THIS POST IS A STUB, A WORK IN PROGRESS, A FALLOW FIELD AWAITING THE PLANTING SEASON, THE FARMER’S HOE & SEED, THE GENTLE RAINS FROM HEAVEN, THE JOYOUS EARTHBREAKING AND REACHING FOR THE SKIES, THE GRACIOUS FLOWERING INTO MATURITY, THE FRUITING THEREOF AND GENTLE ROT AND DROOP, THE EQUALLY GRACIOUS LEAVETAKING, THE OPEN CASKET OF A LIFE WELL LIVED, WELL WORTH LIVING. THIS POST IS ALL POSSIBILITY NOW, LIKE THE EVENTS IT LOVINGLY RECOMMENDS TO YOU. THIS POST IS NOT YET WRITTEN, MAY NEVER YET BE WRITTEN, MAY WITHER ON THE VINE, UNPLUCKED, SUSTAINING NOTHING, LIKE DUST IN THE WIND OR A BLISTER IN THE SUN ON THE ROAD TO HELL IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, DESTROYER OF WORLDS.
Resuming… If you are reading this you probably know Left & Right, formerly of Charlottesville, a favorite of former Nailgunner and Tea Bazaar impresaria Amanda. Though if you have not seen them since their days here, let me tell you, they have only gotten stronger over time. Tight, energetic 90′s-style indie rock, sure to give a satisfying buzz of collective effervescence. If you like them you should also enjoy Wish List, who play in a similar vein. The video below shows a highlight from the last time I saw them, when they suddenly busted out with Pentagram’s classic “Forever My Queen”. Don’t be mislead though, this is not a metal band. Neat should fit in with the other two, while leaning in a more pop-punk direction.
For Magnolia’s Space in Space show I will copy from the Facebook page:
Willelm Blagbyrn – Fredricksburg Modular Synth
Error Macro – Drumming that’s out of this world along to your favourite ever game soundtracks
Texas Pete – The future sounds of the south
The Voice Of Saturn – Charlottesville Modular Synth mainstay
Two Ton Trapezoid – Space Jazz gods
Magnolia is always a wild card, one usually worth playing. You will probably find something there to make your night memorable.
Fate has always intervened to keep me from seeing roller derby, but it seems like an obviously Good Thing. Plus, the Derby Dames secretly run this town and you want to stay on their good side.
The MC in MC & The Exfriends isMatt Curreri; of his his exfriends I can tell you nothing, they might be totally different from the Exfriends of the seven-year-old video below (note: I have since learned, through investigative cook-out attendance, that Jesse Fiske, a reputable Belmont musician and surprise groom, is one of the Exfriends). I think we have already established the excellence and pure necessity of Shagwüf. Don’tmiss them. Let Sally Rose’s bass carry you off into the far groovier life you are afraid to think you deserve.
CHUCK JOHNSON: Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards the faults and instabilities that reveal latent beauty, and with a focus on American Primitive guitar, experimental electronics, and “folk minimalist” composition.
RACHEL DEVORAH TRAPP: composer / sound artist / improvising hornist
ALPHA DECAY: Lil huffy (Emigdio) get’s droney and noisy with a dash of incense
To learn more about Chuck Johnson (locally sourced) you can got over here. This kind of topnotch solo acoustic guitar music is a Tea Bazaar specialty; if you haven’t checked it out before you ought to, and tonight offers a good opportunity. Let your mind fall into that string space.
Late Addition: Jazz at The Garage also sounds pretty good.
Tonight over at The Southern, Richmond VA’s Matthew E. White will finally be coming to the ville to bring us his amazing mellow yet heavy packed singer songwriter jams. His most recent album Fresh Blood is one of the my favorite albums of the year so far and it continues on the same trajectory of the beautiful material of 2012s Big Inner but with a little bit of a more striped back just more focused energy. Caught him back at the Hopscotch Festival in 2012 with I believe a 30 person band and it was just an absolutely incredible performance with lots of rich sounds and worlds being created in a fashion very similar to that of an early Randy Newman but with a solid modern twist. So yeah I really couldn’t be more excited to see him play tonight so sup cville be at this one tonight.
