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Meat Puppets continue to add tour dates supporting "Lollipop"

Legendary rock trio the Meat Puppets continue to tour supporting their 13th LP, Lollipop, out now on Megaforce Records. After being invited to this years' Animal Collective-curated All Tomorrow's Parties to perform Up on The Sun, the Meat Puppets will re-release their seminal album on vinyl, available in stores September 13.
For the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's NevermindSPIN invited the Meat Puppets to contribute an interpretation of one of the iconic tracks and the band chose to tackle "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Listen to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and read what Curt Kirkwood had to say about the recording at SPIN.com.
Check out the Pitchfork-premiered trippy video for "Orange," album art and download "Damn Thing" off the new LP. Produced by band leader Curt Kirwood, and recorded at Spoon's HiFi Studio in Austin, Lollipop features the indelible Kirkwood brothers back at work and back at play on 12 powerful new original cuts.
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Meat Puppets Tour Dates
Sept 14 - Chelsea's - Baton Rouge, LA
Sept 15 - One Eyed Jack's - New Orleans, LA
Sept 16 - Club Downunder @ FSU - Tallahassee, FL *
Sept 17 - Crowbar - Ybor City / Tampa, FL *
Sept 18 - The Social - Orlando, FL *
Sept 20 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro/Raleigh, NC *
Sept 21 - Visulite - Charlotte, NC *
Sept 22 - Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC *
Sept 23 - Barley's Tap Room - Knoxville, TN *
Sept 24 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA *
Sept 25 - Melting Point - Athens, GA
Sept 27 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN *
Sept 28 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL *
Sept 29 - Stickyz Rock'n'Roll Chicken Shack - Little Rock, AR ^^
Sept 30 - Will Rogers Auditorium - Fort Worth, TX ^^
Oct 1 - Scoot Inn - Austin, TX ^^
Oct 2 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX ^^
Oct 28 - George's Majestic Lounge - Fayetteville, AR ^^
Oct 29 - Hi-Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN ^^
Oct 30 - Old Rock House - St Louis, MO ^^
Nov 1 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC ^^
Nov 3 - Johnny Brenda's  - Philadelphia, PA ^^
Nov 4 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY ^^
Nov 5 - Middle East - Boston, MA ^^
Nov 6 - Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ #
Nov 8 - Musica - Akron, OH #
Nov 9 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI #
Nov 10 - The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI #
Nov 11 - Double Door - Chicago, IL #
Nov 12 - Turf Club - St Paul, MN #
Nov 13 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA #
w/ The Weeks *
w/ Dex Romweber Duo ^^
w/ Black Box Revelation #

Meat Puppets announce US tour dates supporting the release of "Lollipop"

Legendary rock trio Meat Puppets announce spring and summer tour dates supporting the relese of their 13th LP, Lollipop - out April 12, 2011 on Megaforce Records - including a run of dates with Slightly Stoopid!
Lollipop is now available for pre-order.  Check out album art and download the first track off the upcoming LP, "Damn Thing." Produced by band leader Curt Kirwood, and recorded at Spoon's HiFi Studio in Austin.
Lollipop features the indelible Kirkwood brothers back at work and back at play on 12 powerful new original cuts.
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Meat Puppets Tour Dates
Apr 27 - Busters - Lexington, KY *
Apr 28 - The Valarium - Knoxville, TN *
Apr 30 - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK *
May 1 - Liberty Hall - Lawrence, KS *
May 3 - Simon Estes Amphitheater - Des Moines, IA *
May 5 - The Venus - Fargo, ND *
May 6 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN *
May 7 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO *
June 8 - The Blue Light - Lubbock, TX
June 9 - Santa Fe Brewing Co. - Santa Fe, NM
June 10 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
June 11 - The Clubhouse - Phoenix, AZ
June 14 - Casbah - San Diego, CA
June 15 - Detroit Bar - Costa Mesa, CA
June 16 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
June 17 - Independent - San Francisco, CA
June 18 - Humboldt Brews - Arcata, CA
June 20 - Wild Buffalo - Bellingham, WA
June 21 - Crocodile - Seattle, WA
June 22 - Doug Fir - Portland, OR
June 23 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
June 25 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
June 26 - Abbey Theater - Durango, CA
June 29 - Bluebird - Denver, CO
June 30 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
July 1 - Slowdown - Omaha, NE
July 9 - Summerfest - Milwaukee, WI
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w/ Slightly Stoopid *

