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How many cliches can be strung together in a song before it crosses the fine line of originality into copyright infringement? Los Doggies has the answer with a new Christmas song called “Mad for Christmas”.

I don’t always tune in every year, but I’ve always loved Christmas music from the ’50s and ’60s of both the 19th and 20th centuries. It is a time for glockenspiel-dominated pop music. Y’know, like the Boss?

The ideal Christmas tune would feature heavy glock with a jingle bell swing. Meanwhile the other instrumentation would be light, so light it could hardly be hard above the three-part harmonies. Of course, it would be sung in the sacred Christmas key of D Major.

And it wouldn’t be afraid to wish the listener a “Merry Christmas”, or even try to make a big political thing out of it. Ultimately, we went with a wistful “Happy Christmas,” whispered like George Michael at the end of the song.

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“Mad for Christmas” sounds like a dozen other classic carols. The wide chorus melody is almost like “Here Comes Santa Clause” and the song follows a similar chord progression. Listen below and try to spot some other holiday motifs.

A very merry Christmas to you!

Download “Mad for Christmas” for free on Bandcamp.

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Thank you to Robb of American Pancake for his review of Ear Op. Click here for the review. Robb’s blog is filled with in-depth album reviews and musical musings like improvisational songwriting. Fans of this here site will love the content.

Ear Op on Vinyl


EAR OP is now available for pre-order on Bandcamp. Global release: 9/8/17

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Ear Op is our first studio effort with local producer, Kevin McMahon at Marcata, recorded in his old barnyard studio in Gardiner, NY, with the reverb silo out back. This is a kinda personal album for me about my childhood ear-tube operations with a more minimalist live-band sound. Since Kevin takes this approach in his production style, I knew he’d be a perfect choice and spoke to him about the project vision a year before we recorded anything. We both wanted to capture the raw sloppy indie-energy with a nod to ’70s pompy prog-rock—the result is Ear Op, four songs specifically written for our live-studio barnyard band. After the ear-tube operation, my ears never quite recovered and have been showered with nerve noise ever since, so Kevin’s ears made sure it sounded golden. Enjoy!

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Ear Op, is available to stream, download, and purchase on Bandcamp.



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Post-Ops

Ear Ops

Above photo is the Stormo brothers after the ear ops, taken from the second time, when “I watched you sleep as you watched me die.”

“Ear ops” plural probably would’ve been a better title for the song “Ear Op” but I didn’t think of it.



At over ten minutes, “Ear Op” is our longest song yet, but that was an accident. I meant to write a three-minute pop song until the prog muse took over. As program music, “Ear Op” mimics the three stages of a real ear operation. It starts with the conscious section in a happy major key before general anesthesia kicks in, followed by the much longer unconscious section in minor, and a spiraling instrumental leads back to the conscious end section. There is also a key change up three steps to evoke an awakening, a successful surgery, and a more expansive ear.

Live Take

Here’s a video of “S’long” from our recent album release. It’s dark so you can imagine the colors on top.

As If It Were So

Thanks to Emerging Indie Bands for featuring “As If It Were So”.

The song title is taken from an old idiom meaning a “thing not exactly as described,” which only makes sense in its original form. College professors like to use the Chaucerian contraction “as it were,” as a fancy way of saying “pun intended.” Today the idiom lives on in the ’90s Valspeak, “As if!”

“As If It Were So” is about the psychotronic superweapon known colloquially as “the music industry,” in all its black magik trappings.

It’s no secret what Lucifer’s job was in Heaven—the guy is practically made entirely of musical instruments! So it’s only logical that when he fell, he took over the industry to stage his eternal teen rebellion here on Earth.

If I may quote the Scripture, Ezekiel 28, Chapter 13:

The workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.


But, like the preacher says, “Why should the Devil have the best tunes?”

As if!

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