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Beat Kaestli at Smoke Jazz Club - NYC, Feb. 8th

Beat Kaestli- for the Grateful Web

On Sunday, February 8th, Beat Kaestli is returning to Smoke Jazz Club (sets @ 6 & 7pm). Smoke is one of NYC premier Jazz venues with a great atmosphere and a delicious food and drink menu- perfect to listen to Jazz and enjoy a great meal. Please call for reservations - space is limited.
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Beat Kaestli Quartet @ Smoke Jazz Club, NYC
feat. Aria Hendricks (voc) and Adrian Mira (sax)
Sunday, February 8th - 2 sets 6 & 7pm
2751 Broadway (between 105/106 st)
212 864 6662 | www.smokejazz.com
Cover: $5 ($20 min @ tabels)
Directions: 1/9 train to 103rd st

Line up:
Beat Kaestli - voice
John Chin - piano
Michael O'Brian - bass
Russ Pederson - drums
feat. Aria Hendricks and Adrian Mira

EOTO'S NON-STOP DANCE TOUR

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

The left coast duo EOTO is heading back out on the road with their unique brand of breakbeat/Glitch-hop and house. The non-stop dance party  begins this February with west coast dates already announced and east coast dates on the horizon. Leaving no stone un-turned, this could quite possibly be the year of EOTO.

 

Consisting of one third of the progressive jam sextet, The String Cheese Incident, the joint venture between Jason Hann and Michael Travis is a fresh, 100% improvised collaboration of live instrumentation and digital mixing.

 

In the world of EOTO, nothing is pre-recorded, nothing is pre-looped and no set is pre-planned. Each show transports the listener to a unique time and place, providing an unmatched sonic dance experience night in and night out. Inspired by legendary DJ's and mix artists of the world, the duo combines cutting-edge technology with live instrumental performance to create truly original and melodic dance music in the moment. Merging hypnotic rhythms, pounding bass, and mesmerizing melodies, EOTO's sonic assault is certainly the forefront of an emerging musical movement.

What's striking about an EOTO performance versus those of their mix forefathers is that because nothing is pre-recorded there is no set list or specific plan to where the music will take the listener (or the band for that matter). This modern symphonic, freedom ensures that with each night the sound can only morph into something bigger, something greater than the whole for both the band and the fans. This inspiration is what keeps the duo out night after night, literally on the hunt for a new sound in a new era.

 

Performing in roles completely different than the ones in SCI, Jason Hann keeps the crowds moving. Covering percussion, layering eclectic-glitchy samples, live auxiliary re-mixing, as well as the playing drum kit, Hann provides the rhythmic backbone for all things EOTO. Adding blissful and edgy tonal ambience is the multi-talented Michael Travis. Blending bass, guitar, keyboards and hand percussion, as well as live mixing and re-mixing, Travis creates the spacey flavor capturing the listener's senses. With the raw power of live drums, the music is all created on the spot, recorded, and remixed live, proving no two shows are exactly alike. While completely different from SCI, life-long fans as well as new fans will be drawn to the dance frenzy and originality that is EOTO.

 

With back-to-back performances spanning the western seaboard and more national dates yet to be announced, EOTO is poised to deliver great advancements to the modern music world.

 

For a complete list of 2009 tour dates, check out EOTO's Myspace Page.

Phish - The Clifford Ball DVD - audio/video track

Last fall, when members of Phish—guitarist Trey Anastasio, drummer Jon Fishman, bassist Mike Gordon, and keyboardist Page McConnell—announced the band would take the stage again for the first time in four years, tickets for the three-night stand at Hampton Coliseum in Virginia sold out immediately. This month, the band announced additional dates, marking a return to the road for one of the most successful touring bands of all time.

Todd Snider ft. Austin, Herman & Kaufmann @ Boulder Theater

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Todd Snider's performance will feature Jeff Austin, Ben Kaufmann (YMSB) and Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon).

Keith Richards said humor was rock and roll's greatest weapon, Bob Dylan proved it and Snider takes it to heart. For twelve years, Snider has been a satirist, class cutup and the rare artist who understands and celebrates the connections between the Stones, Dylan, Bill Hicks, John Prine, Mitch Hedberg, Kris Kristofferson, Hunter S. Thompson and Randy Newman. Snider's records are fun even when they aren't being funny, funny even when they're sad, and no less truthful for the laughs.

