On Jon Davidson's pimped-out Myspace page, just below the black and white photo of him--hair gelled into a faux-hawk with an acoustic guitar flung over his shoulder--is the line "more than meets the eye." If you stumble across this phrase while listening to Davidson's debut solo album Perfect Cliche--a highly produced assemblage of nasaly, '90s alt-rock-tinged radio-friendly pop tracks--you might call bullshit. But a less cursory scan of Davidson's site yields a surprise. It turns out, the dude is quick-witted and damn good at poking fun of himself.
One of his most recent blog entries includes a history of the origins of the Gregorian calendar and a debate over what to call the new year: "Ten or oh-ten ... Ten, though, just doesn't flow," he writes. "It seems more appropriate when used in reference to my pant size in women's jeans." Or in a post about his mismatched mountain biking outfit, he writes: "For a guy who refuses to brush his teeth with a toothbrush that doesn't match his shirt, this outfit was the Titanic on a collision course with the iceberg of Goodwill."
We have high hopes that Davidson's sense of humor, along with the musical stylings of Aussie popster Russell Stafford, will keep things interesting when the two Portland, Oregonians take over Reef on Wednesday, Jan. 13. But be prepared for a little '90s nostalgia: The dudes do a mean cover of Tonic's "If You Could Only See."
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 4 p.m., Hastings Books and Music, FREE, 680 E. Boise Ave.; 8 p.m., FREE, Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200, reefboise.com.