Alibi V.13 No.5 • Jan 29-Feb 4, 2004 

Music Magnified

Camper Van Beethoven

with Cracker (or vice-versa)

Cracker
Cracker

Wednesday, Feb 4; The Paramount (Santa Fe, 21 and over, 8:30 p.m.): To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure exactly how this tour is working. I can't seem to get confirmation on whether David Lowery and the other members of Camper Van Beethoven will perform CVB songs or David Lowery and the other members of Cracker will perform CVB songs, and then perform as Cracker. Either way, you should plan to catch this show based solely on the fact that Lowery is a songwriting genius whose got more cynicism and lyrical flair in his little finger than most of us have in our entire bodies.

Camper Van toured early last year, performing Fleetwood Mac's Tusk in its entirety. But Lowery's 2003 return to the recording studio was with Cracker to record the brilliant Countrysides, the promotion of which appears to be the impetus for the current conglomerate tour. It's all very confusing, but in the end, it'll be well worth the trip.