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Girl Talk's Night Ripper Now Available On Vinyl!

It’s been over three years since the release of Girl Talk’s Night Ripper, the groundbreaking album that ultimately launched Gregg Gillis’ frenzied career and brought him to the attention of so many. Finally, tomorrow, December 8th, Illegal Art is making that record available to the masses for the first time on 180-gram 2 LP vinyl! Just in time for the holidays!

A limited edition 180-gram 2 LP pink vinyl version of Night Ripper will be sold for $100 with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity organization, mycharity: water. The goal is to find at least 50 donors allowing for Illegal Art and Girl Talk to fund a $5,000 well that will provide clean water for a community for 20 years.

Night Ripper vinyl (limited-edition pink and regular version) can be purchased here: http://illegal-art.net/shop#release113

To go directly to the mycharity: water page, visit: http://mycharitywater.org/gt_nr_pinkvinyl

Though Night Ripper was many people’s first introduction to Girl Talk, Gillis had been dedicating himself to creating sample-based music for over six years prior to that album’s release, with each record embracing pop music more and more. The two initial Girl Talk album’s, Secret Diary and Unstoppable, are now being released via a “Pay What You Want” plan on Illegal Art. Unstoppable is available now; Secret Diary will be available on January 5, 2010. Pay What You Want for these Girl Talk releases and more at http://www.illegal-art.net/shop.

Its hard to believe Girl Talk’s last record, Feed The Animals, was just released last year with the pace he’s been keeping and amount Gillis has accomplished since then. Girl Talk has perpetually been on the go since before that album’s release, essentially being on tour for two years straight playing festivals (Coachella, Lollapalooza, Treasure Island, Summer Camp, Monolith, Osheaga, Virgin MobileFree Fest, Wanderlust, Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, All Points West, Detroit Electronic Music Festival and more), shows in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and across Europe, a sold out 5-week tour in 2008, plus multiple mini-tours and shows for colleges across the country almost every week. He’s just finished playing three shows in Mexico, will head to Chicago for New Year’s (a 4,500 capacity show that sold out in less than two weeks!) and then will head down under to Australia and New Zealand for the Big Day Out festival. With the amount of energy he puts into each show, you’d never know how long he’s been on the go. Who knows what Girl Talk will have in store for 2010?!

Girl Talk Upcoming Tour Dates:

Thu. 12/31 -- Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater w/ Hearts of Darknesses & Urbindex DJ Set, Grand Buffet

Fri. 1/15 -- Auckland, NZ @ Big Day Out

Sun. 1/17 -- Gold Coast, AUS @ Big Day Out

Wed. 1/20 -- Melbourne, AUS @ Palace

Fri. 1/22 -- Sydney, AUS @ Big Day Out

Sat. 1/23 -- Sydney, AUS @ Big Day Out

Mon. 1/25 -- Newtown, AUS @ The Enmore

Tue. 1/26 -- Melbourne, AUS @ Big Day Out

Fri. 1/29 -- Adelaide, AUS @ Big Day Out

Sun. 1/31 -- Perth, AUS @ Big Day Out

Sun. 5/2 -- East Rutherford, NJ @ Meadowlands Sports Complex

Paolo Nutini's Sunny Side Up Available Everywhere Today

PaoloIf you think you know Paolo Nutini, think again. His two million selling 2006 debut album, These Streets, established the young Scotsman as a leading light amongst the new wave of singer-songwriters. Paolo's extraordinary follow up, Sunny Side Up, casts him in a whole other light.

"Musically where I'm at, I dont really have a genre or style that I feel a part of," explains Paolo.  "It's a bit of a random mish mash. I honestly wanted it all to come out, and not harness it, not manipulate it. I just wanted it to be organic, and so immediate it's in your face and you can't help but take it all in."

The first single from the 22-year-old's new release is "Candy" - a heart tugging ballad written after an argument with his girlfriend, when it suddenly occurred to him that the fault lay with him. Watch the cinematic video here, and be sure to pick up a copy of Sunny Side Up available everywhere today.

The Dead Tour Charity Tickets Now Available

philWe are pleased and appreciative to announce the availability of The Dead Tour tickets in support of the Rex Foundation and other charities through CharityFolks.com.   Here is the full announcement as well as contact information for any questions you might have.

The Rex Musical Caravan continues to expand with more musicians and festivals. Bring your friends to to hear great music while also supporting the Rex Foundation, as $1 per ticket sold at each of the following is contributed to the Rex Foundation:

Moonalice kicks off its month-long Rex Caravan Tour on March 25th in Bakersfield, CA

Five Eyed Hand continues its Rex Caravan California shows on March 27th in San Francisco, CA

Passion Presents features Steve Kimock Crazy Engine on March 31 and April 1 in Eureka, CA

Reflections Band does another Rex Musical Caravan show on April 16th at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ

On the Bus Band joins the Caravan on May 17th at the Virginia Brewing Company in Winchester, VA

Desert Rocks Music Festival is part of the Caravan May 22-24 in Moab, Utah

We thank all the musicians and their fans for being part of the Rex Musical Caravan to further what the Grateful Dead started 25 years ago and demonstrate the power of the musical community to support grass roots philanthropy.  Let us know if you want to be part of the Caravan.

