on the fourth day of christmas baeble gave to me...
  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2008

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...three dodo birds

Four days in, still going strongit is a good way to characterize the little 12 Days of Christmas Countdown we're currently caught up in. Of course, these kinds of year-end, celebratory lists are easy considering the kind of talent Baeble was blessed with filming this year. Today, we're featuring a band we can honestly say we had never heard of at this time last year. Of course, the minute the psycho-folk groove of the The Dodos's dumbfounding debut The Visiter found its' way to us, we knew we just had to have them. Our day would come in late September at a magnificent venue on the East River.

There was a bit of irony involved when we ventured to NYC's most carnivalistic of venues, Spiegelworld. The magnificent, wood and canvas tent that sits oh so awesomely on Pier 17 derives its' name from a Dutch word meaning mirror tent; an appropriate reference as it's a place plump full of plenty of aesthetic allusion and deception. But The Dodos, the band who sold out the venue, are none of that. Theirs' is a craft that offers absolutely nothing to hide behind. Theirs' is a brand of boozy, electric roots that's elemental, yet completely unique unto them.

Combining Meric Long's whiplash strokes on a couple of visibly bullied, acoustic guitars, Logan Kroeber's explosive barrage of stout and strong percussive rhythms - themselves bashed out on drums that most closely resemble a set of marching quads, and newcomer Joe Haener's ornamental fills of swelling vibraphone (plus the occasion thwack! on a metal garbage can), The Dodos set power and pulse to Long's beseeching vocal melodies. The results are powerhouse highlights like "Red and Purple", "Fools", and "Jodi". - david pitz

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VIDEO: The Dodos:: Live at Spiegeltent - New York, NY

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