Shortly after its Florida dates, Blank Dogs will depart for a European tour and Sniper will turn to penning his next album, which, he says, will be informed by his rarities collection, Collected by Itself: 2006 - 2009, which exclusively features songs from the era when the band's muddied sound quality befitted its mysterious reputation.

"I'm promoting this collection a lot," he says. "A lot of the music that's on it has been out for some time but not collected in this way. It's near and dear to my heart. I think for the last two albums [Phrases and Land and Fixed], I've kind of veered off. Listening to the old stuff, I think that I have certain strengths that I wasn't exploiting on the last album. The original ideas that I had were pretty good. If I can somehow merge them with my new abilities to record, that's kind of what I want it to sound like."

Blank background, blank stare... Blank Dogs.
Blank background, blank stare... Blank Dogs.

Location Info


Radio-Active Records

845 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Category: Music Venues

Region: Fort Lauderdale


Record Store Day 2011, with Blank Dogs, Jacuzzi Boys, Merchandise, Axe & the Oak, and DJs. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Radio-Active Records, 1930B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. No cover. Call 954-762-9488, or click here.

RSD Afterparty. DJ sets by Blank Dogs' Mike Sniper and Jacuzzi Boys' Danny Gonzalez. 10 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Laser Wolf, 901 Progresso Drive, Fort Lauderdale. No cover. Call 954-667-9373, or click here.

Will this newfound recording acumen produce more intelligible vocal performances, and if we could discern the words, would we discover, at bottom, something profound? Sniper says, "If someone's looking for that, they should listen to Leonard Cohen... People don't apply the same kind of judgment to fruit and say, 'I want this tomato to taste like a lemon.' There are records for that. It's not what I'm doing."

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