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Gregory Alan Isakov at Fox Theatre | 10.21.11

97.3 KBCO and Boulder Weekly are proud to present Gregory Alan Isakov at the Fox Theatre on Friday, October 21st, 2011.  Tickets go on sale Friday, August 19th for $15.00 in advance & $17.00 day of show.

Cryptacize Return With 'Mythomania,' Out April 21st

photo by Denny Renshaw- for the Grateful Web

Cryptacize deals in the unforgettable melody, the forsaken chord and the extravagant sentiment. It's a distinct kind of pleasure they offer, not casual background or 'lifestyle' music. An unlikely synthesis of musical styles, Mythomania (Cryptacize's second) is an album not quite like any other. Nedelle Torrisi's surefooted and richly nuanced vocal arabesques, like a modern day Freddie Mercury or Ronnie Spector, strangely complement Chris Cohen's guitar, maniacally sped-up a la Les Paul or staccato and funny like Roy Smeck or Adolph Jacobs of the Coasters. Michael Carreira's syncopated drum corps rudiments and pit-orchestra rave-ups propel the songs with a refreshingly buoyant touch that never lapses into rock music cliches.

Mythomania is a revelation by anyone's measure. The playing shows a new level of confidence and intent, as well as an artful sense of timing - it's the sound of a band that's found themselves and is growing by leaps and bounds. Patiently built ideas are brought to full fruition, and it's recorded in fidelity that surrounds you. The music is thicker and more continuous; in addition to autoharp, guitars and drums there are now electric basses, keyboards, piano, even found or purely electronic sounds. And yet the same sense of space and suspense which guided 2008's Dig That Treasure is instantly recognizable on Mythomania.

As the title Mythomania suggests, reality is transformed when fiction is created upon fiction and though it may be barely recognizable or compatible with the world of the everyday, this reality can also be beautiful - see for example the album's title track, an allegorical tale about the moon's view of earthly folly. Exploring the paradox of human perception, a personal ambivalence about time and change, the notions of chance and free will versus those of eternalism and fate, the limits of credibility and belief, Mythomania builds upon the philosophical concerns of Dig That Treasure. Like its predecessor, its tone is often both happy and sad, pragmatic and mystical, hopeful and doomed.

Never ones to follow the rules, Cryptacize have been touring the US in a Toyota Corolla (opening for bands as diverse as Why?, Danielson, Shearwater, Ponytail, Magik Markers, Marnie Stern, The Blow, Mirah, etc.) performing using miniature amps and drums - a sight which has caught many a spectator off guard. They are a thoroughly unconventional band, but one that is somehow miraculously easy on the ears. Deceptively simple, using modest means to achieve ambitious ends, never predictable, Cryptacize challenges preconceptions about how a song should go or how rock music should make you feel. But in the end, they always leave you with a tune you can hum and lyrics that tell a story.

Recorded by Cryptacize in a cabin near Yosemite National Park over the summer of 2008, Mythomania will be released on April 21st on Asthmatic Kitty.

Girl Talk CD Release Date Pushed Back To October 21st

photo by Andrew Strasser- for the Grateful Web

Pittsburgh artist Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) has scrupulously created music from samples for over eight years. His fourth album, Feed the Animals, continues his sonic evolution towards his party-infested live show. While his first album, Secret Diary (2002), was full of purposeful glitches and noise, his subsequent albums, Unstoppable (2004) and the groundbreaking Night Ripper (2006), moved closer and closer towards dance-able mixes of varying genres, often including dozens of audio sources in a stream of juxtaposed hooks. With the fourth Girl Talk album on the Illegal Art label, Gillis steps even closer towards a creation that is centered on pop musicality rather than attention-deficit sample splicing.

Girl Talk has been known to underground audiences for several years, but it wasn't until 2006 that Gillis crossed over and caught the attention of a larger audience. With Rolling Stone, SPIN, Blender, Pitchfork, and even Beck including Night Ripper in their _best albums of 2006_ lists, Girl Talk has gone on to be booked by major festivals (Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Virgin, All Points West, Pitchfork, DEMF, etc.), and solicited for remixes (Beck, Thrill Jockey, Tokyo Police Club, Grizzly Bear, Simian Mobile Disco, Peter Bjorn & John, TeddyBears, and Of Montreal). And with roughly 200 live shows over the last couple of years, Gillis has consistently played larger venues to capacity crowds (every date on his 2007 North American tour with Dan Deacon sold out).

A year after the critically acclaimed Night Ripper release, Gillis quit his job as a biomedical engineer and now focuses on music full time. With his newly acquired lifestyle he can now work on music during the week and fly out to play shows on the weekend. With only a laptop in hand, the Girl Talk live show is more portable than a traditional band and has afforded Gillis the opportunity to travel the world with minimal overhead. A visceral culture of audience involvement has also become key to the live Girl Talk experience. Performances oftentimes feature the stage being mobbed with a sweaty mass of dancers who surround Gillis as he triggers samples and create mixes, new and old, out of loops from his hard drive. Such performances have quickly become one of the most entertaining and exhilarating live shows many have experienced as Girl Talk has the extraordinary ability to get the crowd ecstatic and keep the thrill going for the entire concert.

