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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]

Lyrics: “Lament of the Subway Rider” by Dare Dukes


The spring morning breaks with allergies and stereo.
Hank William makes a virtue of my dread.
The garbage truck, it clangs to a crescendo
and banishes the lover singing in my head.

chorus 1
I want a stereo lover, broken like in a country song.
We will not let us suffer. Pretty like a sing-along. (more…)

Kick Me: Pre-order My New Record


Okay, gang. I’ve launched my very first Kickstarter campaign to make sure my new record, Thugs and China Dolls, makes it out of the studio and into your ears.

Don’t know what Kickstarter is?  Well, is a cool website that allows artists and other imaginative people to raise critical funding to make sure their neat ideas make it out into the world.

I’m aiming to raise $5,000 (a small portion of my overall budget) by selling pre-ordered copies of Thugs and China Dolls. There’s all kinds of other cool stuff you can buy, too (a pair of Jim White’s loafers, anyone?), but pre-orders of the record are the main thing.  So check out my video, then click through the link and order your copy today!

Prepared Piano (in the Forest)


Suny Lyons “prepares” pianos the old fashioned way: by hurling them into the woods behind his studio, breaking them apart with hammers, then miking the pile.  This in service of building the chaotic ending for the song “Thugs and China Dolls.”

Suny Lyons Prepares a Piano for Dare Dukes' "Thugs and China Dolls"

More photos of Suny’s handiwork after the jump.

Jeremy Picks Up Good Vibrations

Jeremy Wheatley takes us to Creepsville while tracking for “Thugs and China Dolls.” He bows a vibraphone in search of just the right electric-saw sound.

Jeremy Wheatley Bowing the Vibraphone

Jeremy Go Boom

Jeremy Wheatley banging on stuff for “Mighty Love.”

Jeremy Wheatley on percussion for Dare Dukes' "Mighty Love"

Banjo Thug

Suny Lyons tackles the banjo line on “Thugs and China Dolls.”

Suny Lyons tracking banjo on Dare Dukes' "Thugs and China Dolls."

Jim White, Aficionado of the Found

Below you’ll see Jim White, producer and aficionado of the found, recording improvisations on his homemade bell-box contraption for “Simon Says.”

Thanks to Jim, who’s producing it, the song has finally taken on a life of its own. A few months back I was toying with the idea of leaving this song off the new record, because an arrangement was eluding me. What we did this weekend was lovely, thanks to Jim, Suny, Andrew, JoJo, and Liz.

Jim White play bells on "Simon Says"

JoJo in a Cibachrome Haze

JoJo Glidewell (Modern Skirts) developing a very pretty piano line for “Simon Says.”

JoJo Glidewell on piano