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May 28, 2014
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Opening for Death of Samantha @ Baby’s All Right 5/29 w/ Dave Hill

We’re opening for Death of Samantha’s long-awaited return to NYC tomorrow at Baby’s All Right!

Death of Samantha / Lame Drivers / Dave Hill
Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway Brooklyn, NY 11211
9:30pm, $10

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(via Dangerous Minds)

Death of Samantha, via Dangerous Minds

Death of Samantha hasn’t played NY since CBGB circa 1990! The legendary Cleveland band recently reunited to play shows in Cleveland and Columbus, WFMU’s SXSW show, and a few dates with Guided By Voices.  They also recorded a practice session full of favorites from their 1980’s Homestead releases. It’s out on a double LP, If Memory Serves Us Well

DoS went on to inspire a generation of underground bands while its members went on to new projects including Cobra Verde, Gem and some of thee most classic Guided By Voices. Just this year, singer John Petkovic released the second LP by his band Sweet Apple, featuring J Mascis, Mark Lanegan and Bob Pollard! Guitarist Doug Gillard released his first solo LP since 2009, and it’s chock full of jams! We had the chance to open for Doug earlier this year at Cake Shop, and to see his band play with GbV at Bowery Ballroom, the new songs are instant classics, Parade On is highly recommended.

Dave Hill, also one of Cleveland’s finest, is on the bill too. He plays in the bands Diamondsnake and Valley Lodge and has a new book Tasteful Nudes: …and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation. We’re not sure what he’s going to do at the show, but it is not to be missed!

With 24-hours notice, Baby’s All Right will make you a whole roast suckling pig. So if you want a whole roast suckling pig at tomorrow’s show, you’d better order it now!

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February 13, 2014
by Jason
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We’ll be Mission of Burma at the Piehole Church Social

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Lame Drivers will be Mission of Burma for the Piehole Social, Feb 22nd at Greenpoint’s Lutheran Church of the Messiah. We like to be cover bands. In the past we have also been Exploding Hearts, Flipper, and Guided By Voices. We’ll be joined by the Modern Lovers, the Pixies, and Dinosaur Jr. There will also be a raffle, hula-ukelele, narraganset, standup, and pies in the face.

September 7, 2013
by Jason
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Unlimited Ride: Live & Unheard C60 :: Cassette Store Day

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Even as we get meticulous with our Debut LP, Lame Drivers continue to make lots of spontaneous, unpolished, lofi recordings. So when Tom from Mirror Universe asked us to do an International Cassette Store Day release of live radio tracks, we had a lot of stuff that we thought would “sound best on cassette.” We gathered live tracks from the radio (WFMU, WKDU, BSR, DUBLAB, KFJC) venues (Cake Shop, Southpaw, Fellowship Hall), dozens of practice tapes, and transmissions from demoverse.

Unlimited Ride: Live & Unheard C60 is a 60 minute mixtape/collage of 34 previously unreleased recordings. First edition of 50 physical copies will be available at the Silent Barn Cassette Fair TONIGHT where we’re playing along with Sleepies, Imperial Topaz, Trabajo, Nonhorse, Raindeer, and NAFTA. We’ll save 10 copies that’ll ship next week along with Lame Drivers Pens. The tapes will also be available at Mirror Universe Tapes after the Cassette Store Day madness subsides.

June 18, 2013
by Jason
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Tour Photos + Split 7″ + Flexi-Book EP

We’re back! Thank you to everyone who helped us out on our tour with the Woolen Men. It was a blast! Every show we played was the best show we had played in that place, and we played a lot of places we had never been. We took a lot of photos that you can check out here.

Woolen Men / Lame Drivers split 7" on SGGTo commemorate the tour, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia released our Split 7″ with The Woolen Men! It has our new song “Headhunting” b/w “Excess.” Woolen Men’s side has “Deaf Americans” and cover of “Frozen Car” by The Terminals.

SGG is also carrying our Flexi-Book EP, which is officially out today (so say SPIN and CMJ). If you just want the download code, rather than 10 pages of original art and a book you can play on your turntable, the MP3s are available from digital spots like Spotify, Amazon, eMusic, iTunes, Bandcamp and our fave the FMA.

The Flexi-Book is also available at these fine shops that we visited during our tour (after the jump):
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May 19, 2013
by Jason
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7-Song Flexi-Book EP // ON TOUR // MUSIC VIDEO

playthisbookThe Lame Drivers Flexi-Book EP is a book that you can play on your turntable. 7 new songs across 5 thin sound sheets, with original artwork by Mayuko FujinoSarah HotchkissKeenan Marshall KellerCaroline Teagle and Umman Turkoglu. Recorded by Lame Drivers @ Rad_Town, Matt Tong (Matthew C H Tong / Bloc Party) at Exploded Drawing in Bed-Stuy, and JZ Barrell.

