Eye on the Scene

The title track from Knoxville deathcore kings Whitechapelâ’s new Siege of Amida disc, The Somatic Defilement, appears on the Fear Candy 44 compilation accompanying the August issue of U.K. magazine Terrorizer. A few underground websites have reviewed the disc (â“Like the sickening finality of hitting the bottom of a quarry in the trunk of a late-modeled sedan,â” according to MouthforWar.net), but being featured alongside Nile, Entombed and Pig Destroyer is the first high-profile exposure for the band so far. â“Itâ’s a great way to get promotion because youâ’ve got to think how many people buy that magazine, and if most people are given a free CD theyâ’re at least going to check out a few tracks,â” guitarist Alex Wade writes in an e-mail.

The bandâ’s association with Siege of Amida helped: the labelâ’s owner, Jamie Graham, worked in Terrorizerâ’s marketing department before starting the label in 2006. The bandâ’s current U.S. tour (with Zach Householder filling in for injured guitarist Brandon Cagle) ends in November at the Saints and Sinners Fest in Asbury Park, N.J., on Nov. 3 with Against Me!, Agnostic Front, Municipal Waste, Horse the Band and dozens more. â" Matthew Everett

Itâ’s time to give your carâ’s CDs a rest and tune into UTâ’s student-run 90.3 â‘the Rockâ’ WUTK-FM, which for the second year in a row has been nominated among some of the great College Radio stations in the nation by the College Media Journal. Apart from director Benny Smithâ’s contributions, the station really stays afloat with the help of volunteer students who commit long hours at the station doing what they love, which is rocking-out to good music. Especially recognized is Jay Lewis, who is nominated for â“Music Director of the Yearâ” and â“Most Honest Feedback.â” With about 650 other non-commercial radio stations in the United States, 90.3â’s â“Station of the Yearâ” nomination is quite the national honor. The awards will be presented on Oct. 18, until then enjoy the cool tunes on the nationally recognized 90.3 â“The Rock.â” â" Alex Wassel

This past Thursday, around 8:30 p.m., an unexpected patron arrived at the Pilot Light. He walked through the front door as the bands were setting up, and he said that he was looking for Chris Rusk, the drummer of Ross thâ’ Boss, a band that was featured in a recent MP music column.

His name was Paul A. Forsyth, a representative of Pitts and Brittian, P.C., who handle the legal affairs of Ross R. Badgett III, better known as Ross the Boss, the owner of 17 beauty salons and the Reuben-Allen College of cosmetology. See, Ross the Boss was upset to learn that a band of wayward rock â‘nâ’ rollers had the audacity to infringe upon his trademark.

Forsyth delivered a letter which stated, among other things, that it had come to their â“clientâ’s attention that...in your public performances, you are using its trademark, or marks confusingly similar thereto, as your artistic name and as the name of your band.â” The letter went on to accuse Ross thâ’ Boss of â“diluting and tarnishing our clientâ’s trademark.â”

In a phone interview, Forsyth told us that â“one of our attorneys had a very cordial discussion with Mr. Rusk. Thereâ’s a gentlemenâ’s agreement that he will change the name of the band within the next two days.â”

But what did he think of the Pilot Light? â“Point of fact,â” Forsyth continued. â“Yes, it was (the first time he visited the Pilot Light).â”

We also hear that he didnâ’t stay to watch the show that night. â" Kevin Crowe

Anybody who was part of the Knoxville rock scene for more than a week or two in the â‘80s and most of the â‘90s will certainly remember Bob Jones. Heck, for almost two decades the affable Bob was a habitué of every watering hole where loud music played. And whatâ’s more, Mr. Jones was a member of the punkish Big Stickmen with Carl Snow, Bobby Alexander, and the late Bobby Clemmons, and then moved on as a founding member of long-running country faves, Jacqui & The Tumble Kings.

Jones, along with wife, Tracy and daughter, Dylan, relocated to Fort Myers, Fla. in 1998. But fear not, olâ’ Bob is keeping up his musical activities on several fronts.

â“I wasted no time in opening a record store called Silver Platter CDs as soon as we unpacked,â” enthuses Bob. Beginning with a digital focus, the store, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next July, has evolved retroactively. Remember vinyl? â“Now the only new items that I stock are on vinyl,â” says Jones.

Jonesâ’ musical involvement is not limited to entrepreneurship. You guessed it; Bob is in a band, Poor Richard & The Almanacs. â“The songs are written by a guy named Richard Castelli, who is an institution down here,â” says Jones. â“The band has a psych-folk-rock thing going on with harmonies and a real backbone. The lyrics are biting and butted up against music that makes the hips moveâ"if only they knew what lyrics they were dancing toââ”

Bobâ’s better half, Tracy, continues her writing career. â“She is working on a book, her fourth, that is set in the jet-set crowd of Naples, Florida.â”

Daughter, Dylan, now 16, has some Knoxville music connections of her own. â“She did a summer internship with the lovely Peggy Hambright [ex-Judybat] last summer,â” says Jones. â“Peg and her gals were a positive influence on her.â”

So there you have it: Local scenester leaves town, starts a scene (and family) of his own, and makes good. Still curious? Check out silverplattercds.com and myspace.com/poorrichardtheband for info about Jonesâ’ store and band, which sounds great, by the way. Hereâ’s to you, Bob. â" John Sewell


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