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MTO Plays SLY: Steven Bernstein's Tribute to Sly & The Family Stone

New York City's favorite "little big band," Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra, cracks open wide the monumental songbook of Sly & The Family Stone on its third studio album, MTO Plays SLY, due September 27 from Royal Potato Family. For this freewheeling and jubilant 13-track tribute, MTO is propelled by a dynamic cast of special guests, including vocalists Antony Hegarty, Dean Bowman, Martha Wainwright, Sandra St. Victor and Shilpa Ray, organist Bernie Worrell, guitarist Vernon Reid and remixer Bill Laswell. By re-imagining the music of Sly Stone through the filter of their own "downtown NYC" aesthetic, Bernstein and company illuminate the melodic and harmonic sophistication of Sly's timeless body of work, while upholding the Day-Glo soul and psychedelic funk that's the backbone of classics like "M'Lady," "Everyday People" and "Family Affair."

"I've been thinking about Sly's music for a long time. He represented endless possibilities by bringing creative freedom and experimentation to popular music. Sly took the whole of American sounds: blues, gospel, rock, jazz, country and gave it a fresh look through his own rose colored glasses," explains Bernstein. "Harmonically, rhythmically, linguistically, socially -- he broke ground on all fronts.  Sly was multiculti before we even knew that was a possibility.  The biggest lesson I've received from him is that it's all part of the musical gumbo and it's up to each individual to create their personal combination."

Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra is: Steven Bernstein (trumpet and slide trumpet), Curtis Fowlkes (trombone), Doug Weiselman (clarinet and tenor saxophone), Peter Apfelbaum (tenor and soprano saxophone), Erik Lawrence (baritone and soprano saxophone), Matt Munisteri (guitar and banjo), Charles Burnham (violin), Ben Allison (acoustic bass) and Ben Perowsky (drums).

In addition to MTO, Steven Bernstein fronts Sexmob and leads The Levon Helm Band horn section. Over a distinguished 30 year career, he's performed and arranged for the likes of Lou Reed, The Lounge Lizards, Sam Rivers, My Morning Jacket, Rufus Wainwright, Elton John and Marianne Faithful among numerous others.

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The track listing for MTO Play SLY is:

1. Stand (featuring Sandra St. Victor, Bernie Worrell and Vernon Reid)
2. Family Affair (featuring Antony Hegarty)
3. Sly Notions
4. Que Sera, Sera (featuring Martha Wainwright)
5. M'Lady (featuring Dean Bowman)
6. You Can Make it If You Try
7. Everyday People (featuring Shilpa Ray)
8. Bernie Interlude (featuring Bernie Worrell)
9. Skin I'm In (featuring Sandra St. Victor)
10. Sly Notions 2/Fun (featuring Dean Bowman)
11. Time (featuring Dean Bowman and Vernon Reid)
12. Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa (Bill Laswell mix translation)
13. Life

New Little Steven 'Coolest Songs' Collection Brings Good Luck

Little Steven ''Coolest Songs''- for the Grateful Web

On November 25, Wicked Cool Records released the latest installment of Steven Van Zandt's irresistibly eclectic collection of rock music, 'Little Steven's Underground Garage Presents the Coolest Songs in the World Vol. 7,' this time featuring songs by Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Flogging Molly, John Fogerty, Kaiser Chiefs and R.E.M.

"You can try having a party without this album blasting your bad luck into oblivion," cautions Van Zandt"but I wouldn't recommend it." As he did for the previous volumes in the 'Coolest Songs in the World' series, Little Steven studiously scoured the world for the best music, picking tracks that give this new compilation "a little bit of everything that's cool." 

Here's what Little Steven has to say about 'Coolest Songs in the World Vol. 7':

"We start with Swedish Surf Rock (Hawaii Mud Bombers) and Mother Truck ("Streets of Atlanta") right through R.E.M.'s neighborhood ("All The Right Friends") all the way to a "Shady Grove" (Mudcrutch) where we get the singular pleasure of Flogging Molly ("Requiem For A Dying Song"). We've got the Dead But Never Better (Rocket From The Crypt) and Born Again But Never Nastier (The Doughboys) and you want born again? We've got nothing less than "Mother Mary" herself (Foxboro Hot Tubs) and she brought along her own Catholic Girls ("Rock'n America"), we've got Guys (Big Midnight), "Dolls" (Primal Scream), "Gangsters" (Elvis Costello), Pigeons ("I Found Out"), a "Riot" goin' on (Kaiser Chiefs) and a "Longshot" you'd bet on every time (John Fogerty)."

