I am unusually excited for this week, not just because it’ll be the first time I’ll have seen USE in probably about a year and a half but shortly after that I’ll be taking my first actual vacation in well over two years. So, with any luck, next week’s column will be filed, as Eddie Argos of Art Brut might say, “on a beach out of reach, somewhere very far away.” Southern California is more accurate.
In the meantime, here are a few things I’m excited about for this upcoming week:
USE at the Crocodile on Saturday, March 28
Has it really been five years since United State of Electronica first released their debut, self-titled album?
The Daft Punk-inspired dance band is playing their first show of 2008 and first Seattle show (at least to my knowledge) since last year’s Capitol Hill Block Party and it’s going to be the biggest party of the week. They’re finishing up a new record as we speak and with any luck, will be released in the near future. It’ll also be the first test of how a packed dance party will work in the new Crocodile.
While I have a close friend in USE, they would still be one of my favorite bands regardless. Each show is an all-out dance party lacking in any pretention. Their songs are well-crafted pop gems with big choruses that you want to shout along to and D.A.N.C.E. to. With a new record so close to being finished, I’m sure you can expect lots of new songs to go along with some of their older favorites.
Here’s a video of USE playing one of their hits, “Open Your Eyes”, at the CHBP last summer:
Eugene Mirman and John Wesley Harding with Jon Auer, John Roderick, Thee Sgt. Major III and Sherman Alexie at the Tractor Tavern, Wednesday, April 1
When I talk about how I’d like to see some more diversity at shows, I usually mean that it would be fun to see a rock band, a singer-songwriter and a hip hop group on the same bill. Here, this lineup has three singer-songwriters, a rock band, a poet and a comedian.
This event has the feel of a “People Talking and Singing” benefit that 826 Seattle sometimes hosts. It’s not but it is a nice collection of people with different backgrounds and talents but all have great stories to tell and most have great songs to play. Mirman is always very funny and I’m sure that both John Roderick and Jon Auer will also be sharing some very funny stories to go along with their music.
See you out and about (possibly),
*Three Imaginary Girls*
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