Have you ever wondered, “Gee, I wonder when we’ll hear some new Dr. Dog tunes?”.
No, I don’t think you have. In fact, no one has. We put out more music than the Wolfman and Frankenstein combined. They’re lightweights. And now we have an even newer album. Gah? That’s right. It’s called Abandoned Mansion and it’s out today. Its a mood record. What I call Easy Peasy listening. Nothing too jarring or atonal. No blips or bloops or anything else that might unsettle you. There’s plenty of upright bass for any of you tall people. And, also plenty of acoustic guitar for those of you trying to live off the grid. Oh, and the harmonies put God’s own angels to shame. Also lightweights. We did a song a day for two weeks. And, almost everything was tracked live, except for some pretty egregious organ clams that we had to punch in over. Thematically, this is Dr. Dog meat and potatoes. Our proverbial wheelhouse. Songs of the oldest questions. Songs as tools to finding oneself. And most importantly, songs of acceptance. Acceptance of yourself and acceptance of the others around you. Enough pontificating. The album is great and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg either. Unless, you are literally made out of money.
Speaking of money, it’s been a shocking few weeks and while we didn’t make the record with this intention it seems like a good time to try and help good people who are trying to do good things. If you buy a download of the album between now and the end of January, 100% of proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
You can stream Abandoned Mansion for free at Bandcamp!
There is a limited edition cassette version of Abandoned Mansion. You can buy it here while they last!
That’s it, we hope you love the record.
RIYL: Delta Spirit, Deer Tick, Good Old War, Wilco, Labryyynth
TRY: #7, 1, 4, 5, 6
The ghosts of Christmas past are chased away by New Jersey singer/songwriter Jack Skuller’s high-energy new seasonal song, “Stuck in This Holiday” — though it also shows he knows his history. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter, who has been performing since his debut single at age 14 and was picked for a Radio Disney tour soon after, went on a different kind of journey to get to “This Holiday.” All the way to Memphis, Tennessee and the roots of rock, where Jack visited and did a session at Sun Studios (legendary home of Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis Presley and others). Working with local Memphis musicians and taking the lead on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Jack absorbed the atmosphere of the area’s musical mythology and cut two songs, his own “Stuck in This Holiday” (co-written with acclaimed indie guitarist and leading man of the Tall Pines alt-Americana duo, Christmas Davis), and Floyd Dixon’s 1950s classic “Empty Stocking Blues.” Jack taps the timeless heartache of such songs while bringing a blast of sound that is pure present-day club-rock adrenaline. “This Holiday” is a punkabilly 3-minute epic of Christmastime loneliness, and “Empty Stocking” a master class in haunted hollering blues. The character in Jack’s song may be “Stuck in This Holiday” — but his music is anything but stuck in the past.
“the future is looking bright for the James Dean-like Skuller.” - POPULARtv
"It’s analog, vintage, and cool, but with a sincerity missing from a lot of the ironic throwback recordings of the hipster sphere. We sense a lot of potential in this budding songwriter." - AMERICAN SONGWRITER
"JACK SKULLER is a teen idol in the wrong era. He’s got all the makings of a 1950s rocker. He’s also got the looks of a jukebox hero." - THE DELI
"The retro cool stud performed a track for A-Sides, and talked about the song, his music style, and influences. The world could use another cool guy named Jack." - HUFFINGTON POST/A-SIDES
RIYL: J.D. McPherson, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Imelda May, Eddie Cochran, London Souls
TRY: #1, 2
Detroit soul-pop trio Empty Houses is thrilled to release a 5-song EP entitled Holiday, which sees them reimagining 5 holiday classics. The EP is due out now via Sargent House. Holiday features “Santa Baby,” “White Christmas,” “Let It Snow,” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and “Sleigh Ride.”
Holiday follows the debut album by Empty Houses, Daydream, which was released on June 10th via Sargent House. Daydream was recorded at Atlanta’s Parhelion Studios and was produced by Graham Marsh (Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Common) and Empty Houses (Ali Shea, vocals, David Mackinder, guitar, Adam Mercer, keys). Timeless, catchy songwriting with soaring vocals from Shea harkens back to the golden era of Motown. Daydream drew critical acclaim upon its release, earning them NOISEY NEXT and TIDAL RISING breaking artist features and positive reviews from Paste (“... brilliant retro pop...”), Clash (“...wide-eyed and often wonderful”), AllMusic, Billboard, Substream, and many more.
This summer, the band embarked on their first ever tour with Philadelphia’s Good Old War where they were received enthusiastically around the country.
RIYL: Lily Allen, Kate Nash, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Bruno Mars
TRY: #1, 2, 4
Rude Records is proud to announce the release of “New Car Smell”, the new EP from Southern California punk rock heroes GUTTERMOUTH, out on November 25th worldwide in collaboration with Bird Attack Records. The EP is the follow-up to “Got It Made”, their first EP of new music in 10 years, which was released in early July.
The band comments: “There wasn’t a lot of pressure to do that first EP so the process was fun, and we just wrote some songs. We had no idea at all what to expect from our fans, but their response was great! We had a few more ideas up our sleeve. Bird Attack/Rude Records gave us their blessing to support it, so this gave us quite a bit of motivation to kick it in gear and write another record, and hopefully a better one. We had lots of ideas and narrowed it down to another 6 songs which we all feel good about. Once we had it all sorted out, we went back to Florida and recorded ‘em!“
Known for their short, fast and loud songs, outrageous antics and offensive lyrics, Guttermouth has attracted plenty controversy over the years. In other words - they are punk rock as it's meant to be.
In a collective statement, the band adds, "We think it’s safe to say this EP is different than the first one, but still has the classic Guttermouth feel. We never set out to sound a certain way. We worked on a bunch of different ideas and basically it came down to these 6 that we all felt were strong. Hopefully we get a similar response as the first EP and still have that New Car Smell!!!”
Formed in Huntington Beach, California in 1998, Guttermouth was heavily influenced by the Southern California punk rock scenes of the 1980's which spawned bands such as the Adolescents, The Vandals, Social Distortion, Fear, Descendents, Angry Samoans, Bad Religion and Black Flag.
The band took these influences and developed their own style of fast, punk tempos with humorously sarcastic and offensive lyrics coupled with equally outrageous and offensive behavior, developing a reputation for chaotic live shows.
RIYL: Descendents, Bad Religion, The Vandals
TRY: #3, 5, 6
DIRTY: 2, 4
Our favorite Aussies, FRENZAL RHOMB, have a LOT of records. Seriously, they have eight full-lengths and at least twice as many singles & EP’s! Who knew? Not us, as we seem to have missed out on half of them ourselves! So, as a courtesy to you, the "Bird Attack" enthusiast who doesn’t know where to begin with their back catalog, today we offer you this: We Lived Like Kings (We Did Anything We Wanted): The Best of Frenzal Rhomb.
Back in the mire of the early nineties, from somewhere beneath a pile of wallet chains and cut off army pants, Frenzal Rhomb emerged, their white suburban fingers clutching onto goon casks and bucket bongs and other appropriate paraphernalia. Before too long those fingers wrote riffs and those riffs became songs and their overly-Australian-accented voices sung rhyming swear words on those songs in perfect three-part harmonies. Across the oceans, a large man named Mike heard these utterings, and was vaguely curious.
Fast forward to 2016: Eight albums have been recorded, each better or at least newer than the last. Countless world tours (if you’ve counted them, please let us know for taxation purposes), sharing the stage with everyone from NOFX to Nickelback (that was actually at the same gig). The dubious (if unofficial) honor of being the most hospitalised band in the world–everything from broken drumming arms and detached guitar-playing retinas to an actual pig-borne tapeworm in the lead singer’s actual brain–it’s amazing that Frenzal Rhomb are even here at all, let alone coherent enough to gather together all of their biggest and most (insert adjective here to make them sound better than they are) songs in one BRAND NEW ALBUM FULL OF OLD SONGS!
Frenzal Rhomb isn’t Australian for beer. That was a lie told to Americans to sell records. Frenzal Rhomb is the Australian word for not being smart enough to know when to quit, or that persistent rash that shows up every time you want to impress someone special.