Tea Bazaar show / Jefferson / Bridge performance/ R2

March 25th, 2010 · 14 Comments · By

Hello all. My name is Gary, and I am now writing for nailgun. I take videos of shows, write for/ am an editor for the Dec, and play in a few bands around town [Caninos being the main one].

Tonight at the Tea Bazaar there are four very awesome bands playing for $7.

At 8pm, Andrew Cedermark will bring his excellent, show-stopping songwriting all the way to the rafters of the hookah room. His band typically features Jacob Heaney and nailgunmedia’s own Kyle Wolf. With any luck we’ll hear Hard Livin’Ad Infinitum, and now “From Memory” (no numeric grade there – is it any good? How am I supposed to know?)

At 9pm, DBB Plays Cups will hit the stage. If you are interested in what David Baker Benson does, I embedded a documentary I made about him with my buddy Blake Sirach. It’s too hard to explain in any other way, but let’s just say that if you let the glory of his songwriting/performance hit you, you’ll probably go to his show  tomorrow night [at the Southern] just to hear the prophetic “Go Out on a High Note” one more time. Also, why not get the most Cedermark you can for your dollar? (Andrew plays with David often.)

At 10pm, Horse’s Mouth will hit the stage with their knotty compositional awesomeness. My friend Jim of Le Loup says “Horse’s Mouth is fantastic.” They last played at the Tea Bazaar with Invisible Hand and I missed it, so I’m really excited this time around.

And at 11pm, Pattern Is Movement will begin. Would using “knotty compositional awesomeness” again be lazy? Great songwriting, a compelling drummer, that warbling voice (which always reminds me of Frog Eyes’ Carey Mercer) and that crazy keyboard setup…there will be beards.

Also, We Are ScientistsDrink Up Buttercup, and Astronomers are playing at the Jefferson. I saw We Are Scientists open for Arctic Monkeys when I was 16 and even then I thought it sucked pretty hard. But hey, if that’s your thing, by all means. They’re not the worst band in the world, but they’re not very good either. As for Astronomers, last I heard “they just really really really wanted to play Springfest.” Maybe this show can cheer them up tonight. Doors are at 8pm, and it’s $14 d.o.s.

“Land of Plenty,” an “audiovisual performance by Jennifer Allen, Chris Peke, and Deke Weaver” is also tonight. That starts at 8, is $5, and sounds crazy:“Like blind monks describing an elephant with laptops and panflutes, Allen, Peck and Weaver perform live in a multi-projection video environment. With sing-alongs, dancing sandhill cranes, cowboy songs, Led Zeppelin guitar solos, evil bunny prayers, the (fictional) collaboration between John Cage and Karl Marx, a re-enactment of A Discussion of Form juxtaposed with the “sacred geometry” of crop circles, a meditation on the Great Plains, the natural world, and myth, The Land of Plenty hops back and forth over the fuzzy gray line that defines kooks and saints, sentimental mumbo jumbo and deeply felt ritual, New Age cheese and the breathtaking, the haunting, the disturbingly beautiful.”

And finally, Basshound is playing at Rapture/R2. They are an “electro funk quartet” from Baltimore, and it could be pretty interesting if that’s your thing…DJ 3rd Degree is opening. That starts at 9:30pm, is FREE, and is 18+.

Anything else?

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Matt // Mar 25, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Awesome addition to the Nailgun staff! Congrats Gary. This looks to be yet another amazing Tea House show. I can also add for anyone who is going to the Jefferson Theatre show that the second act tonight – Drink Up Buttercup – opened for Drunk Tigers in October and they were pretty fun, energetic, and consistently abusive to the two floor toms they required for their set.

  • 2 James // Mar 25, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    glad to have you on board, Gary.
    (& glad to see those videos, too — we’ll get yr wordpress issues sorted out soon enough)

    see y’all at the Tea House in about 90mins…

  • 3 James // Mar 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    wait, shit — Horse’s Mouth is Tavo Carbone’s band?
    that dude is AWESOME. I’m now triply pscyhed.

  • 4 Dave // Mar 25, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    HA! Gary, you finally “earned” your place on Nailgun! You’re a nationally renowned videographer and a Nailgun contributor all in one day! Nice to see you finally getting your due!

  • 5 Dave // Mar 25, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Wait! Did you intentionally switch Jacob and Kyle’s names in the Cedarmark description? If so, I applaud you!

  • 6 Andy // Mar 25, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    anything else? Pat McGee at The Southern, but it ain’t much of a Nailgun crowd type of show ; -)

    tomorrow night should be fun with hill and wood and dbb plays cups and old calf and we’re gonna go late with pantherburn.

