Electronica

Yoko Ono's 'Give Peace A Chance' (The Remixes)

Ono''s Give Peace A Chance (The Remixes)- for the Grateful Web

Following the massive critical  and commercial success of Yoko Ono's ambitious remix collections –  YES, I'M A WITCH and OPEN YOUR BOX (MINDTRAIN/Astralwerks)  which paired the seminal performer with the 21st century underground -   ONO readies for the digital release of "GIVE PEACE A CHANCE" (THE REMIXES). The new release (available at Beatport.com and now at the iTunes Music Store) commemorates the 39th anniversary of the world peace anthem's historic June 1, 1969 recording.  The song was recorded during John Lennon and Yoko Ono's infamous week-long "Bed-In For Peace" in Room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada.  

The enduring, landmark song has been re-recorded by ONO as an uplifting, poetic narrative resonating with a contemporary sense of urgency and optimism. The timely release speaks to today's tumultuous political, social and environmental climate.  And with it, Ono - the tireless humanitarian - offers a poignant and evocative mantra that is a song of hope, inspiration and limitless possibilities in a time of change.
 
For this important milestone release, MINDTRAIN Records again partners with legendary dance label TWISTED Records. Together they issued ONO's #1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart-toppers "WALKING ON THIN ICE" (The Remixes) and "EVERYMAN / EVERYWOMAN".

Concurrent with the release of "Give Peace a Chance," MINDTRAIN/TWISTED has  also digitally issued the highly sought-after and previously unreleased  mixes of ONO's #1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play charting single "NO,  NO, NO" (THE REMIXES) and #2 charting "YOU'RE THE ONE" (THE REMIXES).  "No, No, No" includes superlative reconstructions from international superstars Linus Loves, Tom Novy, Eric  Kupper, Friscia and Lamboy, Peter Bailey and more.  "You're The One" (which was the #6 Billboard Dance track of 2007) includes vibrant re-workings by Bimbo Jones, Richard Morel (aka Morel),  Friscia and Lamboy, and Claude Le Gache.  
 
Already the Hot Shot Debut and #1 Breakout, The Give Peace A Chance remixes now enter the Top 10 (#10 with a bullet) on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart. The releases thus far are part of a series of three digital-only, environmentally-friendly "green" singles, the third of which will feature a diverse assemblage of international dance/electronic music innovators, galvanizing the familiar and timeless rallying cry: "All we are saying is GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!"

Click to Stream "Give Peace A Chance" (Part I, The Remixes)

Matmos Takes on Boulder Theater July 15th

Matmos- for the Grateful Web

Matmos' approach is quickly pushing them to the center of the experimental music world.  Straddling pop and serious electronica, they've toured and recorded with pop icon Bjork, performed in Lincoln Center and the Whitney Museum of Art, given seminars at Harvard and worked with some of the top musicians in the classical world. They're collaborating with the Kronos Quartet and composer Terry Riley, the city of Verona commissioned a re-think of Verdi's "Aida" from them last summer, and they're now readying a new work for the prestigious Group de Recherches Musicales in Paris.

"It's fascinating, what they're doing," says David Harrington, founder and first violinist of the Kronos Quartet, who commissioned a piece from Matmos after hearing one of their early recordings. "They invent these incredibly beautiful, thought-provoking sounds, and bring them together in ways that seem totally unique and natural. And there's nothing precious about it; there's a kind of openness about their music that attracted me immediately."

The new album finds the dynamic duo taking a holiday from conceptual responsibility, skipping the outré sampling antics in favor of a light-hearted "cosmic-pop" record made entirely out of synthesizers. Expect the unexpected.

Opening for the duo is Offthesky, multi tasking interdisciplinary artist Jason Corder from Lexington, Kentucky. Presenting Phonograffiti, a portmanteau that describes an interactive artistic community performance project where the musician and public audience are able to interact together on an intimate level. It is an event where everyone is able to become a performer. Offthesky has invited local painters to take the stage, painting on canvas hooked up with contact microphones. The painting creates the sound for the musician to process via brush strokes or light tapping while painting on the canvas during the performance.

Radio Ready

Celebrating 30 years of independent community radio, Communikey presents Matmos in honor of KGNU. Matmos will make a special appearance at KGNU performing live from the studio on Monday July 14th. A portion of proceeds from the 30 Year Anniversary Celebration show at the Boulder Theater on Tuesday July 15th will go to benefit the station. Doors are at 8:00pm and the show is all ages. Tickets can be purchased at www.BoulderTheater.com.

