Cold War Kids shot a brief documentary about the
recording of their latest record “Loyalty To Loyalty” and posted it
The roughly 34-minute documentary, titled “02.08 to 06.08,” was
originally packaged as part of the deluxe edition of the album. You
can view it below.
As for the record itself, well it’s pretty alright I suppose,
but for some reason I can’t really get into it all that much. I am
a fan of “Robbers and Cowards,” the band’s debut, but the new
record seems a little disjointed to me. But that’s not to say you
won’t like it. So please, don’t take my word as the definitive
judgment on the group’s newest record.
Here is the second half of guest blogger (and my occasional +1
at shows) Brent Stecker’s review of our weekend that included an
amazing My Morning Jacket show and a solid effort by Cold War Kids
the next night. You can read the first part of his review (which
covers the MMJ show)
by clicking here.
Post show, T-$ (ed. note: in case you didn’t read part 1,
T-money is Brent’s oddball nickname for me) took me to Beth’s, a
“Seattle institution,” where I enjoyed some fantastic breakfast
food and indulged in the $6 Milkshake (ingredients: chocolate,
peanut butter, brownies, and the diabeetus). Oh yeah, I got my
peanut-butter pudding surprise all right.
The next day, we had plenty of time to kill before Cold War
Kids, so Travis and I invented a game where we made up
lyrics like we were Craig Finn, lead singer of The Hold
Steady. If you’ve never heard The Hold Steady, here’s a
crash course on Craig Finn’s style: his lyrics tell outlandish
stories about barflies and such, and he mostly yell-talks in a
raspy monotone. Here’s some typical Finn lines: “She was a damn
good dancer but she wasn’t all that great of a girlfriend”; “They
ended up on Washington talking to the river”; and “Big heads with
soft bodies make for lousy lovers.”
With the help of Dollar-Dollar’s friend Brian, we came up with
some good ones, including “That’s how we found out
kangaroos make for lousy housepets.” Just so you know, the
joke will never get old.
Earlier this week my buddy Brent Stecker and I trekked over the
hill (that’s Eastern Washington lingo for driving over the mountain
passes to go to Seattle) to catch a few shows.
Sunday night we saw My Morning
Jacket at McCaw Hall (one word: awesome) and Monday we
caught the Cold War Kids twice, once at their Easy
Street Records in-store set and later that night at the
I’d love to tell you all about both
shows, but since Brent did such a good job summing up our weekend
adventure on his MySpace blog I decided it would be better to let
him recount our musical escapades.
Also, Brent recently started a
promising blog about guitars and guitarists called Tiny Strings
(the link to the blog will be coming soon, I promise), so I figured
this post would act as his indoctrination into the blogosphere.
So here is guest blogger Brent
Stecker’s review of the first of two excellent shows that
went down recently, taken from his MySpace blog (emphasis
Just wanted to spread the news about the upcoming Cold War Kids
performance at Easy Street Records in Queen Anne
Monday. The band will play the Showbox at the Market later that
night. The in-store performance is free and starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $17 for the Showbox show.
Summer is typically the best season for concerts, but that
doesn’t mean fall and winter are slumming it when it comes to
packing some awesome club and arena rock shows.
Here’s where you’ll find me the next few weeks:
My Morning Jacket @ McCaw Hall Sept. 28
I know very little about MMJ. But I have always been
curious about their live show because I have heard so many good
things about it. My buddy had an extra ticket and I couldn’t say no
when he offered it up. Plus, “Evil Urges” was a surprise favorite
for me this summer.
Cold War Kids @ Showbox at the Market Sept.
Like I mentioned earlier this week, I saw these guys at
Sasquatch! and was highly impressed. I’ve listened to the new record about a half dozen
times and it doesn’t resonate with me the same way the band’s last
record did, but maybe after a few more listens I will like it more.
I suppose I had better get to liking it since it’s likely CWK will
play a lot of new material at the Showbox.
ReverbFEST in Ballard Oct. 4
I attended last year’s ReverbFEST and it was a blast. What made it so
much fun was that all the acts were local and all the shows took
place in Ballard, one of my favorite western Washington locales.
This year I am really excited to see Team Gina and my new favorite
local band SHIM. I am sure I will discover plenty more excellent
local gems while venue hopping and drinking beer throughout the
I’m a Weezer fan and this will be my third time seeing the band
play KeyArena. The first time was pretty mediocre and the second
time was probably the best =W= show I’ve seen, so it will be
interesting to see what the group’s tour behind the surprisingly
pretty decent “Red Album” will bring. What’s that? You don’t like
the “Red Album?” Well, id you can’t crack a smile while listening
to “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived” then you simply don’t like
If you are in town Monday night, Cold War Kids will be playing
at the Showbox. I’ll be there. They blew me away at Sasquatch this
year and I am looking forward to getting blown away again early
Here’s the video for the first single off “Loyalty To Loyalty,”
the new Cold War Kids record.