Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
The Old Days by Dr. Dog from the 2008 album Fate on Park the Van Records.
Feeling at home now with the 24-track recorder first used on 2007s We All Belong, Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog has taken its sound to new heights. Fate takes the band’s love of 60s pop and psychedelia and gives it the best studio treatment in the band’s growing and highly successful discography. No Dr. Dog post would be complete without mentioning their most obvious influence, The Beatles. Guitarist Scott McMicken and bassist Toby Leaman certainly play the Lennon and McCartney roles, trading and sharing primary vocal and songwriting duties, but there’s plenty to Dr. Dog beyond the nostalgia they so effortlessly create. While catering to the strengths of each band member, the album branches out into soul and gospel (
Hang On), reggae (
The Breeze) and plenty of funk and R&B. Whether or not Fate is the album these guys
were destined to make, it’s the greatest translation of their amazing live show to disc, and that is perhaps the greatest compliment I can give their latest effort. Check them out for yourself later this month when they play The Tractor. Folks outside the Seattle area can find tour dates spanning the globe on the band’s MySpace page. The following video captures
The Old Days, as performed in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Park: