Last summer, arguably the biggest event in local music was SP20, the anniversary party for Sub Pop’s twenty years of going out of business. Lately, it seems like SP21 is continuing because a lot of (nonlocal) acts from the label have been coming through town with some great regularity, although I’ll never be accused of being an admirer of either, both Iron & Wine and The Shins were here last week (I know the latter has left SP and my understanding is that they are self-releasing their next album) and this upcoming week has the super-popular Flight of the Conchords, who sold out three straight nights at the Paramount in just a few minutes, and influential twee-pop band The Vaselines are playing one of their very rare US shows this week.
The Vaselines at Neumo’s on Tuesday, May 12
I try to limit the shows I preview in this column to local shows, but this Scottish band is local in spirit, being that Sub Pop just released a deluxe edition of their complete works (really, it’s superb) and The Vaselines were one of Kurt Cobain’s favorite bands, so that makes them local enough, right? I’m writing this column on Friday morning, and later in the day, I’ll be calling the Vaselines’ Frances McKee for an interview, with hope that she doesn’t say “how did you get this number?” and then promptly hanging up.
I’ve been excited for this show for a few months now and giving a lot of attention to my copy of The Way of The Vaselines, but now the band is touring to support Enter the Vaselines, a two disc set that includes The Way of the Vaselines plus a bonus disc of demos and live tracks. It’s a fascinating way to hear most of the songs and how they’ve evolved into what appeared on the final recordings.
The Vaselines, McKee and Eugene Kelly, write great, catchy pop songs with boy-girl harmonies – but they can also be really funny and pretty rough around the edges. I can’t wait for them to play this song, “Molly’s Lips” again:
I didn’t know I loved you until I saw you rock and roll,
*Three Imaginary Girls*
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