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The Dandy Warhols – “The Best of the Capitol Years (1995-2007)” (Capitol) (rating 7 out of 10)

The Portland quartet known as The Dandy Warhols were born kicking and screaming in 1993, making music to, ahem, “drink to,” an alternative soundtrack for slackers, stoners, and midnight tokers which celebrated the permanent vacations of the elegantly wasted. Think Keith Richards with New Wave hair. Lead Dandy Courtney Taylor-Taylor had clearly been educated at the School of Rock. His motley crew of carefully recruited outsiders looked chic (fringes, cheekbones, hips), borrowed from the best (Stones, Velvets, Bowie, Dylan), and actively encouraged chaos, disorder, and public nudity at gigs. The doors of perception were wedged permanently open. Just like the truly great, they had their own proper film celebrating their rise (the unmissable “Dig!”) and, for bonus cool, their own imagined TV theme song. The Mount Rushmore of Rock surely had space for Taylor’s snarling mug.

“The Capitol Years” captures their time in the fast lane, livin’ la vida loca, lounging in limos popping pills and reading Sartre. Whereas their penniless urchin contemporaries coughed “sell out” from the dungeons of indie clubs, Taylor looked to the stars: number ones, billboards, mansions, monogrammed bathrobes, art dealing, golf. There are a good, half-dozen moments here when, dammit, it should have worked. It’s so close you can taste it in the grooves. The Dandys had a gift for fizzy four-minute space pop, from the mechanical bull rides of “Everyday Should Be a Holiday,” “Boys Better,” and “Bohemian Like You,” to the dreamy, twinkling Bowie-esque “Last High” and perky newbie “This Is the Tide” – all white-hot, genius pop with skyscraper melodies. Even the tracks time forgot such as “The Scientist” and “Plan A” now seem expertly fashioned, fixing the foundations for funky futurists like Hot Chip and MGMT. It was exhilarating, joyous pop that deserved to be beamed from radios, clubs, TVs, and enormodomes alike, not chained and weeping in some grimy basement bar to an audience of three devotees and a dog called Bobby. – Matt James

Read more: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2010/08/24/1584637/sound-affects-music-reviews-and.html#ixzz0xe5hgiRv

Court says, “Wow, man, nice perspective.”


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Interview: Fathead on Triple-J

Hey, here is an interview Fathead gave with Triple-J in Melbourne last week, talking about living in Australia, festivals, and the new Capitol Years record.  At the end of the interview, you will hear half of the newest Dandys song, “This is the Tide”.   The second half of the song is just as good, so you should buy it when it comes out wherever you live.

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Hey, don’t forget, we’ll be on the Parklife Festival Tour in Australia this coming September/October. Tickets are on sale for that now at parklife.com.au.


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Brent DeBoer: The Farmer

Brent DeBoer has a collection of songs out today on CD called The Farmer.  These are songs Fathead wrote and recorded over the past few years with Brian Coates (you know him).  It’s a CD-Only release on Fathead’s own Headness Records, and part  of the proceeds go to the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. The record can be purchased at CDbaby.com.

Here is a video for You Win directed by Mike Bruce.


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What, This Old Thing?

I love this interview.  Peter was in a funny mood this day and we were having a lot of fun.  I love our little banter about the MySpace thing.  Mattress is Nation’s brother .  (Nation being our lighting tech for our live shows, ‘Poopy’).   Mattress is also a chef and the best cook I know.  He is a great friend and I love that his name was dropped in the interview.  I bet he is in most peoples ‘top 8 friends’ on MySpace.   He is a legend.

I also love Pete’s hair in this clip.


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Fathead’s Record

I just had the good luck of happening on Fathead finishing his record.  Jeez louise.  It’s amazing.  He recorded it with Brian Coates a couple years ago and it was amazing to see what those dark days became after those years of growth.  Unbelievably beautiful music.


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Dandys Pedalpalooza Bike Ride

I heard from Sarah’s friend Jo Ryan that there was a Dandy Warhols bike ride as one of the events for “Pedalpalooza“. It was listed in the paper saying it was going to a tour of the important locations in the history of the band around the city of Portland.  Zia and I went and there was a great turn out and we cruised around in a giant mob blasting the Dandys on a boom box that was attached to the tour guides bicycle. We went to the WTTMH studio, to Slabtown, the Rock Dorm, the Oddy, a bar called “Plan B” to watch some Dandy videos, (including ‘Plan A‘ – get it?) to the X-ray Cafe, and some locations around town where some of the Dandy music videos were shot. We finished up at pretty much my favorite bar in town, the Red Fox on Albina for beers. Zia and I tried out a ‘tall’ bike. Pretty scary ! An absolutely perfect night.

Pics from King Fader and Zia McCabe, others:

More pics here…


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Radio 104.5 Performance Posted Just For You

Just a quick note to let you know that Courtney and Brent’s performance at Radio 104.5 (WRFF-FM) in Philly from last week is up on their site.    Listen with gusto.


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More Pics From Our Radio Trip

Here are some pics that I didn’t get around to posting during the week of radio station travels.

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Love Is The New New England

Oh Boston.  On the NE coast these guys were such an infestation that they just went ahead and fed them to the local prison inmates…. Without drawn butter.


Now… welcome to Rhode Island.


Brown University.  So cool…



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Podcast: Courtney and Fathead WFNX

Courtney and Fathead were on WFNX in Boston this morning, and since some of you don’t live in Boston or were otherwise occupied, you can listen to the program in podcast form HERE, or embedded below.

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(Lee says the part with our guys is 2/3 of the way through, in case you have to catch a plane or don’t have a lot of time.)

Now Fatty says that he and Court are having foodstuffs at The Oyster Bar, as evidenced in the pictured he provided below. It’s 100% true!

Fathead sez: Here is a shot of Courtney and I having lunch in Boston. This town is great.

Fathead sez: Here is a shot of Courtney and I having lunch in Boston. This town is great.


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