September 26, 2005

Sound Tribe Sector 9: Artifact: Perspectives

In the five years separating the recently released Artifact from their previous studio effort, STS9 has toured and performed with Tortoise, drum & bass guru LTJ Bukem and beat alchemists like Telefon Tel Aviv and Karsh Kale among others, and they

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Burton Snowboards Opens Second US Store In NYC

Burton brings the soul of snowboarding to the heart of the city with the opening of its first stand alone retail store in Manhattan. Located in SoHo at the corner of Spring and Mercer Streets, the 4,600 square foot space will showcase the full breadth of products from Burton

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Dandy Warhols Head Out On U.S. Tour

The Dandy Warhols have made plans to tour this fall on a month-long trek that will take them from Seattle to New York and back.

The band recently released Odditorium or Warlords of Mars, its fifth album.

The group can expect to see some fresh faces at the shows, having gathered new fans through the documentary “DiG!,” which chronicled the Dandys’ adventures with onetime pals Brian Jonestown Massacre.

The tour starts November 14 at Seattle’s Showbox and continues down the West Coast and through the South with shows at notable theatres including San Francisco’s Fillmore, San Diego’s 4th & B and Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, N.C.

They’ll hit the East Coast by late November and then work their way back, finishing with two hometown shows December 13-14 at Portland, Ore.’s Wonder Ballroom.

The Dandys are drumming up publicity with an appearance on Fox’s “Mad TV” October 1, along with the release of their very own signature shoe. The “Dandy Warhol Boot” was co-designed by frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor and the namesake of John Fluevog Shoes.

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John Cale Solo Tour On The Way

John Cale has completed a new solo album – his 22nd – and will support it with a North American tour, following his ongoing European run.

The disc, blackAcetate, was recorded in Los Angeles with Cale playing most of the instruments – including lead and backing vocals, viola, guitars, piano and keyboards – himself. He co-produced the album with Herb Graham Jr., who helped out on drums, bass and keyboards.

The album will be released October 3 on EMI and Astralwerks.

According to Cale’s Web site, inspiration for the new songs came from “Dre and Pharrell, Erykah Badu, Gorillaz and Doves then back to Curtis Mayfield and beyond.”

Cale is currently making his way through Europe with the same three-piece backing band that earned him rave reviews at Los Angeles’ Sunset Junction festival August 27. Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the U.K., Portugal, France and Spain are all on the itinerary for the coming weeks.

The U.S. tour will run for at least three weeks, with shows currently spanning October 27 to November 20. Cale’s agent/manager, Nita Scott of P.O.W. Agency, told Pollstar more dates are forthcoming, including a New York City show.

Concerts already announced include the West Coast, Texas, Arkansas and a lengthy span of Canadian gigs. Cale & Co. will do three nights in a row at Toronto’s Lula Lounge in mid-November.


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Gorillaz’ Demon Days To Be Performed Live In Its Entirety

The first Manchester International Festival takes place in the English city in July 2007 and it has already scored a major booking.

In a world first, Gorillaz’ hit second album, Demon Days, will be performed in its entirety across five consecutive nights (November 1-5) at the city’s Opera House. “Demon Days Live” will feature the album’s guest musicians recreating the multimillion-selling record live onstage.

The two-dimensional band will take a back seat as its collaborators are brought together for the first time ever for the performances. Confirmed guest musicians include Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder and U.K. hip hop artist Roots Manuva, with further names to be announced.

Demon Days producer and Gorillaz co-creator Damon Albarn will also be on hand to help bring the album to life.

Manchester International Festival spectacle is not to be confused with the live holographic tour the Gorillaz team and animation house Passion Pictures are working on for 2007-2008.

The tour will be a “unique cross between live performance and a theme park experience, with the band fully present onstage, rendered in 3 eye-popping dimensions.” We’re talking replications, though, not warm-blooded humans.

The creators say the show will evolve over the life of the tour, like any other band performance. The musicians from Demon Days will be have a place in the performance, and elements of the Gorillaz videos will be incorporated, bringing the unique visual identity created by Jamie Hewlett to a live audience.

Gorillaz’ management, CMO, is blocking out dates with worldwide promoters and theatre owners for two years time. Production work has already begun on the show but fans won’t be expected to wait that long; a preview is expected this year.


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Bob Marley and Notorious B.I.G Duet

Rapper Notorious B.I.G., who died in a March 1997 shooting, “duets” with fellow deceased music legend Bob Marley on a new single, “Hold Ya Hand,” which is available today (Sept. 26) from AOL Music. It will also appear on “The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter,” due Nov. 29 via Bad Boy.

“Hold Ya Hand” was produced by Clinton Sparks and includes a sample of Marley’s “Johnny Was.” The rest of the album is still coming together, although Bad Boy promises participation from “some of music’s greatest vocalists and MCs” and “the industry’s top producers.”

The project will also include a DVD with previously unreleased Biggie performance footage, interviews and music videos.


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Zilla Fall Tour Planned

ZILLA hits the road this fall with the live musical experience in mind. A 100% organic, improvised creation, each ZILLA concert proves to be a completely unique occurrence, with even the band members having no preconceived notion of where the music will take them night after night.

