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MartyParty at Fox Theatre - 08.20.11

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present MartyParty at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, August 20th.  Tickets go on sale Friday, July 1st for $15.00 in advance and $18.00 day of show.

Since the release of his Blueberry Kush EP in February 2011, MartyParty has been rippling a continuous wave of monstrous bass throughout the US.  Whether headlining alongside fellow Monsters of Bass FreQ Nasty and Opiuo or performing as PANTyRAID with co-producer Ooah of The Glitch Mob, his signature sound of purple dubstep oozes through the bins to entrance sold-out dance floors across the country.

Supporters have grown organically from the loyal tribes of crunkstep purveyors to a newer 100,000 person strong army of sonic kush connoisseurs.  Fans give rise to his PANTyRAID’s Superior release, pushing the EP to #1 position on iTunes electronic album charts in April 2011.

When not on the road, the South African-born performer and producer locks down in his Brooklyn-based studio to produce a diverse catalog of original heat-from downtempo compositions that slip behind the curtains of a dark and twisted audio fantasy to intense stadium anthems riddled with hooks and bass.  His exploration into the world of future bass tells an electronic story of Purple-the subject of his debut album release.

Purple hits stores on May 31st, 2011 and is supported by scheduled club and theater appearances throughout the US and Canada, as well as festival dates at Camp Bisco, Lighting in a Bottle and Sonic Bloom.  The 13-track LP begins with a breakfast of “Eggs and Toast” before launching into an amusement park ride that twist and turns through hyper-drive drum & bass and throbbing dubstep.

iClips and GenAudio Team Up For Enhanced Widespread Panic Webstream This Weekend

iClips, the leading provider of live concert event broadcasting, and GenAudio Inc., developer of AstoundSound 3D spatial audio software, announce their relationship to enhance iClips webcast audio content. The Widespread Panic live concert event webcast, June 24 – 26 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, will be presented in AstoundSound.

The AstoundSound special software implementation for live events, called AstoundLive®, enables processing and mixing of any audio output that is split-off from the front of house and fed as multiple mono and stereo inputs. The final “astounded” audio is then synchronized with the video recording in real-time. This enables music lovers to enjoy a 3D audio listening experience during the webcast. No special hardware is required to enjoy this unique 3D spatial audio experience. Any two speakers or headphones will enable webcast viewers to enjoy the “Astounded” stereo mix in real-time as the live event is being broadcast.

Although not necessary, GenAudio recommends for optimal 3D audio listening pleasure of the astounded Widespread Panic webcast, using a good set of headphones or external computer speakers. You can access the webcast at www.iclips.net. “We are excited to be utilizing this audio technology," said Nate Parienti, Founder and CEO, iClips. “After a successful test drive of the AstoundSound technology during our stream of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in conjunction with AEG Network Live, we realized that we wanted to utilize AstoundSound in our other webcasts as well; it’s a real game changer in audio for live event broadcasting.”

AstoundSound processing enables fans to listen more critically to the music with unsurpassable intelligibility. It significantly enhances the artist-fan connection by elevating the auditory senses to a new level of listening pleasure. The AstoundLive® software uses unique digital audio filters based on actual human brain response measurements. The processed 3D audio remains in-phase, center channel imaging is not affected, and the resulting processed audio has no tone colorization. These characteristics are unique to the AstoundSound technology.

“We see our new relationship with iClips as the key for bringing AstoundSound into the live event space thanks to the introduction from John Rubey, President of AEG Network Live,” said Jerry Mahabub, Founder, Chairman and CEO, GenAudio. “Widespread Panic fans viewing the webcast will be able to hear the event as if they are at the concert venue, thanks to our ‘Astounding’ 3D audio processing.”

For additional information about the Widespread Panic webcast please visit www.iclips.net.

Grateful Dead's Shakedown Street and Blues for Allah Get Deluxe 180-Gram Pure Virgin Vinyl Treatment

In a move sure to delight audiophiles and collectors of classic pop music albums, the Audio Fidelity label will reissue of two classic Grateful Dead albums on 180-gram pure virgin vinyl, in limited numbered edition gatefold packages on June 7th, according to label president Marshall Blonstein.The band's 1975 BLUES FOR ALLAH and 1978's SHAKEDOWN STREET will be available from both online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets as the latest offerings in Audio Fidelity's continuing program of audiophile reissues.

Audio Fidelity, which Blonstein founded in 2002 after leaving the pioneering DCC Compact Classics label that he started in 1986, has become synonymous with high-quality album reissues geared toward the audiophile market. Since 2009, Audio Fidelity has reissued some of the best-known and most significant pop and rock titles in both 24Karat Gold CD and 180-gram virgin vinyl editions.Continuing the policy Blonstein established at DCC, all Audio Fidelity titles are produced from original sources and feature the original artwork. Among the imprint's growing catalog are key recordings by Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, Rod Stewart, the Doors, Cat Stevens, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.

