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Dead.net proudly presents The Family Dog

They may have thrown some epic parties, but it's The Family Dog's innovative art that remains their true legacy. In 1966, free-spirited rock promoter Chet Helms teamed up with a commune of hippies to create The Family Dog. The collective put on some of the greatest rock concerts of all time. To spread the word about its live events, they hand-picked a small army of graphic artists to design promotional posters and handbills. The most influential of the group - Rick Griffin, Alton Kelly, Victor Moscoso, Stanley Mouse, and Wes Wilson - became known as the “San Francisco Five.” The San Francisco Five would go on to produce some of the most iconic and memorable imagery in the history of rock and roll. Their art reflects the bold experimental freedom of the era, serving as a guidepost for future generations who long for peace, love, and understanding.

Bring history into your own house with our extremely limited, signed, and numbered collector's edition lithographs.

Explore the galleries here.

The Morning Pages Cover Lady Gaga

Brooklyn’s six-piece root-rockers The Morning Pages have just recorded an alt-country take on Lady Gaga’s "Telephone" along with a grainy lo-fi stock photography-esque video complete with slide guitars, cowboy hats and tin cans on strings, answering the question "How would "Telephone" play out in the 1850s?".  The ubiquitous song caught the attention of lead singer Grant Maxwell who decided to cover the song because "a great song is a great song and indie music doesn't have to be all dissonant and obscure and depressing all the time and on the other hand pop music could stand to sound a lot more organic and musical. My thought was they maybe we could combine the depth of roots music with the visceral enjoyment and popular appeal of mainstream music and get the next revolution started....also, I just couldn't get that song out of my head!" You can watch the new video HERE on YouTube.

With their 2007 EP The Company You Keep, The Morning Pages immediately stood out from other Brooklyn acts by tracing their roots back to country and folk influences such as Willie Nelson, Gram Parsons, Waylon Jennings, and The Band. It was this EP that caught the attention of Russell Simins of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion who went on to produce their upcoming debut full length Rising Rain.

The album’s standouts include joyous foot-stompers like “With The Lord,” “Move To The Country” and “This City Keeps Me Down,” as well as plaintive ballads like the album’s first single “My Name Is Lion.”

The Morning Pages New York Dates:
April 9th – Brooklyn, NY @ Spike Hill
May 6th – Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo
May 20th – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
May 27th – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (Dylan Fest 2010)

Tony Trischka Partners w/ ArtistWorks to Produce Online Banjo School

Artistworks, the innovative online video-based learning company, has partnered with Tony Trischka, legendary banjo recording artist, performer, composer and educator, to open the most advanced online banjo school available.

The Tony Trischka School of Banjo uses ArtistWorks’ revolutionary “record-and-upload-anywhere” video exchange technology to offer a full range of instruction and learning opportunities as well as the social networking to create a worldwide online network of banjo players of all skill levels.

ArtistWorks’ powerful new technology enables Tony (from anywhere on the road) to use video to interact with students; review their video submissions and quickly respond to them with high-quality video recording and/or written responses.  These student/teacher video exchanges also become Master Classes on the site for all students to view and learn from. As Tony comments, “My School of Banjo is an enormous leap beyond any other online banjo-teaching site.”

The site is expected to launch late July, 2009.

Tony Trischka is a giant among banjo virtuosos, with a star-power recording legacy, nominated for a Grammy in 2007 and winning the Independent Music Award in 2008 for Best Americana Album. Tony is highly regarded for his teaching books and erudition in banjo and Americana music history. David Butler, CEO of ArtistWorks, says, “We are very pleased to have Tony join us as our latest partner.  He’s not only a virtuoso, he’s the consummate educator. It is our honor to be working together.”

ArtistWorks, Inc. is a Napa, California company that creates innovative, instructional subscription websites for such artists as Andreas Oberg, Jimmy Bruno, DJ Qbert, Tony Trischka, Christie-Peery Skousen and Howard Levy.