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STS9 Releases Remix Album to Benefit Make it Right Foundation

STS9's boutique record label, 1320 Records, offers up STS9's Peaceblaster : The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes featuring 30 artists including Pretty Lights, The Glitch Mob, Count Bass D, Richard Devine, Eskmo, Alex B, Ronald Jenkees and many more. 100% of the album's proceeds will go to benefit the Make It Right Foundation.

Peaceblaster: The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes features 30 of today's hottest djs, bands, and producers remixing original material from STS9's highly acclaimed recent studio release, PEACEBLASTER. The release will be available at www.1320records.com and at iTunes beginning today.

sts9The Peaceblaster: The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes track list is as follows:

1.    Hidden Hand, Hidden Fist (Lazer Sword Remix)
2.    Shock Doctrine (Eskmo Remix)
3.    Empires (Big Gigantic Remix)
4.    Beyond Right Now (The Glitch Mob Remix)
5.    Shock Doctrine (Welder Remix)
6.    STS9 vs Prefuse 73 (Megaloid MPC Vet Mixxx)
7.    First Rays of the New Soma Sunrise (Calmer Remix)
8.    Oh Little Brain (Bluetech 'Spaze Gaze Mix')
9.    Metameme (Alex B 'Concepts Remix') 
10.  Peaceblaster '68 (Telepath Remix)
11.  The Spectacle (Ott Remix)
12.  ReGeneration (John Hughes Remix)
13.  The Spectacle (Richard Devine Remix)
14.  Empires (Nosaj Thing Remix)
15.  The Last 50,000 Years (Deru Remix)
16.  Beyond Right Now (Pretty Lights Remix)
17.  Hidden Hand, Hidden Fist (The Flying Skulls Feat. Abstract Rude Remix)
18.  Peaceblaster (sub-ID 'Stay Blastin '88 Remix')
19.  Shock Doctrine (Eliot Lipp & Leo 123 'Dark Party Remix')
20.  Late for Work (Count Bass D Remix)
21.  The New Soma (Daedelus Remix)
22.  Peaceblaster '08 (Captain Crunk Remix)
23.  The New Soma (Bass Science Remix)
24.  Oh Little Brain (Metrognome 'On the Sea Remix')
25.  Hidden Hand, Hidden Fist (Da Ticklah Remix)
26.  Shock Doctrine (Dharmatronix Remix)
27.  Hidden Hand, Hidden Fist (Lowpro Lounge Feat. Lateef & Souleye '$700 Billion Remix') 28.  Hidden Hand, Hidden Fist/Beyond Right Now (GFE 'Put it Back Together Remix')
29.  Beyond Right Now (Ronald Jenkees Remix)
30.  Late for Work (Pnuma Trio Remix)

All of the artists featured on STS9's Peaceblaster : The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes, and even the majority of the behind-the-scenes business services required to put the album together, donated their contributions to the project. 100% of the album's proceeds will go to the Make It Right Foundation, who has been chosen by the band to be the sole beneficiary of all of STS9's 2009 charity programs. It is the band's goal - with the support of their fan community and the involvement of the Make It Right Foundation - to build a home in New Orleans, raising money via the Peaceblaster : The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes album proceeds, a $1 charity donation on every STS9 concert ticket sold during 2009, special STS9 charity raffles, and other initiatives throughout the year still to be announced.

STS9 is on the road this summer for a short list of big plays.  In addition to some high profile festival stops - including the main stage at Lollapalooza, ROTHBURY, Summerfest and Austin City Limits - STS9 will host some huge events in Colorado and Atlanta this summer. Both events promise STS9 and many special guests performing multiple shows at a variety of local area venues.