For fans of rock 'n' roll, folk, country and Americana music have long been held in Snider's sway. His last album, 2006's The Devil You Know, landed him on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Late Night With David Letterman, and it appeared on numerous year-end Top 10 lists. Peace Queer, his newest release, is just the beginning of his typically unique vision. It is the first in a trilogy. Even as we celebrate the release of Peace Queer, Snider is already working on the follow-up, with Rolling Stones producer Don Was. After that, there will be a rock album called Shit Sandwich.

Marquee Magazine & 97.3 KBCO present
TODD SNIDER
ft. VERY special guests Jeff Austin, Vince Herman & Ben Kaufmann
with Keith Sykes
Friday, January 30
doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030
www.bouldertheater.com

Teddy Charles All Stars 'Word From Bird' at The Iridium

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Teddy Charles is considered to be one of the great jazz vibraphonists and composers of all time, playing with such jazz legends as Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. As a student at Julliard in the mid 40s, he haunted New York's jazz clubs, occasionally sitting in with the bands on vibes or piano. His break came unexpectedly one night when he was asked to sit in on piano with Coleman Hawkin's band for the overdue Thelonious Monk. Soon after, Charles began to appear regularly with the top jazz groups of the day, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Buddy De Franco, playing alongside and writing for such jazz stars as Coltrane, Parker, Max Roach and Miles Davis. Recently appeared with Max Roach, David Amram, Lee Konitz. In the early 1950s he began leading his own groups, composing, producing and recording original works such as No More Nights, Blues Become Elektra and Word from Bird.

Teddy Charles All Stars "Word From Bird" - March 19-22, 2009 at the Iridium Jazz Club

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM

Lotus Announces Additional Spring Dates

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Lotus hits the road this winter for a run of shows in the country's southeastern states.  The tour comes on the heels of a huge year for Lotus, one that offered widespread exposure for their new album Hammerstrike and massive growth for the band.

The band's 2008 successes, including a coveted cover story in Pollstar Magazine and sold out shows from coast to coast, haven't distracted these humble musicians with Mennonite roots. As their relentless tour schedule proves, Lotus is ready to work. Their winter tour dates are as follows:

February 13           Recher Theatre                        Towson, MD
February 14           Recher Theatre                        Towson, MD
February 15           The Lantern Blacksburg                Blacksburg, VA
February 17           V Club                                Huntington, WV
February 18           THE DAME                              Lexington, KY
February 19           Minglewood Hall                       Memphis, TN
February 20           The Valarium                          Knoxville, TN
February 21           Masquerade - Heaven Room              Atlanta, GA
March 6               Langerado Music Festival              Miami, FL
March 24              Toad's Place                          New Haven, CT
March 25              Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel               Providence, RI
March 26              Port City Music Hall                  Portland, ME
March 27              Higher Ground                         Burlington, VT
March 28              Higher Ground                         Burlington, VT   
March 31              Vogue Theatre                         Indianapolis, IN
April 1               The Crofoot                           Pontiac, MI
April 2               The Canopy Club                       Urbana, IL
April 3               Majestic Theatre                      Madison, WI
April 4               Vic Theatre                           Chicago, IL
April 5               The Intersection                      Grand Rapids, IL
April 7               Tralf Music Hall                      Buffalo, NY
April 8               The Westcott Theater                  Syracuse, NY
April 9               The Chameleon                         Lancaster, PA
April 10              Bowery Ballroom                       New York, NY
April 11              Bowery Ballroom                       New York, NY

For more information and updates visit www.lotusvibes.com.

 

Lotus' most recent album, Hammerstrike (released in October 2008),  finds the band reaching back in order to move forward.  Primarily recorded live in one room to analog tape by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), the album captures a sound that harkens back to the 70's but never slips into nostalgic retreads.  The compositions are focused and melodic, filled out with orchestration including swelling violins and cellos, banjo, wordless choirs, and electronic noises.  Though the tracks range from dance floor ready rockers to soaring post-rock instrumentals, the album is held together by a sanguine spirit pervading each track.  The big guitars, feedback, and distortion serve an optimistic purpose.  It is a decidedly American feel that invokes big skies, open roads, and a zealous yet naïve pursuit of the idea that defeat will never be conceded.

