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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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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nailgun is back!

November 4th, 2019 · 2 Comments · By

Hey y’all! My name is Amanda and I am reviving nailgun as a part of my study on local c’ville music. I am excited to revive and start a new chapter in nailgun for y’all. Sending love!

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