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Dr. Dog - New EP - Takers & Leavers

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Recently, Philadelphia’s masters of low-fi pop rock, Dr. Dog, released a limited edition EP called Takers & Leavers. The CD is a bit hard to come by in stores, being that there were only one thousand copies produced, each with varying and unique cover art. However, the CD is available to order through their website www.drdogmusic.com. Now if this is the first time you have heard of Dr. Dog I suggest you go out and buy their first major release Easy Beat… seriously I’ll wait, its that good. For those of you who might have heard about Dr. D opening for such indie elite as Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah, My Morning Jacket, The Cold War Kids, The Magic Numbers, The Black Keys and The Raconteurs, you can see that they keep good company.

Takers & Leavers is a taste of their forthcoming full length, which is set for released in February. The EP’s opening two tracks will be feature on their next album, both of which (Ain’t it Strange and Goner) foreshadow great things to come with their rich tapestries of vocal and instrumental layering. This step forward can be attributed to Dr D’s choice of twenty-four-track recording, rather than the standard eight track they used prior. Some critics…pitchfork… have laid into Dr. Dog for being too obvious about wearing their influences on their sleeve, e.g. The Beatles, and being too backwards thinking in their delivery. First of all, if your rock band doesn’t hold some likeness in sound to The Beatles’ extensive catalogue, than either you’re doing something wrong or you’re Radiohead. Also, with bands doing a pastiche of The Beatle (Oasis, The Redwalls) I see no problem with Dr. Dog putting out a low-fi, Let It Be-B side with Beach Boy harmonies, in fact I commend them for it.