Chances are, the last Dandy Warhols' album you bought was Welcome to the Monkey House. Maybe you were surprised by it, especially if the only Dandy Warhols song you really liked was "Bohemian Like You" on Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia. "Bohemian" is filled with Velvet Underground-styled guitars and lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor's apathetic vocals, but Monkey House is less garage and way more synth-pop. Taylor-Taylor says, according to the band's Web site, that 2003's Monkey House did so poorly (the lone single, "We Used to Be Friends," failed to chart) and sounded so different because the band's record label, Capitol, remixed the songs all on their own. Damn those major labels, right? So, seven years later, Taylor-Taylor and crew have re-released the album as The Dandy Warhols Are Sound with the original mix by soul engineer Russell Elavedo. But maybe Capitol was onto something: Monkey House was unique and experimental, but Sound is stripped down, all the electricity and energy is removed, and it sounds exactly like any other Warhols record. And if you haven't bought one in seven years, you're not going to buy this one, either.
Fri., Dec. 11, 8 p.m., 2009