This is a particularly important time to celebrate how we as a philanthropic community can support the vital work of grassroots non-profits.  As we depict with the Rex Community Caravan, $5 or more in contributions can add up quickly to make a positive difference.  Check out all the great programs the Rex Foundation has supported thanks to your generous contributions.

Thank you for your on-going support and connection.  We look forward to all that we can do together.

DSO On Demand Now Available & Winter Tour 2009

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Announcing the Launch of DSO Downloads

Dark Star Orchestra is pleased to announce the launch of a new live download site with nugs.net. Our first releases are culled from the Rex Caravan tour and were recorded live by our monitor engineer Mike Tomascovic and mastered by Rob Eaton. In the coming months DSO will continue to add new shows to the site from future tour dates as well as digging into our vault for gems from tours gone by.

Click HERE to visit the new site and take it for a spin!

From Winterland to Winter Tour

Hot off the 'Closing of Winterland' recreation from our Cosmic New Year's Eve, DSO is hitting the road again on their Winter Tour. This trek will find the band heading south to the Sunshine state to kick things off with a show in Lake Buena Vista at The House of Blues. From there the band weaves through the southeast with a 2 night stand at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta with Cornmeal opening both nights. From there its north into the Carolina's and into Kentucky for our first show at the Madison Theater in Covington, KY. Continuing on the northbound trek DSO has shows in OH, PA and IN before a Windy City stop at The Vic Theater and two nights in WI (Milwaukee and Madison) to close out the tour.

Visit the Tour Dates Page for more info. Hope to see you on the road!

Join DSO's Online Community at Facebook & DSO Forums

Calling all Deadheads! If you're part of the online global community of Facebook, please stop by the Dark Star Orchestra page and 'become a fan'. You can upload your photos; request a show, share a comment and more. Additionally, DSO also has our own DSO Forums; you'll need to register to become part of this growing online community as well. We encourage you all to join us!

Moving On Down The Road...

As we gear up for the upcoming Winter Tour, its hard to forget that spring is right around the corner. When the weather starts to warm up DSO will go out west starting in the 'Mile High City" with a show at The Oriental Theater and 2 nights at The Boulder Theater. From there the band makes stops throughout the Rockies and lands in the Marquee Theatre in Tempe AZ, before cruising up the Pacific coast with 3 nights at The Great American Music Hall along the way plus their first visit to The Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa capping it all off with stops at The Crystal Ballroom in Portland and McDonald Theater in Eugene OR.

Check out the Tour Dates Page for the full list of shows.

Side Projects

Just before DSO kicks off their winter tour both guitar players will be in action with their side projects.

Catch Rob Eaton's side project: Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue Fri Jan 23 - Three20South (formally known as Sherpa & Yeti's) in Breckenridge CO if you are in the mountains. If you find yourself on the east coast swing by the Contradiction Dance Studio in Takoma Park, MD to see John Kadlecik's project Firewheel performing as part of Musical Traditions "Next to the House" Concert Series.

Full details for both shows and all DSO tour dates can be found on tour dates page.

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Winter Tour '09
Wed 1/28 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL TICKETS
Thu 1/29 Jannus Landing St Petersburg, FL TICKETS
Fri 1/30 Florida Theater Jacksonville, FL  
Sat 1/31 Club Cinema Pompano Beach, FL TICKETS
Tue 2/3 Workplay Birmingham, AL TICKETS
Thu 2/5 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS TICKETS
Fri 2/6 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sat 2/7 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sun 2/8 House of Blues North Myrtle Beach, SC  
Thu 2/12 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
Fri 2/13 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC TICKETS
Sat 2/14 Shoreline Ballroom Hilton Head, SC TICKETS
Sun 2/15 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC TICKETS
Tue 2/17 Jefferson Center Roanoke, VA TICKETS
Thu 2/19 Madison Theater Covington, KY TICKETS
Fri 2/20 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
Sat 2/21 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN  
Sun 2/22 Omni Toledo, OH  
Tue 2/24 Carnegie Music Hall Munhall, PA  
Wed 2/25 House of Blues Cleveland, OH  
Thu 2/26 Vic Theater Chicago, IL  
Fri 2/27 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI TICKETS
Sat 2/28 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI  
Spring Tour '09
Thu 3/26 Oriental Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
Fri 3/27 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
Sat 3/28 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
Sun 3/29 Vilar Center Beaver Creek, CO  
Tue 3/31 Belly Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
Thu 4/2 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
Fri 4/3 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, AZ TICKETS
Sat 4/4 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ TICKETS
Wed 4/8 HOB Anaheim Anaheim, CA TICKETS
Thu 4/9 Belly Up San Diego, CA TICKETS
Fri 4/10 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
Sat 4/11 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
Mon 4/13 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA  
Tue 4/14 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA  
Wed 4/15 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA  
Fri 4/17 Wells Fargo Center Santa Rosa, CA TICKETS
Sat 4/18 Fox Theatre Redwood City, CA  
Mon 4/20 Eureka Theater Eureka, CA  
Tue 4/21 Ashland Armory Ashland, OR  
Thu 4/23 The Showbox Seattle, WA TICKETS
Fri 4/24 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
Sat 4/25 Mcdonald Theater Eugene, OR  

