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You know I’ve got a soft spot around these parts for Those Darlins, a spot which grows bigger in direct proportion to how much better they get each time I see them play. I caught them again on Saturday as they hit the last date of their album release tour. The show was incredible. In the few years that I’ve been following them, they’ve evolved from this kitschy acoustic 3 piece to a full out fucking rock show. God help you if you underestimate the petite trio. If their music doesn’t smash your face in, then Nikki surely will (as she related to my friends after the show – she’d left a guy at their last show bloody and battered).

Enough gushing. I promised you free stuff.

Hit up their website:

Give them your name, email address and zip code, and they’ll give you their first EP, Wild One. Same deal as the How I Became The Bomb EPs, but they go one step further – Those Darlins won’t even email you if you don’t want to hear from them. They’ll just give you their music with a smile and a nod.

Not sure how long this will last, but take advantage of it while you can.

And, if you like what you hear on the EP, buy their album. I’m listening to it now. It is just like the EP, only more.

Korpiklaani – Vodka

Neo-folk metal people doing a song about vodka.

The fucking refrain is:

Vodka, you’re feeling stronger
Vodka, no more feeling bad
Vodka, your eyes are shining
Vodka, you are the real MAN
Vodka, wipes away your tears
Vodka, removes your fears
Vodka, everyone is gorgeous
Vodka, yeah vodka

Is there really anything else that you need to know?

You should all thank me for expanding your horizons.

Realized I haven’t given you kids any music in a while. So, here we go.

NaNuchKa’s Red

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That voice you’re hearing? The one with that wonderful mix of snarl, soul, heady wine and an undefinable, world-traveled accent? That’s Yula Be’eri, frontwoman and bass player for NaNuchKa. She’s formerly of the World/Inferno Friendship Society. Which should explain a fair amount.

If you’re one of those people that grew up in the MTV generation and you need a visual to go along with your sound, here’s the video they did for Red.

Memphis Music at SXSW by Live From Memphis

Today is the Apple WWDC, but honestly, fuck those guys. Something much more important and fulfilling is happening.


How I Became the Bomb is releasing their fourth and final free EP today. I’m listening to it right now, and while it may occupy the least amount of time on the clock, I have a sneaking feeling it may end up being my favorite of the four. It is full of chunky synth goodness and delightful levity. It is just fun. A whole lot of bloody fun.

Anyway, stop reading this drek and go get it. Give them your name and email and they’ll give you free music.

This won’t last long. Watch it while you can.


From the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center:

Over a dozen local bands, food, drink and hundreds of your favorite Memphians. During the day we will have a moonbounce for the youngins and the concert area features shade and grassy areas. So bring a blanket and some sunscreen. Kids under 12 get in FREE.

Featuring the music of…
Featuring the music of Two Way Radio, Hope Clayburn, Pezz, Yazoo Shakes, Jeffrey James and the Haul, Bulletproof Vests, While I Breathe I Hope, Soul Enforcers, & Jessica Jones.

Cost: $10 will get you in all day and you can come and go as you please. Another $10 will get you all the PBR you can drink throughout the day and into the night. We’ll also have an unlimited supply of water, drinks for the kids and delicious food from the Cooperative Association of Memphis.

Rain Location: The Abbey, inside LifeLink Church and the place where Johnny Cash played his first concert.

Tickets are here. They are also doing a bike ride tour of Cooper-Young before hand for $15, more info is at the site. But, I’ll be at Star Trek, so I don’t really care about that. However, I do care a LOT about the $10 bottomless PBR cup they are offering.

10 hours of music and endless beer for a total of $20? Fuck, you know I’m there.

I’ll make this as short and simple as possible.

I saw the whole thing last night. I went in wanting to hate it. I was packing a flask full of whiskey to encourage that hate. And, I’ll admit, the first bit with the drummer is the worst part of the whole thing. But, there are pull-outs from that first 7 minute segment that make you forgive it. (Namely Amy Levere in her underwear.) By the end of the second episode, you’re sold on the whole thing. Which is perfect, since the show is broken up in a way that 3 single episodes fit inside a half hour block. The first of those 5 groups will be shown tonight on MTV.

I am not the biggest Brewer fan in the world. I think Hustle and Flow was a great big screen opener, but Black Snake Moan had…issues. He shoots $5 Cover in an up-close cinema verite style, which works both for and against him. It keeps his actors, all untrained locals with the exception of Clare Grant, from over acting too much. However, there are a lot of choppy camera movements and weird compositions that come along with that style. These problems may be lessened on a smaller screen, but on a movie screen they were pretty jarring.

