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Glass Ghost Play DENVER At Larimer Lounge On 10.30

It's not surprising to learn that Eliot wrote his first piano tune about a plumbing accident at age six, or that Mike started taking drumming lessons from jazz masters at an early age,and that they've performed in funk, hip-hop, jazz, Haitian, and R&B groups.

Since their fateful meeting in 2001 at a wedding gig in Boston, they've found themselves playing for kids at community centers and high schools, real estate agents and lawyers at parties, department store shoppers, and ex-cons at a college. In 2004, after the demise of their ambitious, but ill-fated, jazz band Best of Boston, the two rejoined forces as part of the New York outfit Flying.

With Flying they recorded ‘Faces of the Night’ and toured the US for two years. Following the dissolution of Flying, Mike and Eliot found they could make big sounds on their own. Excited about the freedom and space they had to work with as a two-man group, they quickly began work on what would become Idol Omen. Though they've been compared to other keyboard and drum duos like The Silver Apples, their minimalism, use of space, and unearthly vibes are more akin to the work and spirit of artists like Arthur Russell, This Heat, and J. Dilla.

Glass Ghost represents the birth of a new musical force distilled from myriad influences, from J. Dilla to Deerhoof. The result is something completely refreshing, and fittingly, a little scary. It's the pairing of Eliot Krimsky's fragile and haunting falsetto with the group's bottom-heavy, hip-hop influenced rhythm section that yields the crystalline world propelled by Mike Johnson's ass-shakin' beats found on their debut Idol Omen.

The unique world they've crafted serves as the perfect vehicle for the album's paranoid narrative, loosely following the metamorphosis of a modern businessman into some mysterious new form.

The arc of Idol Omen's tale is revealed in fragments as the detached protagonist wanders, observes, and occasionally interacts, with his surreal, often threatening, environment. While fear, anxiety and delusion effervesce from tracks like "Mechanical Life" and "The Same" the album ebbs and flows from frenzied to fatigued. Alternately, the beautiful and unforgettable “Like a Diamond” invokes reflections of resolute melancholy, while "Divisions" holds listeners captive in the bizarre images of a fever dream. The final track "Ending" provides a sense of release, as an unexplained confluence of events triggers the central character's eventual mutation and transcendence.

US Tour Dates

Tuesday - 10/20 - Providence - Club Hell 

Thursday - 10/22 - Burlington    Higher Ground

Sunday - 10/25 - Detroit - Magic Stick

Tuesday - 10/27 - St Louis - Firebird

Thursday - 10/29 - Columbia - Blue Note

Friday - 10/30 - Denver - Larimer Lounge

Sunday - 11/1 - Phoenix - The Clubhouse

Monday - 11/2  - LA - El Rey

Wednesday - 11/4 - San Francisco - Slims

Thursday - 11/5 - Portland - Wonder Ballroom

Friday - 11/6 - Vancouver    Media Club

Monday - 11/9 - Minneapolis - Cedar St

Tuesday - 11/10 - Milwaukee - Turner Hall

Bela Fleck and Flecktones Upcoming Tour

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are about to get our end of the year tour started. They're doing a special tour with ORIGINAL FLECKTONE, Howard Levy. Get your passports out cause most of it takes place in Europe! Then we've got 5 shows in the USA with Howard.

Get out and see this special tour.

Then they'll be doing our Holiday Tour again with Jeff Coffin and many dates include Alash!!  Get out and see those - get their Holiday CD - "Jingle All the Way" available from Rounder Records!

See you there!

11.03.09 Limerick, IE University Concert Hall
11.04.09 Dublin, IE Vicar Street
11.05.09 Barcelona, ES Aditoria (Sala 2)
11.06.09 Cartagena, ES Teatro Circo
11.07.09 Zaragoza, ES Zaragoza Theater
11.08.09 Prague, CZ Palace Acropolis
11.09.09 Athens, GR Pallas Theater
11.11.09 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg
11.12.09 Zoetemeer, NL Boerferji
11.13.09 Milan, IT Blue Note
11.14.09 Milan, IT Blue Note
11.15.09 London, GB Barbican
11.18.09 Bethesda, MD US Strathmore
11.19.09 Peekskill, NY US Paramount Theater
11.20.09 Morristown, NJ US Mayo Center
11.21.09 Englewood, NJ US Bergen PAC
11.22.09 Brookville, NY US Tilles Center
12.01.09 Columbia, SC US South Carolina Philharmonic
12.02.09 Athens, GA US Classic Center
12.03.09 Meridian, MS US Riley Center
12.04.09 Columbus, GA US Heard Theater River Center
12.05.09 N Charleston, SC US N Charleston PAC
12.06.09 Gainesville, FL US Univ of Florida
12.08.09 Greenville, SC US Peace Concert Hall
12.09.09 Birmingham, AL US Alys Robinson Stephens Center Univ of Birmingham
12.10.09 Detroit, MI US MotorCity Casino
12.11.09 Kalamazoo, MI US State Theater
12.12.09 Chicago, IL US Congress Theater
12.13.09 Madison, WI US Orpheum Theater
12.14.09 Minneapolis, MN US Guthrie Theater
12.16.09 Salt Lake City, UT US Kingsbury Hall
12.17.09 Jackson, WY US Center for the Arts
12.18.09 Denver, CO US Paramount Theater
12.19.09 Beaver Creek, CO US Vilar Center
12.20.09 Salina, KS US Stiefel Theater


