For the first time in nearly six years, Miles Kurosky is going on tour and, surprisingly, he has Nashville in his sights. The former Beulah frontman will be playing The Basement on Mar. 22 in support of his long awaited solo album, The Desert of Shallow Effects.
We've all been burned by solo shows in the past. Anybody who saw Eric Clapton last week hoping to hear "White Room" instead of yet another boring-ass rendition of "Wonderful Tonight" can attest to that. Even with six years of distance from the old band, Kurosky knows that he's still going to be playing to Beulah fans. So why not indulge them?
For those of you not in the know, Beulah was a criminally underrated indie-pop band formed in the mid-'90s by Kurosky and Bill Swan. As part of a late-'90s pop revival headed by the Elephant 6 Recording Company, they wove together the best parts of the Beach Boys with the cynical lyricism of your average indie-rock Gen Xer into elaborate yet catchy baroque pop records. They put out a few albums before breaking up in 2004, plus a posthumous documentary that included a stop in Nashville at 12th & Porter and the great line, "There's nothing in Cookeville, we have Johnny Cash's dead body [in Hendersonville]!"
I keep getting tons of emails about the tour, especially from kids who were too young to see Beulah live. They all ask the same question..."are you gonna play any Beulah songs?" Well, I honestly hadn't thought too much about it, but maybe I should. After all, it's your show too. I mean, I guess I was pretty bummed when Bob Mould didn't play any Husker Du songs on his first solo tour.
I fall under the definition of "kids who were too young to see Beulah live" (though it wasn't for lack of trying), so I'm stoked as hell for this show. He goes out in a couple of weeks, so if you want to hear that obscure B-side off that imported Popular Mechanics for Lovers single, you'd better get cracking.