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The Dandy Warhols to play Philadelphia’s Electric Factory on November 7th

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The Dandy Warhols will play Philadelphia's Electric Factory on November 7th.* Photo Credit Nigel Mogg

You know your favorite band?  No, no, I don’t need to know who it is, just bring them to mind.  Done?  Ok, now let’s talk about something more important…my favorite band.  November 7th, 2010, marks the Philadelphia stop on the tour of…wait for it…The Dandy Warhols!  Wild applause!!  The Dandys will be playing the Electric Factory that fine, fine Sunday, and let’s get the most important detail out of the way first:  tickets.  They’re available starting Friday, July 23rd, and are sure to sell out quickly, so I would recommend what is, to me, the best course of action…that is to say, getting them early.  Right away.  Not before me, because God Forbid you get my ticket, but I’d recommend, you know, Saturday.  Other points of note:  They’re only the best band EVER.  In that the group enjoys a great deal more success in Europe than the United States, most of their tours usually take place abroad; they haven’t come to this area since 2008.  What, you might be asking, is the cause behind this European success?  Great question.  Their hit Bohemian Like You off the 2000 album 13 Tales from Urban Bohemia (I know, pretentious title, right?  Why else do you think I like it so much?) was used in a mobile phone commercial throughout Europe and Australia not long after its release.  The result?  Instant international success.  Let’s hear it for the persuasive power of mindless advertising.

Because There Was This Artist Named ANDY Warhol…and if You Add a “D”…Well, You Get it.

The Dandys have been quite prolific…there’s a lot to be said for a strong musical work ethic…since their inception in 1993, releasing nine studio albums through 2009.  Their newest, The Capitol Years: 1995 – 2007, will be released in the US on August 24th.  The band has been influenced by a number of groups throughout its history, including the Rolling Stones, My Bloody Valentine, and the Velvet Underground.  The sound ranges from eighties synth-rock to a guitar-based sixties groove to upbeat folk-pop, creating what are actually albums rather than compilations of songs on the same CD.  Some have described the Dandy Warhols’ music as “organic”, a description that seems apropos if only because of the influences at the band’s foundation and the various genres in which their records are enmeshed.  Such hits as We Used to Be Friends, Solid, and Boys Better have been featured in a number of television and movie soundtracks, including Veronica Mars, Igby Goes Down, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Based in Portland, Oregon, the Dandy Warhols manage to merge catchy hooks and upbeat pop with melodious, melancholy, and complex tunes that cut you to the quick like Stairway to Heaven or anything by Simon and Garfunkel.

But if You DIG! on Vegan Food…Come Star in My Rockumentary

What was largely an underground rock band has become far more widely known in recent years.  (Isn’t that just a thorn in the side of all those who liked a band BEFORE they became big?)  This can be mostly attributed to Ondi Timoner’s 2004 Documentary DIG!, winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.  The film follows the Dandy Warhols and their former best bosom buddies, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, over seven years of drugs, shenanigans, and musical evolution.  DIG!, which Timoner wrote, produced, and directed, is narrated by Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor, and as such, has been subject to claims that the resulting film is a less-than-accurate portrayal of the other characters involved.  The most vocal critic has been Anton Newcombe, frontman of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, whom the film follows through a downward spiral of heroin, mental illness, and egomania.  It is the editing with which the most grievances have been voiced, given that the one hundred and seven minute final product was garnered from over 2,000 hours of footage.  The movie, which, needless to say, features some incredible music, is an absolutely riveting look at the nature of the music industry and the sacrifices that many bands have to make in exchange for success.  Moreover, the portrait which is painted of these two groups and the musicians of which they are comprised is more comprehensive than one could possibly hope to find through any other medium.


Feeling So Bohemian Like You – At the Electric Factory on November 7th!

I don’t want to hear any whining from the peanut gallery about this show being on a Sunday night.  Yes, I understand that you work at nine the next morning, and that must feel very productive, indeed.  But if ever there was something to justify Monday’s sleep deprivation, it would be Sunday’s Dandys’ show.  Located on 7th St. between Spring Garden and Callowhill, the Electric Factory is a great venue in which to witness the full-body rock and roll orgasm that is the Dandy Warhols.  It promises to be a great show…keyboardist Zia McCabe has been known to play with her shirt off when the crowd seems just a bit too dull…and there’s sure to be some new tunes to enjoy, including This is the Tide, the bonus track off of The Capitol Years.   Please join me…because I GUARANTEE you that I’ll be there…for a rocking night filled with really attractive people playing great music, some of them, ideally, with boobs out.  Dandys Rule, Ok?!