Rejoice. The Donkeys’ latest, greatest longplayer, Born With Stripes, is out for mass consumption today. And for our San Diego Donkeys fans, this week is a regular old Donkfest. There are listening parties, in-stores and release shows a-go-go — the info for all of which can be checked out HERE. Be sure to also note the upcoming Donkeys show in your area on the tour that begins next week.
Both iTunes and Amazon have BONUS TRACK versions of Born With Stripes as well. Over at iTunes, you will find the comsic, self-referencing “Take You Up,” a Dead-like jammer that features the wonderful phrase, “Better buy new sneakers/Gonna clean out your ears/Wanna roll out your speakers/Because The Donkeys are finally here/To take you up.” At Amazon, you can get the plaintive, Willie-esque acoustic number “Let Your Eyes Adjust.” It’s stoner, surfer genius for your next late night beach bonfire. Both tunes were recorded with Alex deLanda. Look for more cool Donkeys news coming very, very soon.
The Donkeys — The Pride of San Diego — are about to release their finest record to date. Born with Stripes (released April 26 in the US) sheds a bit of the golden SoCal twang of previous efforts and places to the fore the influence of some other Cali artists — notably Pavement and the folkier leanings of Beck. And with a pre-order special launched today, you can have the entire record for your first backyard BBQ of the year this weekend. Pre-order the album now, and you will receive an mp3 download of the entire record. If you’re one of the first 25 people to pre-order the record, you will receive a two free tickets for a show on The Donkeys massive U.S. tour when they visit your respective area. Hell, we’ll even get the dudes to give you a mid-set shout-out. Maybe buy you a shot (?!?). The lucky 25 will also receive a large poster featuring the killer Born with Stripes album art by badass illustrator Tony Millionaire, best known as creator of comics Maakies and Sock Monkey, as well as the Adult Swim show Drinky Cow. The throwback-psych album art contains several easter eggs alluding to various lyrics from the record. Think the art from Prince’s Around the World in a Day for the surfer set (See below). Truly a gem.
Before the national tour begins, The Donkeys have a hometown Born with Stripes record release blow-out planned for April 30 at San Diego’s Sushi Art. If you like rock music made by guitars, you should probably be there. Word has it there will be pinatas filled with booze (maybe in mini-bottle form, maybe just loose liquid). See all upcoming tour dates HERE.
DOWNLOAD “I LIKE THE WAY YOU WALK” FROM BORN WITH STRIPES
The Donkeys are back! Our chilled-out San Diego brothers have returned from The Island and will have a brand new record out on April 26th. Born With Stripes is an altogether less twangy affair than the band’s 2008 Dead Oceans debut, Living On The Other Side. The nods to Grateful Dead and Buffalo Springfield are better balanced with echoes of other Cali arists, notably Pavement and Beck. The country-rock flairs are often overtaken by powerpop hooks. What some might call a lazy melody is really just a melody on its own clock. Nice and relaxed.
The album was mixed by Pernice Brothers’ Thom Monahan, whose involvement not only gives us the crispest, warmest Donkeys recordings to date, it also serves to remind us of the band’s loose connections to an array of psych-dappled kindred spirits: Vetiver, Papercuts, Brightblack Morning Light, Devendra Banhart. Monahan was not the only outsider the band collaborated with on Born With Stripes. The playful album artwork was created by California illustrator and cartoonist Tony Millionaire, best known for his comics Maakies and Sock Monkey, and as the creator of the Adult Swim show Drinky Crow.
Please check out the songs below, and head over to our tour page to see when they’ll be coming to your town.
Our dearest Donkeys are returning with a great, new album on April 26th!
Stream, download and embed the first song from Born With Stripes, “Don’t Know Who We Are,” below.
We have more info on the album, artwork and tour dates after the jump!