Friday, October 31, 2008
Here's why James is giving this song away, as he did four years ago, too. Check it out.
The Boss is offering you a treat today (and through Sunday night) with a free download of the never before heard "A Night With the Jersey Devil" on his website. You can download it and watch a video of it as well. Download here/Watch here.
No trick. Only a treat.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tickets are still available here and the show starts at 8...So get moving. And don't say we didn't tell you so.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tonight just happend to be one of those nights. The rock n roll is king tonight on the late nite circuit...so if you're up, check it out. If you're not, TiVo these mugs:
As the Rev might say, "Yep, that's right 'Cats and Kittens'"...It's a sad day in Knoxville.
The show has been cancelled. I guess we should have all bought our tickets ahead of time instead of planning on being a walk-up crowd, which we usually are, for the Rev, Nashville P and Reckless, who had to cancel their in-store appearance at the Disc Exchange as well because of the show's cancellation. You may return your tickets to your ticket source for a full refund.
Maybe next time...
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Check them out here, or when they double dip in K-town next month at The Birdhouse with Attractive and Popular on November 6th at 8pm and again on November 11th at the Pilot Light with VBS and The Cheat, also at 8pm.
Buy their debut album here on hot pink vinyl for only $15!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Just before the tour kicked off, we caught up with Ed Anderson, the vocalist, guitarist, driving force and all around utility player for Backyard Tire Fire, for a few questions as they geared up for the tour and their upcoming stop in Knoxville. See what Ed had to say:
SDB: Knoxville is really excited about y'all coming to town. Forgive my ignorance, as I don't recall and I couldn't seem to find any record of y'all playing here before. Have y'all played Knoxville before? (if so, when/where and with whom?) Where are some of your favorite cities and venues to play?
BTF: this will be our first show in Knoxville and we’re excited about it. Always enjoy Chicago, NYC, san fran. Love the Georgia theatre in Athens. El Macambo in Toronto is a cool room. We’ve been lucky to play a lot of great old theatres like the Blue Note in Columbia, MO. Charlie Chaplin played that room!
SDB: I have been a fan of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, who y'all are touring with now, for a long time, dating back to early high school...How did you get hooked up with them and how's the tour going? Any surprises or stories that you are dying to share? Any anecdotes from the road?
BTF: we haven’t started with them yet but look forward to it. Our first show is in Asheville, nc on oct. 27th at the Orange Peel. Not sure how we got hooked up with the shows…
SDB: I saw that y'all opened for Reverend Horton Heat and Nashville Pussy earlier in the year-- how was that and how did that come to be? All three of y'all are totally different, which is great to see shows like that, but the three of y'all on the same bill sounded strange to me at first. That show consisted of Psycho/Rockabilly, Southern Rock/Punk/CowPunk and y'all. Also, y'all have played or will be playing with Los Lobos and Rose Hill Drive recently. What were the crowds like and how did they respond to BTF, especially for the Rev and Nashville P?
BTF: not really sure how we got on the rev. tour, but it worked out well. Nashville and the rev. and all of the folks that work with them are good people that we enjoyed being around on a daily basis. Three very different acts, but all very rooted in rock and roll.
SDB: There have been several personnel changes over the years. How have these personnel changes affected BTF? Obviously, these changes were made for the better, but what is different now than before? How is it with your brother in the band? Any "brotherly love" quarrels and shenanigans?
BTF: going from a four piece to trio, was quite different at first, but once we started gigging a lot as a three piece, it became comfortable. We can always pull it off as the trio, but we’ve found that it’s nice to add someone into the mix every now and again.
SDB: Tell us a little about your new album "The Places We Lived". It is grabbing alot of attention on the blog scene and by word of mouth. How does it compare to your past albums and EPs?
BTF: all of the studio stuff has been recorded on analog tape. This one is a little different stylistically in that it has more piano based songs and can be a bit more pop at times. I think it’s the best thing we’ve done, but then I always think the newest stuff in the best. You learn more as you go in the studio and as a writer you know?
