by Adam Gold
North Carolina's native sons The dB's quirky 1981 debut Stands for Decibels is probably one of the most underrated albums of its time. The subsequent releases Repercussion and Like This ain't too shabby either. If you've never heard of this band and are fan of early-'80s jangle pop à la R.E.M., The Feelies, Robyn Hitchcock or The Embarrassment, then you owe it to yourself to get into 'em. If you already are a fan, then you'll be thrilled to know that on June 9, songwriters Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey will release their first collaborative effort in 17 years, hERE aND nOW, and they will be appearing at The Basement on July 11 to promote the record--which features performances by Branford Marsalis, Jon Wurster (Superchunk), Logan Matheny (Roman Candle) and original dB's rhythm section Gene Holder and Will Rigby among others. For your viewing pleasure, I've posted a 1981 clip of the band playing "Big Brown Eyes" on the Old Grey Whistle Test and--since I had a hard time choosing which video to post--the hilarious 1984 video for "Amplifier" after the jump. See you at the show!