It is all too rare that percussionist Glenn Kotche and bassist Darin Gray are able to convene for their On Fillmore project. Once dubbed “the rhythm section’s revenge” by Jim O’Rourke, Kotche and Gray traveled to Japan earlier this year, both to perform their own shows and and play in O’Rourke’s band. The duo’s moody November 2009 Dead Oceans debut, Extended Vacation, was celebrated by those who realized just how special an occassion it is when these two talents get together. The New York Times called the album, “a peculiar update of early-1960s exotica, with a heart of darkness in place of a setting sun,” and NPR’s Bob Boilen named Extended Vacation as one of his favorite albums of the fall. Since the album’s release, Kotche and Gray have been engaged in sporadic but intense rehearsals, attempting to hone the subtle complexities of the album (which features exotic bird calls, marching band explosions and purring motors) into a robust live experience.