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I just came across That Dog's album, Totally Crushed Out, and I'm totally crushin on it, even after only 2 songs. Who knew? Not me. Who's heard these fools, do you like em? Where have they been all my life? Do they still have a following?

These harmonies are so great.

Surmounter, Saturday, 9 June 2007 19:16 (twelve years ago) link

Wait until you hear 'Retreat From the Sun'. Mind = blown. Seriously, go get it now.

Anna Waronker has put out a couple of decent solo records since that dog broke up and Petra Haden frequently turns up on other people's records doing the violin thing, has a couple of solo records of her own and is also in The Decemberists too, I think.

SeekAltRoute, Saturday, 9 June 2007 19:26 (twelve years ago) link

I've always really liked this -- Dave R is pretty into them as well.

Where they have been all your life = LA.

Do they still have a following = not so much for That Dog, no. One of the Haden triplets is doing a capella stuff, another is presumably working on the Rentals reunion, and the one who wasn't in the band just married Jack Black. Anna Waronker is doing solo stuff and random LA "I scored someone's indie film" stuff.

Totally Crushed Out = a very strange and wonderful thing.

nabisco, Saturday, 9 June 2007 19:27 (twelve years ago) link

seriously, i will order Retreat From the Sun in the next few days. And by the way, if there are any other girls like this hangin around that i don'tk now about, please to say so so i don't die b4 i kno.

this sound is incedibly rich.

Surmounter, Saturday, 9 June 2007 19:59 (twelve years ago) link

Ha, yeah, I was just coming back to say: after all that discussion about compression and loudness wars, it is REALLY nice to hear all the space and dynamics on this. A lot of these songs are basically BUILT around the idea of having sonic headroom for every new thing that comes in.

nabisco, Saturday, 9 June 2007 20:04 (twelve years ago) link

SO FUCKING NICE

good ex. Michael Jordan

Surmounter, Saturday, 9 June 2007 20:05 (twelve years ago) link

it explores space eerily

Surmounter, Saturday, 9 June 2007 20:05 (twelve years ago) link

sonc headroom :-)

Surmounter, Saturday, 9 June 2007 20:09 (twelve years ago) link

Totally Crushed Out is one of my favorite albums.

wanko ergo sum, Saturday, 9 June 2007 20:09 (twelve years ago) link

WTF Rockstar

Surmounter, Saturday, 9 June 2007 20:11 (twelve years ago) link

Even on the minimal bits like "Anymore" or "Side Part," the way the vocals get all that space at the top to move through -- or the way the guitar on "Side Part" gets to kinda swell up and imply something else about to break through -- really nicely done. I assume this was produced by Grimley or Cavallo, or someone else in that whole clan, right?

nabisco, Saturday, 9 June 2007 20:14 (twelve years ago) link

right

Surmounter, Saturday, 9 June 2007 20:15 (twelve years ago) link

I love how this record ends, with the generic techno break and then the exhale. A couple bunk songs, though. In a good record even the bad songs sound good.

wanko ergo sum, Saturday, 9 June 2007 20:16 (twelve years ago) link

i haven't noticed any bunk yet - i usually sniff it out quick 2!

Surmounter, Saturday, 9 June 2007 20:35 (twelve years ago) link

well like "Rockstar" -- it works to further the fever-dream fell of the album but who'd want to listen to it on its own. Same goes for "Michael Jordan"

wanko ergo sum, Saturday, 9 June 2007 20:41 (twelve years ago) link

feel not fell

wanko ergo sum, Saturday, 9 June 2007 20:42 (twelve years ago) link

oooh see i just noted both those 2, i could def take them on their own... it's the textures for me there

Surmounter, Saturday, 9 June 2007 20:49 (twelve years ago) link

If I have a real complaint it's that "He's Kissing Christian" is boring, thematically anomolous and feels like it was tacked on just so there'd be a bankable single. And its sensibility seems horrible dated/faddish.

wanko ergo sum, Saturday, 9 June 2007 20:54 (twelve years ago) link

i appreciate the straightforwardness of He's Kissing Christian, and the instrumentals. i kno tho, the lyrics/sentiment seem shorthanded, is that a word?

