Ivan & Alyosha – Be Your Man (All The Times We Had, Dualtone) Iron & Wine – The Desert Babbler (Ghost On Ghost, Nonesuch) Josh Ritter – New Lover (The Beast In Its Tracks, Pytheas Recordings) Low – Just Make It Stop (The Invisible Way, Sub Pop) Youth Lagoon – Dropla (Wondrous Bughouse, Fat Possum) Besnard Lakes – People Of The Sticks (Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO, Jagjaguwar) Caitlin Rose – Waitin’ (The Stand-In, ATO) Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – Black Caffeine (Old Yellow Moon, Nonesuch) Lady – Money (Lady, Truth & Soul) James Hunter – Minute By Minute (Minute By Minute, Go Records/Fantasy) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – We Real Cool (Push The Sky Away, Bad Seed Ltd) Jimi Hendrix – Earth Blues (People Hell & Angels, Experience Hendrix/Legacy)
Music City Mayhem Battle Allen Thompson Band- Dirt To Dust Levi Weaver- Talk Me Down
Hammel - Hotpipes – Caroline - Dust (4/23 Release on Vinyl)
Wells – Jonny Fritz – Goodbye Summer – Dad Country (4/16th Release)
This Just In Gavin Shea – The Brains – Alive And Well EP- Playin’ Live 3/21 at Tin Roof Satellite – Brooklyn – Calling Birds Hannah Grace – For The Better - Think Too Loud Escondido- Rodeo Queen(Acoustic)- The Ghost of Escondido
Bands Around Town Patrick Collum & The Law – Ramblin’ Woman Hannah Miller – Little Bit – Doubters & Dreamers (Playin’ Live 3/14 Basement w/Rebecca Roubion, Molly Jewel, & Stacy Lantz)
Five miles south of downtown Seattle is the neighborhood of Columbia City—a leafy stretch of old brownstones and new condos which, according to local legend and loosely interpreted census data, boasts the most diverse zip code in America. Not far from Columbia City’s main drag, amidst a swirl of languages and colors and food and accents, sits a 100-year-old, two-story house that’s home to the world-weary, six-piece orchestral-pop ensemble known as Hey Marseilles.
World-weary in spirit if not in practice: Hey Marseilles first won hearts across the US with its 2010 debut, To Travels and Trunks, an album that reveled in the education and inspiration only globe-trotting exploration can provide. With Matt Bishop’s lyrical wayfaring abutting an instrumental palette that embraced folk tradition—accordion, strings, and horns; gypsy, Gallic, and classical—To Travels and Trunks gave musical voice to the universal longing for unfettered freedom. NPR called the record “sublime and heartfelt.”
A lot has changed in the world since 2010—that house in Columbia City, for instance. The vacillations of the economy allowed Hey Marseilles violist Jacob Anderson to acquire it in 2011; he and his younger brother, cellist and producer Sam Anderson, helped renovate it. Since then, most of the band has lived in it, and the entirety of their new album was written and recorded in it, or nearby. (Other recording spaces included a tunnel in Seattle’s Golden Gardens Park, a mostly abandoned brick office building, and a church sanctuary, all because of their advantages for the band’s acoustic instrumentation.) Not surprisingly, Lines We Trace is not about going out and searching. It’s about finding you’re already where you need to be.
Make your way back home again, Bishop sings on the dusky ballad “Café Lights.” I am here still.
“These songs articulate a sense of longing, but it’s a longing to appreciate what’s in front of you as opposed to finding meaning in somewhere or someone else, “ says Bishop. “It’s about finding and creating home where you’re at and as you are.”
The 12 songs on Lines We Trace represent a band steady enough in its sound—poignant, panoramic, unreservedly gorgeous—that it can expand beyond it. The string section that hums throughout “Elegy”—quintessentially sweeping, Hey Marseilles style—shifts into finely composed abstraction for the song’s final minute. Colin Richey’s skittering rhythm on “Bright Stars Burning” is a gentle breakbeat, a sly nod to atmospheric drum ‘n’ bass. “Madrona” and the album-closing “Demian” are Hey Marseilles’ first fully instrumental songs, a pair of echo-laden piano-and-cello dirges that are simultaneously solemn and sumptuous. “Dead of Night” trots along on an almost-funky, waltzy swing and gives the album its titular lyric, trumpet triumphant as Bishop sings, The lines we trace have a thousand ends/We’ll count the ways we can’t begin/And stay in our homes, remain on our own…
Throughout, Philip Kobernik’s accordion is less pronounced than previously, Nick Ward’s guitar more so. The result is less old-world, more new school. “With our first record, we were inspired by traditional folk instrumentation and arrangements, but at our core we were trying to make solid pop songs,” Bishop explains. “We see this album as a continuation of that goal, but we hope the arrangements reflect our maturation as musicians and songwriters.” An update. A progression. A musical analog to a line in “Looking Back”: If you’re looking back that’s all you’ll ever see.