Opening for the show is another Richmond act aka Sleepwalkers who mix 70s rock smoothness with indie rock beats to a decently satisfying pop tunes. Might just be worth showing up on time for it.
Weird Mob once again will be casting their sinister spell of upbeat grooves at the Teahouse tonight, charming their audience, expanding their cult, poppy as they want to be, blithely unconcerned with all law and order beyond the harmonic code and the safety manuals of electronic gizmos, toasters, and amps. Approach with care, caution, and curious goodwill; enjoy, but do not let them kill you for blood magic. They are accompanied by two bands of indie disposition, one from Columbus and one from Nashville, though the Columbus band, The Kyle Sowashes, have a song — you can find it at the link above — called “Richmond, VA” that makes you wonder if they have some VA roots somewhere among them, or just visited Richmond once and found it inspiring, as so many have. Thigh High Tie Dye makes music to make people happy; if your interest lies more along the lines of tie dyeing thigh highs then you should consult the video below.
Elsewhere in town, the Hackensaw Boys will be wreaking their terrible revenge.
I had forgotten this was going on and was looking forward a quiet night of contemplative time-killing, but once again a good-looking Teahouse show is here to ruin the dream of hermitancy and, through the sheer power of ROCK, drag even the most lethargic spirit out into the downtown whirl. Tonight’s show has a 60′s flavor, each of the bands in its own way drawing on the broken dreams of that decade. Seattle’s Killer Ghost is a garage psych band, with the organ and the reverb and the attitude. Nerve City is the project of Jason Boyer, who spent a time here in Charlottesville, working at Acme Tattoo. The Velvets and the Stones are the bands that come up in considerations of Nerve City. It’s driving through the night music that focuses the wrung-out passions into a dark tuneful straight-line force. Winstons is a garagey soul-rock duo, sometimes slow and sometimes fast but always dramatic, drums and guitar and aching vocals. They all sound good to me, see if they sound good to you.
So it’s one more Tea Bazaar show that you should not miss. Shake off your sleepiness or bowling plans or drinking-in-the-woods plans, your late dinner engagement or need to watch a movie by Pixar or Truffaut, and make your way to the ROCK.
@Ix Art Park: Opera in the Park, arias from Ash Lawn Opera 7:30, FREE
Jonny Fritz showed up in the Charlottesville music scene at the turn of the century, a slick hyper goofball teenager from Esmont who called himself Corndawg. He soon picked up a guitar and started playing funny little novelty songs wherever he could. A born performer, over time he became a real musician, and ended up touring all over the country and beyond, a true road musician. And now he is a respectably dubiously respectable Nashville country musician with a minor mainstream reputation, along with Vince Gilligan one of Central Virginia’s most celebrated native sons. And he’s in a movie! Heartworn Highways is a documentary from the mid-70′s ago about some of the great country musicians of the time who were on the fringes of the Nashville industry, the outsider Outlaws, now legendary. This new movie checks in with some of them, like Guy Clark and David Allan Coe, but is really about a contemporary scene of musicians who are following in their footsteps. Jonny Fritz is one of them. It looks well worth watching, possibly even to someone with no particular interest in it. Here is a nice piece about the film in Rolling Stone.
Traveller is a super-group of Jonny and two other songwriters featured in the movie, Robert Ellis and Corey Chisel. Expect modern songs done the classic way, probably pretty good ones, maybe sometimes funny.
The film screening will be first, followed by the live show. The Southern has an unconventionally punctual approach to punctuality, so you might want to get there by 7:30 to see it all.
Or you could go to the Ix Art Park to get some opera in for free.I don’t know which arias will be performed, but I would imagine they would choose some of the better ones, and people who sing opera in public can sing opera,so it will probably be pretty amazing.
