The Colloquial Orchestra is an experimental improvised music ensemble founded by Dave Watkins in 2009 as an excuse to be in a band with his favorite RVA musicians. The project returned to the stage after a five year hiatus on March 10th of this year. This is the document of that experience.
Live at Bandito's features Elizabeth Owens, Micah Barry, PJ Sykes and Dave Watkins creating music live on four homemade dulcitars, designed and built by Dave himself, with percussion and electronics.
An accompanying film was produced and edited by PJ Sykes with footage shot by Alec Milton and Emmaline Terry. A special pre-release screening will be held at The Camel on May 15th. The film will be released online in conjunction with the live recording.
Pre-order Live At Bandito's from Bandcamp.
The Colloquial Orchestra are back after a five year hiatus!
TLVS “A Bloodless Correction” a short film by PJ Sykes
A few years ago Matt Farley trolled PJ by releasing the song “PJ Sykes Make Music” after PJ tweeted about discovering The Philadelphia Sports Band. But it wasn’t until Jandek (one of Matt’s favorite cult heroes) hired PJ to play guitar that the two became internet friends. Since then PJ has become a regular guest on The Motern Media Infomercial Podcast.
Back in August PJ accepted The Motern Media Infomercial Podcast cover song challenge by choosing to reinvent the classic song “Cult Status” by The Passionate & Objective Jokerfan with added lyrics and in his own musical style. Until now PJ's version was only available in the cover song episode.
“Cult Status” will be available for free on Bandcamp and streaming services on October 31st.
You’re Jovian (Album Release)
Berries (performing original music and hits from The Cure)
The Late Virginia Summers
Tickets Advance: $8 / Day of Show: $12
Doors: 6 PM / Music: 7 PM
Final Gravity Brewing Co. is turning 3 and we're excited to celebrate with you all! We'll again be taking over the large parking lot out back and filling it with amazing food from Pizza Nostra RVA, Charm City Crab Cakes, & Gaucho, a plethora of amazing guest taps from local and regional breweries, special Final Gravity Anniversary brews, tunes by DJs PJ Sykes and Melissa Koch, live music by East of Afton, and special anniversary merchandise.
The Answer Brewpub: Paddle Breaker Imperial Stout
The Veil Brewing Co.: Sleeping Forever Imperial Stout, Yella Lambz Lemonade Sour, and Dissect Me DIPA
Red Dragon Brewery: X to the Next DIPA (collab with FG remix)
Precarious Beer Project: Fortune & Glory Bohemian Pilsner and Nowheresville Watermelon, Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Thai Chili Gose
Aslin Beer Company: A Small Town in Ontario IPA
Equilibrium Brewery: MC2 DIPA and Vulgar Display of Flowers DIPA
American Solera: Goodberry Farmhouse Ale
Triple Crossing Beer: The Grid DIPA
Benchtop Brewing Company: Gongwater IPA and Diamond Star Halo DIPA (Final Gravity collab)
Ocelot: Space Cadet IPA
Oxbow: Italo Disco Foudre Aged Farmhouse Ale
August 10 -VINYL GRAVITY (PJ Sykes & Melissa Koch) - Richmond, VA
DJ Melissa Koch and DJ PJ Sykes return to the tap room to melt some records in the style of this hazy, humid season. Grab a cold beer, dab your forehead, and sink into the swelter of psych, dream pop, R&B, and other things perfect for late summer listening.
July 28 - Hoax Hunters (last show!) - Swarthmore, PA
w/ Catriona Sturton, Old Arrows, Aspect Ratio (2nd show)
July 21 - Hoax Hunters (last RVA show!) - Richmond, VA
1pm at Plan 9 Music in Carytown.
New 26 track CD compiling six Hoax Hunters releases plus a bonus song. Includes the new Dormant EP before it's available on streaming services!
Cover photo by Jake Cunningham. Package and live photos by Jacin Buchanan and Melissa Koch.
On this release Hoax Hunters are: PJ Sykes, Ben Nicastro, Greg Garner, Catriona Sturton, Lance Koehler, Jeff Roop, The PerSisters, Marty Key, Anousheh, James O'Neill, Tim Falen, and Dave Watkins.
Hear the brand new Hoax Hunters single "Do U Remember?" on WRIR's River City Limits with Fontaine. The song starts around the 21min mark, but we highly encourage you to listen to the full show. Lots of great Richmond music and an interview with PJ Sykes.
Hoax Hunters follow up their pointed political single SAD! with an EP about art. The three songs triangulate the theme of “art matters” via Russian and American scientists sending messages into space, getting to know someone through music and books, and exploring the work of surrealist artists. At first this may not seem like the type of music you would expect from a band like Hoax Hunters a year into the Trump era, but without art we don’t exist.
On this recording Hoax Hunters are PJ Sykes, Ben Nicastro, Greg Garner and featuring Ottawa, Ontario–based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Catriona Sturton on harmonica.
The band has two shows scheduled and plans to go on indefinite hiatus after this summer.
