Yay! The Basement here in Nashville is one of the venues I've always wanted to do a show in, and tonight, I make my Basement debut! I'll be playing with my band--drummer Tim Good and Bassist Ben Wilson.
This is a weekly showcase called "New Faces" that highlights some of the best up and coming new acts in the Nashville music scene.
Admission is free and 21+. This venue is the basement of Grimey's New and Preloved Music off of 8th Ave. The Show starts at 8 PM.
See you all tonight!
By the way, the new Transformers movie (Revenge of the Fallen) opens in theaters nationwide tomorrow!! AAAwww Yeah!
So, tonight, I play my first show at Nashville's Exit/In. I've never actually been inside the venue, though I've certainly passed by it several times. If you look at who's played there over it's long-standing existence, it's a virtual who's who of American music. I'll be happy to place my little Asian, piano-playing stamp on their time-honored stage. I will be joined onstage by drummer Tim Good and violinist Laurel Blackman.
The promo poster for this show is actually the first of a new side project of drawings for me entitled "The Piano Ninja".
He is actually shown in his plain clothes playing on his piano.
The next batch in the series exist as different covers of the small "LIVE in Nashville" compilation that will go to folks who bought advanced tickets to this show.
While talking to a friend yesterday, he brought up the topic of Alternative Rock music from the 1990’s. I doubt that he realized how much of a fan I also was of that genre before bringing up this topic though (he certainly does now). Alternative Rock was what I predominantly listened to in my teenage years, which was the time in my life where I listened to the radio more than any other period before or since. I still listen to many of these songs in my own playlists and on Pandora.
I would say that songs in the 90’s Alternative Rock genre, though not necessarily radically different from other rock songs, allowed for an interesting fusion of elements not commonly found in the standard Rock genre. Also, the time period was unique because so many different songs in that genre were coming out all at once. Granted, the term ‘Alternative Rock’ always seemed to be defined pretty loosely, so maybe it was more diverse just because it allowed for so many different types of music to be incorporated in to it. Does all music stink now? No. Does nostalgia play a large part in me still liking this music? Most likely. Does Alternative Rock still exist? Most certainly.
So, this finally brings us to my motivation for creating this post. My friend asked me to try to remember some of the great songs from the 90’s Alternative Rock movement. So, with that in mind I wanted to start a list of some of what I consider to be the most outstanding and memorable songs from that genre.
My First Choice: Tonight, Tonight by the Smashing Pumpkins