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Dum Dum Girls @ Woodsist Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
Dum Dum Girls

Dum Dum Girls have officially signed to Sub Pop. That all happened so fast. Look for their Sub Pop debut to come out in early 2010. In the meantime there's the Captured Tracks EP, a 7" on Hozac, and EP on Zoo Music. Check eBay for some of it.

More pics from Dum Dum Girls' first show HERE, and live video HERE. Listen to "Jail La La" below...

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Comments (110)

amped to see where this thread takes us

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:14 PM

MEH MEH Girls

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:17 PM

HYPE MACHINE!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:22 PM

HISTORY IS MADE!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:22 PM

This is going to be one hell of a thread. I can feel it in my gut.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:23 PM

they're just not very good.
blank dogs put out two great 12"s and then bought into his own hype. that guy is just okay and runs an okay record store.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:26 PM

anyone else think that the recording techniques du jour do a great disservice to the songs?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:26 PM

You Dum Dum, I'll give you cum cum in your bum bum.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:27 PM

2012

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:29 PM

Everything moves to fast, including HISTORY. Subpoop also signed Oxford Collapse, which consensus says were Brooklyn's bottom feeders. Sub Pop 2010 just ain't what it was in, say, 1992.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:30 PM

I heard they were supposed to put out their LP with Hozac. Sub Pop must've offered some good cash on that one for them to jump ship. Kind of a bummer.

Posted by The Kid | July 8, 2009 2:30 PM

their career is HISTORY

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:35 PM

it makes sense.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:39 PM

here today.

gone later today.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:40 PM

you people are weird. Congrats Dum Dum Girl

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:44 PM

i'm surprised a band like "Panda Riot" wasn't more warmly received seeing as they write really good pop/distortion songs and also incorporate a lot of other genres into their themes. Probably because of their shitty band name which has alot more to do with becoming popular than one may think.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:46 PM

there is only room for one Panda in the indiesphere. Ahem *noah*

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:48 PM

Sub Pop also signed Flight of the Conchords, Wolf Parade, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, Blitzen Trapper, and the Handsome Furs, so the point above about Oxford Collapse is ridiculous. Not every band a label signs is going to take off.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:49 PM

I wonder if they'll tour with the lineup they had at Captured Tracks Fest. Maybe history will repeat itself and Frankie Rose will leave Crystal Stilts for Dum Dum Girls like she left Vivian Girls for Crystal Stilts.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:51 PM

Is she going to get a full band together? Didn't they only play one show so far? I don't know kinda some bullshit...I must say I think this girl is smokin hot though.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:53 PM

what? why? they suck my balls

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:53 PM

Sub Pop will sign anything.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:57 PM

^^^

perhaps your balls work for subpop

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:58 PM

interesting collection of completely misinformed idiots here.

interesting from a sociological perspective only.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:58 PM

the jealousy in here is hilarious

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 2:59 PM

ha ha ha

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:00 PM

have they really only played 1 live show?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:01 PM

wow, totally undeserved. dum dum girls are half as talented as bands who have been putting music out there much longer. this is just an example of people getting signed just because of their associations and not by talent. terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:04 PM

"have they really only played 1 live show? "

yes

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:05 PM

BREAKING!!! Babies just signed to Matador

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:10 PM

are they from LA? why would they play their first show in ny?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:12 PM

about 90% of these band are trying to be Jesus & Mary Chain or even a half-assed Raveonettes.

I love how certain sounds are cool, out of style, then cool again.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:20 PM

the ALL CAPITAL LETTERS callback gag guy strikes again with his brilliant one liner, HISTORY IS MADE!

some samples of what's in store for the future from this brilliant comedian...

MEH!

WHAT TIME DOES DAFT PUNK GO ON!

LINE AROUND THE BLOCK!

DECK!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:23 PM

They spelled 'dumb''dumb' wrong

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:23 PM

and considering JAMC was just trying to be the Velvet Underground, it's really not even worth pointing out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:23 PM

that all capital letters callback gag guy is a crafty one.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:25 PM

subpop is on coke.

they must get a hangover following every band they sign

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:32 PM

yes, solely on the basis of hair cuts and sunglasses by one guy (who's not really "in" the band and who happens to actually be in a JAMC rip off band), these guys are, hence, exactly the same as Jesus and Mary Chain!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:32 PM

well, that and the music/recording.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:35 PM

well, that and the music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:36 PM

it doesn't sound anything like jesus and mary chain.

have you heard either band?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:36 PM

the crocodiles, does indeed, sound like JAMC.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:39 PM

SRSLY???