The new album, Feed the Animals, collects the material that was developed over the last two years as part of Gillis' ever-changing live show. With hours of material in hand, it still took months to meticulously edit together the seamless album that combines 300+ samples in 50 minutes. Such fastidious care is what separates Girl Talk from the dime-a-dozen remixes that are posted to the Internet daily. In comparison to the previous release, Gillis has described this new album as expanded, with a larger range of tempos and samples. Yet, at the same time the focus has shifted from technical prowess to the flow and balance of each segment in an effort to successful translate the over-the-top party feel of the Girl Talk live show into album form.

Before Girl Talk suddenly reached critical acclaim, a typical show would attract 15-30 people. During those initial years it was an extreme oddity for someone to show up with a laptop and play elaborately constructed mixes of pop samples. In the last couple of years, though, not only have Gillis' live shows exploded, but he is also being recognized for his innovations. From Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips nominating him for the Shortlist Music Prize to Representative Mike Doyle speaking about him to Congress (in relation to copyright laws), Gillis has quickly become a public figure. Emerging from his underground Pittsburgh roots, he is now being lauded as the future of electronic music by techno pioneer Richie Hawtin, while celebrities such as Paris Hilton are vying to dance onstage during a Girl Talk show. Gillis modestly takes it all in stride and has stated in interviews that he will eventually go back to a normal job, all the while reveling in the party while it lasts.

While Girl Talk's music is often categorized alongside mashups, or DJ mixes, it is critical to note how distinct his assemblages are from the conventional mixing of two simultaneous tracks. Gillis' roots lie more in the rich history of sample-based compostion as demonstrated by artists such as Dickie Goodman, Negativland, John Oswald, Steinski, Public Enemy (The Bomb Squad era), and countless others. Rather than taking mashups to an extreme, Girl Talk is more focused on the art of the sampling and developing new tracks that have their own character, and surpass the original elements. Such transformative work is what helps qualify his output as being protected by the _fair use_ principle of U.S. Copyright Law.

The CD release of Girl Talk's Feed The Animals on Illegal Art has been pushed back to October 21st due to manufacturing issues. Its been delayed to ensure the product is perfect and distinctive. This delay has nothing to do with copyright issues. As a reminder, Girl Talk's nationwide tour in support of this release kicks off next month. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

Thu-Sep 18, 08    Newark            DE   University of Delaware
Fri-Sep 19, 08    Saratoga Springs  NY   Skidmore College w/ Prefuse 73
Thu-Oct 9, 08     Philadelphia      PA   Starlight Ballroom w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses    
Fri-Oct 10, 08    Washington        DC   9:30 Club w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Sat-Oct 11, 08    Baltimore         MD   Sonar w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Mon-Oct 13, 08    Carrboro          NC   Cats Cradle w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Tue-Oct 14, 08    Asheville         NC   Orange Peel w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses         
Wed-Oct 15, 08    Knoxville         TN   Valarium w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Thu-Oct 16, 08    Atlanta           GA   Variety Playhouse w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses         
Fri-Oct 17, 08    New Orleans       LA   House of Blues New Orleans w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses    
Sat-Oct 18, 08    Houston           TX   Warehouse Live w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Mon-Oct 20, 08    Austin            TX   Emos w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Tue-Oct 21, 08    Dallas            TX   Palladium Ballroom w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses        
Thu-Oct 23, 08    Tucson            AZ   Rialto Theater w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses      
Fri-Oct 24, 08    Los Angeles       CA   Henry Fonda Theater w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses       
Sat-Oct 25, 08    Los Angeles       CA   Henry Fonda Theater w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK        
Mon-Oct 27, 08    San Francisco     CA   The Fillmore Auditorium w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses        
Tue-Oct 28, 08    San Francisco     CA   The Fillmore Auditorium w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Thu-Oct 30, 08    Salt Lake City    UT   In The Venue w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Fri-Oct 31, 08    Denver            CO   Ogden Theater w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK  
Sat-Nov 1, 08     Lawrence          KS   The Granada Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK         
Mon-Nov 3, 08     Minneapolis       MN   First Avenue w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Tue-Nov 4, 08     Milwaukee         WI   Turner Hall Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Wed-Nov 5, 08     Urbana            IL   Canopy Club w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Thu-Nov 6, 08     Nashville         TN   Cannery Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Fri-Nov 7, 08     Louisville        KY   Headliners Music Hall w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK    
Sat-Nov 8, 08     Chicago,          IL   Congress Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK
Sun-Nov 9, 08     Cincinnati        OH   Bogarts w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Mon-Nov 10, 08    Cleveland         OH   Beachland Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK          
Tue-Nov 11, 08    Pontiac           MI   Eagle Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK         
Wed-Nov 12, 08    Toronto           ON   Koolhaus w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Thu-Nov 13, 08    Montreal          PQ   Club Soda w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK        
Fri-Nov 14, 08    Foxborough        MA   Showcase Live w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Sat-Nov 15, 08    New York          NY   Terminal 5 w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK
Sun-Nov 16, 08    New York          NY   Terminal 5 w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses

Widespread Panic April 21st & 22nd

widespreadAmphitheater, Raleigh North Carolina

The Holiday Inn Brownstone, where we were staying, is the main hotel for most of the Panic fans this weekend. By Friday morning the parking lot already had people partying and blasting their live shows thru their car speakers. Our crew decided to rent a large SUV Limo for the show. When we all left for the show that day, we were riding in style.

