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.
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.
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.
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.
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): Continue Reading →
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!
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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!
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.
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:
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!
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!
Lame Drivers spent a bunch of days on the road this summer with our PDX pals the Woolen Men. We played at least one show every day, and took photos along the way of the bugs we saw, the slaw we ate, the couches we slept on, the bands we played with, the people we met, the vehicles we passed by on the road and on and on.
We could not document everything. There are many moments that will only exist in our minds and in the stories we’ll have to tell you later. But thanks to my obsession with instagram (@therewasaguy), Alex’s occasional flickr-ing, and our super photographer friends like M. Elizabeth Hershey (–> live pics from Bloomington below), there are a bunch of photos. We’re posting them here as a time capsule to aid our own memories, and perhaps as entertainment for you. There is some partial nudity. We’ve got the West Coast (Aug 17-24) photos first, then East Coast (Jul 18-29), each in roughly chronological order…