The complete list of current STS9 tour dates is as follows:
June 26  Electric Daisy Carnival Los Angeles, CA

July 1  Summerfest Milwaukee, WI

July 3 - 4  ROTHBURY Rothbury, MI 

July 11  All Good Festival Masontown, WV  

July 16 - 18  Camp Bisco Mariaville, NY 

July 24  Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO w/ Lipp Service feat. Eliot Lipp & members of Pnuma Trio

July 25  Red Rocks Amphitheater Morrison, CO w/ special guests Pretty Lights, Pnuma Trio, The Album Leaf, Flying Lotus, Telepath, Daedelus, Nosaj Thing, Bass Science

August 7  Lollapalooza (Main Stage) Chicago, IL 

August 8  House Of Blues (Lollapalooza Late Night) Chicago, IL 

August 21  The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA w/ special guests TBA  

August 22  Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA  w/ special guests Ghostland Observatory, Bassnectar, Lotus & DubConscious 

Sept 4  The Bottom Line Nagoya, Japan

Sept 5  Metamorphose Festival Izu City, Japan  

Sept 6  Poka Stadium Kashiwa City, Japan

Sept 25 - 27  Earthdance Festival Laytonville, CA 

October 2 - 5  Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX

January 2  Revolution Live Ft. Lauderdale, FL

January 3 - 8  Jam Cruise 2010 Lauderdale, FL

EOTO Set to Make Annual Northeast Pilgrimage

hannThe left coast breakbeat, glitch-hop and house duo known as EOTO, is set to embark on their annual east coast trek to kick off a run of spring 2009 performances. Following an undeniably successful winter tour, including a weeklong stint in the Sunshine State, EOTO will bring their innovative blend of live instrumentation and digital mixing north to eager audiences awaiting the next chapter in the group’s musical voyage.

Featuring Jason Hann and Michael Travis, formerly of the progressive jam outfit String Cheese Incident, EOTO is a shot of adrenaline to the heart of the music industry. Differing in sonic stature from their mixing forefathers, the typical EOTO live experience is 100% atypical, meaning nothing is pre-recorded, nothing is pre-looped and no set is pre-planned. Every night is a distinctive journey into the musical minds of Hann and Travis, each feeding off of the other’s creativity and the audience’s vibes. EOTO combines cutting-edge technology with live instrumental performance to create truly original and melodic dance music in the moment.

Beginning immediately after the conclusion of their Florida tour, EOTO will head to Nashville, Tennessee for a show at Windows Off the Cumberland on March 16th. Additional stops include performances in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio before the group heads back to the Midwest. For a complete list of dates and details, be sure to check EOTO’s MySpace page for the latest info as the group continues to heat up 2009

Swing Into The Holiday Season With George Gee's Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra

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This Holiday season, The Edison Ballroom and producer Mickey Marchello, former guitarist from the legendary New York Rock Band Good Rats, will welcome the swing era sounds of George Gee and his Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra as they entertain guests with a new show that evokes a golden era:  "Sleigh Bells Swing."  George Gee and his 22-piece Big Band offer the perfect Holiday treat for not only swing and jazz music fans, but also for tourists and tri-state area residents looking for an incredible Holiday entertainment experience.  The Edison Ballroom poses as the perfect backdrop for George Gee's musical extravaganza with its plush leather walls and sophisticated art deco accents in tones of whites, blacks, shades of grey, and platinum juxtaposed against illuminated glass tiles.  Combined with the décor of The Edison Ballroom and a presentation of classic Holiday songs, guests will feel as if they are re-entering a fantasy world of 1930s/1940s retro era of glitz and glamour that no longer exists – until now.
 
A world-renowned professional swing band leader, George Gee is also the only Chinese-American one. He has compiled a hip and cosmopolitan big band show fully equipped with 22 tuxedoed musicians, captivating singers, rhythmic tap dancers and gravity-defying lindy hoppers, punctuated by a custom-tailored bandstand to complete the look of this elegant evening.  "Sleigh Bells Swing" will begin with an interactive and multi-media floor show with the full swing orchestra and complete cast during dinner, MC'ed by the seasonal anecdotes of Mickey Marchello.  After the show and four course meal, the complete 1,700 square feet dance floor will open for dancing to the swingin' big band sounds of George Gee and his orchestra.

