Random Row tonight: Extraordinaires, Raquellos farewell, & Borrowed Beams!

March 11th, 2010 · 13 Comments · By

There’s a show at Random Row Books tonight that looks pretty special. It’s the last formal show for the soon-to-be-disbanded Raquellos, the second show ever for Borrowed Beams of Light, and if that weren’t already special enough, the Extraordinaires are back in town!

It starts a little on the early side; Borrowed Beams is going on at 8:30pm. That’s the solo project of Adam Brock, whom you may recognize as the drummer for Invisible Hand, and also as ¼ of the Nice Jenkins. In addition to being an awesome drummer, Brock is also a natural frontman, with what’s generally agreed to be one of the best singing voices in town. Borrowed Beams is definitely his “pop” project, with smart and energetic, cheerful anthems reminiscent of a cross between the Zombies and Guided By Voices. He put out an EP last year and WTJU was all over that business; he’s only ever played one proper show under that project-name, so tonight’s the second one ever. The first time around he was backed by Adam Smith on drums and a Nice Jenkin on guitar (plus maybe Thomas Dean? I can’t remember), and I’m not sure precisely what tonight’s lineup will be. (Brock also wanted me to encourage you to show up on the early side; he will be starting at 8:30, so don’t show up at 10pm assuming you can still catch his set!)

Next up is the Raquellos; and I’m sad to report, it will be their last proper show, since both Jesse and Mark are leaving Charlottesville soon. (There may be another house show, for a smaller crowd of friends, before they leave, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see them tonight.)  The Raquellos are one of the coolest things to come out of Cville in the past few years; they sing narrative folk-rock songs with heavy nautical / 18th-century themes.  Think Moby-Dick or Jack London tales as reinterpreted by the Violent Femmes or the Pogues.  Their songs are great, their album is great, their lineup features an accordian and some imaginative covers, and they’re totally fun and great. And this is your last chance to see them! Don’t miss it!

Rounding out the bill are the Extraordinaires, that much-beloved Philadelphia-based band (containing more than a few Charlottesville expatriots). They sing songs about inventors, childhood plans, vengeful vegetables, and they also have an album’s worth of songs about the sea (which Jacob Wolf, Nailgun contributor and former Extraordinaires keyboardist, once adapted into a touring piece of musical theater, which was pretty awesome). It’s a natural fit for the other two acts this evening, plus the Extraordiniares seem to have this massive and obsessive fanbase of tweenagers, so it’s always amusing and fun to see a crowd full of them at a show.

So that show starts and ends early — doors at 8pm and it’s over before midnight — so don’t show up at 11 thinking you can still see the show! It’s an All Ages show of course, the cover charge is $8 and it’s at Random Row Books — y’all know where Random Row is, right? You should… the awesome DIY bookstore in a former auto-shop on West Main st… (across the street from the Greyhound station and that horrible pregnancy crises center by the Lewis&Clark statue.)  I think it’s gonna be a really great show. See you tonight!

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 caleb // Mar 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    there’s also a post show at my house with Whatever Brains, Typefighter, and St. Gods

  • 2 Jacob // Mar 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Barn burner!

  • 3 Chloe // Mar 11, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    There is also a post show/party for this show at The Glitterbox (—- 15th St). Whatever Brains, St Gods, and Typefighter will be playing, and we are going to help shuttle people from Random Row to our house. Come over! BYOB

  • 4 invisible hand // Mar 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Official Random Row after party at Glitterbox with Whatever Brains, St. God’s and Typefighter. Come to random row to find out just where exactly that is….

  • 5 dragonmarie // Mar 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    The first show for the Borrowed Beamers was mr. adam smith (invisible hand) on the drizums, jordan brunk (corsair&nice jenkinz) on the bizass and mahree landragon (corsair) and natron walsh (nice jenkinz). This year, the Beamzers second show, same damn killer line up. Be ‘dere.

  • 6 Matt // Mar 11, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    T-minus 60 minutes! Awesome!

  • 7 steev // Mar 11, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    wait, i am more curious about “that horrible pregnancy crises center”…that place seems cool from the outside, what’s the deal?

  • 8 gary // Mar 11, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    there’s a post-show at the glitterbox after the RR show…whatever brains, st. gods, typefighter…it’s on 15th street…

  • 9 James // Mar 12, 2010 at 1:07 am

    sweet show!

    Borrowed Beams totally hit it out of the park. WTF!?!? This band needs to play more often. They nailed every song (basically the EP, in order, one new one, and a cover.) Funnest moment of the evening seems to have been Adam Smith leaping over the drum kit, Brock returning to the drums, and all 4 guitarists doing a series of sweet-ass guitar solos during the extended riffing at the end of “fortunate son.”

    Raquellos kind of got screwed, sound-wise; for their last “proper” show, they deserved better. Both other bands sounded crisp and clear, but for some reason the Raquellos got the short end of the mix. But they made the best of it, botched cover aside, and put in respectable performances of their great group of songs. I’m looking forward to that house show, for sure.

    There was also a nice little between-sets moment where Q*Black grabbed the mic and did a song with Extraordinaires as his backing band; totally unexpected and awesome and fun. Quintin is so clearly the best MC coming out of Charlottesville right now; hadn’t caught an Illville set in a while, so it was nice to be reminded of that.

    Extraordinaires played one of their more solid sets, I thought — especially considering two of the band members are brand-new (I think Jay said it was their first or second ever show with that line-up, when he introduced us this afternoon.) The set was heavy on new material, but I’ve rarely heard the new stuff done that solidly… I think initially the new songs just seemed so weird because they were different from the old stuff, but I’ve definitely come around to liking it just as much.

    Sadly, I didn’t make it to the end of the show — it’s been a long, if fruitful, week, and as I said on my way out the door: “I’m so tired I can’t even handle seeing WhateverBrains at a house party right now.”

  • 10 James // Mar 12, 2010 at 1:08 am

    oh, and many thanks to everyone in the world for giving us the scoop on that show… always good to see more house shows in the works.

  • 11 James // Mar 12, 2010 at 1:13 am

    the deal with that place is that it’s one of those “Crisis Pregancy Centers” — i.e. it pretends to there to help young women in need, but is actually run by super- conservative (and Federally funded) “pro-lifers” who give them a bunch of moralistic bullshit to make them feel guilty for having sex, lie to them about the effectiveness of contraceptives, and tell them that abortion will give them cancer.
    um.. I’ll take a Planned Parenthood, please.

  • 12 juevos // Mar 12, 2010 at 5:20 am

    umm…yr a guy? planned parenthood dont work like that

  • 13 James // Mar 12, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Kevin, please stop trolling my blog.