'Hooked Up MySpace really does work. First the Royal Bangs get a deal with Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney's Audio Eagle label based on Carney's visit to the social networking website. Now the Tenderhooks, after getting connected with a New York University undergrad through MySpace, are about to finish a Big Apple recording session that the band hopes will turn into a new album this fall.
This spring, Dan Chertoff, a senior in NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, contacted the Tenderhooks—singer/guitarist Jake Winstrom, guitarist Ben Oyler, bassist Emily Robinson, and drummer T.W. Schappel—and asked if they'd be interested in recording in New York for his senior project. Turns out Chertoff, whose father Rick Chertoff produced platinum albums for Cyndi Lauper, the Hooters, and Joan Osborne, had unlimited studio time for the project.
"We didn't realize until we got up there that we'd be recording in this beautiful state-of-the-art room (big enough for an orchestra!) on the Lower East Side with vintage mics and a grand piano," Winstrom reports in an e-mail. "We were elated, to say the least. We hit it off with Dan and his preferred method of live recording and finished five songs that weekend."
Chertoff has graduated and is now working A&R for the Canvasback label, but he's invited Winstrom, Robinson, Oyler, and Schappel back to a studio in Long Island this weekend to record seven or eight more tracks, which Winstrom says he expects to be part of the follow-up to last year's Vidalia. The band was scheduled to play an early set at the Manhattan club The Annex on Wednesday night. (Matthew Everett)
An American Girl Lucas Richman, music director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, has family ties to the West Coast and has maintained professional ties to Hollywood as a conductor of motion picture film scores since coming to Knoxville in 2003. His most recent conducting work is for Kitt Kittredge: An American Girl, which will open theatrically nationwide on July 2. The film stars Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and features Joan Cusack, Glenne Headley, Chris O'Donnell, Julia Ormond, and Stanley Tucci. Excerpts from the score will be performed at the KSO's Independence Day concert at World's Fair Park on Friday, July 4.
The composer of the Kitt Kittredge score, Joseph Vitarelli, participated several years ago in a workshop Richman conducts for BMI in Los Angeles, "Conducting for the Film Composer." When he was engaged for the Kitt Kittredge project, Vitarelli asked Richman to conduct the score.
Among previous notable films for which Richman has conducted are The Village, The Manchurian Candidate, As Good as It Gets, Face/Off, and Se7en.
The KSO also recently announced that it had extended Richman's contract as music director through the 2010-2011 season. (Alan Sherrod)
Graceful Exit Scott Sokoloski, a longtime fixture on the West Knoxville music scene, is wrapping up his live schedule in preparation for a move to Georgia. Sokoloski, who currently plays and sings in Absolute Wood with Matt Woods and in the Graceful Failures, has just finished his Ph.D. in psychology and has accepted a job at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga.
"I would have loved to find a job locally, so I could continue to play," Sokoloski says in an e-mail announcing his imminent departure. "Having jammed in town for almost 15 years and played over 1,000 gigs, I have come to love the scene and the people of Knoxville. But I have to make the change. Hopefully I'll have an occasional opportunity to make it back to town to play."
Both of Sokoloski's bands have shows scheduled through June and July. The Graceful Failures' last scheduled show is Saturday, July 19, at Irish Times Pub & Restaurant at 9 p.m. The final Absolute Wood show is set for Monday, July 14, at Blue Chips at 10 p.m. (M.E.)