Helllllloooooooo! I am back! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and got to spend time with those you love. I spent the day with my family which, for the first time included my brother-in-law. I’ve learned that events are much funnier with him there. We spent the whole day cracking jokes, eating, watching movies, and just enjoying each others company. I was nice, especially since that was probably the last time I’ll get to see all my full family before I start classes up again on Jan. 2nd (BOOOOOOO!).
Since I am going back to my dorm where I have limited bandwidth, I’ve been trying to make time for music exploration while I can. This last Saturday my dog and I laid around all day, cuddling and looking for new music. I ended up finding a lot of new bands I enjoy. One in particular caught my fancy so much that I decided to deviate from my plans and feature them today instead.
I’m really late to this train so you might already know about them. The Dodos.
There isn’t a ton on their website about the band it’s self, but I did a little exploring and this is what I found out. The Dodos are a San Francisco based indie rock band currently consisting of Meric Long and Logan Kroeber. They came together in 2005 and in 2006 released their first EP (Dodo Bird) and their first full length album (Beware of the Maniacs). The next year they were signed to Frenchkiss Records (one of my favorite indie record labels) and in 2008 they released their second album, Visiter.
“Fools” from their album, Visiter
If you are anything like me, you would have looked and thought, “that’s not how you spell visitor…” An interview done in 2008 revels the story behind the album title: “The reason it’s misspelled is because it’s from a drawing this kid gave us. We played a show for a bunch of kids in South Central L.A.—Dorsey High. A friend’s sister [Barbara Lempel] is a special-ed teacher there, so we went down there to her class and we played for the kids and it was super fun.”
The band has had a few other people join them temporarily, but in the end, it seems that Long and Kroeber prefer to be a duo. In this next video you can see Joe Haener who played the vibraphone and other percussive instruments with the band for their 2009 album, Time to Die.
“Fabels” from their album, Time to Die
Can we take a second to realize that Kroeber is playing the tambourine…with his foot while drumming. What a boss!
Last year (2011), they released an album entitled No Color. The first song off the album, “Black Night” is what drew me to the band. I head this song and automatically wanted to hear more.
I love how this band doesn’t sound like just another indie rock band. There’s something special about their sound. Some point to Long’s short study of West African drumming. He states that the influence came more from him realizing that there were other ways of playing than that of the “typical American” rock band. He wanted to do something different.
The band just announce a UK tour where they will be opening for Calexico. If you want to see the dates or just want to hear more music from them, you can find it all here at their website: http://www.dodosmusic.net/
What you can also find there is an unreleased track, “So Cold” for FREE!
You can also get “Black Night” for free right here just by pressing the download button.
So what do you think? Do you like them? Had you known about them before now? If so, what is your favorite song? Let me know down in the comments!
Well that’s all for today, folks. Next time you hear from me I will be back at school slaving away at papers and assignments. Since Tuesday is New Years Day, I’ll being pushing my next post back til Thursday the 3rd. I’ll be unveiling something very special to me to start off the new year. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.