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Guest Blog: University of Oregon’s KWVA Music Director Thor Slaughter on The Donkeys’ In-Studio Hang

The Donkeys at University of Oregon — Eugene's KWVA

The Donkeys spread goodwill wherever they go. It’s just a fact. They recently went into University of Oregon — Eugene’s KWVA’s studio where the interviewer/DJ Thor Slaughter (yes, that is his actual name and we’re enormously jealous of it) was so inspired by his time with the band that he wrote us the kindest email to simply sing their praises. We asked Thor* if he would extrapolate a bit on his Donkey love. And below you will find his recollection The Donkey’s KWVA visit to Eugene on their latest tour. You can also read  about it at the KWVA site HERE. Also, The Donkeys are on tour in July and August, sharing a stage with the excellent (and very public Donks fans) The Hold Steady. Peep those date HERE. And now, ladies and gents, I give you Thor Slaughter:

*You should also check out Thor’s great band Le Fiction HERE.

It was five minutes ’til The Donkeys were supposed to arrive. With my cell phone in-hand I waited in the studio anxiously for the band to arrive. I was supposed to interview them while they were in Eugene for a show later that night at a local hot-spot bar.

It had been a little over a year since I saw The Donkeys open for Deerhoof in Portland, Oregon. A fond experience, not only because of the music but because it was one of the my first few concerts I had to travel for. The Donkeys played their hearts out, throwing it all out there for an audience to delve into. They blew the previous band out of the water and set the stage for Deerhoof, no easy task. With their San Diego charm; sitar jams that built up like a George Harrison take on a Who song; lyrics about lost love and fun times; and a crowd-pleasing explosion of radness that was a great cover of “Gloria” that got the crowd on their feet shouting along to the letters. They won me over enough to buy their album that they were still supporting, 2008’s Living on the Other Side. Flash forward an entire year and I’m no longer a kid from high school, but Music Director at a campus radio station that jumped at an opportunity to drag The Donkeys into the studio.

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The Donkeys Live on East Village Radio, Bring Chaos to Tejas

A few weeks ago The Donkeys played here in Bloomington, and I don’t know if I’ve had more fun at a show all year. I was even inspired to jot down notes on my iPhone saying “If you want to see a band perform every song like it’s their last, GO SEE THE DONKEYS!” Well, while nothing can quite match the experience of seeing these guys live, you CAN check out The Donkeys live session on East Village Radio’s Beyond Beyond is Beyond HERE and capture some of that magic. The Donkeys make an epic swing through the Lone Star state this weekend swinging through Denton Friday, before playing the Free Press Fest in Houston Saturday, followed by the Choas in Tejas fest in Austin on Sunday. You can also catch a special FREE in-store performance by The Donkeys at End of An Ear in Austin at 3pm on Sunday. Check out full tour dates, including new dates w/ The Hold Steady in August HERE.

WATCH: New Video for The Donkeys “Don’t Know Who We Are”

Above is The Donkeys new video for “Don’t Know Who We Are” off of their new album Born With Stripes, which is out this week. The video was directed by Jeff Lowe and features pinatas, psychedelia, and some cool looks at street art around the band’s hometown, San Diego.

Speaking of San Diego, The Donkeys will be all over the city this Saturday (4/30) playing three in-store performances at Cow Records (noon PT), M-Theory (1:45pm PT), and Record City (3:30pm PT) before heading to Sushi Arts that evening for their official record release show.

Bonus Track Versions of The Donkeys’ Born With Stripes — Out Today!

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 Ride: Pre-Order Special, Massive US Tour, Release Party

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.



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