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Tonight's Recommended Show: The Builders and the Butchers and Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground

Photo by Jeanine Anderson

This show at The Crocodile features two atypical, orchestral pop groups that make some of the best music to come from the Northwest. With the bigger stage and crystal clear acoustics, The Crocodile should be the ideal venue for these two bands.

I've long praised Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground as the best band in Seattle, which I heartily believe. They are finishing up a new record that I can't wait to get to hear sometime in 2009. When I reviewed one of their shows a little over a year ago I said:

What makes Kay Kay such a special band is that there are not any limitations imposed on the music. When you listen to them, you hear elements of vaudeville, ragtime, psychedelic rock, show tunes, Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles, and anything else they can find under the kitchen sink. It’s like they raided their parents’ and grandparents’ record collections and ignored much of their own.

I've seen Portland's The Builders and the Butchers twice before, opening for The Decemberists and The Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer. Both times I enjoyed the band, but here I'm anxious to see how they perform in front of their own crowd. When they opened for Palmer I described the band as:

Many garage bands look like they picked up their instruments in pawn shops; The Builders and the Butchers look like they acquired their gear at various flea markets. The setup is singer/guitarist Ryan Sollee, another guitarist, bassist, and two percussionists (both playing a drum kit that looks stripped down). I’ve read others describe the sound as “Americana gothic” and that seems fair. The band’s music (and press photos) indicates their songs deal with darkness and death, as Palmer’s do as well – they just get to there through different routes. The Builders and the Butchers seem to incorporate anything that can make a sound into their music. It’s often ramshackle, roots-like rock.

{The Builders and the Butchers photo by Jeanine Anderson.}

How are you going to start your weekend?

  • The Builders & The Butchers/Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground, Crocodile
  • Black Mountain/The Sadies, Neumo's
  • Imitattion To Love/Rosyvelt/Mississippi Painful, Jules Maes
  • Wintersleep/An Horse/Dearboy, Vera*
  • Black Whales/Offshore Radio, Piecora's
  • Scarlet Room/Aaron Daniel/The Love Louder, Mars Bar
  • Ten Out Of Tenn, Triple Door*
  • Roxy Epoxy & The Rebound/The Action Design/Veritas/Feverclub/Goodbye Gadget, El Corazon*
  • Pigeon John/Rootbeer, Nectar
  • Protect Me/Seahouse/Herr Jazz, Full Tilt Ice Cream*
  • The Ever Changing Sky/This Is A Process Of A Still Life, Easy Street {West Seattle}
  • Detroit 7/SA/Sparta Locals/Flip/Omodaka/The Slants, High Dive
  • Meisce/Voodoo Organist/Dead Vampires, Funhouse
  • Trampled By Turtles/Lucy Michell & The Velvet Lapelles, Tractor
  • The Ruby Doe/Elephant Rider/Mico de Noche/Flora v Fauna, Comet
  • Blue October, Showbox
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