COMMUNIKEY PRESENTS: CMKY 19: MATMOS (Matador Records) with Offthesky (Live Installation)

TUESDAY JULY 15TH 2008

DOORS AT 8:00PM

ALL AGES

$15

BOULDER THEATER

2032 14TH STREET BOULDER COLORADO

303-786-7030

WWW.COMMUNIKEY.US

TICKETS ONLINE: http://bouldertheater.com

PORTION OF PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT KGNU COMMUNITY RADIO 88.5FM

DJ Goodfoot Announces Music Release Party

photos by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Colorado-based spinster DJ Goodfoot and Turn It Out Productions announce a music release party dubbed "Welcome To The Candy Shoppe".

The gathering will take place in Denver on Tuesday May 20th at the Sugar House (www.sugarhouselounge.com), located at the corner of Alameda Ave. and Pecos.  Also performing throughout the evening will be Razor FM and Jasun Lovejoy w/special guests.

DJ Goodfoot is a local artist who has been busy spreading his craft across the West over the last five years.  He garnered some local fame through his residency at the famed Snake Pit in Denver for their "Destination Mondays", and more recently brought his style of house, techno, and break beats to exclusive clubs in Seattle such as Club Trinity.

His previous demos entitled "It's All in the Name" and "3rd Times a Charm" were well-received in the local club community.  Next month he plans to release his new single called "Dangs".  Funky beats and dark breaks layer this new piece, and it is sure to be another big piece in his musical puzzle.

The Sugar House will open at 8:00pm for the event, and a cover charge of $6 per person/$10 for two will apply.  Drink specials will also be featured during the performances.  Get your dancing shoes on get ready to boogie!

UNDERGROUND HEAVYWEIGHT BASSNECTAR CONFIRMED FOR COACHELLA

photo: Shauna Regan- for the Grateful Web

San Francisco' s "number one DJ" has just been confirmed to perform at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. On Saturday, April 28, Bassnectar will appear as a featured artist in the "Lucent Misting Oasis" - a 360 degree, big sound, interactive environment set to showcase the country's hottest underground acts. The "Lucent Misting Oasis" is Coachella's largest art installation yet, encompassing one full acre in the center of the festival. The area is hosted by The Do LaB, an ensemble cast of creatives from the Los Angeles underground, including artists, event producers, lighting designers and the performance troupe Lucent Dossier.

Look for Bassnectar and The Do LaB to share the stage again two weeks later at the annual Lightning in a Bottle Festival on May 11, 12 and 13 at Live Oak in Santa Barbara, California.

With "the largest cult following of any DJ in San Francisco" and voted "Best DJ" by Nitevibe.com and SF Bay Guardian, Bassnectar's music is forging new paths in the electronic music world, the Burning Man scene, underground hip hop circles, and beyond. The brainchild of Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar is an experimentally collaborative music project, but it's also a platform for social change and political awareness. It's stylistically specific, yet it's an eclectic, full spectrum adventure.

For Bassnectar's new release, Underground Communication (Om Records/May 8, 2007), Bassnectar takes another step forward in his genre-bending blend of musical styles and emotions, combining the visceral melodic presence of modern listening music, with the force and volume of sound system dancefloor devastation. The new record is an exploration of hip-hop culture, featuring scores of MCs and rhythmic poetics mashed atop a heavy, driving  range of tempo and, of course, those signature throbbing bass lines. Rooted firmly in political conviction and philosophical intention, and backed by a rabid fan base and dedicated following, Underground Communication sets a new standard for the possibilities of merging music, art, new media and social activism.

Here's what the critics are saying:

"Zigzagging bass flutters, acid techno, hip-hop, and ambient breakbeats
which are tantamount to pulsating club bangers."
URB

"Innovative, unique stylish & infectious"
- SF Bay Guardian

"Lorin Ashton (aka Bassnectar) is a musical renaissance man."
- Djmixed.com

" The alt-culture festival favorite expands his deep, warbled bass lines, otherworldly atmospheres, and socially conscious lyrics within a dizzying range of genres"
-Flavorpill.net

Bassnectar is on tour this spring in support of Underground Communication.  Current appearances include:

April 19 Starlite Lounge Edmonton AB
April 20 Idywyld Event Center Saskatoon SK
April 21 Royal Canadian Legion Calgary AB