Meat Puppets Announce Spring US Tour Dates

meatPerfection in art is for subjective fools.  The goal of any real artist is purity, and purity is a state of mind.  Hamlet knew and told us.  To thine own self, be true. In 2007, with the wayward absence of bassist Cris Kirkwood a hiccup since passed, the Meat Puppets simultaneously reformed and pledged a singular ferIn 2007, with the wayward absence of bassist Cris Kirkwood a hiccup since passed, the Meat Puppets simultaneously reformed and pledged a singular fervent purpose.  Complete resurrection.   That's no small order.  This is, after all, a band that stands out as one of the most illuminous sparks highlighting the first, and most overtly accomplished, coming of American indie rock, those golden and precious years lying roughly between 1979 and 1985.  An era so filled with purity, it reigns supreme to this day with an embarrassment of musical riches.   Many of them straight from the fingers of Kirkwood/Kirkwood/ Bostrom.

Always recognized as an extremely dexterous and deft live act, the Puppets used 2008 to continue to stretch out the new line up (with Ted Marcus now a full time replacement for founding drummer Derrick Bostrom).   The band joined Built to Spill, and later, Stone Temple Pilots, for well received jaunts across the U.S. The Puppets also toured Europe, and took part in each of the 2008 All Tomorrow's Parties festivals, performing Meat Puppets II as part of ATP's Dont Look Back series.  By year's end, the shows were "almost" 100% acoustic.  "Almost" because Curt was playing a Gibson Hummingbird plugged into his pedal board, allowing him to work his eboard, allowing him to work his effects just like an electric guitar.  The simplicity of the set up belied the sort of arresting dynamics that Muse and Radiohead aim to capture, albeit by spending tens of thousands of quid in arena production.

Signed in early 2008 to ultra-artist friendly Megaforce Records, the Puppets found themselves once again at work exploring the vast creative landscape that has defined the band since it burst forth with its majestic debut for SST, Meat Puppets.  In between '08 tours, the Puppets wrote and recorded a new album, Sewn Together, the trio's second full length since 2007. Sewn Together began with the band laboring under all sorts of questions as to what artistic and sonic direction it would strike.

Afterall, band leader Curt Kirkwood openly acknowledged the rather brusque approach he chose in crafting the one-off made for Anodyne Records, "Rise To Your Knees":

"In the ‘80s, we used to just crap this stuff out," he notes.  "Those SST records cost, like, five grand apiece, if that much, and those are the records that made people like us.  Later, when we got into a position to work in bigger studios with outside people, we'd wind up spending a whole bunch of money and having to satisfy the people who gave us that money.  We did that all through the ‘90s, and I'm just not interested in doing that anymore."

"Now, if I can get away with it, I'll make a record as cheap as I can and put as little work as I can into it, which is what we did with this one.  I don't like putting a lot time into it.  We cut a track, and if we've played it halfway right, we're done with it."

Of course, none of Curt's ideas about how to effectively make a record degrade the music he crafts.  Integrity grips him as if a Viking vise.   Like Dylan, he is merely determined to streamline, to avoid overthinking and obsessing with studio elements.  He has delivered a living catalogue of historical records, using close to primitive tools.  It is a lesson in technique that today's too-pimped up pop "artists" ought to study, and thankfully, there are a few bands that do.

In the case of the new album, Curt and Cris chose a home town studio that oIn the case of the new album, Curt and Cris chose a home town studio that offered analog process.  To help add purity.   And with production helmed by Curt, creative freedom arrived du jour.  With no contrived map to follow, the best friend of artistry -spontaneity- governed.  Indeed, going into the studio, only Curt knew what songs he planned to cut.  The label didn't ask and neither did the band.  When the guiding minstrel is as honed and proven as Curt, it is both easy and incumbent to roll with the pitch.

True to his vows not to beat down a session, in less than two weeks' time Curt had effectively corralled his necessary and sufficient musical elements: the songs, the band, his son Elmo, the compatible recording team at the Salt Mine Studio in Mesa, and Phoenix-based pianist William Joseph.  Joseph's role illustrates how spontaneity is a giving gift.  He was initially invited into the studio to help with some fills, yet by day's end, was contributing a bounty of beautiful passages that bespeak a mature flushing out of Curt's deeply embedded genetic sense of melody.  Witness "Sapphire," "Clone," and "Smoke." At first listen, one is tempted with an impression of experimental Pink Floyd "Wall" like channeling here, but accuracy's sake will note that the operatic idiom behind these songs has been exhibited at least as far back as 1995's "No Joke", and subsequent trials from Curt's solo master piece, "Snow", and the texturally generous "Rise To Your Knees".

