San Diego’s Crocodiles are strangely what I’ve been looping this sunny afternoon. “Strangely” because they’re pretty sad bastard lyrically but sunny-California musically. After enjoying their song “Neon Jesus” thoroughly for the past few months, I came across a few free tracks from new album Summer of Hate, out April 28 on Fat Possum Records. They’re really good.
MP3: “Summer of Hate” from their new album Summer of Hate, courtesy of Fat Possum Records
MP3: “I Wanna Kill” from their new album Summer of Hate, courtesy of Fat Possum Records
The Crocodiles are currently on tour with The Faint and Ladytron, a tour which stops by the Showbox SODO on May 2. I might need to go to this show.
This show comes in a close second for being worthy of the Show of the Week. We’re going to head off in a little bit, but I just wanted to say how effing psyched I am about The Faint’s show tonight. I hear Ratatat is supposed to be pretty sweet as well. The Faint put on the best show of 2005 in my book. A couple friends tried to get tickets and told it was sold out so it should be packed at the Showbox. I’m so phsyched I am going to put up an mp3.
Listen (mp3): The Faint – Psycho Killer (Talking Heads Cover)
A curious sample of what I’ve been listening most to in November. Randomly rounded off at selections from 20 Artists:
“Here’s Your Future” – The Thermals
“Sleep Sandwich” and “How’s Forever Been Baby” – Elvis Perkins
“Black Wave” – The Shins (from the forthcoming Wincing the Night Away)
“Trouble” and the “Raised by Wolves EP”- Voxtrot
“All Fires” – Swan Lake
“Rotation of Crops” – The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers
“I Found A Reason” – Cat Power (velvet underground cover)
“Cold Wind” – The Arcade Fire (from the Six Feet Under Soundtrack)
“Woman is Nigger of the World” – John Lennon (acoustic)
“Girl From The North Country” – Bob Dylan, featuring Johnny Cash
“The Trees Get Wheeled Away” – Bright Eyes (live at the Gypsy Tea Room, 10/05/02)
“Paint’s Peeling” – Rilo Kiley
“Connect For” – Common Market (complete w/KEXP shout-outs, from Live at KEXP, Vol II)
“Nature of the Experiment” – Tokyo Police Club
“90-Mile Water Wall” and “Mr. November” – The National (from Black Sessions # 230 04/29/05)
“Lucky” – Radiohead
“Worked Up So Sexual” and “Call, Call” – The Faint
“The Eraser” – Thom Yorke
“Race You” – The Figurines
Neutral Milk Hotel: the near perfect In The Aeroplane Over the Sea. Which, if I can be so bold–
is my favorite album of all time.
This week promises to be one of the finest weeks of the year as far as live music goes. Long Winters, The Faint, Cat Power, Tapes n’ Tapes, and the Little Ones all visit our fair city this snowy week. Local boys and one of my favorites Dusty 45′s are at the Tractor for an Animal Rescue Benefit (which means it is obviously a great place to pick up chicks). Something to see everday except, well, today.
Tuesday Nov. 28 – Cat Power – Showbox
Wednesday Nov. 29 – Dusty 45′s – Tractor Tavern
Thursday Nov. 30 – The Long Winters, Tapes n’ Tapes, “Awesome” – HUB Ballroom
Thursday Nov. 30 – The Little Ones, Small Sins – Neumos
Thursday Nov. 30 – Manplus – The Crocodile Cafe
Friday Dec. 1 – Amy Millan, Greg Laswell – the Triple Door
Saturday Dec. 2 – The Faint, Ratatat, DJ Colby B – Showbox
Sunday Dec. 3 – Silversun Pickups, Wolfmother – Moore Theatre – sold out
Next week is also a major week with the Death Cab-Jenny Lewis show, the Deck the Hall Ball with the Shins, Joanna Newsom, and the KEXP Benefit with Cold War Kids and Ted Leo.
Via Pitchfork we learn the Faint have scheduled some tour dates. They will be in Seattle at the Showbox December 2. Don’t miss it.