Edison Ballroom's "Sleigh Bells Swing" will run straight from December 20th, 2008 through January 3rd, 2009 (with no performance on December 24th, 2008).  Tickets for the floor show and dinner are $190.00 per person including all drinks and dancing; tickets are $75 per person for general dancing, include open bar and hors d'oeuvres  (post-dinner and floor show).

ABOUT THE EDISON BALLROOM

The Edison Ballroom, first opened in the 1930's, reopened June 2008 following a $5 million renovation targeted to make it the premiere venue for a wide variety of private events and celebrations. Located at 240 West 47th Street in the heart of Times Square (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), the Edison Ballroom boasts a long and illustrious history that is still visible in the details of its restoration.  The new renovation is meant to highlight the room's art deco flair of the 1930's.  Owner, Allan Wartski (Christo's Steakhouse and Hakata Grill) hired Glen Coben of the award winning New York-based architecture and design firm Glen & Company to design the interior.  A neutral palette was used to play up the architectural details, spotlighting their beauty. The main floor houses a 700 square foot stage framed by elegant and traditional silk curtains. Upstairs is a balcony that has its own bar.

ABOUT GEORGE GEE

Nearly three decades ago, in an era when punk, new wave and heavy metal ruled, a Chinese-American musician named George Gee launched his imaginative big band vision.  A native New Yorker, George Gee has always loved the syncopated jump styles of the Big Band Era and his career was propelled by the support of  swing giant Count Basie.  He grew up with rock 'n' roll, R&B and disco – but also developed a powerful passion for swing. At renowned Stuyvesant High School, George Gee wowed the crowds with his flashy showmanship on bass in the school's jazz band.  After an extended stint on the road, George returned to his hometown of NYC in 1989 to make his big band dream a reality.  He  summoned top notch musicians – (young and old), including veterans of legendary bands such as those led by Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and also Latin and pop music giants – all to continue living his big band dream.
 
With each performance, George Gee's powerful and entertaining swing orchestra continues to set new standards and reach for loftier heights.  George Gee and the band were recently invited to the Middle East to perform for an audience including The Prince of Jordan and musical impresario Quincy Jones. Gee also served as a primary expert for the nationally broadcast and DVD distribution of the documentary "The Joint is Jumpin'" and was also a featured appearance on PBS's "Live at Lincoln Center" for 11 million viewers.  George Gee continues to tour the world spreading the Gospel of Swing and is ecstatic about his collaboration with The Edison Ballroom.

Critical Vote on Clean Energy...Make your voice heard!

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Next week, the full House of Representatives will vote on an energy bill that will boost the fuel efficiency of new cars for the first time in decades. Then the Senate will cast its vote.

 

Send your members of Congress an email message in support of clean energy right now:

 

The big automakers are going all out to weaken this bill. Your senators and representative need to hear from you this week - BEFORE that bill hits the floor for the decisive vote.

 

It's easy. Just click here and tell them to support a bill ensuring that:

 

* New passenger vehicles get an average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020.

 

* Utilities produce 15 percent of their electricity from

renewable sources by 2020.

 

An energy bill with these two centerpiece provisions will cut America's oil dependence, make a down payment on reducing global warming pollution, and usher in a cleaner energy future.

 

Even if you sent Congress a message about clean energy back in September, please be sure to send another email message at this critical juncture.

 

Your message from back home can do more to counter the auto lobbyists and deliver a clean energy future than any other single weapon we've got.

 

We've waited two decades for Congress to pass legislation that could start breaking the chains of our enslavement to the automakers and Big Oil. We're unlikely to get a second chance for many years to come.

 

Please seize this one chance for a clean energy future. Make your voice heard on Capitol Hill today!

Big vote coming on clean energy bill. Make your voice heard.

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An army of auto industry lobbyists is swarming over Capitol Hill.

Their mission? To strangle a clean energy bill in the cradle - before you and I can enjoy better gas mileage and more renewable energy.

Your senators and representative need to hear from constituents like you right now - BEFORE that bill hits the floor for the decisive vote.

Click here to send them email messages in support of clean energy now: http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/clean_energy

Even if you've already called Capitol Hill, please be sure to both of your senators and your representative an email message at this critical juncture.

