The Strange Boys have been a Daily Choice favorite since I first heard Ryan Sambol’s strained holler three years ago. I’d missed their thrashy punk stage, but had caught on in time to here them turn in to a rollicking rock ‘n’ roll band pitched out obscurity by Sambol’s powerful stage presence. I love this band and thus it’s hard for me to process the drastic shift in style Sambol and crew have shifted towards on their new album Live Music. Gone are the the speedy blues riffs and tinges of garage, replaced by a soft, sweet bit of classic rock. Even Sambol’s voice seems to have been plied with honey, it’s Blonde on Blonde scratch replaced by the dulcet tones of Nashville Skyline. For my easily spooked musical capacity it’s a big jump, and quite honestly, I don’t know what I think of it yet.
Live Music is out tomorrow October 25th on Rough Trade.
The Strange Boys – Me and You
The best part of celebrating Valentines Day at The Sunset Tavern? A set chalk full of new Kaylee Cole songs. Save her opening tune (“Uncertain World” off We’re Still Missing You), Kaylee’s set was compiled solely of new songs. Kaylee’s never been someone who sang happy songs per se, but for her new batch of tunes her voice is filled with an extra punch of sad knowing, combined with the lyrical wistfulness I’ve always found so compelling. If lovelorn songs are your thing, your broken heart is about to swell for Kaylee Cole.
These songs, “David” and “Your War,” were two of my favorites from the night. Kaylee’s next Seattle show is March 10th at The Sunset Tavern and she’ll be singing these songs and more new tunes. Checking out the show, these new songs and Kaylee Cole come with my highest recommendation.
The first battle of Operation Bright Pinkhas been fought, and won by Thee Emergency. Here is the photographic evidence of their triumph:
my favorite furry foursome
Sonic is Flying
putting on one of the best shows in Seattle
the incomparable Dita Vox