Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Weekend Picks: MST3K, Trey Anastasio, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Dopapod, Former Champions, Susan Greenbaum, The Floorboards

To see what's going on Wednesday, 11/26, Thanksgiving Eve, check out last week's blog HERE.

On Thanksgiving, every one is taking the day off including all the bands. If you want a break from football, check out the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon starting at noon on YouTube HERE. Six classic MST3Ks will be shown back-to-back with new intros from Joel. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out the trailer and playlist of clips below and then tune in.




Friday, it's time to work off that turkey and rock with J Roddy Walston and The Business, last seen in these parts with a killer show at Friday Cheers this summer. They'll be at The National. Tix are $12.50 in advance, $15 day of show. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8 with excellent Richmond band, Avers, so don't be late. You'll like J Roddy if you like My Morning Jacket, Drive-By Truckers, Kings of Leon, Warren Zevon, Led Zep or long, whipping hair. Here's "Heavy Bells":




Over at the Broadberry Friday, it's a Black Friday Throwdown with The Big Payback: A Tribute to James Brown.Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Doors open at 8, Kenneka Brook and Stonebrook Moonshine will open. Big Payback is promising some special guests and some new jams for the show so if you've seen 'em before, go see 'em again and if you haven't seen 'em, go see 'em. Here's James Brown on Shindig with Spanish subtitles. Sing along!



Get down jamtronica style at The Camel Friday with Former Champions. Doors open at 9, show starts at 9:30 with Homemade Bread and DJ Phil Dice will fill in all the empty spaces around the bands. It's $7 to get in. Here's a full Former Champions set from 2/1/14:



Once Thanksgiving is done, I guess it's OK to start listening to some Christmas music. I don't usually like to dig in to the Xmas tunes until a week or two before Christmas, but I could make an exception for the talented and lovely Susan Greenbaum and her Band's Holiday show at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Saturday night. They'll play some originals and some classics. Show will start at 8, no opener. Tix are $16 in advance, $20 at the door. Here's Susan's "You Are My Holiday":



Americana bands are featured at The Camel Saturday night. The Floorboards, The Atkinsons and Relacksachian will all take the stage, perhaps one at a time, perhaps together. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and it's $7 to get in. Here's The Floorboards riding in the "Devil's Cadillac":




Sunday, Trey Anastasio, guitarist from Phish, brings the Trey Anastasio Band to The National. Tix are $39.50. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 and there is no opener. This will be the third show of their fall tour so they should be rarin' to go. Here's Trey and the band at The Wellmont Theater in NJ doing one of my favorite songs from The Band, "It Makes No Difference" into one of my favorite songs from TAB/Phish, "Gotta Jibboo":




Tuesday at Broadberry, progressive dance rock band, Dopapod, pulls into town, with Tauk to open the show. You can check out Dopapod's new album, "Never Odd or Even" on Spotify, if you are so inclined. Or you can check them out here. This was their 2nd set opener at The Stache in Grand Rapids MI on 10/19/14. It's call "New James".



Have a great Thanksgiving weekend and thank you for reading Handful of Brains!


Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: Lorde

Lorde will be on Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon tonight (11:35 PM, NBC). She curated the soundtrack for the new Hunger Games sequel, "Mockingjay: Part 1" (the soundtrack is getting good reviews) and she has four songs on it. Who else does Lorde like enough to include on her soundtrack? Bat for Lashes, Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, Charli XCX, The Chemical Brothers, Chvrches, Ariana Grande, Haim, Grace Jones, Duran Duran's Simon LeBon, Major Lazer, Miguel, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Raury, Stromae, Tinashe, Tove Lo, and xoV. Rather than play "Royals" again, let's play Weird Al's parody, "Foil":



Here's Interpol on last night's Late Night with Seth Meyers doing "Everything Is Wrong":

Monday, November 24, 2014

Late Night Pick: Interpol

Indie rockers Interpol are on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight (NBC, 12:35 AM) where they will perform a track from their latest album, "El Pintor". Interpol recently had to cancel three shows because they were stuck in the snow in Buffalo, a good chunk of the time on their tour bus on the closed highway. They shouldn't have such problems when they play the Southern Hemisphere Lollapalooza's this year in Chili, Argentina and Brazil. After all, it's summer down there. From their new album, here's "All The Rage Back Home":



Here's Jessye Norman on Late Show with David Letterman last week, performing the classic "Midnight Special":

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Weekend Picks: Flogging Molly, Dave Mason, Young Sinclairs, Warren Hixson, The Nth Power, Black Girls, The Machine, Early 80s Power Pop


Saturday, it's no special brew release at Hardywood, but just good bands and an early start time (and finish) as usual. Music starts at 5 PM with Grass Panther, then The Invasion, and then headliner, The Young Sinclairs. The Invasion are the new RVA boogie woogie combo focusing on 60s psych and garage from the British Isles, featuring members of RPG, The Diamond Center, The Young Sinclairs, and Peace Beast. Young Sinclairs play psychedelic "harmonious analog pop tunes with unbridled rock excitement out of Roanoke". Here's Young Sinclairs' "Ceto's Return":




