Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What's been going down: Part I

So as you should all know by now, yes, Eric Slick is the new drummer for Dr. Dog and it's damn exciting. Last Monday they had a photo shoot for their upcoming tour, and this is the first one published.

Here's a review of Ninja gig at Johnny Brenda's last Thursday...some additional photos and nice comments posted there, too.

Dr. Dog just signed with Anti Records

Take a look at who else is on this label.

And oh man, here's the "partial" tour schedule...more dates on the horizon, one of which is incredibly exciting.

Wed 01/27/10 Troy, NY Revolution Hall
Thu 01/28/10 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
Fri 01/29/10 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Sat 01/30/10 Syracuse, NY The Westcott Theater
Mon 02/01/10 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
Wed 02/03/10 Pontiac, MI Pike Room
Thu 02/04/10 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
Fri 02/05/10 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Sat 02/06/10 Iowa City, IA The Mill
Mon 02/08/10 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
Tue 02/09/10 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Company
Wed 02/10/10 Cleveland, OH The Spot @ Case Western University
Thu 02/11/10 Bloomington, IN Video Saloon
Fri 02/12/10 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Sat 02/13/10 State College, PA State Theatre
Fri 03/05/10 Los Angeles, CA Museum Of Natural History
Fri 03/12/10-3/12/10 (exact date TBA) St. Augustine, FL County Fairgrounds
Wed 04/14/10 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
Thu 04/15/10 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
Fri 04/16/10 Chicago, IL Metro / Smart Bar
Sat 04/17/10 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe
Mon 04/19/10 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
Tue 04/20/10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
Thu 04/22/10 Boise, ID Neurolux
Fri 04/23/10 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
Sat 04/24/10 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Sun 04/25/10 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Tue 04/27/10 Los Angeles, CA Music Box @ Fonda
Thu 04/29/10 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Brewing Company
Fri 04/30/10 Dallas, TX The Loft
Sat 05/01/10 Austin, TX Emo's
Sun 05/02/10 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Mon 05/03/10 Fayetteville, AR George's Majestic Lounge
Wed 05/05/10 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
Thu 05/06/10 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
Fri 05/07/10 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
Tue 05/11/10 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
on sale 1/22
Wed 05/12/10 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
on sale 1/22
Thu 05/13/10 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
on sale 1/22
Fri 05/14/10 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Sat 05/15/10 New York, NY Terminal 5

Sun 05/23/10 Berlin, Germany Magnet Club
Mon 05/24/10 Cologne, Germany Blue Shell
Tue 05/25/10 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
Wed 05/26/10 London, United Kingdom The Tabernacle
Thu 05/27/10 Paris, France Nouveau Casino

Appearing at "San Miguel Primavera Sound"
Sat 05/29/10 Barcelona, Spain Parc del Forum

Meanwhile, how cool is it that Eric gets to play the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, where his Dad saw his first concerts at age 15. We saw Jeff Beck there last May and I started having the fantasy back then though little did I know it would be Eric with a new band.

By the way, before he takes off on this gargantuan tour, Eric has two gigs this week which will be awesome. Tomorrow night, he is on the drums with Ape School and here are the details as published by the City Paper:

"Ape School is futuristic, but not in an entirely nerdy way, even though there are some moments in their oeuvre that can only be described as “beam me up” music. With Savior Adore, Circadian Rhythms, and New Motels, $8, 7:30 p.m., Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-291-4919."

On Friday night, Eric is playing with Lithuania at The Ox which I personally would love to see since Eric and Dom Angelella share vocals but um, I'd kinda feel like 90 years older than everyone there so I will have to take a pass. Bleh.

And then next week, the Dr. Dog tour begins.

Oh, another thing I wanted to mention is that the Dr. Dog show in New York City on May 15 at Terminal 5 is on Eric's 23rd birthday. We're going to have to come up with something major for that. All ideas welcome!

Finally, please friend the band on Facebook. You'll understand why when you visit their page.

In Julie world, she had a blast at NAMM. Here's a couple of photos - one which bass player extraordinaire Tony Levin posted on his website...

...and another with bassist Bryan Beller, Bryan's amazingly talented wife, singer Kira Small, and Corey Brown from No Treble, where, as I have already posted all over the internet, Julie's interview was #1 read in 2009!

So yeah, Julie schmoozed with rock royalty at NAMM and she's going to fill me in (finally) when she swings by here today or tomorrow, but the harsh reality is this: The music business is such that unless Julie is out there actively touring, she isn't earning a living. So in case anyone reading this is looking for a kick ass bassist willing to travel the world, Julie is your woman. Here's a link to her EPK: Click!

This wraps up part I...part II to follow. Hey, I do have a writing career of my own!