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Dum Dum Girls – “Lost Boys and Girls Club”

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My favourite album of the year so far is the fantastic new LP from Dum Dum Girls, which is out today. I thought I might be burnt out on fuzzy, reverb-obsessed pop bands, but the melodies on Too True are undeniable.

I interviewed singer Dee Dee for Exclaim! (and also reviewed the album). The full interview will come out soon.

Below is the video for the album standout “Lost Boys and Girls Club.”


 
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Black Tambourine – “What’s Your Game”

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I recently wrote an Exclaim! article about the best crowdfunding campaigns, and I included Black Tambourine‘s Kickstater drive to fund a new EP of Ramones covers called OneTwoThreeFour. This is actually the first time I’ve contributed to a crowdfunding campaign.

Below, listen to the EP cut “What’s Your Game. This features Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Vancouver’s own Rose Melberg on backing vocals.


 
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A faint taste in my mouth

Ready for a funeral
Dum Dum Girls‘ 2010 LP I Will Be was great, and the recent EP He Gets Me High was even better. So I’m pretty excited about the upcoming Only in Dreams, due out September 27 through Sub Pop. In the widget below you can check out the album cut “Coming Down,” which is an aching six-and-a-half-minute ballad. Just how sad and dramatic can a rock waltz be? Here’s your answer.

 

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Such a heavenly way to die

Beach Goth: not just a Wavves song
Covering the Smiths‘ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” takes some guts. After all, it’s generally accepted as one of the Smiths’ finest moments, as well as one of the best indie pop songs of all time.

Dum Dum Girls manage to pull it offer because they put a new spin on the old favourite. Unlike the mid-tempo melodrama of the original, this cover bristles with distortion and goth-y, understated vocals. Bravo, Dee Dee.


 
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Words don’t fail me now

Tightrope walking
Dum Dum Girls have a new EP coming out. The first single is the title track, “He Gets Me High.” You know the drill: fuzz, reverb, retro pop melodies, blah blah blah. The only difference is that this one was recorded in a real studio, rather than at home. Still, despite the more full-bodied production, this one sounds more or less the same as Dee Dee’s previous work (although is that a hint of psych I detect?).

It’s a great song, but when is this tune going to get a studio version?

MP3: “He Gets Me High”
 
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You’re a burnout too

I hope they're wearing sunscreen
I’ve already spoken about my delayed enjoyment of Dum Dum Girls‘ recent album, the fuzz-friendly I Will Be. Here’s the second single from the disc, “Bhang Bhang, I’m a Burnout.” It’s typical Dum Dum Girls, with buzzsaw guitars, tinny drum loops and girl group harmonies. It’s also got a whole whack of drug references—bhang is a type of marijuana preparation.

If you’ve been indulging in a little bhang, chances are you’ll get a kick out of the song’s trippy video.

MP3: “Bhang Bhang, I’m a Burnout”
 
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Dream away life

I wanna lay Dum Dum Girls down in a bed of roses, or dasies, or whatever
I gave Dum Dum GirlsI Will Be a middling review when I wrote about it for BeatRoute a couple of months ago (the article appears to be no longer online). I’d like to make at least a partial retraction of what I said. At the time, I only had a stream of the album and I got a little bogged down in the details—namely the repetitive accompaniment, as several of the songs appear to use the exact same drum loops.

Once the album came out officially and I had a chance to listen to it on my iPod, my opinion of it changed. Because this isn’t a record that’s meant to be listened to while sitting in front of a computer; it’s a rock ‘n’ roll album and it sounds best when I’m out walking around the city or riding the bus.

Click below to download the pre-I Will Be tune “D.A.L.”, which is a ghostly waltz that’s completely unlike the punkish girl group pop of the LP. Also head over to Sub Pop to download the album track “Bhang, Bhang, I’m a Burnout” and the Record Store Day single “Pay for Me” in exchange for an e-mail address.

MP3: “D.A.L.”
 
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Soon I’ll be in county jail

Looks like they're gonna need a sidecar
“Jail La La” is the first single from Dum Dum Girls‘ debut album, I Will Be, due out March 30 via Sub Pop. It’s a little cleaner sounding than Dum Dum Girls’ previous recordings (but not by much), and it contains a blast of fuzzy guitars, punchy drum loops and vintage ’60s girl group-style harmonies.

In other words, it sounds a lot like Vivian Girls, except, y’know, more Dum Dum.

MP3: “Jail La La”
 
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