Six years after Bishop first got together with Kobernik and Ward to jam at Seattle’s Gasworks Park, Hey Marseilles is an experienced band with a slew of major festivals (Bumbershoot, Sasquatch!) and a national tour under its belt. They’ve come a long way—only to find themselves back home.
Put another way, as Lines We Trace suggests, sometimes you don’t have to go far to find a meaningful experience. Sometimes the comfort of the familiar is all you need to grow.
Since the release of his critically lauded debut album, Dead Language, in 2007, k.s. Rhoads has become one of Nashville’ʹs most sought after collaborators. Whether as a string arranger, co‑songwriter, producer, or multi‐‑instrumentalist, he has come to be regarded as one of the most creative minds in all of Music City. For the past few years, when Rhoads wasn’ʹt working on other artist’ʹs projects, he has been meticulously crafting new songs in his pursuit of a bolder, more explosive sound. Now, with his sophomore album due out March 5th, fans will certainly not be disappointed. The Wilderness is a brave exploration of k.s. Rhoads’ rare and expansive musical ideas.
In 2008, Rhoads was asked to be one of the artists, as well as the bandleader, of a highly regarded tour of Nashville musicians called Ten Out of Tenn, and this tour became the subject of a critically acclaimed documentary entitled Any Day Now. Other Ten out of Tenn alumni include Joy Williams of The Civil Wars, Mikky Ekko, Ashley Monroe of The Pistol Annies, Butterfly Boucher and Gabe Dixon, among others.
In summer, 2011, Rhoads was invited to perform with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at WRLT’s, Live On The Green. In front several thousand people, k.s. Rhoads and The Nashville Symphony Orchestra hammered out over an hour of Rhoads’ʹ music, all of which was composed, written, and arranged for the orchestra by Rhoads himself. It was a first for both he and the orchestra.
For the production on The Wilderness, Rhoads chose to collaborate with Cason Cooley (Matthew Perryman Jones, Derek Webb, Katie Herzig). Though they had known each other for years, this was the first time they joined together on a major project. With Cooley’s subjective ear, Rhoads found the perfect musical sparring partner, and over the course of a year, they finished Rhoads second album.
Refreshingly sincere, ferocious, and imaginative, The Wilderness offers impressionable and uniquely relatable stories about life. Rhoads’ mastery of words along with his instinctive gift of composing confirms his exquisite skills as a writer, arranger and producer. To no surprise, he was recently honored with the ASCAP Foundation’s prestigious 2012 Sammy Cahn Lyricist Award, and was asked to perform in spring 2012 for the much celebrated TEDx talks.
On the eve of the album’s March 5th release, k.s. Rhoads hopes fans and listeners will get to the heart of the album, which he says, “is about the grappling with mankind’ʹs feeling of abandonment in this universe, and the hope that against all odds, we can, and will, be illuminated.”
Red Bull Sound Select, a new monthly live music showcase, that highlights some of the city’s most exciting new local artists. Congratulations to The Black Cadillacs for winning a trip to Red Bull’s 120 Hours in Austin! It was a tough match between The Black Cadillacs, The Electric Hearts, and Cherub. Click here to see the photos from the show!
I first met Caitlin Rose in 2010 backstage at Bonnaroo. Of course I had known of her for quite some time, but meeting her in person was a real treat. Here is the song she played for us in a media tour bus way back when.
