BY JOHN B. MOORE
Released with little fanfare on just vinyl and download, the first live record from Philly’s absurdly catchy indie folk/psychedelic/pop/rock band Dr. Dog is likely not going to bring in a slew of new fans, but I don’t think that matters. You get the felling this one was strictly for those who have gone out of their way to discover this underrated band sometime over the past 15 years.
With 19 tracks, spread out over two LPs, the band does a decent job of showing love to the bulk of their eight-album catalogue, but its apparent that the Dr. Dog’s strongest songs have appeared on their last few records. About half way in the album starts to drag a bit with some of their slower numbers like “Too Weak,” but the band and crowd picks up when they play a stellar version of “Stranger” off of 2010’s Shame, Shame and the energy continues through the end of the show.
While not nearly as great as seeing the band live, this record does a commendable job of capturing the band at their energetic, playful best.
DOWNLOAD: “These Days,” “Stranger” and “Worst Trip”