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Everybody's a Good Dog

by Diane Coffee

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Everybody’s A Good Dog is the first true realization of Shaun Fleming’s Little Shop of Horrors -meets-Aladdin Sane vision, recorded in a proper studio with an assortment of guest artists, horn section, and string ensemble (all firsts for Fleming). The resulting 11 tracks are a sky-scraping sound kaleidoscope, touched with euphoric instrumentation and dark lyricism.

Just as Diane Coffee’s debut LP, 2013’s ‘My Friend Fish,’ was inspired by Fleming’s move from sunny California to New York City, Everybody’s A Good Dog took shape after this former Disney child actor and current drummer for Foxygen uprooted again from NYC to the much smaller town of Bloomington, IN - “spontaneous moves have always helped to inspire my writing” he explains. This downsizing provided Fleming with a blank slate to create – “I missed the quiet. I missed having a fire. I missed the color green.”

The songs on Everybody’s A Good Dog capture this sense of clarity, channeling the New York Dolls or T-Rex at their strutting-est and Meatloaf at his most theatrical, with shades of Motown-worthy soul. The gentle psychedellia on opener “Spring Breathes” gives way to a pounding prog breakdown, “Mayflower” leads with a monster funk-fueled horn riff, while on “Tams Up” Fleming fronts his own one-man doo-wop group.

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released September 4, 2015

Written and Performed by Shaun Fleming

Additional Players:
Joey Lefitz:
Drums on all tracks expect 3
Bass on tracks 4, 7, 8

Jared Walker:
Guitar on all tracks expect 3, 6, 9

Alex “Prince Thomas” Arnold & Sam France:
Horns on track 2

Glenn Myers:
Bass on tracks 4, 5, 8

Steve Okonski:
Keys on tracks 4, 5, 7-10

Kyle “Hoopty” Houpt:
Guitar on track 6

Emily Panic:
Bass on track 6

Special Guests
Chris Swanson and Dave Walter
Recorded by Tim Smiley at Primary
Sound Studios, The Furnace
Room and Blockhouse Studios in
Bloomington, IN

Live strings arranged and recorded
by Steve Hampton at Emoto Studios
in Santa Monica, CA. Echo Horns
and tape manipulation recorded by
Jonathan Rado at Dream Star Studios
in Woodland Hills, CA

Mastered by Joe Lambert (JLM)
in Brooklyn, NY. Produced and mixed
by Shaun Fleming and Tim Smiley.
Photography: Cara Robbins
Layout: Jared Bell

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