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Deerhoof "Congotronics Vs. Rockers" Tour

Last year, Deerhoof provided the lead track to Tradi-Mods Vs. Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics, a compilation that brought together independent Western artists with Congolese street musicians, which was released on Crammed Discs as part of their Congotronics series. This summer, that album will come to life when Deerhoof join Congotronics strongholds Kasai Allstars and Konono N°1 plus Congotronics producer Vincent Kenisas, as well as Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Juana Molina, and Skeletons member Matt Mehlan for a tour that will take them throughout Europe and Japan.
Listen to Deerhoof cover Kasai Allstars, “Travel Broaden the Mind
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Congotronics Vs. Rockers Tour
05-12 Brussels, Belgium - Nuits Botanique Festival at Cirque Royal
05-14 Madrid, Spain - TBA w/ Lonely Drifter Kare
06-26 Brussels, Belgium - Couleur Café Festival
06-30 Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who at Tivoli
07-02 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07-03 Berlin, Germany - HKW
07-06 Metz, France - Place de la Republique
07-09 Paris, France - Bataclan
07-12 London, England - The Barbican
07-14 Benicassim, Spain - Benicassim Festival
07-17 Carhaix, France - Vieilles Charrues Festival
07-21 Nyon, Switzerland - Paleo Festival
07-23 Sines, Portugal - FMM Festival
07-30 Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival

Siriusmo To Preview Debut Album, Mosaik

After releasing dozens of singles & EPs on various Berlin-based record labels and remixing artists, including Scissor Sisters, Gossip, Chikinki, Simian Mobile Disco, Boys Noize, Digitalism, Chromeo, A-Trak, Munk and more, for over a decade, the inimitable Berlin producer, graffiti artist, ghost-painter & illustrator, Siriusmo (aka Moritz Friedrich), is set to release his debut album, Mosaik, March 1st on Monkeytown Records.

With Siriusmo’s previous releases striding confidently through a rich array of genres – from dubstep to disco, hip-hop to house, electro to experimental – his work is invested with incomparable diversity, eschewing outright any danger of a four-four snooze-fest over the course of an hour. Indeed, in its premeditated hodgepodge of styles, composite sonic totality and rugged texture, Mosaik couldn’t be more of a fitting rubric. Leading up this full-length release, Siriusmo is offering listeners a preview of what’s to come by featuring snippets of the record on his Soundcloud page. Several bits are already up, and the rest will be added by March 1st.

Betraying influences from the 70s to the present day and beyond, one foot keeps the door to the past ajar while the other kicks the door to the future wide open. The palpable funk and thumb-slap bass of opener, “High Together”, the pop-baroque of “Idiologie” and warped rap of “Bad Idea” all point towards Moritz's grounding in the records of Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and plentiful helpings of hip-hop. Any hint of nostalgia, however, is dragged kicking and screaming into a 21st Century discotheque where the bass is twisted, the beats are laden and space-age grandiosity envelops the whole.

Siriusmo’s timbre-palette is strikingly visceral and his understanding and appreciation of the intricacies of harmony prevail; every note is a corporal experience as well as an aural one. And for every drop of dancefloor sweat, there’s a soothing breeze to cool down. Individual melodic lines dance impishly around one another on “Signal”, for example, as sonic warmth is woven on a loom in your ears. Throughout Mosaik, Siriusmo makes an arresting switch from the beefy to the beautiful, from the body to the mind, as elegantly tapped organ keys play a melody with soulful poise. It's this type of canny counterpoint that provides the stitching throughout Mosaik's vibrant patchwork.

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Listen to Siriusmo album preview

Listen to/download Siriumo’s “Mosaik

Upcoming Beat Kaestli Spring Dates

Beat Kaestli is a vocalist, songwriter and producer residing in New York City. After establishing himself in the Swiss music scene, he moved to New York to broaden his musical horizon, leaving behind a promising career in his homeland. He was awarded a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music (BM) and received the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation scholarship to graduate in 2008 with a Masters Degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music (MA). While honing his craft alongside noteworthy Jazz performers, such as Jane Monheit, Jason Moran and Stefon Harris, he immersed himself in Manhattan's fiercely competitive music scene, emerging as a seasoned performer. He now appears in clubs such as The Blue Note, Birdland, The Bitter End, The Jazz Standard, The Stone aCd Sweet Rhythm, performing with Jazz greats, like Esperanza Spalding, Jon Hendricks, Clarence Penn, Gregoire Maret, Joel Frahm , Billy Drummond, Magos Herrera and Victor Prieto. In 2005, Beat was the chosen vocalist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, thrilling audiences in concert halls across the USA. Kaestli is touring the world extensively with his own projects, showcasing his music in renowned clubs and at festivals across the US, Europe, Mexico and Canada. His new CD "Far From Home - A Tribute to European Song" was released in fall 2009 in the USA and is scheduled to be released fall 2010 with NRW Records in Europe.

