Monday, December 14, 2009

Death cab for Kerouac

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Hardcore indie-folk and alt-country fans (there’s no shortage of them here in the Springs) will want to stop drinking and moping long enough to grab tickets for the sure-to-sell-out Jan. 26 performance by a five-piece band featuring Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard at the Boulder Theater.

Over the years, the two musicians haven’t done all that bad for themselves (Farrar founded Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, Gibbard fronts Death Cab for Cutie), but the duo’s One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur is still one of this year’s best musical surprises.

Released in October, the album sets Jack Kerouac’s words to beautifully restrained yet evocative original music. While the project may have been overshadowed by Conor Oberst’s, um, supergroup, Monsters of Folk, the duo's music will more likely survive the test of time.

It also beats those old recordings of the author reciting his own work with jazz accompaniment. Although they, too, had a certain charm:

The Boulder performance will feature a full band that includes Son Volt keyboard/steel guitar player Mark Spencer, Death Cab bassist Nick Harmer and Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster.

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