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Har Mar Superstar Plows Through The West Coast

The golden-piped sexy beast known as Har Mar Superstar is getting ready to charm the pants off the ladies and gentlemen of the west coast when he hits the road this month.  Har Mar recently released his latest album, Dark Touches, and has been on a hot streak ever since.  The album’s addictive lead single, “Tall Boy,” was co-written/co-produced by Greg Kurstin (Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Lily Allen), and made waves when it was revealed that it was originally submitted for Britney Spears.  The dance floor jam took on a new life when Har Mar performed it on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and as MTV.com noted, he “tore down the house with a performance of his body quaking new single.”   The song’s video brought another tidal wave of Har Mar fever.  The futuristic looking clip features Eva Mendes, Eric Wareheim (“Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”) and Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development,” Whip It!).  Check out the “Tall Boy” video by clicking HERE.

Other musical collaborators on Dark Touches include John Fields (Andrew WK, Jonas Brothers, Rooney), The Faint’s beatmakers Clark Baechle and Jacob Thiele, singer-songwriter Adam Green, P.O.S. of the Rhymesayers collective, Neon Neon’s Boom Bip, Flowers of Doom, and Samaire Armstrong. In addition to his fertile musical career, Har Mar also appeared in the Drew Barrymore film Whip It! last year and will team up again with the its leading ladies Alia Shawkat and Ellen Page (Juno, Whip It!) to produce a new HBO pilot titled “Stitch N’ Bitch.”

Har Mar Superstar 2010 Tour Dates

01/20: Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland

01/21: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

01/22: Sacramento, CA @ The Townhouse

01/23: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

01/24: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

01/26: Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club

Elizabeth & the Catapult release second single "RaceYou", On Tour NOW

In less than two years since their move to New York, Elizabeth and the Catapult has already racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. In May and August of 2006 they were featured in WNYC's "Soundcheck" as well as PRI's "Fair Game with Faith Salie" At the end of the year they were dubbed by NPR as "One of the Best Discoveries of 2006."  The Catapult have had residencies at clubs such as the Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall, and after opening for national headliners like Jessie Harris, Kirk Kirkwood (of the Meat Puppets fame), The Wood Brothers (of Medeski, Martin, and Wood), and Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) there was enough buzz about them to support a tour and label interest on the West Coast. All of this success also earned them a place as the Billboard Underground Artist for last October.

Bound by a common love of eclectic influences, Elizabeth & the Catapult draws inspiration from artists such as Tom Waits, David Byrne, Joni Mitchell, and Jon Brion—as well as classical influences such as Debussy, Ravel and Chopin. One explanation for the band's musical diversity is Elizabeth Ziman's musical background. She was trained as a classical pianist until the age of sixteen. "As a kid, I used to practice all the time…" Elizabeth explains. "But one day I realized that I couldn't lock myself in a room for eight hours a day…that's when I started writing and singing." After that, it quickly became apparent that her vocal abilities rivaled her piano skills. In 2002, Elizabeth successfully auditioned to be a background vocalist for soul-queen Patti Austin and ended up joining her on tour for the next year and a half. Elizabeth's experience along with Pete and Danny's folk/rock sensibility piece together to make up the band's harmonically distinctive pop sound, a sound well reflected in their stylistically diverse new EP.

After a listen to the Elizabeth & the Catapult EP, it is immediately clear that a great deal of thought went into each of the songs' arrangements. Strings, Horns, Marimba and Synthesizers are all blended together, creating an organic, off-beat style that fans have often referred to as "baroque pop." The sound of the EP is also shaped by the guerilla-style fashion in which it was recorded. Drummer Danny Molad recorded most of the EP in basements and bathrooms, producing this album, along with Elizabeth, in an incredibly modest home studio. With these limited resources, Elizabeth & the Catapult managed to produce an expertly mixed album. Every note of the EP sounds deliberately placed while there still manages to be an air of effortlessness that penetrates throughout all the songs.

