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Apr 172011

dr-dog_live_the_social_orlando-music-blogThe first time I heard the name Dr. Dog – I think it was at a festival – and I just assumed they were a jam band. Then I heard some tracks off Fate and decided they were not a jam band. I got an advanced copy of Shame, Shame and over time was drawn in by the album’s Sgt. Pepper-ish approach. It felt very rock ‘n roll Beatles with well constructed songs, great musicianship, harmonizing vocals, and held together with a pop sensibility. Shame, Shame ended up being one of my favorite records of aught 10.

Though I’d missed them many times before I was now caught by Dr. Dog’s powerful mojo and made a point to see this show. They were downgraded at the last minute from The Beacham Theatre to The Social, but kept stadium volume despite the diminutive digs. I did not anticipate Dr. Dog being one of the loudest shows I’ve seen in a while. The powered through an eclectic set, an equal mix of their various albums and EP’s. They do have Beatle-esque quality with shared duties at front man. Both have incredible and distinct voices and both are equally great on their instruments – the fedora’d Toby Leaman on bass and Scott McMicken on lead guitar who was looking a little Franky Goes to Hollywood for some reason.

In front of a series of stained glass panels Dr. Dog unleashed on The Social. The crowd was loud and knew every word of the setlist. They weren’t even thrown off by the Architecture in Helsinki cover of “Heart it Races.”

Some of the catchier songs like “The Old Days ” and “Unbearable Why” were played at an amped up pace and with a punk-like tenacity. There were moments where the soaring duel guitars, country jam overtones and unique vocals sounded something like the child of Blind Melon and the Smashing Pumpkins. It was weird, they were able to channel some serious rock fury through their delicately arranged combination of jam, country, and pop / alternative rock.

Apr 122011

my-morning-jacket_circuitalAs a lead-up to MMJ‘s new album, Circuital, they are releasing a song a week for five weeks. The first four were live tracks from their 5-night stint at Terminal 5 in NYC last October. The 5th song, out today, is a new song and title track from the forthcoming album. It’s a little too new for me to comment accurately except that it’s fucking awesome. Circuital comes out May 31st and the band will be hitting a series of Festivals including the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Apr 042011
G Rated Tough Guy

G Rated Tough Guy

Awwww yeah. I remember when I was actually scared of Ice Cube. N.W.A was pretty successful at painting a picture of some serious hard-asses that had no tolerance for middle class white boys like myself. They were about as successful as King Diamond or Deicide was in convincing me that they had ties to the occult. Now I’m all growed up and I realize I could beat all those guys’ asses … at the same time. Before Cube moved on to do a shitty string of kids’ movies he had some solo stuff that intermittently packed a punch. The heaviest hitter of these songs was the ultimate “diss” song and Fuck You letter to former N.W.A mates and management, “No Vaseline.” I wonder if he felt a little bad when Eazy-E died AIDS or when Dre changed the face of rap about a year later?

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