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Thank you and good night

Wednesday, 15 March 2006
Filed under:Site News

Dear Friends,

For the past two years, I’ve published as an independent media outlet covering what I think is the best music in town. I’ve actually been publishing websites that cover local music since 1999. While it hasn’t always been fun, it has always been educational. What I’ve learned about media, readers, programming, music and the web has been more than I could have learned in school.

Unfortunately, that education had a high price. I’ve heavily invested myself financially and personally in my publications. While I was always happy to do it, I’ve recently realized that I need to spend my energy elsewhere.

So I’ve come to the somewhat sad decision that it’s time to close down NashvilleZine.

Like anyone who creates something personally important, I’d hate to compromise my original vision for the site in order to keep it running. Such compromise is what I encounter whenever I consider options for keeping the site alive. I’ve thought a great deal about ways to revitalize my interest in the site, but no matter what ideas I have, it doesn’t change the fact that my passion for the site has gone.

I’ve always been a writer. And at this point in my life, I want and I need to focus on what’s important to me: my novels. I am about to publish my second novel and I need to spend my time promoting it. Also, I’ll be writing my third novel soon and continuing my search for the ever-elusive book deal. This will leave me with very little time for other projects.

Over two years, we’ve had many fine contributors all of whom were personally involved in the music scene–whether creating music themselves or promoting it via shows they booked, labels they ran, or just their immense fandom. I want to thank them all personally for giving their time and effort freely to NashvilleZine. Without their efforts and your readership, the Zine would never have been as successful as it was.

Thank you to:
Ryan Ervin
Ben Wilkinson
Chris Spoltore

Stephanie Filippini
Andy Schenck
Jeremy Ferguson
Jessica Yung
Aaron Robinson
Rebecca McKnight
Jay Phillips
Mike Shepherd

Janet Timmons
Michael Eades
Jon Bates
Michael Davis
Sam Smith
Caldwell Dunlap
Erin Mobley

I hope you’ll support their other projects as well as my own.

Finally, thank you, readers, who’ve made this site the wonderfully active hub of information, controversy, and fun it’s been for the past two years.

If you’d like to drop me a line, please send an email to

Best of luck to you all.

Todd Anderson

Weiland to Axl: Hey Bitch

Tuesday, 14 March 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - Local

In the grand tradition of rockstar douchery, Scott Weiland calls out Axl Rose in an open letter on the Velvet Revolver website.

Here’s what he said.
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One reason to watch T.V.

Tuesday, 14 March 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - Local

Supposedly, the new commercial for the CBS Wednesday night line-up uses “Blow it Out” by The Features as background music.

Did Jack show?

Tuesday, 14 March 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - Local

So, does anyone know if Jack White ever showed up to play at The End last night? Everybody knew about it….but no one was supposed to know….then supposedly Jack found out that the word was out….so another rumor started that he cancelled….but he was spotted there at soundcheck…. Thoughts?

New York Cool

Monday, 13 March 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - Local

New York Cool reviews a Pink Spiders show in New York from last November.

Cuts Like a Knife

Monday, 13 March 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - At Large

Ryan Adams sends fans to jail for 11 years. Sorta.

All Systems Go

Monday, 13 March 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - Local

According to their latest press release, Nashville pop/rock party boys Jetpack are rounding up the loose change, and in the new old-fashioned Nashville way are hitting the road to support their nationally distributed Heatstroke Records release, The Art of Building a Moat.

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Latest Fingerings

Sunday, 12 March 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - Local

This just off the email wire– Looks like Mufreesboro’s Ghostfinger will be truckin’ down to SXSW this year, with Matt Rowland sitting in on keys with Zomba record’s Living Things, Van Campbell “will be there for the debut of the newly streamlined Black Diamond Heavies” and “of course, Richie Kirkpatrick will be there as mystical sage/ sexual healer.”

