Stuff to Do, Week of August 23, 2005

Anne Gomez anne.gomez at gmail.com
Wed Aug 24 09:50:00 EDT 2005


Update re tonight's festivities at Joe and Jo's:
 The schedule for D. Cantwell's Pocketful of Experimental Delights is as 
follows:
 9:45--Clang Quartet
10:15-- Clang Octet (Clang Quartet with me on saxophone)
10:45--Glockenspiel
11:15--Data Hata
11:45--Pykrete
12:15--SpaceLab
 Phon had to cancel so Pykrete is taking their place. 
The "Clang Octet" will likely just play a short time and will not fill up 
that half hour slot. But with so many bands, it seems likely we will need 
the extra time to catch up or something. I.e., times are approximate.
 Thanks,
Anne Gomez 


 On 8/23/05, grady <grady at ibiblio.org> wrote: 
> 
> Troika Music Festival, natch, but a few other things tossed in
> here-and-there as well. There is also a show at Wetlands on Sunday that
> I forgot to list, with Torch Marauder, Renelvis the Filipino Elvis
> Impersonator, and a band from the northeast called Guaranteed Katch. 
> Onward:
> 
> 
> Tuesday, August 23
> Viva La Venus, The Quarantines [http://www.thequarantines.com],
> Lactose Quervo [http://myspace.com/lactosequervo], Red Collar Company
> [http://www.redcollarcompany.com], The Standbys
> [http://www.thestandbys.com]
> Joe & Jo's, Durham
> 
> This is Night One of the [http://www.troikamusicfestival.org] Troika
> Music Festival. Lineup as follows:
> 
> 7:45 The Standbys
> 8:35 Red Collar Company
> 9:25 Lactose Quervo
> 10:15 The Quarantines
> 11:05 Viva La Venus
> 
> Cantwell Gomez & Jordan had to cancel.
> 
> 
> 
> Tuesday, August 23
> Feeding the Fire [http://www.feedingthefire.com/], Veronique
> Diabolique [http://www.veroniquediabolique.com/], Eyes to Space
> [http://www.eyestospace.net/], Fashion Design
> [http://fashiondesignband.com/], Jett Rink
> [http://www.jett-rink.com/]
> Wetlands, Chapel Hill
> 
> This is Night One of the [http://www.troikamusicfestival.org] Troika
> Music Festival. More info on passes & etc can be had at their website.
> The lineup is as follows:
> 
> 8:00 Feeding the Fire
> 8:50 Veronique Diabolique
> 9:40 Eyes to Space
> 10:30 Fashion Design
> 11:20 Jett Rink
> 
> Briefly: Feeding the Fire may or may not be some sort of
> indie-alt-prog-rock. Veronique Diabolique are definitely French Goths
> from Durham. Eyes to Space are nerd-pop--nerdier than Weezer but not
> as nerdy (or as subversive) as, say, Devo. Fashion Design are neo-80s
> Brit-swirl-pop-rock revivalists--think Siouxie, 4AD, maybe a tiny
> touch of Joy Division. Jett Rink are the Triangle's own frenetic
> new-wave-surf-indie-dance-rock sensations.
> 
> 
> 
> Tuesday, August 23
> Of Montreal [http://www.angelfire.com/ga/ofmontreal/], The Management
> [http://www.gamil.com/management.html]
> Cat's Cradle, Carrboro
> 
> 
> 
> Wednesday, August 24
> Art Lord and the Self Portraits [http://www.ideasforhousecrafts.com],
> Spader, The Port Huron Statement [http://www.porthuronstatement.com/],
> Blackstrap [http://blackstrap.org], Lud
> [http://www.smithlevelrecords.com]
> Kings, Raleigh
> 
> This is Night Two of the [http://www.troikamusicfestival.org] Troika
> Music Festival. Lineup as follows:
> 
> 7:45 Sold
> 8:35 Lud
> 9:25 Blackstrap
> 10:15 Port Huron Statement
> 11:05 Spader
> 11:55 Art Lord and the Self Portraits
> 
> Lud have been around for at least a decade, and consistently make some
> of the most beautiful vast sweeping "rock" music in the Triangle,
> while simultaneously being about as modest & self-effacing as is
> humanly possible.
> 
> Port Huron Statement make skewed pop/rock that's "glam" in the
> early-70s-Bowie sense of the word.
> 
> Blackstrap are from Durham & they make bratty falling-apart punkrock
> late-70s-California style. Last I heard their bassist had up & quit
> again, so who knows what that means.
> 
> Art Lord & his Self-Portraits have an elaborate back-story involving
> cloning. Dunno how the sideburns & the cheap keyboards fit into it,
> though.
> 
> 
> 
> Wednesday, August 24
> Jaguaro, Hotel Motel [http://www.hot-mot.com], Maple Stave
> [http://www.maplestave.com], Phon, Spacelab
> Joe & Jo's, Durham
> 
> This is Night Two of the [http://www.troikamusicfestival.org] Troika
> Music Festival. Lineup as follows:
> 
> 7:30 Jaguaro
> 8:15 Hotel Motel
> 9:00 Maple Stave
> - - - - - - - - - -
> 9:45 D. Cantwell's Pocketful of Experimental Delights
> > Phon
> > Clang Quartet
> > SpaceLab
> > Data Hata
> > Glockenspiel
> > Jazz Brunch
> 
> Jaguaro are a rabid ravenous insanely low-tech gtr/drums duo with Jon
> E. Walker on guitar & snarling, and Maria Brubeck on playing drums &
> looking as happy as any human being ever has. They do a slowed-down
> cover of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" that's just sick.
> 
> Hotel Motel make "pop" songs that slide right along the narrowest edge
> of what might still be called "pop." They veer all over & usually
> finish in under two minutes. Call it "pop" as played by jazzbos &
> avant-garde rock weirdos.
> 
> Maple Stave are a mathy three-piece whose songs build and build around
> the crashing drums of Evan Rowe.
> D. Cantwell likely won't be present, due to a death in his family, but
> he's nevertheless assembled a showcase of a half-dozen of his favorite
> local avant/noise / improv/something-else outfits, including the
> one-man percussion band Clang Quartet, the blips-and-drones of
> Spacelab, and the massed pedal army called Glockenspiel.
> 
> 
> 
> Wednesday, August 24
> The Quarantines [http://www.thequarantines.com], Monsonia
> [http://www.monsonia.com], The Narrator
> Local 506, Chapel Hill
> 
> 
> 
> Wednesday, August 24
> Jule Brown [http://www.julebrown.org], The Balance
> [http://www.thebalanceband.com/]
> Fuse, Chapel Hill
> 
> 
> 
> Wednesday, August 24
> Mowing Lawns [http://www.dyss.net/mlawns.html], Mike Tamburo
> [http://www.miketamburo.com]
> Nightlight, Chapel Hill
> 
> 
> 
> Thursday, August 25
> The Mountain Goats [http://www.themountaingoats.net/], The Prayers and
> Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers [http://www.prayersandtears.com/], Wigg
> Report, David Karsten Daniels [http://www.davidkarstendaniels.com/],
> Billy Sugarfix [http://www.soundclick.com/bands/8/billysugarfix.htm]
> Duke Coffeehouse, Durham
> 
> This is Night Three of the [http://www.troikamusicfestival.org] Troika
> Music Festival. Lineup as follows:
> 
> 7:45 Billy Sugarfix
> 8:15 Schwervon
> 8:40 David Karsten Daniels
> 9:20 Alina Simone
> 10:00 The Wigg Report
> 10:45 Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers
> 11:30 The Mountain Goats
> 
> Mountain Goats you know about, right? Usedta be ultra-low-fi, all
> adenoids and hiss and fantastical tales of myth & tragedy. Now hi-fi
> and autobiographical.
> 
> Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers seem to really enchant the
> serious-into-music undergrads, with their intensely personal lyrics
> and their turn-on-a-dime transitions from quiet intimacy to
> blow-down-the-walls bombast.
> 
> Wigg Report are Durham summertime anti-folk with pleasantly off-kilter
> reeds.
> 
> Billy Sugarfix: love, good rhymes, and theremin.