>> ORDER HERE <<

300 Flexi-Books arrived from Pirates Press this week. We hand-tested, stenciled, stickered, bagged and shipped out the first batch of pre-orders…


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We’re bringing the rest on our tour with The Woolen Men, May 19-June 6th.

May 19 (sun) NYC – Brooklyn @ Shea Stadium w/ Hippy & Shark? **FLEXI-BOOKs ARE HERE**
May 20 (mon) NJ – Woolen Men tape @ WFMU followed by a New Brunswick house show
May 21 (tues) Boston MA @ O’Brien’s w/ Bent Shapes, Half Sour
May 22 (wed) Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda’s w/ Literature, Pet Milk
May 23 (thurs) Cleveland OH @ Now That’s Class w/ Chomp
May 24 (fri) Chicago  IL @ Permanent Records (6pm) + late show at Coles
May 25 (sat) Bloomington IN @ The Ream w/ Thee Open Sex
May 26 (sun) Nashville  TN @ The End w/ Deluxin & R Stevie Moore
May 27 (mon) Memphis TN @ The Lamplighter
May 28 (tues) Little Rock AR @ Professor Bowl / 8bit Tap Room
May 29 (wed) Austin TX @ Beerland  w/ Simple Circuit, Zoltars, Shinta
May 30 (thur) New Orleans LA @ AllWays Lounge w/ SS Boombox
May 31 (fri) Athens GA @ Farm 255 w/ Eureka CA, Dead Dog (tour kickoff), Little Gold
June 1 (sat) Atlanta GA @ 529 w/ This House, Starfighter
June 2 (sun) Charlotte NC @ Yauhaus (BBQ) + Late Show TBA
June 3 (mon) Durham NC @ Fellowship Hall w/ Fruit, Stems (fb)
June 4 (tue) Washington DC @ CD Cellar w/ Foul Swoops
June 5 (wed) Baltimore @ Ottobar Upstairs w/ Crimson Wave, Expert Alterations
June 6 (thur) – NYC @ Cake Shop w/ Darlings + Future Punx ** Lame Drivers / Woolen Men SGG split 7″ Release Party **
June 7 (fri) – Brooklyn @ Silent Barn (Woolen Men only)

All of these shows are with The Woolen Men, our PDX tour buds and a fellow 3-piece. Their new tour tape, Dog Years LP, and debut for Woodsist all rule. These guys just keep getting better and we’re not only looking forward to getting in the van with ‘em, but we’re also very excited about our split 7″ on Sleeping Giant Glossolalia…more on that soon!

:: MUSIC VIDEO ::

A group of imaginative 2nd-6th graders wrote, directed and starred in this video for “Frozen Egg,” one of the songs off the Flexi-Book EP. It was a project of the Inventgenuity after-school program in Brooklyn, where Jeff is a teacher. They have amazing workshops where young people solder circuits for DIY light and sound gadgets, create their own video games & custom controllers, learn carpentry with power tools, stop-motion animation, physical computing with Arduino, printmaking, building boogie boards, praxinoscopes, puppets, alarm clocks and more…kids these days are pretty amazing! The storyline that Cougar, Max, Amelia, Gigi, Warren and Isabel came up with includes time travel, zombies, procreation, and apocalypse. East Village Radio picked it up and we wanted to post it here, too!

February 12, 2013
by Jason
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2013 Tour w/ The Woolen Men: This Time w/ Vinyl!

can lame drivers borrow yr van?Lame Drivers hit the road again with our PDX buds The Woolen Men, just like we did last summer, except this time with vinyl! We’ve got our Flexi-Books almost ready! The Woolen Men have released an excellent Dog Years LP, and they have a new LP coming out on Woodsist. We’re both doing a split 7″ on SGG. Here are the dates:

May 19 (sun) NYC – Brooklyn @ Shea Stadium w/ Hippy & Shark? **FLEXI-BOOKs ARE HERE**
May 20 (mon) NJ – Woolen Men tape @ WFMU followed by a New Brunswick house show
May 21 (tues) Boston MA @ O’Brien’s w/ Bent Shapes, Half Sour
May 22 (wed) Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda’s w/ Literature, Pet Milk
May 23 (thurs) Cleveland OH @ Now That’s Class w/ Chomp
May 24 (fri) Chicago  IL @ Permanent Records (6pm)
May 25 (sat) Bloomington IN @ The Ream w/ Thee Open Sex
May 26 (sun) Nashville  TN @ The End w/ Deluxin & R Stevie Moore
May 27 (mon) Memphis TN @ The Lamplighter
May 28 (tues) Little Rock AR @ Professor Bowl / 8bit Tap Room
May 29 (wed) Austin TX @ Beerland  w/ Simple Circuit, Zoltars, Shinta
May 30 (thur) New Orleans LA @ AllWays Lounge w/ SS Boombox
May 31 (fri) Athens GA @ Farm 255 w/ Eureka CA, Dead Dog (tour kickoff), Little Gold
June 1 (sat) Atlanta GA @ 529 w/ This House, Starfighter
June 2 (sun) Charlotte NC @ Yauhaus (BBQ) + Late Show TBA
June 3 (mon) Durham NC @ Fellowship Hall w/ Fruit, Stems (fb)
June 4 (tue) Washington DC @ TBA w/ The Best Band In Town
June 5 (wed) Baltimore @ Ottobar Upstairs w/ Crimson Wave, Expert Alterations
June 6 (thur) – NYC @ Cake Shop w/ Darlings + Future Punx ** Lame Drivers / Woolen Men SGG split 7″ Release Party **
June 7 (fri) – Brooklyn @ Silent Barn (Woolen Men only)

