Ladieswear, beards, Asian fusion, condo auctions, Todd Snider and Snooki: It all meets in East Nashville. Ish.
Take a look at the latest round of Stuff We Heard:
There’s been a whole lot going on over at the Fifth and Main condominium complex: First, news of new restaurant Myridia taking over the space formerly occupied by Otter’s, then hubbub about homes in that comely modern complex going on the auction block.
Let’s start with the foods: Myridia will be coming from Nashville restaurateur Kazu Hishida, who formerly helmed Cummins Station spot Kazu. According to a report from the Nashville Scene‘s Dana Kopp Franklin, Hishida’s father Kazuhira — a seasoned chef who was also part of the Kazu team — will be behind the menu. Expect “a moderately priced mix of Asian, Latin and European flavors,” according to a Myridia release.
Construction is kicking off immediately; we haven’t seen an expected opening date yet.
And then on to good news for folks who might like to eat/imbibe at Myridia or Germantown Cafe East, then stumble upstairs to bed. Fifth and Main’s owners are set to auction 25 available units on November 5, with prices starting at $95,000 for a one-bedroom space.
Said auction goes down at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel (623 Union St.) at 1 p.m., and it’s not just small spaces up for grabs — according to a Nashville Business Journal report, two-bedroom/two-bath spaces will be on offer with starting bids of $215,000, and two bedroom townhome spaces with an extra half bath on those start at $190,000.
The starting bids in some cases knock as much as half off of the original asking prices, so, uh, thanks, horrible economy! (Sad trombone.)
The first thing that comes to mind when listening to the clever, often politically scalding folk of Todd Snider, of course, is Snooki. Because Snooki, like Snider, is an American poet.
Good news: Those two kids finally got to collaborate on something. Snider and rock band The Outerlys teamed up to co-write some songs last year, and some of said songs have been soundtracking episodes of MTV’s Jersey Shore Italy.
MTV’s Soundtrack blog offers a download of the most recently used track, “Pretty Girls,” which popped up in a scene that we’re told depicts “Snooki and Jwoww playing in the streets.” Grab The Outerlys’ “Pretty Girls” over at Soundtrack.MTV.com; if you’d like to dig back into the season (of course you would!), another Snider/Outerlys team-up, “Someday,” pops up too.
Congrats, Snider, you’ve finally made it.
Todd isn’t the only gifted East Nashvillian Snider: His wife Melita Osheowitz Snider is a skilled visual artist — you’ve likely seen her work paired with Todd’s (she’s behind the cover of his The Devil You Know album, for starters).
Melita is also an East Nashville entrepreneur these days, using her eye for visual appeal in leading MOSS, a contemporary women’s clothing boutique that opened up recently in the Five Points Collaborative. The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., and the Five Points Collaborative is over at 1108 Woodland, next to the Art & Invention Gallery.
Along with shirts, skirts, dresses and the like, you might see a scruffy folk singer at MOSS — though to our knowledge, he’s not for sale, unless you’ve got Snooki money. (Photo of Todd Snider at MOSS: MOSS Facebook)
In more local-dudes-on-TV news, Eastside talents Stephen Simmons and Dave Coleman hit FX series Sons of Anarchy this week, sonically speaking.
Simmons/Coleman co-write “Almost” and “Houston Memory,” which Coleman wrote with Shannon and Adam Wright, popped up on the October 11 episode of the show. Both of those songs come from Kids With Songs, released in 2009 by Coleman’s longtime band The Coal Men.
More on Sons of Anarchy: FXNetworks.com.
In less positive local music news: The Civil Wars had to drop out of tonight’s scheduled Americana Music Festival performance at the Cannery Ballroom, as duo member John Paul White lost his voice. (They’ve had to cancel a few other shows, too). Ticketholders for the Cannery show should expect news on receiving a refund or swapping for an Americana fest wristband.
The Wars are, however, still set to take the stage Thursday at the Ryman during the fest’s Americana Honors & Awards Show. That event kicks off at 7 p.m., and is sold out.
Continuing with this accidentally music-focused round of Stuff: East Nashville music-maker Drew Holcomb, who leads Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, played scarf model in the above video from fashionABLE, a non-profit organization that provides steady work for women in poverty-stricken parts of Africa.
Holcomb’s band has gotten behind fashionABLE’s efforts (as it’s a non-profit, proceeds from scarves made by those women get funneled back into creating jobs for and training more folks), and here, he lets fashionABLE stylist Amber Lehman demonstrate how scarves and manly beards can make fine friends.
Along with helping people in need, buying a fashionABLE scarf nets you an attractive bit of warmth, too. Get a look at their scarf collections at LivefashionABLE.com.
Speaking of Stuff: Perhaps you have too much of it. Should you decide to remove some of that stuff and pay somebody else to keep it around, good news: East Nashville Self Storage is celebrating its grand opening come Friday, November 4, and their whole deal is keeping people’s extra stuff.
Eyeball their new space at the grand opening celebration, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will include morning refreshments and before and after photos of the space. “Prepare to be amazed by the transformation!” says an invite at Yelp. It’ll be like an HGTV series come to life, except there probably won’t be an insufferable whiner squeaking on about granite countertops.
Check East Nashville Self Storage at 800 Main St. (Yelp.com)
If you’ve noticed East Nashville, With Love being a little less busy these past few weeks, a) my most sincere apologies and b) I have an excuse. I scribble here out of joy and love, but sometimes folks pay me to scribble, too, and since my dog seems unmoved by my demands that she acquire gainful employment, paid scribblings steal my focus a little bit.
A few East Nashville-related things I’ve scribbled about of late: