Listening Party: Drunk Tigers
svetlana | Oct 16, 2009 | 9:40AM |
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Tonight, at Velvet Lounge, a super solid, if not super flashy indie rock show is going to happen.
Anchoring it is one of Charlotesville’s hotter new acts (with the hottest imaginable name): DRUNK TIGERS. To describe them, it is easiest to say: it sounds like what you imagine indie rock sounding on the most primal, basic level. Zach Carter, the man behind and in front of the band, was in a couple of post-punk bands in his young life, and after Fallout Countdown (which featured Gavin Holland in his pre-DJ days) disbanded, started Cataract Camp which recorded and toured with Travis Morrison and, in the end, turned out an EP with Tigers that goes has from fast and furiously shredding to oddly intimate in a matter of minutes. Check it out:

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Thursday 03/30
Carlos Mencia from Mind of Mencia @ Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse
$30 / $30
Carlos Mencia is undoubtedly one of today’s most popular entertainers and comics. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, nationwide sold-out tours, or films, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a wide and diverse audience. Mencia comes from a humble background, born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the 17th of 18 children. His parents sent him to the United States when he was about three months old, where he was raised in Maravilla Projects in Los Angeles, California by his aunt and uncle. In his early teens, Mencia moved back to Honduras because his family wanted him to avoid the destructive gang culture of East Los Angeles. When Mencia later returned to Los Angeles, he showed such educational prowess that he was immediately promoted to the tenth grade. Soon after, he successfully graduated from Garfield High School. Mencia began his career doing stand-up on amateur night. After he found success on the L.A comedy circuit, Mencia was named “International Comedy Grand Champion” from Buscando Estrellas (the Latino version of Star Search). This led to appearances on “In Living Color,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “Moesha” and “An Evening at the Improv.” In 1994, he hosted the HBO comedy series “Loco Slam” and in 1998 he hosted “Funny is Funny!” on Galavision. Mencia released a comedy album in 2000 called “Take a Joke, America” that showcased his brand of humor. Mencia continued his journey up the comedy ladder by headlining “The Three Amigos” tour with Freddy Soto and Pablo Francisco in 2002, which sold out in record time around the United States. He was also featured in the independent films, “Outta Time” and “29 Palms” and starred in guest spots on “The Shield” and “The Bernie Mac Show,” among others. In 2002, he received a CableACE Award nomination for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special for his HBO special. That same year, Mencia was featured on “Comedy Central Presents.” Mencia remained busy and after the success of his solo dvd, “Carlos Mencia: Not For The Easily Offended,” “Mind of Mencia” went into development. The show was an instant hit and after the first season, Comedy Central signed Mencia back for his own original stand-up special, “Carlos Mencia: No Strings Attached.” The special was the first Comedy Central Stand-up Special DVD to achieve Platinum sales status. “Mind of Mencia” debuted on Comedy Central in early 2005. It became one of the strongest shows in the network’s history, averaging about 1.5 million total viewers. “Mind of Mencia” was executive produced by Carlos Mencia and Robert Morton (“Late Night with David Letterman”). In the summer of 2007, Mencia starred opposite Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan in the Farrelly Brothers’ hit feature film, THE HEARTBREAK KID (DreamWorks). In the fall of that year Mencia headlined a nationwide comedy tour titled “Carlos Mencia Live Presented by Bud Light.” The highly anticipated tour brought Mencia face-to-face with his fans from September 2007 through December 2007. Shortly thereafter, Mencia taped a new comedy special for Comedy Central, “Carlos Mencia: Performance Enhanced,” that aired in May 2008. Since 2007, every holiday season Mencia has embarked on a USO Tour to the Persian Gulf to entertain the troops serving overseas. For his 2008 trip, Mencia visited Kuwait to host “Operation MySpace,” an exclusive concert for American Troops in the Middle East alongside Jessica Simpson and The Pussycat Dolls. The special aired on FX in April 2008. Mencia’s 2009 USO tour had stops in Turkey, Kirkuk, Baghdad, Qatar, Afghanistan, and many other countries. In July 2008, Mencia began his tour, “At Close Range” at Red Rock Amphitheatre in Colorado. The tour was sponsored by Bud Light and co-promoted by Icon Entertainment and Live Nation. Larger than all of his previous tours, Mencia performed in 80 cities across the country. In the summer of 2009, he kicked off a nationwide comedy tour entitled “The Administration of Laughter” which brought him to excited audiences all around the country. In March 2010, Mencia starred in the family comedy OUR FAMILY WEDDING (FOX Searchlight) alongside America Ferrara and Forrest Whitaker. In the last couple years, Mencia chose to go back to his comedic roots, performing at a number of comedy stores throughout the country – allowing him to share his newest material with smaller and more intimate audiences.
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This started out as a much slower, dreamy little pop song Matt wrote, with lots of chorus on the rhythm guitar. By the time we finished it, it was a punchy rock and roll song with an organ and big countrified leads. When I laid down the lead guitar parts, the engineer joked that we were channeling Skynard. I don’t care who it sounds like. This is one of our favorite tracks to play live.

Winter Party

We usually collaborate on lyric-writing, but this song is all Matt, and they’re some of my favorites. Once you take a corporate job, it’s only a matter of time until it completely dominates your life. You’ll watch your close friends move away and eventually you’ll start looking forward to the lame-ass corporate holiday parties where you can get totally blasted with co-workers you don’t know very well. Matt came up with some one-liners that lighten the mood a little, including a piece of advice I have never given nor received: ‘don’t take your pants off, there’s gonna be a dance-off.’ And that’s exactly how they get you. Hey, the office isn’t so bad, somebody brought in brownies today. Bam. You’re 45.

Outer Banks, Inner Peace
Our drummer Mike wrote my favorite line in this one– ‘Scotch and soda in Texas on a flight delay.’ Nobody drinks scotch and soda in Charlottesville. Bourbon is the cool liquor to drink, so much so that nobody ever even thinks about ordering scotch. And if someone does order it, they’re making a statement by ordering an outrageously expensive scotch that you wouldn’t dare dilute with soda. This behavior is arbitrary, meaningless and pervasive. But when you’re stranded in an airport with nothing to do, things you never do at home seem suddenly appealing. On a whim, you order a scotch and soda. And it tastes novel, bright, refreshing– you’re surprised to find yourself feeling a little bit better. But you’re still kind of bored, because it’s a fucking airport.


Want more:
Check out Drunk Tigers on myspace here and check them out at Velvet Lounge tonight with Impossible Hair, Connect the Dots and Gavin Holland DJing. Good times.