> 
> 
> 
> Thursday, August 25
> Ricky Dollars [http://homepages.nyu.edu/%7Erda211/], Fluff Chick
> [http://www.duke.edu/~alangley/fluffchick2.htm], Junior Varsity
> Superheroes [http://myspace.com/juniorvarsitysuperheroes], Opening
> Flower Happy Bird [http://www.myspace.com/openingflowerhappybird], Dom
> Casual
> Joe & Jo's, Durham
> 
> Night Three of the [http://www.troikamusicfestival.org] Troika Music
> Festival. Lineup as follows:
> 
> 8:00 Ricky Dollars
> 8:50 Fluff Chick
> 9:40 Junior Varsity Superheroes
> 10:30 Opening Flower Happy Bird
> 11:20 Dom Casual
> 
> Ricky Dollars is the current performing alter-ego of one Richard
> Allen, who recently pendulumed back to the Triangle. Fluff Chick
> formed many years ago out of the skeleton of a Rock Lotto band; they
> feature Wusses trumpeter Jeff Herrick. Junior Varsity Superheroes are
> like that 80s metal band Europe, only with harmonica. Opening Flower
> Happy Bird's 5-song EP is my favorite local release of the past 3
> months, all dorky beats and spazzy acoustic guitars and two guys
> singing unintelligible nonsense in unison. Beautiful. Dom Casual make
> vintage garage-rock showcasing the wry lyrical sensibility of Jamie
> McLendon.
> 
> 
> 
> Thursday, August 25
> The Experts [http://www.expertsrock.com], The People Under the Bridge
> [http://www.duckonbike.com/artistinfo.asp?artistid=378], Ticonderoga
> [http://www.ticonderobics.com/], North Elementary
> [http://www.northelementary.com], Strange
> [http://www.thisisstrange.org]
> Local 506, Chapel Hill
> 
> Night Three of the [http://www.troikamusicfestival.org] Troika Music
> Festival. Lineup as follows:
> 
> 8:25 The Experts
> 9:15 People Under the Bridge
> 10:05 Ticonderoga
> 10:55 North Elementary
> 11:45 Strange
> 
> Ticonderoga are from Raleigh & their debut self-titled CD (did that
> come out earlier this year or last year? The months just blur
> together) is one of the most auspicious indie-rock debuts of the past
> year. Wee bit Pavementy, but with strings and a sort of breathy
> quietness that Malkmus never could get into.
> 
> Strange are also from Raleigh & they make crazy echoey kinda
> Birthday-Partyish rock with doses of trumpet & weird keyboard things.
> 
> 
> 
> Friday, August 26
> The Rosebuds [http://www.therosebuds.com/], I Am the World Trade
> Center [http://www.iamluxe.com/worldtrade/], The Sames
> [http://www.thesames.com], Gerty [http://www.gerty.org], Tennis and
> the Mennonites [http://www.tennisandthemennonites.com]
> Duke Coffeehouse, Durham
> 
> This is Night Four of the [http://www.troikamusicfestival.org] Troika
> Music Festival. One program note: The Whole World Laughing, a duo
> consisting of Clang Quartet's Scotty Irving on drums &
> CantwellGomezJordan's Dave Cantwell on bass, were booked to play this
> show but may be unable to perform due to a death in Dave Cantwell's
> family. The rest of the lineup:
> 
> 7:45 The Whole World Laughing
> 8:35 Tennis and the Mennonites
> 9:25 Gerty!
> 10:15 The Sames
> 11:05 I Am the World Trade Center
> 11:55 The Rosebuds
> 
> I don't know whether, if TWWL can't make it, the whole lineup will be
> moved up by 50 minutes or what. Use your discretion.
> 
> Tennis & the Mennonites make hiccuppy stutter-stepping gtr-bass-drums
> indierock that channels some of the most appealing aspects of all yr
> favorite nervous-art-student bands (Feelies, T. Heads). They're young
> & at-times sloppy & that's good.
> 
> Gerty! recently snapped up ex-Butchies drummer Melissa York, who seems
> like she'll be a perfect fit for their brand of quirky 80s-revivalist
> nerd-pop. Her glasses even match.
> 
> The Sames are loud and blurry and blissful, and the Rosebuds are
> adorable, and I don't need to tell you either of those things.
> 
> 
> 
> Friday, August 26
> The Physics of Meaning [http://www.thephysicsofmeaning.com/], Regina
> Hexaphone [http://www.reginahexaphone.com], The Winter Blanket
> [http://www.blanketmusic.com/], Erie Choir, The Strugglers
> [http://www.thestrugglers.org/]
> Local 506, Chapel Hill
> 
> Night Four of the [http://www.troikamusicfestival.org] Troika Music
> Festival; call it "serious indie-songwriter night" or something.