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:39 PM

something tells me you'll Never Understand.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:40 PM

they're just not really good...
actually, they're not even a little good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:42 PM

"Subpoop also signed Oxford Collapse, which consensus says were Brooklyn's bottom feeders."

Subpoop... very clever. I can't wait to hear your band. A creative mind like that will surely produce some amazing art.

It's pretty funny that you can deride Sub Pop for singing a band that's hot like Dum Dum Girls and also "bottom feeders" like the Oxford Collapse. Are they trying to capture the spirit of the zeitgeist or are they clueless as to what the trendy Brooklynites are digging? Could it be that they simply hear something of value in both bands?

The snarkiness and thin-veiled jealousy of these comments is so tired and predictable. One doesn't need to love every band that gets some level of recognition. If you don't like the latest flavor of the month, just listen to what you like instead and move on. Better yet, start your own label and only release music you consider worthy.

The Oxford Collapse, by the way, are as good a band as NYC has produced this decade. They never fit into any trend of the moment, which is probably why they never captured the imagination of the hipster cognoscenti. They just made some excellent records instead. If you can't hear that it's your loss, applesauce.

Posted by PB | July 8, 2009 3:43 PM

To 3:32 - Yea but I like J&MC so then I'd probably like this right?!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:44 PM

well yeah, that's the point of popular music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:47 PM

Yeah, JAMC or, ten years later, the all but forgotten Lush.

The real object of ridicule here isn't the bands, they (though maybe not Dum Dum) are trying hard enough, it's the labels. Whether it's Subppp's sub-par grasping for the next "it" band, or Domino's almost embarrassingly obvious re-releasing of musicians' back catalogs that are now thought to be essential. I wish the whole thing wasn't so transparent and that there were more surprises coming from the bigger indies.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:47 PM

they sound just like honey

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:49 PM

Domino + Sub Pop + Matador + Merge = "Big Indie" i.e. utterly useless for anything remotely relevant.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:55 PM

WHAT TIME DOES DAN DEACON GO ON?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 3:58 PM

The Dum Dum Girls are ..... fuckin' DECK!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 4:14 PM

They aren't doing JAMC, that's her husband's band (Crocodiles). She is redoing Elastica, who after all only had one big record. She might as well do it before someone else does.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 4:17 PM

Dum Dum Girls are sooooooo great, I would even say that they are a DOUBLE DECK-ER!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 4:20 PM

Brandon from the Crocodiles looks more like a young Lou Reed or Bob Dylan circa Blonde On Blonde than he does either of the Reid Brothers.
He's going back to the sources, maaaaaaaan.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 4:25 PM

It's true that Dylan invented shoegaze.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 4:28 PM

i wonder what this band sounds like under the April Sky.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 4:35 PM

heheheehe...

blues from a meh

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 4:37 PM

well there is just not the amount of talented artists these days as their used to be. i guess the labels feel they have to sign somebody after awhile.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 4:47 PM

Fuck you, Oxford Collapse are truly great.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 5:02 PM

It seems like the JAMC is as far back as many of the BV hipsters' musical knowledge goes. Ever heard of the Velvet Underground? Rock and roll has always had characters sporting shades and punky attitudes. The Reid brothers hardly invented this.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 5:20 PM

If that band didn't feature a hot girl - I doubt they would be signed as fast.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 5:29 PM

5:29, I liked them a lot, but highly agreed. Just like if Vivian Girls were Vivian Boys.

If The Beets were female they'd be signed to a big indie by now.

Marrrrrketttting....

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 5:32 PM

Jim Reid wrote "You trip me up" about trying to walk next to the singer of Dum Dum Girls while she was wearing that dress with the fringe.

Confirm/Deny?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 5:52 PM

^^^^^^

LOL!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 6:23 PM

I think the guy with the shades is ripping off John Kay from Steppenwolf.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 6:24 PM

i hope this scene is over soon, these actors are terrible

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 6:59 PM

who?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 7:20 PM

This thread hasn't really lived up to my snarkspectations. Let's try again, shall we?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 9:15 PM

Anyone remember when a good band was like Lightning Bolt or somthing of similar talent.

Now we wake up to this?