April 28 Coachella Music Festival Indio CA
May 02 Hodi's Half Note Fort Collins CO with Seied and VibeSquad, Chordata
May 03 Bluebird Denver CO
May 04 Element - presented by Sub Swara New York NY
May 05 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
May 11 http://www.mighty119.com San Francisco CA 
May 12 Lightning in a Bottle Festival Santa Barbara CA 
May 16 The Chatterbox Lincoln NE
May 17 King Club Madison WI
May 18 The Social Milwaukee WI
May 25 Kava Lounge San Diego CA
June 07 Mosiac Baltimore MD w/ Fort Knox Five, Adam T Rush
June 08 Club Five Washington DC w/ Zak Davis, Fort Knox Five, Smalltown DJ's
June 09 Wakarusa Lawrence KS
July 06-07 High Sierra Festival Quincy CA 

More dates to be announced.

San Fran's Underground DJ Releases New Album, "Underground Communication'

- for the Grateful Web

With "the largest cult following of any DJ in San Francisco" and voted "Best DJ" by Nitevibe.com and SF Bay Guardian , Bassnectar's music is forging new paths in the electronic music world, the Burning Man scene, underground hip hop circles, and beyond. Playing at nearly one-hundred and fifty shows a year, to thousands of different people a month; from national festivals to sold-out theaters to overcrowded clubs and warehouses to tight and tiny bars and venues, Bassnectar's enormous popularity reflects the current hunger for raw substance in modern music and a desire for social integrity within the music scene. The brainchild of Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar is an experimentally collaborative music project, but it's also a platform for social change and political awareness. It's stylistically specific, yet it's an eclectic, full spectrum adventure.

Ten years into a strong underground career, 2005 saw the debut of Bassnectar's double-disc collection entitled Mesmerizing The Ultra , described as "a kaleidoscopically brilliant funk conception" by All Music Guide [Amazon.com]. For the next release, Underground Communication (Om Records/May 8, 2007), Bassnectar takes another step forward in his genre-bending blend of musical styles and emotions, combining the visceral melodic presence of modern listening music with the force and volume of sound system dancefloor devastation. The new record is an exploration of hip-hop culture, featuring scores of MCs and rhythmic poetics mashed atop a heavy, driving range of tempo and, of course, those signature throbbing bass lines. Rooted firmly in political conviction and philosophical intention, and backed by a rabid fan base and dedicated following, Underground Communication sets a new standard for the possibilities of merging music, art, new media and social activism.

Bassnectar's live shows are a modern day social mosh pit of hippies, ex-ravers, hipsters, dub reggae heads, Dead-heads, Burning Man freaks, artists, fashion experimentalists, social activists, and hip-hop enthusiasts, all packed into one steamy room of grinding, orgiastic expression and musical experimentation.

Bassnectar is on tour this spring in support of Underground Communication , including select shows with percussive groovers Zilla and visionary puppeteers the Funginears.  Bassnectar's current list of confirmed shows is as follows:

February 23 1015 Folsom San Francisco CA
Feburary 24 The Cal Neva Crystal Bay NV w/ Heavyweight Dub Champion
March 02 Mangy Moose Saloon Teton Village WY
March 03 Abe and Jake's Landing Lawrence KS
March 15 Mercury Hall Church Austin TX
March 17 SXSW Showcase Austin TX
March 27 Dobson Ice Arena Vail CO w/ The String Cheese Incident
March 30 Vet's Hall Santa Cruz CA w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
March 31 DNA Lounge San Francisco CA  w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 03 The Armory Ashland OR w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 04 The Grove Bend OR w/ Funginears, Souleye
April 05 Wow Hall Eugene OR w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 06 City Repair Warehouse Portland OR w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 07 Felix Showdown Seattle WA w/ Zilla, Funginears, Souleye
April 10 The Nightlight Bellingham WA Funginears, Souleye

THOMAS DOLBY NO LONGER THE 'SOLE INHABITANT,' PLANS MARCH TOUR

THOMAS DOLBY- for the Grateful Web

If you're wondering what Thomas Dolby has done in the two decades since he cunningly fused pop and electronic music, the answer is in the palm of your hand: Twelve years ago Dolby left music and proceeded to develop the Beatnik software technology used in two-thirds of the world's cell phones. Unlike many performers who return to the stage, he doesn't need to do it for the money. Pumped up by new technologies and changing business models in the music industry, and re-invigorated by reaction to his initial tour dates earlier this year, Dolby is now writing his first album of new music since the early '90s.

