In 1984, Prince had just come off of a smash hit record two years earlier: the double album 1999, which spawned four top 10 Billboard hits and sold 4 million copies. The success convinced Warner Brothers to produce a film to go with his next release. Director Albert Magnoli, a Prince associate, was tapped to direct the film, which would be a music video-inspired musical to capitalize on the craze that MTV had spawned two years before. The first hint America got of the Prince juggernaut that would dominate the airwaves for the rest of the decade was the revolutionary “When Doves Cry”, released on May 9, 1984, with a video that featured chunks of montage taken straight from the film famously intercut with shots of Prince naked in a bathtub.
Ever wonder what the underground scene in Memphis was like in 1992? Check out this story News Channel 5 ran back in the day. Heavy, bro...
Those looking for a summer anthem to serve as the soundtrack to late night parties and questionable decision making need look no further than "Tip Top," the new single from local garage rockers The Sheiks. We recently profiled Frank McLallen for all the hard work he puts into the local music scene, and he told us that despite being as busy as he is, The Shieks are his main focus. Head over to Black Lodge Video tonight to catch The Sheiks in person, and be sure to pick up the Tip Top single that is officially out today to take a piece of the party home with you.
The Sheiks, Moving Finger and Thelma and The Sleaze play Black Lodge Video, Friday April 11, 9pm doors, Free Admission.
Four metal bands descend upon the Buccaneer this Wednesday to wreak havoc, spill blood and...drink some Pabst Blue Ribbon. If you like your t-shirts black and your metal unforgiving, make plans to be at the Buccaneer this Wednesday night.
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You may have noticed Josh Miller's photographs gracing the pages of our music section lately, probably because the man seems to be at every local show in Memphis!
Looks like we aren't the only ones who have noticed Josh's impressive work, he's also been contributing photos to Impose Magazine's Scene and Heard section. Thanks for keeping Memphis on the map Josh! Click here to see More of Josh Miller's work.
And be sure to check out Josh Miller's blog for more rock and roll action!
Da Mafia 6ix concert last Friday at the New Daisy was one for the ages, with Triple Six and their multiple opening acts all bringing their A-Game. Here are some photos from last Friday's epic concert.
Kurt Cobain day was two days ago, and the grunge icon's hometown of Aberdeen, Washington paid tribute to the late songwriter with the unveiling of a rather bizarre statue. Mayor of Aberdeen Bill Simpson said he hopes the attraction will one day be as big as Graceland. Aberdeen's King Chanel 5 provides some interesting commentary on the festivities in the video below.
"He was a well-known heroin user who killed himself. Not exactly George Washington."
We know that you know that Memphis' son Steve Selvidge is in the Hold Steady. He and they tore the roof off the Hi-Tone a week ago today as the band embarked on a ramp-up tour in advance of their new album, Teeth Dreams, due out in March. Here's what we've said about it all so far:
All that said, the Hold Steady just released a terrific video about Selvidge, his road to joining the band, and what he brings to their music. It's got Memphis all over it, including mentions of the Bloodthirsty Lovers and the Grifters; check it out if you have a few.
Katie Crutchfield brings her confessional pop songs to the Hi-Tone Café tonight, with Marcella and Her Lovers opening. Doors are at 7:30 and admission is $8. Check out some live footage of Waxhatchee below.
Allmusic.com included Come to Life, the latest from Memphis rapper Cities Aviv, among its featured releases for the week. Congratulations.
For this week's Flyer, on newsstands today and online tomorrow, I wrote a story about the Hold Steady's upcoming show at the Hi-Tone (Wednesday, January 29th, 8 p.m.) and the impending release of the band's 6th album, Teeth Dreams (March 25th). Last week I conducted separate phone interviews with Hold Steady lead singer Craig Finn and guitarist/Memphian Steve Selvidge. As is the case sometimes with print, there was a lot of material from the interviews that didn't make it into the story, or that can be given some room to breathe with greater context. Yesterday I posted the Q&A with Finn. Today, Selvidge is on tap.
Memphis Flyer: What part of the world are you in right now?
Steve Selvidge: I'm on the phone from Brooklyn. We're taking a week to rehearse. We recorded Teeth Dreams last summer, played some shows in the fall, and took the holidays off. Now we’re getting together and playing all the songs on the new record we haven’t played since we were in the studio.
How does everything sound live?
Great. It’s going really well. We played Monday [January 13th] and we took all day Tuesday [January 14th] for photos and played again Wednesday [January 15th] and it still sounds good.
Before the show in Memphis, will you do some rehearsing down here?
We’ll do 3 or 4 days in Memphis working on stuff, then we’ll do the soundcheck at the Hi-Tone, play on the 29th, and go on a 10-day run from there.
On a recent trip to San Francisco, I sat down for breakfast at the justifiably heralded Boulette's Larder. The place is the jernt when it comes to breakfast: crazy view of the Bay Bridge and food on the highest order. I was the first person in the door. If you don't know already, you should wear a goddamn Stax hat everywhere you go. Everywhere. Here's why:
When I sat down and ordered black quinoa with chickpeas and poached eggs (best breakfast I've ever had), my waiter casually mentioned that he had been Isaac Hayes' personal vegan chef. Holy freaking smokes.
Elijah Joy is a vegan food power house. He's cooked for the Hot Buttered Genius, for Moby, and for B.B. King's Blues Clubs. It's no wonder to find him at Boulette's, which could not be any better. Joy and I discussed how important Isaac was to the world and how saddened we were by losing him so early and unexpectedly. Here is his Wikipedia page, which you may read after you've finished all the Flyer copy and patronized a handful of advertisers.
Memphis moves in funky ways, even on the west coast.
Think that's enough? WRONG!
Later that day, a Flyer colleague and I took a cab to the Flower Conservatory. On the way, the cabbie was listening to a wicked soul station. Carla Thomas came on the radio. I mentioned that we were from Memphis, and the guy lit up like a Chicks Stadium fireworks display. He CARED about Carla. Our music is a precious export and something for which I will always have unlimited pride.