Ladybug Transistor / Hilarious Posters farewell show!

July 17th, 2011 · 8 Comments · By

Another band from the esteemed Elephant 6 Recording Company makes its’ way to Charlottesville: the Ladybug Transistor, whom at this point are basically indie-rock veterans, having been around since the mid-90’s and released stuff on labels like Merge Records, KinderCore, and Track&Field. Since I was a nerd who basically only paid attention to weirdo electronic stuff during the 1990’s, I can’t claim to be intimately familiar with their particular style or the ins&outs of their discography, but they’ve got a pretty superb resume and I’m betting they put on a fun live show.

They’re sharing the bill with the Hilarious Posters, Charlottesville’s very own indie-pop superstars, playing what may very well be their final show (to paraphrase Mission:Impossible, they have completed their mission, and will soon self-destruct). If you haven’t heard them before, tonight’s your last chance — and if you HAVE heard ’em, you know how awesome they are, and surely wouldn’t miss out on what might be your last opportunity to hear them play! As a reminder, you can still pick up their brand-new album (“Cats II,” which due to time constraints we have not yet gotten around to reviewing in these pages), or their even-better debut EP from last year.

Just added to the bill are a group called the Nobis, who apparently relocated to the US after the recent disaster(s) in Japan, I don’t know much, but what little I’ve heard about them suggests they might fit in well with the aesthetic of the other two bands.

This show is tonight at the Southern; doors open at 7:00pm (music around 8, perhaps?) and the cover charge is $7.

Also, in keeping with their band name, Sam Turner has turned in yet another hilarious poster, for your viewing pleasure below:

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hunter // Jul 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Nobis are a Japanese dance-pop male/female duo. They’ve been working locally and in DC while trying to maintain artist visas to stay here. Awesome people!

  • 2 Dave // Jul 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I’m a few days late on this one but I wanted to thank everybody who came out to our last show and to thank the writers of Nailgun for always being so supportive of our endeavors. We’ll all still be around. Just wait a year or so for the inevitable reunion… See you soon in some form or another!

  • 3 James // Jul 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    really bummed that I missed this!

    I actually stopped by around 10:30 but the Posters had already played and I had to run away again to get ready for my radio show (seeing concerts on Sundays is tough for me).

    … reportedly I also missed out on being made fun of from the stage; I’m told the Posters declared that I was “the king of the backhanded compliment” (which is perhaps fair)

  • 4 Dave // Jul 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Awwwwwwwwww James! We were just teasing! We love you, dude! Thanks for talking us up so much!

  • 5 nick // Jul 20, 2011 at 9:23 am

    “I wasn’t there to hear myself called ‘king of the backhanded compliment,’ but I heard lots of good things from people who *were* there, and I hope Dave makes fun of me again onstage in a similar, apparently pretty solid piece of bantering.”

  • 6 James // Jul 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Nick — you’re getting the hang of it.

    also, I like how saying their debut EP was “even better” counts as a backhanded compliment. I will gladly accept the affectionate ribbing, though.

    we decided at the bar the other night (where this tale was related) that my backhanded nature is mostly due to the fact that if I’ve been drinking, I tend to prioritize accuracy over tactfulness.

  • 7 Sam // Jul 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Accuracy indeed! James, we all know your journalistic integrity is unimpeachable. I for one think of it almost as highly as I do the even more unimpeachable journalistic integrity you had a year ago!

    Anyway, since designating somebody “king of the backhanded compliment” is itself kingly in its backhandedness I think we can all share the crown.

    I loved being in the Posters, and nailgun was always part of what made it fun. Many thanks!

  • 8 Dave // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I’ll take accuracy over tactfulness any day.