(11-09) Meth Dad // SHMU // Wild of Night // Nu Depth //Pamela and Her Sons // GiNKO // Ming Ming @ Magnolia

November 9th, 2015 · Comments Off on (11-09) Meth Dad // SHMU // Wild of Night // Nu Depth //Pamela and Her Sons // GiNKO // Ming Ming @ Magnolia · By

It’s been a while since Charlottesville has had a good old fashion Weirdo USA type of a night and luckily over at that trash dump Magnolia a mega billed type of show is going down. Headlining this is Nashville’s Meth Dad who does new age high energy spiced dance that is super catchy and full of lots of hype and pop. Touring with them is the the really impressive Shmu from Austin, Texas that deliver some shoe gazed psyched out body rocking thing that has a nice pop tint to it that creates something that is both verbally loud and mentally illuminated. Also on board for this night is the return of ex Charlottesville wonderkin Dylan Mulshine who is playing in not just one but two sets. These mentionted sets are both his usually solo swagger Nu Depth as well as an act with fellow Geoergian Elysia Empereo who perform under the name Wild Of Night which is an awesome pop outfit that feels like qusi The Space Lady like electro jams but you know with a much more full sound.

And if that wasn’t enough on tour with these guys is Palmela And Her Sons from Atlanta who do really hypnotic 80s dreaming electronica thats fits quite perfectly with what this show has in store as well as Ginko which is more shit from Georgia that sounds like fucking death in the best way possible. Oh and lets not forgot John Mingsley is gonna do his Ming Ming thing. This show starts at 9PM and since there are a lot of bands playing maybe it will actually start on time. Oh and yeah this show is a donation based thing but you should really bring some money for all these touring acts.

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Virginia Film Festival

November 5th, 2015 · Comments Off on Virginia Film Festival · By

When I saw the initial schedule for the Film Festival this year, I was profoundly underwhelmed. But it turns out they added some good movies later, and maybe I missed some already there in my first glance. Take a good look at the final schedule and you should be able to put together a fine four days of movie watching. I took a casual look while waiting in my car the other day and these caught my attention:

The Forbidden Room Sunday, 9:15 PM, Newcomb Hall   The one I most excited about. Guy Maddin gets even Guy Maddiner than Guy Maddin has got before, at length. By all accounts, insane. Just Google this and watch the explosions of vocabulary, as critics gesticulate wildly with words, desperately trying to convey the energy, surprise, and strangeness of the moving pictures. Or don’t, and walk in from the dark into the dream. Featuring pancake-eating submariners and Charlotte Rampling, among many others.

Taxi Thursday, 7:30, Vinegar Hill  An Iranian movie at Vinegar Hill… this might not have the resonance for you that does for me, but in any case Jafar Panahi’s latest is a sure thing. It is said that Iranians actually do make some bad movies, but that the authorities strictly forbid them from leaving the country. Humanity has no better or more honest or more clever defenders than the great filmmakers of Iran, Panahi among them.

The Maltese Falcon Saturday, 3:30, Culbreth  In sweet 35mm! See also: Employee’s Entrance and… Songcatcher? Thanks, Leonard Maltin! I don’t know if any other films will be on film, because the VFF doesn’t bother to advertise format. If you’re lucky, the projectionist might give a glimpse of a little head, or some tail, for old time’s sake. (That’s projectionist talk there. My favorite lingo is the dread brain wrap, but you won’t have to worry about that, because they will be using changeover.)

Entertainment Saturday, 3:45, Violet Crown  Neil Hamburger! Or at least Gregg Turkington, who plays a comedian who might be something like his character Neil Hamburger. Directed by Richmonder Rick Alverson (The Comedy). In bleakness too there is entertainment.

The Wave Friday, 10PM, Paramount  Norwegian disaster movie. Enough said.

Heart of a Dog Friday, 4:30, Paramount  Laurie Anderson’s essay film about love, death, and her dog Lolabelle.

Faust Saturday, 8:00, Old Cabell  The silent film with live accompaniment is a film festival staple, this time with a Murnau classic.

