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Morning Teleportation on Letterman Wed | 5/4/11

Morning Teleportation will bring their roller coaster of tumultuous rock 'n' roll and deep-space pickin' 'n' grinnin to The Late Show With David Letterman on Wednesday, May 4th, marking the band's network television debut. The band will perform the title track off of their debut album, "Expanding Anyway" which was recently released on Glacial Pace Recordings and was produced by label owner Isaac Brock along with Clay Jones.


The album has received rave reviews from the NY Times to SPIN. "Yelping and shouting like a genuine mental case, frontman Tiger Merritt rides a joyously chaotic wave on [the band's] debut," writes Jon Young in SPIN's album review, featured in their April issue. "Morning Teleportation possess their own wacky identity, lurching from avant-garde mischief to pop operatics to folk sweetness." Curious fans can head on over to SPIN.com for an exclusive full album listen by clicking here


This week also marks the band's debut at MTVU as part of their new artists show "The Freshmen." The show spotlights emerging artists on air and online, with the chance for one of the videos to get an automatic add into rotation on the channel the following week. Fans can vote for Morning Teleportation's video for "Expanding Anyway" by clicking all this week. Voting will end on Friday May 6th at 2:00pm EST.


The video for "Expanding Anyway" is a modern psychedilc experience created by Phantasmic, a small and unique visual duo consisting of Tripp and Jenna Watt. Phantasmic hand-crafted every aspect of the project which began with an original list of over 170 different ideas that resulted in 31 final scenes, ranging from watercolor paintings to Crayola marker creatures, acting in tights to choreographed dance numbers.  You can check out the Making Of Video as well the director's cut of the final video.

Morning Teleportation takes their critically acclaimed live show back out on the road on May 18th and will continue to tour throughout the summer. NPR recently selected the band as a must-see in their SXSW preview noting, "It's got this great burst of energy in the vocals, real cacophonous psychedelia." While Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote about the band's live show last year saying, "Morning Teleportation, from Portland, Ore., crammed ideas into songs that leaped impatiently, and gleefully, from style to style." Pareles also recently reviewed the band's debut album noting, "Euphoria and transformation run through Morning Teleportation's debut album, "Expanding Anyway" (Glacial Pace), which puts neat, strategic structure behind its giddy psychedelic cheer."

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Following are the latest confirmed dates for Morning Teleportation...stay tuned for additional dates:

May 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Royce Hall (UCLA) - supporting Thao with The Get Down Stay Down

May 19 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door

May 20 - Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp

May 21 - Fresno, CA - Fulton 55

May 25 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite - with Jaill

May 26 - San Francisco, CA - Brick and Mortar Music Hall - with Jaill

May 27 - Reno, NV - Tonic Lounge

May 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Woodshed

May 31 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room Lounge - supporting The Thermals

Jun 1 - Columbia, MO - Mojo's - supporting The Thermals

Jun 2 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub

Jun 4 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse

Jun 5 - Hunter, NY - Mountain Jam

Jul 2 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival

Jul 3 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival

Jul 24 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room Lounge - with Colourmusic

Jul 26 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry - with Colourmusic

Jul 27 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews - with Colourmusic

Jul 28 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill - with Colourmusic

Jul 29 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean - with Colourmusic

Jul 30 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway - with Colourmusic

July 31 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot - with Colourmusic

Aug 3 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - supporting The Flaming Lips and Primus

The Builders & The Butchers: 'Lullaby' Song Premiere

Today The Builders and the Butchers premiered "Lullaby," the first song off their upcoming third album Dead Reckoning, on My Old Kentucky Blog. The urgent, ominous track can now be heard and downloaded here. Dead Reckoning will be released February 22nd, 2011 on Badman Recording Co.

The Builders will also head out on tour in support of friends Murder By Death early next month. The month-long string of dates begins February 1st at Cosmic Charlie's in Lexington, KY, and wraps up February 20th at The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE, and includes a hometown album release show February 15th at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR.

