It's like an Antenna club music video night up in this town. New music videos are everywhere.
Drake shot his "Worst Behavior" video in Memphis partly at Royal Studios. The video is shot in parts. The first is a session at Royal Studios, where Drake's Memphian father, Dennis Graham sings an R&B/blues number before the camera cuts to Drake. A second interlude with a wanna-be rapper played by OB O'Brien cuts to the quick of why I struggle to write about hip-hop. It's hilarious and sad at the same time. Juicy J and Project Pat are hilarious. Lots of Memphis cameos.
Also on the video vanguard is Mississippian by way of Chapel Hill Jimbo Mathus. His outlaw-on-the-run concept for "Tennessee Walker Mare" includes animated sequences and some hanging out on the bridge over the Little Tallahatchie on Highway 7 between Holly Springs and Oxford. Mathus' next album Dark Night of the Soul is due out in February.
Many people hate Dana. It's a thing. I actually like her, but just not on Homeland. Spin her off. Let her get into hijinks that don't involve national security — or that do, but don't have anything to do with Carrie and Saul. I'd love to watch Dana try to date boys in the insular, inside the Beltway District of Columbia. What happens when Dana dates the Muslim son of the Iranian ambassador? How does her Mom feel about that? I'd watch that.
Until then, we'll just have to amuse ourselves with Dana memes. Interestingly, her image is finding purchase in the pop cultural Zeitgeist ancillary to college football.
I wrote the cover story (plug, plug) in the November Memphis magazine, on the Grove scene in Oxford, Mississippi, during football season.
A sharp-eyed reader — Flyer Managing Editor Susan Ellis — noticed something odd on the Memphis magazine cover, and paired it with a Tweet she saw last weekend.
It appears Dana is on the cover of Memphis magazine. Play Where's Waldo? and see if you can find her, or just take a gander below:
Scott Bomar's Electraphonic label has a new batch of singles out. There's a wicked cool video to boot:
From a release from the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission:
BET’s new docu-series, The Mathis Project, premieres tonight at 9 p.m. The production, an effort by BET and TV’s Judge Greg Mathis, filmed some episodes in Memphis and was assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.
As described by BET, “Judge Mathis unites local volunteers and law enforcement to gather information that has the potential to solve the case — and get community members to do what, for some, is unthinkable: reveal what they know. Mathis’ investigative skills will bring these cases to a close by exposing the truth that witnesses, anonymous tipsters and ‘word on the street’ sources have kept hidden for years.”
The no-nonsense retired judge is well known for his NBC reality court show, Judge Mathis, which began its 15th season in September.
Earlier this year, Fox13’s Les Smith did a piece on the filming of the show. His story is here.
As Judge Mathis says, “Last year, more than 6,000 African Americans were victims of homicide. More than 2,000 of those homicides are still unsolved. We’re going to reopen some of those cold cases and go into some of our toughest neighborhoods to see what I can do to help solve them. It’s time for things to change from the ground up.”
She's coming to the Cannon Center Friday. She can't make you love her. She can't make your heart feel something it won't. Submit to the slow jam. Bonnie Raitt is bringing it to Memphis.
We're having Foul-Up Thursday here at the music desk. Please pardon our mayhem. The Praise Explosion Concert is this Saturday. Not this Sunday, as listed in the print edition. We apologize and won't go for three today. God bless us.
Electronic musician Luis van Seixas is doing some cool electronic/industrial stuff at the Brooks on Thursday, Nov. 7th.
Correction: This piece originally cited Newby's as the location of this event. The benefit is at the Young Ave. Deli. We apologize.
One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to the kids this Friday, November 8th, at Young Avenue Deli. Bands include Nino, Sin City Scoundrels, Whiskey Republic, and these cats getting done at Sun: Super Witch.
A follow up to our post on Phish's song about Darius Washington Jr.
“Darius Washington Jr.'s story was incredibly moving to all of us in Phish,” Trey Anastasio wrote in an email to the Flyer. Anastasio is the lead singer of the jam band Phish, which should in all probability have exactly nothing to do with Tiger hoops. But this is Memphis. Things get weird.
At a Halloween show in Atlantic City, Phish played a song called “The Line.” The song is about Washington's infamous free throw attempts against Louisville in the 2005 C-USA tournament. The song is also about overcoming adversity. Darius Jr.’s Twitter handle is @Mr_Adversity. Following the emotional loss on national television, Washington’s father, Darius Sr., refused to let his son wallow in self-pity and led him on a walk up and down Beale Street to face the fans and to revel in their support.
We reached Darius Jr. by Twitter. He is playing basketball for Olin Edirne Basket, a Turkish team, and deferred questions to his dad. We spoke to Darius Sr. by phone yesterday.
Explaining Phish to Darius Sr. is not what one expects to do on a music-writing gig. But, again, this is Memphis. Initially confused by the news, the Washingtons have developed a sense of humor and perspective on the song, the event, and what it means to people.
“Is he a famous country singer?” Darius Sr. asked. “I don’t know them.”
Phish is somewhat famous for being a jam band, primarily a touring act that invests less time in the studio and in pursuing radio success than in playing live shows for its dedicated fans. It’s not for everybody.
“If the people that sit there and listen to this — if they don’t follow sports and don’t know that this took place — what are they thinking? What’s going through the fans minds?,” Washington Sr. wondered.
“It really spoke to me on a personal level, because I've gone through some difficult moments in public, too,” Anastasio wrote. “I'm sure most people have, in one way or another. Those tough moments can ultimately become gifts though.”
