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Patrolled by Radar signs to Knitting Factory Records, readies 'Be Happy'

Patrolled by Radar’s Be Happy is an album of original songs penned by singer-songwriter Jay Souza. The ten tracks on Be Happy tell stories that could have taken place at any point during the last two centuries, as sung by troubadours such as Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Davies or Townes Van Zandt. Be Happy is the band’s debut CD on Knitting Factory Records through RED Distribution, set for worldwide release on June 7, 2011.

Souza has been carrying around these songs inside his heart since he was a kid. His inspiration came from his mom, who sent him three cassettes that he played incessantly as a child — Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and the Carpenters. Years later, his attention to craft can be heard throughout Be Happy, which will be released under the name Patrolled by Radar because Souza got tired of his band 50 Cent Haircut getting confused with rapper 50 Cent.

Knitting Factory CEO Morgan Margolis was so impressed with the band’s yearlong residency at the Hollywood club that he offered to both manage them and release the album on his label. It’s a story that could have come straight from one of Souza’s own songs, based on real life.

“The whole record was meant to be like that,” says Souza. “I wanted it to be rich in melody, dynamism and nuance. I’ll rewrite the words over and over until the allusion is just right. I try to make it less literal and more poetic. There’s always a better way to say something.”

The Boston-born singer-songwriter — whose great-great-grandfather was first cousin to Irish poet William Butler Yeats — has lived in L.A. since 1990. He continues to exhibit the qualities of his mentors in his music, first in his band 50 Cent Haircut, and now alongside the same musicians in Patrolled by Radar (guitarists Bosco Sheff and Bryan “BC” Coulter and bassist Bryan “Reno” Stone), with a timeless, narrative style that takes its cue from classic Americana roots: equal parts folk, rock, country, blues and soul.

The band’s music is featured as the closing song in two of the three MGM/Sony Walking Tall movies. Two of the tracks on Be Happy can be heard on the TNT show Men of a Certain Age, where they were placed by GO Music Services supervisor Gary Calamar who noted of Be Happy, “Wowza for Jay Souza. [Patrolled by Radar] is a great band with terrific songs. Bang and twang!”

Be Happy is a rather ironic title, given some of the grim stories Souza recounts in “Dressed for the Drought,” “Coat of Disappointment,” and “Fast Life Slow Death.” His honesty and sincerity is self-evident on the album’s “Carried Away,” written from the point of view of a soldier serving in the Middle East:

“I know it’s all the same to you/Everybody’s lookin’ for the thing they were meant to do/I’ll sit and sing a lonesome song.”

Elsewhere, Souza and Patrolled by Radar show themselves equally capable of creating the lush pop choruses of the Beatlesque title track, the slinky sexual double entendre rockabilly blues in “Walking” (“The first verse is about Adolf Hitler and the second, Johnny Cash,” he explains), the whimsical psychedelic folk of the Babar the Elephant-inspired “Pachyderm,” or even full-throttle rock ’n’ roll, which comes across loud and clear in the anthemic (and aptly named) “New Fight Song.”

“I see people having a hard time. It’s a strange time we’re in. The haves and have-nots are being drawn together in a way that’s weird,” Souza clarifies, though he’s finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

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Be Happy track listing

1.    Widow Next Door
2.    New Fight Song
3.    Dressed for the Drought
4.    Pachyderm
5.    Coat of Disappointment
6.    Fast Life, Slow Death
7.    Haywire
8.    Carried Away
9.    Be Happy
10.   Walking

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PATROLLED BY RADAR on tour

Wed., Apr. 13   LOS ANGELES, CA The Mint w/ The Band Of Heathens
Sat., Apr. 23   LOS ANGELES, CA Farmers Market Ranch Party
Sat., Apr. 30   CULVER CITY, CA Cinema Bar
Fri., May 6   BROOKLYN, NY Knitting Factory (Brooklyn) w/ Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Sun., May 15   LOS ANGELES, CA Satellite (Silver Lake)
Fri., May 20   LOS ANGELES, CA Villains Tavern
Sun., Jun 12   LOS ANGELES, CA The Echo - Grand Ole Echo

GARAGE A TROIS Announce New Album & Tour

On April 12, Garage A Trois will release Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil via Royal Potato Family. Aptly described by photographer John Margaretten as "a transformative, punkalectic, pornographic seizure of sight and sound," the modern day post rock/freak jazz supergroup will support the album with west and east coast tour dates in April and May. Garage A Trois, a force greater than the sum of its colossal parts, is comprised of Seattle-based saxophonics master Skerik, Brooklyn sound-sculptor/keysman Marco Benevento, Texas-born punk rock vibraphone hero Mike Dillon and New Orleans funky drummer/beat scientist Stanton Moore.

Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil follows Garage A Trois' 2009 release, Power Patriot (the band’s debut with Benevento replacing original member Charlie Hunter). In the words of Stanton Moore, "the band set out to capture the highly flammable, rock-driven, avant pop album we all knew we were capable of making." Recorded at Studio In The Country in Bogalusa, LA (where masterpieces by The Neville Brothers, Stevie Wonder and The Wild Magnolias have been cut) with revered engineer/producer Randall Dunn (Cave Singers, Black Mountain, Sun City Girls), Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil is indeed the finest representation yet of the band's sinewy, fourth-dimensional, polychromatic songwriting. It's sure to fuel the fire for a growing legion of fans amassing around the most dangerous instrumental band on the scene today.

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Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil track listing:

1. Omar
2. Resentment Incubator
3. Earl Harvin
4. Shooting Breaks
5. Kansas (interlude)
6. Swellage
7. The Drum Department
8. Thumb
9. Baby Mama Drama
10. Chimp & Flower
11. Dark Bogul (interlude)
12. Assault On Precinct 13

Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil tour dates:

April 19 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA
April 20 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR
April 21 | Sam Bond's Garage | Eugene, OR
April 22 | Humboldt Brews | Arcata, CA
April 23 | Amoeba | San Francisco, CA (2PM Free In-Store)
April 23 | Independent | San Francisco, CA
May 4 | Louisiana Music Factory | New Orleans, LA (3PM Free In-Store)
May 4 | Howlin' Wolf | New Orleans, LA
May 7 | One Eyed Jack's | New Orleans, LA
May 8 | DBA | New Orleans, LA
May 11 | The Five Spot | Atlanta, GA
May 12 | Pour House | Charleston, SC
May 13 | Pisgah | Asheville, NC
May 14 | Capital Ale House | Richmond, VA
May 15 | Jewish Mother Backstage | Norfolk, VA
May 17 | 8x10 | Baltimore, MD
May 18 | Rex Theater | Pittsburgh, PA
May 19 | North Star | Philadelphia, PA
May 20 | Regattabar | Boston, MA
May 21 | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY

Vanity Theft Announces New Single, Launches Remix Contest

Ohio’s hard-rockin’ quartet Vanity Theft has been hard at work lately- the band is fresh off a nationwide tour with Hunter Valentine, which culminated with several SXSW shows and now a four week residency at Los Angeles’ famed Club Moscow, being the first band in over four years to be invited to a residency there. Their full-length album Get What You Came For came out on March 1st via Vigilante Music/Adamant Records, and now they’re happy to share the news of a new single and remix contest for their fans!

They’ll be releasing the “Rattle Rattle” single on April 26th, which will include remixes by HOUSES, Jesse Christenson and Tiny Bill. On top of that, the band is launching a remix/mashup contest in conjunction with Laptoprockers.com.

The contest lasts from March 30-May 20th- here’s a note from Laptoprockers regarding their partnership with Vanity Theft:

“Laptoprockers are very happy to have Vanity Theft aboard for this remix contest. With five sexy songs to remix, this is our biggest contest to date! Thanks to Ableton and D16 Group Audio Software there are great prizes to win, while the best remixes are eligible for inclusion on Vanity Theft's remix album due out this Summer. Not to mention the bonus prize for the best Vanity Theft mashup! Who needs a bigger challenge for Spring?"

Here’s a little more background on Laptoprockers:

Since their inception in 2006 Laptoprockers are shaking the web with remix contests, remix contests and more remix contests. With their comprehensive remix contest listing, Laptoprockers are the longest running independent remix contest resource webwide. Other daily topics include interviews, album reviews and anything related to music (making) in the digital domain. We Are Laptoprockers!

Fans can enter the contest here, so feel free to spread the love!

Download the FREE MP3 of “Rattle Rattle” HERE | And Chrissy Murderbot’s “Limb From Limb” Remix HERE

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Vanity Theft Tour Dates:

March 30 – Hollywood, CA – Club Moscow
April 6 – Hollywood, CA – Club Moscow
April 9 – Las Vegas, NC – Bunkhouse
April 11 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
April 13 – Hollywood, CA – Club Moscow
April 15 – Santa Barbara, CA – Muddy Waters
April 20 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
April 22 – Bloomington, IN – Bear’s
April 23 – Cincinnati, OH – Mainstay Rock Bar
April 28 – St. Louis, MO – Cicero’s
April 30 – Bowling Green, KY - WWHR Music Festival