SDB: BTF's sound is quite it's own...actually BTF's sounds are your own, as most songs on the new album take shape all their own, and are different from the song before. The Places We Lived is one of the most musically diverse albums that I have heard in some time (that I actually like and it goes together). Some of the songs are poppier like "Time With You"; some are slower, soulful piano based songs like "Rainy Day", "Home Today" and "One Wrong Turn"; some are piano driven with a dive/honky tonk sound like "Everybody's Down"; some are good old fashioned rock songs like "How in the Hell Did You Get Back Here" and "Welcome to the Factory"; and some are just a sum of the parts: "Shoulda Shut It", "Legal Crime" and "The Places We Lived".
Is there a different thought process to writing these different styles of songs, or was it planned for the songs to all sound different, but still related?
SDB: Who/what are some of your biggest influences, and what did you take from them?- neil young. Do what you want to do. Play what you want to play. And respect the music. How have the homebase/hometown relocations over the years and the personnel changes affected your music and your outlook on your music and the band? You went from Asheville, a pretty cool, artsy city, then y'all pack it up and headed South to Athens, an obvious hotbed of indie rock, beginning with REM and B-52s (and more) and now the Drive-By Truckers, Dead Confederate, The Whigs (I could go on and on...) and now to Bloomington, Indiana, which to me and alot of people doesn't exactly say "rockin'" to us. Why there and what's the town like?
BTF: IT’S BLOOMINGTON, IL. NOT INDIANA. It’s a college town, I went to grad school there a long time ago. It’s close to Chicago. Cheap to live. Three major interstates roll through town. Lots of our friends live there, etc. honestly we spend most of our time in the van and hotel rooms and bars.
SDB: Sorry about the Indiana/Illinois mistake...I realized that I did that as soon as I sent it. Sorry!!
SDB: A few of the new songs talk about coming back home and spending time with someone in particular. Between all the moving around to different areas of the country and the touring, does the road take it all out of you and have you missing home, or do you love being out and wouldn't trade it for anything...and everything and everyone at home will just have to wait til you get back? Anyone in particular that "Time with You" and "Home Today" were written for or about?
BTF: when we’re home we want to get back on the road. When we’re on the road for a long time, we’re ready to get home. Grass is always greener you know? We love what we do, and are lucky enough to have folks at home that are cool with us being gone as much as we are. Time with you and home today are both written to my wife. In fact, time with you is written from her perspective using her words from a phone conversation we had on the road.
SDB: Besides already having a fairly extensive catalog (several albums and a couple EPs), without blowing your showmanship secrets and giving away surprises for the show, do you play covers or do anything in particular to surprise the crowd with that "Oh, Wow! I can't believe they are doing that" feeling and moment? Any trick or treats that y'all will be serving up to Knoxville on the eve of Halloween?
BTF: we’ve got lots of covers up our sleeve. Usually play about one a night. When we do somebody else’s stuff, we try to play the more obscure songs. Which is probably more fun for us than anybody else. We’ve done an older Alejandro Escovedo tune for years and I think there’s been one or two people that have known it. Sure love playing it though! What's your favorite thing about performing live?-sweating. Screaming. Raising hell. Making people think about things. Watching folks let loose.
SDB: Do you have a favorite song to play live, and if so what is it and why?
BTF: I like playing them all. Although there is a steve earle song called F the CC that we cover that I enjoy because of the subject matter and the fact that I get to say the word fuck about 30 times in 3 minutes.
SDB: Do you have a favorite song that you've written? If so why and is it the same as your favorite one to play live?
BTF: I like them all
SDB: Is there a song out there that you love that you didn't write and wish you had?
BTF: Teen angst by Cracker.
SDB: What are 5 artists/records that you've been digging on lately that you might suggest to our readers?
neil young and crazy horse-Tonights the night
The clash-london calling.
SDB: Finally, my fellow blogger "Davy Vegas" and I have a theory that the single greatest sound on the face of the earth is that of a well-played steel guitar. Is this a theory you can support or do you have other thoughts on the subject?
