Palm’s “Dog Milk” video tells us it’s all happening at the zoo

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Philadelphia experimental rock mindbenders Palm are readying the release of Rock Island, their latest full-length record, which drops February 9th on Carpark Records. This week, they released an appropriately mind-bendy video for its song “Dog Milk.”

Filmed by Richard Phillip Smith, Daniel Patrick Brennan, and Darby Irrgang, the video takes in the sights and sounds of the Philadelphia Zoo: big cats, slinking primates, squaking birds, and the like. Zoos are inherently weird places, with their non-human population confined in much closer quarters than their natural habitat would be — trapped, some would say — but at the same time, they’re protected from the dangers posed by the evils of humanity and the ravages of nature, they’re cared for. So, break even? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The video captures that oddity with herkey-jerkey, start-stop cuts, the animals and visitors moving like wind-up toys. Intermixed with similarly styled footage of the band performing on a Philadelphia rooftop, or of cars pulling in to a Lehigh Avenue gas station, the tension of the footage pairs well with the nervous sounds and rhythms of the song.

Palm heads out on tour next week, kicking off with two New England dates opening for a band they’re oft compared to, Deerhoof. After the trek around the country that follows, they headline the First Unitarian Church on March 26th. Tickets and more information on that show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar, and the full tour dates are below, along with the “Dog Milk” video. Grab a pre-order of Rock Island here, via Carpark Records.

Tour Dates
January 19th – Portsmouth, NH – 3S Artspace*
January 20th – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom*
February 9th – New York, NY – Market Hotel
February 16th – Boston, MA – Great Scott
February 18th – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
February 19th – Detroit, MI – Marble Bar
February 20th – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
February 21st – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
February 22nd – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
February 23rd – Madison, WI – University of Wisconsin
February 24th – Grinnell, IA – Grinnell College
February 26th – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge
February 27th – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
February 28th – Boise, ID – Neurolux
March 1st – Seattle, WA – Barboza
March 2nd – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
March 5th – Reno, NV – Holland Project
March 6th – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
March 8th – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
March 9th – San Diego, CA – SPACE
March 10th – Phoenix, AZ – Flying Burrito Fest
March 11th – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
March 13th – Dallas, TX – Double Wide
March 14th – Austin, TX – SXSW
March 15th – Austin, TX – SXSW
March 16th – Austin, TX – SXSW
March 17th – Austin, TX – SXSW
March 19th – Birmingham, AL – The Firehouse
March 20th – Atlanta, GA – 529
March 21st – Durham, NC – Pinhook
March 22nd – Norfolk, VA – Toast
March 23rd – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
March 24th – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
March 26th – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church

* w Deerhoof

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