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REVIEW: My Morning Jacket@ McCaw Hall and Cold War Kids @ The Showbox (part 2)

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

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.

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REVIEW: My Morning Jacket @ McCaw Hall and Cold War Kids @ The Showbox (part 1)

Friday, October 3rd, 2008


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 Showbox.

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 added).

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An interview with My Morning Jacket

Friday, September 26th, 2008

As I mentioned earlier, I am just now begining to get into the world of My Morning Jacket, a world I will be immersed into Sunday night when I see them at McCaw Hall.

While reading up on MMJ I came across an interview with the band’s drummer Patrick Hallahan in a story that has a pretty solid comprehensive rundown of the group’s career. The interview can be found here, and it was penned by The Sun’s Alan Sculley. I know it is already posted on this site, but I wanted to repost it here in case you missed it the first time around.

Expect a MMJ recap next week along with a recap of Monday night’s Cold War Kids show at the Showbox.


My busy early fall schedule

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

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. 29

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 day.

Weezer at KeyArena Oct. 11

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 music.


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