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Announcing the latest Road Trips release | 4/6/82

It's hard to believe that a year like 1982, which included so many excellent shows, has only been represented once on an authorized Grateful Dead release. We're making that "wrong" a "right" with Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 4. This awesome three-disc set delivers an indisputably fine show from that underrated year: the complete Philly Spectrum 4/6/82 concert, with a heapin' helpin' of the 4/5/82 Spectrum show to round things out.

Philly fans always expected big things out of the boys when they came to town, so these Spectrum shows have a whole lot of zip to them. The rock-solid first set finds Bob and Jerry "on" from the get-go, singin' their hearts out on a wide range of mostly uptempo tunes, then blazing in to a funky and fiery second set before the Rhythm Devils take over for an ultimate duel. Charged with intensity, there's barely time to take a breather. All in all, it's a lively and powerful dose of Dead from one of the band's all-time favorite venues.

Needless to say, the sound is pristine, and mastered to HDCD specs. A colorful booklet with an essay and photos is part of the deal, too. But you already knew that.

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Tracklist

CD 1:
1. COLD RAIN AND SNOW>
2. PROMISED LAND
3. CANDYMAN
4. C.C. RIDER
5. BROWN-EYED WOMEN
6. MAMA TRIED>
7. MEXICALI BLUES
8. BIG RAILROAD BLUES
9. LOOKS LIKE RAIN
10. JACK-A-ROE
11. IT’S ALL OVER NOW
12. MIGHT AS WELL

CD 2:
1. SHAKEDOWN STREET>
2. LOST SAILOR>
3. SAINT OF CIRCUMSTANCE>
4. TERRAPIN STATION>
5. RHYTHM DEVILS>
6. SPACE

CD 3:
1. TRUCKIN’>
2. THE OTHER ONE>
3. MORNING DEW>
4. SUGAR MAGNOLIA
5. IT’S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE
6. BERTHA
7. PLAYING IN THE BAND>
8. SHIP OF FOOLS>
9. PLAYING IN THE BAND

Town Mountain at the Top of the Mountain

Town Mountain almost rocked the building strait off  the mountain side when they played at the Gold Hill Inn last night.  Before the show started I spoke t

Grateful Dead | Denver, Colorado | 11/20/73

Get lost in the majesty and mystery of Road Trips Vol. 4, No. 3. The 3-disc set features the entire November 21, 1973 concert at the Denver Coliseum as well as an excellent sequence of tunes from the second set of the previous night's Denver show (11/20/73)!

A prime slice of Rocky Mountain Dead, Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3 offers up a psychedelicornucopia of wondrous new tunes including "Here Comes Sunshine," "Mississippi Half-Step," "Weather Report Suite," "They Love Each Other," and "Stella Blue." Each a classic in its own way, this crop of new songs proved indicative of some of the exciting new directions the band's music was taking. What's more, the band's killer second set features a spectacular hour-long medley that begins with "Half-Step," segues into "Playing in the Band," travels 715 miles due south for a little gunplay in "El Paso," dips back into the "Playing" jam for a spell, then into a superb "Wharf Rat," back to a dynamic "Playing" reprise, and is topped off by one of the best versions of "Morning Dew" from this period. My, oh my!

Sonically this is certain to exceed your expectations as it has once again been mastered to HDCD specs for maximum punch and clarity.

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Tune in to hear two tracks, "Here Comes Sunshine" and "Weather Report Suite," from Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3: Denver '73. Both were brand-new songs released on the Wake Of The Flood album on October 15, 1973.

MilkDrive Releases Studio Album ROAD FROM HOME

MilkDrive, Austin’s phenomenal alt-folk-progressive acoustic string band, will release on April 5 its debut studio album, ROAD FROM HOME, which captures the quartet’s soulful, textural, multi-layer mix of rhythms, tempos, flavors, improvisation and its harmony vocals.

