Cass McCombs: Night Of The World
Funnily enough, it was on a car ride between San Francisco to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom that I first discovered Cass McCombs. My friend's boyfriend, who I don't yet know very well, was at the steering wheel and therefore in charge of music – playing mix tapes he'd made on cassette. Waves of nostalgia washed over me, even before we rolled over the Bay Bridge, and my thoughts drifted to all the good times I've spent in that city the past couple of years. I believe mix-tapes can really tell you a lot about someone, so after the drive (and a day at a theme park screaming alongside one another) I think I can say that I've bonded a bit more with her guy. I suppose it also helps that he's a musician.
Now I sit here in New York, the day is already getting darker outside although it's barely 5 o'clock, autumn (sorry – 'fall') is truly upon this side of the country, and the sunny state of California seems like a far away dreamland. It's appropriate then that I felt the urge to listen to Mr McCombs broody, soothing music on a day like today, considering his travels have also brought him back and forth between both cities over the years.
About a month ago, Domino Records released a split tour single 7" featuring songs from both McCombs and Meat Puppets in anticipation of their US tour together. "Night Of The World" is one of the songs off this limited edition release, a slow, ambling track well suited to a drive on a windy autumn's day.
You can check tour dates for both bands here.