Lights in the Fields, Ships in the Night, & Daniel Bachman

December 12th, 2014 · 2 Comments · By

Friday 12/12:

LET THERE BE LIGHT at PVCC  6-9pm, Free

SHIPS IN THE NIGHT / CENTRIC  at BON  9pm, $5

Saturday 12/13:

DANIEL BACHMAN / FEN SWALE (CD Release!) at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar,  9pm $8

 

Every year in December, for one night only, Piedmont Virginia Community College invites local artists, visionaries, electricians, luminaries, and lost souls to create  works of art in light on its grounds. Projections, glowings, sparklings, flashings, beamings, multi-colored ripplings and imagings  — all things illuminated and illuminating. Plus hot chocolate. It is the sort of charming local event that all Charlottesvillains should attend least once, and maybe every time. This year there is a mysterious box that they lock you into for five minutes, and when you emerge, nothing will ever be the same.

There was a time, now the stuff of legends, when the Tokyo Rose was the center of Charlottesville music, and on Saturday nights the goths would emerge from their secret places and take over that center. It was The Dawning, and it was the place to be. But then the goths were exiled, and, after taking their stand at several notable battlefields, eventually scattered. And the people thought the goths were no more, or had just grown old, weary, and bourgeois. But then a new young champion emerged, her name Alethea, under the the banner of Ships in the Night, to raise high again that dark light burning, and remind us that some things never die. Her songs will take you back to what you thought you left behind, the longings of a soul not yet crushed by daylit lies, your stupid job, and too many times tying your shoes.

I know that Daniel Bachman plays guitar, something in the manner of John Fahey or Jack Rose, and that people really love it when he does. But beyond that I cannot say, because somehow I never got to one of his shows. So I invite someone else, one of his many fans, to do a proper write-up for him (it can be brief). Another Nailgunner might do it, or a reader. Just write what you have to say in comments and, once it clears Standards & Practices, we will elevate it into the body of this post.

UPDATE:

Davis answered the call for trenchant Bachmanography very trenchantly with this:

Daniel Bachman is definitely in the lineage of Fahey, Glenn Jones, but yeah in particular Jack Rose is a good touchstone. For one, they both hail from the Fredericksburg area of Virginia, but also stylistically they hit some similar notes (and Daniel even contributed artwork to a Jack Rose release). Bachman is really young, like 24 or 25, and in just the couple of years I have been seeing him has grown tremendously as a player (though he was very very good the first time I saw him too). He has always had a crazy energy to his playing (just getting to watch his right/picking hand is worth the price of admission alone) but the tunes have definitely caught up to the technique and he can take it in all kinds of directions now, straight into the void via swirling and overwhelming tonal explosions or deep into the well of timeless melodies and sweet & mournful & toe-tapping song-as-song territory, both original and traditional. Generally I don’t give much of a shit about technique and tradition, just the performance in the moment, but really what Daniel does is extremely tough to do and deserves respect. He also taps into the good sides of both of those things (a good tune should be considered a good tune, and a serious craft takes a lot of work, you know?) You can just do a quick internet search for all the evidence you need as to whether this’ll be up your alley. Generally his playing is never less than hypnotic though. It should not be left unsaid that I am a total sucker for guitar though, so this is very much “my kinda thing”.

An important part of the secret plans for the future of Nailgun is to enlist more people as contributors in a piecework way, matching a given show with someone out there with a special interest, knowledge, and/or enthusiasm for it. If there is a show you want to write about, need  to write about, or don’t want or need to write about but, nonetheless, feel you should write about anyway because, goddammit,  it deserves writing up, and by somebody who won’t make a travesty of it, then you should let us known. I think there is an email account and I will try checking it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • 1 davis // Dec 12, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Daniel Bachman is definitely in the lineage of Fahey, Glenn Jones, but yeah in particular Jack Rose is a good touchstone. For one, they both hail from the Fredericksburg area of Virginia, but also stylistically they hit some similar notes (and Daniel even contributed artwork to a Jack Rose release). Bachman is really young, like 24 or 25, and in just the couple of years I have been seeing him has grown tremendously as a player (though he was very very good the first time I saw him too). He has always had a crazy energy to his playing (just getting to watch his right/picking hand is worth the price of admission alone) but the tunes have definitely caught up to the technique and he can take it in all kinds of directions now, straight into the void via swirling and overwhelming tonal explosions or deep into the well of timeless melodies and sweet & mournful & toe-tapping song-as-song territory, both original and traditional. Generally I don’t give much of a shit about technique and tradition, just the performance in the moment, but really what Daniel does is extremely tough to do and deserves respect. He also taps into the good sides of both of those things (a good tune should be considered a good tune, and a serious craft takes a lot of work, you know?) You can just do a quick internet search for all the evidence you need as to whether this’ll be up your alley. Generally his playing is never less than hypnotic though. It should not be left unsaid that I am a total sucker for guitar though, so this is very much “my kinda thing”.

  • 2 donna // Dec 12, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Alonzo, you are King. and it’s Ships in the Night. She’s lovely and talented.