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Method of Defiance Play Rare NYC Show

The all-star crew that makes up Method of Defiance are some of the busiest and most accomplished musicians working today, but six of the seven group members have managed to join forces for a rare live performance on November 6th at Santos Party House.  Filling in for drummer Guy Licata is Hideo Yamaki, a living legend in the drumming world, also the most sought after drummer in Japan. Yamaki has played with countless Japanese musicians from j-pop sensations to traditional / classical artist, as well as western musicians like Cream’s Ginger Baker and avant-garde legend John Zorn.

Method of Defiance was formed by Grammy-winning electric bassist, producer, and re-mixer Bill Laswell.  Laswell has worked with many of music’s biggest names on the planet, including Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson,  George ClintonBrian EnoTony Williams, Mick Jagger, Williams Burroughs, Afrika Bambaataa, Motörhead, John Lydon, Bootsy Collins, Carlos Santana, Matisyahu, Anthony Braxton, Sting, Zakir Hussein, John Zorn, Sonny Sharrock and hundreds more from the Americas, Africa The Caribbean, Europe, The Middle East, China, and Japan.  Laswell has built a reputation on consistently working with a diverse array of artists, and rejecting the restrictions of genre, tradition, and commerce in favor or taking risks and uniting seemingly disparate voices.

Method of Defiance has released the first of their three albums scheduled on M.O.D. TechnologiesJahbulon features vocalists Dr. Israel and Hawk, keyboardist / Funkadelic icon Bernie Worrell, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and post modern/futurist drummer, Guy Licata.  It’s a song driven release built on the foundations of reggae, hip hop, dancehall, dub, electronica, rock, roots reggae, drum & bass and the future.

The second album Incunabula (out November 6th), is a spontaneous improvisation of musical interaction. The album’s lineup includes Bill Laswell on bass and dub efx, Bernie Worrell on keyboards,turntable master DJ Krush and on electric trumpet Japan’s own, sound and fury - Toshinori Kondo, Guy Licata ondrums, Dr. Israel on dub efx,  with a special appearance by keyboard legend Herbie Hancock.

In April 2011, the guys will put out the remix project Dub Arcanum Arcandrum, a mix of both Jahbulon (the voice) and Incunabula (the music) re-imagined  by Bill Laswell, Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Scientist, Mad Professor, Dr. Israel, DJ Krush, and others.

the New Deal, Pioneers of Live Electronic, Announce Fall Tour

Toronto’s live-electro pioneers the New Deal kick-off their largest, most ambitious tour in years with dates stretching from Colorado to North Carolina and bills shared with Toubab Krewe, King Britt, Brothers Past and more (details below). As always, tND’s concerts will feature inspired instrumental improvisations and driving beats, but new for this tour, the band will introduce a brand new keyboard setup, implemented to fortify the tND sound.

Touring in support of their latest release, Live: Toronto 7.16.2009 (SCI Fidelity Records) is a perfect snap-shot of the band onstage doing what they do best. With over 800 shows and ten albums released, Jamie Shields (keyboards), Darren Shearer (drums/beatbox) and Dan Kurtz (bass) have established themselves as leaders and innovators in the live electronic world, spawning countless bands, garnering numerous awards and selling out venues around the world. With a massive U.S. tour set for 2010, they prove the best is still ahead.

Check out the Grateful Web's interview with the New Deal.

the New Deal Tour Dates:

10/07/10 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre (w/ Brothers Past)

10/08/10 Ft. Collins, CO Hodi's Halfnote (w/ The Passage Project)

10/09/10 Denver, CO Cervantes' (w/ Mimosa, Future Rock, Brothers Past)

10/12/10 Bloomington, IN The Bluebird (w/ Papadosio)

10/13/10 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House (w/ Steez)

10/14/10 Madison, WI The Majestic (w/ Steez)

10/15/10 Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig (w/ Steez)

10/16/10 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom (w/ King Britt)

11/03/10 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre (w/ Two Fresh & Mimosa)

11/04/10 Scranton, PA Eleanor Rigby's (w/ Eclectic Method)

11/05/10 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater (w/Toubab Krewe)

11/06/10 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street (w/ Toubab Krewe)

11/09/10 Blacksburg, VA Attitudes (w/ Eclectic Method)

11/10/10 Knoxville, TN The Valarium (w/ Toubab Krewe)

11/11/10 Athens, GA New Earth Music Hall

11/12/10 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel

11/13/10 Live Oak, FL Bear Creek Music Festival

Method Of Defiance | Jahbulon | Streets 10/19/10

M.O.D. TECHNOLOGIES created by the principle members of Method Of Defiance. This label is a modern evolution of the original AXIOM label - for the purpose of destroying, discerning musical genres, trends, approved or unapproved formats, false ideas and other unnecessary borders. All releases are the direct manifestations of Bill Laswell and other key members of the collective. The label is formed for the advancement of art and communication, in all forms of the creative process.

