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Heavyweight Dub Champion & Mr. Anonymous @ Boulder Theatre

Heavyweight Dub Champion Founded in a log cabin at 9,000 feet in the mountains of Colorado, and now based in San Francisco, California, Heavyweight Dub Champion is a movement of interdimensional warriors representing the Army of the Last Champion. Firmly rooted in hip hop, dancehall, dub and electronic music, and performed on more than 50 channels of vintage analog and digital gear, HDC has gained much notoriety and a growing following from its high-intensity and visually captivating live performances. Founder and Last Champion Manifesto author Resurrector transcends space and time wielding an arsenal of deep revolutionary audio with support from a revolving crew of co-conspirators that include Totter Todd, Dr. Israel, A.P.O.S.T.L.E., Jillian Ann, MC Azeem and Stero-Lion. At the collective's core is the universal intention of inspiration, mind expansion and transformation through creative expression - all of which manifests in their collective artistic performance known as The Liberation Process.

Mr. Anonymous a.k.a. Jeep Macnichol started his music career as founding member and drummer of the Colorado based pop/jam band The Samples. For a decade, his musical journey included 6 national album releases, national touring for 9 months a year in every venue imaginable in every state, sharing the stage with Sting, Dave Mathews, Steel pulse, Flaming Lips, The Wailers, Sonic Youth, Blues traveler, the Horde tour, and a performance on the Jay Leno show. After 10 years, Macnichol decided it was time to follow new creative endeavors and dive into his love of Jamaican dancehall and reggae music.

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Mark Vann Foundation Benefit @ Boulder Theater

Great American Taxi is hosting the 8th Annual Mark Vann Foundation Holiday Benefit Show.  This is always a special night in Boulder, CO and we've got a bunch of great friends coming out to help.  The evening will start out with some singer-songwriters including John McKay, Kort McCumber and Bonnie Paine.  Up next Bonfire Dub will get the evening rocking with their brand of roots, rock and dub.  Shannon McNally will play a short set with her band Hot Sauce and then our good ol' buddy Todd Snider will grace the stage for a solo set before joining Great American Taxi for some more songs.  Great American Taxi will also be playing a short set as well before getting all of their friends to join in the team pick.  There's always some surprise all-star guests who show up too and join the fun.  There will be a silent auction, raffle and art sale.  This is a great chance to pick up some unique holiday gifts.  All proceeds go directly to the Mark Vann Foundation as well as two wonderful Boulder-area charities, There With Care and CareConnect. Tickets are only $20 (all charges included) and doors are at 7:30 pm with show starting at 8 pm.

If you can't make it to the show, you can always donate to any/all of these charities as well.  Go to www.MarkVannFoundation.org to help out or buy a ticket to the show and donate it.  Tickets to the show can be purchased here : www.bouldertheater.com.

Great American Taxi is also excited to announce their New Years Run at home in Colorado between December 29th-Jan 1st culminating at Quixtoe's True Blue for a 6 am bloody-mary set to start the new year on 1/1/11.  We will be in Vail on Dec. 29th, Steamboat Springs on the 30th and spending New Year's Eve with Railroad Earth at the Ogden Theater in Denver, CO.  We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and the Taxi will be rolling back out across this great country of ours in 2011 to a town near you soon.  Take care everyone, we can't wait to rock it out with all of you soon.  See you in Boulder next Saturday!

As a way of saying thanks for a great year, Great American Taxi is offering a free download of an unreleased track that was recorded last winter to benefit a charity kitchen.  Go to this link and you will get the unreleased single "Peace Tonight" as well as "One Of These Days" from 'Reckless Habits'.  Go here.

Check out Grateful Web's coverage from the 6th Annual Mark Vann Benefit show.

Umphrey's McGee Announces 2011 Winter Tour

Having just wrapped up a monumental fall tour, Umphrey’s McGee today announces early 2011 tour plans. The band will begin their winter adventures with their 4th annual destination event, this year in sunny Mexico, where 1000 fans will join them for the sold-out Mayan Holidaze. Soon after, Umphrey’s McGee embarks on a two-month tour that takes them from coast to coast. Along the way, the band will be joined by support acts including Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Orchard Lounge, Zach Deputy, Keller Williams and others to be announced. Ticket Presale for the US Winter Tour begins on Tuesday, November 16 at UMTicketing. Those who purchase early will be entered to win a cool merchandise package (1 winner for each show on the tour!). Visit www.umphreys.com for details. The complete list of winter tour dates is included below.

Before year’s end, Umphrey’s McGee will conclude 2010 with some special holiday performances. Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss’ 8th Annual acoustic holiday show to benefit Ustorm Foundation is on Saturday, December 4th at the Park West in their hometown of Chicago. The following weekend, Umphrey’s McGee is honored to be part of Warren Hayne’s 22nd annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, North Carolina. Finally, the band rings in the New Year with three nights at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago. Tickets for the New Year’s run are on sale now via Etix.

