Tonight Tonight in Music
posted by February 11 at 12:25 PMon
Baby Dee plays the Triple Door tonight. Kurt B. Reighley interviewed her for this week’s paper:
With her new album, Safe Inside the Day, she returns to square one—the Cleveland home where she grew up—while landing in a better place. Dee’s sublime earlier work frequently felt rarified, gentle. Now she boldly pulls a full face-plant into her messy childhood. Blues, bawdy songs, medieval dances, and snippets of Irish airs elbow each other across the parlor. In her expressive contralto, the fiftysomething singer huffs and snarls like a cartoon pirate on “The Earlie King,” a twisted nod to her father’s affection for the Franz Schubert lieder “Erlkönig.” With its interlaced accordion and banjo licks, “The Dance of Diminishing Possibilities” draws inspiration from the day Dee’s neighbors demolished an upright piano.
But Safe is not strict autobiography. It is mythology, its grotesque subjects rooted in fantasy. Tales like the slow, spectral “Fresh Out of Candles” elevate fiction over facts. “This album is emotionally far more complex than anything I’ve ever done,” admits Dee. “And much more easily misunderstood. But they’re compelling lies—that have to be told.”
Also tonight? Square Dancing!
(Tractor) I’d like to say that the Tallboys are Seattle’s premier old-time band, but to be honest, I’ve never actually heard any other Seattle old-time bands. So let’s just say that the four-piece string band are absolutely fantastic, expertly playing fun, danceable tunes, with guitar, fiddle, banjo, and stand-up bass. (As a bonus, the guitarist often clog dances while simultaneously playing the guitar, and she always has on a cute, vintage dress.) Tonight’s show is extra-special because the Tallboys are the live accompaniment to the Tractor’s monthly square dance, and that is always a damn good time. KIM HAYDEN
And lastly, the Horrorpops, Pink Spiders, Rocket, and Steve E. Nix & the Cute Lepers play at El Corazon. The Horrorpops look like this: