Dr. Dog Announces New Album

In the waning days of our previous millennium, an envelope arrived at theDr. Dog Bungalow. Initially misplaced among credit card solicitations and clothing catalogs, it had no postage and smelled of a fusty funk, as if it had once been wet. The return address said simply “Phrases from the Psychedelic Swap.”
 
Inside was a cassette tape. “Play me,” it said, and “Play Me,” didn’t mean simply “Listen to Me,” but literally “Play Me!” It was a call to action, urging Dr. Dog to record a great pop album.
 
The message was from Phrases, who they learned, was a man who had been neither happy nor sad, neither success nor failure, during his time on Earth. He just kind of was. Or wasn’t. Was or wasn’t, depending. In his quest for satisfaction, he found himself susceptible to hollow promises and life in the Psychedelic Swamp, a refracted reflection of reality, gave Phrases all that he was looking for. Music took on new dimensions. Food tasted better. Love was sweeter.  At least initially. The swamp was draped heavily with abstraction, where there was nothing too garbled, random or chaotic to be separated from the absolute need for meaning.
 
But soon the same old hollowness crept back into his soul. The romance of harvesting dry rot and herding acorn weevils under the swamp’s moon-sun had dulled into a humdrum kind of workaday existence. He began to regret his decision to leave Earth for the Psychedelic Swamp. Things were not really better there, only different. Remember what the old swamp folks say: The bladderwort is always yellower on the other side of the schist. This was his epiphany. Life, flawed as it is, is meant to embraced.
 
Listen to the first track “Bring My Baby Back” care of Vulture.com .
 
In September 2015, Dr. Dog performed The Psychedelic Swamp as part of “Swamp Is On,” a performance-art experience through a grant from and in conjunction with the Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia. The band will be taking their high-energy live show on the road kicking off Jan. 29 in Santa Ana, CA and concluding July 17 at Forecastle, in Louisville, KY.


 
DR. DOG On Tour:
Jan 29    The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
Jan 30    Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
Jan 31    The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
Feb 02   Cargo Concert Hall, Reno, NV
Feb 03   Midtown Ballroom, Bend, OR
Feb 04   Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
Feb 05   Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA
Feb 06   Venue, Vancouver, Canada
Feb 08   Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
Feb 09   The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
Feb 11   The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 12   Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
Feb 13   Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO
Feb 16   Marquee, Tempe, AZ
Feb 17   Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 19   The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
Feb 20   The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA
Mar 04-06  Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, Okeechobee, FL
Mar 09  The Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
Mar 10  Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Canada
Mar 11St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI
Mar 12  Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
Mar 13  The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN
Mar 15  The Madison Theater, Covington, KY
Mar 16  Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
Mar 18  Terminal 5, New York, NY
Mar 24  Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD
Mar 29  Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
Mar 30  Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, NC
Mar 31  Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, NC
Apr 01  Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta, GA
Apr 02  Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
Apr 04  George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville, AR
Apr 05  Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
Apr 08  Stubb’s, Austin, TX -  w/ Shakey Graves
Apr 09  Stubb’s, Austin, TX - w/ Shakey Graves
Apr 19  Privatclub – Berlin, DE
Apr 20  Nochtspeicher – Hamburg, DE
Apr 21  Sugar Mountain Presents Dr. Dog at Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL
Apr 22  Badaboum – Paris, FR
Apr 23  Café De Zwerver – Oostende, BE
Apr 25  Oslo – London, UK
Jul 15-17  Forecastle – Louisville, KY