Some classic psychedelia at The National Saturday with The Machine: Ultimate Pink Floyd Tribute. Tix are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $20 for seated balcony tix. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and I do not believe there is an opener so don't be late. They were the first band in the world (so they say) to perform a track from the new Pink Floyd album, "Endless River", when they did "Louder Than Words" on 11/7. Here it is:




If you want to dance Saturday night, then get thee to Balliceaux for the disco funk of Black Girls. Show starts at 10 and it's $5. Here they are at The Broadberry in April:



More soul/funk at The Broadberry on Sunday with The Nth Power. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 8 and get there early for DJ Williams Projekt, and I'm sure DJ will step in the Nth Power before the night is done. The Nth Power is made up of drummer Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk, Beyonce), bassist Nate Edgar (John Brown's Body), vocalist/keyboardist Nigel Hall (Lettuce, Warren Haynes Band), guitarist Nick Cassarino (Jennifer Hartswick Band, The Shift), and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Toubab Krewe, Creative Pandemonium), As you can see from the bands these guys have played with they certainly have a great pedigree. This song has a nice 70's jazz pop groove to it. It's "Thank You":



Monday night James Taylor is at Richmond Coliseum.  Show starts at 8 and no opener is listed. Tix are $67 - $87 which is a lot to pay for a nap. Sorry, never been a fan.

Much cheaper and much more interesting on Monday night is the show at Sound of Music Studios. Warren Hixson, Lady God and Beat Awfuls will be there and it's just $8. Things get underway at 8. Here's Warren Hixson bathed in fuzzy darkness doing their fuzzy pop rock at Gallery 5 a couple years ago:



Do you like yoga? Do you like the Grateful Dead? Then check out Grateful Groovinyasa at The Camel on Tuesday evening. The yoga class will be serenaded by Johnny & Andrew Trongone from The Trongone Band playing instrumental Grateful Dead tunes. And not only can you fell good in body and spirit, you can do good because it's a food drive. A portion of the proceeds will go to FeedMore. It's $15 to get in or $10 with 3+ food items for donation. It'll run from 6 PM - 7 PM. Until then, sit back and smoke 'em if you got 'em for the full 3+ hour 12/31/81 show from The Grateful Dead. And look! Jerry was just starting to get fat! And Joan Baez, Matthew Kelly and John Cippolina all sit in for few tunes.



Wednesday night, Thanksgiving Eve, is a pretty good night for music here in the RVA. The National has Celtic punk band from LA, Flogging Molly, ready to help you work on your Thanksgiving Day hangover. Tix are $25 in advance, $28 at the door. Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8:30. The Mighty Stef and The Pasadena Band open. If you really like them, join their Salty Dog Cruise which sails around the Bahamas 3/13 - 16 (right before St. Patty's Day) and includes Gogol Bordello, Frank Turner and Mariachi El Bronx. Here's Flogging Molly playing Tivoli Amusement Park in Sweden this summer (some language NSFW):



The Broadberry has got Talking Heads tribute Fear Of Music along with Latino Ramones tribute Los Ramones.$8 in advance, $10 at door. Doors open at 8 PM, show starts around 9:30. Here's the promo video with lots of funny shots of presidents with turkeys:



And perhaps they'll play this one to fit the theme of the night:



Over at Capital Ale House downtown, it's Dave Mason's Traffic Jam. This is billed as a "sight and sound experience" where guitarist Dave Mason will play music and talk about his time in Traffic, his solo career and playing and hanging out with Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot. GA tix are $60, doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8. No opener is listed. Here's Dave doing one of his hits on the Midnight Special in the 70's, "We Just Disagree":



You can bring in turkey day bluegrass style on Wednesday night at The Camel with Jackass Flats, The Green Boys and Sturgeon City. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and it's $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Here's Sturgeon City at Ashland Coffee & Tea in September:



To close things out, I just got into an early 80's pop new wave kick so here are a few videos of my faves starting with a commercial for my favorite K-Tel album, "Rock 80":



This is one of the greatest songs ever. And used to nice effect in the New Year's Eve '79 scene in "Boogie Nights".



I believe this one was introduced to me on K-Tel's "The Rock Album":



For the longest time I thought the line in this song "they don't write 'em like than anymore" was "Feels alright like Saturday morn". Which actually isn't a bad line.



One of the big early MTV videos and a damn fine song. Awesome leopard skin jumpsuit too.



Now the guy does Geico commercials. But he found Appolonia before Prince did in this one. Great beat.



And perhaps the biggest geek on early MTV, Donnie Iris. But I've always loved the vocals on this. The chorus sounds so lush.



Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: Jessye Norman

We're gonna get classy tonight with opera/classical/jazz vocalist Jessye Norman on Late Show with David Letterman (11:35 PM, CBS). From her Wikipedia bio:

Jessye Mae Norman (born September 15, 1945) is an American Grammy award-winning contemporary opera singer and recitalist.[1] Adramatic soprano, Norman is associated in particular with the Wagnerian repertoire, and with the roles of Sieglinde, Ariadne, Alceste, andLeonore.[2] Norman has been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and is a Spingarn Medalist.[3] Apart from receiving several honorary doctorates and other awards, she has also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts, and is a member of the Royal Academy of Music.
Here she is rocking a little "Ave Maria":




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Late Night Pick: St. Lucia

Indie dream alternative new-wave post-punk synth pop rock band St. Lucia will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight (NBC, 12:35 AM). Here's the band doing "September" in October 2012:



Here's Hiss Golden Messenger's network television debut on Late Show with David Letterman last night:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Late Night Pick: Hiss Golden Messenger

Alternative singer/songwriter indie folk country Americana rock artist Hiss Golden Messenger (aka Scott Hirsch) will be on Late Show with David Letterman tonight (11:35 PM, CBS). HGM opened up for Jason Isbell here at The National in August. You might dig HGM if you like Fleet Foxes, Son Volt, The National, William Elliot Whitmore, Bon Iver, Nick Drake, Wilco, Bright Eyes, or Sufjan Stevens. Here's HGM's "Jesus Shot Me In The Head" (I hate when that happens):



Here's Real Estate doing "Crime" on last night's Conan:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Late Night Pick: Real Estate

Groovy psychedelic indie rockers Real Estate are on Conan (11 PM, TBS) tonight. You might dig them if you like Velvet Underground or the Grateful Dead. Here's their full set from the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago this summer:



Here's Sylvan Esso doing "Coffee" on last Thursday's Conan:

And here's a web exclusive with Sylvan Esso doing "Hey Mami":

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Weekend Picks: Bobby Bare Jr, Atmosphere, John Butler Trio, Real Friends, Black Girls, Bio Ritmo, Diamond Center, Trongone Band


Midwest underground rap group Atmosphere is at The National Friday night. Doors are at 7 and that's when the show starts with openers Prof, Dem Atlas and DJ Fundo. Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Here's Atmosphere's "Arthur's Song" (not a Christopher Cross remake!)(language NSFW):




Great local band show at The Broadberry Friday night with Black Girls, Octopus Jones (they're actually from Raleigh), Sleepwalkers  and Big Fifty. Doors open at 8, music starts at 9 it's $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Here's Sleepwalkers "Prey and Pressure" in August:




More local music at The Camel on Friday with Bio Ritmo. Though based in Richmond, it's hard to call them local as they have played their salsa music all over the world. So we'll call them our local international band. Doors open at 9 and it's $7 to get in. These guys are getting big as evidenced by their appearance on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts last month:



Australian jam band John Butler Trio are here Sunday at The National, Monica Heldal opens. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8, tix are $25 in advance, $28 at the door. These guys headline festivals in Australia so you know they can bring it live. If you want a preview of their show, you can catch Friday's show live on a webcast on Yahoo Live HERE. Here's their latest video "Spring to Come" with some really cool animation:



At Bandito's, The Diamond Center bring their heavy psychedelia to your Sunday night. Talked to Kyle from Diamond Center after their great show at Hardywood on Saturday night. He said some new Diamond Center is on the way for the new year so we'll be looking forward to that. It's FREE to get in. Music starts at 10 PM with Heavy Midgets. To add to the fun, there will be $1 PBRs. Here's Heavy Midgets and their "House of Cats" at Strange Matter last year:



Tuesday at The Camel, alt-country/rock artist Bobby Bare Jr. (yes, he's the son of that Bobby Bare and they recently did a show together in Nashville) performs with his band Young Criminals" Starvation League. Doors will open at 7. The Camel's new web site is still being built so the cost and openers aren't up yet, but check their web site and/or Facebook page as it gets closer to Tuesday. You'll probably did BBJR if you like Drive-By Truckers, Jim James, My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams, Grateful Dead or Todd Snider (who he recently opened for). Here's a four song set BBJR recently did on KEXP:




Chicago pop punkers Real Friends are at The Broadberry Thursday (11/20). It's $15 to get in, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Neck Deep, Cruel Hand and Have Mercy. Here's Real Friends' "Late Night in My Car" (some language NSFW):



Trongone Band play their next to last show at Cary St. Cafe on Thursday (11/20). Show starts at 10 PM and there is no cover. Here they are at The Camel in July:



Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso is a duo made up indie folk artist Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man) and electronic producer Nick Sanborn. As one might expect, they've created a folk-electronic hybrid that's been compared Chvrches, Wye Oak, Regina Spektor, Feist and St. Vincent. They'll be on Conan tonight (TBS, 11 PM). Sylvan Esso will be out in Charlottesville at the Jefferson Theater on Jan. 17 if you want to check them out live. And here they are on video with their song, "Coffee":