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The Donkeys Return with “Born With Stripes” 4/26 Download TWO New MP3s and See Them On Tour!

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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.

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“Don’t Know Who We Are” by The Donkeys by deadoceans

“I Like The Way You Walk” by The Donkeys by deadoceans

Bowerbirds Tour with New Five Person Line-Up

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Bowerbirds start their East Coast tour this weekend, but this won’t be any ordinary tour. Bowerbirds have expanded their line-up to a full five members for this tour. Joining Phil and Beth, Bowerbirds’ core, will be Dan “Yan” Westerlund, Mark Paulsen, and Rachel Rollins. You can expect added percussion including both a full kit and the old-style bass drum with rim clicks reminiscent of Bowerbirds’ first record Hymns For A Dark Horse. On other songs there will be a string section with both Mark and Rachel playing violin. And the ever-clever and always handy Phil Moore actually built himself a marimba which will also be featured on some songs. This will all be in addition to the traditional mixture of accordion, guitar, bass synths, and organ. This is sure to be an interesting new take on the Bowerbirds sound we all know and love. Check them out at the dates below:

10/09 Raleigh, NC- Kings Baracade w/ Kid Future

10/11 Washington DC- Black Cat Backstage w/ Sharon Van Etten

10/12 New York, NY- Bowery Ballroom w/ Death Vessel, Des Ark

10/13 Ithaca, NY- Castaways w/ Sharon Van Etten

10/14 Northampton, MA- Iron Horse Music Hall w/Sharon Van Etten

10/15 Cambridge, MA- TT the Bears w/ Death Vessel, Des Ark

10/18 Clinton, NY- Hamiton College- McEwan Opus

free downloads

Goshen '97 by Strand of Oaks
Dograces by Dub Thompson
Ring the Bell by White Hinterland
The Instinct by Mark McGuire
One Half by Julianna Barwick
Stitches by Califone
Next Stop by Bleached

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Baby by White Hinterland

Goshen '97 by Strand of Oaks

Magdalene by Califone

Dograces by Dub Thompson

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todays shows

Julianna Barwick
Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs

Mark McGuire
Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle  w/ Jenny Hval, Wedding Dress

White Hinterland
Montreal, QC - Il Motore  w/ S. Carey

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