The two Grateful Dead reissues occupy special places in the fabled San Francisco band's history. BLUES FOR ALLAH, originally released in September of 1975, was the third of only four albums issued on the group's Grateful Dead Records imprint. While the LP's best remembered cuts, "Franklin's Tower" and "The Music Never Stopped," remained in the band's concert set list for some 20 years, the title track-the first part of an ambitious suite-was performed only a few times in 1975 before being retired from the band's repertoire. BLUES FOR ALLAH reached No. 12 on Billboard's album chart; from the LP, "The Music Never Stopped" was the Dead's highest charting single since "Uncle John's Band."

First issued in November 1978 on Arista Records, SHAKEDOWN STREET was the Dead's tenth album, its eighth to go Gold. Produced by Little Feat founder Lowell George, it was an eclectic collection that featured updated versions of venerable live Dead favorites ("Good Lovin,'" "All New Minglewood Blues") and also introduced songs that would become staples of the band's concerts for years to come, most notably "I Need a Miracle" and "Fire on the Mountain." The lighthearted SHAKEDOWN STREET cover illustration was done by renowned underground-comics artist Gilbert Shelton, famous for The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Wonder Wart-hog strips. The album remained on the Billboard chart for close to six months, peaking at No. 41.

The Grateful Dead vinyl reissues represent Audio Fidelity's expanded vinyl release schedule, which has recently included titles such as Cheap Trick's IN COLOR, Laura Nyro's FIRST SONGS, Harry Nilsson's A LITTLE TOUCH OF SCHMILSSON IN THE NIGHT and Kate Bush's HOUNDS OF LOVE. While the label often issues a title in both Gold-CD and virgin-vinyl formats, Blonstein admits some of the impetus for producing the latter comes from the renewed interest in vinyl LP's. According to the R.I.A.A., vinyl sales surged 26% in 2010 over the previous year.

Blonstein is bullish on the public's appetite for audiophile reissues of classic albums, and Audio Fidelity's capacity to satisfy it. "The traditional music retail stores as we once knew them are gone," he continues. "At the same time, there's a strong traditional 'unique' retail base of retailers that has found a way to do more than survive; they're thriving. When CDs first came out, they were unique. It was a new format. Vinyl and cassettes starting declining rapidly in sales. The uniqueness and the improved sound quality made the CD an almost instant success, but it lacked the emotional connection consumers experienced with vinyl. The resurgence of vinyl shows us that connection is being made again ... the consumer likes to hold a vinyl LP, to study the artwork. It's now become a very hip format again, and when you see consumers shopping for vinyl at stores, you see them spending more time looking to buy music in general. It's obvious that there is an audience for top-quality remastered CD and vinyl pressings."

Marshall Blonstein's professional career comprises a virtual history of the modern music and entertainment business. The Los Angeles native started in the business in 1965 as a promotion executive at Epic and ABC Records. As a principal of Ode Records, he helped make Carole King's Tapestry one of the best-selling albums of all time and built two of the longest running cult-film franchises in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke. Blonstein subsequently served as president of Island Records, working with artists such as Bob Marley and Steve Winwood, and, in 1986, founded DCC Compact Classics to take advantage of the technical advances offered in the digital medium. DCC quickly grew into the premiere audiophile imprint, issuing sets by Elvis Presley, the Eagles, the Doors, Frank Sinatra and many others.

Upon leaving DCC in 2002, Blonstein created Audio Fidelity, which has assumed a similarly prestigious perch among imprints serving the audiophile and music-collecting communities. In addition to its audiophile catalog, Audio Fidelity, based in Camarillo, California, also releases compilation CDs, a variety of reissues and DVDs, such as Soupy Sales, Elvis Presley, Tim Allen and Hugh Hefner's legendary series Playboy After Dark.

Tipper Sound Experience is Unleashed

Commencing this summer British composer and producer, Tipper, is embarking on a sonic pilgrimage, performing at select venues and festivals with the NeXuS Funktion One Dance Stacks originally designed by legendary sound guru Tony Andrews. Tipper will be joined by the highly sought-after lighting impresario Audiopixel to present an exclusive visual experience driven by highly attuned, audio responsive, 3D LED lighting software using intelligent control of light and color. Topped off with tour support from VibeSquaD the performances are intending to blow the minds of all who are lucky enough to encounter the TIPPER SOUND EXPERIENCE.