After its Austin CD Release Show, on Friday, April 8, at Saxon Pub, MilkDrive plays a number of nationally acclaimed music festivals: Old Settler’s on April 14, “Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour” on May 9, Pagosa Folk N’ Bluegrass in Colorado in June, and Rockygrass in Lyons, Colo., at the end of July.
ROAD FROM HOME was recorded at Mountainside Audio Labs in Nashville, produced by MilkDrive and Bil VornDick (Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck), and engineered and mixed by VornDick.
Like its independently released debut live album, the band’s new studio album features fingers flying at “unbelievable” speed, original tunes that go beyond extraordinary and “impeccable” arrangements. Both “Back” and “Dry Creek Inn” from ROAD FROM HOME have the old-school sound, with haunting mandolin and fiddle, but thoroughly modern lyrics on topics such as love and death bring it into the 21st century.

Digitalism Loves You, Dude! New Album Coming in June

With a new album ready to drop on June 21st, Digitalism is back in action with their latest record I Love You, Dude, following up 2007’s Idealism, an album described by Pitchfork as solidifying the Hamburg team as “the artists probably most dedicated of all to the idea of merging rock and electronic dance music” out of all their contemporaries aiming to get the indie rock kids on the dancefloor. If you were at a party at any point in the year that album dropped, you are familiar with Digitalism’s tunes as they were blasted out of every home stereo and club soundsystem across the globe from here to Australia.

Music lovers from an early age, Jens Moelle and Ismail ‘Isi’ Tuefekci worked in music before they were propelled into the limelight. They came together when Jens, working afternoons in Hamburg’s Underground Solution record shop, became friends with Isi, who worked at a vinyl distributor. The two quickly bonded over their love of vinyl and became a DJ tag team. They were soon using early CD-writers to burn their own edits, and in jokey tribute to Bob Sinclar’s Africanism All Stars project and to their own love of electronic dance music, they scribbled the word ‘Digitalism’ on the CDs to identify them for playing out. A band was born and their 2005 tune “Zdarlight” put them on the radar of a new network of young DJs across the globe pushing club culture in a heady rock direction.

Soon they’d honed a live show that became hugely in demand and took them all over the world, with firing tunes such as “Jupiter Room” and “Pogo” backing up the hype alongside remixes for Depeche Mode and Daft Punk. They toured the Idealism album for a couple of years and then went to ground, cutting back to a few DJ dates a month so they could concentrate on crafting I Love You, Dude in their Hamburg bunker studio.  The new album further serves their aim of getting everyone to dance with 10 tracks each of with their own vibrant identity, this is the sound of a band welding dancefloor pugilism onto crafted sonic sculpture. The band set the bar high for themselves, featuring tracks like  “Forrest Gump,” co-written with Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, “Circles,” with its Who-ish keyboard and apparently existential lyrics, and stand out track “2 Hearts,” a curveball of a pop song.

US tour dates are on the horizon….

Jam Stampede @ Brooklyn Bowl w/ Mark & Kenny

The Jam Stampede will perform at their ongoing Dead Center event at Brooklyn Bowl on April 19, 2011. We were too excited to wait another day until 4/20 for this show so we are performing on 4/19.

For the first time Mark Karan (Jemimah Puddleduck, Ratdog) will be joining us for the festivities and Kenny Brooks (Alphabet Soup, Ratdog) will join us again after having such a good time last October.

With the help of our good friends Mark and Kenny we will again revisit some of the Grateful Dead lore and explore some new ground with the tunes through the expression of these two great instrumentalists who played together in RatDog and have put their own historic stamp on the music.

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Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Avenue

Brooklyn, NU

4/19/2011 @ 8PM

Afor-Zep & 56 Hope Road @ the Fox Theatre

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present Afro-Zep & 56 Hope Road at the Fox Theatre on Friday, February 11th.

