Les La Britanica, Nurse Beach, Great Dads

April 19th, 2010 · 12 Comments · By

Great show at The Box tonight! Been really looking forward to Les La Britanica finally hitting Charlottesville. The band consists of Richmonders (and C’ville expats) Louie Handler, Lindsey French, and Luke Tilman. I saw them play last summer/fall on a gazebo in a house party out in the country. At first, I’ll admit, I was skeptical. I was vaguely expecting some sort of lame joke/party-band/hip-hop amalgamation. Well, turns out they actually are all of those things and it’s awesome. They’re hilarious, a great party band, and Louie and Lindsey are a pretty fucking excellent emcee duo. Lindsey gets really frenetic and wild and Louie brings it back and keeps it nice and grounded. They’ve got a great chemistry, and it should make for a very entertaining show.

My Photos | Les La Britanica

Nurse Beach and Great Dads open the evening. Nurse Beach is a new band from members of Bear War, Tyger & The Lamb, and Buffalo Wildwing. Great Dads is the always-crushing noise-rock project of Adam Smith and Jeff Simmons and whoever else happens to be involved in any given show. No cover, 10:30PM.

Also, unrelated, but in case you haven’t already seen it, James and I were interviewed for The Hook’s annual music issue, James on behalf of Nailgun and me for Holy Smokes. I thought Stephanie Garcia did a really nice job putting this together. It’s great to see a lot of lesser-known and cool, interesting, and different local bands getting deserved and overdue attention. The comments section on this article has been really negative so far, so if you liked the issue as much as I did, pop on over there and say so.

Relatedly, (and maybe this is something better left on Facebook than here, or not said at all — but nonetheless) I’m really not trying to exclude anyone or be a hipster or elitist — either in the shows that I book or the things that I write about or otherwise promote — I’m just doing my own thing and involving myself with what excites and interests me, and hopefully doing something fun for everybody along the way. So everybody please chill out and cut me some slack. I’m just one dude and it’s really difficult to please everybody all the time.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Grossest pimple in Australia // Apr 19, 2010 at 7:38 pm

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  • 2 wolfmanlover420 // Apr 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm


  • 3 Kevin // Apr 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    People should really look into what they’re talking about before levying personal attacks. My bandmates, and every other musician I’ve ever talked to has only had good things to say about your booking work; and the diversity of bands you bring in speaks for itself (check out some shows maybe?) It sucks that people feel the need to attack others when things don’t go their way. It’s even worse when their target is an important part of Charlottesville’s music scene.

  • 4 James // Apr 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    yeah, Jacob is doing some really valuable stuff for Charlottesville music. I would like to invite anyone who disagrees to try to do something better on their own instead of trolling the Hook comments and accusing hardworking creative folks of being “elitist indie kids” or whatever.

    back to the subject at hand; I really, really liked Nurse Beach’s set last night. Never having seen them before, it’s what expected at all; and apparently it’s the first time they’ve played with three band members and they debuted a bunch of new songs. There was a lot of fuzzy, heavy, simple art-rock energy; tight rhythm-section grooves and blirry keyboard noise overtop, plus some barely-audible, yet energetic gtr&vox; something like a cross between This Heat the heavier/nosier parts of Faust, and some late-70’s DIY / proto-New Wave scuzz. Their performance definitely felt really “new” and formative, but definitely headed in the right direction; I’d love to see them play a lot in the near future.

    Unfortunately I showed up late & missed Adam’s solo Dads set; but Adam assured me it was “really good.” & I felt far too tired to stick around for much of Les La Brittanica; I remember thinking “I’m way too sleepy / drunk to try to figure out if this is legitimately good or just amusing,” so I went home to bed. The packed-full crowd seemed to be really into it, though.

  • 5 Matt // Apr 20, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Yeah, it’s nuts over there on the Hook. But the vitriole appears to me, based on other articles’ comment threads I have read on the Hook, to actually be below the normal level of unbridled anonymous wrath that people use there. To me, this is further proof that the generally permissive policies for anonymous online comment posting need to be rethought. That, or they need to install urinals there to complete the “bathroom wall” motif.

  • 6 sarah // Apr 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    nurse beach ruled! i thought they were kind of metal in an awesome way.

  • 7 Gary // Apr 20, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    nurse beach’s entire set from last night:


  • 8 Aaron // Apr 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Nice work, Gary. You were my eyes and ears when my body couldn’t leave the lab … the wind beneath my wings, if you will.

  • 9 Bradical // Apr 23, 2010 at 10:45 am

    While I obviously disagree with your assessment of The Hook’s article, I think it’s just gross and ridiculous that anyone is A) Giving you shit for you personal picks, or B) Claiming that you’re “elitist”. You’ve always been nothing but a sweet, down-to-earth dude as far as I’ve seen. Fuck anyone who says otherwise. Sorry that you’re having to deal with such crap, Jacob.

    @ Gary – Thanks for the vimeo link! Viva la Nurse Beach.

  • 10 Jacob // Apr 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks for the words of encouragement everybody.

    I was feeling pretty bummed about things last weekend. It seems so difficult sometimes because, as someone said to me today, “People who book shows are notoriously shady”, so I feel like I’m often working against a nasty stereotype and people are predisposed to assume the worst of someone in my position. I feel like I go out of my way to be personable, inclusive, and as transparent as possible about what I do — though there are definitely instances where you simply cannot be completely transparent in this line of work. I just want everybody to have a good experience and leave happy, far above anything else, including money. Beyond that, I feel like things will karmically work themselves out. So yeah, it definitely bums me out whenever I get the feeling that anyone thinks I’m being less than forthright, honest, or fair. It’s not that anybody has necessarily said anything directly, or that the geniuses on the Hook’s comment section particularly got under my skin. It’s just the feeling that a lot of people want to think I’m a jerk until I prove them wrong — they’re distrustful and looking for things to prove their suspicions correct.

    Or is the premise even factually correct? Is there any reason to think that “People who book shows are notoriously shady”, or is it a misconception based on the fact that, simply put, for everything to work, somebody’s got to play the gatekeeper/decision-maker, and that’s a pretty easy person to dislike.

    These thoughts are still forming… will probably revisit this in a future post that I’ve been thinking a lot about… but thoughts?

  • 11 Aaron // Apr 26, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I know this post is super tardy, but here goes…

    Jacob, you’ve done a great job of maintaining professionalism in the face balancing a pretty large amount of work. As someone who has had the pleasure of working with you a handful of times now, I feel I can say with some sliver of authority that what you’re doing isn’t straightforward, is usually taken for granted, and is terribly public.

    Every time we’ve worked with you our band has left very happy. You’re doing great. Keep it up! Seriously. Please keep it up!!!

  • 12 Kyle // Apr 28, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Jacob you’ve done more for C-ville’s music scene than anyone in the past years, including Capshaw & crew. People don’t realize how tough it is not only to be a booking agent, but to be responsible for running most of the shows booked. You handle tremendous amounts of work very respectfully, and I (and the rest of astronomers, for that matter) get nothing but good vibes from you.

    People are going to hate on you because music is a very emotional, stressful, and sometimes shady business in itself—and afterall, criticism is the cost of being important. Let it roll off man, there’s no need to feel bad—you and I and every other musician we know have dealt with countless booking agents and you’re at the top of the line in terms of how you treat musicians and the shows you deliver to them. We haven’t even booked with you for a long ass time, and we gave you a shout out on WTJU a few weeks back. It’s not much, i’m just saying…you’re good to go. Keep doing what you’re doing, and fuck anyone who says stupid shit.