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Don’t Know Dorothy’s Debut EP, Above My Head easily a winner

ImageSeveral weeks ago I reluctantly promised to listen to and review Don’t Know Dorothy’s Ep, Above My Head. But any doubts I had were quickly dispelled listening to the first,  title track to the album (Do people other than me still use vinyl-centric language?) as a simple guitar melody was taken over by a much more driving beat that promptly raised the bar for the rest of the recording.

As a whole, Above My Head has a good blend of fast and slow songs giving it a sense of completeness that makes it worth listening to the whole thing together. My son immediately took to the slightly retro feel of the music and I was  reminded of a number of artists that probably stopped playing music before these guys were born. Despite the conscious or unconscious influence of an earlier era of music, Don’t Know Dorothy comes through as completely fresh, original music with a distinct sound.

Right out of the gate, Above my head felt like a mix of Ben Harper and Matthew Sweet achieving a good beat with bass and drums wrapping around the vocals and itchy guitar riffs. Where’s the Love, Whatever Comes and It’s You maintain the sense of retro pop-rock and keep up a good pace. Finally, Down the Road finishes the EP with a ballad tone recalling some of the playfulness of Squeeze but at a much more relaxed tempo.

Altogether, Above my Head is an excellent debut album and I expect to see much more from Don’t Know Dorothy over the next several years as they find their fan base and continue to grow.

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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Dark Night of the Scarecrow : after 30 years of nightmares

Have you ever been haunted by an old movie existing in the shadows of your mind? Something youImage shouldn’t have seen? Perhaps hiding behind the couch when your parents thought you were in bed sleeping? 

I can think of several films I saw that way when I was young. Films that gained special power because my memory was incomplete and my mind filled in the gaps with things a lot scarier than the film itself. 

I was too afraid to keep watching that night and left scared out of my wits early on to stew in my own imaginings.

It must have been thirty years ago, and I never even knew what the movie was until just recently, when Netflix found it for me: Dark Night of the Scarecrow, Directed by Frank De Felitta in 1981, starring more familiar faces than you’d believe.

The film opens introducing us to Bubba, a man from the mold of Lenny from ‘Of Mice and Men’, a big man with a small mind. Not five minutes in, Bubba is (wrongly) accused of doing harm to a young girl who he plays with regularly.

The good old boys in town form up a quick posse to bring street justice to the man that they have already decided was a menace to their town. Soon, they corner the simpleminded man as he hides in plain sight as a scarecrow near his house.

 From then on, everything goes so predictably, Bubba could have written it:

 The men learn of Bubba’s innocence with their guns hot in their hands, there’s a trial but the men get off (they appear to have benefitted from a ‘stand your ground’ law that strongly favors the survivors of an interaction. But as the trial ends, they are cursed by Bubba’s old crone of a mother. One by one, over the next several days, the men see the scarecrow in their fields, panic and get themselves killed in ways that are arguably accidental.

There are some moments of tension once in a while, but this is not the kind of movie that will make you jump. Ever. I would not say that it’s a very good film, but it’s not terrible either. And Bubba will haunt your children’s dreams for years if you let they get a glimpse.

A la the ‘They’re Coming to get you Barbara’ movie review site (may it rest in peace), I’d give it two severed thumbs up.Image

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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Uncategorized


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