LAME DRIVERS

August 29, 2012
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Back from tour but still sleeping on your floor

Back from tour, but still very much in tour/booking mode.

So when we heard that one of our favorite bands, Austin TX’s Dikes of Holland, had their Brooklyn and Philly shows both fall thru, we had to do something. Together we managed to pull off this show at Muchmore’s, a new spot in Williamsburg, with Cool Serbia, Freecare, and Chicago’s Paranoid Shart (photos in a gallery below, video after the jump). Many thanks to all of the bands for playing and to Adam at Muchmore’s for being such a rad host.

Unfortunately I had to leave early to broadcast the Dikes of Holland session I’d taped on Sunday for Talk’s Cheap (when I found out about their shows being cancelled). Click here for the WFMU archive with mp3s + video comin’ soon. It was a fun radio show with special guest Sleeping Giant Mike selecting some rad cassettes out of the new bin.

Click any of the photos below to view a gallery of 27 photos by Dylan Johnson

photos by Dylan Johnson — click an image to view the full gallery

If you missed us last night cuz of the short notice and early opening set, we have more local shows coming up at Death By Audio on Monday and Cake Shop on Tuesday with great bands from NY (Hippy, Island Twins), Chicago (The Funs, Coffin Ships), and Australia (Deep Heat). We’ll also play first at these shows, because we are Lame.

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August 23, 2012
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Millions of Songs

It was pretty surreal to play a show at Eureka CA’s Little Red Lion last night while this jukebox animation flashed to the side of the stage. Never before have we been so clearly up against “Millions of Songs,” with our set of live music in between Humboldt’s premier cosmic rock band Scotch Wiggly (featuring spooky theremin on mega-jam “Too Far Out”) and Arcata’s basement heroes The Wild Lungs.

But between the band’s sets, the jukebox stared out silent. The bartender didn’t have an iPod and coins stayed firmly in pockets, uninterested in those Millions of Songs (other than one curious spin of the new No Doubt song).

Instead, those quarters got together and fueled Lame Drivers’ quest to record our own songs when people put ’em towards the west coast edition of Cruisin’ Classics. Some lucky audience members also picked up the last copies of our split tape with (here it comes…) the band Eureka California, who live thousands of miles away in Athens, GA, but proudly take their name from the very town we were in! Dirty Pillows Recs might have a few more copies of the split.

We’re spreading the word here in parts of the country where nobody had ever heard of Lame Drivers. We’ve played with great bands every step of the way, and there have been a few folks in the audience each night telling us to come back so that they can set up something at their house, club, pizza palace, or wherever it is the Lame Kids of the Future are sure to be.

We’re laying the groundwork for the future of the band right now. The tour is paving a path, and your kickstarter backing puts us well on our way towards recording a few of our own Millions of Songs.

August 14, 2012
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New Song: “Other Side” (MP3)

Decoder Magazine just leaked “Other Side,” a new Lame Drivers song rec’d by Matt Tong. Matt’s our good pal and this was a great recording experience. We hope to record some more songs with him if he gets another free moment amidst Bloc Party tours.

Artwork by Sarah Hotchkiss, also a good friend and co-director of the Stairwell’s Gallery in San Francisco. We’re happy to work with such talented artists as we preparing to release our first vinyl LP + Flexi-Disc EP.

With your support, we’ll all get to see this here impossible shape spinnin’ around on a flexi-disc comin soon to your turntable!

August 12, 2012
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West Coast (MP3 + Tour) – Aug 2012

Earlier this summer, we had a blast touring the East Coast (which to us includes places like Chicago and Athens) with PDX’s “hardest working band” the Woolen Men. After a short break, we’ve gathered almost enough credits to continue the tour with dates in California, Washington, and Oregon.

