Surfer Blood/The Drums/The Depreciation Guild @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 1/13/10

Surfer Blood. As far as indie rock debut LPs go, this is about as good as it’s going to get in 2K10. These are dudes that will toss off a Neutral Milk Hotel cover without even bothering to unslouch on the couch, slack but properly studied, like the jams that populate their ace Astro Coast. Last night they played a triple bill at Bowery, alongside the much blogged Drums (joined by the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s Peggy Wang, for extra blogpower) and early opener the Depreciation Guild. The show seemed to mildly let down most who’ve reported back, combined remarks of the lineup including being pretty good, or looking tired, or nervous, or too much like the Cobra Kai from Karate Kid. While you figure which bit fit whom best, have a pass at Ryan Muir’s always ace photos.