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December 2014
Mitski
""bury me at makeout creek"
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In her third album "bury me at makeout creek," Brooklyn songwriter Mitski reveals a dual musical personality and a multi-faceted talent. Opener "texas reznikoff" presents us with what (deceptively) sounds like your regular, acoustic guitar armed singer songwriter, who gently sings about her wishes, her lovers and far away lands. It takes less than a minute and a half for that first impression to get completely subverted by a sudden build up of distorted guitars. The sonic saturation continues in the following track, the noise pop gem "townie," where Mitski sounds like a riot girl of the new millennium, crafting a beautifully tense melody, full of carefree lyrics, over an unrelenting carpet of fuzzy guitars and feedback. Following track "first love / late spring" take us back to the initial sparseness, introducing a very elegant, if not seductive melody, reminiscent of the crooning charmers of the '50s. A few tracks later, "jobless monday" doubles down on the crooner-pop influences, forging another incredibly beautiful vocal line. The rest of the record keeps dwelling between these recurrent extremes, revealing an artist who relies on her pop sensibility to allow her poetry to shine, while her instinctive, youthful angst leads her to reject anything that's too conventional or predictable. Many great records emerge from this kind of tension.

 
The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Television
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Blondie
Suicide
Lydia Lunch
DNA  
Mars
The Contortions  
The 80's
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
Swans
The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
They Might Be Giants
John Zorn
Arto Lindsay
Sonic Youth
The Fleshtones
The 90's

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Yo La Tengo
Soul Coughing
Cat Power
The 00's
The Strokes
Interpol
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Liars
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear
 

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Show Alert: Them Vibes, Super Shaker, and Slowriter at The East Room 12.22

Whether you're leaving town in a few days or about to have an unwanted houseful of relatives, take advantage of your f*cked-up holiday schedule by treating Monday like a Friday and taking yourself out to see some music. The East Room has a great lineup for such an off night, consiting of some local faves, up-and-comers, and out-of-towners. Its also budget-friendly at $5. The show starts at 8pm, and is 18+.

Them Vibes:

It's no secret that the Deli Nashville loves Them Vibes, who have always proven capable of bringing some down and dirty rock and roll to any situation, and countering it with some down-home rootsiness. We've been digging the level of quality in their recent video for "Lorelei."

Super Shaker:

We posted about their single "Kong" a few months ago, and then chanced upon them last Wednesday at the Tin Roof, and were blown away. While "Kong" might conjure visoins of some rigid nerd rockers poking at keyboards, Super Shaker kicked our expectations in the face with their high-energy onslaught of gritty, post-punk electronica. These boys can put on a SHOW.

 Slowwriter:

Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Bryan Taylor and a rotating cast of friends operates under the title of Slowriter. He coaxes out interesting loops with a hip-hop sense of direction, and branding them with his particular quirk and earnesty. "King of the Void" is the title track of his recent 2014 release.

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Show Review: Kopecky at Mercy Lounge 12.13

Shortly after playing their last show of the year back in Nashville at Mercy Lounge this past Saturday, The Kopecky Family Band announced a name change to a more succinct "Kopecky." We read that as a step of preparation for 2015, a year that is going to see some heavy action for the band, with a sophomore album scheduled for a spring release and no doubt the same level of breakneck touring that the Kopeckys are known for. We got to hear some of the new material at their show, along with their classics and some fantastic openers (Apollo Wild and Austin Manuel.) The night also drove home the sense of community that pervades big-small town of Nashville as the crowd came together for their neighbors. Read on about the show HERE. -Terra James-Jura

 

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A Closer Look at Quioxtic II's Lineup at The Exit/In 12.18

As mentioned before, here’s a rundown of the acts playing this Thursday night at Exit/In for Sad Spaceman Promotions second showcase, Quioxtic II. We’re mildly involved sponsoring the event along with Kustom Thrills Tattooes and Bluegrass Hollywood Records, and we’re enthused about the lineup. Some Nashville standby’s are playing, along with some veterans of the industry, with a few giveaways and surprises thrown into the mix. Sad Spaceman is accepting donations for local animal rescues, to hop over to www.proverbs1210rescue.org/ after reading about the lineup to check out what to bring. Thursday's show starts at 8pm; tickets are $10 in advance (get 'em here) and $12 at the door, and the show is 21+

Hot Action Cop:

Hot Action Cop have been around for the last decade, with their irreverent pop finding its way into movie franchises and video game soundtracks. Their album “Listen Up!” was released this year, bridging the gap from their 2009 EP. The band is making an appearance in their homebase this Thursday.

The Switchmen:

The Switchmen are the embodiment of Southern rock; greasy, gritty, no questions, no apologies. November 18th saw the release of “Congress Hotel,” a 5-track powerhouse of an EP that shows off the breadth and depth of their songwriting abilities. They’re also recorded a series of live videos from the first Quioxtic showcase at Exit/In back in July, and unveiled the first last week. This video for “I Don’t Know” is a close approximation of what to expect on Thursday, minus the beer in your hand and fist pumping bodies on all sides of ya.

Regulation Nine:

Regulaton Nine represents the heavier side of rock and roll in Nashville. With a little bit of metal and a little bit of thrash, they’ve returned to the live show circuit after a brief hiatus, bringing it the only way they know how: hard.

Asheira:

Alabama-born, Army-raised Nashville transplant Asheira has all the makings of a rock goddess: she’s equal parts swagger and breathy vocals, and already knows that the best backup singer is a mean guitar lick. Check out the video for her brand new single “Sugar” to understand that she is fully capable of cashing every check she writes.

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Show Alert: Kopecky Family Band at Mercy Lounge 12.13

It's been more than a hot minute since Kopecky Family Band has played a local show. They might have touched base with Nashville all of two times this year. However, we entertain the vision of the crew touring hard across the country and having Wes Anderson-esque misadventures along the way, and, well, we can't hold anything against them. We just miss 'em is all. Which is why were excite that KFB is playing their last show of the year back in their hood, and debuting some new material off their upcoming 2015 release. There are also some solid guests joining the night: co-parent of Diarrhea Planet Evan P. Donahue will be opening up the show with his chamber-pop psychedelic mash, as well as Austin Manuel's high lonesome folk. Considering that we're still finding little gems off 2013's "Kids Raising Kids," we're hoping to be overwhelmed at least a few times on Saturday night.  Stay tuned next week for a live review!  -Terra James-Jura

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