Great news for you fans of "Popular," or any of the less, um, popular songs New York indie-pop band Nada Surf has released in the last 20 years: In support of its new album, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, Nada Surf will be performing for free at the Mission's beloved Aquarius Records tonight.
The show will prelude Nada Surf's appearance later at the Fillmore, but it's not just a run-of-the-mill marketing bid. Unlike that other record store in town that starts with the letter "A," the smaller, freakier Aquarius doesn't hold in-store shows all that often. When they happen, it's usually for Record Store Day or a very special occasion. (Past such special occasions have included sets from the likes of Yo La Tengo and Iron & Wine.)
For staff members at Aquarius, getting the band known for that certain 1996 crossover hit to play an in-store set is a very special occasion. These people love Nada Surf. Just check out what they wrote about the new record in their January review:
We might as well just start out with the obvious. Pop record of the year. Hands down. We knew it would be. And yeah, even in January, it's pretty much already been decided. In fact the minute we found out there was a new Nada Surf record on the horizon, we began to count the days, and wonder if it would be one of those slow growers, or if we'd be immediately obsessed (it was the latter, btw).
This is one of those records where we just want the whole review to be "Just buy it! it's so great! We love it and can't stop listening to it!
Our take on the record wouldn't be quite as glowing, but it's certainly not a bad set of songs. And you've gotta love the enthusiasm -- especially from the staff at a store known for dealing in obscure drone documents and other rare sonic weirdness.
Tonight's acoustic Nada Surf set goes down at 6 p.m. But if you really want to see it, you should get there earlier than that -- Aquarius isn't huge, and it can't have its shows getting too, uh...