AHH AHHHH AHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2009 10:02 PM

"It seems like the JAMC is as far back as many of the BV hipsters' musical knowledge goes."

the reason people are posting this is because judging by their music, that seems to be as far back as THE BAND's knowledge goes. in an ironic way the MAKING HISTORY kid was right--the brooklyn scene seems to be reaching an interesting but also very depressing zenith of every band trying to sound like this. at least i *hope* this is the zenith, because while i don't really care if people start caring about recording quality again, it would be nice if they at least cared about musicianship.

that new grizzly bear record bores me sometimes, but at least they aren't doing the same post-punk with a hint of twee three chord bullshit that was done better decades ago. these bands aren't the inheritors of the VU--they are just kids trying to be rock stars. i can't wait for the backlash to this to begin, because whatever that sound is will be far more interesting.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 12:04 AM

You know, all the references to the Jesus and Mary Chain say a lot more about the tastes of the commenters than the Dum Dum Girls.

While it's fairly apparent that C86-revivalism is the trend du jour for Brooklyn bands, there was a lot more to that particular movement than JAMC, who were only tangentially involved anyway. JAMC happens to be the only band you've heard, so constant referencing of them is really just a display of ignorance. It's more or less on par with saying that every punk band sounds like the Sex Pistols.

Anorak pop has been revisited a handful of times since its inception but it certainly hasn't been done to death. If some new bands have a fresh take on it, I'm happy to hear what they have to offer. If you're not, no one's forcing you to listen.

This mindset of "I don't get this so it sucks and I have to tell people about it" is pretty tired. There's got to be a more productive way to spend your time. Tossing off, for example.

It's no wonder that Scharpling ranked you guys last on the list of everything.

Posted by PB | July 9, 2009 2:49 AM

Citing JAMC is just shorthand for "rehash of boring ideas that everyone has been rehashing lately." I think the main problem is that even if you are a fan of some of these Woodsist/CT bands, Dum Dum Girls is one of the worst, most generic, and most "scene." Throw on top that they've only played one show and are now on Sub Pop, and you have a recipe for hateration. It just seems that with Matador signing Kurt Vile and now Dum Dum Girls going to Sub Pop, "Big Indie" is trying to get a piece of this particular pie. Don't be shocked if Merge or Domino sign one of these bands in the next few months. Hell, maybe one of them will even move to a major.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 8:23 AM

8:23, you use words but nothing you say actually means anything or bears a connection to the facts on the ground.

plus you use this brooklyn vegan newspeak adjective "scene," so you're immediately disqualified from intelligent conversation.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 10:16 AM

the constant JAMC citation proves that none of these haters have even listened listened to this band. it's the (one off, live) guitar player's *other* band that sounds like JAMC.

get your facts straight, I know it's hard for you internet losers to get it right when these bands don't have wikipedia entries yet.

you losers might want to *gasp* listen to the music before you pretend to know what you're talking about.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 10:19 AM

@8:23 How does it not mean anything? Obviously these bands are breaking/hyped now and big indie labels want a piece of them even though a lot of them are not musically interesting at all. Do you dispute this fact? I also think it's absurd to sign a band that has played one show in a climate where it's increasingly important for bands to have a great live show and be willing to tour constantly in order to promote their music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 10:22 AM

yeah, I totally dismiss dispute your dumbass opinion which is not a fact.

these bands are doing the freshest thing going right now. what do you prefer, the postal service, tegan and sara? oh wait, I got it: crystal castles

also it's hilarious that you're using words like "climate." are you going to write a piece about this for the Economist?

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 10:29 AM

how is referencing shoegaze and garage, mixed with lowfi and noise "boring?" That mix has not been done before, except by Blank Dogs, Dum Dum Girls, Mayfair Set.

that's a new idea and it's a good 'un.

Unless you're saying these 2 people, MIke Sniper and Kristin, are ripping off themselves, then I think you've got to acknowledge they are on to something new, and they write good songs and sing well as well.

just because you personally missed the boat and are resentful of others' success doesn't make something boring or overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 10:35 AM

they sound like a lowfi mazzy star or my bloody valentine a lot more than they sound like jesus and mary chain, but even those references are painting with really broad strokes.

there's a definite late 80s brit sound there... but really, they just sound like themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 10:46 AM

"how is referencing shoegaze and garage, mixed with lowfi and noise "boring?" That mix has not been done before"

You basically just described Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club, LOL.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 10:46 AM

10:46 is totally insane

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 11:05 AM

"these bands aren't the inheritors of the VU--they are just kids trying to be rock stars."

