Be the Void

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Be the Void
Be the Void.jpg
Studio album by Dr. Dog
Released February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)
Genre Indie rock, Blues rock, Neo-Psychedelia
Length 47:42
Label ANTI-
Dr. Dog chronology
Shame,Shame
(2010)
Be The Void
(2012)
B-Room
(2013)

Be the Void is the seventh album by psychedelic rock band Dr. Dog. It was released on February 7, 2012.[1] It is the band's second release on the ANTI- record label after moving from Park the Van, and was co-produced by Nathan Sabatino and Dr. Dog.

Album info[edit]

The band "lusted after 'the immediacy, looseness, loudness, chaos, fast tempos and dirtier' nature of their live performances, where they leave behind any 'perfectionist attitudes' in favor of spontaneous passion." [2] Tracking for the album took place at Nathan Sabatino's Loveland Studio in Tucson, AZ as well as Dr. Dog's Meth Beach Studio in Philadelphia, PA. Mixing was completed at The Studio, Philadelphia PA by Nathan Sabatino and Dr. Dog.

Reception[edit]

Matt Rice said in his review for VZ Magazine "Be the Void is excellent. The first track, “Lonesome,” is as perfect as folky indie gets, and the album just gets better and better as it goes on."[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [4]
The A.V. Club A− [5]
Beats Per Minute (85%) [6]
Boston Phoenix 4/5 stars [7]
Paste Magazine (7.5/10)[8]
Pitchfork Media (5.7/10)[9]
Under The Gun Review 8/10 [10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken.

  1. "Lonesome" - 3:19
  2. "That Old Black Hole" - 3:21
  3. "These Days" - 2:47
  4. "How Long Must I Wait?" - 3:40
  5. "Get Away" - 4:01
  6. "Do The Trick" - 4:33
  7. "Vampire" - 4:27
  8. "Heavy Light" - 3:41
  9. "Big Girl" - 5:03
  10. "Over Here, Over There" - 4:01
  11. "Warrior Man" - 4:58
  12. "Turning The Century" - 3:50

Deluxe Edition bonus tracks

  1. "Exit For Sale" - 5:01
  2. "Control Yourself" - 3:36
  3. "What A Fool" - 2:42

Personnel[edit]

Dr. Dog

  • Toby Leaman - bass, lead and backing vocals, guitar, and wurlitzer
  • Scott McMicken - lead guitar, lead and backing vocals, percussion, bass, keyboards, and banjo
  • Frank McElroy - rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lap steel guitar, and electrical sitar
  • Zach Miller - keyboards, pianos, organs, guitar, and backing vocals
  • Eric Slick - drums, percussion, secret voices, and cello
  • Dimitri Manos - percussion, tape loop effects, drums, and guitar

Additional Musicians

  • Janka Perniss - violin on "Get Away"
  • Nathan Sabatino - cello on "Get Away"
  • Sean Rogers - bass on "How Long Must I Wait?"
  • Forrest Reda - backing vocals on "Lonesome"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Billboard 200 (U.S.) 45
Billboard Top Independent Albums (U.S.) 6
Billboard Top Rock Albums (U.S.) 12
Billboard Top Alternative Albums (U.S.) 8
Billboard Tastemaker Albums (U.S.) 8

Singles:

Single Chart Position
"That Old Black Hole" -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dr. Dog Music Archived February 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., drdogmusic.com, retrieved on 02-01-2012
  2. ^ Directors, Music (2011-10-26). "WUOG 90.5 FM » Music » Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog Talks "Be The Void", their new LP due out February". Wuog.org. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  3. ^ "Dr. Dog: Be the Void". Vzmagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  4. ^ Heaney, Gregory (2012-02-07). "Be the Void - Dr. Dog : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  5. ^ Mincher, Chris (2012-02-07). "Dr. Dog: Be The Void | Music | Music Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  6. ^ "Album Review: Dr. Dog – Be The Void". Beats Per Minute. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  7. ^ "Dr. Dog | Be the Void - CD Reviews". Thephoenix.com. 2012-01-31. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  8. ^ "Dr. Dog: Be The Void :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  9. ^ "Dr. Dog: Be the Void | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  10. ^ "REVIEW:Dr. Dog: 'Be The Void'". Under the Gun Review. March 18, 2012. 

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