Based in Colorado, ZILLA’s three-man roster includes: Michael Travis, Jamie Janover and Aaron Holstein. Michael Travis (drums, percussion, keyboards, mallet Kat) has spent over a decade as the driving percussive force in the internationally acclaimed band, The String Cheese Incident. Travis continues to be an innovator of improvisational drumming, managing to play hand percussion and/or melodies while simultaneously keeping incredible time on the kit. Aaron Holstein (guitar, bass, sampler, keys) has had a long and lush musical history, playing guitar with bands such as Boogie Shoes and Vibe Squad. Holstein’s personal musical progression has transformed his notions of a typical guitar player into an applauded adapter – leaving behind the traditional notions of what it is to ‘jam’ with a guitar or bass. Jamie Janover (hammered dulcimer, mini-kit, percussion, sampler, electric kalimba, sitar) is an acclaimed hammered dulcimer wizard. Winner of the 2002 national hammered dulcimer championships, Janover continues to expand the limits of all his instruments, creating a fusion between the timeless sounds of the dulcimer and the pertinent call of today’s modern dance scene.

Wednesday November 2 Bottleneck, Lawrence KS
Thursday, November 3 Mississippi Nights, St. Louis MO
Friday, November 4 The Annex, Madison WI
Saturday, November 5 Subterranean, Chicago
Sunday, November 6 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH
Tuesday, November 8 Club Cafe, Pittsburgh PA
Friday, November 11 Higher Ground – Showcase Room, South Burlington VT
Saturday, November 12 Pearl Street – Club Room, Northampton MA
Monday, November 14 Toads Place, New Haven CT
Tuesday, November 15 Stone Church, Newmarket NH
Wednesday, November 16 Century Lounge, Providence RI
Thursday, November 17 Revolution Hall, Troy NY
Saturday, November 19 Harper’s Ferry, Boston MA
Sunday, November 20 Mexicali Blues, Teaneck NJ
Friday, November 25 B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill, New York NY
Saturday, November 26 8×10 Club, Baltimore MD
Sunday, November 27 The State Theater, Falls Church VA
Tuesday, November 29 Alley Katz, Richmond VA
Wednesday, November 30 Jewish Mother, Virginia Beach VA
Thursday, December 1 Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh NC
Friday, December 2 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC
Saturday, December 3 Orange Peel, Ashville NC
Monday, December 5 Music Farm, Charleston SC
Wednesday, December 7 Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta GA
Thursday, December 8 Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Friday, December 9 Crossroads, Huntsville AL
Saturday, December 10 Zydeco, Birmingham AL
Sunday, December 11, Newbys, Memphis TN

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Anastasio, Weir & Friends Honor Garcia

The Rex Foundation, otherwise known as the philanthropic wing of the Grateful Dead, paid tribute to its fallen leader Saturday evening at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California. Although a decade has passed since Jerry Garcia’s death, the sold-out Comes a Time: A Celebration of the Music & Spirit of Jerry Garcia concert is the first major event to honor him, with all proceeds going to the Rex, formed by the Dead in 1983.

The six-hour show kicked off on a beautiful, clear day near the announced 5 p.m. start time, when, paying homage to Garcia’s bluegrass roots, a stripped down, acoustic performance from David Nelson, Sandy Rothman and Zion Godchaux featured classic Jerry fare like “Oh, Babe, It Ain’t No Lie” and “Oh, the Wind and Rain.”

Following was a newly configured String Cheese Incident, also with keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, from Bob Weir’s band, who rode through Garcia chestnuts like “Friend of the Devil,” “Catfish John” and “Ripple.”

Keeping the chronological theme, a tribute was paid to Garcia’s longtime side project, the Jerry Garcia Band. Former cohort, pianist Melvin Seals along with vocalists Jackie and Gloria were joined by Dark Star Orchestra guitarist and vocalist John Kadlecik for a set which included “Cats Under the Stars” and in closing, an explosive “Deal” with Warren Haynes on guitar and Bill Kreutzman on drums. As was the case all night, each song played was one traditionally sung and associated with Garcia.

Next up were Bob Weir and his band, Ratdog. They ripped through a set which included “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo,” “Big Railroad Blues,” and “Bird Song.”

Master percussionist and longtime member of the Dead’s circle, Hamza El Din lead all in the house through an invocation in the spirit of Garcia, before giving up the stage to what was officially billed as the Tribute to Jerry Garcia. Weir’s band acted as the house band for a guest-laden set of cherished compositions, which also featured vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux and Garcia’s dear pal, Merl Saunders. Trey Anastasio joined the group along with Bruce Hornsby for a reading of “Help on the Way,” the classic 1976 tune, while Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, and String Cheese’s Michael Kang took turns with the former Phish frontman playing with the house band, before being joined by the Dead’s original drumming section of Kreutzman and Mickey Hart.

Many fans forget that Hornsby spent time in 1990 and 1991 as one half of the bands keyboard chair (along with Vince Welnick). His rendering of “Standing on the Moon” with Anastasio was among the show’s best moments.

Following a trifecta encore of “Brokedown Palace,” the finishing up of the “Dark Star” started earlier in the set and the band’s late phase anthem “Touch of Grey,” Hart addressed the crowd and as he did ten years earlier at Garcia’s memorial, by posing a combination challenge and request. “Take this feeling we all share home,” he said, “and do something with it!”


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