Today’s roundup leans heavy on music — music and fashion, music and dancing, music and stages (like that jumbled mess pictured up above), music and music… Which probably makes it as good a time as any to say that March may be a little more quiet — though not a lot more, we hope — on ENWL.
When I’m not scribbling here or elsewhere, I’m generally hitting things with sticks for a band called The Mynabirds. We have an album out June 5 via Saddle Creek, and I’m skipping East Nashville imminently to go wander around the country some through the end of March. I’ll still be updating regularly, just maybe a hair more sporadically. I’m lining up some guest voices to say hello while I’m gone. So, there’s all that.
Without further yammering, the latest Stuff We Heard:
Multi-talented Eastsider Nikki Lane is the latest local to get the live-tracks treatment from well-loved online music hub Daytrotter.
Daytrotter’s standard accompanying essay ponders Lane’s tattoo of Waylon Jennings’ “W” logo, and how it might point toward her inclusion in the outlaw-country line. “She could very well be the woman who could give them the best run for their money, raising hell and carrying on, shooting out the moon and forgetting that mornings even exist as anything other than groggy adversaries,” it reads.
Lane’s Daytrotter illustration, pictured here, was done by Johnnie Cluney. Head over to Daytrotter.com to give the session a listen.
The Grey Lady’s been setting her sights on East Nashville just a little bit lately. There was that fine New York Times piece on Eastside musician Kevin Gordon this week, and then we just stumbled upon a nice little roundup/photo slideshow titled “Nashville’s East Rebounds from Tough Times.”
The Times‘ stroll through East Nashville is meant to show how, post-1998 tornado, East Nashville grew into the vibrant hub o’ love we now know. “After an influx of insurance money, creative types began flocking to the area thanks to cheap rents; young entrepreneurs followed, slowly transforming it into a hub for Nashville’s culturally savvy,” reads the piece.
Music and fashion often walk hand-in-hand, but not always this directly: East Nashville-based tie and cap designer Otis James and musician/Nashville native Justin Townes Earle just announced a new collaboration, which Earle’s made available to fans via his official website.
Said collaboration: limited-edition, hand-printed pinstripe wool bowties, which can be purchased in a combo pre-order pack with Earle’s new album, Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, at JustinTownesEarle.com. The images printed on the ties reflect “the storied past of Earle’s life as told through his tattoo art.”
If you’re highly stoked on the tie, pictured above, you’ll want to jump on the deal: They’re not kidding about the whole “limited” thing — there are but 15 of these ties. The album’s due out on March 27 via Bloodshot Records.
The bowtie and a CD runs $170 plus shipping and handling, bowtie and vinyl runs $180 plus. (Add a T-shirt in with your tie/CD pack for $190, your tie/vinyl pack for $200.)
In other Otis James news: Some months back, Imogene + Willie offered some insight into his sincerely fascinating adult life. Specifically: two Odyssean bike adventures that brought him through 22 states and two Canadian provinces.
James himself is offering a closer look into his adventures via blog. Listen to James talk about the first of those two bike trips in the video below, and follow along as he shares more at otisjamesnashville.tumblr.com.
There’s a new party goin’ down around here, and it’s 3720SEX-y.
5 Spot regulars likely caught Thursday night’s inaugural edition of 3720SEX, a new face among the club’s consistently compelling excuses to drink and flail around.
On the speakers: post-punk, indie dance, new wave and the like from DJs Seasound, Sex Gravy and Losici. In the glasses: $4 beverages made from the local Corsair distillery’s spirits (specifically, spiced rum, vanilla bean vodka, gin, triple smoke whiskey); some cheap beer specials.
Why are we yapping at you about something that’s already happened? ‘Cause it’s coming back: Next round of 3720SEX, says party-makers Alcoholics Eponymous, is March 29, again at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Ave.). Plan accordingly, revelers, and like Alcoholics Eponymous on Facebook to keep up with the goings-on.
While we’re talking Eastside music haunts: Foobar Too will host the tour kickoff for New Yorker/Rough Trade-r Jeffrey Lewis and Kentucky’s Wooden Wand on March 6.
Lewis — who splits his creative time between music and comic book writing — is out sharing songs from his 2011 A Turn in the Dream-Songs album, which earned some high praise from the ol’ Dean of American Rock Critics, Robert Christgau, via NPR:
Lewis is often funny and sometimes fanciful — the lifetime bohemian as likable supernerd, neurotic and vulnerable in a rather universal way. The new album includes a touching description of eating alone after you’ve been dumped, a gangsta-folk bonus track about massacring mosquitoes, slapstick about failing at suicide, and a personal manifesto called “Cult Boyfriend.”
James Jackson Toth’s Wooden Wand is readying a deluxe version of 2011 LP Briarwood for release on April 17. The new set’s expanded to a double album, adding eight demo tracks. Give a listen to WW’s “Winter In Kentucky,” below.
Doors are 9 p.m., and the cover’s $8. More on Facebook.