Mike Berkowitz & the Gene Krupa Band at Iridium for Gene's 100th Birthday

Gene Krupa- for the Grateful Web

Star drummer Gene Krupa and his Orchestra were the hottest of the hot stuff in the big band years. Fortunately Mike Berkowitz, an incredible drummer of today rescued the brilliant Krupa arrangements and put together a phenomenal aggregation of some of our New York Jazz world's swingingest musicians and Vocalist extraordinaire, Cassie Miller from L.A. Not just for nostalgia buffs and music historians, any real jazz lover has to be thrilled by the sounds made by this amazing 16-piece group.  Scott Barbarino has booked them into the Iridium, the premiere Jazz room (on West 51 Street and Broadway) on Tuesday, January 13, which coincides with what would have been Gene Krupa's 100th birthday.  The sets are at 8 pm and 10 pm.  This is a rare opportunity to recapture big band music at its most exciting.

Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway @ 51st Street
212-582-2121 for reservations


photo by Hilary Charlotte- for the Grateful Web

Audio/visualist and mash-up DJ MIKE RELM has announced his revised tour schedule for the remainder of 2008 as he continues to promote his debut artist album SPECTACLE (Radio Fried Records) with his special live show.  On his new routing he teams up with such acts as Sound Tribe Sector 9, Bassnectar, Kraak & Smaak and Spearhead on select dates in the U.S.

Relm will also join forces with Metric on the Jingle Bell Rock charity tour in Canada, committed to raising money for various shelters across the country.  The tour will donate $1 from each ticket sold at every show will be donated to a respective local charity.  Wrote Bao Le-Huu of the Orlando Weekly (10/23/08) of his review of Mike Relm's live show, "His furiously fun DJ/VJ concept is manifested live by cleverly designed sets that runneth over with crowd-wowing tricks, and this performance was another pulse-jacking affirmation of him as the party DJ par excellence."

In other news, MIKE RELM joins acts The Raconteurs, CSS, Hot Chip, Fleet Foxes and others in MTVU's "Ahead Of The Curve" promo campaign, which takes an intimate look at some of music's rising stars for this fall. Unprocessed and unrehearsed, these artists showcase their skills off-the-cuff.  For his contribution, RELM performed a scratch version of his single "Everytime" featuring vocals by Blue Man Group's Adrian Hartley. View his piece here.

DATE                          CITY                           VENUE

Wed    10/29               Bloomington, IN            Bluebird Nightclub

Thu     10/30               Bloomington, IN           Jake's Nightclub

Fri    10/31                  Asheville, NC                 Orange Peel w/ Bassnectar

Sat    11/1                  Charlotte, NC                Neighborhood Theater w/ Bassnectar

Wed    11/5                Boston, MA                   Paradise w/ Bassnectar

Thu    11/6                 Philadelphia, PA             Theatre of Living Arts w/ Bassnectar

Fri    11/7                    New York, NY               Bowery Ballroom w/ Bassnectar

Fri    11/21                  Los Angeles, CA            Music Box @ Henry Fonda Theatre w/ Kraak & Smaak

Sat    11/22                San Francisco, CA           Ft. Mason Herbst Pavillion

Fri    11/28                  Denver, CO                  Filmore w/ Spearhead

Fri    12/5                   San Francisco, CA           San Francisco Film Society Presents @ Mezzanine

Sat    12/6                  Santa Clara, CA             Stanford University


Mike Helm- for the Grateful Web

As an audio/visualist and mash-up DJ, MIKE RELM has become world famous for his mind-melting real time performances. But with the advent of SPECTACLE, his exciting debut studio album due out September 23 on his Radio Fryer label, the San Francisco-based musical talent has masterfully upped his game. On the heels of his recent mesmerizing DVD Clown Alley and the acclaim of his riveting 2005 CD mixtape Radio Fryer, the bespectacled and suit-clad Relm steps into the role of electronic music maestro while effortlessly reinforcing his long-standing reputation for innovation.

By collaborating with respected underground talents like Mr. Lif, The Gift of Gab, Morningwood and Lateef the Truthspeaker, along with producer Patrick Palaad on Spectacle, Relm's sonic realm is as diverse as it is ingenious. Check out can't-miss offerings like "Body Rock" - complete with a twangy guitar line and a celebratory tack destined for the dance floor - and the disc's contagious first single "My Heart" that boasts razor-sharp delivery by rapper Adeem and vocalist Adrian Hartley, a veteran of both Blue Man Group and Fischerspooner.

After befriending Hartley during a lengthy, high profile stint opening for Blue Man Group, Relm knew he had to have her lend vocals to the latter, capturing her memorable performance in a Philadelphia hotel room of all places. Next came the New Hampshire-based Adeem. "We met during one of those 'Minivan-Days Inn' tours," Mike says. "But I knew I wanted to work with him. He was on this list of people I kept that I knew I'd ask and he did such a great job with that track."

With "My Heart" front-and-center in Relm's plan for global domination, it's matched by the equally powerful "You Break," which thrives on a similar and infectious arrangement and is elevated by the adept street prose of Mr. Lif. "That song, like almost everything I construct, started with a beat," Relm explains. "It's just one of those beats that I let people listen to and everyone wanted to get on it." Another notable track on Spectacle is "Hot To Trot" which features vocals and drums by percussionist/beat maker Alfredo Ortiz (Money Mark, Chromeo, Ozomatli).

MIKE RELM adds tremendous energy to any event and has a striking stage presence. He has toured with many different types of artists from the Blue Man Group to most recently Tony Hawk as the featured musical guest on the Boom Boom HuckJam tour, and has appeared at many major music festivals including Coachella, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Summer Sonic and Mt. Fuji in Japan as well as most of the major European festivals.

RELM is known for live performances which feature a series of audio mash-ups with video images, manipulated in real-time. His other credits include performances for a San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland A's baseball game and the closing ceremonies of the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro. He completed remixes for Adult Swim in conjunction with the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie, scored a short film for the Disney Channel series Too Many Robots and created a four-song mega mix for Yo Gabba Gabba (Nickelodeon). RELM also stars in an international TV spot for HSBC Bank, directed by Stacy Wall.

The complete track listing for MIKE RELM's SPECTACLE is:

  1. Money Beats (TV)
  2. Tron
  3. Everytime (ft. Del the Funky Homosapien and Adrian Hartley)
  4. Hey Drew (TV)
  5. Hot To Trot (ft. Alfredo Ortiz)
  6. Trying To Get Attention (TV)
  7. Body Rock (ft. Morningwood and The Gift of Gab)
  8. The Cube
  9. Red Shoes (TV)
  10. Vertiglo (Interlude)
  11. Without Her (ft. Lateef The Truthspeaker)
  12. Velvet
  13. You Break (ft. Mr. Lif and Adrian Hartley)
  14. Crackin' (TV)
  15. Quickie
  16. Technicism
  17. My Heart (ft. Adeem & Adrian Hartley)
  18. Learning Experience (TV)

MIKE RELM's updated tour routing is as follows:

Treasure Island Music Festival

FRI    9/20            San Francisco, CA                     Treasure Island Music Festival

Mike Relm Headline Dates             

Wed    9/24            Portland, OR                          Holocene       

Thu    9/25            Seattle, WA                           Chop Suey

Wed    10/1            Minneapolis, MN                       Triple Rock Social Club

Thu    10/2            Ames, IA                              Maintenance Shop

Fri    10/3            Chicago, IL                           Abbey Pub

Tue    10/7            New York, NY                          Spiegeltent

Wed    10/8            Boston, MA                            Middle East

Thu    10/9            Northampton, MA                       Pearl Street Nightclub

Fri    10/10           Philadelphia, PA                      Manhattan Room

Sat    10/11           Washington, DC                        Rock N Roll Hotel

Sun    10/12           Charleston, SC                        The Pour House

Mon    10/13           Atlanta, GA                           The Earl

Tue    10/14           Orlando, FL                           The Social 

Wed    10/15           Tampa, FL                             Crowbar

Fri    10/17           New Orleans, LA                       One Eyed Jacks    

Sat    10/18           Baton Rouge, LA                       Spanish Moon

Sun    10/19           Austin, TX                            Mohawk

Mon    10/20           Dallas, TX                            House of Blues Cambridge     