Larry Coryell W/ The Les Paul Trio At The Iridium Jazz Club

THE IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB WILL CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE LES PAUL THE MAN, HIS MUSIC AND HIS LEGACY EVERY MONDAY NIGHT WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO AND SPECIAL GUESTS
LOU PALLO – GUITAR, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO, NICKI PARROTT – BASS

With Special Guests

OCT. 19 LARRY CORYELL
OCT. 26 BUCKY PIZZARELLI
NOV. 2 & 16 STANLEY JORDAN
NOV. 9 STEVE MILLER
NOV. 23 & 30 MIKE STERN
DEC. 7 & 14 PAT MARTINO WITH ELDAR
DEC. 21 & 28 JOSE FELICIANO

THIS WEEK AT IRIDIUM

MON. OCT. 19 LARRY CORYELL WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO 8 & 10PM
LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT – BASS, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO

TUE. OCT 20  CHARLI PERSIP & SUPERSOUND CD CELEBRATION

WED. OCT 21 ED PALERMO BIG BAND 8:30 & 10:30PM

OCT. 22-25 – JACOFEST-A TRIBUTE TO JACO PASTORIUS
VICTOR BAILEY-ELECTRIC BASS,
TM STEVENS-ELECTRIC BASS, VOCALS
DELMAR BROWN-KEYBOARDS, VOCALS
GIL GOLDSTEIN-KEYBOARDS, ARRANGER
MILES EVANS, TRUMPET
TIM OUIMETTE-TRUMPET
ANDREW SHERON-ELECTRIC BASS
ALEX FOSTER-ALTO SAX
BUTCH THOMAS-TENOR SAX
KENWOOD DENNARD-DRUMS, VOCALS, KEYBOARDS
PEDRO MARTINEZ-LATIN PERCUSSIONIST  
FALU-NORTH INDIAN FEMALE VOCALIST
BILLY "SPACEMAN" PATTERSON-GUITARIST
GRACIE FINNIGAN-FOX-VOCALIST
DAVID BARGERON-TROMBONE, TUBA

OCT. 24 JAKE HERTZOG MIDNIGHT

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (CORNER OF 51ST)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
HTTP://WWW.IRIDIUMJAZZCLUB.COM/
SETS AT 8:30 & 10:30PM (UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED)
LES PAUL TRIO SETS REMAIN AT 8:00 & 10:00PM

The Last Waltz LIVE @ Boulder Theater

Back in 2005, Denver's number one "jamband", Polytoxic, wanted to put on a show that could showcase all the great local musicians they had been playing with for the past few years.  They decided to re-enact The Band's "The Last Waltz", a concert film by Martin Scorsese from 1978 of The Band's last performance that included all of that era's greatest musicians - Eric Clapton, Dr John, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, etc.  Polytoxic’s show was held at Dulcinea's in Denver's Capitol Hill area on May 25, 2005, and Polytoxic planned on it being a fun little show that would garner a little bit of interest.  It sold out in minutes, surprising band and fans alike, and became the biggest show they had ever thrown.  So big, in fact, they decided to do it again in 2005, this time on the night before Thanksgiving at Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom.

Polytoxic's "The Last Waltz Revisited" immediately went from a "fun little" idea at a small venue to their biggest event of the year.  It has become an annual event, playing to capacity crowds.  This year marks the 5th anniversary of their "Last Waltz Revisited", and it boasts over 40 guest musicians from the Colorado area (and a few from other cities), a full horn section, and over 30 songs from The Band’s extensive catalog, focusing primarily on songs played at The Last Waltz.  It has become a tradition for many of those involved in the show, as well as for many of the people that come out and see the show year after year.

