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Posted Mar 14th, 2011 (12:04 pm) by Ross Condit
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. don’t have any full length albums out yet. I could hardly believe it myself. It flies in the face of reason since Detroit’s duo of Dan Zott and Josh Epstein have certainly captured the music world’s attention and easily juggled it in their hands with a mere four songs, and a couple of super creative videos (“Simple Girl” features the boys playing in a giant “bird’s nest” with birds bringing them corporate logos).

The two-some have been putting out tremendous Beatlesesque pop, folk, hip hop, and electronica-infused music since their July 2010 debut EP, Horse Power. Their follow-up to that, My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 1, featured remixes of two of the tracks from Horse Power by Kasper Bjørke, Prussia, Daestro, and Diego & The Dissidents, but no new music.

“Morning Thought” is a tremendous new track from the bands upcoming LP, It's a Corporate World, which is due for release on June 7 (originally due April 26th), and is one of the most eagerly anticipated new albums of 2011. The album is about “two individuals existing in separate lives, and the ideas that can form . . . when one person starts to rely on another with a genuine sense of trust and mutual respect,” says Josh Epstein. The album is somewhat autobiographical for the band.

Most bands start out when a couple of friends get together to play music and goof around. Before beginning their musical journey together, the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (they chose the name as a tribute to NASCAR and the Earnhardts) members didn’t even know each other. Both Epstein and Zott had played around the Detroit music scene for a few years, and knew of one another, but had never met in person. They got together when Epstein called Zott with a concept for a new project. Epstein continues, “Daniel and I essentially met each other when we started this project, and over the course of 6 months we would meet in his basement and write and record and talk. I'm happiest that our friendship formed fast and grew, but I think we're both really proud of the record that we made in the process.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. continue their whirlwind touring schedule with dates at SXSW, and a continuing tour in support of the new album. Check out the great new track below, and catch this exciting live band at one of their upcoming show dates.


It's a Corporate World Track Listing

01. Morning Thought
02. Nothing But Our Love
03. Skeletons
04. An Ugly Person On A Movie Screen
05. When I Open My Eyes
06. Husbands (Interlude)
07. It's A Corporate World
08. Simple Girl
09. If It Wasn't You
10. Vocal Chords
11. Almost Lost Detroit
12. The Fisherman

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. 2011 Tour Dates
Mar 14 - @ 11:15am - KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic
Mar 14 - Cellar Door - Visalia, CA *
Mar 16 - SXSW - @ 9pm - The Phoenix / KCRW Showcase
Mar 17 - SXSW - @ 12pm - Stage On Sixth / PASTE Party
Mar 18 - SXSW - @ 4pm - La Condesa / Black Iris Party
Mar 19 - SXSW - @ 2:30pm - Stubb's / Rachael Ray Party
Mar 20 - Stickyz - Little Rock, AR
Mar 22 - Mojo's - Columbia, MO
Mar 23 - The Bilken Club - St. Louis, MO
Mar 25 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
May 11 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
May 12 - The Rock Shop - Brooklyn, NY
May 13 - The Red Palace - Washington, DC
May 14 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
May 17 - IOTA Club & Cafe - Arlington, VA
May 18 - The Camel - Richmond, VA
May 19 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
May 21 - The Basement - Nashville, TN
May 24 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
May 25 - Proud Larry's -Oxford, MI
May 26 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX
May 27 - Club DaDa - Dallas, TX
May 28 - Emo's Alternative Lounge - Austin, TX
May 31 - Santa Fe Brewing Company - Santa Fe, NM
Jun 01 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
Jun 03 - The Echo - Echo Park, CA
Jun 04 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA
Jun 06 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
Jun 07 - The Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA
Jun 09 - The Neurolux - Boise, ID
Jun 10 - Kilby Court Gallery - Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 11 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
Jun 15 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN

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