We All Belong CD (2007)

Artist: Dr. Dog

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Abandoning their usual method of production and opting for a new experience, Dr. Dog recorded We All Belong on a twenty-four-track, two-inch tape machine as opposed to their previous releases, which were recorded on their faithful eight-track. To a band that thrives on using creative muscle to overcome the inherent limitations of a minimal amount of equipment, the twenty-four-track introduced new possibilities as well as new challenges. Taking full advantage of both, Dr. Dog managed to make an album that captures the organic spirit so important to the band while introducing new layers of vocal harmonies and textured instrumentation the band had only been able to imagine prior. The recording sessions for We All Belong yielded material that the band did not feel worked with the album as a whole, but seemed to work as an excellent bridge between Easy Beat and We All Belong. Dr. Dog released this material in September 2006 as six song EP, Takers and Leavers, which Rolling Stone raved "matches The Shins with smart, retro psych rock." We All Belong was recorded in between headlining dates, a European tour with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and US dates with The Strokes.


Track Listing
1. Old News
2. My Old Ways
3. Don't Pretend
4. The Girl
5. Alaska
6. Weekend
7. Ain't It Strange
8. Worst Trip
9. The Way The Lazy Do
10. Die Die Die
11. We All Belong

Specifications

Label Allegro Corporation
SKU 203989566
UPC 723721265557
UPC 14 00723721265557
Format CD
Release Date 2/27/2007
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Author Dr. Dog
Credits
Guitar Andrew Jones
Guitar, Vocals Scott McMicken
Bass, Vocals Toby Leaman
Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals Zach Miller
Artist Bio
Dr. DogDr. Dog has been creating music in various incarnations for a good four years now. Beginning with The Psychedelic Swamp, a concept album realized in the damp ruin of a flooded basement with waterlogged guitars and a digital delay pedal, the band has simmered on the back burner of our musical lives for most of its existence but we've recently renewed our resolve to forge ahead and give Dr. Dog the attention we think it deserves.Although Dr. Dog has as many as 20 honorary "members" who have assisted in various (mostly spiritual) capacities through the years, the core of the band consists of five musicians. Our standard instrumentation includes two guitars, bass, drums, keyboard and three part harmonies. The Beach Boys, Beatles, Tom Waits, David Bowie and Neil Young are influences, but we would be remiss in not acknowledging our debt to Pavement, Palace Brothers, R. Stevie Moore or Roy Wood.Currently, the lineup is as such: Toby Leaman on bass and singing, Scott McMicken on woof+mud distortion solo guitar and voice, Andrew Jones on lean clean occasionally tremolo'd guitar, Juston Stens on trapset and harmonies and Zach Miller on keyboard(s). We've all done our share of playing. Toby and Scott have played together in a myriad of bands including Raccoon, Unleash the Bastards, and Beard; Andrew played bass in Raccoon and manages the phenomenal The Teeth; Zach has played with Bradford Trojan and Traffic Jam and studied jazz guitar; and Juston is the man behind the punk outfits It's Turbo Time and Oddnormal.We've played around Philadelphia at a good number of places, including the TLA, North Star, the Fire, Khyber, Mill Creek Tavern and Doc Watson's, the Lucky Cat and StarFoods (Brooklyn and Manhattan, respectively), Rex's (West Chester, PA),. We have accompanied My Morning Jacket on two short tours, - the second of which also featured M. Ward - who personally requested that Dr. Dog open for them.Aside from the aforementioned Swamp album - a self-produced, self-recorded low-fi four track recording - we have two other recordings. Toothbrush is a compilation of fourth generation eight-track recordings culled from the past few years. Easy Beat was recorded earlier this year and is our first proper album.
Reviews
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review On their 2005 breakthrough, "Easy Beat," Dr. Dog made scruffy indie rock that pushed pleasure buttons while showing the band's seriously retro steez. We All Belong is even better. The Philly quintet's low-fi, throwback sound -- cf. Beatles, Beach Boys, Chicago -- is still in effect. But the more you listen, the less Dr. Dog's influences seem to matter, since the songs are so damn likable. Dr. Dog's strong tune-sense drives winners like the Band-jacking "Alaska" and the charming "The Way the Lazy Do." There are whimsical touches and plenty of ideas: Airy backing vocals and perky piano are routinely deployed, and "The Girl" bounces between a Neil Young verse, a bright chorus and an almost epic psych-rock coda. Even when a sense of agitation seeps in, as on "Die, Die, Die," We All Belong sounds truly inviting. Dig it.
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Reviewer Christian Hoard
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Artist Dr. Dog
Label Video Music, Inc.
Music Format Compact Disc

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