BTF: yeah, pedal steel is an artform. Our friend Jerry “Muttonhead” Erickson that plays on our stuff is simply amazing. He’s been doing it for at least 30 years and can really make it sing. Absolutely love the sound of pedal steel being played by someone that knows the instrument. I feel the same way about a Hammond organ being played through a leslie cabinet. When manipulated well it can sound like a fucking carnival.
SDB: One last question-- where did the Backyard Tire Fire name come from and how was it decided that that would be the name?
BTF: we got our name from the Springfield Tire Fire on the Simpsons. just kinda rednecked it up..
Also, check out BTF's brand new video for "How in the Hell Did You Get Back Here", directed by NYC indie filmmakers, Filipe Bessa and Nick Schwartz. It was shot in BTF's hometown of Bloomington, IL. Check it out:
Yeah, it comes out tomorrow...Not exactly breaking news, but oh well.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
...yeah, those references were that bad. Oh well.
In the meantime, check out Nada Surf's new fan directed video here for "Weightless".
See previous Nada Surf related stuff here.
Preview Ryan Adams & the Cardinals' soon to be released album Cardinology on iLike. It comes out on Tuesday, so you don't have that long to wait...but if you can't, here ya go. Enjoy!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
More info here.
Hopefully, this time around the Eagles can regain their raw, dirty sex-rock and tongue in cheek humor from their first album Peace, Love, Death Metal, rather than the sorority girl, don't-tell-my-daddy, bubble gum dance feel slickness of Death by Sexy (...a killer album name though).
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
and 100 Years of War:
Tom is set to release his first solo record, Heart Burns, next week on October 28th on Sire Records.
Murder By Death blend punk rock, western-y alt-country and a small pinch of Southern boogie and shake music, with a lot of tremolo and reverb, and some eerie strings in the background just to round it out a bit. They have toured with Lucero...and for the most part, that will get you at least a listen or two in my book, along with instant cool points for association.
More to come on these guys and gal, as I will be getting to their newest album Red of Tooth and Claw soon. In the meantime, if you're around the Knoxville area, go see Murder By Death tonight at the Pilot Light with The New of the Moon. Show starts at 10 and will cost ya a cool $12.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
addition/correction: The Young actually opened. Not sure why Joey English was listed and didn't play, but nonetheless, he didn't, and The Young did. I couldn't find a link for them, and I missed their set... You are on your own.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Well, despite AC/DC's album not coming out for just a few more days on October 20th, and only at WalMarts supposedly, it has somehow mysteriously made it's way on to YouTube track by track. Below is the first track "Rock n Roll Train" and you can take it from there, or click here for AC/DC's web preview or here for the rest of the tracks on YouTube...
Thanks for the heads up, KC.
Disclaimer: I am not a fan of sampling, well, I should say, over-sampling and over doing it. Nor am I a fan of remixes and mash-ups. It was cool in the 80s and early 90s before everyone was doing it on every rap, hip-hop, and R&B jam...but mostly before Sean Combs/Puff Daddy/Puffy/P Diddy/Diddy wore it out. But Girl Talk is a bit cooler than all of that; GT doesn't just take someone's old jams and hooks, and use the whole thing as the new song, and then lay stupid lyrics (and rhymes, yo!) on top of it. He actually doesn't even have the licensing rights to the songs either- he just does it.
Instead, GT uses ten to twenty samples (at least) to create a new tune. It will kinda blow your mind to hear some of the stuff that is mashed together and comes out they way it does. If nothing else, you might say, "Sheeewww, I haven't heard this song in forever...and what's it doing with Nirvana's Lithium?"