Umphrey’s McGee will release a collection of new music in early 2011. In a departure from the standard "album" format, Umphrey’s will instead offer up the highly anticipated new material via a series of digital EPs. To get fans warmed-up, Umphrey’s has released a free MP3 download of the band’s brand new song “Wellwishers.” Folks can download it here, and while there, fans can snatch up the Wellwishers widget to easily share the new tune with friends.

Visit www.umphreys.com for news of the bite sized music portions from the band’s perspective, and look for full details regarding the releases to be announced in the coming weeks.

Check out Grateful Web's interview with Jake Cinninger.

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Umphrey’s McGee’s complete Winter tour schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, December 29 - Friday, December 31 Riviera Theatre Chicago IL

Thursday, January 20 - Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX

Thursday, January 27 House of Blues - Boston Boston MA

Friday, January 28 Best Buy Theater New York NY with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Saturday, January 29 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Sunday, January 30 Ram's Head Live Baltimore MD with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Wednesday, February 2 State Theatre State College PA

Thursday, February 3 Buster's Billiards & Backroom Lexington KY with Orchard Lounge

Friday, February 4 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus OH with Orchard Lounge

Saturday, February 5 The Fillmore Detroit MI with Orchard Lounge

Wednesday, February 9 - Thursday, February 10 Belly Up Aspen Aspen CO

Friday, February 11 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO

Saturday, February 12 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS

Sunday, February 13 Slowdown Omaha NE

Wednesday, February 16 Music Farm Charleston SC with Zach Deputy

Thursday, February 17 Orange Peel Asheville NC with Zach Deputy

Friday, February 18 War Memorial Auditorium Nashville TN with Keller Williams

Saturday, February 19 The Fillmore Charlotte NC with Zach Deputy

Sunday, February 20 The National Richmond VA with Zach Deputy

Wednesday, March 2 - Thursday, March 3 Barrymore Theatre Madison WI

Friday, March 4 - Saturday, March 5 First Avenue Minneapolis MN

Sunday, March 6 The Venue in Fargo Fargo ND

Wednesday, March 9 Babcock Theatre Billings MT

Thursday, March 10 Knitting Factory Concert House Boise ID

Friday, March 11 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR

Saturday, March 12 - Sunday, March 13 The Fillmore San Francisco CA

Wednesday, March 16 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay NV

Thursday, March 17 House of Blues - Sunset Strip West Hollywood CA

Friday, March 18 House of Blues - San Diego San Diego CA

Saturday, March 19 Marquee Theatre Tempe AZ

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.

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.

Bjørn Torske's Kokning Set for November Release on Smalltown Supersound

Bjørn Torske is a special artist with a special name.  He was born in northern Norway where fishing has been the main industry for hundreds of years and his name literally translates as “Bear Cod”.  Even making dinner is unique in Norway: you put the potatoes on to boil, go out to sea and catch a fish, then return to prepare the meal. This process is known as “kokning”.  To say that northern Norwegians do things their own way would be putting it lightly . . . to say that Bjørn Torske is making music his own way would be exactly right.

Kokning, Bjørn Torske’s second album on Smalltown Supersound, starts out beautifully.  It’s both melodic and melancholic with a warm, slow ambiance. Soft psychedelics and a Balearic rhythm are introduced before it fades into Torske’s signature skranglehouse* and then ends with what can only be described as “Moondog disco” (imagine if Moondog and Count Ossie got together to make disco). Kokning takes avant-disco, weirdo-dub, post-punk, and quirky electronica -- all elements found on his previous albums (Nedi Myra / Ferox, 1999, Trøbbel / Telle, 2001, Feil Knapp / Smalltown Supersound, 2007), plus more organic and acoustic sound basics and less programmed patterns, and mixes them into the ultimate Bjørn Torske album.

Since Feil Knapp, Bjørn has been working on a number of remixes for other artists, including Sunburned Hand of the Man, Lindstrøm, Crimea X, Big Robot feat. Conrad Schnitzler, to name a few. He’s also been busy working with music and soundscapes for a stage production, as well as touring with his own band, the Bjørn Torske Band.

Kokning is out November 2nd on Smalltown Supersound. The first 12” from Kokning will feature a remix by DJ Harvey.

* Along with Erot, Bjørn Torske invented a genre known as “rattle house” (or “skranglehouse” in Norwegian) and translates as a bit of everything from dub to disco, jammed within a resonate floor-friendly house pulse.  This 4/4 Scando-movement began at Oslo venue Skansen, inspired by club regulars The Idjut Boys, and the term “skranglehouse” was henceforth associated with Torske and Erot.  Torske’s underground hit “Søppelmann” (Svek) quickly became the skranglehouse anthem and the movement later became the foundation for the next generation of space disco artists such as Lindstrøm, Todd Terje, Prins Thomas, and Diskjokke.

Kokning Tracklisting:

1. Kokning

2. Bryggesjau

3. Gullfjellet

4. Langt Fra Afrika

5. Bergensere

6. Slitte sko

7. Nitten nitti

8. Versjon Wolfenstein

9. Furu