Grammy-winning electric bassist, producer, and re-mixer Bill Laswell has worked with many of music’s biggest names on the planet, including Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson, George Clinton, Brian Eno, Tony Williams, Mick Jagger, Williams Burroughs, Afrika Bambaataa, Motorhead, John Lydon, Bootsy Collins, Carlos Santana, Matisyahu, Anthony Braxton, Sting, Zakir Hussein, John Zorn, and hundreds more from the Americas, Africa The Caribbean, Europe, The Middle East, China, and Japan. Laswell has built a reputation on consistently working with a diverse array of artists, and rejecting the restrictions of genre, tradition, and commerce in favor or taking risks and uniting seemingly disparate voices. It is with this ethos that he has formed the record label M.O.D. Technologies, which is set to release albums this October by the group Method of Defiance and one of Ethiopia’s most famous contemporary vocalists, Gigi. In addition, the label is planning releases from Dr. Israel, Gnawa Fusion, Afa Negus, and DJ Krush in the near future.

Click HERE to Stream the Song “One World”

Method of Defiance is an all-star cast that consists of the following members:

BILL LASWELL (see collaborations above)
BERNIE WORRELL (Parliament Funkadelic, Talking Heads, Keith Richards)
DR. ISRAEL (Sublime, The Mad Professor, Killah Priest)
HAWK (Tricky, Tool, The Roots’ Black Thought)
DJ KRUSH (Ronny Jordan, Luna Sea & Ryuichi Sakamoto)
TOSHINORI KONDO (Herbie Hancock, Derek Bailey, Henry Kaiser, Peter Brotzmann)
GUY LICATA (Santigold, Massive Attack, Hercules & Love Affair)

Method of Defiance will release three albums, first the immediately accessible Jahbulon (October 5th): Ten songs featuring vocalists Dr. Israel and Hawk, keyboardist / Funkadelic icon Bernie Worrell, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and post modern/futurist drummer, Guy Licata. A cross-generational affair that incorporates elements of reggae, hip hop, dancehall, dub, electronica, rock, roots music and more. The beauty lies within its ability to touch on multiple overlapping cultural reference points.

This will be followed (October 19th) by Incunabula a spontaneous improvisation of musical interaction. The album’s lineup includes Bill Laswell on bass and dub efx, Bernie Worrell on keyboards, Guy Licata on drums, Dr. Israel on dub efx, turntable master DJ Krush and on electric trumpet Japan’s own, sound and fury - Toshinori Kondo with a special appearance by keyboard legend Herbie Hancock.

Ending the trilogy in Jan 2011 with the remix project Dub Arcanum Arcandrum a mix of both Jahbulon (the vocal) and Incunabula (the instrumental) by Bill Laswell, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Mad Professor, Dr. Israel, DJ Krush, and others.

theNEWDEAL unveil their GINORMOUS FALL TOUR

theNEWDEAL are happy to announce their GINORMOUS fall tour.  GINORMOUS will feature some very exciting special guests and great new venues on the run.   On Wednesday, tND begin the tour @ Cleveland's famed Beachland Ballroom, where they will be joined by local heroes, THE WERKS.  Next they travel to Clifton Park, NY (Albany) for Thursday, September 23rd play with old friends FUTURE ROCK & ORCHARD LOUNGE

For the fans in Philadelphia, tND could not be more excited to present a rare East Coast appearance, by Bay-area Baller - LYRICS BORN who will join theNEWDEAL on Friday, September 24th in Philadelphia, PA @ The E-Factory and Saturday, September 25th @ Pearl Street in Northampton.  Don't miss these special shows, which will also include video mash junkies ECLECTIC METHOD, throwing down a crazy mix of clips and beats.