The Walnut Creek Amphitheater is a wonderful venue to see a show. Not only are there enough bathroom and plenty of areas to eat and drink, but the folks who worked there were some of the nicest employees I have ever dealt with at a show. After getting our beverages, we quickly ran to our seats under the Amphitheaters covered section. Right then the first wave of screams came from the crowd as Panic took the stage and delivered a large "Proving Ground – Chilly Water – Proving Ground" sandwich. John Keane who has produced many of Widespread Panics albums joined them on stage for most of this first set. He sat in on the next two songs, "C Brown" and "Porch Song" switching between guitar and pedal steel guitar the whole time.  Next Panic served up another sandwich by playing "Driving Song – Tie Your Shoes – Driving Song".  I took a minute to look back at the crowd and saw the whole place dancing like this was their last show ever. The first set wrapped up with "Ain't Life Grand" and a Jerry Joseph cover "Chainsaw City".

The second set opened with a new Panic song, "Second Skin". Widespread will be issuing this song on their soon to be released CD, "Earth to America".  The next song was a cover of War's "Low Rider", followed by "Junior" and a song I have not heard in awhile "Love Tractor".  During set break they played the Rolling Stones album 'Exile on Main Street' so it was not too surprising, when after Drums, they played a killer version of "Stop Breaking Down Blues". The second set finished up strongly with versions of "Traveling Light" by JJ Cale, "This Part of Town" an old Michael Houser tune, and "Solid Rock" a Bob Dylan cover from his religious days that will also be released on the new album in June.

The night ended with a slow encore of "Nobody's Loss" followed by another uplifting cover of Jerry Josephs "Climb to Safety". The band left the stage and the crowd worked their way back to their cars and headed home for the night knowing they had just been to a party with thousands of friends.

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-Day two at Walnut Creek Amphitheater.

It seems the older I get the harder it is to rebound from the concert the night before. I move a little bit slower to my seat, but my feet still want to dance when the lights go down. Tonight's show opened with a Widespread Panic classic "Diner". It almost felt like a huge sing along from their first song into "Blackout Blues".  The crowd let the band sing again on the next few songs, "Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi)", "From The Cradle", and my favorite Widespread Panic tune "Holden Oversoul". If ever I felt like I wanted to dance, this was the time.

John Keane was back again tonight playing thru the end of the first set again on "Blue Indian", "Travelin' Man", and "Wondering". The first set finished up with a rockin' tune I have never heard the band play called "Georgia On A Fast Train".

Thank God we had our same seats under the roof tonight, because the weather was going to change real quick. No sooner had I left the bathroom and got a few beers for the second set that I felt the rain come. Not just lightly mind you, but fast and hard! By the time I made it to the covered area I was soaked and every person in the place was trying to get into our seats. Needless to say I had to 'move' a few people out of my way and play security for all of my friends trying to get back into their seats. Right away all you could hear was the rumor of a Hatfield. Who was Hatfield and what is the song about? You will have to Google that for yourself. All I can tell you is it deals with cooking up some rain.

The second set started like this "Old Neighborhood, Pigeons, Good People, Rebirtha > Jam". Then came the song everyone wanted to hear, even the wettest of wet fans standing in the rain on the lawn. "Hatfield" is an older Widespread Panic song, but it always seems to come alive when the rain is pouring and the crowd is feeling the thunder. After that epic song I could not expect the best part of the whole two nights run would be what came next.

"Ribs And Whiskey" is a great song with even better lyrics 'seen your sister naked, ain't nothing I tried to see'. Then Sam Holt, Michael Houser's old guitar tech came out for a long missed "Machine" into "Barstools and Dreamers" song. This combo is something older Panic fans could truly appreciate as Holt played his guitar just like Houser used to. The set ended with another JJ Cale cover "Ride Me High" and a Widespread Panic heavy guitar riffing song called "Give".

The two night show ended with a sweet encore of "Clowns Come Home", a Neil Young cover of "Don't Be Denied", and a wonderful "Imitation Leather Shoes".  The two nights were over, the fans were spent, and the last thing I heard that brought a smile to my face was from a lady by the exit, "Thanks for coming, ya' all come back real soon". You know what….I think I just might.

Other Lynel Honerman Reviews:

The Bad Plus

WideSpread Panic 11/3/2005 Fillmore in Denver CO

Rose Hill Drive does Zepplin One

Hairy Apes BMX and the Dead Kenny G's

Cripple Crow CD by Devendra Banhart