> Lineup:
> 
> 8:25 Physics of Meaning
> 9:15 Regina Hexaphone
> 10:05 Winter Blanket
> 10:55 Erie Choir
> 11:45 The Strugglers
> 
> Physics of Meaning feature 2/3ds of Ticonderoga, plus Daniel Hart
> (ex-Go Machine) and Ann Polesnak of Utah!.
> 
> Regina Hexaphone is the countryishrockish outfit of Shark Quest's Sara
> Bell, who actually sings! (She's done it before, with Angels of
> Epistemology, Dish, and sitting in with Lud, but rarely more than one
> or two songs in a row)
> 
> Erie Choir is the Eliott-Smithish band of Eric Roehrig (Sorry About
> Dresden); their "Bad Tsars is a Drag" EP was my fave release of last
> year, I think.
> 
> The Strugglers have a new CD due out in October that isn't only their
> best yet; it's a shoo-in for my top-5 of 2005.
> 
> 
> 
> Friday, August 26
> Jack the Radio [http://www.purevolume.com/jacktheradio], Dirty Little
> Heaters [http://www.myspace.com/thedirtylittleheaters], America's Next
> Top Models [http://www.myspace.com/americasnexttopmodels], The
> Moaners, Fontana
> Joe & Jo's, Durham
> 
> Night Four of the [http://www.troikamusicfestival.org] Troika Music
> Festival. The lineup:
> 
> 8:25 Jack the Radio
> 9:15 Dirty Little Heaters
> 10:05 Americas Next Top Models
> 10:55 The Moaners
> 11:45 Fontana
> 
> Information is sketchy . . . America's Next Top Models are a Durham
> supergroup, featuring members of CantwellGomezandJordan, Holy Roman
> Empire, and Maple Stave; they have a song about Condoleezza Rice.
> 
> The Moaners are Melissa Swingle (ex-Trailer Bride) and Laura King
> (ex-Grand National) doing swampy gtr-drums duo stuff; when they rock
> it up & stomp it out, they're near-unbeatable.
> 
> 
> 
> Friday, August 26
> Gabe Dixon Band [http://www.gabedixonband.com/], Jule Brown
> [http://www.julebrown.org], Choosy Beggars
> [http://www.thechoosybeggars.com]
> Cat's Cradle, Carrboro
> 
> 
> 
> Saturday, August 27
> Portastatic [http://www.portastatic.com], Work Clothes
> [http://www.bullfightparty.org], Schooner
> [http://www.schoonermusic.com], Audubon Park
> [http://audubonpark.blogspot.com], Bellafea
> [http://www.bellafea.com/]
> 305 South, Durham
> 
> Night Five & the Grand Finale of the
> [http://www.troikamusicfestival.org] Troika Music Festival, at the
> brand-new 305 South in Durham, which is the new club opened by James &
> Michelle from Ooh La Latte, presumably sans whatever mysterious
> problems plagued their previous venture. Ooh La was such an excellent
> place to see live music that I've got High Hopes for the new joint.
> And what better way to inaugurate it:
> 
> 11:30 Farmer Jason and Friends :: FREE!
> 4:20 Odd International
> 5:10 Polynya
> 6:00 The Balance
> 6:50 Goner
> 7:40 Audubon Park
> 8:30 Bellafea
> 9:20 Schooner
> 10:10 Work Clothes
> 11:00 Tenement Halls
> 12:00 Portastatic
> 
> Highlights: Farmer Jason is Jason Ringenberg of Jason & the Scorchers;
> it's some kind of weird kid-friendly alter-ego. Odd Int'l is some
> Raleigh jazz-funk weirdos. Polynya is member[s] of Roxxotica & Fashion
> Design (and others) doing swirly murk-pop. The Balance is the band of
> final Ashley Stove guitarist Jim Brantley. Goner are
> bass-keyboards-drums and they make music that I'd like to call "emo"
> if that term didn't have so many useless connotations nowadays.
> 
> Audubon Park are my favorite "indie-rock" (in the classic mid-90s
> we-be-fukt-up sense of the term) band working 'round here. Bellafea
> are a girl/boy gtr/drums duo and their 2nd-to-last-song last Saturday
> at the Cat's Cradle was the best thing I've ever seen them do (and
> I've seen them do some damnfine things in the past, too).