AfroZep is a collective of Chicago musicians that assemble a few times a year to tour- performing a set of all Led Zeppelin tunes but re-done in the style of Afrobeat and Afropop. Some tunes are straight mash-ups of Fela Kuti and Zeppelin; others are Zep tunes but set to original grooves based off the music of artists such as Tinariwen, Thomas Mapfumo and Franco; and others are stripped down arrangements with tons of added traditional African drumming, like their take on 'When the Levee Breaks' which incorporates a rhythm of Malinke decent, called Soli. Arrangements such as this show how the roots of Plant and Page's songwriting can be traced even further back to the roots of blues music itself. The members of AfroZep have toured and recorded with various artists, such as: Chicago Afrobeat Project, 56 Hope Road, Starrunner, 1000 Vertical Feet, the Motet, Seneke West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, among many other of gospel, big band, jazz, rock and drumming ensembles based out of Chicago. Due to the rigorous schedules of its performers, the Afro-Zep is not a full time project and the band only tours a few times a year.  With their first tour taking place in Nov 2009 the band has already traveled to Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado.

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56 Hope Road is a band bonded like a family, and as a result, their music has an unmistakable honesty and openness. Uncanny, intuitive communication creates an easy interplay on stage, making even the most layered tunes sound effortless. They allow the joy of spontaneous creativity to color their song-based arrangements - neither losing their musical center, nor restricting its growth. The music is acoustic funk at its finest with sounds reminiscent of G-Love and Special Sauce, Richie Havens, MMW, Grateful Dead, Paul Simon and Gomez. This Chicago-based “acoustic funk explosion” is known for clever songwriting, lush vocal harmonies and one of the tightest rhythm sections on the scene. Formed in 1999, 56 Hope Road is made up of vocalist/guitarist Dave Hamilton, drummer Greg Fundis, upright bassist Chad Sanders, saxophonist Casey Fitzpatrick, and often augmented by vocalist Anne Katzfey, and percussionist Matt Katzfey.

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Tickets are on sale at Fox Theatre Box Office. Call (303) 443-3399 for tickets by phone.

Tickets are also available through our website @ www.foxtheatre.com.

$7 adv / $9 dos

Tickets On Sale – Friday January 21st!

Hot Club of Cowtown's new CD salutes Bob Wills

Bob Wills has always been a core inspiration for the Hot Club of Cowtown’s sound, but it has taken the Texas-based trio a dozen years to fully honor the King of Western swing. A fortuitous tour in England last spring led the band to London’s Specific Sound studio, where they spent two days recording a 14-song marathon of only Bob Wills tunes. The result, What Makes Bob Holler, is a lively tribute to the American music icon, respecting Wills’ legendary music while putting Hot Club’s own signature on these songs. “We have been meaning to make this album for a long time,” says Elana James, who co-founded Hot Club with Whit Smith (they’re joined by bassist Jake Erwin).

Launched in 1994, the Hot Club of Cowtown has grown to be the most globe-trotting, hardest-swinging Western swing trio on the planet, continuing to develop a unique sound inspired by the band’s namesakes: the hot jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli of the Hot Club of France, and Bob Willis & the Texas Playboys.

And with the imminent release of What Makes Bob Holler on Proper American on February 1, the Austin-based band looks to a busy 2011. They start the year opening seven U.K. arena dates with Roxy Music, followed by a taping of NPR’s Mountain Stage in Charleston, W.V. in late January and an appearance at South by Southwest (SXSW) in March — before touring coast to coast in support of the album.

Bob Wills’ music — in this case the recordings of radio shows from 1946-47 called the Tiffany Transcriptions that are the fundamental inspiration for HCCT’s repertoire and style —offers a terrific platform for some ace musicianship in the form of Smith’s guitar, James’ fiddle and Erwin’s nimble bass. By spotlighting Wills’ early, pre-World War II catalogue, the disc happily matches obscure B-sides with some of Wills’ most popular work. Tunes like “Big Balls in Cowtown” and “Stay All Night” are numbers that “people always love when we play them live,” says James, “so it was a no-brainer to gather them into a record.” Other songs, like “Osage Stomp” and “The Devil Ain’t Lazy,” might not be as well known, but they are the type of tunes that originally attracted Smith and James to Wills’ music. “We’re playing what knocked us out about Western swing in the first place — the early fiery energy and jazzy improvisations,” says James.

