Val Hall and Peter Koht are Cuddlefish. Friends for 20 years, their band fears sunlight and loves minor chords. Cuddlefish pulls in whatever musical resources it can find, from obscure Wes Montgomery quotes to beer bottles, dutch ovens and children's noisemakers to create accessible, interesting music. Like the wise cephalopod from which it takes its name, its hard to tell which direction the Cuddlefish is swimming -- or what its current camouflage is -- but Cuddlefish is a friendly freak, honed into its present form by years and years of evolution and adaptation. Typical sets feature gamelan, Qawwali, dub, and samples of barnyard animals. Thom Yorke, John Lurie, Hank Williams and Charles Mingus are its patron saints.