Song of the Day: The Dodos – So Cold

photo by Brittney Bollay

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. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “So Cold” by The Dodos from a 2011 previously unreleased track on Frenchkiss Records.

The Dodos – So Cold (MP3)

No strangers to KEXP listeners, San Francisco folk rocksters The Dodos began playing music together as a duo in 2005, when musician Meric Long, who had been gigging steadily in San Francisco as a solo singer-songwriter, was introduced to Logan Kroeber. Shortly after signing to Frenchkiss and with the release of their second album Visiter in 2007, the band included Joe Haener (formerly of The Gris Gris and Battleship) in its touring line-up, playing xylophone, toy piano and additional percussions. Strange instrumental arrangements are what this band seems ready to deliver at a moments notice, often playing unique styles without Bass drums, or fingernail plucking instead of using a pick; it’s all designed to produce a unique sound and they do it to perfection. Our featured track “So Cold” is a leftover track from sessions for the group’s 4th and most recent No Color LP, released in 2011, an album that features vocal contributions from Neko Case. But while “So Cold” may have once been a forgotten song, the frantic and unique drumming and fuzzy distorted guitars make this a poppy classic deserving of a resurrection. One listen will make you remember why you started loving The Dodos in the first place.

The band has only one show currently scheduled, on February 26, for the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco. To keep up with the band, check out their website and their Facebook page. For now, here they are performing “When Will You Go” live the KEXP studio last summer:

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