Thursday, February 25, 2010

Craig Brewer at the Brooks Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 10:19 AM

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Filmmaker Craig Brewer hosts the "Real to Reel" series at the Brooks Museum of Art tonight and says he will take the audience on a tour of how he came to make his first completed feature, The Poor & Hungry.

Brewer will open the program with a newly cut five-minute trailer of his aborted first feature, Melody's Surviving. That pre-Poor & Hungry work, which features Brewer, wife Jodi, and siblings-in-law Erin and Seth Hagee, was a partial inspiration for his later breakthrough film Hustle & Flow. The footage for Melody's Surviving, shot on 16mm film, was never developed and had sat in a box in his shed for the past 10 years, Brewer says.

Recently developed, the raw footage has been edited into a five-minute sequence by Erin Hagee and Brewer collaborator Morgan Jon Fox.

Also on the program will be footage Brewer shot of Wanda Wilson's 50th birthday celebration at the P&H Café, some brief selections from Mike McCarthy, the local filmmaker who directly inspired Brewer and used Jodi Brewer in his films, and early color footage from a first stab at the ultimately black-and-white Poor & Hungry.

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Wilroy Sanders Funeral Change

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 9:06 AM

We reported last week on the death of Memphis blues stalwart Wilroy Sanders. Sanders funeral is still scheduled for today, but the location has changed. The funeral will now be held at Parkway Gardens United Presbyterian Church at 1005 East Shelby Drive at 11 a.m. today. Burial will follow at the the Forest Hill Irene VA cemetery.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Knowledge Bowl: St. Agnes Academy Stars vs. Craigmont Chiefs

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 12:42 PM

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Knowledge Bowl, Match 11. St. Agnes Academy Stars vs. Craigmont Chiefs. Aired January 9th, 2010.

St. Agnes (Red)
Julia, Junior (Captain)
Maggie, Senior
Laura, Senior
Sophie, Senior
No alternate

Craigmont (Blue)
Malcolm, Senior (Captain)
Arthur, Senior
Caroline, Sophomore
Jeremy, Senior
Alternate: Lloyd

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Results:
Round One: St. Agnes 50, Craigmont 40
Round Two: St. Agnes 80, Craigmont 50
Round Three (Lightning Round): St. Agnes 20, Craigmont 10
Final: St. Agnes 150, Craigmont 100

The Game: Though low-scoring, the contest was close and certainly in contention until the end. Neither team was proficient with bonuses (St. Agnes 2 for 9, Craigmont 0 for 9) but made up for it with efficient toss-up answering in the first two rounds. The Lightning Round saw more missed questions, but certainly Craigmont was playing catch up and feeling the need to buzz in even when they didn't know the answer.

St. Agnes advances to play the winner of St. Mary's/Munford.

For the Record: I picked St. Agnes over Ripley, who was originally slated for this game instead of Craigmont.

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Folk You: A video diary from the 2010 Folk Alliance Conference

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 12:59 AM

Sometimes it's easier to show than tell so here's a video-laden blog post to give readers a taste of all the sonic goodness that went down this past weekend at the 22nd annual Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis. This year's event attracted more than 1700 attendees, featured 200 official juried, performances, and 300+ unofficial private showcases. There were also more than 50 workshops and panel discussions like this old time banjo summit.

In addition to the Downtown Marriott's conference and ball rooms, which were reserved for concerts and workshops, three stories of the hotel were reserved for nearly round the clock performances. Each hotel room became a miniature club or concert hall featuring a different act every half hour.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Folk Alliance, Day 2

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 12:19 PM

The 2010 Folk Alliance Conference is in town this weekend. Some of the best parts of this event are closed to the general public but here's a peek at what's happening at the Downtown Marriott.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wilroy Sanders Passes Away

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 10:55 AM

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Memphis blues musician Wilroy Sanders, perhaps best known for owning the South Memphis nightclub Green's Lounge and leading the band the Fieldstones, died Tuesday afternoon at his home after a long battle with lung cancer, according to Sanders' great-niece, Candice Ivory. Sanders was 76 years old.

"Uncle Wilroy had been kind of going down this summer. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer but had been able to work through it [for a while]. He went into hospice care a few weeks ago," Ivory said.

"We're still trying to determine how many grandchildren, how great grandchildren," said Ivory, who is assisting Sanders' widow, Dorothy Mae Tucker Sanders, with funeral arrangements.

A Korean War veteran, Sanders presided over the vital Green's Lounge scene and, along with such artists as Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside, and Othar Turner, was a key figure in the Mid-South's fruitful traditional blues scene in the 1990s. He was featured in the 1999 documentary and soundtrack album Will Roy Sanders: The Last Living Bluesman on Shangri-La Projects.

"There were a lot of people who really adored him and really appreciated his music, but I didn't feel like — and I don't think he felt like — he ever really got his due," Ivory said.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Bad Trends In Music, Part Four: Charity Singles

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 3:34 PM

CHARITY SINGLES

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Support your favorite cause, please. But turn your back on ego-stroking one-offs like "Do They Know It's Christmas" and "We Are the World," and more recent updates like the late Michael Jackson's "What More Can I Give," recorded in the wake of 9/11, and the Simon Cowell-orchestrated "Everybody Hurts" cover for Haiti relief.

Why can't I get behind the concept?

This wiki entry on the "We Are the World" answers everything:

“The dispute started when Stevie Wonder announced that he would like to substitute a line in Swahili. After a few rehearsals, a full-fledged creative conflict broke out. Geldof pointed out that Ethiopians do not speak Swahili. Michael Jackson then proposed to keep his original line “Sha-lim sha-lingay” but after a few rehearsals, it too ran into opposition, because it does not have a meaning. Eventually Al Jarreau cried, “We can make a meaning” and came up with “One World, our word” which was changed one last time in “One world, our children.”

Need a more sordid look behind the scenes of your favorite charity recording session? Check out the A.V. Club's "We Care A Lot,", which chronicles the "self-congratulatory, celebrity-bozo circle-jerk" behind Artists Against AIDS Worldwide's "What's Going On," Hear N' Aid's "Stars," the West Coast Rap All-Stars's "We're All In The Same Gang," and more.

Bad Trends In Music, Part Three: Song Stealing

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 1:31 PM

SONG STEALING

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The U.S. Air Force just pulled their Super Bowl commercial, which, according to the White Stripes, used the music from "Fell in Love With a Girl" without their permission.

And apparently Men At Work's Colin Hays appropriated elements of the Australian folk song "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree" when penning the '80s smash "Down Under."

Is nothing sacred? Nope, which leads us to part four, due later today...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Harlan T. Bobo Sets the Date

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 3:44 PM

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Harlan T. Bobo's eagerly awaited third album, Sucker, will be released April 13th, Goner Records announced today.

Bobo recorded the album with local producer/engineer Doug Easley. The album is said to continue the romantic journey Bobo chronicled on his first two albums, Too Much Love and I'm Your Man, this time reflecting the impact on Bobo's life of a new wife and son.

In advance of the release, Goner is offering fans a Valentine's Day sneak preview of one of the songs from Sucker. You can hear it on the Goner Blog here.

JLD: "I'm just dead, I'm not gone."

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 1:32 PM

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Six months after his death, the legacy of producer Jim Dickinson still looms large.

Go here to read my take on the South Memphis String Band, the latest project from DIckinson's eldest, Luther.

And go here to read a portentous note from Birdman Records owner David Katznelson, who released several of Dickinson's albums, including his crucial '72 solo effort, Dixie Fried, originally issued on Atlantic, and Spectrum Meets Captain Memphis, a collaboration with British musician Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember.

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of Katznelson's piece to the five-and-a-half minute MP3 of Dickinson boldly reading poet Vachel Lindsay's "The Congo." The opening track of Fishing With Charlie & Other Selected Readings, it's as if Dickinson never left the room.

Bad Trends In Music, Part Two: Unimaginative Band Names

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 11:30 AM

UNIMAGINATIVE BAND NAMES

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Exhibit A: Tanlines, a Brooklyn-based duo who should've chosen another name, lest anyone confuse them with Memphis' own River City Tanlines. Since 2004, the latter have released countless 7-inches, one full-length, and a compilation disc; the former are still preparing their debut EP.

Exhibit B: The rising British country band The Gilded Palace of Sin. Way too obvious. They're fans of Gram Parsons. But "it’s kind of like taking Exile On Main Street as a moniker," as Popmatters noted last month.

Exhibit C: "Cheeky" dance producer Joy Orbison. Sure, it has more of a ring to it than his given name, Peter O'Grady, but, as noted on Buddyhead, appropriating the moniker of the "Crying" crooner makes for an "astonishingly terrible" name for a DJ.

