Chapin Sisters, Fire Tapes, or… uh, “DJ Dog Dick” (& more)

October 27th, 2010 · 10 Comments · By

If you’re as tremendously excited about tomorrow night’s Dan Deacon show as we are — and if that’s the case, you still have a chance to enter our contest — then you can get a little taste of Baltimore tonight, courtesy of a gentleman with the charming moniker of “DJ Dog Dick.” Honestly I feel a little sheepish endorsing something named DJ Dog Dick; nevertheless, my Baltimore buddies assure me that he is the real deal; he’s played at Whartscape, he’s done shows at Wham City and with D. Deacon and Narwhalz and all of those cats. {Davis says: he was also in Nautical Almanac!} So I’m psyched to hear it. It seems he’s less of a DJ and it’s more like a wacky energetic live-electronics kind of thing, but honestly the “DJ” part is the least objectionable part of that name anyway. (Oh, and about that name: 1) it’s kind of unforgettable, and 2) I’m told the guy picked the name when he was like, 14 or something and has stubbornly refused to change it in the years since, which is actually kind of heartening / inspiring in the same way that Brian Chippendale’s “Ninja” comics are, I think.)

He’s playing with another Baltimore group called Dope Body, about whom I seem to recall I’ve also heard some good things (although their name doesn’t quite stick in the brain the way “DJ Dog Dick” does). They seem like more of a rock&roll band, a super-spazzy energetic trio, in fact, about whom I’m also excited. And the openers are VA’s own Raw Moans, aka Dylan from Rhythm Bandit and Andy from Witchmond messing around with pedals and mics and samplers and Goodwill-scavenged cassette tapes from before they were born; honestly, it’s my favorite thing I’ve seen those kids do, recently. Also, I am so, so excited that this is happening at a house; house shows in Cville are always more fun than big fancy venues anyway, so if you wanna get sweaty and party in Baltimore-flavored style, this one may actually end up being more raucous and rowdy than tomorrow nights’, if enough folks show up. It’s at 9pm (or maybe 10?) at the Magnolia House; email us for directions, and bring some $$$ for the touring bands!

Also in town tonight: a new Cville act called the Fire Tapes are playing at The Box, along with Veelee, whom Sarah C says are “a very good band from Raleigh.” Fire Tapes are, if I’m told correctly, new transplants to town, and played their first gig opening for ManorLady and the Sky Drops a few weeks ago; I missed their set but I was told they were quite good. That’s around 10:30ish, and it’s free but it’s 21+.

Then there’s the Tea Bazaar show tonight, with the Chapin Sisters; they’ve been on tour with She&Him, and I could try to describe them for you but actually it might be a lot easier to just tune in to WTJU, where they’re guests on Dominic’s show right now. (That’s at 91.1FM or online at Sharing the bill are Teddy and the Roosevelts, the new band by former King Wilkie / Pearls guitarist Ted Pitney (he might actually be playing a solo set tonight, I’m not sure), and someone called NEeMA — don’t know much about that (least of all, how to pronounce it) but she’s apparently on tour with the Chapins, and her new album was produced by none other than Leonard Cohen,  so that’s something of a serious endorsement right there. That show starts at 9:00pm, and the cover charge is $10.

As if that weren’t enough Art for one Wednesday, I should also mention the Arts Access Project thing that PCA is doing this afternoon; Arts Access is all about “serving low-income citizens, artists and arts organization representatives, local educators and mentors, community leaders, and anyone interested in arts outreach.” — they’ll have material from the Music Resource Center, LightHouse, and the Storyline Project, as well as presentations by awesome local folks who are doing a lot to bring art to under-served communities; specifically: Harold Folley, Gloria Rockhold, and Greg Kelly. That’s at the Haven at First and Market this afternoon, from 3:30pm to 6:00, with an informal reception at Fellini’s afterwards. If you’re part of an organization that wants to do more to support this kind of thing, stop by and see what it’s about, or contact them at!

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sarah // Oct 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    the gig with manorlady wasn’t their first gig.

  • 2 sarah // Oct 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    to clarify: not the first gig in charlottesville.

  • 3 Davis // Oct 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Just wanna add that before he “… played at Whartscape, he[ did] shows at Wham City and with D. Deacon and Narwhalz and all of those cats …”, DJ Dogdick, aka Max Eisenberg, was (and maybe still occasionally is?) in Nautical Almanac, who precede W.City etc. and are part of the initial late 90’s noise blitz. They played Pudhaus (questionable names indeed) a couple a times etc. So, just wanna say he is credible on that front as well, for a more Charlottesville-specific take on these things, though dude wasn’t in Nautical Almanac at the time of the Pud performances. So, may not make his name or performance any less objectionable, but sure adds some context for those looking for it.

  • 4 James // Oct 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    oh shit, that guy was Nautical Almanac? I had no idea. awesome!

    also I clearly fucked up the facts re: Fire Tapes. sorry everyone

  • 5 Davis // Oct 27, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Uhh, “in” Nautical Almanac, not to be too picky. They (Carly and Twig) were a duo for a long time, he came later. Still, NA is wild and truly original for anyone into the circuit bending/make music out of non-instruments type of shit. Have fun at the show.

  • 6 Gary // Oct 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    muse and metric @ JPJ going 2 b SO sick.

  • 7 Eric // Oct 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    for $50, it had better be.

  • 8 Sarah // Oct 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    for $11.00 you can buy double nickels on the dime on itunes and have a better time jamming out in your bedroom.

  • 9 Eric // Oct 28, 2010 at 9:25 am

    get what ya pay for buddy.

  • 10 amateur radio // Jan 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Happy New Year 2011 The rest of you: just eat.