I Love Cold War Kids More Than You Do

Filed under concerts, music is my boyfriend

Back on April 3rd, Dr. Kamran took me to see Cold War Kids at Terminal 5 over on the waywest side. It was sorta weird to me that I was paying real money to see them, because when I saw them for a $3 donation last summer in Prospect Park, I felt fairly so-so about them. I liked their vocalist, but I didn’t care for their songs.

And then I couldn’t stop listening to them for weeks afterward and kicked myself for all the times I missed them playing $5 shows when I lived in Ohio. I finally understood why everyone was so gung-ho about “Hospital Beds” and “Hang Me Out to Dry“, and then their new album came out, and I couldn’t get enough of “Mexican Dogs” and “Against Privacy“.

So even though Kamran had spring semester law school finals the following week, he took me to the show, and it was amazing:

It just sucks, you know, because I’m to the point that I would say I sort of love this band, and yet their fans suck so hard. The people behind us were chatting through the entire show, and half of that chat was complaining about how they didn’t know any of the songs. When they started playing “Something is Not Right with Me” and everyone cheered for, like, the first time all night, I yelled, “Buy the album!” and the girl beside me who actually knew the songs turned and laughed.

But I’m a crochety old lady who should be ignored.


  1. spaghedeity says:

    Evidently the second photo was taken at the exact moment you yelled out, “Buy the album!” because Kamran looks so embarrassed.

    You’d think he would’ve gotten used to your psychosis by now.

    • You’d think. But no, he was probably feeling anxious about the fact that a giant flash was about to go off in the midst of an entirely black concert hall.

      But maybe if he’d take me OUT more often, I wouldn’t have to document everything we do together.

  2. Smail says:

    Next time you see them, tell them to come to Louisiana. You’d think with all their faux-French lovin’ song titles and outifts, they’d play here all the time. But, in fact, not so much. They played in New Orleans once in the lat four years, and I’m still kicking myself for missing it.

    • Oh, weird, I was somehow under the impression that you didn’t like them, but now that I look back at your comment on the entry from a year ago, I see that’s not the case.

      What band isn’t including New Orleans on their tour right after New York, Cleveland, and Chicago? Honestly.

  3. Kelly says:

    1. In my ongoing attempt to be more like Katie Ett in every way, I’m gonna go download some Cold War Kids.

    2. Question #2: So how do you and Kamran take these really awesome pictures? I mean, do you say to each other beforehand, “OK, this time, we’re going for a Village Voice-y kind of feel, mkay? *SNAP* Now we’re going to look goofy. *SNAP* Now we’re gonna channel Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley. *SNAP*” Or are you guys just that simpatico?

    • 1. You will not regret it. I really miss having boatloads of friends who listen to the same music I do, so this is an excellent way to win me over and then usurp me.

      2. Kamran naturally poses like a badass for every photo (even if it’s just goofy badass), so I’ve learned that if I look at the camera and smile like a normal person, our pictures are going to end up all wonky. He did this to me.