Make it stop!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bad Trends In Music, Part One: Hyper Genre Classification

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 7:36 PM

HYPER GENRE CLASSIFICATION

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While I've been known to champion the lesser-knowns, the forgotten, and the overlooked artists rather than rave about the flavor-of-the-day, I resist parading obscurity as a badge of honor, unlike some writers who obsess over the latest donk 12-inch or only listen to left-handed Tuvan throat singers ...

So I almost choked on my coffee yesterday when I was listening to NPR and heard Fresh Air's Terry Gross describe Galactic as a "funk/jazz/hip-hop band."

Reviewer Ken Tucker redeemed himself a few minutes later when he rephrased the statement with this: "Galactic is a funk band that's always moving forward, while mindful of the past."

But I couldn't get "funk/jazz/hip-hop" out of my mind.

A Google search for "ridiculous music genres" turned up this gem of a blog entry from audio tuts+, which explores "Spacesynth," "Epic Doom-Metal," "Lowercase," "Bitpop," and "Nintendocore," this thread about the subgenres of death metal, and a brief diatribe about "progressive bluegrass."

If you're describing yourself as an "electroclash" fan (which the Village Voice defines as "the common ground between Fashion Week and college radio") you're over-thinking it.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Conversations with a Legend

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 4:49 PM

This morning, the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission's second annual Conversations with a Legend series got an early kick-off with Boo Mitchell's reminisces about Poppa Willie Mitchell on WREG's Live at 9 program, seen above.

Tomorrow a.m., Marvell Thomas will be discussing his father Rufus Thomas — a.k.a. the World's Oldest Teenager — on Live at 9.

From there, the series moves to the Fogelman Executive Center at the U of M, where, on Thursday, February 11th, 18th, and 25th, the likes of Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, saxophonist Herman Green, Elvis' pal George Klein, radio pioneer Art Gilliam, and the sons and daughters of Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, Willie Mitchell, and Sam Phillips will discuss all things Memphis music.

Call 576-6850 or go here for more info.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lost (Spoiler Alert)

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 6:30 PM

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Season Six of Lost premiers tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC. It's the last season of Lost. Having recently completed watching for the first time every single episode within a single month (what my wife referred to as Lostuary), I feel full of foolish hubris that I should make some bold predictions about how it's all gonna go down, be it tonight or throughout the coming months. (I'm so glad I waited to watch the show. The waits between weeks and seasons must've been interminable.) Lest the season embark without my predix, I present them here for posterity.

I could say "Spoiler Alert," but unless you watch the show, you're not going to have the first clue what I'm talking about. And please note that I don't read stuff online about the show ever, because I don't want to know anything in advance. So these theories are entirely my own and in no way informed by what might actually happen. They are, in fact, likely comically wrong.

I welcome all comments and discussion. Lost is on tonight! The excitement cannot be contained!

Last Lost List of Lust (Lest You Forget):

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Oscars X: Nominees and a Blind Side Reassesment

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM

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Unless you've been hiding under a very ungeeky rock, you know that the Academy Award nominations were announced today. For film lovers, the Oscars represent the best and worst of the cinema industry. Celebrating great movies and filmmakers and actors? Yes, please. Celebrating them by recognizing non-daring, inoffensive, middle-of-the-road pretentious works in a self-congratulatory ceremony that's galling to all but the most nimble celebritaphiles? No, thanks.

In other words, the awards mean nothing to the actual worth of the film. So why does it feel so lousy when a personal favorite doesn't win or, worse — gasp! — isn't even nominated?

Ostensibly still smarting from leaving out 2008's critically lauded box-office champ The Dark Knight in last year's Oscar nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to never let THAT happen again. So this year you know (unless you've been living under a very well-adjusted rock) that the Academy has expanded its slate of Best Picture nominees from five to 10.

Here at SING ALL KINDS we've been trying to suss out who would wind up with those diluted-but-still-desirable Best Pic nominations. And now we know. As of January 7th, I conjectured Avatar, The Blind Side, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Invictus, Julie & Julia, Precious, Up, and Up in the Air. Close but no cigar. Scratch a couple and add a couple different. Shake and uncork and you conclusively have, in an easy-to-read list form replete with links to the Flyer's coverage of the films:

2010 Best Picture Nominees:
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

Of note to locals is the nominations garnered by The Blind Side.

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