tND heads West to begin an October assault on Colorado.   Coloradans - don't miss Fox/Hodi's throw-downs with BROTHERS PAST and THE PASSAGE PROJECT, as well Re:Generate @ Cervante's in Denver.  On Tuesday, October 12th, tND will be joined by PAPADOSIO @ The Bluebird in Bloomington, IN.  Space rockers DOWNSTEREO join tND on Wednesday, October 13th in St. Louis, MO @ the Old Rock House.   Madison's disco-fanged STEEZ helps to hold down Thursday, October 14th @ the Majestic Theater.  On Friday, October 15th will return to the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI (UM/MSU weekend).  Special guest TBA, but promises to be a big night. To close out October, you wont want to miss tND when they hit Buffalo, NY's Town Ballroom for a fall blowout w/ special guest DJ extraordinaire KING BRITT (buy a 2-night ticket to see tND & Lotus).

As the cold weather begins, theNEWDEAL continues to bring the heat.  On Wednesday, November 3rd, tND will lock beats with TWO FRESH & MIMOSA @ Pittsburgh's Mr. Smalls Theater.  Thursday, November 4th brings the band across PA for a show at Eleanor Rigby's in Scranton where they will connect with home-town villains The INDOBOX.   On Friday, November 5th, (Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater), Saturday, November 6th (Baltimore, MD - Bourbon Street Ballroom) as well as Wednesday, November 10th, (Knoxville, TN), theNEWDEAL will be joined for several shows by psychedelic/world beat conquistadors - TOUBAB KREWE.

On Thursday, November 11th, the band will make their long awaited return to Athens, GA to play the New Earth Music Hall.  The next night tND burst back to fan-favorite, the Orange Peel, for a Friday, November 12th showdown.  Special guests for these two shows to be announced soon.   The GINORMOUS Tour finally wraps up with tND blowing-up the Bear Creek late nite on Saturday, November 13th.

tND GINORMOUS Fall tour will feature all new production and lighting.  Don't miss your chance to see new GINORMOUS NEWDEAL experience in brilliant technicolor..

Special holiday show announcement coming soon.

Sept 4, Chicago, IL, North Coast Music Festival
Sept 5, Apache Pass, Rockdale, Texas, Nocturnal Festival
Sept 22, Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom (w/ The Werks)
Sept 23, Albany, NY, Northern Lights (w/ Future Rock & Orchard Lounge)
Sept 24, Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory (w/ Lyrics Born & Eclectic Method)
Sept 25, Northampton, MA, Pearl Street (w/ Lyrics Born & Eclectic Method)
Oct 7, Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre (w/ Brothers Past)
Oct 8, Ft. Collins, CO, Hodi's Halfnote (w/ The Passage Project)
Oct 9, Denver, CO, Cervante's (w/ Mimosa, Future Rock, Brothers Past)
Oct 12, Bloomington, IN, The Bluebird (w/ Papadosio)
Oct 13, St. Louis, MO, Old Rock House (w/ Steez)
Oct 14, Madison, WI, The Majestic (w/ Steez)
Oct 15, Ann Arbor, MI, The Blind Pig (w/ Steez)
Oct 16, Buffalo, NY, Town Ballroom (w/ King Britt)
Nov 3, Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Small's Theatre (w/ Two Fresh & Mimosa)
Nov 4, Scranton, PA, Eleanor Rigby's (w/ Eclectic Method)
Nov 5, Charlottesville, VA, Jefferson Theater (w/ Toubab Krewe)
Nov 6, Baltimore, MD, Bourbon Street (w/ Toubab Krewe)
Nov 9, Blacksburg, VA, Attitudes (w/ Eclectic Method)
Nov 10, Knoxville, TN, The Valarium (w/ Toubab Krewe)
Nov 11, Athens, GA, New Earth Music Hall (TBA)
Nov 12, Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel (TBA)
Nov 13, Live Oak, FL, Bear Creek Music Festival

THE CRYSTAL METHOD TO PREMIERE "COME BACK CLEAN" VIDEO TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 ON YAHOO!

America’s top electronic act THE CRYSTAL METHOD will unveil their new video for “Come Back Clean” with an exclusive premiere on YAHOO! Friday, October 16.  The song is the second single on their album DIVIDED BY NIGHT (Tiny E Records) and features Emily Haines of Metric on vocals.