Tipper (real name DaveTipper) is widely acknowledged as one of Electronic music's pioneering innovators. He was signed to Sony as a teenager when he helped kickstart the Nuskool Breakbeat genre, creating the deepest and baddest basslines heard before, or since. He went on to inspire the Glitch Hop movement, focused on merging hip hop beats with electronic trickery through his seminal Tip Hop and Wobble Factor LP's. During this time he also composed one of the first albums produced and intended for release in the 5.1 surround sound format, and Surrounded was nominated Best Release Intended for Surround Sound. His talents in Sound Design and Digital Mastering have him in great demand with major music making software programs, and accordingly his work is quietly featured in the output of countless releases in various genres. His live performances consist largely of his own unreleased compositions, and he is highly regarded for scratching his own sounds over his music, creating a live element of turntablism stemming from prowess early in his career as a vinyl DJ.

THE TIPPER SOUND EXPERIENCE will feature a 5 way crossover sound system in a Quadraphonic Array with specialized sub woofers dedicated to 45 hertz and below; this configuration achieves incredible clarity and sonic accuracy punctuated by thick and luxurious super-low bass. When positioned this way for Tipper, these dance stacks are known for creating an immersive sound environment that transforms the dance floor into an ethereal field of holographic sound. The purity of the Funktion One design approach completely avoids the usual pitfall of system EQ with its associated phase problems, allowing all of Tipper's production trickery and nuance to be presented in an unfettered manner. This technology has won numerous international awards for Best Sound Product in the club world, and their installations have been behind countless 'Club of The Year' winners.

Audio Pro Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and inaugural PLASA Gottelier Award winner Tony Andrews founded Funktion One with John Newsham in 1992. Whilst often imitated, their designs have been the first choice of many permanent and touring sound applications around the World including luminary clients Pink Floyd, Santana, and the Glastonbury Festival. They are globally known for their pioneering work and ethos, and consistently set the standard for modern audio engineering.

In their own words: We understand sound to be the most important of our senses and in fact, the root of the structure of the entire Universe. As such, we try to pay the amazing acuity of human hearing the respect it deserves by providing products that deliver as much resolution and detail as is possible. We also pay considerable attention to the emotional effect of not just music, but the sound itself, what you might call its 'quality'. In a world where everything is 'dumbing down' and finesse and subtlety are rapidly disappearing, it is a source of pride to us that we are continually going in the opposite direction, expanding the envelope. On a spiritual level, good music and good sound has the effect of opening peoples' minds and deepening their consciousness which can only be good for the planet.

THE TIPPER SOUND EXPERIENCE features a rare matchup of audio and visual talent and will include headline performances at The Big Bounce, Rain Dance, and SONIC BLOOM festivals, followed by a rare show at The Coconut Grove Grand Ballroom on Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and culminating with a special presentation at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. For more information about the TIPPER SOUND EXPERIENCE and ticket information, click here.

DJ YODA U.K. Turntablist 'DJ Yoda & Friends'

Audio-visual turntablist extraordinaire DJ YODA is set to release a brand new five-track EP entitled DJ YODA & FRIENDS out March 7, 2011 via A.Skillz’ Jam City label in North America. Taken from his exclusive album sessions, the EP follows DJ YODA’s groundbreaking Stop, Look & Listen Tour which saw him mashing audio and visual elements across the U.K., conquering various venues including the celebrated British Film Institute IMAX in London.

DJ YODA is no ordinary scratch DJ. His seminal How To Cut & Paste series showcased a tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q magazine in his native Britain to declare him “one of the ten DJs to see before you die,” while Hip Hop Connection voted him “one of the top three DJs in the world.” American gaming enthusiasts may be familiar with him as a contributor to ‘DJ Hero,’ for which he collaborated with its designers, contributing his expertise to the look of the game.  It also features two of his mixes and a DJ Yoda level.

From hip-hop beginnings, DJ YODA has evolved in the past ten years, using his turntable skills and diverse influences as varied as funk, b-more, kuduro, reggae, drum ‘n’ bass and even big band swing and country & western to make unashamed party music. On the DJ YODA & FRIENDS EP— the follow-up to his 2006 debut album The Amazing Adventures Of DJ Yoda, where he produced tracks with Biz Markie, 2005 MOBO-winner Sway, Princess Superstar, Jungle Brothers, MC Paul Barman and a host of other vocalists—the master producer teams with a unique cast of characters.  Rappers Izza Kizza, a vocalist from super-producer Timbaland's stable, and Gotty Boi Chris, a key figure in the very hot New Orleans Bounce scene, and DJ/producers A.Skillz, Hervé and Nick Thayer are DJ YODA’s cohorts on these five brand new tracks

A-Skillz has done it all from plying his turntable abilities at clubs and festivals across the world to producing his own tracks and helping mould others. Similarly, Joshua “Hervé” Harvey has created club smashes under various guises and collaborated with some of the most exciting players in the scene, including Fatboy Slim to create 2010’s “Machines will do the Work.”  Nick Thayer is an Australian DJ/Producer who has already won the support of Kissy Sell Out (Radio 1), the Stanton Warriors and Utah Saints amongst others, off the back of his debut album which he released in May, Just Let It Go.