This year, the show has been added for the first time in Boulder, at the Boulder Theater.  The plan is to bring in many Boulder-area musicians to participate, and start an annual tradition there as well, bringing the musical community together and giving something back to the community as a whole.

Polytoxic's "The Last Waltz Revisited" will be performed in Boulder at The Boulder Theater (2032 14th St, 303-786-7030), Friday November 20th. Doors are at 8pm and show starts at 9:30 with Buck Perigo performing Arlo Guthrie’s entire “Alice’s Restaurant”.  Tickets are $15.00/advance, $18.50/day of show.  For ticket info go to http://www.bouldertheater.com/boxoffice.php or call the theater.

Boulder Weekly presents
THE LAST WALTZ
Performed live by Polytoxic & special friends
Friday, November 20
doors 8:30pm, show 9:00pm

GA / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$18.50 / 21+
On sale now

From the Producers of Xingolati…the Zombie Ball

This Halloween you will approach destiny from another dimension…from ten feet under. We bend and twist around reality to continue toward the life we are meant to lead. Peeling back the layers of age and experience...we rise. Friday and Saturday night the clouds part under the light of the moon and we shall emerge from the weight of the earth to let our souls shine in the light of immortality. We have become something else, something less beautiful, passionate to create. We are still Alive…We are still Sexy…We are ZOMBIES!

Where: Sustainable Waves Event Space
4822 East Ceasar Chavez
Austin, TX
When: Friday, 10/30 and Saturday, 10/31
Time: 800pm

Website / Tickets: www.zombieball.com

The Zombie Ball will be held at 4822 East Cesar Chavez just a short bicycle ride from downtown Austin. The event will feature three stages of music including the First Responder stage. The stage is a re-fashioned firetruck with an integrated solar system flying the 2nd largest disco ball in Texas. The Haunted Ballroom will host the latest in Haunte’d Couture from Jennifer Ayers and the Zombie Caberet. The event will display the finest quality of production. We are excited to be working with Element Systems and Red Star Productions, who will provide high-end video capable lighting installations. Sustainable Waves Solar Powered Sound and Staging is out to prove that they are not only the cleanest and most efficent sound company in the world, but also pack a creative punch.

Artists include: Spoonfed Tribe, PONG, Killa Dilla, Moving Matter, BoomBox, T Bird and the Breaks, Narcissia Dhial, FM campers, Princess Slay-ah & more special guests.

Who is Guy Grand…LLC Guy Grand is an umbrella organization for innovative new brands in the music & entertainment community including:

Guy Grand Productions – a full service event production company that blends live music and participatory theater creating an environment of grandeur. Guy Grand has brought together the finest ingredients in life to create one-of-a-kind events like the Urban Hippodrome, the Inflatable Rodeo and Xingolati. For more information visit www.guygrand.com

About Sustainable Waves:

Sustainable Waves offers custom built ultra high efficiency solar powered PA systems and stages in a complete state-of-the-art turnkey system. Imagine a sound system designed by a team of expert sound engineers and loudspeaker cabinet designers, with the goal of achieving maximum sound with minimum power. This unique sound system, combined with the most advanced solar power systems gives us solar powered sound and staging. Website: www.sustainablewaves.com

CAPE MAY JAZZ FESTIVAL NOV 6-8 “A Tribute to the Count”

2009 “A Tribute to the Count”

Count Basie

Swing with the timeless, priceless and still genuine Count Basie Orchestra at the Cape May Jazz Festival presented by the New Jersey Department of Travel and Tourism and Bank of America November 6th for one big thrill 8pm – 9:30pm in the Theatre at Lower Regional High School.  The Count Basie Orchestra of today is nineteen performers committed to upholding the Basie tradition with a keyboard set in motion, always swinging Kansas City style, winning 17 Grammies and continuing to perform across North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. Friday night continues with Richie Cole and “alto

Richie Cole

madness” in Carney’s Other Room.  Richie is a master of the sax, a brilliant arranger, composer who constantly shows that there is life, humor and creativity found in classic bebop. He is “one of the last of the breed – a fast and competitive musical gunslinger demonstrating his command of Charlie Parker’s bebop language” states All About Jazz.  Barbara King returns by popular demand with her dusky, Sarah Vaughan-like qualities performing in Victorian Gardens at the Marquis De Lafayette Hotel.  Raised with a mix of family background cultures from Cuba, Jamaica and Costa Rica, and surrounded by music and

