Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on October 26, 2009

Woodsist pic by Tim Griffin, CMJ pics by Ryan Muir (for Metromix)

THEN...

July 2009 - Dum Dum Girls @ Woodsist Fest in Brooklyn (more by Tim Griffin)
Dum Dum Girls

AND NOW...

October 2009 - Dum Dum Girls @ AAM CMJ party in Brooklyn
The Dum Dum Girls

"Dum Dum Girls = West coast Vivian Girls with a tighter beat, black mini-dresses & lacey tights. Total girl-crush." So Melena Ryzik posted to Twitter Saturday night from the Mercury Lounge as I looked over her shoulder.

Totally true, of course. The tights, in particular.

Dum Dum Girls, from Los Angeles, is the project of singer Kristin Gundred, who goes here by Dee Dee, and who sings tart lyrics in a sweet tone buried beneath layers of haze. She has a knack for flawless song construction, her rigor dating somewhere to the late 1950s. And unlike the Vivian Girls, who manage to muster a slight optimism with a similar toolbox, Dum Dum Girls never appear happy, almost gothically gloomy. "Blissed out buzzsaw" is the descriptor on the group's MySpace page.
[Jon Caramanica @ The NY Times]

That NY Times blurb refers to the Dum Dum Girls' not-full Saturday night Mercury Lounge show. It was the Sub Pop / Hardly Art showcase and they were 2nd on the 8-band bill. The tights picture is from their not-full (private) AAM party they played at Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier that day (10/24). More pics from that below.

According to their MySpace, the Sub Pop-signed band's full member list is Dee Dee, Jules, Frankie Rose, and Bambi. And though I'm pretty sure Frankie will continue to play with the band for their upcoming short tour with King Khan and BBQ (including at Bowery Ballroom and The Bell House), and at their Monday (10/26) Brooklyn show at Bruar Falls (with The Girls at Dawn), it is unclear if Frankie will continue with them after that. As you can see above, the band has already gone through one major change since their first-ever show at the Woodsist Festival, and Frankie (ex-Vivian Girl, ex-Crystal Stilt) may be looking to just focus on her own new band (who play the Woodser on November 7th).

More AAM party pics and all Dum Dum Girls dates below...

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Dum Dum Girls - 2009 Tour Dates
Oct 26 - BRUAR FALLS w/ Reading Rainbow & Girls At Dawn Brooklyn, New York
Oct 28 - PEARL STREET NIGHTCLUB w/ King Khan & BBQ Show Northampton, Massachusetts
Oct 29 - MIDDLE EAST DOWNSTAIRS w/ King Khan & BBQ Show Cambridge, Massachusetts
Oct 30 - BOWERY BALLROOM w/ King Khan & BBQ Show Manhattan, New York
Oct 31 - BELL HOUSE w/ King Khan & BBQ Show Brooklyn, New York
Nov 1 - FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH w/ King Khan & BBQ Show Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 12 - BELLY UP TAVERN w/ The Raveonettes & Crocodiles Solana Beach, California
Nov 28 - SPACELAND Los Angeles, California

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Comments (79)

ugh

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 2:48 AM

yikes

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 4:38 AM

oh brother

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 8:33 AM

yoink

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 8:53 AM

dum

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 9:00 AM

dum

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 9:10 AM

wo

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 9:12 AM

boring

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 9:21 AM

hot

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 9:25 AM

not

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 9:31 AM

blipdt

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 9:44 AM

yawn

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 9:48 AM

Nico x4, no VU

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 10:02 AM

n'even

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 10:06 AM

upskirt?

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 10:14 AM

Can you just imagine the following Fest:

OLD SCHOOL (REUNION) STAGE

Shop Assistants
Talulah Gosh
Tiger Trap
Black Tambourine

NEW SCHOOL STAGE

Vivian Girls
Dum Dum Girls
Crystal Stilts

YOU SCHOOL SIDESTAGE

A bunch of Fenders and mics set up with reverb set to about eight that concert attendies can use to confirm just how much easier it is to sound great when the reverb is set to about eight.

EPIC!

Posted by blackhat | October 26, 2009 10:18 AM

hate on, haters. hope you at least have a window in yr basement apartment.

Posted by anon | October 26, 2009 11:01 AM

Can we hear a bit about what some of the other bands were wearing? Better yet... someone should do like a Joan Rivers red carpet type show.
It's such an exciting time for music right now! how fashionable!

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:07 AM

Listen the projections say that the North Pole is going to be completely ice free in twenty years - is it any wonder why so much music today is the audio equivalent of curling up on your bed in the fetal position with the blanket you've had since you were a baby?

