changing gears.

•January 16, 2013 • Leave a Comment

You may have noticed we have a new website.  And we haven’t updated the blog in a while.

We’re simplifying.

Going forward, this blog will be a document of the history of Dromedary, along with some bits and pieces of the first two years following our rebirth.

Now, we’re starting our 20th year.  A big piece of what we do is the personal piece, so I’m moving any observations, stories, etc. into the “news” section of the website along with the press releases, reviews, new release info, etc.

This blog has been great, but it’s run its course.  This is the place to go if you want to learn about the history of Dromedary; the stories that brought us here, the little anecdotes and funny shit that happened to us along the way – sort of a story of how a couple of people started a micro-indie label that completely dominated their lives for years, and infiltrated everything they did – even when they weren’t doing it.

If you’re interested in the whole long and sordid tale, it’s about 400 entries long and it began in early January of 2009 – telling the story of what happened in 1992 and 1993.  It starts at this link.

Thanks for reading.

the nervous breakdown breaks down the mommyheads.

•August 10, 2012 • Leave a Comment

When a review opens with the sentence “Not all band re-formations have to suck,” you know you’re in for some positive praise.

That’s what The Nervous Breakdown had in store for Vulnerable Boy today, calling it “full of memorable hooks, tight arrangements, solid musicianship, and a variety sadly lacking among most other bands – even the good ones.”

You can read the entire review here.

dirty impound digs the ‘heads

•August 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Check it:

“It’s been 25 years since The Mommyheads emerged from the creative think tank of an NYU dorm room with a four-song 7-inch EP called Magumbo Meatpie produced by underground rock icon Wharton Tiers and flexing a sound that was once described as a combination of XTC, James Brown and Pussy Galore. A quarter century later, Adam Elk and his quirky quartet continue to make some of the most enjoyable, melodic indie rock that’s just beyond the perimeter of Pitchfork’s circle of hip with one of the strongest albums of their collective career. Vulnerable Boy(released July 17) is by far their most adventurous work yet, one that strips away the scrappy promise of their salad days to reveal a deft sense of musicianship and intuitive ear for pop melody that comes across like Todd Rundgren if he had recorded Runt with his prog rock band Utopia and was then later covered in its entirety by Elvis Costello and the Imposters. Here’s to another 25 years of power pop magic from this most underrated group. (RH)”

Read it here.

mommyheads review at dagger ‘zine

•August 6, 2012 • Leave a Comment

 Our love for Dagger ‘Zine is pretty well-documented; their willingness to cover the tiniest indie releases with the same emphasis as the biggest indie labels without a second thought shows a depth of understanding and love of indie music that many of today’s mainstream indie zines clearly miss.  Interviewing The 65’s or, umm, me, alongside icons like Bob Fay, Lisa Fancher or Tara Key just shows how, in the eyes of Dagger, what’s important about music is not what label releases it or how much hype accompanies it, but how much they like it.  In the Dagger universe, music is judged by how good it is, not by how hip it is.

We strongly urge you to visit Dagger online every Sunday, and get your hands on their print editions whenever possible.

All that said, Dagger reviewer Joseph Kyle turns in his observations on The Mommyheads’ Vulnerable Boy, and the verdict is favorable.  Commenting on the band’s stylistic evolution, he says “it’s a sign of a talented band that they can pull off such a drastic, fundamental sound change and sound great.”

Check it here.

new mommyheads track at deli magazine

•July 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Deli Magazine NYC featured a bit on The Mommyheads today, praising their “new, grown-up sound.”  More importantly, they give you a taste of the band’s epic new single, “Medicine Show.”

 

Check it out here.

new mommyheads streaming free at spinner.com

•July 16, 2012 • Leave a Comment

It’s time.  The latest CD from The MommyheadsVulnerable Boy, is out tomorrow on Dromedary Records in North America and Europe.

It’s the band’s most ambitious work since their 1989 debut Acorn – recalling 1970s prog-rock, the band’s special brand of anthemic power pop, classically-influenced piano ballads, quirky ’90s alt-pop, and loads of other influences.

This week, you can hear the entire album streaming for free at spinner.com here.

The record is on sale TUESDAY, JUNE 17.

Enjoy.

science. reason.

•July 5, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Have you downloaded your free copy of the latest Mommyheads single, “Science and Reason?”  It’s available at Largehearted Boy today, go here to get your copy.

