9/24, A night to remember

September 23rd, 2012 · 4 Comments · By

Well, I hope you had a great weekend at Graves or TotH or whatever. It’s now time to get cracking on a bumper week of C-Ville music, beginning with several shows tonight worth attending.

You’ll probably head over to The Southern to hear The Fire Tapes.  Our exceptionally nice and satisfyingly hard local rockers will be opening for psych-woods Welsh goddess Cate Le Bon. Le Bon Bon of my fancy has been compared to everyone from Malkmus to Nico, but let a girl have her own thing. We are indeed blessed to have her visit at a meteorological moment so attuned to her shtick. She’s kind of spooky, lots of funny, and her Cardiff croons concerning cool lakes and witchy night forests present a perfect page for any young boodle’s autumn almanac.  As far as I know, she’s been touring solo, but a whole heap of Welsh rarebit hath leapt into her musical cauldron.  She’s on Irony Bored, owned by Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, in whose side project, Neon Neon, she used to play.  And, at least on the record, you’ll detect an aroma of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci in Megan Child’s violin and Kris Jenkins’ production.  Check out her bizarro-fantastico video for “Hollow Tree House Hounds.”

How dearly I wish that I could attend this show, both for The Fire Tapes and for this thrilling headliner.  Alas, my band, High Noon, is playing at the Tea Bazaar.  At least the other groups are good.  We’re opening for Gold Spur & Coke Weed.  Gold Spur are close friends and hence un-previewable, but on Coke Weed I can wax merrily.  There’s nothing coy about the band’s name.  It’s not, like, a wetlands plant native to their favorite duck pond in pastoral Vermont.  It has nothing to do with soda.  Their next album is titled White Line Fever and they like drugs.  In itself, that’s neither interesting nor unusual.  What’s great about “The Weed” is well encapsulated in their video for “Jimmy.” It’s this kind of cheap looking production in which they’re killing time in a car, doing drugs & looking sketchy, and somebody gets beat up.  Meanwhile the song is this really pretty, laxxed out country tune.  Basically, it’s musical mumblecore.  The light-touch, lo-fi fidelity to the bumble-bee pace of lived experience is very refreshing.  These people remind me of people I know, which is a nice alternative to even the delicious strangeness of a Le Bon Bon.

But hear, hear!  That’s not the last of it!  There are actually TWO shows even beyond those just listed, that righteously demand you exit your cozy node tonight.  First, there’s Erik the Red at The Whiskey Jar.  He plays earlier in the evening, more like seven, SO YOU DONT HAVE TO SACRIFICE ONE OF THE OTHER SHOWS!  And even if it were an either/or, this brilliant and idiosyncratic folksman, emergent of our own Ridge and Valley, makes a compelling case for himself.

Finally, there is the redoubtable Beth Orton at the Jeff.  What’s a bubble to do with such riches?

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rob // Sep 24, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I believe C le B is touring with a band these days – check them out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrDIJlkzQys

  • 2 james // Sep 24, 2012 at 11:57 am

    also, I’ll be DJing at the C&O for Radio Bistro tonight. all those concerts will be over by midnight, but the C&O’s last call isn’t ’til 1:45 and I play records right up until they kick everyone out at 2am, so you should come have a drink after the show(s).

  • 3 Dave // Sep 25, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Cate Le Bon show was REALLY tight you guys. Go see her next time she comes to town. Esp if you’re a fan of Stereolab, Broadcast, Nico, etc. which you all are.

  • 4 baconfat // Sep 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm


    wish it hadn’t been the same night as beth orton. she was pretty magical and very funny. this was my 2nd time seeing beth (first in at least a decade) and first time without a band.