Wed    10/22           Scottsdale, AZ                        Chasers

Thu    10/23           San Diego, CA                         Casbah

Fri    10/24           Los Angeles, CA                       El Rey Theatre

Sat    10/25           Costa Mesa, CA                        Detroit Bar

Wed    10/29           Bloomington, IN                       Bluebird Nightclub

Thu    10/30           Bloomington, IN                       Jake's Nightclub

Tue    11/4            Ft. Collins, CO                       Hodis Half Note

Wed    11/5            Boulder, CO                           Fox Theatre

Thu    11/6            Boulder, CO                           The Black Sheep

Fri    11/7            Denver, CO                            Marquis Theatre

Sat    11/8            Aspen, CO                             Belly Up


George Harrison - by Mike Macchi

- for the Grateful Web

I was born in 1965, the same year The Grateful Dead was born and the year that the songs that would land on the Beatles' landmark album "Rubber Soul" were probably starting to gel in the minds of the newly turned-on Fab Four.  I grew up about as big of a Beatle fan as anyone ever could meet, especially when one considers that I was not even five years old when the band reached the end of their long and winding road.

When George Harrison passed away a couple of weeks ago I felt almost the since of loss I felt when Jerry and John Lennon died in that I felt that I lost a personal friend that played a huge role in my life, literally helping to shape my way of looking at the world.  I have a couple of thoughts on George that my fellow Dead Heads might like to chew on......

First of all, keep in mind that on their last two tours, the Grateful Dead pulled out two relatively obscure Beatle tunes to cover:   'I Want To Tell You' off of 1966's REVOLVER and 'It's All too Much' originally recorded in 1967 for the soundtrack of YELLOW SUBMARINE.....for those of you who were not aware, despite the intimidating catalogue by John and Paul,  our heroes chose two songs by the so-called 'quiet' Beatle to play:  both of the songs mentioned are Harrison compositions.

Any Dead Head who has never had the pleasure of listening to Harrison's solo masterpiece "All Things Must Pass" should do themselves a favor and invest in it (hard to find, perhaps available on Amazon). "Isn't It A Pity", "My Sweet Lord" (which I had played at my wedding ceremony last year) and "Beware of Darkeness" are just three nuggets on that album. I always wonder how the Dead were perceived by many in the music world.   It saddens me to think of how- just maybe- his shared love of Elvis, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly might have led to John Lennon attending a MSG Dead show after 1980 as he started to come out of his self-imposed retirement....maybe even joining them on stage?   Sigh.....in another universe, perhaps.

I like to think of the links that Harrison had to the Dead world:  his friendship with both Bob Dylan and Tom Petty must have exposed Harrison to some stories of our band's exploits/musicality since both toured with the boys.   Also,  it was Owsley's recipes that first turned on the Beatles in England in 1965.......talk about a connection.  Kesey and his band of Pranksters were at the Beatle's Cow Palace show when Bobby first "got on the bus".   Lots of syncronicity and examples  of the boundaries of the Dead's world going across the universe of the Beatles.  I just wonder if Gearge ever listened to "American Beauty" or "Workingman's Dead" since he was such a huge fan of The Band's first two albums that came out of the Woodstock scene and captured American roots music so well like Beauty and Workingman's did.  I hope that someone was able to play for George some of the Dead's live music, but with his ambivalence to music in general after the early seventies maybe not.

If I am not misteaken (does anyone remember?) the Dead may have even played The Traveling Wilburies album on set breaks or at show's end in the early 1990's...faint recollections of this, but my memory is a little foggy when trying to recall (I wonder why?).

Anyway,  Harrison's impact was great.  I love all of his Beatle songs, but especially ones like "Love you Too", Within you Without You", "Long Long Long", "The Inner Light" and others that showed his love for Indian music.  He profoundly changed Western culture in ripples that can never be measured.  He was a reluctant celebrity and gave so much to us all.  Rest in Peace, George, and thank you. Mike Macchi,  Guilderland, NY  - recyclemichael65@yahoo.com