Generationals / The Ever-Greens…

October 25th, 2010 · 3 Comments · By

This show seems relatively under the radar, so here we go…

First up, at 9pm is a new Charlottesville act, The Ever-Greens. His name is Andy. Give the cover and the song under it a listen: both are shockingly good. I believe he’s playing by himself tonight though.

After that, at 10pm, is New Orlean’s Generationals, whom I do not know much about…

…except that someone compared them to MGMT, which enraged some youtube commenters:

1) “earth to teen vogue: how can this possibly sound like MGMT?”

2) “wtf, MGMT? They sound more like Camera Obscura.”

Well, that song (where that debate rages on) is really really good, so no, it does not sound like MGMT. Plus this show is only $5. How much would it cost you to see MGMT in 2010? $40? Your dignity?

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James adds: I also wanted to mention the “Dracula” screening that’s happening at the Paramount tonight; I wrote a little blurb about the 1931 “Dracula” when it showed at The Bridge last week, but it was omitted for lack of space, so here it is now:

The Bridge’s press release contains this wonderful and indelible phrase: “to this day, when we are asked to speak like Dracula, we speak like Bela Lugosi.” Actually, I think this is one of those cases like yesterday’s “Bride of Frankenstein” where more people are familiar with the cultural trope than with the film that spawned it; I know I didn’t actually see the Universal Horror version of “Dracula” until I was in my early 20’s, and I was totally struck (as I am now) but how sparse and minimal and genuinely creepy it is. The cinematography minimizes the stage-y settings to a gorgeous and minimal black-on-black color palate, and the performances are hypnotically slow and mesmerizing; likewise, there are long stretches of silence interrupted only by the crackle of film (generally speaking, you want to avoid the 1999 version which adds a Phillip Glass score, although the score is fine on it’s own). Lugosi’s performance is of course iconic, but I’m also rather enamored of Dwight Fry’s performance as Renfield, which is excellently loony and over-the-top and totally stands out from the rest of the cast, in a nice way.

Again, that’s at 7pm and costs $6 — they’re showing it on video.

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  • 1 Matt // Oct 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    The Ever-Greens sound really good! The Generationals too. I suppose I can hear some MGMT in the keyboard tone, but that’s about it. The songwriting is nothing similar – at least to my ear.

  • 2 Sam // Oct 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    My imitation Dwight Fry’s laugh has for a long while been the only means by which I feel comfortable communicating with my family.

  • 3 Jacob // Oct 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks for the write-up, Gary! My CMJ trip sorta prevented me from talking this one up in the last few days. But yeah, goddamn, Generationals are great, and I’m really psyched to hear The Ever-Greens, too. FWIW, you can stream that whole Generationals album here, which is really really good:

    http://www.parkthevan.com/generationals/conlaw/