An Mekong, DJ Reinhold, and the Velvet Nines were all on hand for a celebration with 2 coolers and a barrel of delectable brew from around the globe. The show started off nearly normal, while Jamie from the Velvet Nines played a few live songs, and An added his personality to the show. An really held it down for us, and kept the show from coming completely apart at the seams. Plenty of delicious beer kept everyone jolly, but brew leads to mayhem as the show turned into chaos by the second hour and Jenna from Down Beat Switch ended up in the toilet, literally.
Hurtbird - Nature Vs. City (Self-released)
With a fundamentally indie instrumental sound somewhere between MGMT, Arcade Fire, and Radiohead, Hurtbird surprises by featuring a hip-hop MC as lead vocalist, with more typically indie vocals only on the choruses. Likely antecedents for their sound include Astronautalis and Buck 65. Though not overly impressive, it's a decent novelty.
Shy Child - Liquid Love (Gigantic)
Shy Child blend tropes from new wave and the spacier end of R&B circa 1983 into a horrendously dated electro/funk crossover. It's embarrassing to listen to, and if clubs full of Williamsburg hipsters really do dance to this, it just proves the whole irony thing has gone too far.
Warm Ghost - Claws Overhead (Geographic North)
The appropriately named Warm Ghost drown their synth melodies in a lush haze of lo-fi tape muffle. Everything sounds both warm and fuzzy, with no rough edges. A bit more song-based than the standard witch house group, they nonetheless have some claim on that genre tag. An enjoyable listen.
"This is *just* a mixtape -- the mixing here is really basic.. I wasnt able to do as much as I would have liked to on the creative side but I thought it would be nice to give people a taste of the styles they might hear at Bollywood Night. There are some fun surprises in these two sets. There are two Bollywood Nights coming up this month: Bollywood Night at Cous Cous on Oct 9th and Bollywood Night at Hat Factory on Oct 23." (Yes, it actually was recorded to a cassette tape) - DJ Carlito
If you haven't been to Carlito's Bollywood Night at Cous Cous and coming to the Hat Factory for the first later this month, than you're missing out. Bollywood Night has earned the reputation as one of the most fun albeit silly dance nights in RVA. Hundreds of people singing, dancing, and chanting to the Bollywood hits for hours. Doesn't sound like your thing? Did I mention the amount of beautiful Indian girls and their handsome guy friends. Something for everyone.
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A photo set from the sold out Shplongle set at the Canal Club. Have no idea who Shplongle is? CLICK HERE. Also, for those that were there Mr. Jennings of PLF killed it and we have his podcast from the night coming up later today. BIG UPS to Mike and Jesse at EQ Productions for another great night of music in the RVA.
Over the past decade, MC Homeless has been carving out his path through indie hip-hop with a relentless touring schedule and countless collaborations. He is on the verge of releasing his sophomore LP ‘27’ on Milled Pavement records and he is kicking as hard as ever. Perhaps it is the confidence of a blooming career in rap music, but this man will certainly be arriving in Richmond with true cojones and gusto, prepared to battle local mainstay Swerve 36 on stage. Here is what MC Homeless had to say about life as a rap artist and the impending cage match.
If you were here or not - either way - you have to check out the videos from the other night shot by Bryan Woodland. Ever seen anything like this? Its like the Ramones meets drunken Power Rangers.
BTW, does anyone out there have any pics from the show? We can add them to this post.
A couple of years ago, I read a book called Krautrocksampler, by psychedelic postpunk genius and mercurial wunderkind Julian Cope. It's out of print and goes for multiple hundreds of dollars on the collector market, but pdf files of its text circulate on the internet, so I was able to read it without dropping the necessary cash for a hard copy. I knew about the most famous Krautrock groups--Can, Faust, Neu, early Kraftwerk--before ever checking out the book, but what I learned from Krautrocksampler was enough to teach me how little I'd previously known. Krautrock was a German genre that evolved at the dawn of the 70s, out of simultaneous interest in primitive, unrestrained rock n' roll; and in the endless, droning grooves of late 60s psychedelia. From these twin fascinations, a variety of figures in the German music scene all worked together to create a genre based around rhythmic repetition, mind-numbingly simple riffs, atonal freakouts, and huge ambient spaces. The music those pioneering artists created was viewed as extreme and had only a tiny cult audience at the time of its creation, but has become far more influential in the ensuing decades, as the cutting edge of musical creativity has caught up with the ideas of the most visionary Krautrock pioneers. Klaus Schulze was one of those pioneers, and it was from the pages of Krautrocksampler that I first learned his name.
Klaus Schulze was an influential and important figure on the Krautrock scene of the early 70s. An easy way to explain the music collected on La Vie Electronique to people who've never heard of Schulze is to mention that he was a founding member of the synthesizer-dominated prog-rock group Tangerine Dream. And this is true--he played drums on their first album. But it is also misleading, as Tangerine Dream, at the time of Schulze's membership, had not found the sound that is most readily identified with them. That sound can be most famously heard on the soundtracks to a variety of 80s-era horror and fantasy films, such as Near Dark, Legend, and Firestarter. However, when Schulze played with Tangerine Dream, they were still closely associated with Krautrock, mixing tape collage and found sound with the more standard repetitive drone grooves of that genre. Schulze's next group, Ash Ra Tempel, was even more of a standard Krautrock group, generally writing primitive, repetitive rock n' roll songs that took up entire sides of albums. Eventually, though, Schulze came to a similar point in his musical evolution as that which Tangerine Dream reached, and he moved away from playing drums in favor of focusing on the synthesizer. It is this period of his career, the first few years after he became a solo artist, that the third and fourth volumes in the La Vie Electronique series are concentrated on.
I got to this show late because I had class, so I missed Bridge and Tunnel. This was a huge disappointment for me, even though I'd seen them many times before. They are a hard working, remarkably talented band and it's good to see that it is paying off for them in terms of getting to do some bigger tours--in addition to this tour with Gaslight Anthem, they recently did some dates with Propagandhi.
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DUB NATION RICHMOND VOLUME 2.0...YES I GOT MY SWAGGA BACK!
Trapped within vectors, the ladies that occupy the world of MILK are either bored, tortured or in dealing with something fantastical. A blend of modern day graphic design and an updated inspiration from Art Nouveau (see Mucha), MILK takes a traditional fantasy feel and gives it a futuristic edge.