8/17 Fri Oakland CA @ House Show
8/18 Sat Fresno CA @ Game Time Pizza w/ The Babbling Crooks
8/19 Sun San Pedro CA @ Harold’s Place w/ The Sensitive Side
8/20 Mon Los Angeles CA @ DUBLAB (dublab.com – radio!)
8/20 Mon San Francisco CA @ The Knockout w/ Tank Attack +1
8/21 Tue Los Altos CA @ KFJC 89.7-FM (kfjc.org – radio!)
8/21 Tue Sacramento CA @ Luigi’s Fun Garden w/ Apache Dropout, Charles Albright
8/22 Wed Eureka CA @ Lil Red Lion w/ Scotch Wiggly and more (Lame Drivers only)
8/23 Thu Portland OR @ The Record Room w/ The Bugs
8/24 Fri Seattle WA @ The Rendezvous

Woolen Men have a new tape up for download. We have a split tour tape with them. We’ll be sharing new Lame Drivers music this week, pre-order backers get dibs!

>> [email protected]@K eVeN!t
>> The East Coast’s Over (July 2012 tourdates + info)

August 8, 2012
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Pre-Order Lame Drivers Debut 12″ LP + Flexi-Disc EP at Kickstarter

It’s about time! After almost 10 years of bein’ a band, Lame Drivers is ready to release our first-ever vinyl LP.

We wrote too many new songs for just one LP, so we’ll lead up to it with an EP series of flexi-disc postcards.

We’re collaborating with some of our favorite producers and visual artists (Mayuko Fujino’s “Minimize” artwork at right) to make the most of these formats. We hope you’ll join in, too! You can pre-order these limited releases right now through Kickstarter.  Check the video to hear some of the new songs we’ve been working on, including a clip of “Other Side” rec’d with Matt Tong at Exploded Drawing.

>> Lame Drivers FlexiDisc EP + Debut LP @ Kickstarter

July 20, 2012
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Download our live set from WFMU’s Cherry Blossom Clinic + Video

We had a blast playing Terre T’s Cherry Blossom Clinic on WFMU, our favorite radio station (although we may be biased) along with Home Blitz.

Thanks to host Terre T, assistant producers Paulie B & Nate the K, engineer Dave Amels, and Yvonne Szymczak & Lizzie Davis for shootin’ video!

The whole set + interview is available to download from the Free Music Archive, embedded below, plus some video of the songs Indian Burn, Frozen Egg and Last Call for Violence. Most of these are new songs that we have yet to release in any form, and they’re in rotation right now on our summer tour w/ the Woolen Men.

July 18, 2012
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Two Split Tour Tapes (MP3s)

We’re gonna be carrying some tapes with new songs on them during our East + West Coast Tours.

1. split w/ our tourmates The Woolen Men (Portland OR) on Eggy Records

2. split w/ our buds Eureka California (Athens GA) on Dirty Pillows Recs


We’ve also got a repress of our 27-track sampler, Cruisin’ Classics 2003-2010, with some different songs in the mix because this is the “Last Summer on Earth” edition.

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July 13, 2012
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Fri 13th @ Lone Wolf w/ Sediment Club / Sat 14th on Terre T’s Cherry Blossom Clinic

Two warm-up shows as we prepare to tour the East Coast July 18-29 and West Coast Aug 17-25.

* Friday the 13th @ The Lone Wolf in Bed-Stuy w/ The Sediment Club [FBK – FREE]

* Sat July 14th live on WFMU’s Cherry Blossom Clinic w/ Terre T. Our cousins Home Blitz will also perform feat Lame Jason on bass, they have a new EP on Mexican Summer called “Frozen Track.”

June 26, 2012
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East Coast Tour July 18-29th 2012 / West Coast Aug 17-24th 2012

We’re touring with the Woolen Men July 18th-29th (East Coast) and Aug 17-24 (West Coast)!