If there’s a spot you think you can help us out with a place to play/stay or band to play with, we’d be so psyched. But pretty much all of the TBA’s are coming together, just not confirmed. We’ve never planned something this far in advance before and it definitely helps! Hope to see you soon.

December 12, 2012
by Jason
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Digital Postcard: “Frozen Egg” (MP3)

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Postcard: “Frozen Egg” (Click to download MP3)

Artwork: “Youth” by Umman Turkoglu
Recorded by Matt Tong at Exploded Drawing

This is a track from our forthcoming Flexi-Disc EP. Originally we’d planned five flexi postcards, but our Kickstarter exceeded the goal so we’re realizing our dream of a Flexi-Book that you can play on your turntable like this:

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The Flexi-Book format is inspired by a National Geographic guide to bird sounds, and it sounds fantastic—we’ve had the Group Flex from Castle Face on heavy rotation. We’ve been working on extra songs, more handmade artwork, and enough copies to distribute around the world. We’re at the mastering stage and they should be ready within the next month.

Super fans will find a demo version of “Frozen Egg” on the Eureka California tape amidst our digital archive of every recording we have ever made, along with lots of other song ideas that we are developing thanks to your support. We’ve been making the most of our budget by doing some studio recordings with Matt Tong, JZ Barrell, and Sammy Bananas, along with home recording at Rad Town. We have 17 new songs written for our debut LP, a bunch of sessions coming up in January, and we are psyched for what’s to come.

While preparing the Flexi EP and Debut LP, we’re also got our hands full with additional Kickstarter rewards like the Covers EP and the Digital Archive of every recording we have ever made (for Super LD Fans). Meanwhile, there have been some outside distractions beyond the day-to-day: Jason was shipped off to Australia for a Home Blitz tour, he and Jeff have been doing multimedia work for Piehole productions (expect the Mann Ist Mann studio album soon—music by J. Sigal, lyrics by B. Brecht), Joe got engaged (during band practice no less!), and a few of the recording dates Matt Tong had set aside for us between Bloc Party tours were derailed by Hurricane Sandy. We don’t want to compromise the quality of the releases that our backers have made possible, so we hope you’ll appreciate that we’re not going to rush things.

You can order a Lame Drivers Flexi Disc EP here, and they should be ready in early January. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy “Frozen Egg” and feel free to share the mp3!

October 16, 2012
by Jason
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Shows Wed + Fri w/ So Cow (Galway), Squarehead (Dublin), Regal Degal (L.A.), Sros Lords (Detroit), Avant Duel (Space) +++

Jason’s back from OZ just in time for CMJ week. Lame Drivers play two shows, and they are not part of CMJ.

 

// WEDNESDAY 10/17 @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge Brooklyn \\

    89 Varet Street @ Graham Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York 11206
>  fbook event 

Regal Degal (Los Angeles)
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So Cow (Galway, Ireland)
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Squarehead (Dublin, Ireland)
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Ian Drennan (Big Troubles)
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…with Group Tightener’s Rezound on the sound system.

// FRIDAY 8/19 @ Ding Dong Lounge NYC \\

  929 Columbus Ave. @ W 106th St, New York, NY 10025
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Sros Lords (Detroit)
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Avant Duel (Von LMO + Otto von Ruggins)
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Regal Degal (Los Angeles)
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Bob Crusoe
DJ Theresa (Home Blitz / Bleak Race / Lemon Dots)

September 16, 2012
by Jason
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Thank You!! Flexi-EP + Debut LP *Coming Soon*

Our Flexi-Disc EP + Debut 12″ LP is Coming Soon—thanks to you!

It has never been a more exciting time to be a Lame Driver. We are incredibly grateful, humbled, overwhelmed and above all inspired by your support. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Read more @ Kickstarter update | Stay tuned via email

In the meantime, we’re going through our tapes and harddrives to compile digital copies of every recording we’ve ever made (for the Super Fans). There’s a lot that has never seen the light of day. But there’s also a lot of stuff that is already up for free download at our discography. If you haven’t already found ‘em, the Captain Amazing EP, the Let Them Eat Tape, and the Demoverse Cassette are all free to share. Same goes for the Cruisin’ Classics sampler, which is like a lame drivers crash course with a few songs from each of those releases plus a bunch from other sources.

Of course we’re mostly psyched about the new stuff right now. Stay tuned as we realize our lame vision, made possible by you!