Dead Reckoning is a bold and dynamic set of 12 tracks, a raucous musical blend that culls from folk, back porch bluegrass, and unplugged blues. Led by Ryan Sollee's fervent vocals and the big drum sound of the deconstructed kit split between Brandon Hafer and Ray Rude, the album ranges from pounding anti-anthems to more subdued, haunting tracks to gospel-tinged laments. Sollee, writing against the backdrop of the recent downturn, found himself relating to and drawing inspiration from American music of the 1930s. The timeless songs on Dead Reckoning follow suit, weaving gothic stories with common threads like absolute good and evil, addiction, religion, and the father and the son. The album was recorded predominantly live over eight days in Portland with the help of Adam Selzer (The Decemberists, M. Ward, She & Him) and engineer Dylan Magierek (Mark Kozelek, Starfucker, Thao Nguyen), in effort to finally capture the unbridled energy of The Builders' renowned live show.

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The Builders and the Butchers tour dates (all in support of Murder By Death):

FEB. 1 LEXINGTON, KY COSMIC CHARLIE'S

FEB. 2 MEMPHIS, TN HI-TONE CAFÉ

FEB. 3 NEW ORLEANS, LA THE PARISH

FEB. 4 DENTON, TX RUBBER GLOVES

FEB. 5 AUSTIN, TX RED 7

FEB. 7 ALBUQUERQUE, NM LOW SPIRITS BAR & STAGE

FEB. 8 TUSCON, AZ PLUSH

FEB. 9 SAN DIEGO, CA THE CASBAH

FEB. 10 COSTA MESA, CA DETROIT BAR

FEB. 11 LOS ANGELES, CA ECHOPLEX

FEB. 12 SAN FRANCISCO, CA BOTTOM OF THE HILL

FEB. 13 SACRAMENTO, CA HARLOW'S NIGHT CLUB

FEB. 15 PORTLAND, OR WONDER BALLROOM

FEB. 16 SEATTLE, WA TRACTOR TAVERN

FEB. 17 GARDEN CITY, ID VISUAL COLLECTIVE ARTS

FEB. 18 SALT LAKE CITY, UT BAR DELUXE

FEB. 19 DENVER, CO BLUEBIRD THEATER

FEB. 20 OMAHA, NE THE WAITING ROOM

The Mynabirds Announce Spring Tour, Album in Stores Now

With this week’s release of her debut album as The Mynabirds, Laura Burhenn has officially turned the page from her role as one half of Georgie James.  Following The Mynabirds’ acclaimed first single “Numbers Don’t Lie,” Laura is giving another taste of What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood (Saddle Creek) with the bouncy, kiss-off anthem “Let The Record Go.”  Download the track HERE and if you haven’t heard “Numbers” yet you can check it out HERE.  For the next week you can also stream the full album HERE on Saddle Creek’s website.  Catch Laura and her band live when they kick off their spring tour on April 30th, which includes dates opening for Josh Ritter.

What We Lose draws from the gospel, old soul, and rock n roll that Burhenn was raised on, and many of the lyrics are inspired by a Zen-like view of the themes of loss and recovery.  With a surprisingly husky voice, considering her small stature, Burhenn adorns her words with a rich and emotive tone.  In the studio, singer-songwriter/producer Richard Swift helped carry out Burhenn’s vision, resulting in an album packed with both subtle detail and immediate charm.

The album also includes some notable guest artists.  Tom Hnatow (These United States) played pedal steel, Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes) arranged the horns on the album and backing vocals were provided by Orenda Fink (Azure Ray) and engineer/producer AJ Mogis (Monsters of Folk, Cursive, Tilly and The Wall).

Listen to The Mynabirds' "Let the Record Go"

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The Mynabirds – Spring Tour 2010:

* = with Josh Ritter

4/30: Des Moines, IA, Vaudeville Mews

5/1: Omaha, NE, Slowdown

5/7: Minneapolis, MN, Cedar Cultural Center

6/1: Cleveland, OH, Beachland Tavern

6/2: Washington, DC, Black Cat

6/3: Brooklyn, NY, The Bell House

6/6: Chicago, IL, Do Division Festival

6/7: Chicago, IL, Empty Bottle

6/8: Iowa City, IA, The Mill

6/11: Birmingham, AL, WorkPlay Theatre *

6/12: Baton Rouge, LA, Manship Theatre *

6/14: Austin, TX, Antone's *

6/15: Dallas, TX, Granada *