The rule is nothing revolutionary happening in the wider society = nothing revolutionary happening artistically.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:08 AM

Well... thanks for trying to cheer us up.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:14 AM

the rule is people who make broad pronouncements about music & society = don't know what the f*** they're talking about.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:15 AM

@ 1107

Last month called... it wants its meme back. thx.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:16 AM

Slutty Holly

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:24 AM

elvis was one thing, but jesus put some clothes on and learn how to write a song

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:26 AM

Sniper is really channelling his inner Malcolm McLaren. Good for him.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:29 AM

yes bc of course a MAN would have to be in control.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:34 AM

Control is relative, but you're right, a man should never *have* to be. I forgot that miniskirts and bangs are a feminist issue.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:45 AM

soo maany people (or is it just one douche bag?) are sexist, JEALOUS, haters. it is possible for people to look good and be talented.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:47 AM

@ 1147: Um no it is not, see this blog.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:53 AM

@ 11:47- don't waste your time trying to convince people on this site... there are a bunch of young retards that read BV unfortunately.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:57 AM

Also: recent graduates of Wesleyan who moved to Brooklyn (i.e. "young retards")

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 12:04 PM

11:47- Don't make this about sexism. Because this is mostly about lazy, derivative music dressed up like it's something new and exciting. It's getting attention for reasons totally unrelated to the music, which is fucking unremarkable. Play this shit for your friends without mentioning who they are/what they were wearing when they wrote it and tell me I'm wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 12:05 PM

Don't you know? Looking good IS talent. Times are tough and Sub Pop isn't stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 12:09 PM

I'm not sexist or jealous. I just long for a time when people didn't care what a band wears. When it was about how interesting the band was musically.

Sugary pop songs by chicks in miniskirts is cool now? No wonder why no one buys records anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 12:10 PM

@ 1205

Wow. Have you heard the record yet? Probably not.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 12:10 PM

"Also: recent graduates of Wesleyan who moved to Brooklyn (i.e. 'young retards')"


At least widen your circle of hate please.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 12:11 PM

Wesleyan grads are retards. That school needs to be obliterated.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 12:13 PM

@ 1210 then you live in a fantasy world or don't know shit about pop music. have fun being 12.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 12:14 PM

@12:10pm You're longing for a time that never existed. People have always cared what bands wear.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 12:36 PM

"You're longing for a time that never existed. People have always cared what bands wear."


Know-Nothing Wave.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 12:46 PM

Make the music u want to exist.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 1:26 PM

..... i'd hit hit ......

Duh.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 1:27 PM

yes, thank you 1:27 for reminding us it's time to discuss which one we'd like to impregnate.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 1:29 PM

these guys vs pipettes

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 1:38 PM

Fame hungry thirty somethings using their fading sex appeal as a last ditch effort.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 2:47 PM

I wouldn't hit it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 3:04 PM

@ 247 "Fame hungry *twenty somethings." Guess we know how old you are tho.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 3:20 PM

@ 304

If you are thinking about "hitting it" enough to leave a comment, that probably means you are lying to yourself about not wanting to hit it. Your effort betrays you.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 3:24 PM

I'd hit 3:24

Posted by 3:04 | October 26, 2009 3:34 PM

Alright guys just let this sputter out. We don't want another shitty band* of faces to have people make hay out of the fact that they're "polarizing."


*A term that must be used VERY loosely. Changing the bass player and guitarist after signing the record deal three months ago must mean that they're super duper tight.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 3:44 PM

look- this is a double edged sword. if the girls were ugly, everyone would be on here talking shit about 'how could these girls be so ugly and in a band' AND since they're cute, everyone's on here saying 'i'd hit it' or whatever... so either way, you can't win. just play the music you want to play and if you're good, people will buy your album. enough said

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 3:52 PM

11:08 yes the North Pole is doomed to fail, just like the american banking system was going to fail unless we agreed to a multi-billion dollars bailout. So if it was up to me we'd freeze our butts off quite nicely in the polar regions and keep our US Treasury funds away from the likes of AIG, etc.

Posted by Is it 2012 yet? | October 26, 2009 4:04 PM

sexist idiots in this seemingly intelligent slice of the culture, go die. this music, though well written and played by true talents (check out Grand Ole Party), is at its root very simple, and hits the heart and bones the right way, and that pretty much all that matters. if you give a shit about music, the dum dum girls are absolutely relevant, as long as all you ask is the music makes you feel something. please also make all the boner jokes you want about what i just wrote, and continue to be disgustingly sexist and basically worse than any juggalo, or tucker max, or other sexist retards you'd ordinarily turn your nose up at, because these comments, and their retaliations, don't really do anything for humanity or society anyway.. its just a huge drag to know you guys actually exist, like when you get your bike stolen and you remember there are assholes in the world after all.

Posted by Andrew | October 26, 2009 4:56 PM

they suck

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 6:07 PM

Sooooo much better at Woodsist.
Needs more Mike Sniper.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 7:08 PM

this band's recordings are actually terrific and the woodsist festival version of the band was excellent.

didn't see them last week, but it's irritating to read self-righteous comments about how this talented woman is only getting attention because of fashion or skimpy clothes or or some man pulling the strings or whichever cheap shots folks who clearly haven't heard the music are lobbing in the above comments.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 7:47 PM

The new lineup isn't a way to get more fans. She lives on the West Coast, Mike Sniper lives on the East (and is probably busy?) Brandon is in a band on tour now in Europe (Crocodiles.) Seems to me it looks like she wants a touring band. Why not girls? Why not cute ones if they can play? Yeah, I know Frankie lives in NYC, but that's probably just economic. Ever fly 4 people from CA?