By 1998 Smith and James had relocated to Austin, Texas, and released their debut, Swingin’ Stampede, on HighTone Records. Seven more albums over the next decade generated much critical acclaim and a devoted following. The New York Times’ Neil Strauss proclaimed the Hot Club “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time.” Craig Havighurst, in Nashville’s Tennessean, calls them “one of the most original groups on the Americana circuit, deserving of attention both live and on record” while the Sunday Times of London lauded HCCT as “the world’s most engaging Western Swing band — their shows are all about energy and joie de vivre . . . the devil-may-care style that combined the rigor of Jazz with the down-home sentiment of country and earthiness of the blues — it is as a live act that they have made their greatest impact.”

What Makes Bob Holler arrives on the heels of 2009’s Wishful Thinking, an Americana radio Top 100 album on which HCCT blended their love of hot jazz and Western swing with original songs, a Tom Waits cover and forays into more eclectic territory. The Austin Chronicle’s Jim Caliguiri called it “the Cowtowners at their peak” and David Eldridge, in the Washington Times, describes the disc as “one of the year’s most unexpected listening pleasures.”

What Makes Bob Holler is something of an 180-degree swing from Wishful Thinking’s more eccentric set list. It is the first time HCCT has focused on only one style for an entire album and they are proud enough of the results to express interest in doing more. “There are so many great songs that we didn’t get to,” says James. “We’re going to have to make a box set, eventually, but we’re just going to make it piecemeal,” adds Smith with a laugh.

While the new disc focuses on Bob Wills music, HCCT’s live show will remain a engaging mix of what the band does best — whatever moves them at the moment. James reveals that the band often plays without a set list. “We have faith in the system that is the band. This energy that we plug into and it takes us away.” Smith describes their shows as “like a rock ’n’ roll show” and “people pick up on the energy and the sincerity.”

MIKE + RUTHY'S FOLK CITY Tonight At Cornelia Street Café

Mike + Ruthy's Folk City is the new 4th-Wednesday series at Cornelia Street Cafe. This month Mike + Ruthy will be inviting the family on stage for a heart-warming evening of American roots music! Jay Ungar and Molly Mason achieved international acclaim when their performance of Jay's composition, Ashokan Farewell, became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns' The Civil War on PBS. When the whole family band gets together, they'll have your toes tapping with everything from cajun to celtic fiddle tunes and favorites from the golden age of country and swing. reservations strongly reccommend.

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Wed  Oct 27th 8:30PM      
MIKE + RUTHY'S FOLK CITY, (JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND)
(Jay Ungar, violin, mandolin; Molly Mason, guitar, piano; Ruthy Ungar, violin, guitar; Mike Merenda, banjo, percussion)

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CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ
29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York    212-989-9319
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com

Keller Williams Picks the Winner for Keller On Your Couch

When Keller Williams announced the release of his first-ever all-covers collection, Thief, last spring. He also launched the much talked about “Keller and The Keels On Your Couch” contest. In the contest, anyone who ordered Thief via www.kellerwilliams.net was entered to win a chance for a 90 minute private acoustic performance by Keller and The Keels in the winner’s living room for them and up to 49 of their friends.

Now, five months and many entries later, Keller releases the name of the lucky winner of the “Keller and The Keels On Your Couch” contest. Watch the video of Keller himself picking and announcing the winner.

Recorded with the Keels—husband and wife duo Larry and Jenny Keel—Thief (May 25, 2010 SCI Fidelity Records) includes songs originally written and recorded by as wildly diverse an assemblage as anyone’s ever likely to dream up. Thief offers up Keller-versions of songs by an [almost] unthinkable collection of artists from: Amy Winehouse (“Rehab”) to the Grateful Dead (“Mountains of the Moon”), the Butthole Surfers (“Pepper”) to Kris Kristofferson (“Don’t Cuss That Fiddle,” which opens the album, and “The Year 2003 Minus 25,” which closes the album). The set is filled out with tunes by Ryan Adams, the Presidents of the United States of America, the Raconteurs, Patterson Hood, Danny Barnes, Cracker, the Yonder Mountain String Band and Marcy Playground. All over the place, indeed, but that’s the way Williams likes it. And in his hands it all makes sense—like everything he’s ever touched, whether from his own pen or someone else’s, it all becomes Keller Williams' music.

Look for Keller on tour now. www.kellerwilliams.net