Video: Camper Van Beethoven live at Easy Street Records

May 28, 2014 at 9:19 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 13 Comments

(WSB photos/video by Patrick Sand)
Not much advance notice for Camper Van Beethoven‘s live in-store performance tonight at Easy Street Records, but a full house of fans turned out for the California alt-rockers, who started making music in the ’80s, including their biggest hit, their cover of “Pictures of Matchstick Men,” which we recorded them playing tonight:

Lead singer David Lowery said this was their first performance in Seattle since the mid-’80s (added: but, as pointed out in comments, they were in town far more recently). Drummer (corrected) Chris Pedersen sat on the floor and played the bucket:

They were here to promote their new album “El Camino Real,” officially out next Tuesday (Easy Street is taking pre-orders).


  1. Great time – sounded great! Thank you easy street – you help make west Seattle special!

    Comment by WS taxpayer — 9:37 pm May 28, 2014 #

  2. I’m so bummed I ended up missing this, I have many great memories of listening to these guys in the 80s/90s.

    Comment by Jason — 9:54 pm May 28, 2014 #

  3. I too heard David Lowery say that tonight about not playing Seattle since the 1980s but Camper Van played the Tractor last February. (Unless I just dreamed being at that great show.) Show tomorrow is at Chop Suey. And thanks Easy Street for all the in-stores!

    Comment by Twicksea — 10:38 pm May 28, 2014 #

  4. Thanks, Twick! I tried fact-checking that but stalled; however, now that you put a date to it, it comes up. Will amend.

    Comment by WSB — 10:55 pm May 28, 2014 #

  5. Thanks for posting the video. Great song. Haven’t seen Mr. Lowery since Cracker played a show at the Tractor in 2004. Looking a wee bit older but still rocks!

    Comment by Westside — 11:08 pm May 28, 2014 #

  6. Westside, Many of us look older; some a wee bit, others maybe a wee bit more, but we still rock!


    (Some of us just need the assistance of a particular style of chair to do so. ;-) )



    Comment by miws — 7:38 am May 29, 2014 #

  7. That is not Michael Urbano on drums (or the bucket, in this case); it’s my cousin Chris Pedersen, who first started playing with Camper Van Beethoven in the 1980s.

    Comment by Mel — 9:24 am May 29, 2014 #

  8. Thanks! Another bit of bad info. Fixing!

    Comment by WSB — 9:34 am May 29, 2014 #

  9. Your cousin should be playing drums, not a bucket. This performance was not as good as it should have been because of it, but thanks Easy Street for doing live music….you rule, as always.

    Comment by Fiwa Jcbbb — 10:58 am May 29, 2014 #

  10. Again, the thing about them not playing Seattle since the 80′s is wrong. In fact, I saw them play at the Crocodile about 6 years ago. It was a gig that featured both CVB and Cracker.

    Comment by blaster — 12:24 pm May 29, 2014 #

  11. This is their first show in Seattle since the 80s with this lineup of Chris Pedersen on drums.

    Comment by Eric — 2:28 pm May 29, 2014 #

  12. blaster: i was at that croc show! david lowery offered some loudmouth in the front row $60 (the band’s pocket money) to “STFU.”
    and with lots of mod/ska/reggae danceability. love me the CVB.

    Comment by redblack — 8:42 pm May 31, 2014 #

  13. Whaaaaa?? I missed Camper, and in an intimate setting???

    Sounds like it was a fun time. Lowrey is a great guy, and Camper is a great band. He’s a resident of my hometown of Athens, GA — bumped into him a few times and he was always friendly. (Also does great things for the community there.)

    Would’ve loved to have been there, sporting my Pitch-A-Tent records T-shirt.

    Comment by Joe S. — 1:39 pm June 2, 2014 #

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