Tour Dates:

Brooklyn Public Library - "Brooklyn Sings - Brooklyn Swings":
Thursday, April 8th, 7PM

Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
t. 718-230-2100
FREE
Directions: 2,3.4 and 5 trains to Grand Army Plaza
featuring:
Beat Kaestli - voice
Zach Broch - violin

Ben Stivers - piano
Matt Wigton - bass
Fred Kennedy - drums

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Bar Next Door - Vocal Series:
Monday, April 19th, 8:30/10:30pm

129 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 529-5945
$12 plus 1 drink min.
Directions: A, B, C, D, E and F trains to W4th street
featuring:
Beat Kaestli - voice
Guilherme Monteiro - guitar
Gary Wang - bass
special guest Sean Nowell - sax

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Upcoming shows in USA/Europe/Mexico:

Feb 26th - BAM Cafe, Brooklyn, NYC
March 5th - Jazz Club Bamberg, Germany
March 8th - RBB Radio "The Voice", Berlin, Germay http://www.kulturradio.de/frequenzen/index.html
March 8th - "Shared Night Vocal Duos", B-Flat, Berlin, Germany
March 9th - Kulturzentrum Reberhaus Keller, Bolligen, Switzerland
March 10th - Ludwigs w/Jan Eschke, Munich, Germany
March 11th - Cafe Lido w/ Christian Elsaesser, Munich Germany
March 19th - Jazzclub Uster, Switzerland
March 20th - Thalwil w/ Eliane Amherd, Switzerland
March 26th - JazzTone, Loerrach, Germany
March 31st - Bix Jazz Club, Stuttgart, Germany
April 8th - Brooklyn Library, NYC
April 19th - Bar Next Door, NYC
May 2nd - San Luis Festival, Mexico
May 16th - Talent and Voices at CENART, Mexico City
May 24th - Zinc Bar, NYC
Oct 2nd-5th - Generations Festival Frauenfeld, Switzerland
Oct 11th - "Shared Night" w/ Alexa Rodrian & Elisabeth Rodrian, B-Flat, Berlin (tbc)
Oct 13th - Le Pirate, Rosenheim, Germany
Oct 15th - Birdland, Ettlingen w/Elisabeth Lohninger, Germany

BAMcafe Live: Beat Kaestli - "Far From Home - A Tribute to European Song"

Beat Kaestli is a vocalist, songwriter and producer residing in New York City. After establishing himself in the Swiss music scene, he moved to New York to broaden his musical horizon, leaving behind a promising career in his homeland. He was awarded a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music (BM) and received the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation scholarship to graduate in 2008 with a Masters Degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music (MA). While honing his craft alongside noteworthy Jazz performers, such as Jane Monheit, Jason Moran and Stefon Harris, he immersed himself in Manhattan's fiercely competitive music scene, emerging as a seasoned performer. He now appears in clubs such as The Blue Note, Birdland, The Bitter End, The Jazz Standard, The Stone aCd Sweet Rhythm, performing with Jazz greats, like Esperanza Spalding, Jon Hendricks, Clarence Penn, Gregoire Maret, Joel Frahm , Billy Drummond, Magos Herrera and Victor Prieto. In 2005, Beat was the chosen vocalist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, thrilling audiences in concert halls across the USA. Kaestli is touring the world extensively with his own projects, showcasing his music in renowned clubs and at festivals across the US, Europe, Mexico and Canada. His new release "Far From Home - A Tribute to European Song" is scheduled to be released fall 2009.

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"A compelling re-imagining of European popular song, refracted through the polyvalent experiences of an expat in New York."

Friday, February 26th, 9:30 PM (one set only!)
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
718.636.4100
http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=1923
FREE

Transportation: 2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q to Atlantic Avenue

featuring:

Beat Kaestli - voice

Ben Stivers - piano

Matt Wigton - bass

Fred Kennedy – drums

Victor Prieto - accordion

and special guest Magos Herrera - voice

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Upcoming shows in USA/Europe/Mexico:

