Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Vegas Cocks & More Bands!

The Reverend has been corresponding with Steve Woods of the Vegas Cocks, who was kind enough to share a few of the band's songs with us. For those of you that don't remember, the Vegas Cocks were a street-smart, mid-90s rock & roll band from Nashville, with an unabashed emphasis on "rock." While the rest of the world was still grooving to the grungy "Seattle sound," the Vegas Cocks were grinding out the sleaze, tunes like "Too Late" and "Cocktail Queen" displaying an unerring sense of rock melody combined with feedback-tinged guitars and powerful rhythms.

"Too Late," says Steve, was the band's vinyl 45, mixed by Paul Mahern and released by indie label Ramona Records out of Indianapolis. It's a very cool pseudo-ballad that finishes big with strident vocals and ringing six-strings. "Three O'Clock Loving" resulted from a development deal with MCA Records that unfortunately went nowhere, the song produced by Brad Circone of the Toll. Steve sent along "Cocktail Queen" just 'cause he liked it, the tune a heady brew of fuzzy vocals and fuzzier guitars that builds to an orgiastic crescendo. The Reverend likee....

I remember getting a demo tape of the Vegas Cocks back during the end days of The Metro and being impressed with the band's chemistry and unique combination of gut-driven hard rock and a spacy, almost psychedelic soundtrack.

Click on any of the links below to hear these songs, or "right click" and save 'em to your hard drive to keep them for posterity.

The Vegas Cocks - "Too Late"

The Vegas Cocks - "Three O'Clock Loving"

The Vegas Cocks - "Cocktail Queen"

More MP3 files from old Nashville bands to come soon, I promise! Thanks for the tunes, Steve, and sorry that it took me so long to post them here.

Robert Logue of Royal Court Of China and the Shakers was kind enough to loan the project a largish pile of local music publications, from copies of The Metro and Nashville Intelligence Report to more obscure zines like Rick Champion's Peacock Parade and Lee Carr's and Jerry Dale McFadden's Weasel Weekly. I've only managed to dig my way through about half of Robert's stack, but I've found a lot of good stuff to photocopy from these zines, including info on a handful of new bands, listed below, which brings our total to an unheard of 339 bands. Will we reach 350 by the time that I leave town? We'll see....

BURNING HEARTS, TOM DELUCA
NEON BUSHMEN, P.O.W.'S,
TONI PRICE & THE JAM WRANGLERS,
SHAMALAM, STREETS OF ICE

Saturday, October 14, 2006

"Smiley" Shenkel & More Bands!

Nashville musician Mark "Smiley" shingle recently got in touch and provided the "Other Side Of Nashville" project with a boxload of really cool stuff. Mark has played in a number of my favorite local bands, including Riff Rath/Riff Raff, Freedom Of Expression and AKA Rudy. Along with a bunch of zine articles on his various bands, Mark also sent a lot of show flyers, some CDs and cassettes, and a DVD of his band Fatgnat. All of this will find a home in the upcoming book. Mark also clued me in to a couple of other local bands that deserve a place on our still-growing list, namely Nine Parts Devil, Mr. Potatohead and Audrey Malone & the Rhythm Kings. Consider them all added....

A local music fan by the name of Meredith Faucette emailed me at rev.gordon (at) gmail.com and suggested that I put Impetuous Doom on the list, and I agree. I seem to remember seeing those guys back at the Cannery when I was working security for shows that Gus Palas was promoting at the club. Pretty brutal stuff, as I remember, and deserving of a wider audience. Thanks Meredith!

Speaking of good old Gus, I ran across a handful of comp CDs that GVPIII and KC Chopson had put together back in the day. Discs with titles like Major Potential and What's The Buzz?, they had a bunch of bands that I had forgotten about or didn't know about so I've added them all to the list, too. Finally, Max Vague's brother Jimmy got in touch and his band Rockin' Foot Clutch is back together and ready to wreak havoc on the Music City. Max Vague, of course, is one of my favorite local artists of all time, and talent obviously runs in the family 'cause Jimmy rips the strings like nobody's business. The band list now stands at 332 names and shows no signs of slowing down....

THE C-60S, THE COMFIES
THE FAITH CARNIVAL
FATGNAT, FLESH PAINT
HOCUS POCUS, IMPETUOUS DOOM
LADY COP, LOOK WHAT I DID
AUDREY MALONE & THE RHYTHM KINGS
MARS HILL, MR. POTATOHEAD
NINE PARTS DEVIL, ORDER OF SILENCE
QUASINGTON, THE ROARIES
ROCKIN' FOOT CLUTCH, SELMA MARCH
THE SHINDIGS, SURFING THE COALDUST
SLAVE JACKET, VIDEO OPERA

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Bonepony's Gear Stolen!!!

Rockin' Readers: Our friends Bonepony issued the following statement about the theft of their gear so we thought that we'd share the info. Bonepony is a indie rock band that makes their living from live shows and their own self-produced CDs, so this is a hard loss for a great bunch of guys. Please feel free to pass the following post along to anybody that might be interested and/or post it on your own blog. Thanks! -- Reverend K

Just a quick bulletin to let everyone know that yesterday the entire Bonepony road show was stolen. All of our production, P.A., Kenny's priceless custom drum kit, cymbals, guitar rigs, t-shirts, CDs... the whole shebang. Our trailer, too. Everything but our stringed instruments.

This will be VERY difficult to rebound from to say the least, however we will push on and no gigs are being cancelled. We are asking that anyone familiar with our unique equipment to please keep an eye out for it. Most all of our cases have our logo stenciled on them and Kenny's drums are very rare and unique and can be viewed in the photo section of our website @ www.bonepony.com.

Although we're being realistic about the fact that it isn't likely we'll recover any of our gear, it can't hurt to put the word out to everyone. We play in just about every state in the union so this stuff has got to turn up somewhere. If you see any of it please let us know by e-mailing us at bonepony@bonepony.com or by calling the bonefone @ 615-641-6240.

Thanks for everything and we hope to see everyone at the shows.

Best, Scott, Nick, Kenny and the whole Bonepony family