Let us not mince words here, Caitlin is one of Nashville’s best songwriters. That’s not just me saying that either…
“Rose’s voice is one of the finest instruments to grace country music in decades” – Album of the Week – The Sunday Times
“We’ve been waiting with bated breath for Caitlin Rose’s sophomore effort The Stand-In” – American Songwriter
“Through her indie-leaning yet twanging vocals, Rose reveals a talent for conveying her emotions through opaque narratives instead of straight forward confessionals” – Rolling Stone
Caitlin will be coming into the Lightning 100 studios Thursday, March 7th at 3pm, just 48 hours removed from the release of her sophomore effort The Stand-In. Don’t forget, Lightning 100 will be presenting her album release show at Mercy Lounge on March 9th. Tickets available at the Concert Calendar.
Music City Mayhem Battle Kim Logan- Gentleman VITEK- Songbird
Featured Guest this week: Great Peacock
Great Peacock Live: Great Peacock – Desert Lark- From the debut record Great Peacock
Great Peacock’s picks
1. Korean Is Asian – Don’t Let Me Go – Korean Is Asian
2. Derek Hoke – Lonely Street- Waiting All Night
This Just In Milktooth – Eye’s That Say I Love You – Beck’s Song Music- W/ Alanna Royale, Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes, Lindsay Johns of Nudity, Regan Lorraine, Levi Weaver Bear In The Campsite – Hand I’ve Got – Memory Palace
Indie Underground Hour 3-04-13
Caitlin Rose -Only A Clown (The Stand-In, ATO) Mount Moriah – Younger Days (Miracle Temple, Merge) Josh Rouse – Simple Pleasure (The Happiness Waltz, Bedroom Classics/YepRoc) Hey Marseilles – Bright Stars Burning (Lines We Trace, Onto/Thirty Tigers) Jamie Lidell – Big Love (Jamie Lidell, Warp) Javelin – Airfield (Hi Beams, Luaka Bop) The Mavericks – Come Unto Me (In Time, The Valory Music Co) Marcos Valle – Melena (Vento Sul, Light In The Attic) Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – Good Light (Good Light, Magnolia Music) Bobby Long – Devil Moon (Wishbone, ATO) Wavves – Demon To Lean On (Afraid Of Heights, Warner Bros) The Whigs – Staying Alive (Enjoy The Company, New West Records) The Relatives – It’s Coming Up Again (The Electric Word, YepRoc)
Did you get your tickets to the SOLD OUT Local Natives at Marathon Music Works on March 18th? Our friends at Griffin Technologyare giving you the opportunity to see them live…..before the show! Leave a comment on the photo to enter to win tickets to Griffin Technology Present Pre-Show Live with Local Natives. We are giving away 5 pairs!
It was only last year that Sam Margin was sitting in his bedroom in the rural New South Wales town of Menangle waiting for his younger brother Elliott to come home from school and work on a new song he’d just written. After recording the bones of the track on his laptop, Sam put it on a loop, walked out of the room, and left Elliott to jam on it for a while. The track was then handed to their brother Zaac and good friend Scott Baldwin to add their input. The song that resulted was “My Gun,” one of a handful of demos The Rubens recorded at home and put online in the hope that a few people might hear them.
What they didn’t expect was that this home recorded demo would find its way to the ears of David Kahne, a New York based, Grammy Award winning record producer whose impressive client list includes the likes of Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor and The Strokes. In France for an audio engineering seminar, Kahne met young Sydney engineer Dean Tuza, a friend of the band from their hometown who had helped with the initial home recordings.
The strength of those demos was enough for the producer to consider recording The Rubens’ debut album, even though at the time they had no record label and had only played a handful of live shows. Sam spent a month in New York trying to lock everything down and turn the prospect of recording with Kahne into a reality. Meanwhile. Zaac, Elliott and Scott were back home working to save enough money to get to the U.S., should the plan all the plan come together.
While the album was nearing completion in New York, the band was back home playing sold-out shows across the country, including four shows at Melbourne’s Northcote Social Club and three at Sydney’s GoodGod Small Club. Throughout Australia, word of The Rubens as “Must See” live act had spread across the country almost immediately. One of their home recordings, a track called “Lay It Down” had struck a huge chord at radio and found itself sitting at #57 in Triple j’s 2011 Hottest 100 poll. With Sam’s soulful, bluesy vocals, Scott’s swinging, hip hop beats, Zaac’s swaggering guitar lines and Elliott’s organ tones, it’s a song that perfectly encapsulates The Rubens’ signature sound.