Your messages from back home can do more to counter the auto lobbyists and deliver a clean energy future than any other single weapon we've got. 

It couldn't be easier to do. With one click on the website you can call on all three of your elected officials to support a clean energy bill ensuring that:

* New passenger vehicles get an average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020.

* Utilities will produce 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

An energy bill with these two centerpiece provisions will cut America's oil dependence, make a down payment on reducing global warming pollution, and usher in a cleaner energy future.

Even if you've already called Capitol Hill, please be sure to send both of your senators and your representative an email message at this critical juncture. Click here: http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/clean_energy

We've waited two decades for Congress to pass legislation that could start breaking the chains of our enslavement to the automakers and Big Oil. We're unlikely to get a second chance for many years to come.

Please seize this one chance for a clean energy future. Make your voice heard on Capitol Hill today!

ROKY ERICKSON TO MAKE OUTSIDE-AUSTIN APPEARANCE AT PONDEROSA

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Roky Erickson's biggest hit, "You're Gonna Miss Me," with his band the 13th Floor Elevators, only reached No. 56 on the national pop chart, yet the lyrics and music composed by this reclusive — and at times mysterious — musician still reverberate today. And this spring, Erickson will make a very rare foray outside of his hometown of Austin, Texas to play a concert-length set at the Sixth Annual Ponderosa Stomp, set for New Orleans' House of Blues on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 . Backing him will be The Explosives (Freddie Krc, Waller Collie and Cam King ) who played with Roky in the '80s.

Roky Erickson's biggest hit, "You're Gonna Miss Me," with his band the 13th Floor Elevators, only reached No. 56 on the national pop chart, yet the lyrics and music composed by this reclusive — and at times mysterious — musician still reverberate today. And this spring, Erickson will make a very rare foray outside of his hometown of Austin, Texas to play a concert-length set at the Sixth Annual Ponderosa Stomp, set for New Orleans' House of Blues on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 . Backing him will be The Explosives (Freddie Krc, Waller Collie and Cam King ) who played with Roky in the '80s.

At the Ponderosa Stomp, Roky Erickson will be surrounded by legendary performers, including master arranger Wardell Quezergue and the New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Revue , soul songwriter supreme Dan Penn, rockabilly wild man Dale Hawkins, R&B soprano Little Jimmy Scott, Texas Tornado co-founder Augie Meyers, Stax sessions guitarist Skip Pitts, Gulf Coast guitar empress Barbara Lynn, Mardi Gras king Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Excello harp master Lazy Lester, keyboardist extraordinaire Willie Tee, President of soul Rockie Charles, hillbilly bopper Jay Chevalier, tough Texas shouter Roy Head, and rockabilly wailer Joe Clay, with more to come.

 
One of the first artists to refer to his music as "psychedelic," Roky Erickson eclipsed Sun Ra as a legal resident of Outer Space. Since charting that Top 100 hit in 1966, Roky has become famous, and infamous, for drug use and mental health issues.  These fits and stops have punctuated his career.  Still, Roky has managed to emerge from the murk time and time again, producing classics like "Two Headed Dog" and "Don't Slander Me."

Now, thanks to diligent work both on his part and that of his legal custodian, younger brother Sumner Erickson, Roky is back in full force, as witnessed by the lucky fans who attended the 2006 Austin Music Awards or Roky's Ice Cream Social during SXSW and got a taste of his revived energy and spirit.

 
 
Says Dr. Ike, executive director and founder of the Ponderosa Stomp, "Roky's appearance . . . is a truly special occasion. It is only the fourth gig he has played out of Austin since his stupendous comeback. It is his first gig in New Orleans in more than 20 years. It will truly be a night to walk with the zombies under starry eyes."

 
Born Roger Kynard Erickson in 1947, Roky Erickson has exerted influence on such diverse artists as ZZ Top, Television, Zakary Thaks, R.E.M., Jesus & Mary Chain, the Butthole Surfers, the Cramps, Radio Birdman, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Mike Watt, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the White Stripes, Witchcraft and Primal Scream. Roky began playing guitar with The Spades when he was 12 years old — and it is with them that he first recorded "You're Gonna Miss Me," of which only 100-200 copies were minted. That rare slab of wax is the Holy Grail among collectors of garage rock records.