Barbara King

Barbara King

dancing; Barbara was introduced at an early age to jazz legends such as Sarah, Ella, Dinah and Billie who influence her singing.  Continuing in Carney’s Main Room is the Radam Schwartz Quintet featuring Radam pumping out driving rhythms on the Hammond B3.  Radam’s prolific career has led to many successful recordings, having performed with David “Fathead” Newman, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and many others.  Friday night is rounded out with Gary Allegretto’s versatile harmonica rockin’ the pure electric and acoustic blues in Cabanas.  Allegretto sings with a natural storytelling appeal with a wry sense of humor, while his harmonica comes as natural as his own voice that makes you dance from the first song ‘til the last.

Ravi Coltrane, a true Renaissance man who is at the forefront carving up new paths within

Ravi Coltrane

Ravi Coltrane

jazz, opens 6:30pm Saturday night at the Theatre.  A modernist who has absorbed a wealth of jazz ranging from his father John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins to contemporary figures such as Steve Coleman, Wayne Shorter and owes equal debt to Joe Henderson. The listener hears the “elusive beauty” of Ravi through his tenor and soprano saxophone as an explosion of rhythmic and melodic sequences that float through the air with grace…deep, soulful, masterful with the appealingly Hendersonian tendency to lay back even

Houston Person

Houston Person

when he is driving hard.  Saturday night continues to thrill with Houston Person performing at the Jazz Dinner at Aleathea’s Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May with open seating at 11pm.  A reviewer calls him the natural heir to the boss tenor crown worn so long and so well by Gene Ammons.  It is all “tone”, no flash, but instead the warmth of his sound, lingering over every note….his solos are tuneful enough to be part of the melody of any standard.  Denise Thimes graces Victorian Gardens

Denise Thimes

Denise Thimes

with her brilliant voice ranking with the all-time greats such as Ella, Sassy, Lady Day, Nancy and Carmen to name a few.  She has shared the stage with Clark Terry, Dr. Billy Taylor, Jimmy and Tootie Heath, James Moody and will continue to steal the show.  Teddy Royal, international instrumental guitarist, will perform with his organ trio in the Boiler Room at Congress Hall. Royal calls New Orleans his home where he wrote and recorded with the Staple Singers, Allen Toussaint, Patti LaBelle and the Neville Brothers and was Fats

Inca Band

Edgardo Cintron
and Inca Band

Domino’s guitarist for 30 years.  Royal has had a life-long love affair with music which began while growing up listening to the music of Wes Montgomery…..Wes can be heard throughout his playing.   Edgardo Cintron and Inca return to Carney’s Main Room by popular demand with a “Tribute to Carlos Santana”. Trumpeter Dominic Farinacci performing in Carney’s Other Room began his career listening to Louis Armstrong and Harry James and received a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee. He opened for Wynton Marsalis at the Tri-C JazzFest in Cleveland after which Wynton invited him to solo with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. In 2008 he debuted with his own band at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Tri-C JazzFest.  This gifted, mature and very versatile artist performs with warmth and rich lyricism and is a talent who will be remembered.

Memphis Gold

Memphis Gold

Memphis Gold who continues the blues tradition at Cabanas evokes the vintage sounds of southern soul and blues and reveals his golden knack for resuscitating southern musical traditions.  Gold appeared on the cover of February 09 Living Blues Magazine where he is called a throwback to the blues men of yore who learned their licks at the knee of legendary patriarch Charlie Patton, who was king of the Mississippi Delta Blues.

The festival includes Jam Sessions Saturday and Sunday in Carneys, Blues Jams in Cabanas with Alan Weber and Frenz Saturday and Frank Bey and the Swing City Blues Band Sunday along with the complimentary workshops Saturday at Cape May Elementary School and the Saturday CD Signing Party compliments of Barefoot Wines.


KAREN OBERLIN in BIRDS DO IT: Songs of the Natural World Oct. 28

MAC and Bistro Award-winning jazz-pop singer Karen Oberlin, described as "thrilling" by Rex Reed in her last show at the Metropolitan Room, returns with an excitingly unique, brand-new show.   As fall unfolds and the nights lengthen, Oberlin celebrates the complexity and the surprises that the mother of all muses, nature, provides. Songs range from such varied songwriters as Cole Porter, Fred Hersch, Rodgers and Hart, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stephen Sondheim and Dietz and Schwartz. The incomparable Tedd Firth serves as musical director.