In a little less than two hours, Brewer does more to make Memphis look cool and interesting than any tourism board could do with a budget five times his. Of course it was a joy to see people that you’d grown up with, places that you frequent, things you’d worked on and people who you admired on screen, so it was an easy sell to this all Memphis audience. Before the lights came down, Brewer encouraged us to make noise and “act rowdy” whenever some one came on that we knew. I burst into guffawing laughter a few times when I watched one of my friends stumble by in the background, trying their damnedest to act cool.

I’m not about to tell you that this didn’t have the air of something your friends made, so you inherently love it more and cast its flaws aside. It did, and that works for it. The question that remains, though, is if that feeling can translate out to the rest of the world that didn’t already love these people and this city.

Personally, I’m hoping for an encore.

You’ll be able to find the whole thing here in a few hours. Watch it on the web. They get more money for that. And they only need this to be a moderate success for them to come back and do another round.

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From the Conan the Barbarian soundtrack, one of the most epic and over the top pieces of musical scoring ever. I figured this day could use a little more kick-ass.

I might post the opening theme from the Hunt for Red October if this day needs even more kick-ass.

Too much to do. Too much to do.

Watch Franz Nicolay sing about his time with the World/Inferno and trust that I’m doing everything I can.

Everything I can for what, you ask?

For whatever you’ve got in mind, I answer back.

Grace Kelly With Wings – Piebald

And that’s more than a dress, it’s a Grace Kelly movie.

One of the best lyrics ever written.

And while we’re on the subject of Grace Kelly…


Ah, Christ. They don’t make ‘em like that any more, do they?

From the Blade Runner soundtrack.

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The voice you are hearing is Demis Roussos, an Egyptian/Greek singer pop singer and composer. The language is Egyptian, but gibberish Egyptian.

This song always makes me thing of a Marrakesh market, all a’hum with wireless signals and electricity, the air still hot and heavy with humidity and unfamiliar smells.

How I Became the Bomb released a new EP yesterday, VOL 3: THEY CAN WHAT THEY SEEM THEY CANNOT.

All you have to give them to get 3 lovely, synth heavy, nerdy pop songs?

Your bloody fucking email.

It doesn’t even have to be your real one.

Give ‘em that and they’ll give you free music.

Oh, and if you’ll be in Austin for SXSW, go see them. They’re playing three shows in two nights.

Isn’t it interesting how artists who are borderline starving (or flat out are) aren’t afraid to give away their music, but bands that sell millions of records and live in luxury are?

South By Southwest has put together a 1200+ song collection of DRM-free, RIAA-friendly music from artists that are playing at the festival this year.

The thing is split into three different torrents, and it is available here, along with the torrents from the previous three SXSW festivals.

Toss it into your favorite torrent client, wait a bit, and enjoy. If you like some of what you hear, patronize the bands either at their shows or by buying their stuff.

On a side note, I would love to know the exact numbers of people that are going to be introduced to bit torrent via this.

You know, I will freely admit that I’m getting a wee bit tired of Amanda Palmer’s shtick. You’re weird, we get it.

But, there are sometimes that she reminds us that she’s still the best at what she does.

Blame The Joann for this one.

How I Became the Bomb – Salvage Mission from How I Became the Bomb on Vimeo

You know they’re still giving away free digital EPs, right?

From a 1990 performance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

The reason for the unique, alien, but oddly Asian sound folk music coming out of Central Europe?

In a word: Huns.

The Huns were nomads that started to come out of the Asian steppe in the Second Century AD. They moved west, pressing into the Islamic world, then into the heart of Europe. Over the course of several dozen generations of constant movement and invasion, the Huns couldn’t exactly remember where the hell they came from, so they settled in the area we now call Hungary. The resulting culture was a completely singular mix of Asian, Islamic and European influences. The dress and music are Asian, the food is Islamic and European, the religion is strict Roman Catholic. The Hungarians are a pocket of people that epitomize the meeting points between the East and the West.

And they make some of the most amazing music in the world.

Let’s do something impressive this week, yes?

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Oh, odd side note – an antiquated definition of a reprobate is some one that God has forsaken and who is damned to hell.

Sound appropriate for all of you.

I knew there was a reason I got out of bed this morning, and this is it.

Apparently Warren Ellis is either an amoral pirate or well connected (or both) and has access to an advance release of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ new album.

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