Entries tagged with: Dum Dum Girls
by Bill Pearis
Oakland, CA duo Some Ember have been making shadowy synthpop for about two years. Both members sing and Nina Chase's frosty delivery works well with Dylan Travis' more emotive style. After a couple cassette-only releases, the band will drop their proper self-titled debut next week (5/27) via Dream Recordings. This will be the first non-cassette release for the label which is run by the guys in Crocodiles. Stream the entire album ahead of its release in this post.
Speaking of duos and Crocodiles and labels run by them, the debut by Haunted Hearts (aka husband-and-wife Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and Brandon of Crocodiles) will release their debut album, Initiation, next week as well. That's out on Brandon/Dee Dee's label Zoo, though the cassette will be through Dream. You may have already heard "Johnny Jupiter" but you can stream the whole album now via Pitchfork.
Some Ember album stream below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
St. Vincent in Chicago earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)
A few of the paid Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park have already been announced, including The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, plus the free Janelle Monae show, and now BRIC has announced the full lineup for the 2014 season.
The full lineup is listed below. Some highlights of the FREE shows include:
Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality and TEEN on June 21.All of the above-mentioned shows are FREE, all ages, and open to the public. Most start at 7 or 7:30 PM. Check out the full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...
Warpaint and Yellowbirds on June 26.
Shovels & Rope, Valerie June and Shakey Graves on June 27.
Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Talib Kweli, Glenn Kotche and Aja Monet on July 5.
Deltron 3030 and Nomadic Massive on July 19.
Nickel Creek on July 24.
Kes the Band and Kuenta I Tambu (KiT) on August 2.
St. Vincent and San Fermin on August 9.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
astronaut / Kate Nash / Replacements / Haim / Girl Talk
At 68, Bryan Ferry is one of the oldest performers at this weekend's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and one of the most debonair. But the former Roxy Music singer and veteran solo artist was one of at least two artists who wore a tuxedo for their performance at the annual festival in Indio Friday night.We already posted Outkast and Dum Dum Girls. Here are the rest of the pictures from the first dusty day of the first weekend of Coachella 2014 (which is also streaming online). The photos continue, Replacements and Bryan Ferry included, below...
The other, a bit surprisingly considering his raucous musical legacy, was Paul Westerberg, 54, the perpetually tousled leader of The Replacments, who reunited last year after a 22-year hiatus to perform three shows (Coachella was the fourth). Yet, while Westerberg was quick to doff his tuxedo jacket, Ferry kept his on, although he undid his tie. Their sartorial style notwithstanding, Ferry and Westerberg have little in common, but both delivered winning performances that represented two very different -- and influential -- chapters in rock history. [UTSanDiego]
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Like Outkast and a lot of other artists, Dum Dum Girls played Coachella on Friday (and will play the festival's second weekend next Friday). Pictures from their weekend-one set are in this post. Bigger versions are on our Facebook page.
Coachella weekend one is streaming on YouTube through Sunday night.
More photos of Dee Dee and band below...
Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls @ MHOW 3/26/2013
Dum Dum Girls' tour with Blouse rolled through NYC, making sold-out stops at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (3/25) and Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (3/26). Pictures from MHOW are in this post. Against a neon blue heart, Dee Dee and the rest of the gang rattled through an hour set drawn from all their records (including this year's Too True), plus their cover of Pale Saints "Sight of You." Setlist is in this post.
Blouse was a well matched opener, their agreeably gloomy pop brightened by psychedelic, oilpaint-esque projections. Their second album, Imperium, has been a grower for me and I was glad to finally get to see them play those songs live. Good set. The night started early with Young Boys whose singer has definitely watched live footage of The Cramps and The Birthday Party. Pics from their sets, and more from Dum Dum Girls, below.
by Bill Pearis
Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Brandon from Crocodiles are already partners in life, and run label Zoo Music together. It makes sense the two would collaborate musically, too, and now they are, as Haunted Hearts. The pair will release their debut album, Initiation, via Zoo Music on May 27. You can watch the video for first single "Johnny Jupiter" below. While the track doesn't sound exactly like either DDGs or Crocodiles, it's not like Dee Dee and Brandon take a wild leap into reggae or anything (though that might be interesting to hear).