In their recordings as well as live performances, Elizabeth and her band members bring together all their backgrounds and experiences to make music that they themselves enjoy. They acknowledge their amorphous style and readily admit that it probably scares record labels. Even so, Elizabeth asserts that she is "not interested in assigning herself a specific style." Elizabeth & the Catapult are proud of their ever-changing sound and are committed to keeping their music fresh and creative.

Tour Dates

Oct 8 - Thunderbird Cafe - Pittsburg, PA
Oct 9 - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
Oct 10 - Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
Oct 11 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN
Oct 12 - Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH
Oct 14 - The Vernon Club - Louisville, KY
Oct 15 - Eddie's Attic - Decatur, GA
Oct 16 - The End - Nashville, TN
Oct 17 - Bottle Tree - Birmingham, AL
Oct 18 - The Rocket Club - Asheville, NC
Oct 19 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA
Oct 20 - The Evening Muse - Charlotte, NC
Oct 21 - The Camel - Richmond, VA
Oct 22 - The Barns at Wolf Trap - Vienna, VA
Oct 23 - The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ
Oct 24 - Funk N'Waffles - Syracuse, NY
Nov 12 - The Barn - Clinton, NY

STS9 Release New Single from AD EXPLORATA

A family member of ours has a shortwave radio that we have all been messing around with. We had been using it for sound effects and noises when one day it was left on in the studio. Keyboardist David Phipps’ daughter Aya was playing around with the dials when all of a sudden it stopped on this voice on the super low frequencies of the spectrum. It was a woman’s voice, artificial we later found out, counting off numbers in a very clear and concise way. We became obsessed with what we had heard and for weeks we sat behind the dials trying to find more voices.

There was only one more to be found, the voice we sampled for the beginning of the song “Central”. After a bit of research, we found that these were numbers stations, thought to be coded messages various governments use to send correspondence to spy’s overseas. This of course isn’t publicly acknowledged by any government, even though in 2001 the United States tried the Cuban Five for spying using information they supposedly received and decoded by broadcast from a Cuban numbers station.

STS9 has always been fascinated by numbers; finding this transmission captured our imagination so much that we had to see if there was something more to what we had found. Immediately we enlisted the skills of a crypto-hacker friend of ours to see if she could find any relevance to the sequence we had recorded. When she ran the numbers as coordinates corresponding to a map of military bases in California, she came up with an exact location in Big Sur. We immediately went to check it out and sure enough there was a trail about 10 miles back off of Nacimiento Road, just south of the park that led to this old abandoned bunker type structure. It was crazy. We were all looking at each other in disbelief but there we were. We crawled through a hole at the bottom of the fence and walked inside. There we found a rusted metal box that had a few pictures, documents, patches, passports, and a knife in it. The first picture was of a document from Allen Dulles to J. Edgar Hoover on brainwashing. The second was of two men standing over a map of the Middle East. That image became the cover of our first single “Atlas,” off the upcoming release Ad Explorata. One of the patches we found was the most intriguing of our finds. It had this physically impossible symbol on it that looked futuristic next to all of the older documents. It’s the symbol we’ll lay over top of every image you will see for the album. In doing some research, we later found an old book of ‘black ops’ military patches at the Prelinger Library that had a brief description of this patch. It was thought to be for a secret unit that first used satellites to gather SIGINT (signal intelligence) from other countries during the Cold War. The story is that this team actually gathered signals from another civilization in our galaxy. Their motto was ‘Ad Explorata, Forward into the Unexplored.’

We’re not ones for conspiracies but sometimes the truth is stranger than anything we could imagine. With this, we present to you STS9’s newest studio release Ad Explorata due out November of 2009, inspired by the idea that there is always more to be discovered, manifested by the belief that you can always push towards the unknown and unexplored, and created by the will and desire for constant artistic evolution, expression and change.