If you dig it, you can find it on the forthcoming Mommyheads album Vulnerable Boy, which comes out July 17.

mommyheads at magnet magazine

•June 22, 2012 • Leave a Comment

“Science and Reason,” the latest single from The Mommyheads, is the subject of MAGNET Magazine’s “MP3 at 3PM” feature today.

If you haven’t gotten a free MP3 copy yet, go get it here.

mommyheads on papa j’s archive

•June 10, 2012 • Leave a Comment

One indicator that the forthcoming Mommyheads CD Vulnerable Boy is a radical departure for both band and label is this:

Two tracks from the CD were featured on the long-running and popular prog-rock radio program Papa J’s Matinee this past Saturday.  Prog fans listen in, and simultaneously participate in a live online chat session where they can voice (or type) their opinions on the songs being played.  According to Jim, the overwhelming consensus was: prog fans like!

Follow this link for an archive of the broadcast and listen, or forward to about 1:57 to be rewarded with a sneak peak at the first two songs from the album, “On A Clear Night” and “Gimme Silence.”  And then stay tuned in if you want to hear a brand-new track from Rush.  Seriously.

mommyheads, shirk and speed the plough in the big takeover

•June 7, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Jack Rabid’s excellent, long-running magazine The Big Takeover was particularly good to us in it’s most recent issue (Issue No. 70), featuring reviews of The MommyheadsShirk Circus, and Speed the Plough albums.  Since the reviews are only available in the print editions, we’ll repeat them here, but we urge you to go subscribe to a publication that’s been great to us since the 90s, that’s run by a huge supporter of indie music, and that features excellent writing and photography, online and off.

So.  Here goes:

The Mommyheads • Delicate Friction

Forgive me for once again encouraging those who love great pop music to seek out this band’s 1997 eponymous Geffen album.  Produced by Don Was, it’s an absolutely stellar collection I have rescued dozens of times from American cut-out bins to give to friends – it is one of exactly nine CDs my six-year-old son rotates through at bedtime (the others are Pet Sounds, Beatles classics, and a Nilsson compilation, so…).  That said, through the enthusiasm of some ardent fans in Sweden, lead Mommyhead Adam Elk has put the band back together for Scandinavian touring and this new collection of ace choons.  The guy can write ’em, and he sure can sing ’em!  This is prime indie pop with an occasional whiff of ’70s prog sneaking in – and a welcome return to form.  (Corin Ashley)

Speed the Plough • Shine

Part of The Feelies’ extended family (four out of five Feelies have gone through the STP ranks), it somehow seems logical that Speed the Plough took a hiatus of their own in tandem with their Jersey pals.  Released in 2010, Swerve marked the band’s first release in 15 years, as well as a new line-up, with John and Toni Baumgartner’s son Michael joining on guitar along with Ed Seifert and Marc Francia’s sons, Daniel and Ian, comprising the rhythm section.  Fortunately the new seven-piece band didn’t wait nearly as long to return with another album.  With Feelies/Wild Carnation bassist Brenda Sauter lending vocals to three tracks, Shine is a mixture of pop and folk sounds that stick to an NPR-ready track of mellowness.  The album reflects the members’ rapport with one another, making each track’s natural intricacies all the better for it. (Stephen Slaybaugh)

Shirk Circus • This Band Will Destroy Your Life

New Jersey’s Shirk Circus released two fine alt.rock/pop records in the early ’90s before disbanding.  But a third record was underway when the split occurred, and bandleader Josh Silverman and producer Ray Ketchem decided to finish the recording nearly 15 years later, a few years before Silverman’s unfortunate passing.  This Band continues in the tradition of the trio’s earlier LPs – simmering, organic guitar rock with catchy hooks and an emotional forthrightness that was already out of fashion in the early ’90s.  Silverman’s specialty was a combination of muscle, melody, and vulnerability, displayed to best effect here on “Number Fifteen,” “Desperate Time” and a cover of Wally Bryson’s pre-Rasberries classic with The Choir (of “It’s Cold Outside”/Nuggets box set infamy) “I Only Did It ‘Cause I Felt So Lonely.”  A welcome return and a fond farewell.   (Michael Toland)

Thanks to the awesome writers and publishers of The Big Takeover for the props!