1/31 magnolia show review – Sam Roberts

February 9th, 2020 · Comments Off on 1/31 magnolia show review – Sam Roberts · By

1/31 Secret Band/Wild Rose/Sweeties/Ben FM + Mossman at Magnolia

Well right off the bat, the “secret band” was Order aka Order of the Dying Orchid et al. The occasion for their reunion was a big benefit show in Richmond the next night, which I attended and it was great. You can learn about the cause and donate if you’d like here: teambrowen.org .

Order played many of the early and formative shows I attended as a teenager (and I definitely became aware of at least one of those shows via an earlier iteration of this site). So the potential for gross nostalgia/sentimentality in reviewing an Order show on this site in 2020 is absolutely not lost on me. I will do my best to spare you from toooo much of that. But there’s a few pieces I need to get out of the way first, to try and put this show and that band in context:

Order played the first ever show at magnolia house, before it carried that name, as an unofficial after party for the legendary and insane Fucked Up show at outback lodge Jan 2009 (I was 17 at the time so I was not at the aftershow but I did catch the outback show). Thomas Dean, mastermind and only constant member of Order, has continued to be a force and staple of Charlottesville’s music scene and the VA rock underground as a recent member of New Boss, Good Dog Nigel, Orange Folder. I can also honestly say the Order output is some of the only local vinyl from the 00s I give a shit about and have in my collection (along with the Ostinato LP, for whom I was also thrilled to book a local reunion at magnolia last year. Corsair deserve a mention as well). Ok, so with that all out of the way, here’s my honest attemp at a review of this show:

Ben FM & Moss Man: I had never seen Richmond rapper Ben FM, but I’d heard good things from my rock/punk friends and my local hip hop buds alike. I’m all about the mixed bill so I was stoked to have him, joined by guitarist Moss Man. Apparently this was the debut of that duo. It was equal parts freestyle rapping, improvised beat boxing, blues guitar and drum pad improv song building, and absurd comedy shittalking session. I found it to be a great way to warm up the audience which seemed to vary pretty widely, in both age and general reference point of underground music.

http://benfm777.bandcamp.com/album/true-taxi

Sweeties: I used up all my nostalgic bias in the preface but uh this band contains some of my best and oldest friends/bandmates/former magnolia residents… that aside, they rule and are as good as you can get for all dude straight rockin punk in this day and age. Imagine if (central VA legends alongside Order in their own right) The Ladies (and the entire Black Lung Records roster is a good reference point here)… stopped being semi-ironic misogynistic drunks, smoked wayyy too much weed, and got deep into the Stooges and Leftist ideology. Yeah, that sounds incredible, and Sweeties are incredible. Trashy rocknroll punk, either you like that kind of thing or you don’t. Good and relatively fast and rippin set (although tbh I like it when they’re slower and sloppier). I think a lot of people were seeing them for the first time and were justifiably impressed.

http://sweetiesrva.bandcamp.com/album/tramp

Wild Rose: my band so what can I really say? We played some brand new songs and some songs from our 7”. Good set, loose in a good way I thought.

http://wildroseva.bandcamp.com/album/cosmic-miasma

Order: Charlottesville has very very few legendary bands (at least for my taste, and for underground stuff) whose recordings and reputation stand a significant test of time, but imo Order are one of them. So this was a sort of dream band to have get back together for me as far as locals go. I saw the 2008-10 Order several times and it was great but several people older than me (including multiple Order members), have assured me I hadn’t witnessed the real deal live. So, I was excited to see og Order (hopefully) done in an authentic fashion with vocalist Tim (who sang on the records) and other early 00s members. This performance and set list brought together effectively the combination of elements that made Order such a great band through their many incarnations: classic DC style post hardcore, Thomas Dean’s ongoing and totally unique vision of punk/rocknroll/pop (which I think helped Order have a distinct sound, memorable songs, and not just another local indie rock/post hc band from the 00s), and, last but not least, very out of tune guitars and unrehearsed gaffs (which were minimal but charmingly present). As in my memories and on record, they were not ever one of these things buta shifting combination of them with a vibe and set of influences that isn’t easy to pin down exactly or describe. I also loved the juxtaposition of Neil on guitar jumping into the crowd and playfully antagonizing them, vs. Tim the singer standing in the back of the room, behind the band, reciting the lyrics with an emphatic yet reserved performance. They also, in classic Order fashion, somehow managed to get 2 new members involved for this set.

http://order1.bandcamp.com/album/wild-order

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Barling & Collins’ “New World Odor”

January 10th, 2020 · Comments Off on Barling & Collins’ “New World Odor” · By

The opening lyrics to Barling Collin’s sophomore album represent the true class of their lyrical prowess: “I don’t need no penis creme.” New World Odor pushes the immediate message that B.C. is something special. The opening track “SPAM” tells us what this dynamic guitar-cello duo is all about: lighthearted, spunky, fun music. There are countless, wonderfully, eccentric topics throughout this project. Just when you think you’ve heard the most absurd and spastic lines yet, the band amazes you. Along with their wild lyrics, the band brings a refreshing sound to their bluesy-folky production with the wonderful works of Brandon Collins’ cello. Hearing that classic-blues, flat 5, pentatonic scale over Stephen Barling’s acoustic guitar amazes me every time I hear the third track from the album, “Pissed-Off Shit and Tits.” However, this bizarre song does in fact have a beautiful melody backed with emotional and passionate vocals. The loony lyrics on “Sexually Attractive” juxtapose the will of a horny couch-potato, and a man questioning his confidence and the love of his partner: 

“If I sit on the sofa for a couple more years

spend all my money on porno and beers

I know you’d still like me, but what would you say

would you still find me sexually attractive?”

