Jan 132015

Beastie Boys Nas Too Many Rappers Nashville, TN


Hey, the Beastie Boys shot a video in Nashville, and it features the 8th Avenue South / Franklin Pike Monroe Street / Rosa Parks or Green Hills Kroger Supermarket that I shop at! A fan just discovered the “Too Many Rappers” video on editor Neal Usatin’s website. Who knows how long its been there. [UPDATE: I jumped the gun on it being the 8th Avenue South Kroger. Bad Facebook intel. Now some people are swearing it’s the Monroe Street Kroger near Germantown. Others are saying it’s the Green Hills Kroger. Your guess is as good as mine.]

The video was directed by Roman Coppola and features Nas. In addition to Kroger, the boys strutted around the Nashville Parthenon, the 12th Avenue polar bears throwing snowballs, Arby’s, some train tracks, a recording studio, and Lee’s HAIR & DOLLAR.

Ad Rock even gives a shout-out to circuit benders! Or maybe it’s a diss, but I’ll take it either way:

To all you crab rappers, and hackers
And circuit benders, two-tone splendor
I.. take the cake, I stole the mold
The golden microphone, well that’s mine to hold

Big thanks to Pimpdaddysupreme for tipping me off to this. The video won’t allow embedding, so go check it out here. [UPDATE: It seems Usatin’s site got hit with too much traffic, so he took the video down. But I found another copy, which I expect will also get taken down soon. Embedded below.]

Dec 022014



Last year, I wrote an article profiling Scott Sanders, Radio Free Nashville board president and one of the many staff members working to extend WRFN’s coverage citywide. I’m happy to hear that they’ve reached that goal.

Randy Fox at the Nashville Scene has the details:

Since going on the air in April 2005, the low-power community station’s broadcast area has been limited to the west side of Nashville, along with Internet broadcasts. With the translator frequency now broadcasting at 103.7 FM, in addition to the original West Side frequency of 107.1 FM, RFN’s unusual and eclectic mix of programming should be available to most of the metropolitan Nashville area. It means that great shows like Cat Beast Party, Hold the Funk,Mando Blues and Rocknbilly Hot Rod & Blues Review will be rattling the speakers of transistor radios all over town.

Check out Randy’s full article here:

Congratulations to Scott and WRFN! I’m going to go out to my car now and try to pick up the new frequency.

Nov 082014

Yesterday, my hosting service Powweb temporarily suspended my account because of too much bandwidth usage. They wouldn’t re-enable the site until I removed the culprit: the podcasts. So the podcast links will be temporarily down until I find another place to host them. I know I haven’t posted a podcast in quite a long while, but I do hope to start posting them regularly again soon. In the meantime, please accept this Golden Lion Tamarin eating an apple:



Jun 132014

The 9th edition of the Hypericon speculative fiction convention is happening right now at the Holiday Inn Express near the Nashville International Airport. The festivities continue through the weekend. Highlights include the “Spam Slam” spam-mail-as-poetry-reading, Bad First Line competition, and Costume Contest. Check the full schedule for more info!

Hypericon 9
June 13th -15th 2014
Fest pass is $50, Saturday-only is $30; Sunday-only is $10, Night passes good from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. are $10.

@ Holiday Inn Express Airport
1111 Airport Center Dr, Nashville, TN