Meanwhile, Dee Dee and the other Dum Dum Girls bring their tour to NYC this week for two sold-out shows with Portland's Blouse opening: tonight (3/25) at Bowery Ballroom and Wednesday (3/26) at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Haunted Hearts album art and tracklist, plus the single stream and video, below...
The initial Pitchfork Festival lineup was announced last month, and now many new artists have been added, including St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Real Estate, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Cloud Nothings, Hudson Mohawke, Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy, Dum Dum Girls, Jon Hopkins, Majical Cloudz, Mutual Benefit, Speedy Ortiz, Kelela, the Field, SZA, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Hundred Waters, FKA Twigs, Isaiah Rashad, Empress Of and Twin Peaks.
They join previously announced artists Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Sun Kil Moon, Slowdive, Grimes, Giorgio Moroder and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated day-by-day lineup below...
Debbie Harry w/ Dum Dum Girl @ Spotify House (via Transmission)
Blondie's Deborah Harry just surprised the audience of a Spotify SXSW event by showing up on stage to play "Dreaming" with Dum Dum Girls! Picture proof above.
Blondie, who also play the Rachael Ray day party while they're in Austin, play their official SXSW showcase at Brazos Hall Thursday night (3/12). Not in Austin? You can stream the whole show live courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel...
Smithsonian Channel is sponsoring Blondie's South By Southwest (SXSW) live performance from Yahoo's Brazos Hall on March 13th to support the upcoming world premiere of BLONDIE'S NEW YORK, a one-hour documentary that explores the rise of the legendary band.Blondie also recently played 'Super Bowl Boulevard.'
Smithsonian Channel Presents Blondie Powered By Yahoo, a rare live performance by the iconic band, will be available to fans across the country via a LIVE stream on Smithsonianchannel.com and on Yahoo Screen and on mobile via the Yahoo Screen app on Thursday, March 13 beginning at approximately 11:45pm CST.
by Bill Pearis
stills from "Are You Okay"
Dum Dum Girls just released the video for "Are You Okay?," the second single from their new album, Too True. This is a little more than just a video though, as it's an 11-minute short film which was written by Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho). Directed by Brewer (who made flashy vids for Purity Ring and Passion Pit), the short features Dee Dee as a woman who has a freakout during a therapy session that doesn't stop when her hour's up. There's some definite Brian De Palma vibes being given off here, and you can watch it below.
Meanwhile, Dum Dum Girls' tour with Blouse starts on the West Coast this weekend and will then invade Austin for SXSW where they are playing 10+ shows. After, they'll head east where they've got two sold-out NYC shows.
All SXSW shows and tour dates are listed, plus the "Are You Okay" video, below...
DOWNLOAD: Go Forth, Feminist Warriors (MP3)
Pitchfork points to this month's Rookie theme song, "Go Forth, Feminist Warriors," which features Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag/Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein, Waxahatchee, Tegan & Sara, Dum Dum Girls, Thao Nguyen, Kimya Dawson, Kate Nash, Ted Leo, Aimee Mann and more. Check it out by downloading it for free above, or streaming it, along with the full list of credits, below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls @ Mercury Lounge, 1/30/2014
"This has been a chaotic show," Dee Dee confessed near the end of Dum Dum Girls' set at Mercury Lounge last night (1/30). "Which fits the chaotic nature of this album." The band had taped The Late Show with David Letterman earlier in the day (and had flown in from LA right before that), and didn't get a soundcheck. So there was more fiddling with gear and mike checks and some visible nerves, but close your eyes and Dum Dum Girls sounded confident and clear.
This was the record release show for DDG's third album, Too True, which came out this week on Sub Pop. It's their biggest sounding record yet and the band drafted a third guitarist -- the Girls' first "boy" since the ad-hoc version of the band at the Woodist/Captured Tracks fest -- to help fill out the sound. Songs such as the dreamlike "Lost Boys and Girls Club" really benefit from this, much heavier and louder than the recorded version. And on tracks like new LP standout "In the Wake of You" and "Lord Knows" (from their End of Daze EP) the new guy allowed Dee Dee to be more of a frontperson.