GROOMS Announce Sophomore LP On Kanine Records

On PromGrooms' sophomore album, set to be released on Kanine Records this summer, the Brooklyn avant-rock trio has come into their own.  In every way, Prom is a more mature, unique, adventurous, and most of all, accessible record than 2009's widely-praised album Rejoicer.
Travis Johnson (vocals/guitar) and Emily Ambruso (vocals/bass) met, ridiculously, on Friendster, shortly before that website became 100% irrelevant, only to meet in person at a Valentine's Day party in the Oklahoma woods a few weeks later.  They immediately started discussing experimental music and pop, and, after relocating separately to New York in 2004, starting playing experimental music and pop together in their bedrooms.  They met Jim Sykes (drums) through a friend soon after, but didn't start playing with him until 2009, when Grooms formed and released their debut album.  That album was a dark, noisy, and tangled affair, the lyrics focusing almost entirely on Travis' religion-fixated obsessive-compulsive disorder, which he was diagnosed with in adolescence.
On this gorgeously poppy album, Prom, the experiments are with beauty, texture, and melody, and the OCD-related lyrics are nestled in lulling, comforting sounds.  The album was written with touchstones like genre-crossing records from Broadcast and Wire's “154” in mind, in between Emily dragging everyone to see terrible movies in theaters and Jim finishing up his PhD in ethnomusicology.  The result is a semi-electronic, often ambient and haunting record, that sounds variously like zombies playing surf rock ("Imagining the Bodies"), glitchy, pounding IDM ("Tiger Trees"), and creepy Spector girl-group tunes ("Sharing") among dozens of others.  Emily and Travis obsessed over the melodies this time around, pushing each other to sing better at all turns, and harmonizing in ways they'd never tried before.  The band slept in sleeping bags in the studio (Uniform, in Philadelphia), staying up late and waking up early to obsess more, and to fidget with sounds they'd never played with before. Friend Jay Heiselman mixed Prom over the 2010 holidays, diving deep into post-production to help create the intensely new direction for the band.
To Grooms, this record is about freedom: to be catchy, to be unabashedly pretty, to try entirely new types of music, and even to write their first-ever breakup song.  They hope you sing along to Prom, that you get happy and sad to it in the way you do with great pop records, and that you get just a little freaked out when their dark side shows up here and there.
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Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 23 – Embassy Vinyl - Scranton, PA
Feb 24 – Happy Dog - Cleveland, OH
Feb 25 - Mulligan’s Pub - Grand Rapids, MI
Feb 26 – Mockbee - Cincinnati, OH
Mar 16 – Palm Door (SXSW) - Austin, TX
Mar 20 – Bro Fest - Dallas, TX
Mar 22 – Opolis - Norman, OK
Mar 23 – The Lemp - St Louis, MO
Mar 25 – Pancho’s - Chicago, IL
Mar 26 – Project Lodge - Madison, WI
Mar 27 – The Strut - Kalamazoo, MI
Mar 29 – Now That’s Class - Cleveland, OH
Mar 30 – Garfield Artworks - Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 02 – The Ox - Philadelphia, PA

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones 2010 Winter Tour

Happy Holidays from the Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones wanted to let you know that we have just 6 more shows this year on our west coast run; Chico, Santa Rosa, Oakland, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Tucson - starting tomorrow!

We are playing our derangements of holiday music, plus some 'non holiday' Flecktone standards - ALSO - we have our very special guests 'Alash' with us. They are incredible Tuvan Throatsingers - you won't believe them! Tuva is a region in Siberia where this amazing singing style is prevalent and these dudes are some of the best at it. Also we have Casey Dreissen sitting in on fiddle, he is a fantastic player. In Oakland, Howard Levy will take Jeff's place, he is the musical phenomenon who started the band with us in 1988. He is truly one of the greatest harmonica players to ever pick up the instrument and it's a rare chance to hear the 'Original Flecktones'. Bela, Victor, Jeff, Future Man and the whole Flecktone crew wish you a happy season and all the best for the new year!

Check out some Bela Fleck coverage on The Grateful Web.

Upcoming Bela Fleck & the Flecktones Tour Dates:

12.14.10 Chico, CA US Laxon Auditorium - California State University
12.15.10 Santa Rosa, CA US Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
12.16.10 Oakland, CA US Fox Theater
12.17.10 Santa Barbara, CA US University of California
12.18.10 Los Angeles, CA US Orpheum Theater
12.19.10 Tucson, AZ US Rialto Theater


Local Natives Release Entirety Of "Gorilla Manor" For Remix

Local Natives have just finished an epic year, touring the world in support of their critically acclaimed debut Gorilla Manor.  But just before they go into hiding to start work on their second record, they're wrapping a few things up first.

The band are adding the last four unreleased stems to their remix site, allowing fans and other artists to remix any song they like. All tracks are then posted for the world to download and enjoy.

Local Natives are planning on releasing their favorites on a special compilation later this month, so any remixes must be submitted by Dec 15th to be eligible.