Lame Drivers // Woolen Men // East Coast // July 2012

7/18 NYC @ Cake Shop w/ Pale Lights, Orca Team
7/19 Boston MA @ Video Underground w/ Needy Visions, Bent Shapes
7/20 Philadelphia PA @ Underground Arts w/ Orca Team, Thinking Machines
7/21 Columbus OH @ The Summit w/ Sex Tide & The Francis Bacon Band
7/22 Detroit MI @ OmniCorp w/ Sros Lords, Growwing Pains
7/23 Chicago IL @ Burlington w/ The Funs
7/24 Bloomington IN @ Bear’s Place w/ Bloody Mess, Dracula Pills & Grilled Cheese Deluxe (special)
7/25 Nashville TN @ Dino’s Bar & Grill w/ Square People
7/26 Athens GA @ Farm 255 w/ Eureka California & Tunabunny
7/27 Durham NC @ The Layabout w/ Brainbows
7/28 New Brunswick NJ @ Bath Haus w/ Appendix & Home Blitz
7/29 Brooklyn NY @ Public Assembly w/ I’m Turning Into, Snake Dudes DJ Johnny Lee

pre-tour warm-up
7/13 The Lone Wolf, Bed-Stuy w/ Sediment Club http://on.fb.me/Lefv2d
7/14 Lame Drivers + Home Blitz live on WFMU’s Cherry Blossom Clinic w/ Terre T (3-6m ET 91.1-FM / wfmu.org)

:: WOOLEN MEN ::
A lofi Clean-sounding trio of native West Coasters weened on Dead Moon, the Wipers and the Neo Boys. Each member brings a distinct influence to the group; 60s garage rock and contemporary bands from Alex, whole-hearted rock and roll and classic song-craft from Lawton and DIY pop and post-punk from Raf (of the Polyps / Eggy Records & Tapes).
>> Download “West Coast” [mp3]

:: LAME DRIVERS ::
Been a band for 10 years still nobody knows what to make of Lame Drivers: “a young Replacements or Guided By Voices?“ “like the Buzzcocks getting a reacharound from the Descendents?” Pell Mell? Jesus & Mary Chain? Memb Home Blitz? Who cares?! “Filled with hooks, it’s got a punk influence, power-pop influence, indie rock, psychedelic, all my favorite rock elements.“
>> Download Cruisin’ Classics 2003-2010 [27 track sampler]

>> Facebook event

Lame Drivers \\ Woolen Men \\ West Coast \\ August 17-24th

8/17 Fri Oakland CA @ After Party City USA w/ Woolen Men and more
8/18 Sat Fresno CA @ Game Time Pizza w/ Woolen Men, Babbling Crooks and more
8/19 Sun San Pedro CA @ Harold’s Place w/ Woolen Men and more
8/20 Mon Los Angeles CA @ DUBLAB (dublab.com – radio)
8/20 Mon San Francisco CA @ The Knockout w/ Woolen Men, Tank Attack and more
8/21 Tue Sacramento CA @ Luigi’s Fungarden w/ Woolen Men, Apache Dropout, Charles Albright
8/22 Wed Eureka CA @ Lil Red Lion w/ Scotch Wiggly and more
8/23 Thu Portland OR @ The Record Room w/ Woolen Men, the Bugs
8/24 Fri Seattle WA @ Party City USA

June 20, 2012
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Free “Kid-Friendly” Set @ Prospect Park’s Boathouse on the Lullwater of the Lake, Thurs 2pm [Make Music NY]


The Boathouse on the Lullwater of the Lake is a historic building in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Also known as the Audubon Center, the boathouse was designed by protégés of the same team who built NY Penn Station.

This Thursday July 21 is Make Music New York, a day when 1000+ bands play live for free all over New York City. There are a lot of cool events going on. There is also our event at the Boathouse on the Lullwater. Lame Drivers play at 2pm *sharp.* We have been asked to make this set especially “kid-friendly.”

We had a great time playing Make Music NY last year on a street corner in Fort Greene, here’s a video:

It’s going to be 99 degrees tomorrow, a great day to hang out in the park, just be sure to stay hydrated!!

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