November 25, 2008

Matthews Caws of Nada Surf and Denver’s Flobots are totally coming to hang with me at work

Nice thing #42 about working at a college? Matthew Caws from Nada Surf comes to chill in the building next door in a few weeks. The eclectic Boulder radio show eTown is doing a taping on December 10th in my humble hamlet with Caws and Denver’s Flobots (an odd pairing, but that’s what keeps the show interesting). I helped interview Caws back in February, and that cemented my fandom of the “magical realism” in his literate, pop-heaven tunes.

Caws will be playing an acoustic set, drawing from songs throughout the sixteen-year career of Nada Surf. It should be lovely. The band just released a retrospective of all five of their studio albums on vinyl. The limited 1,000 copy pressing includes their very first 7″ single and download codes for all their albums, plus a collection of rare and out-of-print bonus tracks and b-sides.

The box set is already sold out at Barsuk, but local indie retailers may still have it around. Here’s one of the bonus tracks that you can download with the box set:

No Quick Fix (b-side) – Nada Surf

Nada Surf is on tour now, with Fuel/Friends favorite Delta Spirit and the soulful, moody, female-fronted Jealous Girlfriends as support. Man, she’s got a voice (Listen to their Daytrotter session too):

Organs On The Kitchen Floor – Jealous Girlfriends

NADA SURF TOUR DATES
Nov 28 Minneapolis, MN РFine Line Music Caf̩ #%

Nov 29 Chicago, IL – Metro #%

Dec 2 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club #%

Dec 4 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero#%

Dec 5 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club #%

Dec 6 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #&

Dec 7 New York, NY – Webster Hall#*

Dec 8 Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s %$

Dec 10 Colorado Springs, CO – eTown taping, Colorado College @

# w/ Delta Spirit
% w/ The Jealous Girlfriends
& w/ Gramercy Arms
* w/ Bear Hands
$ w/ Mary Kate O’Neil
@ Matthew Caws solo

[I took that top image last time Caws trucked on through these parts, with a few friends]

2 Comments »

  • no way Nada Surf has been on the scene for 16 years! I would’ve never guessed.

    whats your take on the fFobots? They were doing a show with Blue Scholars in DC the night Obama won

    symbol seattle — November 26, 2008 @ 7:09 am

  • Hey Heather.. this is Gina from Mexico.. a HUGE fan of your blog, and most of all of all Nada Surf’s content you’ve posted here :)

    Great you’ll get to see Matthew in a couple of days, please write a review for us!

    PS. That interview in february is on the the best I’ve ever ever read… ;)

    Gina SG — November 29, 2008 @ 8:44 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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