Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The other album out today

To bastardize an Ol Dirty Bastard line: Got burned once, but it was only Pink Martini.

Portland quasi-orchestral band Pink Martini was a favorite in high school and early college. Their jazzy, lounge-ey music was great for that age where you throw cocktail parties so you have a reason to wear sharp suits and cute dresses.

But months without a sophomore album turned into years (seven of them, eventually), and at every show the band promised the follow-up was coming. "Just a little more time," they would repeat from the stage like a cheating lover begging for just ONE MORE chance. Then they'd play a new, exciting song to make it up to us, but eventually I got wise and broke up with them.

About two years after that, the second album came, which was kind of like hearing that the cheating ex had gotten married. There was a little curiosity to see what they were like now, a little worry that they were going to hurt someone else; mostly, though, I had moved on.

But can cheaters change their ways? Only two-and-a-half years after their second album, a break that isn't totally unheard of these days, their third one is out today. It's called "Hey Eugene," but its title track was a crowd favorite at concerts back when George W. Bush was a candidate for president.

So if you want to have some fun, fool around, check out the album or go to their shows at Humphrey's Sept. 17-18, I'm not going to stop you. What I've heard of the album is good and they always put on an amazing show perfectly fit for the bayside venue.

Just remember that it's only a fling, a one-night stand. If you commit, you'll get burned.

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