another Bridge show, plus “Trash Humpers” at OFFscreen

October 24th, 2010 · 5 Comments · By

There’s yet another show at The Bridge tonight, which I just found out about yesterday; the two touring bands are Little Master and Dead Dog, joined by locals Northern Diver.

Little Master are a relatively new-ish band from Richmond, whose press release and myspace page list only early-90’s grunge-lite bands as influences, and claim they sound like “a high school band from 1995.” Which is kind of odd — I remember seeing quite a few high school bands in 1995, and none of them were very good — but I suppose you have to admire them for making the effort to take influence from an era / sound that no-one else is really paying attention to right now…

Dead Dog are from Athens (formerly NYers), and every source I can find lists their sole influence as George Harrison. They seem to sound like a sloppy-slackery lazy rock band with occasional temper-tantrum outbursts and deliberately dumb-jokey songs about pizza. So I guess it’s gonna be a retro-juvenalia kind of night?

The local band is Norther Diver, formerly known as “Doppleganger” (sic). I was only barely aware that this band existed, apparently it’s their second show ever — but I do know all the folks in the band, so I’m curious to hear what kind of music they make together. The line-up features Bailee Hampton, Danny Zezeski, Geoff Otis, and Marie Landragin; they are all friends of mine, although Marie is the only one whose music I have heard before. However, last night’s show featured the surprise debut of two new Cville bands whose members I recognized, so the track record is looking pretty good for The Bridge this weekend.

The show starts at 8pm sharp (don’t show up at 10! you’ll miss it!) and the cover is a mere $3, which is a very reasonable $1 per band.

The other exciting thing happening tonight is the Charlottesville debut of Harmony Korine’s “Trash Humpers” at OFFscreen. It’s… well, reportedly, it’s about 78 minutes of three anonymous individuals running around in rubber old-people masks, breaking shit and humping piles of trash and generally being transgressive and upsetting. The whole thing is shot on shitty old bargain-bin VHS camcorders (how’s that for early-90’s retro-juvenalia?) and it looks like a good way to get in the proper spirit for Halloween. Here’s the trailer:

TRASH HUMPERS TRAILER from Trash Humpers on Vimeo.

Looks like some sort of twisted little-brother of a Jackass episode, which I find kind of charming. That’s showing twice at Newcomb Hall tonight, once at 7pm and again at 9:30, and it also costs $3.

Oh, and at 1:00am I’ll be doing a radio show of all Halloween music on WTJU, so tune in to that if you’re still up (I’ll be doing another show on Halloween night itself, but there’s tons of great fun & spooky music out there, more than enough to fill 4 hours of radio…) That’s at 91.1FM of course, although if you’re out of range you can always listen online.

So; y’all working on some good costumes?

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sarah // Oct 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Little Master is the new project by Ultra Dolphins’ Tim Davis.

  • 2 James // Oct 24, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    no shit! that’s all you had to say, I’m sold. Ultra Dolphins rule!

  • 3 Tim // Oct 26, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Do you really think making fun of a band’s myspace page is good rock journalism? If you can’t find press doesn’t mean it won’t be good. I mean just cuz your not hip to it, doesn’t mean its not hip…

    Plus, dead dog are really good. They have a record out on mauled by tigers and one upcoming on lets pretend.

    Next time do your homework before throwing all those nasty little ninja stars.

  • 4 James // Oct 27, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Hi Tim,
    Sorry my write-up came across as snide and dismissive. I only found out about this show right before it happened and had to scramble to find any info at all about the bands who were playing. I wrote it in a hurry, and — yeah, re-reading it, I sound kind of like a dick. It wasn’t my intention.

    For the record, I think all MySpace pages are fairly silly and it’s always kind of tough trying to piece together what a band actually sounds like through a thick fog of crummy html layout, instant-flash-players and inscrutable internet jokes. It’s not ideal under any circumstances, but nevertheless my write-up could have been a lot less snarky and sarcastic.

    Anyway, I like your music and wish I could have seen your band play on Sunday (3hrs of sleep the night before meant I crashed immediately after work and didn’t wake up ’til the show was over). Hope it went well — I’ll check it out next time for sure.


  • 5 James // Oct 27, 2010 at 2:22 am

    although I still stand by my recollection that every High School band I saw in 1995 was kind of bad