My only real complaint with last night's show was, with three albums and a couple EPs under their belt, Dum Dum Girls are now at the point where you may not get to hear all the songs you wanted. "I Will Be" was on the written setlist but I don't recall them playing it, and I would have really liked to have heard Too True's closing track, "Trouble is My Name." But we did get their cover of Pale Saints' "Sight of You" which has gotten bigger and louder since the last time they swung through town. Luckily, Dum Dum Girls will be back when their tour with Blouse hits NYC for two shows in March (tickets are still available). Pictures from Mercury Lounge, as well as setlist and their "Rimbaud Eyes" performance on Letterman, are in this post.
The other two bands on the bill last night were good too. Sapphire Mansions, the newish project from onetime Golden Triangle member Jay Hough, have come along since the last time I saw them. The band, named after a Felt song and definitely cribbing from that '80s era of UK indiepop, now includes Love Is All's James Ausfahrt on bass and My Teenage Stride's Jed Smith on drums, and have started to go beyond their early touchstones. (Their debut LP is pretty good.) Matt Yu filled out the band's sound alternating between arpeggiated guitar parts and combo organ, and The Ladybug Transistor's Gary Olson played trumpet on a couple songs too. I thought they sounded great.
I hadn't seen openers The New Lines since they played with Blouse at 285 Kent a couple years ago. That was not their best night, but I'm pleased to say I thought they were pretty good last night. Theirs is not an easy sound to pull off live -- fragile, baroque/kraut psych not unlike Broadcast or The United States of America -- but with good sound and a solid rhythm section, The New Lines found their groove. If you haven't checked out last year's Fall in Line, you can stream a couple tracks here. And they play Freddy's Bar in Park Slope tonight (1/31).
More pics of all three bands at Mercury Lounge, plus video of DDGs on Letterman, below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
by Bill Pearis
DDGs @ T5, October 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Dum Dum Girls' third long-player, Too True, is out next week (1/28) on Sub Pop and if you liked "Lost Boys and Girls Club" and "Rimbaud Eyes" you can now give the whole thing a spin via NPR. While it was made with usual suspects Richard Gottehrer and Ravonettes' Sune Rose Wagner, the new record is defintely a little different for DDGs, with a host of UK influences coloring the band's sound. It's also got "In the Wake of You," the most unabashed pop creation Dee Dee has ever written.
The band -- with new third guitarist who will be the first male Dum Dum Girl (not counting Mike Sniper and Brandon Welchez who played at DDGs live debut at Woodist fest) -- will be in NYC next Thursday (1/30) for a sold-out record release show at Mercury Lounge. They'll then be back when their tour with Blouse stops for two shows: March 25 at Bowery Ballroom and March 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those are still available.
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires (photo by David A. Smith)
Alabama roots rockers Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, who you may have caught on tour with Alabama Shakes, have announced that they've signed to Sub Pop. No word on their first release for the label yet, but you can stream a couple earlier tracks from the band below. They're also touring with Turf War soon and coming to NYC on February 1 at Shea Stadium. All dates are listed below.
As you've probably heard, Sub Pop is also releasing the new Dum Dum Girls album, Too True, on January 27. Since we last spoke, the DDGs have released another song from it, "Rimbaud Eyes," which you can stream below. Their previously announced tour hits NYC on 1/30 at Mercury Lounge (sold out) and 3/25 at Bowery Ballroom and 3/26 at MHOW with Blouse (tickets).
Lyla Foy (fka WALL) at Glasslands in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
In other Sub Pop news, London art pop singer Lyla Foy, who used to record as WALL, is now using her own name and has signed to Sub Pop, who will release her debut album, Mirrors the Sky, on March 18. She just released the album's single, "Feather Tongue," which you can stream along with her late 2013 single, "Easy," below.