This is a show that will make it a Free Slurpee Day to remember. Niche is a Savannah band that plays 70′s-style hard-riffing full-swaggering rock & roll. It has become increasingly clear that the last forty years have been a mistake, due, no doubt and perhaps in equal parts, to the rise of Reagan, the fall of the eight-track, and a general forgetfulness of Being that only a god, — or a great rock, funk, or rock-funk fusion band — could save us from. The only way forward now is back, to return to where we lost our way, to pick up and follow once again those delicate, yet at the same time oh so supple and muscular, threads of our heritage: the classic riffs of America. Niche may be able to show us the way.
Somehow Sharkopath reminds me of Pitchblende, though as I do not know that I have listened to Pitchblende, a really fine band, at all since the turn of the century I cannot say the connection is not spurious. A bit mathy but raw punk sounds, educated ferocity clawing at the walls of the box that it is trapped in, and in doing so as good as escaping it. Sharkopath may be an underrated band in Charlottesville; it reliably delivers, even if you didn’t know you needed the delivery.
Golden Glasses is Steve Snider attacking his drums with precise abandon, shouting into the telephone receiver strapped to his face. Challenging music with a warm spirit. Brio, zest, joy.
All this for only five dollars! Combine that with your free slurpee (which, remember, are only available from 11 to 7 — they’re tricky that way) and you have the Saturday deal of the summer.
Two shows of local bands present the concert-goer with a dilemma. On the one hand, Shagwüf is a must-see. As previously described here: Shagwüf is Central Virginia’s Greatest Band — or at least they have as good a claim to the title as any. Hard-rocking, deep-grooving, angular and agile yet low-down and swampy, they deliver a sound more varied and dense with pleasure than should be possible. Add in The Secret Storm and Astronomers, another two of our strongest bands, and you have a classic Charlottesville line-up.
On the other hand it is hard to resist another chance at a refreshing dip into the algal bloom of heavy music that has lately been infecting these parts. Tonigh The Annex will feature some some classically dirty American metal/hard rock, including the venerable instrumental trio Horsefang (if you have not seen the clip of the dance performance to their “River of Dead Horses”, I am including it below).
Fortunately, The Southern and The Annex (now to be known as The Anteroom or The Ante, apparently) are just around the corner from one another, and a dedicated music fan will be able to shuttle between them and, with luck, get the best of both worlds.
A night of experimental music at the Twisted Branch. Loop 2.4.3 is a percussion duo, with some electronics and occasional vocals in the mix. Good percussion is a great thing to experience live, and these guys know how to percuss, with driving rhythms, strange pulsations, and eerie blips and shimmers. Hitting things is one of the most basic vital actions, made transcendent by timing and the reverberative quality of the things hit. Underneath the mathy name and technical approach Loop 2.4.3 embodies very primal qualities of life, and if being alive is something you are into you might relate to this music.
Dais Queue is Davis Salisbury picking up his guitar and seeing what he can do with it (sometimes he hits it with a stick), generally with beautiful results. Davis + Warren + Trapp are UVa experimental musician/composers. I don’t know what they will be up to, but two of them are in Blood Moon so it might sound something like that.
When the aliens arrive experimental musicians will provide our only way of communicating with them. Don’t neglect these heroes of humanity and their messages of cosmic love and weirdness.
I last saw Zomes in 2011, when it was just Asa Osborne (formerly of Lungfish) playing droning electric organ. It was good stuff, but since then he has been joined by Swedish vocalist Hanna Olivegren, whose often wordless singing adds a whole new level to the sound, taking it from simple minimalism to baroque minimalism, a kind of moody ethereal pop for melancholy urbanites seeking redemption but settling for longing, and pleasure. Done with Lungfishian integrity.
Katie Wood is one of our finer local singer-songwriters, has some darkness to her, and should be a nice fit for the evening. As should be Siamese Floater, which is the electronic music of Alex Tanson.
Might be a Quaalude kind of night. I’ve never taken Quaaludes – most people who have are either dead or douchebags — but it seems like maybe it’s that, in a hopeful and complimentary sense.