Though in many ways, this is just the beginning for The Rubens, perhaps it’s no surprise that both their debut single, “My Gun,” and subsequent self-titled first album has already reached to the top of the Australian pop charts and have been certified Gold. The undeniable combination of a young band equipped with natural song writing and vocal abilities under the guidance of an experienced producer can only be a powerful force. And when fueled by their tireless desire to put themselves on the line The Rubens have made one of the most ambitious and exciting debut records you’re likely to hear for some time.
Wake Owl drops by the studio before their performance at the Basement. The start out the interview with “Wild Country” a song off their new EP. “Gold” is also off their EP which they performed before heading out.
The Delta Saints are not what they say they are. Delta? Absolutely. But saints? One might call them “cautionary tales” long before the term “saints” ever came to mind; however, there is something devout about their bayou rock, a dirty, distinct sound they’ve zealously refined on their debut full-length, Death Letter Jubilee. Ben Ringel (vocals/dobro), Dylan Fitch (guitar), David Supica (bass), and Ben Azzi (drums) each moved to Nashville for college in 2007 and first found common ground as old-world-loving, good-bourbon-swilling musicians. As the searing harmonica and howling vocals of their live show began garnering notoriety, The Saints rode their roots rock wave right into the studio. On the heels of 2009’s Pray On EP and 2010’s follow-up A Bird Called Angola, the band toured tirelessly, playing more than 150 shows a year, including a slot at Arkansas’ Wakarusa Festival and two summers headlining in Europe during which they performed on the long-running, renowned German TV show Rockpalast.
The title track is by far the most magnetic on the album. There’s something eerie about its cacophonous Orleans-inspired chorus, the warm buzz of harmonica, the tinny trumpet whine, and the way one can’t help but be swept away by the utterly irreverent revelry. “I love songs where sonically you get one emotion from it, and then you look at the lyrics and it’s not at all what you expected,” Ringel says of the song’s musical inspiration. “And everybody has certain emotions that they’re not proud of. The idea that you can be glad about somebody’s ultimate demise… it’s such a negative thing, but everybody feels something a little like that.”
LOUISVILLE, KY – The Forecastle Festival is excited to announce the initial lineup for its 11th annual three-day music celebration, featuring Grammy Award winners The Black Keys, alongside The String Cheese Incident and the Avett Brothers leading the festival’s rich, eclectic offerings. The event will again take place July 12 – 14, 2013 at Louisville’s scenic, award-winning Waterfront Park.
Tickets for this year’s festival go on sale this Wednesday, March 6th at Noon EST on Forecastle.com. Purchase tickets in full, or opt for one of our special payment plans, available for both General Admission or VIP tickets.
Highlighted in Rolling Stone as a top event in 2012, and acclaimed by Outside as one of the “Top 15 Outdoor Festivals in the USA,” the Forecastle Festival has evolved into one of the country’s premier festival destinations. The event offers an immersive experience that’s distinctly Louisville- beyond the first-class musical lineup—highlighting the region’s burgeoning culinary and arts scene, Kentucky’s unique bourbon heritage and more. The festival continues to emphasize sustainability practices and conservation initiatives, highlighted through the festival’s non-profit organization, the Forecastle Foundation.
Lightning 100 debuts “Miracle Mile” by Cold War Kids on 100.1 FM. Cold War Kids are an American indie rock band from Long Beach, California. Band members are Nathan Willett (vocals, piano, guitar), Dann Gallucci, Matt Maust (bass guitar), and Matt Aveiro (drums, percussion). Jonnie Russell was previously with the band (guitar, vocals, keyboards). Check out the video plus a Lightning 100 exclusive from Grimey’s of “Flying Upside Down” and “Every Man I Fall For”.
Local Artist of The Week Humming House – Stop Me Still – Humming House
Hammel – Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter – Youth
Wells – The Delta Saints – Liar – Death Letter Jubilee – Playin 3rd & Lindsley 3/3/13 w/ Quite Corale.
