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Heavy Cream is the perfect example of how a band should evolve. When you say a band has “matured” it can often have bad connotations- it can be treated as a nicer way of saying a band has gotten boring or lost their raw energy. That is most definitely NOT the case with Heavy Cream. They have matured, but in an entirely good way. The rhythm section is anchored solidly by Tiffany Minton’s furious and powerful backbeats, Mimi Galbarez’s riffs have gotten more interesting while maintaining that rudimentary charm they’ve always had, and frontwoman Jessica McFarland’s vocals… well, they’ve always been really good and they’re still really good. As for the new album, it’s solid and well-produced. I have a terrible tendency to talk a lot about the production value of albums when I review them on here, but I really can’t help it this time. Ty Segall produced this album and the real victory here is the drum sounds- they’re insane but just right. Distorted but not painful… weird but not too weird. The snare drum barely even sounds like a snare drum anymore… more like pounding on muffled trash can lid at times. But for some reason it works! And the somewhat beefed-up guitar tones actually complement the overall sound quite well. The songs are as catchy as ever- but most venture into a slightly more complex rhythmic territory. There are even a few slow-burners (well, slow in comparison to most of their material at least…) that take the band from their old “girl-Ramones” vibe to a more straight-ahead, fist-in-the-face rock & roll feel that reminds me more of the Runaways. That’s a very obvious comparison but it has to be made. The biggest point I want to make is that this band has done nothing but get better over time, and this new album is the best example. Grab it now via Infinity Cat Recordings.

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Absurdly awesome videos

April 19, 2012

Two videos which share a common theme of absurdity and awesomeness. Absurdly awesome? Awesomely absurd? You decide.

Exhibit A: Ridiculous/dumb/terrible things happening in super slo-mo. As in, 2500 frames per second slo-mo. It never ceases to amaze me how super slow motion can turn just about anything, no matter how gross or messy, into a captivating and beautiful spectacle. My favorite is the rocket-powered clothes drying rack. Why didn’t I ever think of that? Seriously though, this is one that simply MUST be seen in full HD, so set that shit on 1080p, pop it on fullscreen, and sit back. (Via Devour)

Exhibit B: The new video for Diarrhea Planet’s “Warm Ridin’.” This is a band that is not afraid of over-the-top absurdity or awesomeness, and this video is all of the above. Complete with rooftops, bare chests, flaming guitars, American flags, and jumping jacks. These dudes know how to party. If you haven’t checked out their debut album on Infinity Cat yet, go fix that right now. And if you can’t get around the name, you’re just missing the point altogether.

A Few Good Shows: 10/7/11

October 7, 2011

Remember that delightful promo video for Glossary’s new album? The one that featured Bingham Barnes bustin’ a move on the Murfreesboro square? Well now we have the follow-up, and it’s an outright showdown:

That transitions nicely into this week’s show listings because TONIGHT is Glossary’s album release show at 5 Spot! Here’s the full rundown:

FRIDAY:

Glossary Long Live All of Us album release show, with RiĀ¢hie at the 5 Spot. 9pm 21+ $5

Bobby Bare Jr., Tristen, and Ponychase @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $10

Girls & Boys Nashville ft. The Four Horsemen, Kidsmeal, Wick-it the Instigator, Coach, Hands off Sam, Kevin Perryman, Sam & Tre, and Creative Control @ Cannery Ballroom. Girls Free till 11, $5/$20 VIP

Vitalic Noise presents CRAVE @ the Wine Loft. 10pm-3am, FREE. DJs Losici, Dali Drama, and special guests every week.

SATURDAY:

Frontier Ruckus w/ Birdcloud at The End. 9pm $8 (I’m sure there is a least one other opener but I can’t seem track that info down.)

J Roddy Walston & The Business, The Bohannons, The Sex Bombs @ 12th & Porter. 8:30pm $10

SUNDAY:

Infinity Cat showcase ft. Mom & Dad and King Karl + DJs @ The Basement. 9pm $3 21+

Have a great weekend!

 

Jake and Jamin of JEFF the Brotherhood are pretty much the luckiest dudes in the world right now, at least in terms of their musical career. The Nashville Cream broke the story just this morning that they and their own label Infinity Cat have struck a deal from heaven with Warner Music Group. Read that Cream post for the deets, but in short, they (both the band and their label) get the $$$ and muscle of WMG while not sacrificing their creative freedom. They can still do what they want, how they want, but with this deal they reach a MUCH wider audience. Not only do they have all this going for them, but they have basically the greatest dad ever- Robert Ellis Orrall. He uses his years of experience in the music industry to help J&J run Infinity Cat, and he’s supported them in every way possible through their various musical endeavours. (Vice Magazine ran a cool little story on that recently.) Way to go, bros. You really are the champions right now. I can personally attest to the fact that these are some of nicest, coolest dudes you’ll ever meet and they couldn’t be more deserving. #Winning all around.

The dudes at Nashville’s Dead have upped the ante this year for their Freakin’ Weekend… festival… for lack of a better term. Let’s just call it the Freakin’ Weekend from now on. If memory serves, last year’s was all house shows. This year however, they’ve “graduated” to full-on venues and the lineup is killer. They’ve taken over Exit/In, The End, and Springwater (and even an early show at Third Man Records) to bring you a nonstop rock n roll party that lasts 3 days this weekend- March 4th, 5th, and 6th. It’s safe to say that Infinity Cat acts such as JEFF the Brotherhood, PUJOL, and Natural Child are all “heavy hitters,” not to mention out-of-town acts like Ty Segall and Davila 666. For the full lineup and more info checkout ND’s post about it.

ND also has another treat for all the vinyl nerds out there: they’ll be doing a pop-up record store above the new Local Honey store on Belmont Blvd! It’ll be open from noon-5pm on March 3rd through 5th. They’ll have limited edition pressings and other hard-to-find stuff from Infinity Cat, Third Man, Nashville’s Dead, Turbo Time, Evil Weevil and more. For more deets checkout their blog post. Gonna be a good weekend y’all.

I’m up to my eyeballs in all sorts of random business this week, therefore I’m going to share a few links and tidbits quickly today, and that’ll be it for this blog until early next week. Here goes:

That’s all I got. Now I’m gonna take care of some biz-nass and I’ll see you kids next week.

Tonight Nashville’s Dead is a year old, and they’re throwing a huge free show on Elliston for Rock the Block. They’re taking over both The End and Exit/In, and it’s all free. It’s a crazy good lineup, basically Infinity Cat & friends, minus Jeff the Brotherhood. (Poor Jake got pneumonia a week or so ago and is still recovering I think…) Gonna be a huge party y’all. I still don’t know if I’ll be there… I’ve been feeling a little introverted lately… gettin’ all emo and shit. Just kidding. About the emo part. (via Nashville’s Dead, duh)

Nashville’s Bad Cop have a debut album ready to drop into the masses called Harvest the Beast, and it’ll be out Sept. 14th on ROIR! Records. These guys have been touring pretty hard and are all-around awesome dudes, and are worth checking out.

Their singer Adam Anyone also has a solo project in the works, and from the sound of it, he’s been listening to a lot of Nirvana lately. Pretty awesome stuff. Check out the video for “Sail Away,” directed by my friend and bandmate Seth Graves: (Via We Own This Town)

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