Bonerama Releases New Single, Hard Times, today

Seasoned with unrivaled soul that only native New Orleans' artists can boast, Bonerama spins a three-trombone frontline into heavy hitting rock ‘n' funk.  In celebration of New Orleans' famous Jazz & Heritage Festival, where the band will perform this Saturday on the Gentilly Stage, Bonerama is releasing their first ever studio recording, "Hard Times" today.  Fans can download the song free of charge at www.BoneramaMusic.com for a limited time.

boneramaTo offer fans even more access to rare and unreleased music, Bonerama, along with fellow NOLA funksters and labelmates Porter Batiste Stoltz, launched www.PartyGras2009.com to deliver fans funky new music each Tuesday all year long. The release might be a live show, a single of a brand new song, or an archival release from the bands' vaults. But remember to visit often - all the free material released is available only for one week; until the next Tuesday, when new tunes are featured.

Bonerama's Single Series, where the band releases one new single at a time, kicked off on Fat Tuesday with the release of their brand new song, "Big Fine Woman," available online now in the iTunes music store.

The current list of confirmed Bonerama tour dates is as follows:

April 30 The Studio at Colton Theater New Orleans LA
May 02 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival New Orleans LA (Gentilly Stage, 1:40pm)
May 02 Mid City Lanes New Orleans LA
May 03 The Maple Leaf New Orleans LA
May 16 Tropical Heat Wave Tampa FL
May 29 Mike Arnone's Crawfish Festival Augusta NJ
May 30 Western Maryland Blues Festival Hagerstown MD
June 11 Jazz in the Park Milwaukee WI
June 12 The Livery Benton Harbor MI
June 14 Long's Park Amphitheater Lancaster PA
June 16-17 Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester NY
June 19 Sullivan Hall New York NY
June 26 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River MA
June 28 Freihofers Jazz Festival Saratoga Springs NY
July 02-03 High Sierra Music Festival Quincy CA
July 04-05 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival Portland OR
August 01-02 20th Annual Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Festival Norfolk VA
August 14-15 The Sildajazz International Jazz Festival Haugesund, Norway
November 13 Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival Live Oak FL

More dates will be announced.

Bonerama Releases New Single @ PartyGras.com

boneramaCelebrate Fat Tuesday at PartyGrass2009.com to download an exclusive new single by Mardi Gras veterans Bonerama. PartyGrass2009.com launched in January promising to make every Tuesday Fat Tuesday, by offering exclusive music releases or free downloads every Tuesday this year.

Anchored by the music of New Orleans' own Bonerama and Porter Batiste Stoltz, PartyGras2009.com commemorates their hometown's most famous holiday with brand new music and a year of free downloads.  Thinking outside the box to offer fans access to rare and unreleased music, PartyGras2009.com will deliver funky new music each Tuesday all year long.  The release might be a live show, a single of a brand new song, or an archival release from the bands' vaults.  But remember to visit often - all the free material released is available only for one week; until the next Tuesday, when new tunes are featured.

Bonerama's Single Series, where the band releases one new single at a time, kicks off on Fat Tuesday with the release of their brand new song, "Big Fine Woman," available at PartyGras2009.com. While you're there, sign up to receive free music every Tuesday this year, and visit back for offers on never before heard studio releases, exclusive live performances, and more.

www.PartyGras2009.com - Every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday.

Both Bonerama and Porter Batiste Stoltz are on tour now.  Tour dates are as follows.

Bonerama - www.bonerama.net:
March 13 The Howlin' Wolf North Shore New Orleans LA
March 14 Mid City Lanes New Orleans LA
March 27 City Limits Live Delray Beach FL
March 28 Aces Lounge Bradenton FL
April 04 The Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival Austin TX
April 10 Maple Leaf New Orleans LA
April 18 Rummel High School Fundraiser New Orleans LA
April 19 French Quarter Festival New Orleans LA
April 23 Tipitina's New Orleans LA
April 24 Festival International de Louisiana Lafayette LA
April 25 Mid City Lanes New Orleans LA
May 02 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival New Orleans LA
May 02 Mid City Lanes New Orleans LA
May 03 Maple Leaf New Orleans LA
May 16 Tropical Heat Wave Tampa FL
May 29 Michael Arnone's Crawfish Festival Augusta NJ
May 30 Western Maryland Blues Festival Hagerstown MD