Live Webcast of Cast of Clowns -10/30/08 - Archive Available Soon!

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The Grateful Web did a webcast of the Cast of Clowns' 10/30/08 show at the Wow Hall in Eugene, Oregon.   We'll have the archived video available for you soon.  Check out some of our past webcasts including: Kimock, Hot Buttered Rum, Donna the Buffalo, and Dark Star Orchestra.

LATEST:  Archived Video/Audio will be available in the next few days!

The Cast of Clowns is an original psychedelic jam band featuring the talents of veteran San Francisco and Ashland musicians Greg Anton, Jeff Pevar, Melvin Seals and Craig Wright. The band was the Friday headliner on Main Stage at the year's Oregon Country Fair.

Cast of Clowns play free-flowing jams with mixes of rock, blues and jazz. The songs include new originals by Greg Anton and Robert Hunter, as well as material composed by songwriter and story writer Craig Wright, old Jerry Garcia Band and Zero favs, and some surprises along the way. The band tries to vary the set list every night. Wright and Pevar do most of the vocals.

Jeff Pevar has been the go-to guitarist for a list of acts too long to list - Ray Charles, Jazz Is Dead, Crosby Stills and Nash, and Phil and Friends are some examples. Greg Anton founded The Heart of Gold Band with Keith and Donna of The Grateful Dead and Steve Kimock. This band morphed into Zero, a band which featured many legendary players such as John Cippolina and Martin Fierro, and the songs of Anton and Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter. Zero has a long history at the WOW Hall, most recently a sold-out show in November, 2006.

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Furtado's New Album 'Thirteen' Available Now!

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From the very first moments of "Used," which opens Tony Furtado's new album, Thirteen (available now on Funzalo Records), it's clear that the prodigious instrumentalist turned singer/songwriter is a man on a mission. This bracing rocker, with its galloping ZZ Top groove and restless Tom Petty vibe, establishes the album's interlocked themes of "good luck/bad luck/no luck" (as Furtado puts it) on both the personal and political levels, while a phalanx of fretted instruments provides a thrillingly visceral reminder of Furtado's prowess as an ax wielder of the first order.
 
On Thirteen, this rapidly maturing artist fulfills the immense promise of his 2004 breakthrough These Chains, his initial foray into songwriting and singing. While Furtado's 2005 outing, the literally solo Bare Bones, pushed the technical envelope as he recorded his own one-man tour, the expansive Thirteen reveals an artist with a great deal on his mind and a full arsenal of skills with which to express his thoughts and feelings in a captivating way. "These Chains was my first serious attempt at songwriting," says Furtado, "so it was a trial by fire, with a bit of experimentation. This time I had the chance to go deeper."
 
Recorded to 16-track, two-inch analog tape during the summer of 2006 at Tucson's Wavelab Studios (a favorite venue for Calexico, Neko Case, M. Ward, Iron & Wine and other cult heroes), the album features an all-star cast including keyboardists Sean Slade (whose production credits include Uncle Tupelo and Radiohead) and Jim Dickinson (producer of the seminal Ry Cooder albums that inspired Furtado to take up the slide guitar), bassist Dusty Wakeman (whose resume includes three previous Furtado LPs, Dwight Yoakam and Lucinda Williams), drummer Winston Watson (who has played with Dylan and Giant Sand) and Wavelab's own Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Case, Iron & Wine), who produced and engineered.
 
Furtado admits the gathering of heavyweights gave him pause going in. "At first I was worried that it might be a clash of the titans," he admits. "But after we got together and started talking about the material, hanging out and playing, my fears quickly dissipated. Plus, that studio is packed with old instruments, and all the guitars hanging on the walls create a sonic aura. There are some bizarre instruments there that I threw on the tracks."
 