Like I said, I'm not a fan of sampling, or really most dance and hip-hop music, unless it's the good Dr. Dre...or the o' G's, Eazy-E's Ice Cube's and D.O.C's, the Snoop D-O-double-G's And a group that said muthafuck the police! But Girl Talk is fun, and if nothing else, makes you appreciate that someone has the imagination to mix the oddest group of unrelated songs, genres and generations together into one (or 20 beats) and somehow it seems to actually work. Who would have thought?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
We like all the places we've played in Knoxville, really. We just want people to be there, so it doesn't matter where it is, as long as people come. A couple of our favorite places elsewhere are the White Water Tavern, in Little Rock Arkansas, and the Bottletree in Birmingham. Both of those venues are very band-friendly, they really take care of us when we play there.
No doubt touring is rewarding but also tough and taxing physically and mentally. How do you stay focused/motivated/energized during a tour and stay cool with your bandmates/friends/your wife Kelly?
Touring is tiring and a lot of work, but it's fun work. You get to do what you love doing every night, and it's immediately gratifying because you get to see if people like what you're doing. We've been a band over ten years, so at this point nothing is going to make us not get along that a show won't fix.
Friday, October 10, 2008
2008 Americana Music Association Song of the Year:
Hayes Carll's "She Left Me for Jesus".
I can't believe Hayes made such claims that Jesus is a Commie, and even worse yet a Jew.
Check it- it's hilarious.
Yep, go out and show your loyalty support and patriotism to...local purveyors of rock 'n roll. WUTK, the University of Tennessee's student-run "student learning lab", which by the way is 100% financially independent of the university, is up for another mtvU Woodie Award for Best College Radio Station of 2008. Go here and vote for the hometown team-- they deserve it. If they get enough votes, they will advance to the next round and so on...Voting for this bracket runs through October 13, so vote now...and again...and again... We all appreciate it- it's about the only thing on the radio that's tolerable 'round these parts.
Aaaaand since you're wastin' time at work while on the clock, desperately searching for the end of the good ol' world wide web, check out WUTK 90.3 The Rock's website too. Go ahead, and look around a bit- I bet you'll find some cool stuff on there.
The Rock host specialty shows every weekday after 8pm and all weekend long. They have something for everyone on these shows, not to mention you'll never know what you"ll hear during the daytime as well (but that's is a good thing).
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Watch The Boxmasters performance on "Live with Regis and Kelly" on Friday, October 17.
Stuart Daniel Baker (aka Unknown Hinson, pictured) will be playing with Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters on the TV program "Live with Regis and Kelly" next Friday, Oct. 17. Check this link for the time and station in your area.
But don't take my word for it- I haven't seen any of these, or know anymore about them than what the descriptions say...I just picked out a few that interested me more than others, and ones that I thought might interest you. If you attend Indie Memphis, give us a shout and let us know what you saw and what you thought.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
UPDATED BELOW at 2:45pm -- from MMJ:
Chicago Shows Postponed:
As some of you may have heard we had to cancel our show last evening in Iowa City. We were finishing up the last few bars of "Off The Record", and just like any other night we were all having a great time. Jim went to get closer to the audience on his side of the stage, and as he moved forward to step onto the sub-woofer the lights darkened, and he inadvertently stepped off the stage. Upon falling, he suffered traumatic injuries to his torso, and was immediately taken to the hospital. Per the doctor's orders, Jim will be off the road and recovering from his injuries for the next two to three weeks. Sadly, we must postpone the two shows in Chicago on Thursday and Friday until further notice.
For those who attended the Iowa City show, we would like to extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. We take our fans and performances very seriously, and would never cancel a show unless it was absolutely necessary. Please know that we will be making every effort to return to your fine city.
Thank you so much to our fans for the kind sentiments and well-wishes on Jim's behalf. We hope for Jim's quick recovery and to be back out on the road soon.
My Morning Jacket
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
You can stream the album here and watch some clips of the show and see the band discussing the show below:
Choose from the regular cd, deluxe version complete with a 32-page photograph book, or the vinyl version. Or...you can preferably buy it locally here.
Turn it up loud, enjoy and start a revolution.
You can preview/stream the album here, if you care, and are brave enough. According to the Johnny Cash Remixed site, the album comes out in January '09, but Amazon has it here beginning next week.