Tonight is the first crazy-crazy-packed night we've had here in a Nashville in a while - where there are literally four different options that I would be way more than happy to check out. (Five, actually, if you count Glossary's in-store at Grimey's today, but that's at 6 p.m. and it doesn't really interfere with anything else so you should ALL go to it.) So I suppose as a blogger it's my job to tell you what I'm choosing to see and why, which will maybe help inform your own decision. Right?
Anyway, my pick for the night is Nada Surf and Sea Wolf at Exit/In. I've been pretty excited about this show for a while - I saw Nada Surf at Exit/In back in February of 2006 and I really enjoyed the show, and I've been patiently waiting for Sea Wolf to come to town since I first heard "Black Dirt" and then all of my friends started raving about him. And while I can't give you my first-hand opinion on Sea Wolf (we'll all have to judge for ourselves tonight, but all signs point to goodness), I can definitely provide you with my opinion on Nada Surf's live show. One of the awesome things about having a blog (and part of the reason I started one) is that it's a super handy way to keep track of the stuff you've seen and what you thought about it. I just doubled back and read my own review of that Nada Surf show at Exit/In 20 months ago, and now I'm even MORE excited. Moderately embarrassed by my rambling, but psyched. I don't know if that review means anything to anyone else, but it just helped me remember exactly how I felt at that show. So here's hoping they sell out Exit/In again.
My friends at Barsuk actually sent me a brand new Nada Surf tune the other day; it's going to appear on their new album Lucky, which is due out on February 5, 2008. A long wait for sure, but I have a sneaking suspicion we might hear a bit of the new stuff tonight. I played this one the other day on the show and got about five phone calls, so hopefully you like it as much as my listeners do:
"See These Bones"
And here are two more Nada Surf songs - both highlights at the show last year:
Of course, you need to sample some Sea Wolf too, so you can make sure you get there in time for his opening set:
Hopefully see you out tonight!
Also going on tonight:
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals @ the War Memorial Auditorium (sorry, SOLD OUT).
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead @ Cannery Ballroom - 10 p.m, $16, although conveniently $10 if you have a stamp/ticket from Nada Surf or Ryan Adams.
Jennifer O'Connor @ The 5 Spot with Hotel Lights, Field and Stream of Consciousness and Deanna Veragona - $7 and 21+.