Archive for May, 2010

Three underground film critics—who refuse to call themselves that—launch “Couchcast” podcast

May 31, 2010

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Middle Tennessee has been devastated by flooding from which it will take months—in some cases years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.com of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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Three underground film critics—who refuse to call themselves that—launch “Couchcast” podcast

By Dave Carew

Three budding film critics—okay, change that to three dudes who dig movies and like to talk about them—have launched “Couchcast,” a regular podcast featuring their take on recent flicks, not-so-recent flicks, and, basically, “all things movie.”  You can listen to past and future shows at couchcast.wordpress.com.

The three dudes on the couch are Vince Gaetano, Nick Benson, and Kenny Fisch, and the latest installment, “Robbing from Kevin Costner,” finds them talking about Robin Hood and offering their edgy, off-beat predictions about Prince of Persia.

Underground Nashville
recently was able to get the guys off the couch just long enough to interview them about their new podcast.  Part I of the interview is below, with Part II coming later this week:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: What compelled you guys to launch “Couchcast”?

VINCE GAETANO: Nick compelled me to launch the podcast. Nick said to me, “I think we should do a podcast,” and after a lengthy explanation (and subsequent re-explanation) of what a podcast was, I was on board.

NICE BENSON: I think it was a combination of frustration and boredom. I was getting increasingly fed up with job hunting. Vince and I would call each other over Skype once a week and just talk about movies and vent about our lives. Eventually I thought it might be a good idea to record this and try to make something out of it. Podcasting is an unexplored market and I think we will be seeing much more of it in the future. Worst case scenario is that we chalk it up to experience; best case is we get some listeners and have a good time.

KENNY FISCH: I don’t really care about movies, but [Vince, Nick, and I] don’t get to talk as much these days, so it was a way to stay in touch and have fun at the same time. I think my role is partially comic relief, and the other part is to remind Nick and Vince that not everyone dissects movies as much as they do.


David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground
Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

A genuine triumph: Mary Gauthier, Mindy Smith, and others dazzle at the “Girls with Guitars” flood-relief benefit

May 26, 2010

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Middle Tennessee has been devastated by flooding from which it will take months—in some cases years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.com of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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A genuine triumph: Mary Gauthier, Mindy Smith, and others dazzle at the “Girls with Guitars” flood-relief benefit

If you’re lucky enough to live in Nashville, you have the opportunity to see great live Americana, rock, and country music every night.  It can take a lot to dazzle us—but Mindy Smith, Mary Gauthier, and the “Girls with Guitars” did just that Tuesday evening at 3rd & Lindsley.

The show was both a reunion of the legendary “Girls with Guitars” troupe that played in underground Nashville regularly during the 2000s (and which helped launch the careers of Mindy Smith and Mary Gauthier), and—even more importantly—a focused effort to raise flood-relief funds for Musiccares Nashville Flood Relief.  It accomplished both objectives magnificently, providing some of the most mesmerizing performances in recent memory.

After a batch of thoroughly enjoyable opening tunes from long-time GWG regulars (including the hilarious “J. Edgar Hoover was a Girl”), the mood turned more serious and reflective as a   pensive-looking Mindy Smith wowed the crowd with acoustic versions of her hits “Jolene,” “Tennessee,” and “Come to Jesus.” (I especially appreciated that Mindy didn’t cop the sometimes-common attitude among well-known artists of ‘I’m way to cool to play my hits for you.’)  The effect of Mindy’s performance was to turn a room previously bustling with noise into a hang-on-every-note listening room. People were absolutely mesmerized.

Which is exactly where they stayed for Mary Gauthier’s riveting performance of “Mercy Now,” and two other gems. Fresh from an interview with the London Times and a laudatory review of her new album The Foundling by No Depression, Mary showed why she is widely considered, with Mindy Smith, one of the world’s greatest Americana artists.

At the end of the evening, as Mary shyly exited the stage, the host announced the event had raised thousands of dollars for Nashville flood victims. To hear that—even as you’d just been treated to such world-class Americana music—truly made for an unforgettable night.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

Mindy Smith, Mary Gauthier, and others to perform at flood-relief benefit at 3rd & Lindsley

May 24, 2010

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Middle Tennessee has been devastated by flooding from which it will take months—in some cases years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.com of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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Mindy Smith, Mary Gauthier, and others to perform at flood-relief benefit at 3rd & Lindsley

Now you can help Nashville flood victims while you listen to excellent singer/songwriter music.  Mindy Smith, Mary Gauthier, and other “Girls with Guitars” will be playing a benefit at 3rd &  Lindsley Tuesday evening, May 25, at 6 p.m. to help victims of the recent devastating flooding in the Nashville area.

