September 1, 2015
by Jason
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Chosen Era is here! Our debut LP, out Oct 9th

Chosen Era, the first Lame Drivers LP, is out Oct 9th in collaboration with Bleeding Gold Records. Yes, we’ve been a band for a long time and released music on all sorts of other formats (flexi-book, hollowed out book, tape, 12″ comp, split 7″). Well, this is our first 12″ LP. It’s been a long time comin, and we’re psyched to share these songs that’ve been in the works for years. Yellow vinyl. 300 copies.

Also available on CD from Jigsaw Records with special bonus tracks.



:: Side A ::
1. Eyes
2. Outlaw for a Day
3. Frozen Egg
4. Throw it to the Moon
5. Slow Detective
6. Berlin

:: Side B ::
1. Right Track
2. Vacation
3. Season Control
4. Sister
5. Free Martin
6. Unseen Tarot

:: CD Bonus Tracks ::
Color Me Dead
Other Side (remastered)

Chosen Era was recorded by Lame Drivers at home in the basement, and also by Matt Tong (ex-Bloc Party), and Travis Harrison (Homosexuals, GBV), and Geoff Sanoff (Obits) recorded one of the bonus tracks. All mastered by Jamal Ruhe (Sheer Mag). 

Release show Oct 8th at Shea Stadium with The Woolen Men (Woodsist / PDX), EZTV (Captured Tracks) and Gingerlys (Shelflife).


March 7, 2015
by Jason

New Song “Outlaw For A Day” on Mirror Universe Compilation


“Outlaw For A Day” is on Without A Trace, from Mirror Universe Tapes & Serenity Now Tapes. It’s a free 24-track mixtape full of jams. Excellent sequence, too—we’re sandwiched in between the LeMays, Shy Mirrors, and No Monster Club.

This track will also appear on our debut LP, which is mastered and ready to go to the pressing plant.

February 3, 2015
by Jason

New song on Unblinking Ear comp, Serious Rockers Release Show this Saturday


We’re seriously psyched to be part of Serious Rockers, the first-ever release from Unblinking Ear. It’s a 28-band compilation and we’re in very good company with some of our favorite bands we’ve ever played with like Lazy, My Teenage Stride, Expert Alterations, Literature, Life Stinks, Simple Circuit, Mike Pace and the Child Actors, and So Cow’s Brian Kelly. The rest are either bands we already like, or new discoveries that we want to hear more. It’s curated by DJ Paul Bruno, so of course every track here rocks—seriously! We contributed a new song “I’m Ready,” we recorded it in the Rad Town basement.

The tape release show is this Saturday. Details on fb.

Saturday, February 7th
Pine Box Rock Shop
(12 Grattan St, Brooklyn, 1 block from the Morgan L stop)Unblinking Ear Records present:
SERIOUS ROCKERS RECORD RELEASE SHOW!We’ve got tapes. They are for sale. Come get one. And see these bands:

Invisible Days
Lame Drivers
Big Quiet
Snowmans of Love

Stream/purchase Serious Rockers here:

Doors at 8pm. First band on at 9.

November 5, 2014
by Jason

Tri-State Tour: Death By Audio, The Pharmacy, Monty Hall

We’re micro-touring our favorite Tri-State Area this week with our favorite west coast pals The Woolen Men!

Thursday Nov 6 we play Brooklyn NY’s Death By Audio with Woods and Nonhorse. This night is also the opening of Death By Art, which turns the entire facility into a massive art gallery (featuring work by Lame Jason). We’re thrilled to be part of this incredible month at DBA, but also very sad that the venue is closing on Nov 22nd—we’re really going to miss Death By Audio. (fb)


Thursday Nov 7th we’re at The Pharmacy in Philadelphia PA with The Cats and Space Drugs. We dig both these bands a lot and do you have a prescription for keg beer? Well this Pharmacy has just what the doctor ordered. (fb)

Sunday Nov 9th we’re in Jersey City NJ at WFMU’s new performance space Monty Hall, along with Yonatan Gat of Monotonix. This show is presented by Hello Children with Faye and Liz Berg. (fb)

All shows are with The Woolen Men, too.

After these shows, we’re not booking anything until we have an LP. It’s almost ready!

May 28, 2014
by Jason

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

f*book | Baby’s All Right | Tickets

(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

We’ll be Mission of Burma at the Piehole Church Social


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

Unlimited Ride: Live & Unheard C60 :: Cassette Store Day


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

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

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.


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


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!


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!