The Washingtons were not immediately sure of the musicians’ motives when they heard about the song on CBS Sports.
“We had to sort through and figure out which rout to take. I’ve got rap artists — people that could have just blasted him out,” Washington Sr. said. “I had a lot of scenarios going through my head about how I would respond if it was something that I felt that he was trying to pour salt on a wound or something like that. Maybe I can get one of my rap guys to rap something about it.”
But the awesome possibility of a musical standoff between Phish and the Washingtons was quashed as Darius’ Sr. again demonstrated the character that led him and his son out onto Beale to face the music.
“They show it on ESPN,” Washington said. “They talk about it on March Madness and at the beginning of the year. It’s been following us forever. But it’s not a bad thing, though. There’s something that people fail to realize. Yeah, that was a history making moment, but we got up off the floor and we’re still doing what we do.”
Anastasio was among those moved by the display of family, character, and civic goodwill that went on display.
“You learn a lot about what's really important in life when
something like that happens,” Anastasio wrote.
“This is the question I pose to people,” Washington said. “If he would have just walked off the court after missing those free throws and sat on the bench like it was nothing, then people have said, damn that kid didn’t even care. But being that he is so passionate — and he hated to lose — that was the main issue. That wasn’t a national championship game. That was a freaking conference game to get into the big dance. That should show the world the passion he has for winning. The kid was always and still is a winner. He’s not a kid anymore, he’s a man. He did that in rec league. If he missed a shot, it bothered him. To this day, that’s how it stands,” Washington said.
In an even more conciliatory gesture, Washington laid the groundwork for what could become Phish’s masterpiece.
“If he decides to do a video, tell him to call us.”
John Mayer is coming to FedExForum on Friday, November 29th with special guest Phillip Phillips.
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This looks awesome. Never miss a cello.
Cleveland Avenue becomes the center for underground music in Memphis this week, as both the Hi-Tone and the Buccaneer are trading off shows Tuesday, November 5th through Saturday, November 9th. Here's a guide (complete with videos!) to the diverse shows both venues are offering this week.
Tuesday, November 5th - Hi-Tone - Small Black, Dream Team, Grid. 8pm doors, $10.00 advance, $12.00 at the door, 18+.
Brooklyn's Small Black play what is best described as chill wave, but don't let that scare you off. Underneath the repetitive synth beats are carefully crafted songs, and though the band hails from Brooklyn, their latest video (above) was partially shot in Memphis. Opening the show are locals Dream Team (members of Tiger High) and the new band Grid.
Wednesday, November 6th - Buccaneer - Hunters, Paradice, Loser Vision. 9pm doors, $5.00, 21+.
Hunters have been on the road for most of 2013, touring with big name acts like Jeff The Brotherhood and Hunx and His Punx. With that much time to hone their sound, it's no wonder Hunters are being heralded by music writers as one of the best live bands to see in 2013. Opening the show are locals Paradice (formerly Warm Girls) and the new band Loser Vision.
Thursday, November 7th - Hi-Tone - Nobunny, Moving Finger, Buldgerz. 8pm doors, $10.00, 18+.
The hardest working rabbit in garage rock returns to Memphis on Thursday, in support of his new album Secret Songs released on Goner Records earlier this month. Known for raucous energy, rampant nudity and killer power pop riffs, NoBunny's live show is one that must be seen to be believed. Opening the show are locals Moving Finger (read more about them here) and the new hardcore band Buldgerz (featuring members of Hosoi Bros and No Comply).
Friday, November 8th - Buccaneer - Toxie, Trampoline Team, Toxie. 9pm doors, $5.00, 21+.
Local new wave group Toxie had a productive summer touring by themselves as well as opening for the chill wave group Toro y Moi on a string of East Coast shows. The group seems to be due for another single, as the "New Gate" single that was released on Goner earlier this year gained a lot of attention. Also playing the show is Trampoline Team (a new punk group from New Orleans) and 60's Rock and Roll Revivalists The Sheiks.
Saturday, November 9th - Hi-Tone - Nights Like These, Crowlord, Holy Gallows. 9pm doors, $7.00 18+
After almost a four year hiatus, Memphis' metal kings Nights Like These have decided to reform. The story of Nights Like These is an interesting one. The band went from the suburban underground label Smith Seven to one of the largest Metal labels in the world (Victory Records) seemingly overnight, only to fade back into obscurity after a behemoth of a second album. If the Nights Like These reunion show at Minglewood Hall this past summer serves as any indication, this group certainly remembers how to shred. Opening the show are local metal groups Crowlord (featuring members of the Unbeheld) and Holy Gallows.
Last night, to close out the festivities, Indie Memphis gave out awards for the best of the fest. Winners are listed below. Many of the awards included cash prizes, and they all received a lovely trophy designed by Memphis artist Yvonne Bobo.
Best Narrative Feature Award ($1,000 cash prize)
It Felt Like Love (director: Eliza Hittman)
Duncan-Williams Scriptwriting Award ($1,000 cash prize presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc.)
See You Next Tuesday (writer/director: Drew Tobia)
Hometowner Award, Narrative Feature ($1,000 cash prize presented by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission)
Being Awesome (director: Allen C. Gardner)
Hometowner Award, Narrative Short ($500 cash prize presented by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission)
John's Farm (director: Melissa Sweazy
Hometowner Award, Documentary Short ($500 cash prize presented by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission)
Bookin' (director: John Kirkscey
According to the weekly City Pages of Minneapolis, one person is dead following a shooting in a night club where Memphis rapper Yo Gotti was performing.