 
The Austin-based 13th Floor Elevators were formed in 1965 by electric-jug player Tommy Hall, who wanted to set his LSD-inspired lyrics to outer-space sounds. He recruited a rhythm section, but the missing piece was Roky. When the band recorded "You're Gonna Miss Me" for the Contact label, Lelan Rogers of International Artists caught wind and picked up the record. It charted No. 56 on the Billboard pop singles chart, and spawned an album, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, prompting the group to leave Austin and play the Fillmore and Avalon in San Francisco, and appear on TV's American Bandstand and Where the Action Is. When asked by Dick Clark who was the head of the band, Roky replied, "We're all heads."

 
A second long-player, 1967's Easter Everywhere, was widely regarded as the watershed psychedelic album. Says Dr. Ike, " it's truly a record for Martians fueled by LSD-coated sugar cubes." However, love of marijuana and LSD were not just the stuff of lyrics — police constantly harassed the band, and the Elevators were busted twice. Roky pleaded insanity to avoid a ten-year jail sentence for one joint. He found himself sentenced for five years to Rusk State Hospital, a mental institution. While at Rusk, he wrote more than 100 songs, and after his 1972 release, he attempted to reform the 13th Floor Elevators. However, a feud between Erickson and Hall stalled the Elevators on the ground floor.

 
Roky soon formed a new band, Blieb Alien ("blieb" being an anagram of bible and the German word for "remain") which was heavier in sound, with lyrics more steeped in sci-fi imagery. From a 15-song session produced by Creedence Clearwater Revival member Stu Cook came such nuggets as "Creature With The Atom Brain" and the extraordinary "Two Headed Dog." An original version of the song had been produced by Doug Sahm. During this episode of his career, Roky also declared that he was a space alien and not a human being. A combination of encroaching mental illness and unscrupulous managers sidelined him once again.

 
Emerging briefly in 1986 to record the critically acclaimed Don't Slander Me album for Pink Dust Records, Roky seemed closer to success than ever, but again, his demons would haunt him. In 1990, then-Warner Bros. Records executive and native Texan Bill Bentley organized a tribute album to Roky titled When The Pyramid Meets The Eye , featuring ZZ Top, Bongwater, R.E.M. Jesus & Mary Chain, Primal Scream and Doug Sahm.

 
His appearance at the 1993 Austin Music Awards was hotly anticipated though ultimately disappointing — Roky seemed distracted. Yet 13 years later, in March 2006, Roky played the Austin Music Awards once again — this time an incredible six song set that brought the house down. He played about 10 shows later that year, including the Intonation Music Festival in Chicago, which was his first out-of-town gig in more than two decades. Once Little Steven featured him on his "Underground Garage" Halloween special broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio, the world had good reason to suspect that Roky is back for good — all of which brings us to the Ponderosa Stomp, the world's premiere roots romp festival, which has always reserved a space for psychedelic and garage rock pioneers among its celebration of true and unique American music.

 
Since its inception in 2000, the Ponderosa Stomp has featured killer performances by world-renowned garage veterans the Fabulous Wailers and Ventures guitarist Nokie Edwards, mind-slaying reunions of Gulf Coast-based garage rock groups like the Bad Roads and Zakary Thaks, and appearances by head pharaoh Sam the Sham , Midwest rockers the Alarm Clocks, and more. In 2004, Dr. Ike presented the two-night Tryin' To Mess My Mind garage and R&B festival, which included performances from ? and the Mysterians, Sky Saxon and the New Seeds, the Better Half Dozen, and New Orleans cult favorites Dr. Spec's Optical Illusion.

 
 
Ticket information for the 2007 Ponderosa Stomp, which will feature a very special performance from Roky Erickson and The Explosives, may be gleaned at http://www.ponderosastomp.com. Tickets will go on sale at Ticketmaster on Thursday, February 15.