Thursday, August 28, 2008

imagine asians on Today's Show

What's shakin' gang? I hope you make time in your busy schedule tomorrow afternoon to tune into the Indie Ghetto from 1:00 - 3:00. I'll be welcoming the crew from imagine asians into the WRVU studios during the second hour of the show. In addition to getting the low down on what's up with these guys, they've also promised to bring some instruments and woo us with their tight and dreamy pop tunes live on the air.

In case you don't know, imagine asians is sweet juice product of Jeffrey Neutron's mind grapes. The sound pulls from both the classic and slightly cracked pop traditions to forge a strange, yet pleasing dynamic. IA will soon be releasing their excellent new LP, We Are the Future, which was produced by De Novo Dahl mainman and all-around sweetheart, Joel J. Dahl.

Taking a revolving door approach to making music, imagine asians list of live and recording contributors and collaborators reads like a who's who of the local music scene. We Are the Future features contributions from a number of Nashville's finest: Joey Andrews (De Novo Dahl), Kyle Hamlett (Lylas), Joel J. Dahl (De Novo Dahl), Adria Heimburger & Terah Thompson (ex-Girls & Boys), Serai Zaffiro (De Novo Dahl), Luke Schneider (Cortney Tidwell, Lylas), Keith Lowen (De Novo Dahl, ex-108 different bands), Arlo Hall (Hannah Barbarians, ex-De Novo Dahl), Benjamin Patton (My Tyger, ex-Girls & Boys), Caryn Cast (ex-Lylas and one bad-ass artist) and Mark Bond (The Features, Vovo). On the live stage, IA has included even more local talent over the years: Matthew Hungate (De Novo Dahl), Rod Kelly (ex-Love Society), Caldwell Dunlap (ex-Bubblegum Complex, Spanish Bombs), Josh Walker (my second favorite Grimey's employee), Willa Derrikson, Andrew Brassel (And The Relatives), Erik Lehning (Non-Commissioned Officers) and the always fetching Miss Lauren Sandidge.

Jeffrey and Co. will be playing their first show in quite some time this Friday night at the 5 Spot along with Velcro Stars & The Hannah Barbarians. If you're free that night, I encourage you to make it over to the Eastside for this one.

As always, I'll be spinning the best local and regional jams I can cram into 120 minutes. Hit us up with your requests at 615.421.7625 or 625.322.7625. If you forgot to pay your cell phone bill or don't know how to work a phone, shoot us an email at In addition, I'll be giving away some guestlist spots for a few excellent shows this weekend. Tune in to win, my nugs.

-Happy Valley featuring Jensen Sportag, Mindub & Principal and Coach (Friday, Aug 29th @ Aerial)

-How I Became The Bomb, Howlies & Eureka Gold (Saturday, Aug. 30th @ Mercy Lounge)

-Parachute Musical, Mean Tambourines, Roman Candle & Stories That Live (Sunday Aug. 31st @ Agave)

Tune in won't you? Its always a good time.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My Ghetto Padawan Takes Over

Since I'm not in Nashville this week, my trainee - no, make that former trainee - Matt Hearn shall be manning the controls of the WRVU transmitter, bringing y'all the local goodness you're used to hearing each Thursday afternoon from 1:00 - 3:00.

If someone wouldn't mind keeping tabs on how many times young Hearn screws up, I'd greatly appreciate the effort. Little Buddy's getting exactly one lashing for each mistake he makes. For helping yer boy out, I'll gladly let you video the punishment proceedings and post it on Youtube if you like.

Anyway, be sure to keep your ears piqued in the Fall as Matt's gonna have his own locally-focused radio show on WRVU called Holly House. Can't wait to see him try to steal my thunder. Good luck, ol' boy... good luck.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Radio Show Playlist - 08.07.08

Well, there's no Ghetto on your radio next week... yer boys is gonna be down in the Dirty Dirty, the ATL, gettin' crunk at a stock options trading seminar. So if you start jonesin' for some hot local action, you can always stream this week's show again and again.