 
He will also hit the road in March, with shows in Northern California and Texas, including SXSW in Austin on March 15. Ever the innovator, Dolby is pioneering a new blend of instruments: high-tech electronica plus live jazz brass. His spring touring ensemble will feature real-time looping on a computer laptop, along with a three-piece horn section (the Jazz Mafia Horns) comprising some of the San Francisco Bay Area's finest young jazz soloists: Adam Theis on trombone, Rich Armstrong on trumpet, and Ron Cohen on tenor sax.

 
Dolby took us on a guided tour of the old with the live retrospective CD and The Sole Inhabitant, each issued independently last fall on Dolby's own label and web site, and via CD Baby and iTunes. The album contained live versions of classic songs including "She Blinded Me With Science," one of the very first MTV-driven hits, and "Hyperactive," as well as great songs from the era that weren't seen on MTV.

 
"In some ways all that chart success was orthogonal to what I was really trying to do, which was develop the textures and rhythms of electronic music into a palette that a genuine songwriter could build stories upon. I hope that the DVD and CD helped re-establish my credentials as an artist before I move into the next chapter. I have new songs ready to start work on as soon as I've closed the loop and reconnected with the core fan base," he says.

 
Dolby feels that time has put his influence into perspective. "Though people tend to associate me with the '80s, I feel my roots are really in the late '70s and the electronic underground in London. Bands like Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and Clock DVA were playing small clubs around Europe in parallel to the punk movement, and many remained anonymous, only a few making it into the mainstream pop limelight during the '80s — Soft Cell, Human League and Ultravox. There were so few of us doing it back then that it's no surprise we get cited as influences when modern electronica acts are interviewed, but the legacy of that period is clearly very important."


The Sole Inhabitant
is Dolby's first consumer product since 1992's Gate to the Mind's Eye, an audio disc complemented by a laser disc with accompanying animation. In that time, he hasn't approached a single record company, determined instead to harness the technology and distribution options available to indie artists today.

 
The audio CD was recorded live at Martyrs in Chicago, while the DVD was filmed at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA. Dolby felt these were two of his best concerts of the year. The DVD features a sit-down interview/chat in which Dolby discusses his past and present careers and the stories behind the songs. The first batch of copies was autographed by Dolby.

 
Dolby has always maintained a loyal core of fans who were galvanized by tour dates earlier this year. Dolby intends to involve his fans in the birthing of the record, blogging frequently at his web site (www.thomasdolby.com) and posting reviews from shows along the tour route.

 
Fall 2006 tour dates received high praise from critics, who also applauded The Sole Inhabitant. Atlanta's Creative Loafing wrote: "Dolby plans to release new music over the coming years, which bodes well since these 20-plus-year-old tunes on The Sole Inhabitant are still exciting, slightly puzzling and — more than anything — compositionally sound with the times. Fly-by-night electronica producers had better watch their backs and start elevating their knob twiddles in order to compete with such a charismatic artist." The Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale added: "This new live retrospective sounds remarkably fresh and original after all this time. Most of the 11 tracks on The Sole Inhabitant were written during the Reagan years. And yet Dolby's catchy, funked-up ruminations on the politics of love, intolerance and cold-war paranoia sound as current as the day he first harnessed the power of samplers, synthesizers and computerized sounds." And the St. Petersburg Times summed it up: "If you're a novice fan of Dolby's, please consider (the CD and DVD) must-own primers into the music of a vastly under-appreciated artist. If you're a long-time fan, suffering from his extended absence from the music biz, the discs are an early holiday present to be treasured. Performing only one-man shows in this tour, Dolby seems to be wowing his old fans while building a new audience."

 
Dolby's solo set features him onstage with a bank of high-tech computers, a collection of vintage oscilloscopes and signal generators, a military headcam and antique radio operator earphones strapped to his head. Live visuals performed by renowned video artist Johnny DeKam allow the audience to experience the world through Dolby's eyes. He is accompanied by the jazz Mafia Horns. Audiences may be surprised at first to hear a darker side of Dolby, but of course he plays the hits as well.
 
The March Tour:

Sat. March 10 – SANTA CRUZ, CA - Kuumbwa PM (2 shows)
Sun. March 11 – REDWOOD CITY, CA – Little Fox Theater
Mon. March 12 – SACRAMENTO, CA - Harlows
Thurs. March 15 – AUSTIN, TX (SXSW) - Elysium
Sun. March 18 – DALLAS, TX – RockHouse Live
Thurs. March 22 – FAIRFAX, CA (Bay Area) - 19 Broadway

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