July 21 - Plan 9 - Richmond, VA
July 28 - War3house3 - Swarthmore, PA
RECORD STORE DAY 2018 x PLAN 9 MUSIC
Record Store Day is only a couple weeks away! On Saturday, April 21st, we'll be celebrating alongside other independent record shops around the world with tons of limited releases, giveaways & live performances! Also, we'll be putting out a massive used LP collection in the AM! Here's a list of exclusive titles being released on Saturday: https://bit.ly/2HdZfNF
We'll be raffling off an Audio-Technica turntable/powered speaker setup with the proceeds going to Friends of Side by Side. Of course, we'll have plenty of in-store giveaways throughout the day including tickets to a myriad of shows at Strange Matter, The National, The Broadberry + more!
For the first time, we'll have a food truck posted outside the shop! From the morning until they run out, Hollywood Cheesesteaks will be serving delicious Philly-style hoagies aptly named after fictional celebrity figures. They've got bad-ass vegan options too! Give us a call to see what new & used we'll be stocking. We'll throw up samples of everything online up to RSD!
RSD '18 IN-STORE LINE-UP:
10:00 - PJ SYKES & MELISSA KOCH (DJ SET)
1:00 - KENNEKA COOK
2:30 - MCKINLEY DIXON
4:00 - ANGELICA GARCIA
DJs PJ Sykes and Melissa Koch return and this time they're coming equipped with an arsenal of 80's underground and 90's indie to spin on vinyl what you used to blast out your windows from your tape deck. Revisit those days when it was cool to smoke in your dorm room and all the crazy stuff you did was never documented on Facebook. Grab a beer and return to a simpler yet angst-filled time. Damn, it was fun.
Cagey Watts are back! Ben and Greg of Hoax Hunters and Doyle Hall (Timothy Bailey & The Humans) back singer songwriter Carrie Watterworth. 8pm free (get the chicken quesadilla)
PJ will play a solo set of Hoax Hunters songs to open the show. Stick around for MyWay, The Mad Children, and Faceship. 9pm $5
PJ plays guitar for the Rap Cypher live band.
Urban Enthusiasm and Secret Bonus Level, two of the finest hip hop radio programs you're liable to encounter, team up to bring you an evening of RAP music. A diverse bunch of performers from around the city and an OPEN INVITATION RAP CYPHER to end the evening.
Fan Ran, Skuzii and the Finesse Band, aarnxbrown, Frankenstein Reyes, Cosmo Black, Hanz
$7 ($10 under 21) 9pm
Join Richmond's own Hoax Hunters on End of the Century's Fall Fund Drive show on WRIR 97.3 FM or wrir.org! They'll perform a couple of Hüsker Dü songs and some originals, live on the radio. Donate at (804) 622-9747 or at wrir.org to support Richmond Independent Radio!
Tim McCready (aka Timothy Bailey) plays a rare live show with Liza Kate. If all goes well, look for more of these intimate shows soon.
15 years ago PJ Sykes got in the 30 Day Warranty van and shot a linear documentary of their southern US tour. We're dropping a new part of this never before seen video each day starting July 5th on our YouTube channel. If you've ever booked your own DIY tour or ever wondered what it's like, this doc is for you. Nothing has been edited out! No spoilers but some nights were good and others not so much... enjoy!
Jandek handpicked these musicians for his recent show in RVA! This one-off gig is not to be missed. w/ Amplifier on Fire, honeybrandy, LUNAR
August 18 - Hoax Hunters (solo set)
This will be the only Hoax Hunters gig this summer!
RVA Dirt 1 year anniversary party:
Coalition Theater's Richmond Famous w/ Goad Gatsby, Black Liquid
Hoax Hunters contribute new song "SAD!" to Friends For Equality Volume 2
On this song Hoax Hunters are PJ Sykes and Ben Nicastro with Lance Koehler (No BS Brass Band) on drums and backup vocals by Jeff Roop (Angels VS Aliens). Featuring perSisters backup vocals recorded in Dave Brat's congressional district by Beth Bendheim, Alsúin Creighton-Preis, Cheryl Ware. The perSisters include a speech-language pathologist, a member of the local Jewish community, and a recent nationalized citizen. All three mothers are non-paid activist who didn't know each other before the election.
Hoax Hunters are currently writing and recording their third album for Cherub Records.
Friends For Equality volume 2 was curated by Spartan Jet-Plex (aka Nancy Kells) and features 50 songs by artists form 40 different cities in 10 countries. The compilation boasts an eclectic mix of genres including punk rock, improvisation, hip hop, experimental electronic, noise, electronic music, trip hop, ambient, improv, dark ambient, psychrock, experimental, lo-fi, folk, bedroom pop, indie and prog rock.
All proceeds (minus Bandcamp and Paypal fees) will be split evenly between the Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU and Planned Parenthood. This Bandcamp was setup specifically for this fundraising opportunity. The sale begins on May 30, 2017 and will continue indefinitely. Contributions will be sent to the organizations monthly.
Friends For Equality is a music and zine collective comprised of artists from all over the world to raise money and support social justice and civil rights organizations locally in Richmond, Virginia, USA and worldwide
PJ Sykes 5/24/17