  • 7 James // Mar 26, 2010 at 12:45 am

    As of tonight, the Cedermark band-member-name confusion has gone further than one could possibly imagine. “Neil Young’s fast-food chain” indeed.

  • 8 Matt // Mar 26, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Awesome video Gary – makes me wanna go start a band or something. I just barely missed the DBB set last night but I have a chance to make it all better tonight, right?

  • 9 Kyle // Mar 27, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Kyle is everywhere and everyone. And Astronomers’ whole career is centered around Springfest. Do not underestimate the power of opening for Kid Kudi.

  • 10 Sarah // Mar 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    i’m sorry that kyle is so prominent a figure and well-known by all that i accidentally misnamed him once after being introduced to him at a bar.

  • 11 Sarah // Mar 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    and wait is kid cudi really playing at springfest because that is TIGHT

  • 12 Gary // Mar 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    it was supposed to be dirty projectors, but they dropped out because they’re recording or something…i’ve been hearing rumors that it might now be robert randolph

  • 13 Sarah // Mar 30, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    i think the dirty projectors are a band that nobody will care about in five years so it doesn’t really matter if you’re being sarcastic or not (i am unable to tell.)

  • 14 James // Mar 31, 2010 at 2:38 am

    chiming back in here to say that I really liked last Thursday’s show.

    DBB played what was probably the best set I’ve heard from them in a while; David was accompanied by Max Dreyer (of “Your Spirit Animal in the long band name”) and Andrew Cedermark (of “Andrew Cedermark and the unnamed backing band”), with Taylor Harless (of “guy who used to run OffScreen”) on bass. the loose, strummy, folky style lent itself well to David’s songs — many of which were new — and they’d clearly practiced well enough to sing backup on the choruses, nail major chord changes, etc. which is always a nice thing to see at a DBB show. I really loved the new songs, too — “Who Broke into the Wine Cellar?” is my new DBB favorite, and I enjoyed hearing “Ripped Jeans…” again (although for a moment I thought Gary was requesting “Rick James on the Weekend,” which was very confusing.)

    Due to technical and organizational issues, Horse’s Mouth were up next; didn’t realize until a few hours beforehand that Horse’s Mouth is in fact the band of Tavo Carbone, who has played at the Tea House several times of the years. His music music is just incredibly mannered and quirky; his phrasing is insanely off, his delivery is overly nasal and melodramatic, and he has a way of constantly yawning and blinking as he performs. It’s almost like a little kid trying as hard as he can to be “weird,” but some strange thing about it actually works and makes it compelling; it’s almost like a goofier version of Dead Western, in a weird way. Seeing him with a full band was very strange, though — they pulled out all the stops for a full pseudo-gypsy / prog experience, and ended up sounding a lot like Secret Chiefs 3 in the process, to the extent that Tavo’s presence actually ended up being the stabilizing, normal “point of entry” in a weird way. They basically over-corrected on “Mannered Goofiness,” and it made HIS goofiness seem really functionally sincere, in the process.

    Andrew Cedermark played third, with Jacob and Kevin as his usual backing duo; there was much debate before and during the show about Andrew’s (possibly serious?) intention to dub the band “Buffalo Wild Wing,” at which times it was pointed out that “Buffalo Wild Wing” sounds like some sort of Neil Young-owned theme restaurant chain, along the lines of Jimmy Buffett’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” Andrew’s naming proposals were essentially met with blank stares from audience and fellow band-members alike, but the songs pretty much knocked it out of the park, as usual. I really, really like hearing those guys play, and I’m glad I get to see it kinda often.

    Also, there was some amusing lyrical reversals that evening (maybe this happens all the time, but I just don’t notice it). One of my favorite lines of Andrew’s is: “I wanted to go to a party with you / not because I like parties, I hate them” — only tonight it was instead sung as “Wanted to go to a party with you / but not because I like you / I like parties, I hate you” which I found fairly amusing. Also, David has already oddly-obscure/specific lyric: “Back in Junior High / your older sister’s favorite band / was Mates of State” — only this time, the sister preferred “Mercyful Fate.” Maybe they’re both minor changes in the grand scheme of things, but they’re ones that are still making me giggle as I’m reviewing the show a week later.

    Pattern is Movement came last, and although I was pretty worn out at that point, I have to acknowledge that they’ve got some serious fucking chops, both in the song arrangement and performance departments. They did the usually high-energy series of cabaret-prog power-pop roof-raisers to start off, then mellowed out a bit — I ended up heading home at what I’m guessing was about 2/3 of the way through the set, but as I left they were playing what was reportedly a D’Angelo cover, but which sounded to my ears a whole lot like Prince’s “International Lover.”

    All in all, a fine night. Was very glad to have heard it.