Rising electronic heroes STS9 announce a busy first half of 2009, including a Spring Tour in March that brings the band to parts of the west coast, Midwest, and southeast. Also this year, STS9's boutique digital record label, 1320 Records, continues to generate buzz as a tastemakers in today's new music culture, offering digital delivery of new releases by Prefuse 73, Count Bass D, Eliot Lipp, Calmer, and others.
1320 Recordsis STS9's passion for music manifested, and it is quickly becoming the go-to digital delivery store for in-the-know music addicts in search of new listening, and for underground indie artists looking to be heard. On the heels of buzzed-about 2008 releases including STS9's own critically acclaimed studio statement, Peaceblaster, and L7 by hip hop pioneer Count Bass, 1320 Records promises more cutting edge offerings hand picked by the members of STS9.
First up for 1320 Records in 2009: Prefuse 73 vs STS9 (Megaloid MPC VET Mixxx). For this 7-minute megamix of tracks, beloved producer/DJ Prefuse 73 returns to his roots on the ubiqutous MPC beat machine, offering up classic Prefuse 73 treatment of new STS9 favorites "Squishface," "Shock Doctrine" and "Metameme."
Also new on 1320 Records is Eliot Lipp's Peace Love Weed 3D (in partnership with Old Tacoma Records), Past is Present by Brooklyn percussionist/composer Collin M Palmer aka Calmer, DubConscious' new release Nonviolent, new material by Lowpro Lounge collective's The Flying Skulls, and more. Download these releases and others at www.1320Records.com. And while you are there, listen to the new 1320 Music Player - a "showcase" streaming full tracks of choice selections from the label's catalog, as well as live STS9 and 1320 podcasts.
Much of the music that STS9 chooses to feature on 1320 Records is inspired by the band's life on the road. Catch STS9 on tour beginning late February. The complete list spring tour dates is as follows:
February 26 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
February 27 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
February 28 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
March 1 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
March 5 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR
March 6 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
March 7 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
March 12 Orpheum Theater Madison, WI
March 13 Congress Theatre Chicago, IL
March 14 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
March 17 Orange Peel Asheville, NC
March 18 Orange Peel Asheville, NC
March 19 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
March 20 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
March 21 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
Giving back to the communities they visit has always been a priority for STS9. For over a decade the band has rallied their community of fans around important causes, and in the past 18 months alone the band donated over $150,000.00 to a variety of charities including Rock Against Cancer, Make It Right Foundation, Yellow Ribbon Fund, Conscious Alliance, Global Education Fund, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, Mariposa's Art, Headcount, Samaritan House, and others. For 2009, look for 100% of STS9's charity work to benefit the Make It Right Foundation. It is the band's goal - with the support of their fan community and the involvement of the Make It Right Foundation - to build a home in New Orleans, raising money via $1 ticket charity taxes, Charity Raffles, and other STS9 initiatives. Check out www.peaceblaster.com for daily posts on band's political, social, and environmental muses of the moment.