Horsefang at Random Row, Mod Bingo at Rapture, plus RJD2

January 21st, 2010 · 11 Comments · By

There are several cool things going on this cloudy / potentially snowy Thursday night…

First of all, Horsefang is playing at Random Row!  I haven’t seen Horsefang in over a year, so I’ll be really glad to catch their set again. For the uninitiated, they’re a really excellent local doom-metal 3-piece… they used to play at Dust more or less monthly, but I think they only had a handful of gigs in 2009; anyway, I’m glad to hear that they’re back on schedule and doing more stuff (maybe they’ll even finish that second album?)  I’m also excited to hear the openers, especially since Kill Your Brain features Billy from Buck Gooter, and I’m curious to see how his style fits in with a hardcore punk thing. The band has a few other Harrisonburg characters, including members of Elephant Child and the Alphabet (recently heard on that split 7″ with the Invis. Hand). The third band is Human Smoke, which Billy describes as “badassery from Richmond, VA.” Nicholas adds that this will be It will be “an earlier show, music from 9PM-12PM.” {I’m pretty sure he means 12am.}  I’m expecting the cover charge is on the cheap side, too.

Also, there’s a pretty awesome thing over at Rapture; it seems that Cville’s monthly fundraising Bingo thing (organized by Nailgun’s own Sarah Carr, along with Zap and Leah and Thomas, if I’m not mistaken) has joined forces with Shane and Gregg’s always-excellent irregular Mod Night The Standard; it’s free, it starts at 10pm, and it will involve fun bingo tomfoolery, great soul & mod music, and dancing. I’m definitely planning on coming over and partying after the Horsefang gig; folks who feel more like dancing and less like metal may want to bypass directly to that event in order to catch the Bingo part of the evening.

The other “big” thing tonight is RJD2 at the Jefferson.  You may remember RJD2 as the guy who put out a pretty good hip-hop record on Def Jux back in 2002… then his second album was a weird attempt to cross over into pop-rock territory, which I seem to recall was not well received. I have no idea what he’s been up to in the past 4 years, but it seems like there’s some folks who are psyched about the show tonight, so maybe it’ll be a lot of fun. Personally I’m much more excited about the upcoming Daedelus gig at Rapture (in late Feb.), but it’s not like I have anything against RJD2.

{But to be totally honest, the only times I think of him are when I’m DJing and some stranger comes up and drunkenly thanks me for playing RJ’s track “the Horror,” and I have to explain that I was actually playing a Gershon Kingsley song from 1969, a far superior song which he seems to have sampled wholesale.}

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Daniel // Jan 21, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I can’t believe i have to play in Richmond tonight. I’m so sad I’m missing this.

  • 2 dangit, horsefangit // Jan 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    rockandroll, where were you on monday night when i needed you???

    tonight i already have plans with my other girl, instrumental hiphop…i’m sorry because i really want to hang out, but i haven’t seen her around in the longest time.

    anyways, don’t be a stranger. i feel like we don’t see enough of each other these days.

  • 3 HORSEFANG // Jan 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    We hope to make it up to everyone who will miss this show due to prior engagements.

    And I know it is little consolation when I mention that if it gets cold enough, we will flood Random Row, let it freeze over like a hockey rink. At which point we will encourage all to strip to their undies and have a Traditional Baltic Mosh Pit.

    But if you are unable to attend, take heart. We hope to play on the Summer Solstice @ the T-house. Where we will close the windows, turn OFF the a/c, turn the heat ON full blast, get everyone naked, and sweat out all of those SUMMER SINS!!!

    And, yes James, you got it 9PM-12AM. Thanks.

    $5 suggested donation, for the space to keep putting on shows and for the out-of-town bands to have enough gas money to keep their vans running when they get stuck on I-64 for 14 hours in an icestorm.

  • 4 sarah // Jan 21, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    wish i could make it to random row but i’m bingo chairing. new dress tonight!

