Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy Chinese Elvis, Memphis.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 9:53 AM

From Kent Online:

Mr Ma has performed as Elvis since he was a child in Asia, including at restaurants owned by his family members in London and Tunbridge Wells.

Anyone looking for work as a copy editor? I hearing they're hiring in London, Asia. 

Maitre D's @ the Buc on Friday

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The Maitre D's are a Booker T & the MGs cover band.  Composed of Mempho heavies, it's a great band playing the music of a great band. This video is not the Maitre D's, but you can dance exactly like these people Friday at the Buc. Weird dancing is approved for this event. PARTY!

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Valerie June @ Minglewood Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 7:14 AM

This is what I'm doing. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spyro Gyra @ GPAC on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Get tickets here. Blow mind here:

W.B. Givens Thursday @ Hi-Tone

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM

This looks really good.

Beale Street Music Fest 2014

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Here's the official lineup. We will continue to break this down until May 2nd.  Get tickets here.

Beale Street Late Night Big Gigantic

Beale Street Late Night Beats Antique


Katy Perry Is Obsessed with Memphis

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 9:45 AM

When she's not inciting wars of religion, Katy Perry spends her time associating herself with Memphis. Witness: Her latest video is set in Memphis, Egypt, an obvious allusion to how cool she thinks the Bluff City is. The very colorful and in no way ridiculous video also features Juicy J, who is the favorite act of every person in Tennessee, according to the news. So, we can conclude that Katy Perry wants to marry Memphis. Even if she doesn't, getting rid of blues clown John Mayer is a good start. Katy Perry is coming to FedExForum on October 5th. It is widely assumed that she will marry Memphis then. 

Big Data on Music State by State

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 7:23 AM

If you rank things by state, people go nuts. It's a fact of life that we all scramble down any list to see what Tennessee or Memphis have beautifully screwed up now. The latest in these sensations is the state-by-state map of distinctive musical acts peculiar to each state ... or something. In the great American tradition, everybody reposted and formed opinions about the thing long before anybody figured out the methodology of the study. What do we know? What we already knew: White Southern girls love gangsta rap. I bet $20 that, if Haslam or Ramsey have a daughter between 20 and 40, the girl can drop at least five hip-hop songs word-for-word. Or she went to bible college, one of those.

Here, read this crazy map thing. Then read the even crazier breakdown by someone in Nashville done on a slow news day. 

And props to Juicy J for keeping Stacey Campfield real. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Oscar Contest

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Me and my boy Kevin Cerrito are throwing down the gauntlet this Oscars season.

I'm a regular guest on MemphiSport Live on Sports56/87.7 FM, appearing on the last Saturday of the month to discuss movies and TV and whatnot.

Once a year is the best hour of radio in Memphis, if I may be so bold: The MSL Oscar Handicapping Special. This last weekend was that glorious celebration, during which Kevin and I and co-host Marcus Hunter talked movies, Erik Jambor from Indie Memphis talked about the festival and upcoming events, ABC News anchor Joy Lambert talked about Hollywood for the House, and Memphis Oscar-winner, Frayser Boy, gave out some great trivia from the annals of Oscar history.

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Happy Birthday George Harrison

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Here's to the well-adjusted Beatle on his birthday. We find him surrounded by friends, including Memphian Bobby Whitlock on the Hammond:

American Fiction with Eddie Kramer

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Memphis supergroup American Fiction has a new single out. They recently finished a record with Eddie Kramer, the legendary producer for Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Stones and the Beatles. It doesn't get any better. We will revisit this story at length soon.

They're at the Poplar Lounge on Friday.

Here's the new track, "Dumb Luck":

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Gene Rush at GPAC February 28th

Posted By on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Just listen to the electric piano vamps in the track below from Lloyd McNeil's 1970 album Washington Suite. They are played by Gene Rush. Rush ran the jazz programs at the University of Memphis for more than a decade and is a professor emeritus. He is playing GPAC on February 28th. For tickets, see below. 

After you buy your tickets, you can listen to another one.

Willie Nelson and Allison Krauss at Snowden Grove

Posted By on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM


Jerry Douglass joins Willie and Allison Thursday, June 5th, at Snowden Grove. Get tickets here.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Kurt Cobain Celebrated in Aberdeen...Kind of

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM

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."

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Goner's 21'st Birthday Party: Sunday @ Hi-Tone

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Goner, the world epicenter of garage-punk, turns 21 this year. You can celebrate yourself to pieces at the Hi-Tone on Sunday night. And you should. Goner gave an identity to a subset of Memphis music that previously went under-noticed by the world. While Chilton et al flirted with punk in it's infancy, Goner established an international presence at the intersection of punk, rockabilly, garage-rock, and certifiable Memphis insanity. For this, we hail them. And it's not just us. Sunday's festivities will include a fine mess of bands: NOBUNNY, Ex-Cult, Manateees, NOTS, Moving Finger, and The Hussy. Video bomb after the jump. (photo of NOTS by Don Perry)

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