Evan Dando -Baby I’m Bored
Fire Records – 2 June 2017
Today sees the reissue of Evan Dando‘s Baby I’m Bored. The album was originally released in 2003 and besides an earlier live album, Live at the Brattle Theatre/Griffith Sunset (2001), Baby I’m Bored was his first official solo release. It came seven years after the release of Lemonheads Car Button Cloth album after which they disbanded, returning several years later in 2006 with their eponymous album and in 2009 with their covers album Varshons which took in a host of covers from Tim Hardin to Leonard Cohen and included guest slots from actress Liv Tyler and model Kate Moss.
Most reviews of the Baby I’m Bored homed in on its maturity and warmth as well as Dando’s own understated charm. The shift also represented a time of significant change as he found time to straighten himself out following a career of wilful destruction. He also got married to English model and musician Elizabeth Moses who took the photo used on the album cover.
During this time his live performances allowed him to finance the studio time for Baby I’m Bored – a stellar record that stripped Dando of his grunge label. At the time of recording, he was without the band which saw him lean more towards an achingly melodic alt-country rock sound. Self-deprecating, these are songs of decline and coming back from that.
The limited edition special LP and CD ‘bookback’ reissue on Fire Records includes a disc of unheard unreleased tracks, singles, b-sides and rarities.
‘Baby I’m Bored’ Full Tour Dates:
01 Jun: Howler, Melbourne, Australia
03 Jun: Blue Smoke, Christchurch, New Zealand
04 Jun: Tuning Fork, Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
06 Jun: Hood Bar & Café, Singapore, Malaysia
12 Jun: MoM Live House, Hong Kong
13 Jun: Space Odd, Tokyo, Japan
15 Jun: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA, USA
16 Jun: The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
17 Jun: The Casbah, San Diego, CA, USA
20 Jun: Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL, USA
22 Jun: ONCE, Somerville, MA, USA
23 Jun: The Foundry Philadelphia, PA, USA
24 Jun: The Bowery Ballroom, NY, USA