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Mazarine Records


U.S. Publicity:

Jeffrey Smith
Crash Avenue
jeffrey [at] crash-avenue [dot com]


European Publicity:

Peter Holmstedt
peter.holmstedt [at] telia [dot com]
+46 (0)33.26.0210



Dare likes to play any place where people want to hear him—living rooms, stadiums, art galleries, derelict strip malls, glitzy music venues filled with trend-setting starlets, fire-gutted churches with free enchiladas. Write STS Booking, and together we will find a way:

Bright Elephant [at] gmail [dot com]


Dare Dukes

dd [at] daredukes [dot com]

November News: Ghosts of Christmas Now Available


Jack Frosts,

Ghosts of Christmas,” my very first Christmas single, is available today. It’s got two songs, a side A and a side B. I think it’s very nice, I do. The title track has just the right blend of “fa la las” and celophane to warm the hearts of both sentimentalists and grinches.

Ghosts of Christmas Album Art


Click on over to the bandcamp page and get yourself a copy of the very limited edition CD (designed by the wonder boys at Furious Hooves) or the instant digital download. (A purchase of the CD includes instant digital download.) We have a few t-shirts, too, but not many, so they won’t last long. Git thee to the store! The digital download is all of $1, so only abject loathing of music itself is a valid excuse.

And, at the risk of diluting the joyousness of this occasion, may I take a moment to report on the amazements leading up to the January 17 release of Thugs and China Dolls? See below.


Blog Love

Lots of nice people have been saying lots of nice things about the Thugs and China Dolls pre-release single, “Meet You at the Bus” (which, by the way, you can download for free right here). These are some of the especially nice ones:


Thugs and China Dolls Tour — Winter 2012

After much loving toil (chop wood, carry water, chop wood, carry water), we have secured a delicious slew of live dates up and down the east coast. The whole band will be attending this rolling adventure. Please pray for snowlessness.

Jan 19 * Savannah, GA @ The Sentient Bean – Record Release Party w/ Delicate Cutters & John Wilkes Boothe and the Black Toothe & Jubalson
Jan 20 * Savannah, GA @ The Jinx – Record Release Party w/ Shovels and Rope & The Winter Sounds
Jan 21 * Atlanta, GA @ The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge – w/ Book Club & Georgia Fireflies
Jan 22 * TBD
Jan 23 * TBD
Jan 24 * Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar – w/ Old Calf
Jan 25 * Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool – CD Release Party – w/ Lucinda Black Bear
Jan 26 * Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Knecktie – w/ On the Water and TBD
Jan 27 * Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe – w/ Emily Rodgers & Turpentiners
Jan 28 * Louisville, KY @ Uncle Slayton’s – w/ Jubalson
Jan 29 * Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop – w/ Vollmar
Jan 31 * Nashville, TN @ The Basement
Feb 1 * Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree w/ Delicate Cutters
Feb 2 * Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia w/ Kyle MacKillop & The New Empires
Feb 3 * Asheville, NC @ Lexington Avenue w/ John Wilkes Boothe and the Black Toothe
Feb 4 * Atlanta, GA @ Grocery on Home


End-of-Post Bonus Prize

You’ve been good. You’ve been patient. You made it all the way to the bottom. Here’s your prize: for no particular reason, one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies.


PS. Git you to “Ghosts of Christmas.”


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