I know it’s cool to hate on Steely Dan, but I can’t and won’t. Yes, I’m about to share — siddown! It’s summer 1970-something and we’re in my cousin Phil’s converted attic bedroom playing a marathon game of Monopoly because it’s raining, and the old roof on Priest Street ain’t what she used to be. Two lobster pots catch the blip and ting of rain drops as Can’t Buy a Thrill spins for the umpteenth time. It’s been a longstanding dispute between me and Philly whether “Do It Again” or “Dirty Work” is the better number. I don’t even recall now which tune I championed, just that I was a way better singer than him (and, yes, I put that in because I know he reads me every week). If he were here, me and the Boston boatman would surely be drifting bayside at Humphrey's together this weekend, where Steely Dan takes the stage Saturday and Sunday nights. As it stands, smaht-phone face time’ll have to do. (It’ll be about 11 p.m. your time when they take the stage, Phil, so try stay up for my call. Love you, Doobie).... For you Dan haters, Casbah stages a double CD-release from two of San Diego’s best up-and-coming indie-rock acts, the Slashes and Speaker in Reverse. With Le Chateau and Lady & the Lion in the house, that is a strong local showing.
Dave Good’s Of Noted show goes down at Belly Up Monday night, featuring Cat Empire and Current Swell. I suggest you get the goods from Mr. Good on that one...as I’m going to be checking out jazz-funk five-piece Kneebody at the Loft in La Jolla. The L.A. band was a staple at the Vic in Santa Monica before moving to the hepside — Brooklyn. They are touring in support of their latest, a post-rock record called The Line, which plants the Knees squarely in the Tortoise/Isotope camp. Fans of the brand would do well to check this one out.
Around town on Tuesday, Gloomsday, Geyser House, and Sound Lupus play a punky funyun at the Merrow in Hillcrest...while Soda Bar sets up a post-rock show at the Voodoo Room in House of Blues, featuring the emo-y Prawn, post-punk Frameworks, and our own “apple-core” band Big Bad Buffalo, playing “moody oscillations triplicated by a herd of youthful dudes.” That’s an all-ages show.... And up in Solana Beach, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row fame he typed ironically brings his “Tour of Hell” show to Belly Up behind his latest, Give ’Em Hell. G’NR bassist Duff McKagan’s in the band, if that sways you. Our own loud and proud Lord Howler will open the show.
Back at Belly Up Wednesday night, you’ve got “an evening with” Drive-By Truckers. According to this week’s “Acoustic Drive-By” Blurt by Dryw Keltz, this one’s unplugged.... White Men Are Black Too is the debut full-length by this week’s hot property, Young Fathers, a Scottish trip-hop trio whose latest leans to “krautrock, electropop, and avant-rock” (The Independent). Young Fathers have a playdate at Casbah after Canada band Mas Ysa synthpops the place.