Wait a minute -- The Velvet Underground and Nico with Andy Warhol was the title of their first album. Are you saying they didn't want to be rock stars? That's all Andy was interested in, star-making. Lou Reed and the rest didn't say, "OK, Andy, let's make something only a few weirdoes will listen to and everyone else will hate." No, they were trying to write hit tunes and be rock stars. "Sunday Morning" was a straight out pop song. Even edgier material like "European Son" was an attempt to write an East Coast version of trippier material like The Doors were producing on the West Coast. So please, don't kid yourself about the VU not wanting to be rock stars. Of course they did.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 11:34 AM

dear all you idiots who think people are "jealous" of dum dum girls - you are wrong. jealousy doesn't factor into the equation. stupid bands playing a rehashed version of three or four other types of music is BORING. at least bands like animal collective or their ilk make new sounds...

file dum dum girls with vivian girls and other brand new has beens.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 11:44 AM

hm, bringing up AC isn't really helping your case but i appreciate the sentiment regardless

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 11:46 AM

Listen to Elastica's first album and then you'll get the Dum Dum Girls. JAMC refs for everything only show how little you know about rock music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 11:49 AM

Justine FrischMEHn.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 11:50 AM

ha ha ha watching all you just hate this band is fun! what are you so upset about, it's certainly not the music. give it a listen, it's nice, fresh sounding songs with a feminine touch.

could it be that you wish you got the attention? I wonder.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 12:02 PM

12:02 - How on earth is this "fresh sounding" when it sounds exactly like every other band in Brooklyn these days?

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 12:44 PM

12:02 is right. This is not fresh. It has been done before. Just because you only know the work of current bands does not mean there is a long music history.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 12:51 PM

How can Dum Dum Girls be a rehash of Elastica when they don't sound a thing like Wire?

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 1:44 PM

sounds exactly like which bands? you're full of shit.

it doesn't sound like woods, doesn't sound like vivian girls, maybe sounds *slightly* similar to cystal stilts, sounds nothing like cause co-motion, sounds nothing like pains of being pure at heart, sounds nothing like anybody else from Brooklyn.

you're just flat wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 2:10 PM

"it doesn't sound like woods, doesn't sound like vivian girls, maybe sounds *slightly* similar to cystal stilts, sounds nothing like cause co-motion, sounds nothing like pains of being pure at heart, sounds nothing like anybody else from Brooklyn."

There are only 5 bands in Brooklyn, according to this Einstein.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 2:47 PM

The singer even looks a bit like Justine Frischmann.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 2:47 PM

Aum Aum Bum Bum Cum Cum Dum Dum

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 3:14 PM

Guys we are really close to 100 comments on this. I know you can do it! Let's hear some more snark.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 3:54 PM

how many bands do you want me to list? I limited it to the obvious handful that you would say they sounded like.

I can list hundreds of Brooklyn bands, it's a huge scene.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 4:18 PM

and even among those obvious handful of bands, they don't really sound much alike.

also, DUM DUM GIRLS AREN'T FROM BROOKLYN

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 4:20 PM

crystal stilts with a chick singer. whoop dee shit. the world needs this like michael jackson needs plastic surgery.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 4:32 PM

4:32 is jealous

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 4:41 PM

Arbitrary 100th Post

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 4:45 PM

4:41 is unoriginal

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 4:55 PM

Thanks for playing!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 4:55 PM

4:41 is right

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 4:58 PM

I actually liked the Dum Dum Girls song I heard on youtube, but I disagree with the idea that this sort of echoey, noisy garage sound is unique. I'd point to artists like Slumber Party, Outrageous Cherry, and Denise James, although all of their records are a little more hi-fi.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2009 9:46 PM

4:41 is probably right. i liked her 7"'s off of Hozac. it's really harmless, safe music, but it could be worse. personally, i would hope people expand their sonic horizons a little bit more these days... as much as I have a distaste for people like AC, Gang Gang Dance (acid house tribal wannabes), these bands actually have a sound that's interesting and their own.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009 12:56 AM

what's even weirder is that people are making a big fuss over her signing to SUBPOP. not exactly the VANGUARD of quality these days.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009 12:59 AM

yes CAPITAL LETTERS is the way to TALK about THINGS

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009 10:15 AM

sent from my iDum

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009 2:11 PM

though i agree the fuzzpop sound is trendy again, i bet more than half of you think swine like lady gaga is the most amazing original shit anyway...

Posted by your daddy | March 18, 2010 4:09 PM

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