The situation: It's 11 p.m. on a Tuesday and I'm at my favorite of all bars, Ballard's Hazlewood, with the singer-songwriter Drew Victor, a local who recently moved back to Seattle after six years in Brooklyn.
Caleb Ferguson Drew Victor plays Columbia City Theater this Saturday, October 16 at 9pm. Tickets are $8.
Intoxication: I'm sucking down a Strongbow, Victor's having one of Hazlewood's classic cocktails, the Muddled Ginger. He's been up since 6 a.m.; he works a day job as a barista at Oddfellow's, a relatively chill occupation.
"[Since] I work there during the day, the craziest thing that'll happen is somebody will order vodka," he says. "At ten in the morning."
How He Got Here: Up until last week Victor's main mode of transport was a road bike, but some jerk stole it right outside of Oddfellow's. So tonight he rode his girlfriend's beach cruiser here from his home in Fremont, where, completely and bizarrely coincidentally, he happens to be my next-door neighbor. Seattle, you're just miniscule.We engage in some upper Fremont talk; how the 5 rumbles by and shakes your apartments, how lower Fremont is completely inferior, and how he traitorously and much to my loyal dismay, doesn't prefer Lighthouse coffee.
"I'm a big coffee snob," he says. "My girlfriend works at Stumptown. Stumptown's increased and intensified the values of Lighthouse! They meet with the farmers, everything's certified organic and fair trade."
Lighthouse coffee is my sixth food group. I glare at him.
"I'm sorry," he says.
Shop Talk: Victor's new album My Mother, The Pacific, is a collection of silky, delicate folk tunes-- think a more low-key Sufjan Stevens--and the first he's put out on vinyl.
"It's me missing the West Coast," he says. "I like seeing the trees and the mountains every morning. And playing live here, you can make money. In New York, that's really hard. The only way you can make money is if you play the Bowery Ballroom or something."
BTW: Victor's backing band is Grand Hallway. "They're really old friends, dear friends," he says. Back in New York, he kept pretty good company too, mingling with the likes of Blonde Redhead and Grizzly Bear and once partying at Moby's house, which he shrugs off. "That's just Brooklyn."