  • 5 (the other) sarah // Jan 21, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    there’s also a performance at The Bridge tonight that should be pretty interesting – improvisational/experimental music with sax and bassoon(!). starts at 8pm, so maybe that can be your first stop in the parade of rad stuff happening tonight…

  • 6 Andy // Jan 22, 2010 at 1:00 am

    and we’ve got Wrinkle Neck Mules ripping it up at The Southern right now!

    Hey Horsefang – let’s get a gig on the calendar!

    Here’s a little bit of good news: make sure to save Friday Feb. 12th for a very special farewell show for one of Cville’s favorite bands! It’s going to be a killer lineup and show, so help give these folks a great send-off! Stay tuned for more info.

  • 7 James // Jan 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Kill Yr Brain was awesome. my reaction to seeing Billy front an actual hardcore band was: “oh, duh. of course.” & I’m glad to see he brought the stylophone along as well… let’s get these boys some more gigs in Cville!

    Human Smoke weren’t too bad neither. they sounded a lot like the faster bits of the Melvins, or maybe early Butthole Surfers, with a dash of Dinosaur Jr. Not especially memorable, but I definitely enjoyed.

    and Horsefang were AWESOME! it had been way too long since I’d seen those guys — and apparently a lot of the crowd had never seen them before; some folks just don’t know how to act during the slow part of “River of Dead Horses” (including, apparently, the band, so I guess we’ll let that one slide). but, yeah, Horsefang are fucking awesome and I hope to see them play lots more soon.

    I then hopped over to Rapture (with a brief stopover at Jefferson’s taco shop, about which you can read more in the post following this one), and caught the tail end of Mod Night / Bingo. apparently the way they were running it is that they were just turning down the music and calling out the numbers every few minutes, with dancing interludes inbetween…

    I got there just in time to play the final Bingo round, on my first ever Bingo card (I only had one), in which — during the “blackout” round, where you have to fill every square — I came within a single number of winning. I attribute this largely to beginner’s luck, combined with a slight edge gained from the fact that, having had only 7 or 8 beers that night, I was easily the soberist person in the place.

    Anyhow, Thomas Dean drunkenly struggling to come up with weird rhymes for every number he had to read is a thing I’ll gladly attend again in the future… and let’s hope this gets the Standard folks a good regular crowd going as well.

  • 8 Andy // Jan 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    does anybody know if rjd2 still dj’s when he plays live? // his career has confused me greatly the last couple of years (aka him throwing away his hip hop beat skills to follow some sort of pop music vision)

    also i’m fairly sure that daedelus show at r2 is canceled // looks like the show in rva the night before is still on though

  • 9 James // Jan 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Andy– he was indeed DJing, but I’m told he did a fair amount of button-pushing / electronic trickery / live instrumentation / costume wearing, video-projection showmanship style stuff as well. (I wasn’t at the show, this all came from a conversation with Jeyon at the Taco place afterwards.)

    I guess if you’re still playing big-ass fancy venues doing a DJ thing 8 years into your career (and 12 years after the “big takeover of electronica”), you’ve gotta do something to keep the folks entertained, but Jeyon made it sound like RJ was a pretty worthwhile entertainer as well, so maybe it’s all worthwhile.

    also — where’d you see that about the Deadelus show? the Magnus Music mailing list from 2 days ago still lists it as being a sure thing … that would be a bummer if it didn’t come through, for whatever reason.

  • 10 James // Jan 22, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    also — holy crap there are now like 4 different guys named Andy commenting on this blog, y’all are gonna have to start using some more distinguishable signifiers for the benefit of our readers who aren’t able to see your IPs and figure out who is who

  • 11 Andy (Witchmond) // Jan 22, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    someone told me last night the event was listed as canceled on last fm // i emailed jeyon today and just got a message back confirming that it is indeed canceled (not sure what happened – i imagine the show would of been sick – either way there are still other rad things coming to cville in the coming months)