'Coolest Songs in the World Vol. 7' Track List:

1. "Dolls" - PRIMAL SCREAM
2. "All The Right Friends" - R.E.M.
3. "Black Sheep" - THE DOUGHBOYS
4. "Mother Mary" - FOXBORO HOT TUBS
5. "Doin' All Right" - BIG MIDNIGHT
6. "Longshot" - JOHN FOGERTY
7. "I Predict A Riot" - KAISER CHIEFS
8. "Johanna Beach" - HAWAII MUD BOMBERS
9. "American Gangster Time" - ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE IMPOSTERS
10. "I Found Out" - THE PIGEON DETECTIVES
11. "Heart Of A Rat" - ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT
12. "Rock'n America" - THE CATHOLIC GIRLS
13. "Streets Of Atlanta" - THE MOTHER TRUCKERS
14. "Requiem For A Dying Song" - FLOGGING MOLLY 
15. "Shady Grove" - MUDCRUTCH

And while 'Coolest Songs in the World Vol. 7' is out just in time to be the soundtrack to your most rockin' Thanksgiving yet, Steven's also making sure that you'll be rockin' around the Christmas tree, too: his rarities-packed 'Little Steven's Underground Garage Presents Christmas A Go-Go' is out now (also from Wicked Cool Records), featuring the coolest from Keith Richards (available for the FIRST time on CD), The Kinks, The Ramones, Bob Seger, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Darlene Love, and even Joe Pesci. The album also includes a bunch of superb, newly recorded songs from Wicked Cool artists like The Chesterfield Kings, Cocktail Slippers, and Len Price 3. 20 tracks total!

About Little Steven Van Zandt and Wicked Cool Records:

Host of Little Steven's Underground Garage, the most successful syndicated rock radio show in the country, Steven Van Zandt is also known for his role as Silvio Dante in the Sopranos and as a founding member of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. LSUG is now in over 200 markets and has surpassed 1 million weekly listeners. An extension of the weekly show, the Underground Garage Channel 25 on SIRIUS Satellite Radio plays the best of all 60 years of Rock and Roll 24 hours a day featuring the best new Rock and Roll worldwide. Steven is also the creator and executive producer of the Outlaw Country Channel 63 and The Wiseguy Show on SIRIUS.

Wicked Cool Records is distributed by RED Distribution and is featured in endcaps at FYE stores across the country.

New Little Steven 'Coolest Songs' Compilation Out Today

Little Stevens- for the Grateful Web

On 'Little Steven's Underground Garage presents The Coolest Songs In The World Vol.3' (Out October 16th), Van Zandt focuses in on music born in the USA. He says in the extensive liner notes for this hand picked compilation, "Except for two trips to Spain and one to Copenhagen, we're featuring our domestic best in this collection. It feels a little silly leaving Sweden out, still the rock and roll capital of the world outside of Detroit but ... These sweet 16 will keep you alive, I promise."

'The Coolest Songs In The World Vol. 3' Track List:
1. The Dictators - "The Savage Beat" (New York)
2. The Shake - "She's My Girl" (New York)
3. The Insomniacs - "Maryanne Lightly" (New Jersey)
4. The Fondas - "Wanna Be" (Michigan)
5. The Woggles - "Got A Heat On" (Georgia)
6. Supersuckers - "Shake It Off" (Arizona)
7. Baby Woodrose - "Money For Soul" (Denmark)
8. Killer Barbies - "Feeling Alone" (Spain)
9. The Fleshtones - Pretty Pretty Pretty" (New York)
10. Back in Spades "Detroit Slums (Here We Come)" (Michigan)
11. Tegan And Sara - "Walking With A Ghost" (Canada)
12. Manic Hispanic - "Rudy Cholo" (California)
13. Roy Loney & The Longshots - "Nobody Does It" (California)
14. The Mockers - "C'Mon Over To My Side" (Virginia)
15. The Sugar Twins "For You" (New Hampshire)
16. The Romantics - "Out of My Mind (Into My Head)" (Michigan)

Also, available on October 16th, The Launderettes 'Fluff 'n' Fold - The Best Of': The collection captures the energy of this garage punk girl group from Oslo with the hits that earned The Launderettes legions of fans in Norway and abroad.

Now Available On Wicked Cool Records:
Various Artists - 'CBGB Forever'
Various Artists - 'Coolest Songs in The World Vol. 1' and 'Vol. 2'
The Charms - 'Strange Magic'
The Woggles - 'Rock and Roll Backlash'
The Len Price 3 - 'Rentacrowd' and 'Chinese Burn'
Cocktail Slippers - 'Mastermind'
Hawaii Mud Bombers - 'Mondo Primo'
The Stabilisers - 'Wanna Do The Wild Plastic Brane Love Thing?'
The Maggots - 'Monkey Time'
The Chesterfield Kings - 'Psychedelic Sunrise' and 'Mindbending Sounds Of ...'

About Little Steven Van Zandt and Wicked Cool Records:

Host of Little Steven's Underground Garage, the most successful and fastest-growing syndicated rock radio show in the country, Steven Van Zandt is also known for his role as Silvio Dante in the Sopranos and as a founding member of Bruce Springsteen and the E street Band. LSUG is now in over 200 markets and has surpassed 1 million weekly listeners. An extension of the weekly show, the Underground Garage Channel 25 on SIRIUS Satellite Radio plays the best of all 50 years of Rock and Roll 24 hours a day. He is also the creator and executive producer of the Outlaw Country Channel 63 and The Wiseguy Show on SIRIUS.

Wicked Cool Records is distributed by RED Distribution and is also available at Best Buy stores across the country. Look for the Little Steven Underground Garage bins where you'll also find other albums played on the show and channel.