On stage, DJ YODA can be found cutting the “Indiana Jones” theme with woofer-worrying dubstep or “The Muppet Show” theme with M.IA. His shows are peppered with film, TV and YouTube samples and visuals that lift his sets to new and stratospheric heights.  His live repertoire—which U.S. audiences will get to experience this spring when he comes over to tour—has him trail-blazing into the world of the audio-visual.  DJ YODA pioneered a new art form, using cutting-edge technology that he’s been instrumental in developing to scratch and mix visuals on top of his DJ sets in the clubs.

Starting out by re-scoring both “The Goonies” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on the festival circuit in 2003 and 2004, DJ YODA went on to transform the average night out into a fusion of clubbing and the movies. His recent audio/visual tours have included “DJ Yoda Goes To The Movies,” “Magic Cinema Show” and “National Video Vacation.” Elements of his most recent outing with his “Stop Look And Listen” show can be found here.

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Recent highlights for DJ Yoda include:

  • Selling out London’s Koko on his critically acclaimed ‘Magic Cinema Show’ tour.
  • Performing alongside the likes of Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and Fatboy Slim.
  • Being nominated for a Sony Radio Award in the ‘Music Special’ category for his "Cut & Paste" documentary for BBC Radio 1.
  • Winning the Contemporary Classical Album of 2009 at the Independent Music Awards for the Heritage Orchestra feat DJ Yoda's G. Prokofiev Concerto For Turntables & Orchestra.
  • Producing an hour-long music documentary for BBC Radio 1’s 40th birthday, mixing-up highlights of their history as part of their official anniversary celebrations.
  • Releasing the critically acclaimed Fabric Live 39 mix CD.
  • Working with Dame Evelyn Glennie on a genre-defying collaborative live show.
  • Mixing up the Champions League highlights for ITV’s Champions League Final.
  • Performing with Lily Allen providing exclusive visuals.
  • Creating a special Michael Jackson tribute Mini-Mix for Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show
  • DJ’ing to packed-out clubs everywhere from China to Brazil to Australia.
  • Playing on the same bill as Steve Martin, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock at the HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.

Showcasing a one-off AV mix at the DMC 25th Anniversary Championships, detailing the competition’s incredible highs from the past quarter of a century in his own inimitable style.

The Devil Makes Three share new video

The Devil Makes Three have had an amazing 2010 bringing their electric live performances from coast to coast, wowing audiences at Bonnaroo and the Outside Lands Music & Art Festival, appearing on the first season of the successful IFC series Dinner With the Band and releasing four songs on the always great Daytrotter.
To celebrate the phenomenal year, the band has created a video from still photographs for the track "Aces and Twos" - check out the lovely black & white video!  Looking ahead to 2011, The Devil Makes Three will be announcing even more national tour dates and new recording surprises!
Until then, take a peak at the live audio and video from this past year below!
Watch the live, woodland videos for "All Hail" and "The Johnson Family."
Check them out performing "Do Wrong Right" LIVE on KEXP and live again on Oregon Public Radio performing "Help Yourself."

Two Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band releases

Jerry's daughters and brother-the Jerry Garica Family LLC-proudly reissue Almost Acoustic, JGAB's critically acclaimed 14-track set of gems from 1987's storied Wiltern and Warfield shows. Originally compiled by Jerry and Sandy Rothman, Almost Acoustic offers an exceptional mixture of tunes popularized by the likes of Jimmie Rodgers, the Stanley Brothers, Tex Logan, the Blue Sky Boys, Mississippi John Hurt and more. Remastered of course brilliant HDCD audio.

Twenty years in the making, Ragged But Right, Sandy Rothman's (and Jerry's) follow up to Almost Acoustic completes the mission of presenting JGAB's entire repertoire. Fourteen nuggets plucked primarily from 1987's Lunt-Fontanne "13 Magical Nights" on Broadway and additional material from the subsequent Wiltern and Warfield gigs. This tremendous follow up album was lovingly transferred from the original DAT soundboard cassettes and mastered in crystal clear HDCD audio.

The Dead deliver up their very own psychedelic soundtrack from Hollywood, Florida's Big Rock Pow Wow Festival in May of 1969. Yet another sonic gem from Bear's reel to reel master tapes, Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 1 offers up two fiery complete sets (over 3 discs) that show the group at their exploratory best. As always, it's been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman for maximum fidelity and punch. There's some pretty amusing stage patter you won't want to miss, too. We think it's one of our best releases yet, but judge for yourself.

Join the party! Enjoy free streams of "Oh, The Wind And Rain" from Almost Acoustic and "Turtle Dove" from Ragged But Right.  Click here to listen!