The Donkeys

We would love to be able to say that the Donkeys are simply four California beach bums who love to surf, drink cheap beer and jam as the sun sets over the Pacific. The long legacy of music hailing from California from Bakersfield to the Beach Boys, Sweetheart of the Rodeo through Slanted and Enchanted has shaped our sense that everything and everyone "out west" is laid back, comfortable and cool. And to be fair, when it comes to the Donkeys, some of this mystique is true two of the band's members are indeed surfers, and all four have been known to down a six pack or two. But like California, the real-life Donkeys (best friends from Southern California, Timothy DeNardo, Jessie Gulati, Anthony Lukens and Sam Sprague) are much more... real. If their backstory contains those top-down cars and suntanned utopian surf tableaus, it also contains the malaise and the escape fantasies familiar to all suburban kids of the 80s and 90s. Miraculously, the music manages to comfortably communicate both moods at once. Any expression of existential ennui "is this all there is?" is simultaneously soothed by an unrushed guitar lick and a harmonized twang that becomes almost, dare we say, meditative. Part of this magic comes from the fact that there's no artifice to the Donkeys' songs, from the matter-of-fact breakup blues of "Boot on the Seat" to the playful recollections of a late, drunken night narrated on "Nice Train." These are everyday lives in the postmodern world expressed with a deep respect for classic songs from the 70s through the 90s -- for spacey grooves and soulful, jangly swagger -- that elevates the subject matter beyond the ordinary. Living on the Other Side, the band's second album, is not meant to hit you over the head with a flamboyant single instead, imagine Ray Davies jamming with the Byrds, or a Gene Clark-fronted Buffalo Springfield -- and you'll get a sense of the tradition that informs this band. Living on the Other Side is about rolling down the windows, cranking up the stereo, and hitting the open road. Maybe you're running away, and maybe you're not, but either way, everything's going to be alright.

New Live Tracks From THE DONKEYS

A nice collection of live tracks from THE DONKEYS is now available for download at the website Luxury Wafers. The site is offering seven songs recorded at Chessvolt studios, including the previously unreleased “Hot Sauce” and “New Blue Stockings.” From the fine folks at Luxury Wafers: “The fat collection of live tracks The Donkeys recorded in the studio unbelievably emit the sunshine of an afternoon outdoor concert. When I listen, my skin softens, it’s warm and bright, there’s no place I have to hurry off to, and perfection is in the moment.”

Listen to the songs and see a photo album from the recording session HERE.

THE DONKEYS Plot Mega-Summer Tour, Share Dates With Magnolia Electric Co.

The music of THE DONKEYS should own your summer activities. It begs you to drink green-bottled beer by it, to break out the Slip-n-Slide, to cut those slacks into short-shorts. Now, the men of The Donkeys are taking their message across the country this summer, sharing a load of dates with fellow neu-classic-rockers Magnolia Electric Co. This should be nothing short of radtastic. Check out all the dates HERE.

BISHOP ALLEN And THE DONKEYS To Play Schuba’s Tomorrow Never Knows Festival in Chicago

BISHOP ALLEN and THE DONKEYS will share the stage on Sunday, January 18 as part of the grand finale of Schuba’s Tomorrow Never Knows Festival in Chicago. Tickets for the show are available HERE. The five-day festival will also feature artists like Department of Eagles, Cursive and Mile Benjamin Anthony Robinson.

As part of the Windy City visit, The Donkeys will also play an in-store performance at Chicago’s Reckless Records at 3 p.m. on the day of the show. It will no doubt bring some much needed West Coast warmth to the dead of winter.

Meanwhile, both Bishop Allen and The Donkeys will be passing through cities around the United States and Canada.

Bishop Allen tour dates:

01/16/09 Montreal, QC – Il Motore
01/17/09 Toronto, ON – El Mocambo
01/18/09 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
01/19/09 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner

The Donkeys tour dates:

01/10/09 Albuquerque, NM – Burt’s Tiki Lounge
01/12/09 Dallas, TX – The Lounge
01/13/09 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
01/14/09 New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar
01/15/09 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
01/17/09 Rock Island, IL – Ribco
01/18/09 Chicago, IL – Schubas
01/18/09 Chicago, IL – Reckless Records (3pm)
01/21/09 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive

Visit the Dead Oceans TOUR DATES page for a complete listing of all artists’ tours.

THE DONKEYS Publish Awesome Tour Diary

THE DONKEYS worked recently with San Diego organization Sezio. They outfitted the band with disposable cameras and made them write stories about their most recent adventures on tour. Their pictures and insight are extremely great examples of why THE DONKEYS are such a great bunch of people. We love the giant dream catcher!

The Donkeys Manifest Destiny

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