Titus Andronicus, Truman Sparks, Andrew Cedermark & Buffalo Wildwing, and Jonny Corndawg played Random Row Books (videos)

April 20th, 2010 · 9 Comments · By

This was the sixth time I’ve seen Titus Andronicus in the last two years (my fifth time seeing them in Charlottesville), and for some reason, none were as crazy as this one. I just wrote a review of the show for the Dec, so to avoid repeating myself, I’ll try to keep this short and say this was definitely the best I’ve ever seen them play and the best show experience I’ve had in quite some time. Also, it was somehow the first time I’ve seen people crowd surfing and dancing around en masse at a TA show, and amazingly, everyone was relatively respectful of everyone around them and of all the people dancing, at least 30% were girls (way more than a show I’ve ever been to, sadly.) Which reminds me, that debate about ladies rages on over at the C-Ville.

Anyhow, video time. Below is a video of Jonny Corndawg, doing a Hank Williams Jr. cover. Patrick Stickles called him an opportunist on the microphone later that night for hopping on the bill at the last second and leaving right after he played. I see his point, but I enjoyed Corndawg’s music and shtick too much to care. (The encore a cappella song about cunnilingus? – too good!) Is he an opportunist in this video? You be the judge!

Jonny Corndawg “OD’d in Denver” from Gary Canino on Vimeo.

Next up was Andrew Cedermark and Jacob Wolf and Kevin Haney (I had to put an end to the name madness, I’m sorry). I don’t know the name of this song, but it’s really good, as you can see for yourself. I also have a video of Andrew and the Cedermarks (literally – his brothers Kyle and Craig) doing Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” at the end of the set. I may put that up at some point, but for now, here is that other song:

After that, Truman Sparks hit the stage in their first show in probably over a year. I missed them at the Tea Bazaar in August 2008, right before I entered into Marching Band Hell the next day. I am told that this is the first and only video of Truman Sparks playing (there really aren’t any yet?). Here is them playing “Juan the Sperm Whale” by request (I also have the 13/8 “Esophogalapagos,” that I may upload at some point). If you squint hard enough, you can see Jon Hampton’s bass actually rumbling my tripod at times. It was loud.

It took Titus Andronicus a few songs to get everyone really freaking out, though you can kind of see it in their first two songs of the night, both of which I took videos of. This was before the American flag behind them fell down and about a song or two before the first crowd surfer crowd surfed. Here is the first song they played, “A More Perfect Union”:

Here is “Joset of Nazareth’s Blues,” the second song they played:

All in all, a great night for music in Charlottesville. (Wish I could have went to the Greg Ginn/CSC or Manorlady shows. Speaking of Manorlady, check out the sweet new videos on their myspace.)

Alright! I also uploaded Nurse Beach’s entire set from last night, and videos from that Pattern is Movement (horrible sound, sorry), AC & B.W.W., Horse’s Mouth, and DBB Plays Cups show at the Tea Bazaar last month, if you’re so inclined. Peace!

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Apr 21, 2010 at 2:05 am

    I’m just bummed I missed the opportunity to hear Corndawg again. (I mean, I got to hear him complain — rightfully so — about the lack of good late-night food spots in Charlottesville, but that ain’t the same thing).

    FYI that Cedermark song is called “I Won’t Know Me Anymore” … it’s on a 7″ that should be out soon. You could probably use that “Johnny B Goode” tape for blackmail purposes, though. I once heard him play that song at SERP along w/ half of Invisible Hand, and while they may not have all remained in the same time signature, they DID all make it to the end of the song…

  • 2 Gary // Apr 21, 2010 at 2:07 am

    i actually have a pitch black video of them playing that at SERP – DBB’s guitar solo and all.

  • 3 Jacob // Apr 21, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Fuck yes. This is indeed (to my knowledge) the only visual record of Truman Sparks performing live. Thank you, Gary! Awesome.

  • 4 Matt // Apr 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I agree, that Titus performance and the crowd’s sheer exuberance may have made for my favorite concert experience so far this year. I mean, who body surfs in Charlottesville anymore? Maybe I’m just not going to the right shows (probably). Anyway, it was awesome. Those songs performed as hard and as heartfelt as they were reminded me generally of a drunken Irish barfight – one that’s not really about the beer that’s been spilled and the insults spewed about each other’s girlfriends, but that’s really about feeling alone in a cold world and wanting a place to call home and a group of people to touch and connect with. The punches being more of a desperate way to connect rather than about any real beef. That’s how it made me feel anyway. I think the fact that the mosh pit transformed into a big group hug at one point only further proves this point. It’s so hard to make music that reflects anger and loneliness and that still really connects with people and makes people connect with each other at a show. That’s what it is all about in my mind: community and music and coping. It’s gonna sound lame and overly romantic but Titus kinda makes you feel like part of their tribe, like you’re in on something with them, even if that something is an illusion. All that “us against them” stuff. All my favorite performers make me feel like that. Going to a show and privately digging the hell out of a band but not interacting much with other people (physically or verbally) doesn’t do half as much for me. Of course, that’s what I end up doing most of the time anyway(because shyness is nice) but I know it’s a cop-out.

    Also, I was at first perplexed by Patrick’s remarks about Corndawg but I can see his point or at least a reason why he might have been upset. Now I’ve got nothing against Corndawg but four-band bills can go a lot later than three-band bills and if you’re not expecting that and you’re the headliner on tour and you’ve had a bad day or even just a bad sandwich, well that kind of thing might just get under your skin. Plus, I recall he specifically mentioned a lack of merch-table real estate and, again, for a semi-DIY touring band, making sure you’re selling merch that you’ve sunk money into to pay for gas, food, strings, etc. has gotta be something you worry over. But all that said, the show wasn’t all that late and he seemed to be selling a fair number of CDs and T-shirts and people loved their set, so it probably definitely came off like whining to at least 99% of the people who heard him say that.

  • 5 fourpaws // Apr 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    was this last night??? dammit, why did i not know about it? oh well :- (

  • 6 fourpaws // Apr 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    oh nevermind, i guess it was over the weekend when i was out of town. truman sparks should play again though!

  • 7 Zak // Apr 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    That was one of the most fun “mosh pits” (not really that rough just rowdy) that I’ve been in in charlottesville. Great show and a fun crowd.

  • 8 erky // Apr 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    indeed, titus rocked the house. i probably wasn’t the only one with steam to blow that night, and so the pit was just a great opportunity to let it all out. definitely a sense of comradery, with everyone looking out for one another, perhaps that’s why more girls joined in. i agree with the irish bar vibe… almost what i’d imagine an early pogues show being like. anyone else think the sound at times was reminiscent of heavier walkmen, especially with andrew on keys? corndawg was cool as hell, and personally thanked me for picking up his cd, which btw has been on heavy rotation since the show.

  • 9 Ray (from Truman Sparks) // Apr 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Yes, thanks so much for recording this video. Jacob made me aware of its existence the next day, and I’m really glad there’s a live video recording now.