Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bosco Delrey Debuts Video, Ad-Rock Remix

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 12:44 PM

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After touring as an opener for Memphis breakout band Magic Kids last fall, New Jersey native and transplanted Memphian Bosco Delrey — a young indie-rock up-and-comer who incorporates bits of rockabilly (early Elvis, specifically), glam (think T.Rex), and electronica into his sound — is prepping for the March release of his debut album, Everybody Wah.

Recorded locally at Easley Recording, Everybody Wah will be released on Mad Decent, the indie label run by acclaimed Philadelphia DJ/producer Diplo.

In the run-up to the album release, Delrey has released his debut video, for the single "Space Junky":

Additionally, a remix of the Delrey song "Evil Lives" by the Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock has also emerged:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oscars 2011 2.0 (UPDATED)

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 7:59 AM

The Social Network
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UPDATED

The nominations are in. Hope you didn't take my advice and sleep in. I got 9 of 10, so switch out Another Year for 127 Hours and you've got the set. I probably let my personal feelings for 127 Hours get in the way. Look for my review in the Memphis Flyer out this week.

Full nominations are here.

UPDATE ENDS

In July 2010, I made an early-season guess at which movies will be nominated for Best Picture for the 2011 Oscars. Guess what happens tomorrow morning? The nominations are announced! It's arguably the awesomest hour of TV of the year apart from the NCAA tournament's Sunday Selection Show.

Here are my final predictions for the Best Picture category. (In order of my certainty.)

Best Picture 2011, 2.0
The Social Network
The King's Speech
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
Black Swan
True Grit
Toy Story 3
The Fighter
Winter's Bone
Another Year

Movies most likely to be nominated that I'm not including: The Town, 127 Hours

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Sound Advice: Red January, Part II

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 12:29 PM

3D Acid Glasses
  • 3D Acid Glasses

Tonight, local indie bands will team up with the Memphis Socialist Party for the second time this month. Following a New Year's Day fundraiser at the Buccaneer featuring Manatees and Drugwars, among others, the Memphis Socialists will host another throwdown tonight at the Poplar Lounge. A $3 minimum donation gets you in and secures some vegan treats for you, according to the group's website.

This installment of "Red January" will feature 3D Acid Glasses, a sprawling, schizophrenic outfit with acid-trip-at-the-beach undertones; Girls of the Gravitron, which includes members of the Barbaras and Magic Kids and rests somewhere on the boundary between shoegaze and energetic garage pop; and Modern Convenience, a one-man-outfit turned sometimes-band that's thick, frenzied, and laden with early punk references. DJs Buck Wilders and Bosco Delrey round out the evening's lineup; the festivities begin at 9 PM.

These shows are booked by Magic Kids frontman Bennett Foster, and Memphis Socialists president Neal Gammill says they've been a great success. Proceeds from the shows go toward the party's outreach work, including tutoring programs and a Binghamton community garden.

So prepare for great local music and some socialist literature. Sounds like a bangin' Friday night to me.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sound Advice: Cake at Minglewood Hall

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 9:38 AM

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This Friday night, the quirky Northern California alt/roots band Cake returns to Memphis for a show at Minglewood Hall.

Cake should be riding fairly high at at the moment. The band's long-awaited, self-produced new album, Showroom of Compassion (their first proper release since 2004, not counting a 2007 b-sides collection), surprisingly debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart this week, largely on the strength of a concerted push by a ravenous and dedicated fanbase. This comes after an extended hiatus that saw the band retreat from the major label realm back to an indie, as well as construct a solar-powered recording facility, where the new album was committed to tape.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Memphis Blues Musician Fred Sanders Passes Away at 71

Posted By on Sun, Jan 16, 2011 at 6:38 PM

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Several sources (including the website American Blues News) have reported that longtime Memphis blues musician and Beale St. icon Fred Sanders passed away yesterday at the age of 71 after suffering from a stroke earlier in the week.

Sanders had his share of health problems in recent years, including two difficult bouts with lung cancer, but continued to perform and record regularly all the while despite his declining condition. He was known for his gritty, skillful guitar work and soulful vocals, and was seemingly a constant presence on Beale St. and in other blues venues around town for decades.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Bob Friedstand on Animation History Tuesday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 2:06 PM

On Sunday, January 23rd, the Germantown Performing Arts Centre presents “Rhapsody in Boop,” a concert celebrating the animated, jazz-loving sex-pot Betty Boop, who was first introduced to audiences in the 1930s.

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But first, a little education courtesy of GPAC’s ArtSavvy series on Tuesday, January 18th, at 7 p.m. Bob Friedstand, chief IMAX technician, will give a presentation on the history of animation.

“I’ve been a fan of animation and visual effects since childhood, and I’ve worked in film and video all my life,” Friedstand says.

In the ’70s and ’80s, Friedstand lived in L.A. and worked on the first Star Trek movie. Back in Memphis, he’s been involved in a number of projects — from film features to music videos to the odd commercial job. (One promotional video he made for a medical company featured tear-duct plugs dancing to swing music.) At the IMAX theater, he’s the projectionist and does maintenance on the machines.

Friedstand says that his ArtSavvy presentation isn’t so much a lecture as it is a show-and-tell. Using PowerPoint, he’ll show clips and other materials that delve into the history of animation that extends from the early days to stop-motion on through to computer-generated advances in the form.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jay Reatard: One Year Later

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM

A year ago today, mere months after the release of his triumphant, introspective album Watch Me Fall, Jimmie Lee Lindsey Jr., aka Jay Reatard, was found dead at his Cooper-Young home in midtown Memphis. He was 29.

Memphis writer and Flyer contributor Andrew Earles has penned a long, thorough In Memoriam piece for Pitchfork.com, which went up today. It is well worth reading.

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As announced on Lindsey's Shattered Records site yesterday, a site now operated by manager Adam Shore on behalf of Lindsey's estate, a host of new and reissued material from Lindsey's career is set for potential release this year, including a "best of" compilation of solo material, new and reissued material from his earlier bands Reatards and Lost Sounds, and potentially a documentary film. Additionally, members of the online "Shattered Records club" will receive a seven-inch single comprising two songs Lindsey recorded only days before his death. This single, according to the site, is not being made available for purchase.

According to Lindsey's Lost Sounds bandmate Alicja Trout, and confirmed by Goner Records' Zac Ives, two new Lost Sounds seven-inch singles are in the works. One will be a reissue of the band's first single, originally released on the Italian label Solid Sex Love Doll. The other will pair two previously unreleased songs.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Second Opinion on 2010

Posted By on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Since the bossman already had his stab at a non-local music best of 2010 list in the paper, I figured I could go ahead and chime in with mine here on the blog.

I found myself listening to more new music in 2010 than I have since I was a teenager. (Working part-time in a record shop facilitated this as much anything.) And while most of the stuff I discovered this year was only new to me — i.e., not released in 2010 — there was still quite a lot of music that came out this year to get excited about. So, without further ado, I present:

Top 5 Records of 2010 (with song samples)

1. The Posies Blood/Candy (Ryko)

Seattle power-pop mainstays (and latter-day Big Star members) Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow deliver their finest collection of songs since 1993's Frosting on the Beater.

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