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Why Haiti Needs Our Help

Some current figures from CNN.com, as of January 26:

The latest estimate of the death toll is between 150,000 and 200,000. In terms we can understand, that’s enough to fill Yankee Stadium three or four times.

There are 194,000 people injured. Three or four more Yankee Stadiums, filled with injured people.

Three million people – one-third of Haiti’s total population – have been affected by the quake. 1.5 million have been left homeless – that’s enough to fill the new Dallas Cowboys football stadium 15 times.

According to the CIA World Factbook, 38% of Haiti’s population are under age 14. There are 300,000 children younger than 2 years old who need nutritional support. 90% of the schools in Port au Prince – a city of approximately 3 million – have been destroyed.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. 80% of the country lives under the poverty line. This is a country with no military.

On February 3, your $9.99 will get you the sixteen tracks on our compilation _Make the Load Lighter: Indie Rock for Haiti_. Every penny received by Dromedary will be donated directly to Haitian earthquake relief.

Thank you for your support!

Haiti Benefit Compilation – Track Listing!

We’re proud to announce the track listing for _Make the Load Lighter: Indie Rock for Haiti_.

The compilation will be released on WEDNESDAY, February 3 on the Dromedary website, and shortly thereafter at all finer online music retailers. All proceeds will be donated to Vwa Ayiti (Voice of Haiti).

The track listing is as follows:

1. Footstone: “For the Boss”
2. Boss Jim Gettys: “With a Smile”
3. Cuppa Joe: “Taniqua”
4. Moviola: “Calling on the Line”
5. Three Blind Wolves: “Sex is for Losers”
6. Paula Carino: “The Great Depression”
7. Wallendas: “Adrianne”
8. The Neutron Drivers: “All Around the Sun”
9. The Dark Brothers: “Knee Deep in Sin”
10. There Will Be Fireworks: “Foreign Thoughts”
11. Gena Rowlands Band: “Fuckups of the World Unite”
12. The Mommyheads: “Spiders”
13. Farewell Singapore: “Blue”
14. Jenifer Convertible: “St. Pete”
15. lions.chase.tigers: “To Their Blood”
16. Stuyvesant: “Salieri”

These sixteen awesome songs will be yours for just $9.99 if you purchase them from the Dromedary website beginning February 3!

One Week Away!

Just one week left until the release of Footstone’s _Lippy_ CD, and a little more than a week until their reunion show at Maxwell’s!

As a special treat, here’s another video of Footstone performing at a private party back in September, their first show together in a decade.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to come back on February 2 for your copy of the Northeast indie classic _Lippy_!

Stay Tuned: Dromedary Compilation to Benefit Haiti Earthquake Relief

On January 12, a devastating earthquake struck the Port au Prince area of Haiti, causing devastation and loss of life that is still untold.

As things would have it, a very close friend of the Dromedary family was just outside Port au Prince, delivering supplies to several Haiti’s many orphanages when the quake struck. While waiting for news of her safety and whereabouts, we began learning of the degree to which that country – already the most impoverished in the Western Hemisphere – was suffering.

While our friend is, thankfully, home safe, the same can not be said for hundreds of thousands of Port au Prince residents. With many still trapped in the rubble, the death toll cannot be reported even two weeks later. And the number left homeless, orphaned, or injured is massive – a humanitarian crisis like we’ve never seen in our part of the world.

During the week of January 18, we began to hatch a plan to release a benefit compilation, and make it available digitally on the internet. We began reaching out to some of our favorite bands – inside and outside the Dromedary family – and were genuinely moved by the generosity with which everyone responded.

The result will be _Make The Load Lighter: Indie Rock for Haiti_. Inspired by the Haitian proverb “Many hands make the load lighter,” the compilation will be available direct from the Dromedary website, as well as from traditional online retailers like iTunes and eMusic, with *all* proceeds to benefit “Voice Of Haiti”:http://www.vwaayiti.org/ – a volunteer organization headed by filmmaker/activist James M. Felter and Haitian-American businessman/educator Eddy Remy. While Voice Of Haiti has been funding and promoting environmentally friendly, self-sustaining community development projects in Haiti since 2005, all donations are currently going directly to providing medical care to earthquake survivors.

Featuring tracks from indie rock visionaries like The Mommyheads, Moviola, There Will Be Fireworks, Stuyvesant, the Gena Rowlands Band and more, _Make The Load Lighter_ should be available for purchase on the Dromedary website by early February – stay tuned for more information.

(photo credit to Suzanne Buchanan; we love you and we’re glad you’re safe)

French Toast!

Cuppa Joe (or at least two-thirds of Cuppa Joe), this past Thanksgiving of 2009, playing their classic “French Toast.” This is one of the only recordings of Doug and Steve performing Cuppa Joe songs in nearly a decade.

“French Toast” was one of the songs on Cuppa Joe’s 1993 _busy work e.p._ initially released by Dromedary on vinyl, with charming, hand-colored covers.

Stay tuned, because Dromedary will be giving away a fresh, digital copy of _busy work_ right here on the Dromedary website.

And for those of you who still want the actual artifact, we have a few of the *original* seven-inch vinyl records, complete with those unique covers, hand-colored in a pizza-fueled frenzy by the band in Dromedary’s living room way back in the spring of 1993. We’ll make those available for sale as well.

And don’t forget – _Nurture_ is coming soon, and there will be some pretty special surprises – if you already have a copy, you’re going to want this one, too!

Coming Soon on Dromedary – Cuppa Joe!

In late 1992, we received a demo tape that contained eight clever, well-written indie pop songs that showed more promise than any band we’d ever heard. Filled with pop sensibility, intelligent lyrics and the occasional crunchy guitar passage, *cuppa joe* enriched our lives with some of the most lovable indie pop we’ve ever heard, producing dozens of wonderful songs before breaking up in 1999.

Our first cuppa joe release, “meanings,” came from that demo tape and was featured on our (awful) 1993 debut compilation, _Nothing Smells Quite Like Elizabeth_.

Later that year, we released our first-ever seven-inch vinyl record, a three-song EP from cuppa joe called _busy work_ that helped put both Dromedary and cuppa joe on the map as a growing source for high-quality indie rock songwriting. _busy work_ also featured “bottlerocket,” probably the most popular individual song to ever be released on Dromedary (which, at the time, we billed as “the best song ever written” – which might actually be true). _busy work_ sold out of two pressings.

In 1994 we released a full-length debut CD from the band called _nurture_. The _nurture_ CD became our best-selling release up until that point, its 13 songs a shining example of the writing prowess of singer/guitarist doug larkin, coupled with the band’s exceptional ability to augment those songs to the point where they created a micro-indie masterpiece. The album was years ahead of its time, foretelling of a day when bands like Neutral Milk Hotel would rule the indie rock landscape.

After the release of _nurture_ the band produced a number of self-released recordings, and put out another 7″ on a small, Midwestern indie. Singer doug larkin and drummer/illustrator steve spatucci collaborated on the outstanding late 90s zine _Science Geek_, and eventually, the band and zine faded away as priorities changed.

Now, we’re proud to announce that we’ve teamed up with the guys from cuppa joe to make their music available to you once again.

Keep on the lookout for the _busy work_ ep, which we will release digitally on the Dromedary website for FREE DOWNLOAD in the near future. And then, we’ll be releasing a brand-new version of _nurture_, complete with previously unreleased tracks and an updated, remastered version of “sitting limit.”

Stay tuned!