There can’t be too many people in Rock’s
vast audience who are scratching their heads and wondering why Nashville
Pussy isn’t a household name. For those who may be baffled by Nashville
Pussy’s lack of hot-and-cold-running-champagne success, allow me to
paraphrase James Carville: It’s the Pussy, stupid.
Canadian-born Aubrey Drake Graham, better
known as simply Drake, has proven to be a talented triple threat — a
dramatic and comedic actor, a rapper with R&B authenticity and a
songwriter for himself and others.
Canadian-born Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as simply Drake, has proven to be a talented triple threat — a dramatic and comedic actor, a rapper with R&B authenticity and a songwriter for himself and others.
Man Man’s greatest sonic attributes could
also be considered its most significant liabilities, particularly by
labels looking to hitch their wagons to a commercial cash cow. And
although Man Man has somehow managed to infiltrate the mainstream to a
small degree with adjustments to their core sound, the band (which
fluctuates from duo to trio to beyond) has retreated only slightly from
its home on the musical fringe.
At first blush, United Nations is a
thrilling, adrenalized Punk band with the sonic markers that define the
genre — political lyrics that range from personal to global;
double-clutched drumming; riffs that careen wildly from oddly melodic to
lethally brutal; vocals that run the gamut from singing in a normal
register to shrieking like a panther caught in a leg trap to the
guttural growl of a Babylonian misery demon.
Back in the ‘70s, John Denver wrote the line, “I’d no
more love just one kind of woman than drink only one kind of wine.” Guy
Forsyth takes a similar approach when it comes to playing music in
general, and the Blues specifically.
These days, it’s an accomplishment to find something that
lasts 25 months, let alone 25 years. And yet The Iguanas are still
making vital music and crisscrossing the country to present it in its
most elementally satisfying live fashion, a quarter century after the
band’s formation in New Orleans.
The original derivation of a casket (or casquette) girl
referred to an early 18th century female who had been repatriated from
France to the French colonial South in order to marry; “casket” referred
to the small chest that held their belongings.
It hardly seems possible that a decade
has gone by since the original formation of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah,
although given the band’s current status, there’s an argument to be made
that the quintet didn’t actually make it to the 10-year mark.