Now, however, the breadth of instrumentation is no longer in the back seat. It's right there in the guts of the entire record. And while it is not overstatement to declare a connection here to the heights of the E Street Band, the results from last summer's sessions clearly continue the Puppets' trademark forging of subtle yet iconoclastic lyrical sweetness and remarkable musicianship.  Were a short description required, confidence is the defining term and attitude. This is a record that is brilliantly framed by the band's sometimes folksy, always fluid wanderings. The Puppets gladly let the material step out as first fiddle, content with understanding songs this strong only come along once in a great while, and better to serve them than the other way around.

It is what makes the Puppets musings so difficult to classify.  They ambitiously dart the melodic spectrum between buoyant pop structure like album-opener Sewn Together and the grand sweep of "Clone", two of the precision-perfect gems that will come to represent this record as a keeper.   The album rides to close in pure pop fashion.  The infectious "Love Mountain", a song that harkens back better than a decade, at last weaving itself free of Curt's inner aware-ness, emerges taut yet jangly enough to please George Harrison and George Martin.  That's no exaggeration, either.  Sure, absolutely, Springsteen and the Beatles and Pink Floyd are mighty comparisons, but let's face it, what is due is due. Beatles and Pink Floyd are mighty comparisons, but let's face it, what is due is due.

Looking ahead, to May '09, the Puppets start the first leg of extensive road work celebrating the new record, but as with every Puppets' tour, the show will be certain to range over the course of performance afforded it by the Puppets' endearingly adventurous career . The Sewn Together tour kicks off May 12th in Los Angeles at the Mint.

Big Meat Music

- for the Grateful Web

What is the essence that is "Big Meat"?  The signature sound that originates from four close friends can only be described as improvisational Rock n' Roll.

In their rural hometown of Pomfret, CT, located in the northeast "Quiet Corner" of the state, we started to learn how to play our instruments together in 1995.  While most kids in Pomfret complained of boredom, we entertained ourselves with music.  By the year 2000, "Big Meat" had successfully taken the "Quiet" out of the "Corner" and replaced it with juicy grooves, high-intensity and climaxing improvisation, and completely original compositions.  They performed constantly in high school, producing their own shows from the lights to the sound.  On summer weekends they set up a shoddy PA system and threw a rug on the grass to play at local parties. They always had fun and established such a strong subconscious level of musical connection that they knew "Big Meat" was something special by the time they graduated high school in 2001.

"Big Meat" was separated during our college years because we attended different schools.  We dealt with our separation as best we could, coming together during the breaks and summer months to play clubs, festivals, bars, and parties throughout New England and Pennsylvania.  When school was in session we played occasional college gigs.

While most bands might break up in the midst of such adversity, our separation only improved our sound.  At our respective colleges, we all formed and lead our own musical side-projects that expanded our musical diversity and pushed our individual skills to the limit.  When playing in "Big Meat," any member can steal the show, but in these various side projects, we were each expected to carry the show on our shoulders.  Each time we reunited, our instinctual musical connection remained, and each member was more musically-capable, more confident, and more eclectic and versatile then ever before.  In college, our minds had matured, and we began to understand our roles in the band.  It became more and more evident that when our forces combined, we were "Big Meat."

It's the band that is the show, not any one individual.  It is the unique outcome of their jolly foursome's collaboration that makes them special.  The music is deep and often complex.  The lyrics are stories ranging from monsters invading the house to anecdotes about dreaming you're a golden retriever, taking you through adventures like getting sprayed by a skunk and running from the dog catcher.  We maintain a steady humor but also delve into the more serious inquiries of the human state, such as our own wish to make music for everybody's enjoyment, including ours.

Big meat has completed three albums of original material.  They are "It's What's for Dinner (copyright 2001)," "Bigger than the Bun (copyright 2002)," and "To Be Perfectly Frank (copyright 2005)." 

Big Meat is playing their last run of shows in Orlando before packing up and moving back to CT.  Their last show in Fla will take place on June 24th at the Rocket Pub in Orlanda, Fla.