Eisenstein in Guanajuato Friday, 9:15, Violet Crown  Sometimes you just got to to watch a Peter Greenaway movie, like a necessary irritant or an unnecessary extravagance. I don’t know what it is about the guy, but he is so Peter Greenaway.

Embrace of the Serpent Thursday, 8:45, Violet Crown  Shamanism in black and white. Why not?

How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock at his Farm in Normandy Sunday 11:45 Violet Crown  The last movie Les Blank worked on, a documentary about a documentarian, loose-limbed and hang-out, just people making movies of people, talking about making movies of people.

Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents Saturday, 3:45, The Southern  If you ever wanted to know what the deal was with The Residents. Hopefully not too much of the deal.

Youth Sunday, 4:45, Violet Crown  One of those Michael Caine/Harvey Keitel buddy movies, directed by the worldly and Italian Paolo Sorrentino.

Lucifer Saturday, 4:00, Violet Crown  Projected in a circular format, which sounds annoying but also completely necessary to see. Can Gust Van den Berghe pull it off?


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a southern party

October 24th, 2015 · Comments Off on a southern party · By

Over at The Southern tonight something bizarre for that joint is happening. Going on tonight they are having not 1 but 2 pretty solid shows happening (crazy right). Starting the night off with the early show of the evening is the yearly visit one of Virginia’s finest Daniel Bachman who does amazing folk music that while grounded in folk tradition also has an expansive explorative sound very similar to many in the Amiercan Primitive Guitar genre. Tonight is a great chance to see one of the best guitar players around whose live shows always are most impressive and moving. Opening the show are two real talented local openers. We have both Ned Oldham doing what I assume is his usual thing of being one of the towns best folk artists as well as Jordan Perry who does really good mellow solo guitar work. Doors for this are at 6PM and it costs $$TEN$$.

Now after what is already looking to a great show we got another enjoyable looking one that will be a more rockish affair. Headlining this is Philly based Beach Slang who do solid popped out garage rock that melds both indie fuzzed out rock with confessional lyrical prowess to create some catchy and fun tunes. Opening this show is Richmond scene staple Positive No that always delievers the goods of poppy 90s throw back rock n roll with a new age noisyish twist. Doors for this are at 9:45PM and this costs $$TEN$$

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that waxahatchee thing

October 12th, 2015 · Comments Off on that waxahatchee thing · By

With that champ of champs called Fall coming about what better way to spend it then chilling at The Southern tonight and enjoying one of the best looking shows that joint has had in quite a way. Headling the show is the ever buzzed about and fairly talented Waxahatchee who does quite a great job at combining popped out rock with lots of 20 something angst and lonesomeness that makes for fairly compeling bangers. While she is enough to warrant you coming out tonight what I am personally quite excited about is opening act Weyes Blood coming back to town to play. Her album The Innocents from last year was on the best of the 2014 and her new EP Cardamom Times continues on her trajecotry of killing it. Real beatiful psyched out exploration is the name of the game here (she is EX Jackie O Motherfucker / Nautical Almanac after all). But she also blends that far out sound with lots of folk tradition to make very powerful and moving music. So yeah definitely show up early for this one cause you will be kicking yourself if you miss this boss open. Also opening is Try The Pie who continue on the theme of female fronted angtsy jams.

Doors for this are at 6PM and the music starts at 8PM. And hey guess what this event costs money and will come to a total of $$$14$$$

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Aida Victoria, Shana Falana, Sarah White Tonight At Tea

September 26th, 2015 · Comments Off on Aida Victoria, Shana Falana, Sarah White Tonight At Tea · By

SATURDAY SEPT. 26: @Tea Bazaar:   Aida VictoriaShana FalanaSarah White  9:00, $8

A very strong line-up tonight at the Teahouse. Sarah White you know, or are in need of knowing: one of Charlottesville’s premier singer-songwriters. Shana Falana is both a person and her band, which shoe-gazes, dream-pops, and reverbs itself to sweet sky-streaked pop perfection. We might be catching Aida Victoria at the beginning of a great career, and never have the chance to see her in such an intimate, tea-soaked space again. That’s what a lot of people are expecting, anyway. Her music’s got a swampy bluesy southern thing going on within a clean-lined modish indie package, an effective bullet for all kinds of campaigns and instigations. She can probably aim a whole lot of feeling at a very precise target. Come see her now, at the Twisted Branch, before your stuck having to see her at The Southern, The Jefferson, or on the television.




