Although County Grind enjoyed Surfer Blood's interpretation ofLit's "My Own Worst Enemy"
plenty, taking on an early Pavement track is likely to rustle up more high-brow plaudits. "Box Elder
," a song about getting the fuck out of Stockton, California (or possibly West Palm Beach), figured into the guys'set at Denver's Bluebird Theater on Sunday
(10/10/10 atexactly 10:10
!) with the Drums and the Dewars, and now a studio version is circulating for MP3 download viaHalfwayHouseMusic.com
The track from Pavement's 1989 Slay Tracks EP is one of four songs
as-yet-unreleased "I'm Not Ready" (posted below).
Plus: some of the early reviews of Surfer Blood's locally based tourmates the Dewars' introduction to the rest of the country made us chuckle.
Sister paper Westword in Denver said: "You have to have a sense of humor,
apparently, to survive being a band like this in West Palm Beach,
From Thursday's performance in Boise, Idaho, Boise Weekly writes: "Call it nerdcore minus the core."
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Tuesday's stop in Vancouver yielded these gems: "Imagine The Proclaimers and David Bowie getting together to write music for the circus."
"Bonus points for the xylophone/tambourine player who looked like he was
picked off the corner of Hastings and Main and given an instrument; his
frenetic playing seemed to power the band throughout the set."
So far, still kinder than Miami New Times.