No big deal.

Whether or not you like the songs/music, I don't think looks have as much to do with it as you think.

There's a million bands with goodlooking girls in it and it hasn't mattered. There's a lot in NYC alone and it hasn't helped them at all. Any Saturday of the year, there will be a band with a hot girl, or many hot girls playing somewhere in Brooklyn, Manhattan or LA for that matter, it's not new. Not all of them get signed to Sub Pop or Matador. In fact, hardly any do.

So there must be something else to it. Well written songs and good vocals and harmonies. Nothing terribly complex or innovative, but good.

As far as the sexist comments, I don't blame the commenters, I blame BrooklynVegan. What do you expect when the photo they use doesn't even have the band's faces, just their legs? Fucking shameful.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 8:08 PM

Why can't people just be happy anymore. There is so much complaining about everything. I bet these girls work their asses off! They sound fuckin good for what they do. I am sure all of you shit talkers are making music and creating things... I am sure you have guitars all around your house and oil paint all over your jeans. Or maybe you just blabber from behind your computer and don't really care about shit. Musicians and artist don't fuckin hate on eachother. Support eachother you stupid lazy fucks.

Be Happy

Posted by Tyson Wirtzfeld | October 26, 2009 11:13 PM

i hope BBQ gets laid with all those girls he touring with, odds are good when you got like 10 girls to wear down every night

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 9:56 AM

Say what you will about Wesleyan kids, but I've been to a few shows there, and those kids are snappy dressers, tight musicians, and smarter than the avg blog troller (no offense, I'm aware i'm one too).

I'll shut up now.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 3:34 PM

. . . and the kids at Wesleyan are pretty damn good looking too.

Just sayin'

Makes me kinda wish i went there.

Posted by Has Crush on Collective Student Body | October 27, 2009 3:37 PM

re wesleyan: man if you're paying 150K (or your mommy and daddy are more like) to be a heroin addicted failure then you better me good looking and a snappy dresser.

wesleyan- it's what's wrong with brooklyn music.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 6:21 PM

as someone who's played college shows at wesleyan, vassar, bard, barnard, purchase, etc...

I can tell you that that wesleyan has the smallest collection of cool indie kids of the bunch, and they're pretty homely on top of it, especially for being mega-rich kids

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 7:35 PM

what time does daft punk come on?

Posted by drunkenstepdad | October 30, 2009 6:41 PM

With all this talk about high definition footage, I hope they will also release it on blu-ray. It makes no sense to shoot HD and only release it on a standard definition format.

Posted by justin tv | February 19, 2010 10:02 AM

Andrew Frisicano, where to learn more about Dum Dum Girls

Posted by kamagra | March 16, 2010 1:35 PM

9:56

i also hope bbq gets laid. that is all i care about

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 6:43 PM

How desperate can you get..? but really, to each his own... Let them be guys... they got a shot at a bit of fame..let them do it.. stop with the crab - mentality..:)

Posted by gluten free apple pie | April 5, 2010 11:06 AM

i hope BBQ gets laid with all those girls he touring with, odds are good when you got like 10 girls to wear down every night

Posted by natural tinnitus cures | July 25, 2010 7:22 AM

Yea, but This is like fuzzy and far away! Days of yore and...

Posted by warts home remedies | August 19, 2010 8:22 AM

With all this talk about high definition footage, I hope they will also release it on blu-ray. It makes no sense to shoot HD and only release it on a standard definition format.

Posted by دردشة مكتوب | September 21, 2010 1:29 PM

likes Dum Dum Girls , wish to attend the party

Posted by منتديات | September 24, 2010 8:20 AM

That’s the real old school punk, the real fashion statement for all time. It’s totally awesome while seeing this blog I was trying to reminisce pink and so as no doubt group, I just love their music soothes down inside those little veins in the body. Rock on!

Posted by Air Jordan | October 18, 2010 10:35 PM

How desperate can you get..? but really, to each his own... Let them be guys... they got a shot at a bit of fame..let them do it.. stop with the crab - mentality..:)

Posted by rental car insurance | October 20, 2010 10:49 AM

maybe you just blabber from behind your computer and don't really care about shit. Musicians and artist don't fuckin hate on eachother. Support eachother you stupid lazy fucks.

Posted by Thomas Sabo | November 19, 2010 12:53 AM

Everybody should just grow and blossom. It should be all love. This world need more love. An its ok if that guys want all those ladies.

Posted by Ty Solar | December 13, 2010 11:55 PM

some of these comments are just ridiculous! Props to the photographer - some awesome shots there.

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hhhh

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