Porter Batiste Stoltz - www.porterbatistestoltz.com:
March 17 Owsley's Golden Road Denver CO featuring Kyle Hollingsworth
March 18 Boulder Theater Boulder CO featuring Kyle Hollingsworth
March 19 Winter Concert Series Telluride CO
March 26 Space Evanston IL
March 27 Trocaderos Minneapolis MN with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
March 28 Overture Center for the Arts Madison WI
April 26 Howlin' Wolf New Orleans LA
May 02 Tipitina's New Orleans LA featuring Page McConnell
May 16 Joshua Tree Music Festival Joshua Tree CA
May 29 Mountain Jam Hunter NY
June 04 Wakarusa Ozark AR
June 05 Wakarusa Ozark AR

Listen to the first single from Umphrey's McGee's MANTIS

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee's single "Made to Measure," from their forthcoming studio album Mantis (street date: January 20, 2009), was just released.

Listen now here.

Chicago's Umphrey's McGee enters its second decade together with their hardest, darkest, and most artistically cohesive album to date. The new album hits streets on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, when Mantis casts another Windy City family into the limelight. Over 2 years in the making, Mantis pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay.  In an Umphrey's McGee first, the album offers 100% new material  - a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi is to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions.

In addition to a one-of-a kind pre-order campaign where fans can participate in "unlocking exclusive bonus material, Mantis incorporates PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to deliver new content throughout 2009.  PUSH requires no software installation or serial number; by simply putting the Mantis CD in your CD-ROM drive, the disc will act as a "key" to an Umphreys.com micro-site where fans get access to exclusive 2009 content as it becomes available.

Umphrey's McGee is preparing for their always-epic New Year's eve run in Chicago.  This year at the Auditorium Theatre, the band will be joined on stage by musical icons Buddy Guy, Stanley Jordan, Joshua Redman, Jeff Coffin, and Koko Taylor.  Previous guests who've shared the stage with Umphrey's include Tortoise, Taj Mahal, The Wailers, Los Lobos and many more.

Bassnectar Releases New Single, 'Heads Up'

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Bassnectar is back with his first proper musical offering since 2007's Underground Communication. "Heads Up" - the first single/ep from his forthcoming full length album The Other Side - available now at www.beatport.com, www.junodownload.com  and other major digital sites.

It's bombs-away-business-as-usual with this uber tear-out title track: a freakshow mix of sledgehammer dubstep, 2 step, and bass psychosis. The single features an alternative mix (California Style) of 90 beats per minute double time throb-hop that drops on your head like a John Candy body slam, as well as a third remix [West Coast Lo Fi Remix]" - a dripping melodic sound game by the upstart Bassnectar side project West Coast Lo Fi. Also included to knock this sucker out of the park, the Bassnectar remix of 'Roustabout' by Beats Antique...a twisted carnival circus anthem with - you guessed it - plenty of wobbling bass.

1. "Heads Up"

2.  Beats Antique - "Roustabout [Bassnectar Remix]"

3. "Heads Up [California Style]"

4. "Heads Up [West Coast Lo Fi Remix]"

Catch Bassnectar this fall on a 50 city tour with a cast of wandering minstrels and beatmakers such as Beats Antique (featuring members of the Yard Dogs Road Show), the inimitable Eliot Lipp and Dark Party, Govinda and Mike Relm.  

The list of fall tour dates is as follows:

October 29 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC w/ Beats Antique
October 30 The Pour House Charleston, SC w/ Beats Antique
October 31 Orange Peel Asheville, NC w/ Beats Antique and Mike Relm
November 1 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC w/ Beats Antique and Mike Relm
November 2 Mr. Smalls Millvale, PA
November 3 Bedrock Baltimore, MD
November 5 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
November 6 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
November 7 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
November 8 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, D.C.
November 13 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
November 14 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
November 15 Neumos Crystal Ball Seattle, WA
November 16 Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA
November 22 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC w/ Z-Trip
November 28 Level Nite Club Kelowna, BC
November 29 Sugar Nightclub Victoria, BC
December 27 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
December 28 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
December 31 Sea of Dreams NYE - Concourse Exhibition Center San Francisco, CA w/ Thievery Corporation

More dates to be added.