The “Come Back Clean” video, directed by Alexandre Moors, will be cut to the Kaskade remix which is impacting dance radio now and will be part of an exclusive iTunes EP package set for release Tuesday, October 20.  The 5-song EP without the video is now available through Beatport.  Both versions will include the following tracks:

1. Kaskade Remix Edit

2. Kaskade Extended Remix

3. Kaskade Dub Remix

4. Kaskade Instrumental

5. Album Version

In other news, the winner of the “Come Back Clean” remix contest with Indaba Music—chosen from over 2,000 entrants—has been announced. The Grand Prize Winner Noah + The Man will receive a microKorg XL synthesizer and a tour of the duo's studio with the band.  Noah + The Man's remix will be promoted in Filter's media section, land a spot in the PSSST digital sampler distributed by FILTER Magazine and is now featured as a streaming track on The Crystal Method's MySpace page. The runners-up are James Merrifield and The Magical Blue Orchestra.

Meanwhile, The Crystal Method was the featured guest on KCRW’s “MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC” Wednesday, September 30.  Their performance consisted of an assortment of classic tracks like “Busy Child” and “Keep Hope Alive,”   “Now Is The Time” from the 2009 presidential campaign and songs from Divided By Night.  The set wrapped with “Falling Hard” from the new album where they were joined by vocalist Meiko, drummer extraordinaire Samantha Maloney (Hole, Mötley Crüe, Peaches, Chelsea Girls) and keyboardist Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses).  View the performance of “Falling Hard” here:  http://kcrwmusicnews.vox.com/library/post/crystal-method-on-mbe---live-debut-of-falling-hard.html?_c=feed-atom

Catch THE CRYSTAL METHOD live on Friday, October 30 at Live 105’s Subsonic Halloween Spookfest bash in San Francisco and for a DJ set Saturday, October 31 at Club Catalyst in Knoxville.

The Crystal Method Announce US Dates

As they continue to crisscross the country bringing their Divided By Night live show to the masses, THE CRYSTAL METHOD have announced the addition of several new dates for late July and early August.  The duo of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland will also take their live show across the Atlantic, where for the first time ever they will perform at the U.K.’s two leading music festivals: Leeds on August 29 and Reading on August 30.

methodTheir additional U.S. dates commence on July 30 in Detroit and have the pair traveling through the Southeast into such markets as Columbus, Norfolk, Charlotte, Nashville, Little Rock, Tulsa and Albuquerque. They’ll then head to the northeast for DJ sets in Afton, NY and Washington D.C. and then return to Southern California for another DJ set in San Diego.  Tickets for all U.S. dates are on sale now.

Upon its release on May 12, Divided By Night hit #1 on iTunes' Electronic Music chart and #1 on Amazon. It also debuted on various Billboard charts including: #38 Top 200 Albums, #2 Top Electronic Albums, #3 Top Digital Albums and #4 Top Independent Albums.  It features a vast array of guests including vocalists Emily Haines of Metric, Justin Warfield of She Wants Revenge and his wife Stefanie King Warfield, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, rappers LMFAO plus players like bassist Peter Hook (New Order) and drummer extraordinaire Samantha Maloney (Peaches, Hole). The album was launched with the momentous first single “Drown in the Now,” their infectious collaboration with mic master Matisyahu.  Watch the video for the song here.

THE CRYSTAL METHOD’s current tour routing is as follows:

DATE                          CITY                                       VENUE                      

Wed    6/17                 San Francisco, CA                 Grand Ballroom

Sat       6/27                 Los Angeles, CA                  Electric Daisy Carnival

Thu      7/30                 Pontiac, MI                         The Crofoot

Fri        7/31                 Columbus, OH                      Boma

Sat       8/1                   Norfolk, VA                         The Norva

Sun      8/2                   Charlotte, NC                       Amos’ Southend

Mon     8/3                   Nashville, TN                         Limelight

Tue      8/4                   Little Rock, AR                      Juanita’s Cantina

Wed    8/5                   Tulsa, OK                              Cain’s Ballroom

Thu      8/6                   Albuquerque, NM                   Sunshine Theatre

Fri        8/7                   Afton, NY                              The New Echo Lake (DJ set)

Sat       8/8                   Washington D.C.                    Fur (DJ set)

Sun      8/9                   San Diego, CA                        Hard Rock Hotel (DJ set)