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Listening To Thursday

September 24th, 2015 · Comments Off on Listening To Thursday · By

Thursday September 24th:

@Tea Bazaar: Jacob Wick/Blood Moon/Peter Bussigel & Travis Thatcher/Golden Glasses 9:00, $7

@The Southern: Post Sixty Five/Devon Sproule and Friends 8:30, $10

@The Garage: Luray  8:00, $donation

Sadly, I am too pressed for time to give this night of music its due, and will have to block quote, not even taking the time to come up with a good Althusser joke or a discussion of the sounds of the space of the teahouse. Devon didn’t have a write-up at the Southern site, but it does appear that this time we are not lying when we say she will be playing. It’s a good night of music, I hope you make it out.


Jacob Wick

The rain in its avoided effects is a solo trumpet performance and listening exercise loosely based on a late essay by French philosopher Louis Althusser. In the essay, Althusser writes of subjects, objects, and events – you, that tree, a strike – passing through time as rain passes through the sky: forever in parallel, only meeting by a chance wind. In the performance, I will sit with the audience, in a circle, square, or other closed shape. We will listen to the space around us and place the sounds of the space along a horizontal plane, privileging none of them, allowing those that intersect to intersect, those that do not intersect to pass forever in parallel. The trumpet performance will become one of those sounds.

This night will be part of a midwest and eastern tour celebrating the release of the rain in its avoided effects (relay new composers 007) on Relay Records.


Blood Moon

Blood Moon is an improvised music ensemble consisting of Matthew Burtner on soprano saxophone, Rachel Devorah Trapp on French Horn, Ryan Maguire on pedal steel guitar, and Kevin Davis on cello. 

As colleagues in the UVa music department, the group formed in 2014 due a shared interest in the possibilities of free improvisation. The project has since come to serve as a forum for research into the possibilities for real-time composition and experimentation with the outer limits of instrumental technique. 

Due to the unusual instrumentation and their varied backgrounds as performers and composers, the group is able to draw on a number of diverse stylistic and instrumental traditions, allowing for the spontaneous creation of a kaleidoscopic array of musical textures during performance. 


Peter Bussigel and Travis Thatcher
Description: Peter and Travis will create an
electro-acoustic-magnetic-ambient-meditative-noisy-sound collage.

Golden Glasses – The bestestestestest drummer in town yo.


Born from the mind of songwriter and frontman Hicham Benhallam, the Charlottesville-based band Post Sixty Five has been described as both moody and romantic, feverishly tugging at the heartstrings of its listeners with fragile guitar lines driven by a thunderous rhythm section. Formed in October of 2013, Post Sixty Five brings Benhallam’s devastating images to life with dizzy, delicate melodies and disarmingly earnest performances that weigh heavy on the heart.

Their debut EP, “I Think We’ll Be Okay,” explores spectrums of longing and desire in the style of indie darlings Death Cab for Cutie and The National. Recorded and produced by Blue Sprocket Sound owner Chris Jackson, “I Think We’ll Be Okay” wrestles with the troublesome, childlike sadness that threatens to tear us down as we grow up.

“Banjo-toting District songstress Shannon Carey might have named her band, Luray, after the tiny Shenandoah Valley town, but she reaches beyond the simplistic nature of old-time mountain songs, mixing them with undertones of indie rock experimentation. On Luray’s debut album, “The Wilder,” the standouts are Carey’s radiant voice, which fluctuates between soothing and soaring, and her melodic banjo strumming. Beneath the surface, though, keyboard layers, subtle electric riffs and well-placed echoes set the mood.” – Washington Post

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September 16th, 2015 · Comments Off on (((09-16-2015))) · By

All right folks so I’m back from a self imposed relaxation exile to continue being the most illiterate Nailgun writer there ever was as well as bring you as always a good old round up of what you should do with your night of nights in this beautiful pre fall utopia we call mid September

