Dr. Dog

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Dr. Dog.

 

Following their 2002 debut release, Dr. Dog was "discovered" by My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James and have gone on to release eight albums since.

 

  • Song: "Shadow People"

  • Album: Shame, Shame
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: This record was the band's first on the ANTI- label.

 

 

  • Song: "Bring My Baby Back"

  • Album: The Psychedelic Swamp
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: The album's release is shrouded in a mythos about its origination. Start with swamptruth.com

 

 

  • Song: "Be the Void"

  • Album: Be the Void
  • Year: 2012
  • Comment: While no longer there, the album was recorded in the band's Meth Beach studio in Philadelphia.

 

 

  • Song: "Distant Light"

  • Album: B-Room
  • Year: 2013
  • Comment: Consistent with other Dr. Dog releases, both the track and the album evoke a sense of rawness that fans have come to appreciate at live shows.

 

 

  • Song: "That Old Black Hole"

  • Album: Be the Void
  • Year: 2012
  • Comment: The video for "That Old Black Hole" evokes a sense of whimsy found in Dr. Dog while practicing.

 

 

Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.

 

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Today's Cool Kids tune was picked by a pretty cool cat, namely Toby Leaman of Dr. Dog! His pick for the day is Cardova by The Meters, an entirely instrumental guitar-driven jam.

Toby's daughter is 10 months old, and she loves music with good beats. While Toby usually puts on WRTI in Philadelphia, a classical and jazz station, his daughter has her own taste. She loves music with a good beat, like dub music, reggae, and the Meters. "It's not how me or my wife dances, she's got her own little jam going on," Toby says. Even Joey admitted that a few people have told him their kids like The Meters, so there's got to be something there. "It doesn't get much better than that even as you get older," says Toby.

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Pittsburgh was taken over by Philadelphia last Friday.  No the Phillies or the Flyers fans aren’t in town again, Dr. Dog was hear to rock Pittsburgh with their catchy melodies and groovy rhythms.

Dr. Dog is a six piece neo-psychedelic/indie band out of West Grove, Pennsylvania (outside of Philly).  Dr. Dog has been very active since their inception.  They got their first record (Toothbrush) in the hands of My Morning Jacket front man, Jim James, after a concert and were eventually invited along for two tours.  They haven’t looked back since.  Dr. Dog has since released six records and been all over the concert circuit playing headlining tours and music festivals across the globe.

Dr. Dog is currently supporting their seventh album, B-Room and was in town to play a show for their (hopefully!) second favorite city, Pittsburgh, at Stage AE.

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The lights went out and an LED sign appeared lit up on stage reading “Dr. Dog MMM.Pittsburgh!”  The crowd roared with applause as Dr. Dog took the stage and immediately broke into the first song off of B-Room, “The Truth.”  Dr. Dog continued to roll out the hits after that, each song seemed to amp the crowd up more and more.  Every song was sung word for word by the crowd; it was one of the most receptive audiences I’ve seen in awhile.    The Singer and bassist Toby Leaman even pointed out that this was Dr. Dog’s largest crowd in Pittsburgh to date.

The PA natives continued to roll out the hits, including two of my personal favorites “The Beach” and  “Too Weak to Ramble.”  Before leaving the stage for the first time Dr. Dog, broke played one of their classics, “Jackie Wants a Black Eye.”

The lights went back out, the crowd was louder than any other point of the concert. ENCORE! ENCORE! ENCORE!

After a few moments the West Grove natives graced the stage again send Pittsburgh off with a bang.  They opened their encore with “The Girl” and another tour debut, “ Rock & Roll” before closing with “The Rabbit, The Bat, and The Reindeer.”

Dr. Dog didn’t just play a song or two for an encore they played five!  Dr. Dog’s set was certainly one to remember.  It was obvious they were feeding off of the energy put out by the crowd.

If you haven’t checked out Dr. Dog before you definitely should!  And if you have a chance to check out Dr. Dog live GO DO IT!  I know I will be there next time they’re back in the ‘Burgh.

