After getting way to tipsy in the basement "Grotto" of the Rendezvous on Friday night, I wobbled up to the Croc for the Cops very sold out CD release show. The boys proceeded to do what they do best, and that is put on a good old fashioned, rock and roll show complete with squealing ladies and tight riffs- playing their aptly titled new record, Free Electricity in it's entirety, stopping the buzzing energetic show for a moment only so frontman Mike Jaworski could recieve a candle bedecked birthday pumpkin pie. Folks in the crowd included a ton of drunken heckle-happy ladies and a very impressed David Bazan who'd never seen the local band play before.
Last night marked my first time seeing local songwriting master Bill Patton with his band which includes Sera Cahoone drummer Jason Merculief and a new bass player who Patton poached from the Seattle Symphony. He's got a voice like roughly split wood, ragged and smooth at once. From the land of scotch and ten thousand cigarettes, he channels everyone from Tom Waits to our own Damien Jurado at times bringng the love affairs of crimefighters, sexy calvaries, and consumption of radon to life. He plays next at the High Dive on November 25th.