by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Dirty Beaches - Lord Knows Best (MP3)
Dum Dum Girls have a new EP, He Gets Me High, coming out March 1 on Sub Pop containing three new songs and a rockin' cover of The Smiths' morbid romance classic "There is a Light That Never Goes Out." The record was produced by Richard Gottehrer (who mixed DDG's debut I Will Be) and Raveonettes' front-man Sune Rose Wagner. You can download the EP's title track via a widget at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, Dum Dum Girls head out on tour next week with Dirty Beaches who are signed to Zoo Music, the label Dee Dee runs with hubbie Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles. The two bands play Bowery Ballroom on March 4 with a couple other locals on the bill too: Frankie Rose & the Outs and Minks.
The pseudonym of Montreal artist Alex Zhang Hungtai, Dirty Beaches sound like a band invented by David Lynch (or maybe Jim Jarmusch), like a half-remembered dream infected by an oldies station playing on a vintage transistor radio. Dirty Beaches' forthcoming album, Badlands (out March 29 and pictured above), is at times pretty, twangy and vaguely sinister. He's definitely got a vision to what he's doing. Check out "Lord Knows Best" at the top of this post for a sample.
Dirty Beaches are also playing a headline show at Glasslands on Thursday, March 3, the day before the Dum Dum Girls show. Also playing are YellowFever, Widowspeak, and Ela Orleans, plus Dee Dee is DJing at midnight.
While generally on the subject of Dee Dee and Brandon's label, Zoo Music are giving away a compilation of the label's first eight 7"s (the a-sides) over at Amazon with music from Dirty Beaches, Crocodiles, Woven Bones, Reading Rainbow and more.
All Dum Dum Girls and Dirty Beaches tour dates, plus the DDGs download widget, are below.
Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High
Track Listing for He Gets Me High EP:
1 Wrong Feels Right?
2 He Gets Me High?
3 Take Care of My Baby?
4 There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (Smiths cover)
Dum Dum Girls - 2011 Tour Dates
February 15 House of Blues (Las Vegas), Las Vegas NV
February 16 - Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco CA
February 17 - Skybar (LA), West Hollywood CA
February 18 - Casbah, San Diego CA
February 21 - Hi-Dive, Denver CO
February 23 - Billiken Club, St Louis MO
February 24 - Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
February 25 - Magic Stick, Detroit MI
February 26 - El Mocambo Club, Toronto ON, Canada
February 27 - Il Motore, Montreal QC
March 1 - Club Metronome, Burlington VT
March 2 - Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA
March 3 - Glasslands, Brooklyn NY DJ set
March 4 - Bowery Ballroom, The, New York City NY
March 5 - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia PA
March 6 - Black Cat, Washington DC
March 8 - Local 506, Chapel Hill NC
March 9 - Milestone Club, Charlotte NC 18 & Up!
March 10 - The Earl, Atlanta GA
March 11 - Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville FL
March 12 - The Social, Orlando FL
March 13 - Orpheum (FL), Tampa FL w/ Tennis & La Sera
March 31 Deaf Institute, Manchester United Kingdom
April 1 - Whelans, Dublin Ireland
April 2 - Black Box (UK), Belfast United Kingdom
April 3 - Stereo, Glasgow United Kingdom
April 4 - Brudenell Social, Leeds United Kingdom
April 5 - Dingwalls, London United Kingdom
April 6 - Komedia, Brighton United Kingdom
April 7 - Vooruit, Gent Belgium
April 8 - Vera, Groningen Netherlands
April 9 - Motel Mozaique, Rotterdam Netherlands
April 11 - FESTSAAL, Berlin Germany
April 12 - 59:1 , Munich Germany
April 13 - Crossing Border Festival (Antwerp), Antwerp Belgium
April 14 - Flex, Vienna Austria
April 15 - ISC Club, Bern Switzerland
April 16 - Rocking Chair, Vevey Switzerland
April 17 - Mascotte, Zurich Switzerland
April 19 - Menza pri koritu (SL), Lubijana Slovenia
April 20 - La Salumeria Della Musica, Milan Italy
April 21 - Lanificio Factory, Rome Italy
April 22 - Covo Club, Bologna Italy
April 23 - Cabaret Aleatoire, Marseilles France
April 24 - La Machine , Paris France
Dirty Beaches - 2011 Tour Dates
2/16 BOTTOM OF THE HILL, SAN FRANCISCO CA*
2/18 CASBAH, SAN DIEGO CA*
2/21 HI DIVE, DENVER CO*
2/23 BILLIKEN CLUB, ST. LOUIS MO*
2/24 EMPTY BOTTLE, CHICAGO IL*
2/25 MAGIC STICK, DETROIT MI*
2/26 EL MOCAMBO, TORONTO ONT*
2/27 IL MOTORE, MONTREAL QUE*
3/01 METRONOME, BURLINGTON VT*
3/02 BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL, BOSTON MA*
3/03 GLASSLANDS, BROOKLYN NY
3/04 BOWERY BALLROOM, NEW YORK NY*
3/05 JOHNNY BRENDA'S, PHILADELPHIA PA*
3/06 BLACK CAT, WASHINGTON DC*
3/08 LOCAL 506, CHAPEL HILL NC*
3/09 MILESTONE, CHARLOTTE NC*
3/10 EARL, ATLANTA GA*
3/11 JACKRABITTS, JACKSONVILLE FL*
3/12 SOCIAL, ORLANDO FL*
3/13 ORPHEUM, TAMPA FL*
* w/ Dum Dum Girls