Spring Fever

Wednesday, 8 March 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - At Large

Yesterday, The Strokes and The Kings of Leon found themselves in the same city with the day off, so what else would there be to do besides an impromtu game of baseball? It happend, and somehow the bands secured the use of David Lipscomb’s baseball field for the well timed spring event. While The Strokes team was comprised of the band and road crew, The KOL had to draft the rhythm section of Slack to fill out their roster. The nine inning game resulted in a victory for the KOL, or “South” team, who reportedly scored eight of their runs during the one inning that Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas pitched.

File Under: Wack

Tuesday, 7 March 2006
Filed under:Videos, Shitty Bands

Well, I guess it’s true. No matter how lame you are, Fred Durst will always be way lamer.

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Etiquette (TomLab)

Monday, 6 March 2006
Filed under:Reviews

After years of battery-powered four track releases CFTPA rebirths with the more electric than electronic Etiquette. Flutes, organs, strings and pedal steel fit perfectly over the drum machine and superbly appropriate lo-fi recording. Taking a more stripped down Postal Service approach coupled with a Lambchopish spoken baritone the album feels like an old pal recounting his woes. (read more…)

New AR

Sunday, 5 March 2006
Filed under:MP3s

Aaron Robinson and the Denver Broncos have a new song on their mySpace page. Check it out. Plus you can download three of their songs.

And in punk rock news…

Sunday, 5 March 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - At Large

Pensacola, Florida’s This Bike is a Pipe Bomb inadvertantly stirred up some major shit in Athens, Ohio on Thursday when local authorities saw a bike parked with one of the band’s stickers on it.

Eye Candy

Friday, 3 March 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - Local

Becca Gillespie, photographer extraodinaire, was invited into the studio with Forget Cassettes as they recorded their second album, Salt. Her photographic documentation can be found on Flickr. Becca tells us that “it was really alot of fun to slink around and shove the camera in their faces while they worked.”

Becca also captured Apollo Up recording a follow up to their debut.

Stone Jack Jones Reviewed in Pitchfork

Friday, 3 March 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - Local

The brand new Stone Jack Jones record, bluefolk, is reviewed by Pitchfork and lands a respectable 7.9 on the Hipster Scale. Congrats to Fictitious Records and SJJ.

Feable Weiner Tour Announced

Wednesday, 1 March 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - Local

Murfreesboro’s Feable Weiner are about to head back out on the road again, this time with Heinous Records rockers Cruiserweight. Still no word on a release date for their latest record, recorded last fall with producer Matt Mahaffey.

Tour dates:
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New Yacht Rock!

Tuesday, 28 February 2006
Filed under:Videos, Hilarity

It’s kinda funny.

Hands Down Eugene on 91.1

Monday, 27 February 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - Local

Members of Hands Down Eugene will treat you to an acoustic performance on 91.1 WRVU today at 2:00 pm. They’ll also preview the mastered recordings from their upcoming release on xoxo records, Madison.

first look: the new De Novo Dahl

Sunday, 26 February 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - Local

Promo photos of the new De Novo Dahl have appeared on local photographer Jonathon Kingsbury’s Myspace page. If you can see through the facial cream, you might just be able to make out who these new members are after all…

Also, DND is blogging about their new recordings, three of which should be online for us in the next month. An excerpt reads:

At the beginning of Day 4 (Thursday), we put most of the finishing touches on “Shout.” This blogger is predicting Shout to be the most catchy of the new batch. It features everyone in the band singing some gang vocals, 4-part harmonies, serious fuzz bass, and giant drums among other things.

Later in the day we began recording another new song called “Market Place.” Not to over-hype, but I have to say that it’s the most ambitious De Novo Dahl song to date. I must admit, it gave me chills a little bit. Think DND with an orchestra. I’ll leave it at that and let you listen for yourself.

Plans for Nashville Music Megafest in the Works

Saturday, 25 February 2006
Filed under:News and Gossip - Local

As early as 2008 we may have an annual music fest following the CMA Music Festival (formerly known as Fan Fair) that would showcase what else Nashville has to offer.


Sorry, no shows on the calendar today.