This track leans into the slightly more insecure, vulnerable side of B.C. but maintains the laughable, lovable, quirky lyrics. The band next submerges into an emotional and beautiful love ballad, “Lay Me Down.” This style of songwriting shows the diversity of the group. Varying from arm wrestling competitions and literal cats on the bed, the band transforms into the hopeless romantic: 

“So come on lay me down once again

We been singin’ ’bout those stories, talkin’ ’bout those songs

Come on, lay me down

I’ll be bringing you those roses in the dawn.”

The band then quickly resurfaces into their comedic and mocking style on “Musician so Stupid.” The final three tracks on the album again show the sensitive side of the group. This amazing duo shows their capability to find the joy in the benign. This album is an absurd and charismatic masterpiece. Their impulsive truth on both delicate and comedic, genetal-related matters shows their true idea of music: fun. Whether it be an emotional outlet, or a comedic landscape, Charlottesville based Stephen Barling and Brandon Collins create a sonic dreamland on New World Odor.

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JAN 4 @8 – Harli & The House of Jupiter @ Holly’s Diner (MASQUERADE)

December 22nd, 2019 · Comments Off on JAN 4 @8 – Harli & The House of Jupiter @ Holly’s Diner (MASQUERADE) · By

yo yo, coming jan 4 is Harli and the House of Jupiter at Holly’s Diner + no cover! How would you like to start your new year jamming to some kick-ass femme punky funk while decked out in masquerade? Harli and The House of Jupiter combines punk, funk, soul, metal, and a whole lot of heart into their music. come out for their versatility in genres, ideas, and instruments!
all at Holly’s Diner with a Masquerade theme!

Holly’s Diner
1221 E Market St, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

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New Spillway Single, “Autumn Leaves”

December 20th, 2019 · 1 Comment · By

Spillway’s debut single “Autumn Leaves” feeds listeners anxiety-provoking vocals and aggressive guitar riffs to create a relatable agonizing punk sound. The bipolar instrumental on this track edges on listeners time and time again to keep them intrigued with the hypnotic opening guitar arpeggio that pulls influence from the likes of John Frusciante and Jeff Buckley. This psychedelic guitar section and periodic craziness is seen similarly on their previous live recordings of “Nothing Behind You” and “The Whole Everything” from their debut EP, “Fall Live Demo.” Spillway stays true to the sound seen on “Fall Live Demo” but seems to evolve into a more technical and crisp musical state on “Autumn Leaves.”

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Nailgun Instagram Live!!!

December 20th, 2019 · Comments Off on Nailgun Instagram Live!!! · By

Amanda and I just created an official nailgun instagram account! Go follow it if you care anything about local music and help get nailgun some buzz!

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nailgun: the second coming

December 20th, 2019 · Comments Off on nailgun: the second coming · By

Hi everyone! I’m Jacob Pellechia, a local from Charlottesville. I’m pumped to now be a part in reviving nailgun. I’m in love with everything music, and can’t wait to start writing.

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BRIDGE SHOW TONIGHT!

November 21st, 2019 · 1 Comment · By

Tonight at the Bridge will be a free show that is a truly mixed bag of Pop and Anti-pop!

Local electro-hero Heather will reprise her recent fall sensation of Debbie Gibson by way of Stockhausen.

For those still recovering from local free jazz collective Ear Infection’s recent score of Zorn’s Lemma, they will be back making it up as they go along. It should provide a nice skronky sorbet between Corncob and the main act.

Speaking of, Cokes Dares will be the “out of town” special as they will converge on Charlottesville from their twin homes in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Originally hailing from Indiana, Roger Dollartree aka Jason Groth has real indie rock cred from his time with Songs: Ohia and the Magnolia Electric Company. Their most recent effort Fake Lake is a nice mix of baby hooks, electronic mini fantasies, and some power popping to keep you rocking.

SHOW IS at 8 — Free to all – but have a heart and bring some bucks for the traveling acts.

Check it:

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nov 16 UREC house show

November 14th, 2019 · Comments Off on nov 16 UREC house show · By

House show at 104 Stadium Rd Charlottesville VA this saturday hosted by UVA University Records and Ceterus. The lineup is Ceterus, Marti, Spillway, and Orion and the Melted Crayons. sending love

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Nov 16 Celebrating the Legend David Berman @WTJU

November 14th, 2019 · Comments Off on Nov 16 Celebrating the Legend David Berman @WTJU · By

This Saturday at the stage at WTJU there will be a celebration of the life of David Berman. There will be a radio show 2-4 in his remembrance and his tribute concert 6-10 at the stage at WTJU. Sending love and healing, Amanda.

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11/9 @ 8:00 bands and soup!

November 4th, 2019 · Comments Off on 11/9 @ 8:00 bands and soup! · By

Spend an evening with Joseph Decosimo and The Horsenecks at 542 Meade Ave. 10-15$ or whatever you got.

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