Other “Girls with Guitars” playing the show will be Kimberley Dahme (of the band Boston), Lisa Carver, Cheley Tackett, Annie Mosher, Tammy Fowler, Christian/Durand, Lani Nash, and Robin Ruddy.

A $10 suggested donation is welcome at the door, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to help your neighbor, while you enjoy music from some of the world’s finest singer/songwriters.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

Time out for comedy

May 19, 2010

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Middle Tennessee has been devastated by flooding from which it will take months—in some cases years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.com of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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Time out for comedy

What if you were a writer for Jay Leno? I recently asked myself that question on a whim—because I’d never done that type of writing before—and here are some gags I came up with:
Have you ever noticed that weird phenomenon where you’re e-mailing someone, back and forth, and—after about the sixth message back and forth—the subject line now has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with what you’re writing about? I mean, you can be over there writing “God, what a bummer. My dog just died.” And the subject line will be like “Try this great pizza recipe!”

Barack Obama is an interesting phenomenon. Democrats think he gets especially knocked ‘cause he’s a black guy.  Republicans think he gets a PASS because he’s a black guy.  Shaquille O’Neal thinks he gets a pass because he’s open near the free-throw line.

I understand the new healthcare-reform forces insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. For the first time ever, George W. Bush will be able to receive coverage for the rare congenital condition he suffers from…being born an American without the ability to speak English.

Did you hear about the new Tiger Woods commercial for Nike? The commercial lasts 30 seconds . . . which is 29 seconds longer than Tiger’s REMORSE lasted.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

“Underground Nashville” to combat media arrogance and negligence regarding Nashville political races

May 15, 2010

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Middle Tennessee has been devastated by flooding from which it will take months—in some cases years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.com of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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“Underground Nashville” to combat media arrogance and negligence regarding Nashville political races

When I ran for the U.S. Congress as an Independent in Nashville in 2000, I naively believed that—because I was vying for an important, high-level office—the media would do its job and cover me . . . thus allowing the voters of Nashville to be fully informed about my positions and experience before entering the voting booth.  I even used my professional PR skills to continually offer the media genuinely newsworthy press releases, to help them in their work and—ultimately—to ensure that the voters had as much information about me as possible before making their decision.

I won’t bore you with the details as to what ACTUALLY happened, but suffice it to say the press not only dropped the ball, but dropped it arrogantly. The Tennessean refused to return my phone calls for months, until finally doing so two days before the election . . . The Nashville Scene wrote a thoroughly botched piece on my campaign that had NOTHING to do with my platform . . . and on, and on. I learned the hard way that the media arrogantly determines up front who has a chance and who doesn’t . . . and then refuses to cover you (or does so extremely inadequately) if they deem you to have no chance. Thus fulfilling the self-fulfilling prophecy.

So “Underground Nashville”—in whatever way we can—will fight that arrogance and negligence this election season. Any candidate—and I do mean ANY candidate—who would like to be interviewed by this blog will be. The voters of Nashville deserve that respect….that right to be fully informed…and they certainly won’t get it from the local mainstream media.

Coming next week:  An interview with James Chesser, and later one with Dr. Steve Dickerson, the two GOP candidates vying for the Tennessee Senate seat currently held by Democrat Doug Henry.  Senator Henry and his Democratic primary opponent, Jeff Yarbro, also will be invited to be interviewed.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

Kudos to Vince Gill and Channel 4 TV . . . with some constructive criticism

May 7, 2010

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Middle Tennessee has been devastated by flooding from which it will take months—in some cases years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.com of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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Kudos to Vince Gill and Channel 4 TV . . . with a note of constructive criticism

A heart-felt “thank you” note to Channel 4 TV in Nashville (WSMV-TV) for the “Vince Gill & Friends” flood-relief benefit concert broadcast last night, to assist relief efforts being conducted by Hands on Nashville, The Salvation Army, and Second Harvest Food Bank. Once again Vince Gill proved himself to be Nashville’s favorite adopted son, a real man and a true role model in a world that otherwise offers mostly counterfeits.

One small note of “constructive criticism” (yeah, I hate that phrase, too), for Channel 4 going forward:  In the future, it would be helpful if inundation of the call-in lines—which was easily foreseeable, given the generous spirit of the people of Nashville—could be met by something other than an endless busy signal. With today’s technology, couldn’t callers at least be placed on hold? Under these circumstances, nobody would mind waiting five or ten or even fifteen minutes for his or her call to be answered.  “Underground Nashville” tried no fewer than nine times to call the telethon line—three times in each of the hours of the broadcast—and never WAS able to get anything but a busy signal. Imagine the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in flood-relief effort money potentially lost . . .

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.


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