Wednesday, Oct. 28th
Thursday, Nov. 5th
Thursday, Nov. 12th

All shows: 7:30pm

The Metropolitan Room
34 W 22nd St (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
$20.00 Cover + 2 Beverage Minimum
Reservations: (212) 206-0440  or:
http://www.metropolitanroom.com
http://www.karenoberlin.com

Holiday Shores Play DENVER At Hi Dive On 11/9 With Evangelicals

Columbus'd The Whim is the first first full-length album from Pemberton's Holiday Shores, who, like the street that bears their name, are quintessentially summer: chimey guitars, reverb-soaked vocals, warbling Rhodes, echoes of years past.

Pemberton started playing the piano at age seven and learned the guitar shortly after. He began finding his musical footing in high school bands, playing with his brother, friends, and eventually his college roommates.

The album, packed with 10 could-be singles, reads like a book of Pemberton's well-written memories. Each word chosen meaningfully with a linguist's touch; each sentence constructed carefully with an artist's ear. Columbus'd The Whim is a literary work in addition to a sonic one.

The current line up, comprised of friends and roommates spent months recording together in Pemberton's living room obsessing over vintage gear and perfecting their captivating hooks, heart-warming melodies, and creating a haunting tunnel of sound as a stunning backdrop.

Columbus'd The Whim is Holiday Shores' first release on twosyllable records.

CMJ Dates

10/20 - New York, NY - Cake Shop (Poptarts Suck Toasted Day Party)

10/22 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium (Myopenbar Party)

10/23 - Brooklyn, NY - Trash Bar (Breakthru Radio Day Party)

10/23 - New York, NY - The Delancey (twosyllable records/Underwater Peoples CMJ Showcase)

10/24 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (AAM Day Party)

Tour Dates

10/11 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder ^

10/19 - Hamden, CT - The Space

10/20 - New York, NY - Cake Shop (Poptarts Suck Toasted Day Party) @

10/22 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium (Myopenbar Party) $

10/23 - Brooklyn, NY - Trash Bar (Breakthru Radio Day Party)

10/23 - New York, NY - The Delancey (twosyllable records/Underwater Peoples CMJ Showcase) #

10/24 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (AAM Day Party)

11/2 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts*

11/4 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern*

11/5 - Portland, OR - Holocene*

11/6 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project*

11/7 - Missoula, MT - The Palace*

11/8 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court*

11/9 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive*

11/11 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar*

11/12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird*

11/16 - Washington, DC - The Red and The Black*

11/17 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie*

11/18 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall*

11/19 - Allston, MA - Great Scott*

11/20 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place*

11/21 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern*

11/22 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern*

11/23 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop*

^ w/Pattern is Movement

*w/Evangelicals

@ Surfer Blood, Princeton

$w/Javelin

#w/ Real Estate, New Villager, Inlets, Frat Dad, Pill Wonder

ABOVE & BEYOND TO RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA

British electronica act ABOVE & BEYONDJono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamaki—is set to return to North America for a fall club tour in support of their new compilation AnjunaBEATS VOLUME 7, released October 6 via ULTRA Records.

Kicking off Halloween evening at Roseland Ballroom in New York City with an album launch event where the guys will also be doing an album signing at the merch table after their set, the month-long trek will take the trio to Atlanta, Detroit, and St. Louis prior to hitting Glow @ Fur in Washington, DC. They’ll continue on through Indianapolis, Columbus, Denver, and Minneapolis before stopping at Vision in Chicago and Moon in Las Vegas. Sacramento, Seattle, and Vancouver come next, and the tour wraps with two Texas shows in El Paso (November 27) and Austin (November 28).

ANJUNABEATS Volume 7 is a double-disc set with 28 tracks showcasing the best music from their respected Anjunabeats imprint, one of the world’s premiere trance and progressive house labels.  In addition, the set also includes a bonus DVD featuring the film “A Dog With a Smile” with a look at life on tour with Above & Beyond. Longstanding ANJUNABEATS producers Oliver Smith, Super8 & Tab, Jaytech, and new talent represented by 19-year-old Mat Zo and Cold Blue contribute to the collection with three productions each. Album highlights include A&B’s new track “Anjunabeach” and a remix of Dirty Vegas’ “Tonight,” created in just 24 hours at Ibiza’s International Music Summit and heavily supported by Pete Tong on Radio 1.

