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Chosen Era is here! Our debut LP, out Oct 9th

Jason : September 1, 2015 11:51 am : Releases, shows

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.

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:: 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
Headhunting
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).

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

Jason : May 28, 2014 12:35 pm : shows

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

Jason : February 13, 2014 1:49 pm : shows

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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.

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

Jason : September 7, 2013 2:30 pm : Releases, shows

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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.

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7-Song Flexi-Book EP // ON TOUR // MUSIC VIDEO

Jason : May 19, 2013 3:04 am : Music, Releases, shows

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!

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2013 Tour w/ The Woolen Men: This Time w/ Vinyl!

Jason : February 12, 2013 5:28 pm : shows

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.

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Back from tour but still sleeping on your floor

Jason : August 29, 2012 7:19 pm : shows

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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West Coast (MP3 + Tour) – Aug 2012

Jason : August 12, 2012 4:11 pm : shows

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!

>> F!!!!B@@K eVeN!t
>> The East Coast’s Over (July 2012 tourdates + info)

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

Jason : July 13, 2012 4:12 pm : shows

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.”

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

Jason : June 26, 2012 4:31 am : shows

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

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