A BLOG ABOUT MUSIC AND CULTURE

HELLO, I'M RACHEL HURLEY.


I LIVE IN MEMPHIS. I GO OUT.

I am the Chief Evangelist for Musistic, a patent pending collaboration tool for Digital Audio Workstations. I am the Talent Buyer for The Poplar Lounge, one of Memphis' oldest live music venues. In 2004, I created one of the first widely read national music blogs, Scenestars.net, and spent 5 1/2 years working for Ardent Studios as a Community Manager and Publicist for Big Star. I am also the owner of Kangaroo, a music consulting company.

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I've been podcasting since 2006 for various outlets. If you spend any time listening to them, I sound like a broken record player but I've had some pretty great guests including Jody Stephens of Big Star, Lucero, White Denim, Dawes, Kopecky Family band, Ra Ra Riot, Heartless Bastards, Lydia Loveless, William Fitzsimmons, and many, many more.

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    Kopecky Family Band

About this Blog // I've been blogging since 2003. I won the Reader's Choice Award for Best Memphis Blog in 2005, 2006, and 2007. A lot of what I wrote during those years about the Memphis music scene were written in what I thought was a funny/obnoxious character voice. What I learned after the fact was that since I did not do it anonymously, it confused a lot of people because they came to see I was a very different person in real life. Oh, well. When I started working for Ardent Studios I switched over to Tumblr. I've pulled some of the old blog entries that weren't too embarrassing and collected them here.

  • BUFFY AS PHILOSOPHY

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Humor, Philosophy, Relationships, Television

    buffy_the_vampire_slayer_cast_01I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I was a late bloomer though when it comes to the Buffyverse. I didn’t get into the show until the 5th season, about three years ago. I had heard from so many people that it was a really good show that was funny and smartly written, and it dealt with deep philosophical issues. I was like, “Yeah, right, whatever.”

    But my friend Amy bought me the first season DVD. So, I popped the first disc in and before I went to bed I would watch an episode or two as I drifted off to sleep. When I was finished watching all 12 episodes I was convinced of one thing. The show sucked! It was terribly written and the acting was atrocious. They were all trying way too hard and it was super cheesy.

    When my friend Amy asked me how I liked the show, I told her the truth. She said, “I knew you would say that, but now you’re prepared for the good stuff, rent the second season and then we’ll talk.”

    So, I did. I rented the first disc of the second season from Netflix and I have been hooked ever since. Somewhere between the first and second season, they figured it out. It’s a very multi-faceted show. The musical episode in Season 6 is my favorite. I even got into Angel, which of course, had it’s show finale last week.

    Anyway, the reason why I bring this all up now is because according to the Tennessean this Friday in Nashville a total of 190 academic papers from around the globe will be presented at The Slayage Conference on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I wanna go.

    Well, you know, I have a choice. I can spend my life waiting for Xander to go out with every other girl in the world until he notices me. Or I can just get on with my life.

    Good for you.

    Well, I didn’t choose yet.

    –Willow and Buffy

  • GOOD LOVE MAY NEVER DIE, BUT IT MAY STILL GET YOU KILLED ON THE SOPRANOS

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Culture

    ddmI am so upset.

    I can’t believe that Christopher let Silvio kill Adriana. If they can’t make it, who really can?

    This seals the deal, I’m giving up on love. It’s not worth it. Everyone just gets screwed over in the end. I mean I knew it was coming with Drea de Matteo‘s leap to Joey in the fall.

    Although, I can’t believe she’s leaving New York! I used to run into her all the time in the East Village when I worked at a clothing store on 10th. She had these two huge Great Danes that she would always walk. At the turn of the millennium, she and her boyfriend opened a hip urban clothing boutique catering, as de Matteo explained, to “rich kids who want to look poor.”  She told me once that its name, Filth Mart, often led to confusion. One day de Matteo fielded a call from a customer in search of a twin-headed dildo.

  • KURT VONNEGUT FOR PRESIDENT

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Authors, Culture, Humor, Movies, Politics

    vonnegutKurt Vonnegut recently wrote an article on the state of America entitled Cold Turkey that I highly recommend you check out. He has been my favorite author since Justin Shepard introduced me to him when I was 18. My favorite book is The Sirens of Titan, and supposedly it is currently in pre-production for the big screen.

    The rights to the film were once owned by Jerry Garcia, it was his pet project, but he never got around to producing it because he was scared he was gonna fuck it up. Now, Robert Weide, director of Curb Your Enthusiasm, is at the helm. With his background and sense of humor, I can’t imagine anyone more capable of pulling off a great film.

  • MADONNA GETS SHOCKED FOR ONCE

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Humor, Music, Shows

    images (2)The internet is starting to Buzz with rumors of what Madonna has planned for her Re-Invention Tour. Lucky me, I have tickets to the Atlanta show in July. Here’s what some so-called insider is saying about the show:

    “And I can reveal Madonna pushes the boundaries to new limits — even by her outrageous standards.”

    Fans at the shows will see:

    Her being ‘frazzled’ in an electric chair.

