There’s a show tonight I’m really excited about; a lot of the details have shifted over the past few weeks, but I still think it’s gonna be a strong show and I encourage you to come check it out. It’s gonna be a house show, and amidst much shifting around, the final line-up appears to be: Hell-Kite, Pigeon Religion, Rhythm Bandit, Myceum, and Myths. Get in touch with us if you want directions; (more details below).
Hell-Kite and Pigeon Religion are the two touring acts; you may remember Hell-Kite from the tour she did with Stephen Steinbrink a little over a year ago, during which they played no fewer than six shows here in town (mostly excellent ones, too). I also wrote up one of her EPs as one of my 9½ favorite records of last year. Ann-Marie’s music is both sparse and obtuse, and also hypnotically beautiful, and occasionally sort of compellingly scary, and is totally amazing and well worth hearing. I’ve often compared it to early Cat Power (think “Back of Your Head” or “Good Clean Fun”) filtered through the sensibilities of Jandek. You can download a song of hers here, or watch a clip of her performing here.
Pigeon Religion are, likewise, from Arizona, and I think Ann-Marie is in that band too (if memory serves, Stephen played with them for a while as well, as did their tourmate James “Glochids” Roehmer. No clue who’s in the lineup tonight.) While I’ve heard the band’s name often, I’m actually not very familiar with their material; they appear to be purveying some sort of artsy sludge/grind/crust material, reminiscent of early Butthole Surfers. Jacob has also told me tales of their long-running and often hilarious feud with the Phoenix New Times, which seems to confirm their status as provocateurs in the grand Buttholian tradition. For a State that many of us may think of as being a John McCain-electing, Hispanic-harassing desert and cultural void, it’s reassuring to know there’s plenty of weirdos making fucked-up countercultural noise over there, and you can come sample some of that this evening.
Rounding out the bill are Dylan Mulshine’s Rhythm Bandit project, about which much has been written in these pages. Dylan’s one of our current favorites, and he does swell solo set with a loop pedal, keyboard, and single Tom drum. Suffice to say, a Rhythm Bandit show is almost always far better in person than it might sound if I described it to you on paper. His best shows are the ones where he stick to the core of the material, rather than engaging in juvenile antics, and considering that the show tonight is (I believe) at his house, I’m not sure quite which one to expect. But I’ve never seen a RB performance that I didn’t enjoy, so I’m psyched to hear him tonight as well.
Apparently Snack Truck and Antlers were going to be playing at one point, but for whatever reason (unknown to me), they’ve dropped off the bill; that’s too bad, but there’s still plenty to see and hear and I think it’ll be a swell time. I’ve just heard yesterday that Scott Ritchie’ Myceum project will rear its thoughtful head again this evening; Scott does super-solid, admirably credible drone-work with two keyboard and a shoebox full of pedals, and I always really enjoy hear him play. I think he’s only done one show in the past few months, at the Experimental Showcase (there’s a review in here somewhere if you scroll down a bit). Actually, I’m just glad that a) we even have a drone artist in Charlottesville, and b) that it’s someone as awesome and talented as Scott. So he’ll be playing too, which is great.
Dylan texted me yesterday to mention that “I just got myths on the bill (ex mutators!!!!) House show fo realz.” So I guess that means Myths is playing as well. Actually, I don’t know a single thing about Myths OR the Mutators (or is it “Ex-Mutators”? ’cause that would be awesome…), but I’m just basically assuming that’s Richmond thing? No offense intended, I just honestly have no idea what goes on in Richmond. Charlottesville is my beat; RVA’s a bit outside the personal jurisdiction. But Dylan seems excited about it, and maybe many of our readers are too. Every bill needs a wild card, so: heck yeah! Tonight I will find out about Myths.
SO, now you are asking: where is this show happening? Well, it’s a house show, so I don’t wanna give away the address publicly and set the fun police on our trail and get everyone pudhaused, so here’s the deal: contact someone from Nailgun and ask them where it is, and we’ll tell you. Or just ask your friends/acquaintances, if they already know. It’s near a prominent commercial intersection in Charlottesville, and I think the house has a big magnolia tree in the front yard. That’s all I can say. But I do hope to see y’all this evening; there’s been a lot of awesome shows already this week, and I’m excited to keep the momentum going.