Social Crutch

One of the great joys of what I do is getting advance copies of CDs that I am looking forward to hearing. And that doesn’t mean new albums from big name artists (although if someone wants to send me an advance copy of Bruce Springsteen’s new CD, I wouldn’t be angry).

Most of my favorite bands are bands that fly under the mainstream radar. This is why I do & Lazlo’s Den, to expose more people to great bands they might otherwise never have heard of.

One such band is the Dipsomaniacs.

Through the years the Dipsomaniacs have put out one album after another of incredible pop-garage rock (think Cheap Trick meets the Replacements meets Fountains Of Wayne, with a hint of rockabilly/country). The tunes on all four of their previous albums are infectious, fun, and can get me out of a bad mood.

So when an advance copy of their new CD, “social crutch”, showed up in my P.O. box the other day, it didn’t take me long to get to a CD player to give it a listen.

I am happy to report that “social crutch” follows down the same path as the Dipsomaniacs previous albums as being a rollicking good time.

The only negative thing I can say about the album, is “Loretta after all”, a ballad, reminds me musically just a little too much of the verses to Bon Jovi’s, “never say goodbye”. But even that doesn’t sour me on the song.

Tune into both & Lazlo’s Den to hear tracks from “social crutch”.

And for those interested, the Dipsomaniacs are having a CD release party on February 20th at the Record Collector in Bordentown, NJ.

By the way, the album title got me thinking about what my social crutch is. I’m not a big drinker (I can go months without having a drink and not think twice about it), and I don’t smoke.

I think my social crutch is being around people I’m comfortable with. If I don’t know someone, or feel like the person doesn't want to be talking to me, I’ll just clam up, but if I am around people I enjoy talking to and someone else joins the conversation, I can generally hold my own in the conversation.

So there you have it.

What’s your social crutch?