MEN (ex-Le Tigre) at Gravity Lounge Friday night!

March 26th, 2009 · 6 Comments · By

So this event has received almost zero publicity outside of UVa campus and Facebook, and since I’m not on either of those things it was pretty difficult to confirm that it was actually happening, and when (lots of disinformation about it being tonight… it’s actually TOMORROW night, Friday the 27th). But it IS happening, and it sounds worthwhile and fun.

MEN is JD Sampson and Johanna Fateman (both former members of Le Tigre), and they’re doing a dance party thing at Gravity Lounge tomorrow night from 11pm-2am. Apparently they’re actually performing as a band now, not just DJing (like they did at Satellite exactly 1 year ago under the same name).

The event is part of some larger Queer Student Union conference at UVa, and apparently it’s free for conference “members,” $5 for the general public. Apparently there’s a charter bus to take people back to campus after the show, which is nice for student-types who might be unfamiliar or uncomfortable with Downtown.

Anyhow, here’s the info I was finally able to gather about this show:

JD SAMSON is one-third of the electronic feminist punk band and performance project, Le Tigre. In 2007, MEN was begun as the DJ team of JD Samson and Johanna Fateman of the band Le Tigre. At the same time, JD became involved in another project, Hirsute, featuring Michael O’Neill and Ginger Brooks Takahashi formerly of the New York indie-pop group The Ballet, and artist/writer Emily Roysdon.

In 2008, MEN continued to tour as DJs, while Hirsute continued to write songs and create a live performance. Eventually, Johanna decided to take a break from the touring life, and the two projects merged to become one. MEN became a band focusing on the energy of live performance and the radical potential of dance music, with lyrics speaking to issues such as wartime economies, sexual compromise and demanding liberties.

In addition, JD SAMSON played keyboards and sampler with Peaches on her “Impeach My Bush” world tour, and has DJ’ed internationally since 2001 throughout several different party scenes. JD SAMSON has also created the 2003 Calendar entitled “JD’s Lesbian Calendar,” as well as “JD’s Lesbian Utopia 2006,” which launched at Deitch Projects Gallery in New York City in the fall of 2005.

JD SAMSON is currently touring as a DJ solo, “Creating space for rad people to dance and smile and hold each other.” Visit for more information.

There will be a Charter Bus to take people home from the downtown mall!

So, yeah. Hopefully the fact that it was the worst-promoted event of the year won’t prevent it from being a fun dance party. I’m gonna try to stop by after work.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sarah // Mar 27, 2009 at 11:35 am

    i think plenty of students are going to be there and it is going to be packed and sweaty

  • 2 joe // Mar 27, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    just to set the record straight: it’s a party put on for and by the people in this queer conference (they booked JD and fronted the money to bring her), so there really was no point in advertising to other people not in the conference. i think the charter buses are mostly for the hundred or so out-of-towners who are new to cville.

    they definitely want non-uva people to come, but the conference is geared toward uva people, so i guess it’s more like ‘the worst-promoted event of the year for townies’ to be fair.

  • 3 James // Mar 27, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Gotcha. Thanks for clarifying. Still, it’s kind of a bummer when it’s nigh-impossible to ask around / google up ANY info about what sounds like a really fun show.

    By comparison, when MEN did a similar thing 1 year ago, there was a huge promotional push, it was the talk of the town that week, etc. For this one, most people I talked to couldn’t even agree what day it was happening.

    Anyhow, let’s hope the folks who are putting together the EQuAL conference recognize that they can get a lot of positive support from the local community, if only they’d ask for it.

  • 4 baconfat // Mar 27, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    judging by the info presented in the press release and on Facebook, the first paragraph under the photo is incorrect: MEN was JD Samson and Johanna Fateman, but now it appears to be more of a JD-only project, with some other non-Johanna folks mixed in. so i don’t think Johanna will be there tonight.

    also, “ex-Le Tigre” makes me sad. they don’t seem to have officially broken up, though it would be safe to call this period of inactivity a “hiatus”.

  • 5 Alison // Mar 27, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    “townies” just about sums it up i think.

  • 6 ridiculous // Mar 27, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    This show is “geared toward uva people,” eh? Perhaps they should have held this at an on-campus location instead, since they seem to be so concerned with “townies” showing up. Anyways, I’d rather see Corsair at Outback tonight.