If you think my coverage of Bruce Springsteen's Nashville appearances was excessive, just wait 'til D. Patrick Rodgers transforms this here blog into the Dr. Dog-log--a comprehensive fansite with 'round-the-clock coverage of the Philadelphia baroque-pop quintet, ruminating over everything from band members' favorite colors to analysis of their extensive hat and sunglasses collections. I'm sure you'll keep reading. Judging by his litany of coverage of this band thus far--and the fact you're guaranteed to hear at least one Dr. Dog track anytime you take a ride in his Built-to-Spill-mobile--I think it's about time we proclaim Rodgers the de facto president of the Dr. Dog fan club's Nashville chapter.
As we brace for the changeover from Nashville Cream to A Dr. Dog Record a Day, we can at least take comfort in the news that 2010 is looking like it's going to be a busy year for the band. On Apr. 6, they're set to release their sixth full-length, Shame, Shame, which was produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck, Guided by Voices). The release will coincide with a national tour that brings them to The Cannery Ballroom on May 6. Deer Tick will open.
Immediately upon learning this, D. Piddy made a bee-line to a private restroom and has not been seen since. If he weren't "indisposed" at the moment, I'm sure it'd be him announcing this show and not me. But who can blame the guy? Anyone who's followed Dr. Dog's discography or seen any of their previous Middle-Tennessee performances--from The Basement to Bonnaroo--knows full well that they're one of the best bands in contemporary rock 'n' roll. If you've yet to see them, then look forward to enlightenment--tickets are $15 and go on sale Friday, Jan. 22 here.