Four Questions With Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog’s new album, Fate, hits stores on July 22nd. We caught up with them to chat about life after 2007’s We All Belong, the album that launched Dr. Dog into next-big-thing status and had rock luminaries Lou Reed and Jeff Tweedy gushing.

Q: Who’s your all-time favorite Philadelphia band/artist?
Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Research Arkestra

Q: Given your pretty bare bones circumstances when you first began recording together as Dr. Dog, how do you feel that your success (and access to better studios, more instrumental options, etc.) has shaped your approach to recording and songwriting?
It’s been a gradual evolution to where we are now, which has been a good thing. We’ve always made the best of what we had and learned a lot about recording in the process. We’re at a point now where have a lot of confidence on our equipment and we can get pretty much any sound we want.

Q: Do you feel any pressure now knowing artists like Lou Reed and Jeff Tweedy are listening?
Not really. It’s nice to know that those guys are out there listening as fans, but it’s much more important to make something that we are happy with.

Q: How many dogs do Dr. Dog members own? Tell us about Hunter. (Hunter Is a Dog Publishing, etc).
Scott’s dog is named Zimba and Toby and his wife have Asta. Hunter was Toby’s dog who died about three years back. The publishing is sort of a tribute to him. Hunter was one of the true champions of all time.

Dr. Dog – The Old Days

An Interview with Sharon Jones…

sharon jones…on the podcast radio show A Slice of Shiny!

The “Queen of Funk Soul Sister #1” sings, picks on Kanye West, talks about collaborations with Rufus Wainwright and Lou Reed, discusses Al Green, James Brown, film actor Steve Buscemi and about 100 others things in 20 minutes.

Previous guests on the show include Caribou, Dan Deacon, The Teenagers and Les Savy Fav.

Check out Sharon Jones’ interview here.

The Walkmen “In the New Year”

The Walkmen have prepped their fourth official full-length album, You & Me, due August 19th on Gigantic Records. Written and recorded over the past two years between studios in Mississippi and New York City, You & Me is 14 tracks spanning over 60 minutes and bears the marks of engineer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Hold Steady, Dinosaur Jr.) and Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav, The White Rabbits, Asobi Seksu). Pitchfork got first dibs on the album, releasing “In the New Year” yesterday and describing the new single as “more giving and direct than most Walkmen songs, sending familiar themes– romance, the new year– billowing out to grander proportions through the force of the performance.” Listen to it here or on their Myspace page here and mark your calendar for what are sure to be sold out shows at the dates below.


PAS/CAL Was Raised On Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura

Summer is in full swing, and we’re all being rewarded with the release of Pas/Cal‘s highly-anticipated, full-length debut! Set to drop on July 22nd, I Was Raised On Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura , fits in well with the sunny season we’ve been waiting for all year long. Thus far, the band’s six-year career has awarded listeners with three EPs — The Handbag Memoirs (2002), Oh Honey, We’re Ridiculous (2004 ), and Dear Sir (2006 ). But the fourth time would seem to be the charm for this uniquely happy Detroit-based group, currently being praised by Stereogum, Pitchfork, and a host of others. It’s deserved adoration. Indeed, MMLL is such a bewitching concoction of breezy pop, krautrock, Stereolab references, and genre-flaying that it left Detour Mag grasping for a description. “Spectorian-kraut-baroque-weird-pop” might be a mouthful. But we’ll agree. Throughout, there’s masterful use of organ effects, cooing “oohs” and “aahs” to enhance, and everything in between. For a slower but still catchy tune, check out the percussively-focused little ditty “You Were Too Old For Me.” For driving with the windows open or top down, you’ll want to blast “Little Red Radio” and its catchy organ lick and head-bobbing goodness.

MP3: PAS/CAL – “You Were Too Old For Me”

Amy Ray Preps Solo Album For Summer Release

Atlanta-based songwriter, and perennial Indigo Girl, Amy Ray is set to release her third solo album on August 5th. Didn’t It Feel Kinder , the surprisingly brawny follow-up to 2004’s Prom, once again trades in Ray’s acoustic guitar for an electric, and reaffirms her position as one of the most striking voices in contemporary music. But what might come as a surprise this time out is that, for the very first time, Kinder finds Ray enlisting the aid of a producer for her solo work. It’s a choice that most certainly pays off. Fearless listener and multi-talented musician, Greg Griffith (The Butchies, Le Tigre), worked with Ray to incorporate a variety of sounds and influences to bring to life her most engaging, dynamic work yet.

From the clattering riot grrl bounce of “Blame Is A Killer,” to the reserved beauty of album-opener “Birds of A Feather,” Kinder is a record to which any listener can relate. And, and it wouldn’t be a Ray album if she didn’t bring along a few of her friends: former Butchies Kaia Wilson, Melissa York and Griffith, Madonna-collaborator Tomi Martin, Brandi Carlile and the indie-fried boys of Arizona.

MP3: Amy Ray – “Blame Is A Killer”