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A self-described “album of songs culled from various locations and times, often of dubious fidelity,” Toothbrush represents the seedlings of a style this band would go on to develop over subsequent albums. Not quite demos and not quite finished work, the mostly-acoustic music on Toothbrush is a patchwork of early ideas and oddities, but even in this immature state Dr. Dog possessed the charm that would make them a success later on. The band had not yet moved on from doing outright Lennon imitations (“Mystery To Me”), and they were still experimenting with a few styles they would later leave behind, including the sneering blues of ”How Dare” and the country folk of “County Line.” But there are also the elements that have stayed with Dr. Dog since the beginning: the penchant for cheeky doo-wop harmonies, the slow and steady pacing, the pleading love songs, and the youthful sense of humor. Even when the sketches on Toothbrush are striking enough to make you wish Dr. Dog would record full band versions (“Jealous Man,” “Heaven”), it’s easy to appreciate the sentiment. This is a band that has always worn its homespun heart on its sleeve, and Toothbrush makes clear that Dr. Dog were never more cheerful or content than when they were making music on a basement boombox.

Customer Reviews

dr. dog is the real deal

when you sit down and listen to this record, you'll just get it. easy beat is incredible too.

Ruling locals

this album is incredible and illustrates the band's primitive sound which is still unbelievable. Of course this is coming from a philly local who adores their place in the music scene. Their catchy melodies through rough recordings and diminished chords gives it a nostalgic satire of song tranquility and leaves one wanting more. Give this and their recent album "EasyBeat" a listen, you won't regret it. In addition, be on the look out for their new EP with original artwork.

this is a must

dr. dog at their core....a pure sample of what they are made of. this is a must for any fan of music in general. this album presents a raw look into why dr. dog has become the success that they have today.


Formed: 1999 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog are part of a long tradition of D.I.Y. pop oddballs who blend unapologetic '60s pop worship with lo-fi recording techniques and an apparent disregard for current trends. The group began as a part-time offshoot of the more traditional indie rock act Raccoon. Over the course of several years, guitarist Toby Leaman and drummer Scott McMicken found enough free time to record the casual, sprawling 35-track set The Psychedelic Swamp in a basement rehearsal space, finally...
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