 

 

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The Philadelphia-based sextet, Dr. Dog, have released another track off of B-Room.  Dr. Dog's new single, "Broken Heart," is a soulful track the tells the story of a heartbreak.  The video includes vintage footage from an amusement park and fair which pairs perfectly with the track to give it a "retro" feel.  Dr. Dog branches out from their traditional indie/psychedelic sound and took a more "soul" approach on B-Room.  One could go as far as saying Dr. Dog pulled in influences from the likes of fellow Philadelphia greats Gamble and Huff for their upcoming record.  Look out for Dr. Dog's eighth studio album, B-Room on October 1 via ANTI- records.  Dr. Dog will continue touring to support their upcoming album this fall/winter.

Listen to the single "Broken Heart" below.

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The Philadelphia-based indie rock group, Dr. Dog, has released a new single from their upcoming album.  The track, "The Truth" which will be featured on their eighth studio album, B-Room, which is scheduled to be released October 1. Dr. Dog has taken a different approach to their latest record.   For starters, the band has chosen to no longer record in Meth Beach studio, where they recorded their last record, Be the Void.  The indie rock sextet have also chose a new approach to recording.  Instead of the normal format of demoing, Dr. Dog has chose to record live together.

“I used to think that all I needed was a track recorder and a bunch of instruments in a room,” singer-guitarist Scott McMicken said in a statement. “Now I realize that I’m useless by myself.”

The new recording process for the album B-Room has created another first for Dr. Dog- the entire band worked closely together on the songwriting process.  That being said, B-Room will have less of a psychedelic vibe than previous Dr. Dog albums.  From what we can hear from the released single, "The Truth," the new Dr. Dog album will have more of a soulful feel to it.  You can listen to the new Dr. Dog song "The Truth" below.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady of The Beaver County Times.

In case you missed it here's what he played (with commentary by Scott):

Dr. Dog, "Do the Trick" - Prior efforts were tagged as psychedelic-folk, though this Philly band rocks out on album No. 7, "Be the Void," their loosest, loudest, most live sounding yet. It's a very cohesive album, and entertaining from start to finish. To prove it, I steered clear of "That Old Black Hole" and "These Days," both being spun on WYEP, and chose a deeper cut that hearkens more to "classic" Dr. Dog, with a swirling melody, swelling harmonies and clever but un-fancy lyrics. Sample: "My talk is a nervous tick/Won't you freeze my hands of time?/Will you do the trick?." They're in town tomorrow for a concert.

Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons, "Anaconda" - Joseph's songwriting is inspired by his years in Salt Lake City (where Jack Mormons is a local coffee company). You can practically taste the dry, dusty expansive setting of Utah in his music, which is guitar-driven alt-rock with jam-band elements. This isn't the angst of a New York songwriter affected by the hustle-and-bustle of a big city, but a guy whose demons are spurred by the Wild West with its lonesome highways and stark, barren landscapes. Jerry has written several songs for Widespread Panic, and his band has shared stages with Drive-By Truckers (who were the opening act). Alas, his touring in the past decade has been limited largely to the Rockies and Pacific Northwest. I'm hoping WYEP can bring him to Pittsburgh! Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons album goes public on March 30.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs (talking to us via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Justin:

Nneka, "My Home" - This Nigerian goddess of awesome is like the perfect synthesis of two of my favorite singers — the soul and emotion of Corinne Bailey Rae and the funk and robot swagger of Janelle Monae. Play this track really loud, it'll be fun for everyone around you!

Tennis, "My Better Self" - Cutesy indie pop husband-wife duo gets so much better on their second album. Maybe it's because they weren't writing about a sailboat this time out, but who knows. This record was produced by the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, and though there's no dirty blues here, his crisp production sounds great.

Bonus track!

Dr. Dog, "How Long Must I Wait" - My favorite track from my favorite band's new album. Such a good mood-enducing track. Buy the whole album, Be the Void, and support these Philly boys.

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WYEP Presents Dr. Dog // Thurs. 2/17 @ Mr. Smalls Theater - 9pm

Words by Justin Jacobs:

For longtime fans, to track the growth of Philadelphia band Dr. Dog — from its humble beginnings around 1999 to one of indie rock's most revered bands today — is a lot like watching your child grow up. Ok, ok, that might be a bit hyperbolic. But follow me here.