On this project, Furtado's playing and the considerable acumen of his all-star studio band was fully focused on the 10 Furtado originals and three well-chosen covers that comprise Thirteen. The dreamlike "California Flood," which is "wrapped around old memories of weekends on a boat in the Sacramento Delta," deals in vividly metaphorical detail with a child's struggles to understand the mysterious workings of the adult world. For "Another Man," a bitter breakup song he confesses was based on personal experience, Furtado references the blues epic "When the Levee Breaks" (famously rendered by Led Zeppelin), in effect splitting the distance between emotional tumult and self-mocking irony.

Furtado started the faux-confessional "The Alcohol" while living in L.A. and reading a lot of Charles Bukowski. "It's like a love song to drinking, almost," he jokes. "I noticed I was drinking more when I was reading Bukowski. And one night, after I came home from a drinking session on Ventura Blvd., I wrote a couple verses and a chorus. Months late, after I moved to Portland, I hammered out the rest of it with [acclaimed Nashville-based singer/songwriter] Amelia White."
 
The album's title song and centerpiece is far more solemn. "Thirteen Below" recounts the January 2006 Sago mine disaster, which trapped 13 men, only one of whom survived. "I've heard so many mining songs in my folk history, and I've sung so many topical songs in the past, that writing and singing it felt natural to me," Furtado notes. By giving the song the textures, cadence and language of Appalachian traditional music, the artist places the Sago disaster in its proper historical context while also giving it the universal resonance of tragedy. Similarly, "Hurtin' My Right Side" is a modern-day take on another roots idiom with which Furtado is thoroughly familiar – prison work songs and field hollers. He adapted the traditional piece, which he describes as "spellbinding," expanding it with a bridge and chorus.
 
Embracing female harmonies further enrich the overarching humanity in Furtado's understated, quintessentially Californian singing. The blended voices bring an intriguing new dimension to Furtado's renditions of the thematically apt "Won't Get Fooled Again" from the Who and "Fortunate Son" from Creedence Clearwater Revival. Further, given Furtado's thematic focus on luck in both the personal and political realms, these songs, which he'd discovered as a boy while working through his parents' record collection, lock right into place. A third cover, Furtado's whimsical take on Elton John's "Take Me to the Pilot," allows this musically and conceptually dense song cycle to catch its breath before soldiering on.
 
Most of the songs took shape during an intensive period of reflection and creative outpourings in Furtado's present home in Portland. "The past year has been an interesting time of growth for me," he explains. "When I first moved back, I knew I wasn't going to be hitting the road for a while, so I set up a couple of local weekly gigs to try out new songs and keep my chops up, and I also got some watercolors and taught myself to paint. I used to be a sculptor, so I got a bunch of clay, set up a little shop in my basement and started working that side of my brain. At the same time I was reading poetry and fiction, and I got an iPod and filled it up with music from the Kinks, the Who, Tom Waits, the Band and Elliott Smith, whose music had a big influence on me – the abstract quality of his lyrics but also the catchy, Beatlesque melodies. And every day I'd pick up the guitar to see what would come out. I ended up having a lot of songs to choose from." He chose them wisely.
 
Furtado, who grew up in Pleasanton, Calif., in the East Bay, took up the banjo at 12 and was hailed as a prodigy at age 19. As he was cementing his reputation as a banjoist extraordinaire, Furtado was also developing himself into an equally virtuosic slide guitarist. And now, with Thirteen, this restless artist makes an exponential leap into the wide-open spaces of mythopoetic America, a terrain inhabited by such personal heroes as Cooder, the Band, Creedence, Petty and Waits. No two ways about it – this heartfelt, multileveled work completes Tony Furtado's ascent from the folk circuit to the big leagues.

Dark Star Orchestra Live Webcast 10/14/2005 - Archive Available

Live Stream of DSO from McDonald Theater Friday, 10/14- for the Grateful Web

Dark Star Orchestra and The Grateful Web teamed up to provide an streaming video broadcast of DSO's October 14 performance at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene, OR.

You can click on this link to play the stream:

DSO - 10/14/2005 - Live Webcast Archive from Grateful Web

There are a few places during the show that are glitchy on the master file.  Especially during the start of the second set.  The sound board levels were raised up considerably so there is some audio spiking during the first part of Playing.  The rest is due to my computer processing video and audio and then sending it out.  Not to mention that I was exchanging feed back with people via email, this article, and instant messaging.  The lesson learned for next webcast... TWO COMPUTERS!  All things considered, I think the video turned out pretty good and some of the camera work is quite handy.  It is a bit dark at times, but that is directly related to the lighting in the room.  I don't think it would have been a good idea to have big spot lights on top of the video cameras.  :)

Grateful Web's favorite comment quote from the DSO webcast...   "Its Saturday morning in S.E. Asia... and I am dancing in my apartment... thanks again!"

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