Another recent Sub Pop signee is UK pop duo THUMPERS, who recently toured the UK with (and covered) CHVRCHES. They'll release their debut album, Galore, on February 11. It features the super catchy single, "Unkinder (A Tougher Love)," which you can stream, along with the LP artwork and tracklist below.
And lastly, a video of Sub Pop class of '89 stars Nirvana (who are getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and who are the subject of a new book by Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt) playing one of their last-ever shows just surfaced. It was filmed in LA in 1993 by Dave Markey, who directed 1991: The Year Punk Broke. Check it out below.
All streams and more below...
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014 - April 11-13, April 18-20
Read the full lineup below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls' third album, Too True, is out January 28. If you're heard the slinky first single "Lost Boys & Girls Club" you know this record takes the band in new directions. There are still a few typical DDG rockers, but there are also forays into suave Britpop and a few just straight-up killer pop songs, like the bouncy "In the Wake of You." It's a terrific record. Says Dee Dee of the album, "Do you hear Suede? Siouxie? Cold-wave Patti? Madonna? Cure? Velvet and Paisley Undergrounds? Stone Roses? Cuz I did."
The band's NYC record release show at Mercury Lounge on 1/30 is sold out but Dum Dum Girls (now a five-piece live) just announced a full tour starting in March, with two NYC dates: March 25 at Bowery Ballroom and March 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (12/11) at noon. Opening for the whole tour are kindred spirits, Blouse. All dates -- which include a stop in Austin for SXSW -- are listed below.
Meanwhile, Dee Dee also gave us her Top Ten of 2013 which includes records, books, cocktails and more. You can check that out below.
by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls have announced details of their third album, Too True, which will be out January 27 via Sub Pop. That's the cover art above. It's will have been a year and a half since the last DDG's release, the excellent End of Daze EP, and part of the reason for the break was to rest up from vocal troubles Dee Dee had been experiencing. As for the direction of the new album, Dee Dee talked with Stereogum recently:
It sounds like the next step from there, at least to my ears. I mean there are a couple of different things on this record. There's a lot more guitar -- textural guitar stuff -- which is why I brought on an additional guitar player for the live show. It kind of ventures into a newer, bigger... I don't know how to describe it. A bigger, rock n' roll sound or something? You know, occasionally. There's a lot more mid-tempo stuff, which I've never really done. I think historically my band is regarded as the band that does like Ramones-y songs and then drowsy ballads or something. I mean obviously that's not what I would say, but that I think there's sort of a middle ground, which is prevalent a lot on this record. I think it has to do with sort of how I changed guitar style when I was writing. I definitely was listening to a lot of big sounding records. So I think that people have noticed an evolution from more 60s rock sounds and now they might hear more English 80s, 90s brit-pop stuff. Not like I wrote down a recipe and figured out how to do it. But you know, whatever flavor you're into hearing ends up coloring the stuff you're doing.You can stream first single "Lost Boys and Girls Club" below which goes into kinda new sonic territory for DDG and it's video -- produced by H&M clothing stores -- is very Halloweeny. You can check out that below too. As she mentioned there, DDG are now a three-guitar attack, adding a fifth Dum Dum to better bring the new record to life live. As discussed, NYC can catch them on January 30 at Mercury Lounge which will serve as a record release show for Too True. All dates are listed below.
If you need a live fix sooner, Sandy and Jules will be here with SISU, playing a free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 20 with LIZZO and US Girls.
All DDG dates are listed, along with the new single stream, video and Too True tracklist, below.
DDGs @ T5, CMJ 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
It's been a little over a year since Dum Dum Girls released the excellent End of Daze EP. Their third album has been in the works for a while now, with much of the recording happening this past spring in LA with usual suspects Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner behind the boards. No release date for record has been announced yet. Dum Dum Girls did, however, record the theme song for Cartoon Network's animated series Beware the Batman that debuted over the summer. You can check it out in the show's opening title sequence below.
Dum Dum Girls are also playing some shows in January, though right now there are only dates for NYC and LA. The New York show happens at Mercury Lounge on January 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/2) at noon. Might those be record release shows? We shall see.