"We are happy to announce that we just released the stems to the remaining last four songs from the album on our remix site (Airplanes, Warning Sign, Cubism Dream, and Stranger Things).  Also, in light of all the awesome remixes we've received over the past six months, we're going to pick our favorites and package them into a sort of "Best-Of" compilation, so make sure to get any remixes in by December 15th to make the cut.  Here is a download of a groovy take of "Stranger Things" by Wallpaper.  Enjoy, and happy holiday remixing!  Spike that eggnog, hug your loved ones, and feel that spirit."

Click here for more info.

Kermit Ruffins Releasing Happy Talk, Playing BAM, Voodoo, Fallon!

Leading up to the release of his latest album, Happy Talk on October 26, Kermit Ruffins is happy to announce that he will be performing at The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Red Hot + New Orleans in New York on December 3rd and 4th. A part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Kermit will be joined by New Orleans contemporaries Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Ledisi, Marc Broussard, Partners-N-Crimes, and Irma Thomas to show off the best the city has to offer — from second-line stomps to the raucous energy of bounce. Following the performance, Kermit will also join ?uestlove and The Roots on December 7th on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” And later this month, Kermit will be representing his hometown at New Orleans’ Voodoo Festival. Performing on Saturday Oct. 30th at 5 p.m., Kermit will be joined by Dr. Michael White, Jeremy Davenport, Jason Marsalis, David Pulphus, and Victor Atkins as a part of Basin Street Records’ All-Star Revue. And to add to all this, the first round of 2010 GRAMMY® ballots have been released and Kermit Ruffins' Have A Crazy Cool Christmas has been entered in a number of categories.

All this leads up to the release of Kermit’s latest album, Happy Talk. Produced by GRAMMY® Award Winner Tracey Freeman (Harry Connick, Jr., Jeremy Davenport), Happy Talk is Kermit’s first collection of big band music. And to celebrate the release of the record, Kermit has scheduled an album Release Party for November 5that Rock & Bowl in New Orleans with a big band.

It’s hard to think of how anyone wouldn’t benefit from a little bit more of Kermit’s perennially positive attitude, his iconic take on New Orleans jazz, and his delicious BBQ — which he still serves after his weekly shows in New Orleans, by the way. And with the exposure Kermit has received with David Simon’s “Tremé,” Kermit has gone from New Orleans’ legendary native son to America’s new favorite jazzman.

For Kermit, Happy Talk has been a long time coming. Throughout his career, he has made no secret of his love of big band music and his admiration for legendary bandleaders like Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie. As the bandleader, lead vocalist and trumpeter on the new album, Kermit has taken the big band sound and given it his own “Kermit swing.” There’s his rousing take of Sam Cooke’s classic “Ain’t That (Good News)” and “If I Only Had A Brain,which Kermit infuses with a healthy dose of Latin spice. The album also pays tribute to Kermit’s musical inspiration, Louis Armstrong, with versions of songs that Armstrong made famous including “Hey Look Me Over,” “La Vie En Rose,” and “Shine.” Kermit also leads his band through his own swingin’ originals like “I Got A Tremé Woman” and “New Orleans (My Home Town).”

Kermit was born with the music in his blood. Growing up, Kermit used to skip lunch and perform second line music for his classmates before the principal would shut him and his friends down. In 1982, Kermit founded The Rebirth Brass Band with his high school classmate and tuba player Philip Frazier in Tremé, LA. The band took off after their legendary first performance at Jazz Fest and quickly became one of the most beloved brass bands in New Orleans and the United States. In 1992, Kermit founded the Barbecue Swingers, his traditional jazz quintet. Their weekly performances at Vaughan’s Lounge for 17 years and Bullet’s Sports Bar since Katrina have become staple New Orleans events, with Kermit tailgating his shows by serving up that legendary barbecue!

When David Simon decided to follow up “The Wire” with “Tremé,” he approached Kermit to have him appear on the show. As Simon put it, “There wasn't any use in casting someone else. Only Kermit can play Kermit." Truer words could not have been spoken.

Noise Pop 2010 Announces Full Event Schedule / Festival Starts THIS WEEK!

Just announced additions to the already stellar Noise Pop 2010 lineup include Har Mar Superstar making a special appearance at the Diesel/ Live 105 Happy Hour at Benders on February 23rd, Thao Nguyen will join Mirah on stage at the Swedish American Hall for a first ever collaborative performance, Citay joins Scout Niblett at Cafe du Nord and a second screening of Blood into Wine has been added by popular demand.

 

Happy 60th Birthday, Bob Weir!

Bob Weir at Red Rocks - Morrison, CO- for the Grateful Web

Bob Weir is 60 years old today.  I saw Bobby play on his 42nd bday on 10.16.89 at the Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey.   Grateful Web hopes Bobby has 60 more birthdays.  be well, bobby

Happy Birthday, Bobby!

Happy Birthday, Bobby!