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A Night Of: YK Records

A Night Of: YK Records

Fri · February 10, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$10.00

This event is 18 and over

Little Bandit
Little Bandit
We're moved by the gospel of heartache
Skyway Man
Skyway Man
An Introduction to the Wide World of James Wallace & Folk Futurism

“He says the sun came out last night. He says it sang to him.”
― Project Leader, Close Encounters of the Third Kind

“If you are not a myth whose reality are you? If you are not a reality whose myth are you?”
― Sun Ra, Prophetika Book One

For the last decade, James Wallace & the Naked Light recorded and released music from the fringes of Music City USA, touring all over with a singular vision and purpose. All the while, James Wallace’s name figured in as a trusted companion to a few scenes in particular: the Spacebomb sound coming out of his hometown Richmond, Virginia alongside old friends Natalie Prass and Matthew E. White; inside the new Nashville “underground:” where his bands’ magnetic performance listed them as a favorite among Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard; producing records, occasionally filling in on keys with cult-treasured Promised Land Sound; and roaming with the Oakland collective of songwriters centered around a converted school bus who travel under the banner “Splendor All Around.” But now the name is Skyway Man. Solo tours in Japan and China, a new batch of songs intertwined with his fascination with UFO religion, signaled a shift in direction. His inner mercury nudged him toward a new role, and the name Skyway Man rose to the surface again and again. Was it the trickster of mythology, the soul of some eternally missing astronaut, or the old singing storyteller trying to get through?

Wallace possesses a knack for getting caught up in outlandish events – discovering a trove of mysterious letters written by a Ufologist to a woman, describing the New Jerusalem and the 4th dimension, or months spent playing Mahjong in a smokey trailer behind Opryland, working as a Mandarin interpreter for Chinese Ice carvers in Nashville. This knack also extends to orchestrating outlandish events, getting interesting people on board in his endeavors–sweet-talking the flow of life into altering its course. Time for a new name and new record. Seen Comin’ From a Mighty Eye is a dense undertaking, recorded in different locations, simmering influences, channeling all the correct energies, paying the people and spirits who need to be paid, finishing the work the right way over the slow course of time. He recorded the last Naked Light record in Matthew E. White’s attic, and returned to that revered spot to track this new psych opera about strange futures, haunted pasts, and the Mighty Eye in the sky. Spacebomb house bassist and composer Cameron Ralston provided the horn arrangements and Spacebomb house drummer Pinson Chanselle sat at the kit. Wallace sang, compiled and mixed back in Nashville. It’s the usual stew of B-movie scifi, cosmic American boogie, psychedelic folk and it’s apocalyptically good, focused and potent, an immersive fully realized song cycle and visionary sonic structure.

From his modest rancher in Bordeaux on the Cumberland River, the lights of downtown Nashville are visible at night, shining sweetly or casting a lurid glow depending on atmospheric conditions and the viewer’s mood. Music City is changing fast, but James Wallace is invested in its community and spirit–the true believers, auteur session aces and acid cowboys and cowgirls who need each other to survive the sweltering industrial music machine. Skyway Man transcends this landscape, tapping into an older, more spiritual commerce. Seen Comin’ From a Mighty Eye offers the kind of music you would want on the radio for a first or last kiss, the incidental music from some forgotten Spielberg adventure, a soundtrack for the later (not quite latter) days of earth. If lightning strikes and the car radio explodes, it might just be part of the track. Music for driving along the skyway, and thank god the skyway is made of music anyway.
Birdcloud
Birdcloud
Birdcloud is Makenzie and Jasmin from East Nashville and Cottontown, respectively. Birdcloud met in Murfreesboro and immediately didn't like eachother. At a party in 2009 they had some whiskeys and became friends and started dicking around on guitar, writing their first song, a song about going down on your best friend, now lost to the sands of time. Despite a lukewarm reception at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, they have been sitting on eachother's faces ever since, showing eachother their bruises and generally doing whatever they want when it works out that way.
Kindercastle
Kindercastle
At the tender age of 14, Ross Wariner and Cody Uhler sat next to each-other in a high school classroom not knowing that they would spend the next 7 years together following the urge to create musically. Soon thereafter they joined the same band, Ross playing turntables and Cody playing bass. After much dissatisfaction with the creative democracy of a Rock n' Roll sextet, they began working together in a small studio in Ross's bedroom producing crude songs and arrangement under the name Nosforatu.

The music and ideas gradually evolved due to influences such as Jason Severs, Milton Glaser, Peter Max, Philip Guston, Carl Sagan, Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, the Electric Light Orchestra, and Raymond Scott.

Previous releases as Kindercastle include the full-length In A Tizzy and the Dot to Dot to Dot EP
Mystery Twins
Mystery Twins
After over a decade of playing together as one half of Nashville based band The Clutters, a band that garnered public praise from the likes of David Fricke of Rolling Stone and film director Cameron Crowe, Doug Lehmann and Stephanie Brush are stripping it all back, opening wounds and letting it all bleed on their Mystery Twins debut Ghost In The Ground.


The full-length follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed cassette EP “Love is Strange” -- a release that earned them a spot on the upcoming Poetry Sucks! anthology from Jack White’s Third Man Records -- "Ghost In The Ground" is a haunting portrait of misspent adulthood. Just guitar, drums and voices, the Mystery Twins are like a cynical, co-ed Everly Brothers brandishing razor sharp songs that cut to the bone with the simplest of strokes. "I want to accomplish the most we possibly can with the least amount possible" states Lehmann. "It's not necessarily a minimalist approach, but an economy of scale that forces us to justify artistic decisions." With such a long tenure as bandmates Lehmann and Brush have developed a preternatural sense of songcraft, a mastery of the streamlined and a push and pull delivery that not only makes them a phenomenal live show, but digs deep into your soul on record.

"Ghost in the Ground", partly recorded with engineer Joe Costa (Ben Folds Five, Brendan Benson) and co-producer Dexter Green (Sam & Ruby, Derek Hoke) and partly recorded by Lehmann himself, manages to be mature and innocent in simultaneous strokes. There is a grandeur in their simplicity, a brashness in their beauty and a spool of contradictions spooling out from the album. "A Lot of this album is about alienation, about feeling like an outsider in the middle of a crowd." Lehmann says "I don't really see that as something I should shy away from anymore. Ghost in the Ground is about identifying things you may have perceived as weaknesses in the past and turning them into advantages."

From the headless vandalized statues of outsider-artist E.T. Wickham that adorn the cover to the final acoustic chords of “Long Days”, Ghost in the Ground is a work of subtle charms and shining moments.

"Minimalist chemistry, harmonizing, thumping and loud-quiet-louding their way through first-generation R&B and rock ’n’ roll tunes and originals alike."
— D. Patrick Rodgers / Nashville Scene

"Lehmann and Brush have a talent for raggedy harmonies that meld together well."
— Lance Conzett / Nashville Scene

"What we like most about these guys is the haunting The Dutchess and the Duke vibe they have going, but of course, with a bit more of a punch."
— The South Rail
Nightblonde
Nightblonde
We present Nightblonde.

This is the birth of a synth driven ambient rock experiment layered with mesmerizing three part harmonies, dreamy guitar riffs and beautiful electronic sounds to quench your desires.

The Nashville based four piece brings you original songs that paint the vision of a retro futuristic world you can get lost in. With a touch of synthwave, shoegaze and 70's art rock, Nightblonde brings a driving force to be reckoned with.
Tower Defense
Tower Defense
Post-punk/power-pop four-piece from Nashville, TN
Jay Leo Phillips
Jay Leo Phillips
Venue Information:
Mercy Lounge
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
http://mercylounge.com/