In other news, Above & Beyond has launched ‘A&B Connect v1.0’ on October 7, a brand new iPhone and iPod Touch app enabling fans to stay in direct contact with the band, wherever they are. The app, which is free and can be downloaded from the iTunes store, gives fans access to latest news, music, tweets, pictures, podcasts, A&B TV videos, tour info, and using the app's push notification system, Above & Beyond also plan to send personal messages to app users' iPhones. According to Paavo Siljamaki, "This is really just the beginning of our plans for the app--future updates will really focus on direct contact with our fans, as well as giving fans the chance to interact with like-minded souls all over the globe via a new community-based platform that we're cooking up.”

Catch ABOVE & BEYOND in North America on the following dates:

Date                              City                                          Venue

Sat       10/31               New York, NY                          Roseland Ballroom

Wed    11/11               Atlanta, GA                              Opera

Thu      11/12               Detroit, MI                                Crofoot

Fri        11/13               St. Louis, MO                          Lure

Sat       11/14               Washington, DC                     Glow @ Fur

Mon     11/16               Indianapolis, IN                        Talbott St

Wed    11/18               Columbus, OH                        BoMa

Thu      11/19               Denver, CO                             BETA

Fri        11/20               Minneapolis, MN                      Epic

Sat       11/21               Chicago, IL                              Vision

Sun      11/22               Las Vegas, NV                        Moon

Tue      11/24               Sacramento, CA                     Barcode

Wed    11/25               Seattle, WA                             Last Supper Club (Anniversary)

Thu      11/26               Vancouver, BC                        Celebrities

Fri        11/27               El Paso, TX                             Club 101

Sat       11/28               Austin, TX                                Travis County Expo Center

CAKE: READYING SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM USING 100% SOLAR ENERGY

CAKE--one of the most principled, enduring, self-reliant, and best-selling artists in post-alternative rock--are currently in the midst of recording their sixth studio album, with an entirely green twist: the new project is being written, rehearsed and recorded entirely with solar power. During the recording process, CAKE is sharing the results with their fans via a set of free ring tones--each based on a song from the upcoming album--released via the band’s mailing list.

Starting today, the first of six ring tones based on brand new album tracks will be released through CAKE’s mailing list. The first ringtone, titled “Long Time,” is only available for download to members of the CAKE mailing list; to sign up, visit: http://cakemusic.com/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi. Every six weeks, a ringtone for a new CAKE song will be released via e-blast to all mailing list members up until the new album launch in Spring 2010.

Says trumpeter VINCE DIFIORE: “All the parts we've written for a song work symbiotically for the whole; however, some hooks have enough merit on their own to justify offering them as utterly satisfying ring tones." "We weren't sure if people were still even listening to albums,” adds songwriter and lead vocalist JOHN McCREA, “so we thought we might just release ring tones and car commercial music instead. This allows people who own cell phones a chance to sample our wares long before an album is ever released. That's what we know people want. Ring tones." And bassist GABRIEL NELSON says simply: "We are proud to offer high quality, custom crafted ring tones to listeners worldwide."

Recently honored as one of the top 10 “greenest” bands on the planet in a special issue of Billboard, CAKE teamed with Borrego Solar to convert their entire Sacramento recording studio into solar power. The innovative group documented their break away from the city’s energy grid, as illustrated by this video of CAKE’s solar conversion: www.cakemusic.com/solar.html. The group’s decision to record their forthcoming album entirely with solar power was made for both artistic and environmental reasons: “It just seemed like the right thing to do,” says McCREA. “I believe in science, and science is telling us that we need to make adjustments. Living in California, it seemed like a waste not to take advantage of all the free electricity.” DIFIORE chimes in: “We work in the spirit of cooperation, and when there is something like solar energy above your head, there is a little bit more levity added.”

Founded in 1992 and reaching worldwide attention on the strength of their platinum albums Fashion Nugget and Prolonging The Magic, CAKE have been cited by Rolling Stone as creators of “a modern pop that is both mechanized and organic...highly developed and virtually unique.” Highlights in recent years range from raves for their latest studio album Pressure Chief (2004), and a subsequent compilation of unreleased tracks B-sides and Rarities (2007), to major success in concert, including multiple runs of their self-founded ‘Unlimited Sunshine’ tour and solo dates in large theaters and arenas worldwide.

CAKE reissued their first album, Motorcade of Generosity, on June 9th as an enhanced CD. The re-issue includes previously unavailable video footage and limited edition decal. The 180g vinyl version of the album features limited edition poster art and sold out in two days.