Lotus formed at a Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980's, and has been creatively fusing electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for the past eight years. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus was a go-to act for late night festival slots this past summer, performing at ROTHBURY, Summerfest, Camp Bisco, and others. Also in 2008, Lotus saw advance sellouts in venues throughout the U.S. including Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, two nights at World Café Live in Philadelphia, two nights at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Higher Ground in Burlington, and Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The band's remix album, Copy Paste Repeat: Lotus Remixed was released in spring of 08 to critical acclaim.

The Walkmen Play Conan O'Brien This Monday Jan. 26th

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The Walkmen play Conan O'Brien this Monday January 26th.  The Walkmen make 25 top year end lists including NPR & Pitchfork Media. The Walkmen are currently on a west coast tour.  And their new album, Now/You and Me is out now on Gigantic Music.

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Pitchfork: #19 Album Of The Year
Pitchfork track of the year: #26 (In the New Year)
Pitchfork.Tv performance: Best of '08 (along with others)
Pitchfork readers poll: #13
Pitchfork readers poll, songs: #15 (In The New Year)
Gorilla vs Bear Chris: #8
Gorilla vs Bear David: #3
Gorilla vs Bear Chris (In the New Year, song): #4
Gorilla vs. Bear David (Donde esta la playa, song): #1
Hype Machine [Zeitgeist] best albums: #16
MTV (James Montgomery's top 25 list): #22
Myspace feature: one of the 50 best albums of 08
NPR World Cafe: #9
The Onion AV Club: #3
The Orchard: #8
Popmatters.com: #22
Stereogum (gummy awards): #10
Time Out NY (Colin St. John, Music Writer's personal list): #1
Tiny Mix Tapes: #18
Tripwire: #12
Treble Zine: #6
Under the Radar: #36
Underrated Magazine: #36
Venus Magazine: #3 (Best Rock Albums)
WOXY: #15 

Alaska in Winter's sophomore release 'Holiday'

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Alaska In Winter began when art student, Brandon Bethancourt spent a semester writing and recording music in an isolated cabin on the south coast of Alaska. Upon arrival back in New Mexico, he teamed up with Zach Condon of Beirut, Heather Trost of A Hawk And A Hacksaw and other friends, and thus began work on the album Dance Party In The Balkans. This debut release was released by Milan Records in July 2007 in the US after a release in the UK by Regular Beat a few months earlier.
 
After his critically acclaimed debut release, Bethancourt decided to quit his job, move out of his house and relocate to Berlin, Germany – a city he had been to before and had always dreamed of living in.  He has spent the past 6 months writing and recording this upcoming release Holiday and begins his tour of Europe in late September.  Holiday will be released on Milan Records on November 18, 2008.
 
Bethancourt takes much of his influence from his early years of growing up in the American South West, immersed in the musical low-rider culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as a slight Arabian influence on the part of his parents and their Byzantine church music. He combines these traditional sounds with programmed beats and use of the vocoder among other new technologies and techniques.
 
Because Bethancourt is the sole member of Alaska in Winter and does not read or write music, he uses multi-track recording to build his musical layers, using a variety of techniques.  "For Holiday, I recorded everything in my living room on a laptop and an old micro cassette tape recorder and used a German ghetto blaster as my monitor speakers. The only things I brought with me to Europe were my Powerbook laptop, an effects processor, a small midi keyboard, a microphone, and the hand held micro cassette tape recorder," he explains.  "Because I didn't actually have any instruments with me (aside from the elements I recorded before I came to Europe), the album turned out very electronic, very synthy as those were the only tools I had."
 
In comparing how Holiday differs from Dance Party in the Balkans, Bethancourt explains, "I've definitely been influenced by Berlin on this album - much more electronic than the last, heavily based on synths, bass, and dancier drums and with hints of minimal house elements creeping in ever so slightly. Even within the album itself I can hear a progression of the Berlin electronic music scene influencing me more and more with the amount of time I spent here.  The Berlin techno parties and all night dance marathons were big inspirations for me."

Announcing the Donna Jean Godchaux Band w/ Jeff Matson

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A band, like every living thing, needs to evolve. Donna Jean Godchaux and Jeff Mattson are pleased to announce that "Donna Jean and the Tricksters" has morphed into the – see above!

Donna Jean Godchaux – lead vocals

Jeff Mattson – lead guitar, vocals

David MacKay – bass, vocals

Clint Bailey – keyboards, vocals

Joe Chirco – drums

Rock and roll and lots more, delivered with Muscle Shoals-trained soul and inspiration. Fine original material plus a nod to Donna Jean's deep roots with lots of Grateful Dead songs, too.