Jan 30th/31st - RBB Live Concert Broadcast, Berlin, Germany
Feb 26th - BAM Cafe, Brooklyn, NYC
March 5th - Jazz Club Bamberg, Germany
March 8th - RBB Radio "The Voice", Berlin, Germay http://www.kulturradio.de/frequenzen/index.html
March 8th - "Shared Night Vocal Duos", B-Flat, Berlin, Germany
March 9th - Kulturzentrum Reberhaus Keller, Bolligen, Switzerland
March 10th - Ludwigs w/Jan Eschke, Munich, Germany
March 11th - Cafe Lido w/ Christian Elsaesser, Munich Germany
March 19th - Jazzclub Uster, Switzerland
March 20th - Thalwil w/ Eliane Amherd, Switzerland
March 26th - JazzTone, Loerrach, Germany
March 31st - Bix Jazz Club, Stuttgart, Germany
April 8th - Brooklyn Library, NYC
April 19th - Bar Next Door, NYC
May 16th - Talent and Voices at CENART, Mexico City
Oct 2nd-5th - Generations Festival Frauenfeld, Switzerland
Oct 11th - "Shared Night" w/ Alexa Rodrian & Elisabeth Rodrian, B-Flat, Berlin (tbc)
Oct 13th - Le Pirate, Rosenheim, Germany
Oct 15th - Birdland, Ettlingen w/Elisabeth Lohninger, Germany
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For More information on Beat Kaestli go to: www.beatkaestli.com

Backyard Tire Fire To Record w/ Steve Berlin | New Tour Dates

Photo by Brad Hodge- for the Grateful Web

Backyard Tire Fire return to the studio next month to begin work on the follow up to their critically-acclaimed 2008 release, The Places We Lived. They'll be joined by Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Berlin behind the boards. Berlin first discovered Backyard Tire Fire when they opened for his band Los Lobos last October. Backyard Tire Fire's Ed Anderson counted the legendary East Los Angeles group among his biggest influences, so the opportunity to join them on a bill was a career high point. What Anderson didn't expect, however, was that Los Lobos would watch Backyard Tire Fire's entire set from the side of the stage and later invite Anderson and company to sit in for the encore. Berlin was so taken by Backyard Tire Fire's performance that he reached out the following week to inquire about the possibility of producing their next record.

"It takes a pretty special band to rivet the attention of Los Lobos, and Backyard Tire Fire are exactly that," states Berlin. "Great songs, great playing and great guys. I'm really looking forward to the recording sessions. They've come up with another amazing batch of songs. In my opinion they are one of America's best young bands."

Steve Berlin and Backyard Tire Fire will commence recording in late February. Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Death Cab for Cutie, Stephen Malkmus, The Decemberists) will engineer the sessions at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, Oregon where many  of M. Ward's projects have been recorded, including last year's hit, She & Him. As has been Backyard Tire Fire's aesthetic for all of its previous recordings, the sessions will be cut to tape and completely analog.

Backyard Tire Fire's 2008 effort, The Places We Lived fed a growing buzz in the U.S. based around principle songwriter Ed Anderson's ability to combine working class lyrical sentiment with eccentric indie rock songcraft. The album finished on year-end "best of" lists with writers at No Depression, Blurt, Jambase and Glide Magazine. In addition, Sirius XM U has kept "Shoulda Shut It" in regular rotation since early Fall. On the performance front, Backyard Tire Fire toured relentlessly playing both headline dates and opening slots with Reverend Horton Heat, Rose Hill Drive and Squirrel Nut Zippers among others. In February, they'll join JJ Grey & Mofro for a run of shows in the midwest and in March they'll tape their debut appearance on the nationally-syndicated radio show Mountain Stage.

Upcoming Backyard Tire Fire tour dates are:

January 30 & 31 / Louie's / Bloomington, IL
February 3 / Bluebird / Bloomington, IN*
February 4 / Downing University Center Theatre / Bowling Green, KY*
February 5 / The Intersection / Grand Rapids, MI*
February 6 / The Magic Bag / Ferndale, MI*
February 7 / The Dame / Lexington, KY*
February 8 / Industry / Iowa City, IA*
March 13 / Chicago Street / Joliet, IL
March 15 / Mountain Stage / Charleston, WV
March 19 / 40 Watt Club / Athens, GA**
March 20 / Emerald Lounge / Asheville, NC**
March 21 / Gottrocks / Greenville, SC**
April 2 / Locals Only / Indianapolis, IN***
April 3 / Southgate House / Cincinnati, OH
April 4 / Barley's Taproom / Knoxville, TN
April 10 / Mojo's / Columbia, MO
April 11 / Off Broadway / St. Louis, MO****
April 14 / Wisconsin Public TV / Madison, WI
April 16 / Gerstle's / Louisville, KY**
April 17 / Hangar 9 / Carbondale, IL**
April 18 / Double Door / Chicago, IL**
April 23 / 7th Street / Minneapolis, MN
April 24 / High Noon Saloon / Madison, WI
April 25 / Green Room / Sheboygan, WI
April 26 / Brown Baer / Elkhart Lake, WI
April 30 / Redstone Room / Davenport, IA
May 1 / Nutty's North / Sioux Falls, SD
May 2 / Vaudeville Mews / Des Moines, IA
 
* Supporting JJ Grey & Mofro
** Co-bill with Bloodkin
***Co-bill with Steepwater Band
****Co-bill with Pokey LaFarge