Video: The Dandy Warhols – “Thick Girls Knock Me Out (Richard Starkey)”
Gotta love the Dandies. It’s been twenty years since they released The Dandy Warhols Come Down on Capitol Records, and ten years since Capitol dumped them, and they’re still at it. Still pounding away at chuggy, psychedelic garage rock.
This one’s pretty fun, shouting out Paul McCartney’s Kisses On the Bottom and “It Don’t Come Easy” by “that other Beatle.” LOL.
Hook, hooky hook, mama. Look at you slammin’. Indeed. Look at you!
Hey we’ve got a new single called “Thick Girls Knock Me Out (Richard Starkey)” – if you ask my opinion you should plunk down the $1.29 to buy it on iTunes, maybe we can get a pot of coffee outta the deal.
“Thick Girls” is also available on all the premium streaming services (Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, Apple Music, etc), just in case you need it even cheaper than $1.29. Nevertheless play it a lot, put it on repeat, those .004 cents checks really add up
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I kinda laughed when I got the email from their publicist asking if we’d be interested in interviewing “veteran psych-rock band, The Asteroid No.4” I mean, veterans? How old could they be? That was until I realized that we last spoke to them in 2002–yes, 12 years ago.
A lot has happened in the psych-rock scene in the last decade-plus: Dawes got everyone all crazy for Laurel Canyon again and related 60s and 70s west coast culture; the rise of festivals, especially those catering to niche musical genres like garage rock and psychedelic music; and a movie called Dig! raised the profiles of two of the flagship acts of the scene with The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. And while in economics it may be a bit of a misnomer, in rock and roll a rising tide does in fact lift all boats. Twelve years on, The Asteroid No.4 are floating along nicely.
We jumped on the phone with founding member, songwriter and guitarist, Scott Vitt to talk about the changing scene and his band’s move from Philadelphia to Northern California.
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Video: Dandy Warhols – “This Is the Tide”
So the Dandies must’ve owed Capitol one more album or something, because they released a “best of” compilation, The Dandy Warhols Collection: The Capitol Years: 1995-2007. As hits comps often do, this one contains a previously unreleased song. And now the band has even made a video for it. Seems like an awful lot of effort to promote an album on the label that dropped them three years ago. But who knows? Maybe they got one final handout from the EMI coffers for a big video budget. Looks like they had fun anyway, despite the fact that Zia was away “on tour with Brush Prairie” during the shoot.
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Brent DeBoer – The Farmer (Headness)
It’s hard to get overly critical of an album that’s intended more as a fundraising item than an artistic statement, so allow me to mention first that Brent “Fathead” DeBoer’s first solo offering is being released to provide financial assistance to the Oregon Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
DeBoer is better known as the well-maned drummer for the Dandy Warhols, and The Farmer is an extended-play collection of material that he’s been working on with Dandy’s colorist Brian Coates for several years. At Coates’ urging, DeBoer released The Farmer to help with the MS cause, a condition that is unfortunately close to Brent’s home as his father suffers from the autoimmune disease.
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I caught these guys when they closed out a night of psych rock at Dante’s in Portland. What started out as a love fest for local heroes the Dandy Warhols (who had just hosted the bands on the bill to an apparent desert bacchanal) turned into a loud and trippy homage to spaghetti westerns and West Coast freakiness.
With a flair for the cinematic (the band has its own full length feature film, The Legend of God’s Gun), these Los Angelenos make no attempt to hide their penchant for Ennio Morricone hero worship, and God Bless ’em for it. There’s an undercurrent of violence gurgling under the surface that is too often the focus of modern psych bands, but Spindrift understands that it’s often what’s off-screen that is most frightening.
MP3: Spin Drift – “Beauty”
VIDEO: The Legend of God’s Gun (Director’s Cut Trailer)
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I must admit: I got very, very drunk Saturday night. I went to see a couple of local bands who are somehow associated with the Dandy Warhols and ended up mostly incoherent in the back of a cab stinking of gin and Voodoo Donuts. But just before everything went south (and maybe because of it) I saw my new favorite local band: 1776.
Comprised of four young dudes with tasty vintage gear and excellent hair, 1776 enthusiastically pulls from their influences the best kind of psychedelic rock that is as much MC5 as the Buffalo Springfield. Guitarist and vocalist Nigel Legerwood bangs away on a Danelectro 12-string while bassist Zach Whitton keeps the entire troupe anchored with Rick Danko-inspired bass lines and (again) a fantastic mop of hair.
Portland is home to many-a-psyche rock wannabe band who have probably spent too much time watching Dig! And not enough time listening to The Notorious Bird Brothers (I’m talking to you, The Upsidedown), but 1776 has clearly dug deeper and I’m excited to see how they freak out over time.
MP3: 1776 – “Too Much” (via The Portland Mercury)
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In honor of the second annual Record Store Day – April 18, 2009– the Dandy Warhols are releasing a super-limited 4-song remix EP, Earth To The Remix EP, Volume Two. Last summer, to coincide with the release of their fifth full-length, the self-released …Earth To The Dandy Warhols…, the band remixed four of the album’s tracks themselves and gave them out for free through independent retail outlets.
A digital version of Earth To The Remix EP, Volume Two will be available on Tuesday, April 21.
Earth To The Remix EP, Volume Two Tracklist:
1. And Then I Remixed Of Yes (A Peter Holmström / Jeremy Sherrer Remix)
2. When The Talk Radio Breaks (A Courtney Taylor-Taylor / Jake Portrait Remix)
3. Love Song (A Fathead / Jeremy Sherrer Remix, feat. Big Pauper & Sara Melson)
4. Now You Love My Remix (A Zia McCabe / Jeremy Sherrer Remix)
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MP3: Dandy Warhols – “The World The People Together (Come On)” from Earth To The Dandy Warhols.
According to their freshly relaunched web site, on May 19, 2008, you will be able to buy and download the whole album as part of their new subscription service that will include “exclusive digital audio content for one (Earth) year, including NEW b-sides and live tracks.”
Since Capitol dumped them, they’re free to do whatever they want. It’ll be interesting to see what else they come up with.