Bloodshot Records performer Lydia Loveless stopped by Ardent Studios this afternoon prior to her show tonight at the Hi-Tone Café and performed "Crazy," the last track on her new album Indestructible Machine:
Puscifer, featuring Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle, is coming to the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday, February 26th, on their Conditions of My Parole Tour and we've got tickets.
We're giving away a pair of tickets each week on Friday. You can enter as many times as you like and winners will be notified via email. Good luck!
The Oscar nominations are out this morning. Nine films made the final Best Picture race, and of those I correctly predicted eight. I thought Bridesmaids would get in, but instead the Academy served up Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. "Yay!" said nobody. (My 10th film, The Ides of March, didn't make the cut either, natch.)
Stay tuned to the SING ALL KINDS blog as the Oscars approach. Memphis Flyer film editor Chris Herrington and I will be offering up our annual Academy Awards tête-à-tête, at this point a ritual as rich in tradition as the Masters golf tournament. All we lack is a Jim Nance voiceover.
Back in September, I made my predictions for the movies that would be nominated for Best Picture in the 2012 Academy Awards.
The real nominations will be announced tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. (!!!) The five minute segment is pound-for-pound my favorite thing on TV all year.
In anticipation, here's my last-ditch guess at what the nominated films will be. A curveball the wily Academy has thrown beginning this year is that there will be somewhere between 5-10 films nominated, with a minimum threshold of votes necessary to make the list. I'm going to go 10 deep for my predictions, but it's certainly possible that only 7 or 8 (or fewer) will actually make the official cut.
(For ease of use, my September predictions are listed at the bottom of the page.)
2012 Best Picture Oscar Nominee Predictions 2.0 (In order of my certainty):
At a campaign event last night, with the right Rev. Al Green apparently in attendance, President Obama croons a little "Let's Stay Together."
Ladies and gentleman, the radical socialist Manchurian candidate bent on the destruction of all that is American, in action:
Directed by Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson, the film is culled from footage taken by Swedish television reporters, who gave the subject more expansive and respectful coverage at the time than their American counterparts.
The film, its visuals composed almost entirely of footage from the era, traces the arc of the Black Power movement from soon after its inception — via SNCC's Stokely Carmichael, who coined the term, making a generational break from the integrationist non-violence of Martin Luther King and the parent SCLC — through to its dissolution in the drug-ravaged ’70s. It follows the “mixtape” idea by assembling its material into a series of nine discrete segments, presented chronologically with yearly designations and without an over-arcing narrative through-line.
The Black Power Mixtape connects this history to the present day via a subtle score from the Roots and audio commentary from unseen inheritors such as musicians Questlove, Talib Kweli, and Erykah Badu, academics, and, in some cases, movement survivors such as Angela Davis and Sonia Sanchez.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning (Friday, January 20) for Orange County punk icons Social Distortion's upcoming concert on May 1 at Minglewood Hall.
Social Distortion, which is remarkably now in its third decade of existence, is perhaps best known for a string of underground/alternative radio hits in the late 80s and early 90s, including "Ball and Chain," "Story of My Life," and "I Was Wrong." The hardworking band's most recent album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, was released in January of last year to critical acclaim.
For more information on tickets to this or other upcoming shows at Minglewood, visit www.minglewoodhall.com.
Here's a fan video for what is probably my favorite Social Distortion song, "Dear Lover":
It's been six years since Mississippi/Memphis-bred songwriter Cory Branan's last officially released full-length album, 12 Songs, but we're finally getting a follow-up. Last week, venerable Chicago indie Bloodshot Records announced it had signed Branan and would be releasing his third album, Mutt, sometime this spring.
“We've had our eye on Cory for just about as long as he's been honing his air-tight, clever version of the perfect story-song,” Bloodshot publicist Josh Zanger wrote in a release announcing the signing. “So after falling in love with a demo of his new material, we jumped at the chance to add him to the fold.”
“We had been negotiating for about three months,” Branan says, by phone from Nashville yesterday afternoon, saying that he finally signed the deal in December while in Chicago for a gig.
Mutt was recorded in San Francisco a couple of years ago and has been in limbo while Branan talked to various labels, finally finding a deal he liked with Bloodshot.
Memphis rock stalwarts Lucero are preparing the release of their new album, Women & Work, which will be their first for ATO Records, the current label home of the Drive-By Truckers, Dawes, and Alabama Shakes, among others.
The album was recorded locally at Ardent Studios with producer Ted Hutt (the Gaslight Anthem) and again features Memphis soul-style horn work, from locals Jim Spake and Scott Thompson.
The 11-track album is set for a March 13th release, amid a two-month, coast-to-coast tour the band will embark on in early March. Lucero's previews the album on a new video released this morning:
JJ Grey stopped by Ardent Studios this afternoon and recorded an acoustic tune called "Hide & Seek":
He also chatted with The Warm Up host Rachel Hurley about his new DVD/Live CD Brighter Days and played some more songs.
JJ Grey and Mofro play the Hi-Tone tonight.
Venerable local arts/film/music organization Live From Memphis will celebrate its 11th birthday this Friday night (01/13) at 7 p.m. with an open-house party at company headquarters (1 S. Main).
Founder Christopher Reyes spoke to the Flyer this afternoon via telephone about the past, present, and future of LFM.
Flyer: What does it mean to you to be celebrating 11 years of Live From Memphis? Did you ever think you'd make it this far?
Reyes: Oh, no. I never thought we'd get to 10. Now I'm thinking about if we can make it to 20.
As reported by Rolling Stone, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are postponing their current North American tour while singer Anthony Kiedis recovers from multiple foot injuries.
The band was originally scheduled to play FedExForum on Friday, February 3rd. According to Rolling Stone, the new date for that show is now Thursday, April 12th.
Mike McCarthy, Memphis's multimedia provocateur, has gone to work for the historic Beale Street dry goods store and says he hopes to bring a little but of Midtown's eclectic rock scene to Beale Street.
"Assuming there are people going to Beale who are interested in that," McCarthy says.
The experiment kicks off with an Elvis birth-week show that includes performances by Amy LaVere and the Tramps, The Jason Freeman Band, The Memphis Dawls, McCarthy's uncle Dan the Man (from Tupelo), and his daughter Hanna Star.
"There may be a little nepotism there," McCarthy jokes. "Dan's a blue-eyed soul singer and will perform some Elvis songs."
The first A. Schwab's concert kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday, January 7.