All things pass, but the seeds that were silent burst into bloom. Look out – this flower will thrive.

The band will be stepping out in April with a full tour, and will be widely seen on the summer festival circuit.

Bios:

Donna Jean Godchaux

Born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Donna Jean was a vocalist at both Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and Fame Studios, home of the legendary "Muscle Shoals Sound," on records like Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman," and Boz Scagg's eponymous first solo album. She moved to San Francisco, married Keith Godchaux, and spent the 1970s as a vocalist in the Grateful Dead as well as the Jerry Garcia Band. After life with the Dead, she and Keith created the Heart of Gold Band with drummer Greg Anton and guitarist Steve Kimock.

Following various side trips, she resumed serious focus on her singing in the '90s, recording a new Heart of Gold Band album, At the Table, and singing with Phil & Friends and her own Donna Jean Band.

Jeff Mattson

Jeff came to prominence as the lead guitarist, primary vocalist, and leader of Long Island's legendary Grateful Dead-influenced jam band, the Zen Tricksters. Over the course of thirty years, his supple, elegant playing reflected a fusion of rock, blues, bluegrass, country, jazz and folk stylings, along with a healthy dose of psychedelia. His songwriting credits include the exquisitely mournful "Shelter" (co-written with Donna Jean), as well as "Travelin' Light," (co-written with Melissa Marston), "He Said/She Said," (with Donna Jean), and "A Prisoner Says His Piece," all for Donna Jean and the Tricksters. He also contributed "Leave Me Out of This" to Phil Lesh and Friends' There and Back Again. He played with Phil Lesh and Friends in 1999.

David MacKay

David hails from Marin County, California. As part of the emerging Bay Area music scene of the 70's, he was a founding member of the popular band the "Tasmanian Devils" and recorded and toured with Michael Nesmith, playing bass on the first Grammy-winning video, "Elephant Parts." He was a member of both the original and reformed "Heart of Gold Band." Most recently, he has played bass with the Muscle Shoals-based group "The Fiddleworms."

Clint Bailey

Is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and a well-respected member of the Muscle Shoals music scene and the band the Fiddleworms.  He has played on occasion with "Donna Jean the Tricksters" and with Jason Isbell (Drive By Truckers).  He began on piano at the age of 15, and then found the Hammond B-3 and became permanently hooked.  He is a strong songwriter, touching the Southern wellsprings of rock, soul, gospel, blues, and New Orleans styles, and contributed the title track to the Fiddleworms' Volkswagen Catfish.

ABOVE & BEYOND ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR DATES

Above & Beyond- for the Grateful Web

This February, ABOVE & BEYOND—who are Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Slijamaki—will return to the U.S. for a club tour in support of their compilation album Anjunadeep:01.  Set for release via ULTRA Records on February 16, the double-disc set encompasses a variety of tracks from their respected Anjunadeep imprint.

On this tour, where they will be joined by support act Jaytech,  ABOVE & BEYOND will showcase the Anjunadeep sound in the early part of their sets and before progressing to the quality melodic trance sound for which they are best known.  In a short space of time, Anjunadeep has grown from being a promising sibling to the Anjunabeats label, to a dynamic and influential imprint in its own right, pioneering a sound somewhere between house and trance.  The tour kicks off February 12 in Atlanta and will take the trio throughout many key markets in the U.S. including Houston, Denver, New York, Washington D.C. and Las Vegas, as well as into Canada with stops in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.

Winning fans such as James Zabiela, Desyn Masiello, Eric Prydz and Laurent Garnier along the way, Anjunadeep received a nomination for "Best Record Label" at DJ Magazine's Best of British Awards 2008. ABOVE & BEYOND's Tony McGuinness said: "The road between house and trance used to be a dusty, barren path, visited by only the truly brave, but in the last few years it has become an exciting, bustling place with constant traffic going both ways. Anjunadeep is that lovely, shiny building on the left with all the people looking in the window."

The label's debut compilation features Anjunadeep stalwarts Jaytech, Michael Cassette (aka Komytea), Interplay, Joonas Hahmo and recent high profile addition 16 Bit Lolitas.  They are joined by newer faces like Colombia's Liluca, Russia's Proff and Canadian Paul Keeley, as ABOVE & BEYOND conjure up two CD's of spirited melodic house music. A special treat comes in the form of ABOVE & BEYOND's own remix of Radiohead's "Reckoner" officially licensed via XL Recordings for the physical format only.