•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.
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.
•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.
•August 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment
“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.
•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.
•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.
•July 16, 2012 • Leave a Comment
It’s time. The latest CD from The Mommyheads, Vulnerable 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.
•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.