Over at the IX Art Park at Henley’s Auction House is the real amazing Kevin Greenspon from Los Angels who does a real tight noisy drone ambient type of thing. Caught him in Richmond years ago and he killed it with some real spaced out jams that made me feel quite sleepy as well as just totally fulfilled. Also opening this show is the locally legendary and always amazing Grand Banks who sets every time are always quite different but usually just like Kevin Greenspon are quite noisy & droned out & are usually quite inthralling and even a little mind blowing. Definitely make sure to get their early to catch these guys play cause they don’t do play as many shows as they used to and you’d be a fool to miss them (for real). Anyway this bad boy starts at 9PM and will be 5 dollars.

Now happening over at The Southern we have The Good Old War coming through town bringing that indie folk WRNR type sound that seems to be blowing up The Southern these days. Should be a good enough show if you want to chill with your fellow Charlottesvillian and keep on living in some sort of new-age folk based Virginia tradition. Also opening for this is Pete Hill who from quick youtube glancing seems to be doing a solid 60s throw back pop solo endeavor which is almost always a solid affair. Doors for this show are at 6PM and the show is 15 dollars.

Also the quite impressive Strugill Simpson is playing The Jefferson tonight but that show is SOLD OUT. So yeah maybe you might get lucky and can scalp a ticket if you don’t have one but more than likely you aint going to this one.

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Nakatani Part IV: The Gonging

September 12th, 2015 · 1 Comment · By


@The Garage: Andrew Aylward  / Ned Oldham 8:00, $donation

@The Haven: Nakatani Gong Orchestra 8:00, $12

It’s a damn shame that Andrew Aylward and Ned Oldham have to go against the gongs. On another night their show would be the clear choice for the music-goer. And it remains so for anyone who wants to hear songs sung and guitars strummed in the way that made this country great, before it was brought low by a conspiracy of harpists and bucket-drummers. A concert of droning bowed gongs is not for everyone, and if you are one of those it is not for then you should consider heading over to The Garage to greet the September night with Aylward and Oldham.

But there is no question that the Nakatani Gong Orchestra is the Event of the evening. Tatsuya Nakatani is a brilliant percussionist who has come through town several times, blowing the minds of all who hear. He is an adventurous experimentalist who always stays grounded, attentive and true to the pure beauty in sound of resonant objects. Nakatani will be performing a solo set before the main event, which should itself justify your attendance. Then he will bring out a crew of local volunteers, mostly first-time gongists, who workshopped with him earlier in the day, to conduct them as they bow an array of gongs. This use of local neophyte performers is a defining aspect of the Gong Orchestra, and based on my experience with similar projects it should help give the event a special feel, creating a communal sense among the audience members as well as the participants, blurring the distinction between the two groups. The overwhelming otherworldly space-filling time-expanding sounds of the gongs will also help. It is quite possible that your soul will be stirred, and then poured onto the floor, in a puddle, to mingle with the souls of others, in a way that will later become embarrassing to talk about. Or you might become bored. But it will certainly be an experience like few others.

In accordance with the hazily perceived, if not actual, wishes of Mr. Nakatani, we would like to expressly note that this event is not The Gong Show, a gong bath, or for spiritual ceremonial purposes. It has no association with Chuck Barris, Sony Pictures Television, or the National Broadcasting Corporation, and any spiritual effects of this musical concert are the sole responsibility of the attendee and his or her affiliates, be they angelic, demonic, totemic, or familiar. Consult your physician before attending this concert while under the influence powerful psychedelic medications or while pregnant with a human child. Seek prompt medical attention if you experience heart palpitations, dry-mouth, or symptoms of bliss that persist for a period of more than four hours. Gongs are not toys.

