I took a copy of AM New York today after seeing over someone's shoulder that there was a story about Nada Surf. Turns out Fountains of Wayne was pictured on the same page, and Mike Viola of the Candy Butchers is also featured on the next page--they're all playing shows in New York, separately, tomorrow. Clearly someone or something has invaded the nether regions of my memory and is using it, along with some terrible power, to control the New York concert scene. I came to appreciate all these bands in high school. With Nada Surf, I admit, I was initially drawn in by "Popular," but I stuck with them for several years. I first saw Nada Surf at the Knitting Factory in 1997 or so, and in the same show were the Candy Butchers and the Wrens, neither of whom my friends and I had ever heard of. We thought the Wrens were terrible at the time, but the Candy Butchers were fantastic; I can still remember fragments of the songs they played that night, despite not having heard them since (I tried to seek out their albums, but they were pretty elusive). The same group of friends introduced me to Fountains of Wayne. AM New York mentions that Mike Viola sang the title song in "That Thing You Do," and of course it was written by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne.
I don't know if I'll actually go to any of the shows...it's been such a long time. Anyone else up for it?