    Images of corpses of people slaughtered in Iraq beamed on to a huge video screen.

    Simulated steamy lesbian sex as Madonna tangos with a female dancer.

    A parade of scantily-clad pregnant women while she sings Papa Don’t Preach.

    One source reveals: ‘This show will make people’s hair stand on end. Madonna has pulled out all the stops to make it her most controversial yet. The electric chair scene is breathtaking.

    Madonna trying to shock people? Who knew.

  • WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Dating, Festivals, Friends, Going Out, Music

    Mark RichensI went out with Mark Richens last night. We went to the Blue Monkey for some drinks and politics. He writes The Memphis Scene blog for the Commercial Appeal. You should check it out if you wanna know what’s going on in this city.

    As for me, I have a pretty full weekend planned. Tomorrow night I will be headed downtown to check out the Memphis City Arts Council’s Artrageous Event. Some people from my Punk Rock Pilates class will be hula hooping their way through the crowd and there will be a bunch of other stuff going on.

    I also heard today that quite a few bands will be playing down on South Main somewhere starting around 4Pm Saturday. I don’t know exactly why or where, but if I can figure it out then I will probably go. Later that night, Mark will be DJ’ing with Jason “DJ Witnesse” Sims down at Ariste’s from 10 until 3. It’s at 126 Monroe between 2nd and Main, if you’re looking for a cool place to hang. Say hi if you see me!

  • PUNK ROCK PILATES

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Exercise, Music

    prp2I went to Punk Rock Pilates tonight at First Congregational Church on Cooper. I met Christine Gladney Friday night at Beauty Shop and learned that she just moved back to Memphis from NYC too. See…I am not the only crazy one. Anyway, I am soooo out of shape, but it felt good – after it was over. Classes are Monday and Thursday nights and only 5 bucks. I’m sure tomorrow will be when the real hurting begins.

    In other news, the first American gay couple was married today in Massachusetts. So, good for them! Of course, if it doesn’t work out, they can always talk to this guy. Somebody’s always thinking ahead.

  • WALKING IN MEMPHIS

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Bars, Friends, Going Out

    Stevan LazichI am currently working on getting a gallery put together for the pictures from Jeremy’s birthday party, so those should be up in the next couple of days. There are so many great ones that I wanted to make a separate page for them.

    In other news, I ended up painting the town with SteVan Friday night and having the best night out I have had in a while. As I said, we started out at Beauty Shop and then made our way to Cielo. I sat on the piano bench with Diane Price as she asked me questions about my life and then sang the appropriate song to coincide with the story. It was fabulous. We closed that place down and then went to Felicia Suzanne’s to meet up with another friend. I chatted with the cute bartender, Basil, only to find out that he’s a musician. I tried not to drool on the bar.

    We closed down FS and went to Automiatic Slim’s where we thought our friend Charles was Dj’ing. We got there and found out that they had a CD of Charles spinning, not the real deal, so we proceeded to have a drink and debate the downfalls of Wal-Mart and the City Council and teachers being underpaid. Then they kicked us out of Slim’s and we headed to Melange. I sat at the bar and had a heart to heart with David Nestler about old times and misconceptions. Then we got kicked out again. By this point there was only one place left in the area to go, so we went over to the Two Way Inn. We had one last drink and looked around at the other patrons and realized that we really didn’t belong there and it was time to go home. It was a great night and we had a fabulous time.

    Saturday night I went to The Blue Monkey with Shin and Clay and then met Anna Marie down at Blues City Cafe to watch The Dempsey’s. They put on such a good show. I got to hang out a little bit with Brad between sets. It’s funny because we talked about how we always hear each other’s name through Anna Marie, but we have never really had a conversation other than “hi’s” and “bye’s.” It was an interesting night of being hit on by drunks and wanna-be pimps.

  • JUST DON’T CALL THEM ORIENTAL

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Culture, Rant

    china-mcdonaldsAfter all the fuss over obesity and the recent documentary, “Supersize Me,” McDonald’s new ad campaign “I Am Asian” just doesn’t seem like the best idea.

    It seems McDonald’s is trying to lure more Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders to their fat factories with an online campaign called I Am Asian! – a term, incidentally, that McDonald’s has actually copyrighted which means the term “I Am Asian!” is now the property of a bunch of white guys in the Midwest. And not only is the name of the site plain ridiculous, it includes some of the silliest copy you’ll ever see:

    We’re Asian and Pacific Islander Americans “living on the rim,” where our diverse cultures and the everyday American lifestyle become one. We’re hanging on to our great traditions while we move to the beat of the times. We honor our heritage – but we love being Americans. From high fashion to high tech, from Asian Pacific American hip hop to haute cuisine, we’re weaving the threads of our culture into the fabric of everyday American life. Whether we’re sipping green tea or enjoying a Big Mac® sandwich, we’re helping make the magic mix called America become even richer. And McDonald’s is right there with us, everyday!

    Aside from the disconcerting rim reference in the context of oily fast food, imagine for a moment if McDonald’s launched an “I Am Black!” or “I’m Puerto Rican!” campaign and included references to stereotypical black and Puerto Rican foods: we’re guessing the site would have been pulled within minutes. The company really shouldn’t have been so worried about finding a CEO a couple of weeks ago – it’s the marketing department they need to replace.

  • BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL 2004

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Festivals, Music

    bealemusic1So, did you go to the Beale Street Music Festival? I did. What a debacle that turned into. The line-up just wasn’t that great and it rained most of Saturday and Sunday. I was working during most of it, which was kind of cool and kind of sucked. It was cool because I didn’t have to use the port-a-potties. It sucked because I couldn’t kick back, have a beer and really enjoy the show. Friday was kind of fun even though I was working the whole time. I interviewed Josie from Saliva and George Clinton, and got to watch the fantastic Joss Stone from backstage. It was hard rushing around all night trying to get interviews and do a live shot and carry our equipment through a crowd of 40,000 people, but it was fun. Sorta.

    bealemusic6.jpgI spent the weekend at Jeremy’s house since he lives on Mud Island and it just made it easier to get down to Tom Lee Park everyday. When we finally rolled out of bed on Saturday we knew that things were gonna be tough. It was raining but we really wanted to interview the Indigo girls. We had to make an executive decision and decide not to have Gabe meet us down at the site with a camera. We knew if it started pouring, and it did, that it would suck to be lugging all that equipment around. We ended up being very glad that we made that decision.

    bealemusic2.jpgWe stood in the pouring rain and watched the Indigo Girls set. It was great. Even if I did look ridiculous with black mascara all over my face. We saw some folks from Channel Three that we knew, and I missed about half the set talking, but I still got pretty close to the stage for a few songs. We went backstage and spoke to them after their set, but they were soaking wet and were in no mood to deal with us, so luckily we didn’t have to push the subject. If we had dragged the camera down there with us, you better believe I wouldn’t have left there without the interview.

    bealemusic5.jpgSunday night was probably the worst night, just because we were all so over it. We had an interview with Live set up, but they got to the venue late and we were told we had to wait until after they played to get our interview. At first I wasn’t very much bothered, I wanted to see their set anyway. I used to be a huge Live fan during high school, Mental Jewelry was one of my favorite albums. But of course, they went on stage an hour late and it started pouring as soon as they began playing. They ended up cutting their set by half an hour. By that time it was fine by me. I was ready to get the interview done and go home and crash, even though it would mean missing Foo Fighters.

    bealemusic3.jpgAnyway, after our interview we did stick around for a bit, just to get a glimpse of Foo Fighters backstage. We stuck around for their first song and then we bolted.

    BTW, I can’t remember which night it was now, but either Friday or Saturday we ended up going out after the shows and drinking at Sidestreet. When they kicked us out of there we ended up at some dude’s 67th birthday party at J.Wag’s. The classic moment of the night was when I went to the bathroom after another “female” and walked in to the toilet seat being up.

  • MY DIRTY THIRTY PARTY

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Age

    rachel hurleyI finally got the pictures from my party at Sidestreet. Since we go there so much they opened the Red Bar for me on a Tuesday and we had the run of the bar. It was actually such a nice night that evening we spent a lot of time on the patio. Then I started feeling bad that we were making Ed come all the way outside to wait on us all night and so I tried to move everyone inside.

    Anyway, my friend Patrik took the pictures and since he didn’t know a lot of my other friends, they all have me in them. But that’s cool, the party was for me after all. I think that he only sent the ones that we looked halfway sober in, which was very nice of him.

    I made the mistake of drinking too much too early and then having to try and mix and mingle like everything was cool. I hate it when that happens. You’re trying you’re best to have a conversation without sounding like a total idiot, but as you hear each word fall from your mouth you’re thinking, “what the hell am I talking about?”

    I think everyone had a pretty good time. The music wasn’t that great. That’s what I remember as being the one downfall. Sidestreet has satellite radio instead of a CD changer so I couldn’t bring in my own tunes.

    party3So, in case you’re wondering, yes, I’ve been tanning. For those of you who have known me for a while, I realize that it’s probably pretty surprising. I’ve been white as a ghost since birth and always was very anti-laying-in-an-oven-and-baking-yourself-like-a-potato.

    However, I have come to a crossroad in my “older” age and one path is that of vanity and one path is that of growing old gracefully, and I have decided to take the path of vanity. All this really means is that I started to see the blue veins in my legs and decided that wasn’t cute, so I started to go to the tanning bed to get some sun on my legs, but mostly it’s my face that keeps getting darker and darker.

    Anyway, my party was great and I am really glad that I got to share such a momentous occasion with so many people that I care so much about. I had at least seven people there that I have known for more than ten years. That’s a pretty hard feat for a lot of people to accomplish – keeping friends and cherishing them.

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    So, I’m thirty. It’s still hard for me to believe. I guess, although I am happy with the way my life is going right now, it’s nothing like I expected. If I try to look at that in a positive light, then that’s awesome cause life is full of surprises and who knows what lies ahead?

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