Meanwhile, half of the DDGs (Sandy and Jules) will be in NYC during CMJ as part of SISU. Four shows have been announced: 10/16 at The Flat with Total Slacker, Hunters, Weekend and Habibi ($8 at the door); 10/17 at Shea Stadium with Billy Woods, Wreck & Reference, YC The Cynic, Guardian Alien, and Odonis Odonis; 10/18 at The Delancey w/ Thomas Azier, Psychic Twin, Spirit Animal, LE TROUBLE, Raccoon Fighter, and SWF (FREE); and 10/19 Union Pool with King Dude, Weeknight, and Zig Zags (tickets).
Dum Dum Girls and SISU dates are listed, along with the Beware the Batman theme, below.
Though we don't have many details, we are sad to report that the music industry is today mourning the loss of Adam Fisher, a sound engineer and tour manager who has worked for Bowery Presents, Knitting Factory, The Polyphonic Spree, Crocodiles, and many more. Those who knew him, loved him, like the Dum Dum Girls who already Instagrammed the above picture with the caption "love you adam", and tweeted, "Very grateful for the time we spent touring the world with Adam Fisher. Please take care of yourselves everyone. <3". Young Prisms and NOTHING have also acknowledged the great loss. Rest in Peace Adam.
by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu's solo project SISU have announced that their new album, titled Blood Tears, will be out on September 17 via Brooklyn label Mono Prism. Says Sandra on the new album, "I didn't want to sound like any one thing -- a shoegaze band, an electronic band, a rock band -- but I did want to make pop songs with un-pop sounds." If you like the new Weekend album, chances are Blood Tears will appeal as well. You can stream the first single from the album, "Return the Favor," below.
SISU have a few shows lined up on the West Coast before the Dirty Beaches tour too. All dates are listed, along with that song stream, below.
by Bill Pearis
SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu, have a new EP titled Light Eyes that is currently out digitally and will be out in physical formats at the end of the month. Laying off the electric guitars a bit, the new EP has an almost baroque faerie folk feel to it. You can stream the whole thing below.
Having just wrapped up dates with Marnie Stern, SISU are now playing a few headlining shows. The tour wraps up with an EP release show on Friday (5/10) at Glasslands with Yellow Dogs and Young Boys. Tickets are still available and all remaining tour dates are listed below.
Since you are so busy with Dum Dum Girls, do you find it difficult to balance both projects?Cat Power has had some pretty eclectic openers for her shows of late: Xray Eyeballs have opened for the singer in NYC and Europe, and Angel Haze will do so at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (1/29). For a couple of her other East Coast shows -- tonight (1/28) in Richmond, VA and Wednesday (1/30) in Philly -- Chan Marshall has tapped dream pop combo SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu.
Yeah, it's really difficult actually. With Dum Dum Girls, we have a lot of stuff going on, but it's still hard to kind of perceive what we're going to be doing next year, for instance, and with a band you kind of have to know when you're going to be free way in advance--like six to nine months--and that's kind of why I have to do more DIY stuff, because then I can just do it when I have time and don't have to plan with a company or anything.
While listening to Sisu it sounds much different than Dum Dum Girls--sparse, dark, more synth. What would you say are the largest differences between the bands?
Probably the biggest difference is that we use a lot of synth and keyboards, where Dum Dum Girls is more straightforward rock 'n' roll. Dee Dee [Penny] and I have similar tastes in music, but it comes out different. She mainly writes songs with guitar and her voice, where Sisu could be inspired by a keyboard part or drum part, or guitar too, but I think you can tell it comes out differently. It's not a straightforward rock band. -[OC Weekly]
UPDATE: SISU now also playing the Terminal 5 show as well. Updated dates below.
While on the East Coast, SISU will play NYC as well, hitting Glasslands on Thursday (1/31) for a pretty sweet line-up that includes an "electric duo" version of Crocodiles as headliners, plus Punks of Mars and a Cassie Ramone solo set. Advance tickets are on sale.
SISU will be releasing new music soon via NYC label Mono Prism but in the meantime you can stream Demon Tapes Vol. 2 below.