Get Yer Fix via Real Audio

The Selmanaires - Just to Get Yr Love (The Air Salesman)
Hotpipes - You Burn Or You Don't (Future Bolt)
Orange in Circles - My Shaker Mover (unreleased)
Imagine Asians - Jacquie Says (Imagine Asians EP)
John Davis - I Need Someone (Arigato!)
The Clutters - Rockaway (Don't Believe a Word)
The Dexateens - Lost and Found (Lost and Found)
Roman Candle - Something Left to Say (The Wee Hours Review)
Glossary - Chase Me Out of The Dark (The Better Angels of Our Nature)
The Features - Wooden Heart (Some Kind of Salvation)
Kings Of Leon - Crawl (Only By The Night)
This Modern Station - Evangelina (unreleased debut LP)
Pico vs Island Trees - Malibu (unreleased)
Stories That Live - I'm Gonna Kill Your Boyfriend (unreleased)
Kindercastle - Violet (unreleased debut LP)
The Northridge Rangers - Mustang Twist (Electric Shoes)
Tommy & The Whale - Brothers (Shot for the Moon)
Ghostfinger - Ann Marie (The Feeler)
Vovo - Well Known Theme (Vovo EP)
Cheap Time - Ginger Snap (Cheap Time)
Caitlin Rose - Gorilla Man (Dead Flowers EP)
Apollo Up! - The Heartbreak of Victory (Walking Papers EP)
Turbo Fruits - Tennessee, Baby (Turbo Fruits)
The Lonely Hearts - Nightingale (Born In The Dark)
The Protomen - Unrest in the House of Light (The Protomen)
Self - What A Fool Believes (Gizmodgery)
The Glib - We Will (Heaven & Hell Yes)
Coral Castles - Your Camera (the Corpse and the Cake)
Ricky Young - Suitcase Afternoon (Learn to Steal)
Josh Rouse - Dressed Up Like Nebraska (Dressed Up Like Nebraska)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Dexateens Tonight at The Basement

The Dexateens

Spending my formative years in Tuscaloosa, AL, I was privileged to that glorious function known as college radio. University of Alabama's WVUA 90.7 may have been a small station, but it affected me in oh so many ways. I've not been the same since.

One of the voices I heard each week was that of Elliott McPherson. For a time he hosted the local music show which turned me onto a number of Tuscaloosa bands of that era - The Nooners, The Penatrators, Kilgour Trout, Three Hour Tour, Mindseye, DC Moon, Planet Terry, The Copacetics, et al - and instilled in me a life-long love of the music coming from the streets of whatever locale I happen to reside. If not for Elliott, I'd not be doing what I currently do.

Well, things have come full circle and I'm stoked that Elliott's band, The Dexateens, will be in town tonight at The Basement. If you're a fan of Glossary, Hands Down Eugene, or Roman Candle I encourage you to swing by. You can also cruise over to their website and download their new record, Lost and Found for free.

New Superdrag Jam Available Soon!

So I got a random, but very welcomed telephone call from Senator Tom Pappas of Superdrag a couple days ago. His purpose was to inform me that brand new Superdrag track, "Filthy & Afraid" will be available on the Monolith Festival compilation CD.

And not to toot my own horn, but he attributed it to the fact that I had posted a random clip on YouTube of the band and myself in the studio listening to the 4-track demo version of the tune before we tracked it this past Winter at Lake Fever. Crazier things have happened I suppose. Anyway, here's that video...

And while you're out there pointin' and clickin' around the Net, check out Senor Pappas' new band, The Whip. Good stuff. Hopefully, he'll get me a copy and I'll get to spinning it on the radio show.


ps Oh yeah, a little birdy with a big Greek afro and crazy eyes also told me there should be a Nashville Superdrag show in the very near future. Keep those eyes peeled for more info!