Featured Guest this week: Jacob Jones Jacob Jones Live: Don’t Turn Me Lose- From the record Good Timin’ In Waynetown
Jacobs picks: Patrick Sweany- That Old Southern Drag- That Old Southern Drag Los Colognes- 99 Ways
Bands Around Town Alanna Royale- Animal- Bless Her Heart- Playin’ High Watt 2/28/13 FREE The Kicks- Live Fast Die Young- Playin’ Tin Roof 2/28/13 8pm FREE The Photo Ops- It Makes Me Cry- Playin’ The Five Spot 2/28/13
Lightning 100 had over 300 submissions for Music City Mayhem this year. It was difficult narrowig down to 32, now we need your help find 5th Music City Mayhem Champ! Check out the top 32 this year all in one playlist. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite artist each round on our Music City Mayhem page.
Indie Underground Hour 2-25-13
Atoms For Peace – Stuck Together Pieces (AMOK, XL Recordings) Jenny O – Come Get Me (Automechanic, Holy Trinity/Thirty Tigers) Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Swim & Sleep (Like A Shark) (II, Jagjaguwar) Shout Out Louds – Illusions (Optica, Merge) Amor de Dias – Voice In The Rose (The House At Sea, Merge) Jessica Pratt – Night Faces (JP, Birth Records) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Mermaids (Push The Sky Away, Bad Seed Ltd) Shivering Timbers – Holly Holy (Sing Sing, self-released) The Dynamites feat. Charles Walker – Love Is Only Everything (Love Is Only Everything, Gemco) Charles Bradley – Strictly Reserved For You (Victim Of Love, Daptone Records) Richard Thompson – Good Things Happen To Bad People (Electric, New West) Marcos Valle – Mentira (Previsao do Tempo, Light In The Attic)
Local Natives (previously known as Cavil at Rest) are an indie rock band based in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, USA. Their debut album, Gorilla Manor, was first released in the UK in November 2009, and later released in the US on February 16, 2010. The album received mostly positive reviews and debuted in the Billboard 200 and at No. 3 in the New Artist Chart. Local Natives were at many times mentioned to be a “band who knows how to groove.”
Their sound has been described as “afropop-influenced guitars with hyperactive drumming and hooky three-part harmonies”. Clash Music has also described their style as psych folk, or new fangled folk.
At once danceable and reflective, familiar and nostalgic, Humming House is a musical experiment gone right. Woven together from diverse backgrounds (Americana, classical composition, bluegrass, soul, and traditional Irish music), their playground of musical exploration has something for every generation. Unmistakable pop sensibilities mixed with a depth of lyrical narrative give their whimsical songs an irresistible quality that can only be described by the imagery of the name – Humming House.
Fresh from recording their debut album (unreleased) with Grammy-winning producers Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Chris Thile, Buddy Guy) and Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay), Humming House has hit the ground running. A whirlwind of press has followed as the band had been featured on NPR’s Live in Studio C and All Things Considered, Nashville’s Lightning 100 local spotlight, and STETSON’s Center Stage artist of the week.
We all get excited to see the advertisements during the Super Bowl. The Big Game brings out the industry’s best commercials and at $4 million for a 30-second spot, you’d hope for results. However, according to a study conducted by Nielsen Entertainment for the Radio Advertising Bureau, this year’s advertisers during the “Big Game” had these results…
Only 15% of game viewers said, they later looked for the ads or related content online.
Only 9% of game viewers posted, tweeted, or shared links about the ads.
As few as 7% of game viewers claimed that they actually looked for more information online about the advertised products or brands.
The survey below consisted of online interviews conducted on February 6, 2013 with 750 respondents aged 18-54 who said they had watched the game and saw any of the 10 ads in question.
Respondents who said they had seen each of the ads in question while they were watching the Big Game were asked to answer the following unaided questions:
“What type of product or service was being advertised in the TV ad…?”
“What was the actual brand name of the product advertised in the TV ad…?”
The ads were described as “The TV ad where…”
An animated black goldfish swam around singing “No Diggity.”
Paul Harvey narrated a tribute to the American Farmer.
Tracy Morgan from 30 Rock talks in front of a giant flag.
People were all having a hard time trying to pronounce the month of FebuANY.
A woman is saved by a lifeguard who punches a shark, then leaves him for an astronaut.
A man leaving the house realizes his sleeping girlfriend is wearing his favorite t-shirt.
A wife wins big on a scratch-off card in a mini mart while her husband chokes on a hot dog.
A young son asks his father where babies come from.
The celebrities Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen are called in to audition for the same ad.
A man walking down the street catches on fire, grows elephant feet and turns a tanker truck into rubber duckies.