New Dr. Dog – “The Old Days”

By Amrit Singh / June 11, 2008 - 9:18 am

It wasn’t too long ago that we got this amusing clip for “Alaska” from Dr. Dog’s early ’07 breakthrough We All Belong, and now it’s time for Dr. Dog’s mid-’08 breakthrough follow-up Fate. In the past they’ve sung and video’d (again, amusingly) about their “Old Ways,” and now they’re on to talking about “Old Days.” This fixation with what’s passed, whether intentional or Freudian, is totally fitting for the Philly-based rock surveyists — the Beatles and Nilsson and ’60s and ’70s Americana have been very good friends to them, and the lead track from the new album is staying put. Rather nicely, too, starting with a last gasp of radio static as you dial up an old AM station, keeping it light, arpeggiated, dusty, and groovy. It’s not like they can’t get nostalgic about more recent times, but at least on “The Old Days,” their old ways are still a good look.

Dr. Dog – “The Old Days” (MP3)

Fate is out 7/15 on iTunes, and in stores 7/22 via Park The Van.

Old Dog, new treks:
06/01 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam
06/06 – Richmond, VA @ Friday Cheers
06/08 – Lawrence, KS @ Wakarusa
07/18 – Pittsburg, PA @ Club Café
07/19 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
07/23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
07/24 – New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
07/26 – Rochester, NY (Boulder Annual Music Festival)
07/27 – Louisville, KY (Forcastle Festival)
07/29 – Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
07-30 – St. Louis, MO @ Bluebird
07/31 – Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
08/01 – Chicago, IL (Lollapalooza)
08/04 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
08/05 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
08/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey
08/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Rittenhouse Square
09/05 – Arlington, VA @ IOTA Club & Café
09/06 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
09/07 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd and Lindsley
09/08 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
09/09 – Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo
09/11 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s On Washington
09/12 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Lola’s Saloon
09/13 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
09/16 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
09/17 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
09/19 – Costa Mesa, CA @ The Detroit Bar
09/20 – Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
09/23 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir’s Lounge
09/24 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
09/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
09/27 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
09/29 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
09/30 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
10/01 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
10/02 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
10/10 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East (downstairs)