> 
> Schooner make swoony pop except for occasionally when they get all
> frantic. Work Clothes are Lee & Jenny, except when they're more than
> that. Whispery whispery quiet with singing & gently strumming, until
> that moment halfway through "The New Pop Mafia" when the pickslide and
> the dirty channel and the boom.
> 
> Tenement Halls is the new band of Chris (Rock*A*Teens) Lopez, and
> while the songs I heard seem slightly more baroque/pop than the
> R*A*Ts, and they don't sound like they were recorded at the bottom of
> the world's largest well, still, I can hear the connection, in a good
> way.
> 
> There is a new Portastatic album out. Jim Wilbur is their bass player.
> Please begin rehearsing your heckles now. Suggested example: "Hey Jim,
> glad to see you finally got a real job."
> 
> 
> 
> Saturday, August 27
> April Crider, Destroyed By Kittens
> [http://www.littlemissmessy.net/dbk/], Trip, Mogote
> [http://www.mogotemusic.net/], Water Callers
> Joe & Jo's, Durham
> 
> Night Five of the [http://www.troikamusicfestival.org] Troika Music
> Festival. Lineup:
> 
> 7:00 Shawn Deena
> 7:40 April Crider
> 8:20 Destroyed by Kittens
> 9:00 Trip
> 9:40 Mogote
> 10:20 Water Callers
> 
> 
> 
> Sunday, August 28
> Maple Stave [http://www.maplestave.com]
> WXDU 88.7 FM, Durham
> 
> The Maple Stave are a Durham three-piece who keep drummer Evan Rowe at
> the center of their pulsating, vaguely mathy songs; gtr and bass fly
> around him like an electron cloud, or the rubber-band-ball model of an
> electron cloud that your high-school Chem teacher had on his desk.
> 5:00 p.m. 88.7 FM or www.wxdu.org <http://www.wxdu.org>.
> 
> 
> 
> Sunday, August 28
> The Crimson Spectre [http://www.slavemagazine.com/crimsonspectre/],
> Boxcar Bertha, Mortar and Pestle, Warbomb!
> [http://www.myspace.com/warbomb]
> Greene Street, Greensboro
> 
> I dunno exactly where Greene Street is (well, it's 113 N. Greene St.
> in Greensboro, but that's all I got) but this is a free all-ages show,
> and it begins at 8:00 p.m.
> 
> Crimson Spectre play speedy chugga-chugga hardcore with smart leftist
> political lyrics (and the occasional Misfits cover, natch). They rule.
> Mortar and Pestle were from Chapel Hill when they were in high school;
> now that they're in college, they're from Greensboro, and they make
> sweet, nerdily-anthemic indie-rock with offkey boy/girl vocals.
> Warbomb feature members of All Astronauts & Kudzu Wish.
> 
> 
> 
> Sunday, August 28
> Pernice Brothers [http://www.pernicebrothers.com/], Cloud Room, Jose
> Ayerve
> Local 506, Chapel Hill
> 
> 
> 
> Monday, August 29
> Flicker [http://www.chapel-hill.nc.us/flicker]
> Cat's Cradle, Carrboro
> 
> Back-to-school edition of Flicker, which I don't know what that means
> so I dunno why I said it. Flicker is a long-running (10yearsplus)
> short-film screening series; everything originates on film & nothing's
> longer than 20 minutes. There are prizes, and cookies, and since it's
> at the Cradle, nosmoking and beer. Admission is like $3 and it starts
> at 8:00, so you've got no possible reason not to go.
> 
> 
> 
> Monday, August 29
> A Rooster for the Masses
> [http://www.myspace.com/aroosterforthemasses], Tiger Bear Wolf
> Local 506, Chapel Hill
> 
> This is a free show. A Rooster For The Masses are from Raleigh, and
> the one song I've heard (and played over-and-over) is kinda breezy &
> percolating in a sorta europop-meets-LeeScratchPerry kind of way. OK,
> not that dubby, but odd.
> 
> Tiger Bear Wolf are from Greensboro and at their best (on record, at
> least) sound like Lemmy doing guest vocals for a good
> postpunk/indierock/{emo} type band. Translation: they're from
> Greensboro. I said that.
> 
> 
> 
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