For Dr. Dog's first few albums, the band created extremely lo-fi folk rock that was equal parts catchy and silly, like a kid saying his first words. There was even a song on second album Toothbrush called "Say Ahhh." Dr. Dog's next few records, We All Belong and Fate, showed serious growth, like an adolescent band, realizing its strengths and weaknesses, sounding smarter and more self-assured. And with last year's breakthrough album Shame, Shame, Dr. Dog finally reached adulthood — the album cast aside completely the lo-fi whispers of the band's childhood in favor of a clean and professional, but still inspiring sound.

Now, a trajectory like this often brings out calls of "Sell out!" for indie rock bands, but not so with Dr. Dog. While the band's actual recordings have changed shape, these Philly boys have maintained the core of their music — idiosyncratic doo-wop harmonies, lyrics filled with child-like wonder and adult ruminations on love and death, melodies hummable for days.

And the best part? You get to see Dr. Dog this Thursday, when the band stops at Mr. Smalls. The show's at 9 p.m. See you there!

WYEP Presents Dr. Dog // Thurs. 2/17 @ Mr. Smalls Theater - 9pm

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs, contributing writer to Relix Magazine, AOL's Spinner.com and Pittsburgh's City Paper. This morning, Justin shares his top picks for 2010.

In case you missed it here's what he played:

Suckers, "A Mind I Knew" -  This band, who made my favorite album of the year, creates off-kilter, exotic sounding anthems. Each song builds and twists unexpectedly, usually marked by a wild yelp of gang vocals or some explosive guitar. The weirdest, and most fun, record of the year.

Dr. Dog, "Where'd All the Time Go" - These Philly boys are the success story of the year - the band's been toiling around playing mid-level venues for almost a decade, but with this year's Shame, Shame, they're finally among indie's elite bands. This is my favorite jam from that album.

Cee-Lo, "No One's Gonna Love You" - The man behind "Fuck You"/"Forget You" cut a cover of the best Band of Horses song this summer, and this version hit the internet (with a very NSFW video) by storm. Unfortunately, the version on Cee-Lo's new album, The Lady Killer, is kinda lame, but no matter — this cut is utterly gorgeous and haunting. Who knew the best song of the year wouldn't come from an album at all?

I was drawn to albums from all different genres this year - there wasn't one trend that resulted in the most great music.

Here's Justin's Top 10 Albums of 2010:

10. Sharon Van Etten - Epic
9. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
8. Baths - Cerulean
7. LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
6. Twin Shadow - Forget
5. Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame
4. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
3. Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea
2. Janelle Monae - The Archandroid
1. Suckers - Wild Smile

Just barely missed the list:
Big Boi - Sir Lucious Leftfoot, The Son of Chico Dusty
Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
The Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
Liars - Sisterworld

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs, contributing writer to Relix Magazine, AOL's Spinner.com and Pittsburgh's City Paper

In case you missed it here's what he played:

The Heavy, "That Kind of Man" - The word "heavy" in music usually describes some gutteral, brutal metal music. But somehow, this English band makes funky soul music that is undeniably heavy too, albeit in a much, much different way. This track came out in 2007, but The Heavy retooled it and yes, made it heavier, for an EP that just dropped last week.

Pomegranates, "Skull Cakin" - My favorite band you've never heard of. Dudes are from Cincinnati and make fun, arty dream pop. This jam, of their new album "One of Us," out yesterday, is the rocking-est thing they've ever done, but it's still weird and wonderful.

Dr. Dog, "Nobody Knows Who You Are" - A new Dr. Dog song! Everybody rejoice! The Philly pop-classicists have been releasing new songs online, and this one is too good. I'm admittedly a total fanboy, but Dr. Dog can do no wrong. Download this for free here.

Twin Shadow, "Castles in the Snow" - Being the latest band made famous by the Internet (thanks, Pitchfork!) usually warrants some sort of snarky, underhanded insult, but I don't have anything bad to say about Twin Shadow. Dark and catchy, 80's-reminiscent dance songs., not unlike The Cure. They stopped at Brillobox last month, and a buddy of mine kept yelling for "In Between Days." Not nice, but very funnny.

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