re covering, Potamus, will be hitting the decks down in M’boro at SWAG, so if you’re in that neck of the woods and wanna dance, 527 Main St. is the place to be.

Speaking of Majestico, they’ve got 2 brand new tracks up on their bandcamp for free (unless you give your email address monetary value). Together they comprise the Bright White Lady single. What the hell are you waiting for? Go get them now. Oh, and there’s another great track called “I Like You” on there as well. These dudes might just be my favorite “new” Nashville band. (Via a star to sail her by, AKA the new blog from Andrew J. Smithson)

D. Patrick Rodgers of Nashville Cream did an interesting interveiw with Daniel Pujol as a part of this week’s Scene cover story “10 Artists to Watch in 2010.” Pujol’s answers are rather hilarious and quite cryptic at times, but that’s the main reason it’s a good read… You can also grab 2 free mp3s of Pujol’s solo work, which are hard to come by since most of his solo material has been released on cassette tape.

Other stuff this weekend:

Saturday is a major dilemma for sure:

Of Montreal/James Husband @ Cannery Ballroom vs. Girls/Magic Kids/Smith Westerns @ Exit/In…

Personally, I’ve seen Of Montreal 4 times and much prefer their mid-career material (Coquelicot through Sunlandic Twins). That, combined with my Scene photographic assignment will likely land me at Exit/In, because I haven’t seen any of those bands, and want to see all of them, especially Magic Kids.

On Sunday the party doesn’t stop, because Tristen will be at the 5 Spot, along with Murfreesboro’s The Only Sons, and Action!.

Have a great weekend!

This is to cool not to post:

15 of the creepiest/distasteful album covers of all time: Oddee.com (a few are slightly NSFW)

Slideshow of my Girl Talk photos at Nashville Scene’s website. I must say that this show was not nearly as enjoyable as the last time he performed at the Cannery. This time it was a sold-out crowd of mostly Vandy “prepsters” decked out in American Apparel leggings and drunk off their asses. They stormed the stage as usually happens at Girl Talk shows, but it was such an onslaught that the stage sustained some damage and it apparently broke a sprinkler pipe. As the owner said in a statement to the Tennessean, the audience was “younger and stupider” than last time. I have to agree whole-heartedly. These people were completely beyond control and most of them acted like total douches. It made it very difficult for me to do my job because I had to fight my way through a crowd of sweaty Vandy kids just to get remotely close enough to get a good shot. The article also mentions that the owners want to ban all DJ shows in the future. I really hope they don’t stick to that, because events like the Club Sportag parties and MSTRKRFT went totally fine and were quite successful, and I think Mercy is a good venue for those events.

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