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Fordian Times

September 4th, 2015 · Comments Off on Fordian Times · By

Friday August 4th: @Michie Building, Studio 204: James Ford Art Show/ Dance Party  7:00

Saturday August 5th: @Anteroom: Battlemaster / Salvaticus / Miami Nights 9:00 , $8

Saturday August 5th: @Tea Bazaar: Groam & Joan Son of Groam /New Turks / Skullkid  9:00, $7

Sunday August 6th: @Anteroom: Pill / New Boss / International Friendly / Lug Weight 7:00  $6




If James Ford was still writing Nailgun, as he did for so long, his post for this weekend would be a model of thorough professionalism, honestly felt and thoughtfully considered; enthusiastic, friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. But he is not, and I can think of no better way of honoring his legacy than with a slapdash and irresponsible posting, larded with irrelevancies and tinseled with sham, so that we may all be reminded of what we lost when he left us, of that classical Nailgun not yet fallen into lazy, ignorant, and self-indulgent decadence.

<moment of silence>

Nonetheless, not all is lost for Charlottesville, Fordianly-wise. James has come back for a week to take up an art residency, and Friday he will be showing his work and hosting a dance party. You have probably seen his collage-work around town or on this website in the form of of show posters. In the era of Photoshop he works the old-fashioned way, cutting paper with a blade, layering, and photocopying. In taking such pains over ephemera, haphazardly pinned to cork-board and taped to walls, destined for the trash bin, he shows a true artistic spirit, a spirit of respect for the integrity and vitality of the image for it’s own sake, a desire to make every creative act count, to enrich its articulation with all possible precision, density, and imagination. This week he has had the opportunity and burden of free creation, and we will see what he has come up with. Plus some sweet tunes and boogie.

Saturday at the Teahouse looks nice and heavy. I’d be particularly interested in seeing Groam & Joan Son of Groam with their sax, bass, and drums lineup. Unfortunately that show is going against the metal of the Anteroom, including the mighty doom of Miami Nights, which in a bold pincer move attacks the Gates of Heaven with both deep chthonic tunneling and a screaming that comes across the sky. If they seem to be moving slow it is because they are already there.

Following up on the previous post, could it be that the reason Devon Sproule did not play a show at The Garage Wednesday night is that she has been kidnapped by New Boss? Is she the Patty Hearst to their Symbionese Liberation Orchestra? It would be a lie to say so, but can anyone prove that it is not so? Probably, but New Boss is playing Sunday to testify on their own behalf, and past evidence suggests she’ll be the one with the microphone. Plus other bands, including Pill with a sax and a post-punk attitude, and International Friendly who may or may not be playing their last show ever but who did have a nice set recently above the art shop, and Lug Weight whose boasting name will be either vindicated or demolished within seconds of their taking the stage and striking that first chord against mortality.




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The Mensa Select Mastered, Baptized, Born Again

September 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on The Mensa Select Mastered, Baptized, Born Again · By

Thursday September 3rd @Champion: The Mensa Select 15 Year Anniversary Listening Party, 7:00

If you are disappointed Devon Sproule is not playing at The Garage tonight, well so am I. We had that show listed on our calendar, I was getting ready to write about it, but it turned out not to be a real thing. I don’t know what happened there. Probably Chinese hackers jealous of the singer-songwriting talent that American communism can produce, deploying their Maoist tactics of misinformation.

But at least this is real, frighteningly real. The Mensa Select was a disaster-rock band that straddled the turn of the century. From Richmond, they also had a foothold here in Charlottesville, straddling as well the great divide between the two proud and mutually hostile Virginia city-states. If you did not know The Mensa Select then, or do not know any of the former members now, then I suppose there is no reason for you to give a damn about this event, though also no reason not to stop by for a beer or several while it is going on.  For those who did/do, here is Nicholas explaining it:

15 years ago, four friends scraped together enough money to record a session at the original Sound of Music. 2″ tape, no automation.

Bryan Hoffa engineered the session and Miguel lent us a snare drum. The last day while mixing I asked Bryan “So when are you going to master it?” “Oh we don’t do mastering here.” “How much would it cost?” “Maybe {more money than we had}.”

So we duped a few 100 CD’s (unmastered) over the years with many handmade sleeves.

Well, it’s done, it’s mastered, come give a listen and have a few liquid breads. CHAMPION is kind enough to host
whomever breezes through.

DJ Phil Free will spin some era-appropriate tunes before and after the defrocking.

And Sean Dart is the MASTERER!!!!

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