Surmounter, Saturday, 9 June 2007 21:00 (twelve years ago) link

yes there are bunk moments, upon further investigation... but some amazing moments

Surmounter, Sunday, 10 June 2007 02:09 (twelve years ago) link

probably not a significant enough band to be "classic" but I love em. Ditto the upthread remarks about the Waronker solo, good stuff that. Never so popular...

Off the top of my head I am imagining that this came out on DGC at a time when selling 90,000 records was enough to get you dropped (not that this did that, I wouldn't think). At the very least the first album was still going through WEA then (again, if I'm not too mistaken, or if I am it was another major distrib) so it wasn't getting the type of attention at the distributor level that it would get now through a place like ADA (which is indeed the whole point of ADA and those types of distributors). At the very least, it is imagined that an ADA rep is more likely to have heard of (or even heard!) Charlie Haden, for example. One of those records that companies like those were invented for, but unfortunately at the time when it really counted (on the debut), they were behind Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Urge Overkill and probably even Sloan on the roster's foodchain (if not behind others as well). Good job finding them!! :-)

Saxby D. Elder, Monday, 11 June 2007 00:53 (twelve years ago) link

eight months pass...

I just realized after all these years that the song "Retreat From The Sun" is an answer/followup/homage to the VU's "Who Loves The Sun."

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 11 February 2008 20:14 (eleven years ago) link

At least when they sing "Su-u-u-u-u-u-n"

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 11 February 2008 20:15 (eleven years ago) link

I love the song on the last Say Anything album where Anna Waronker sang "Juicy" on the bridge.

Alex in Baltimore, Monday, 11 February 2008 20:18 (eleven years ago) link

Minne-AP
(one-and-two-and-three) ah-lis!

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 11 February 2008 20:20 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

Wait until you hear 'Retreat From the Sun'.

Which I'm finally doing. It's quite good.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 5 March 2009 22:19 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...

I saw these guys at the Whisky a go go before or just after their first album dropped (so 93 or 94). Probably supporting someone slightly bigger. Cranes perhaps? Any idea?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 11 July 2019 10:44 (one week ago) link

I can't help you but thanks for bumping the thread and reminding me of this great band today.

Evan, Thursday, 11 July 2019 14:10 (one week ago) link

buncha industry plants

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jk

hoostanbank de reason lyrics mp4 hd video download (unregistered), Thursday, 11 July 2019 14:52 (one week ago) link

I'll be picking up their latest CD at my local retailer today!

Evan, Thursday, 11 July 2019 15:21 (one week ago) link

They just announced a reissue of the debut the other day.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 11 July 2019 17:28 (one week ago) link

Los Angeles's very own that dog. -- comprised of Anna Waronker, Rachel Haden, and Tony Maxwell -- have announced a digital deluxe reissue of their landmark 1994 self-titled debut album to commemorate its 25rh anniversary. Due out this Friday, July 12th, it includes four non-album tracks that were originally released on various 7-inches, singles and compilations.

Said tracks being:

16. Buy Me Flowers *new bonus track*
17. Untitled *new bonus track*
18. Grunge Couple *new bonus track*
19. I Invented A Head *new bonus track*

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 11 July 2019 17:29 (one week ago) link

this record still sounds fucking incredible…feel like a chump for not even knowing they were touring a few years ago…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubujniiNgS8

veronica moser, Thursday, 11 July 2019 21:54 (one week ago) link

playing with Graham Coxon at the Smell, Saturday night.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Thursday, 11 July 2019 22:09 (one week ago) link

At the Smell? Wow, lol

stan by me (morrisp), Thursday, 11 July 2019 22:38 (one week ago) link

So happy to see the love for That Dog here. I had the albums back in the day and loved them, but zines were slagging them for being daughters of music stars (jealousy?), which annoyed me greatly.

Dougout (I M Losted), Friday, 12 July 2019 16:01 (one week ago) link

I mean, nepotism's a thing and it didn't hurt them.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 12 July 2019 16:07 (one week ago) link

I saw them on tour supporting the Wallflowers and the Counting Crows but that was definitely after 94.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Friday, 12 July 2019 17:21 (one week ago) link


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