Living on the Other Side of Summer
    • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 02, 2008

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    While I know we officially proclaimed the weekend that was "Summer's last gasp" in our last post, the reality is...well, that was just a bit of sour sensationalism. Because the good times? Why, they'll go on and on...hopefully through another five or six weeks of easy, breezy, beautiful weather. All of which makes the laid back tunery Southern California band The Donkeys wax oh so relevant for a little while longer.

    Like fellow Dead Oceans label mates The Explorer's Club, The Donkeys call upon a specific time and place to muster up their musical prowess. But where EC offer theirs to the alter of Brian Wilson, The Donkeys lay one at the feet of Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, and Ray Davies. True to their Southern California surroundings, the songs of their debut disc Living on the Other Side, are a collection of slightly clunky, country pop that's sure to please. Beach bumming, beers, aimless nights spent cruising the suburbs; listeners will probably hear plenty of clichs swirling around in the bands bodacious brew. But their sound is also universally informed with plenty of CSNY vocal harmonies, rickety bits of guitar twang, and a solid rhythmic drive holding it all together. So whether you hang your hat in Northwest mountain passages, Southwestern deserts, Midwest pastures, or somewhere amongst New Yorks busted, beaten side walks, The Donkeys will have you at ease. - David Pitz

    Living on the Other Side will be released September 9th via Dead Oceans. We got plenty of tour dates below.

    The Donkeys On Tour:
    09/02/08 Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
    09/03/08 Austin, TX - Mohawk
    09/04/08 Houston, TX - Rudyard's Pub
    09/06/08 Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
    09/08/08 Charlotte, NC - Thirsty Beaver
    09/09/08 Philadelphia, PA - M Room
    09/10/08 Cambridge, MA - The Middle East Upstairs
    09/11/08 Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
    09/12/08 New York, NY - The Cake Shop
    09/13/08 Purchase, NY - The Stood
    09/14/08 Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
    09/15/08 Bloomington, IN - Cinemat
    09/16/08 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
    09/18/08 Des Moines, IA - Vaudville Mews
    09/19/08 Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
    09/20/08 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
    09/21/08 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
    09/23/08 Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
    09/24/08 Portland, OR - Someday Lounge
    09/25/08 San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern

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    MP3: The Donkeys:: Walk Through A Cloud::: from Living on the Other Side
    MP3: The Donkeys:: Nice Train::: from Living on the Other Side
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