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Umphrey's Announces Innovative Pre-Order for Mantis

photos by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee launches a one-of-a-kind pre-order campaign for their highly anticipated new studio release, Mantis (January 20, 2009 / SCI Fidelity Records). The pre-order, which offers an MP3 download of the album in addition to the traditional compact disc, also promises unprecedented downloadable bonus content that will actually increase in volume depending on how many pre-orders are received, and will use innovative PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to continue delivering exclusive bonus material throughout 2009.  The Mantis pre-order offer is available now.

Over 2 years in the making, Mantis pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay.  And in an Umphrey's McGee first, the album offers 100% new material - a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi is to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions.  Coupled with an innovative pre-order campaign offering unique bonus material incentives where fans can actually influence the amount of extra material that is offered, Mantis is creating plenty of anticipation and chatter among fans and industry alike.

"We wanted to do something special for the fans, make this release as exciting for them as it is for us," explains Umphrey's McGee's Jake Cinninger.  "We wanted to put the reins in their hands, get them involved in spreading the word about the album, and give the release a human touch by giving the fans more.  It's the give and take between us and the fans that makes it possible for us to tour and grow as a band; the fans play an important role in everything we do."

Mantis bonus material "Part I" offers bonus tracks for pre-order customers - outtakes and alternate recordings of songs on Mantis, tracks culled from the Umphrey's McGee archives including often requested rarities from the band's annual acoustic holiday shows, tracks from historical "Taper Appreciation Nights," plus odds and ends from studio jams, sound checks and more.  The more pre-orders that are purchased, the more tracks the band will unlock. Fans can use the free Mantis widget to track the growing list of free bonus material, which will be delivered via digital download the week of the album's release.

Mantis bonus material "Part II" incorporates PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to deliver additional bonus content throughout 2009.  PUSH requires no software installation or serial number; by simply putting the Mantis CD in your CD-ROM drive, the disc will act as a "key" to an Umphreys.com micro-site where fans get access to exclusive 2009 content as it becomes available - such as recent live versions of songs from Mantis , rehearsals and impromptu "bus jams," and more. Considering Umphrey's musical creativity and smart sense of humor, 2009's bonus material is sure to offer plenty of surprises.

This pre-order is yet another innovative music experience to be offered by Umphrey's McGee, who have proven adaptive and inventive both in music and business over the last 10 years. Through online community building, creative web-based promotions, and open taping policies allowing live music sharing among fans, Umphrey's McGee has harnessed the internet's momentum to spread their music far and wide.  The band's download store UMLive.net is an archive of their ever-diverse live performances, hosting downloads of over 300 shows, while umphreys.com hosts the iTunes friendly UM Podcast which releases two 75-minute episodes of live material each month to its 20,000 subscribers. Since 2001, Umphrey's has released soundboard recordings of each night's concert immediately after the show in both physical and digital formats -and each show typically sells upwards of 300 copies per night.  The band's unique approach to online and digital distribution, paired with word of mouth buzz, has helped Umphrey's McGee sell out shows nationwide while keeping their fans a top priority.

Look for Umphrey's McGee to bring the songs on Mantis to the live stage beginning in January -when the band will work out the songs live and without a net, and fans can watch how the songs evolve as the band experiments, deconstructs, reconstructs and realizes the full potential of the new material in a live context.

Until then, Umphrey's McGee wraps up the year with dates in U.S. cities east and west and points between, including their annual New Year's run in their hometown of Chicago.  This year, the band hosts three nights at the city's stunning Auditorium Theatre, where they'll be joined on stage by musical icons Buddy Guy, Stanley Jordan, Joshua Redman, Jeff Coffin, and Koko Taylor.

Backstage at the Fox Theater with BoomBox

Last weekend, the electrofunk duo BoomBox stopped by the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO to dish out their unique brand of dance worthy club rock to a packed house of Saturday night revelers.  Before the show, Grateful Web's Sam Holloway had an opportunity to go backstage and catch up with Zion and Russ about life on the road, the band's next album, and the evolution of

'Phish: At The Roxy' Streets November 18th, 2008

Phish and JEMP Records will release the complete three nights of music from the Roxy Theatre—six sets featuring 78 unique songs with two special guests and only one repeat spread over eight CDs—as "Phish: At The Roxy", available in stores everywhere on November 18.

Trey Anastasio | The Palace Theater | Albany, NY

Trey exorcised a lot of demons in 5 short days. He began a headlining tour for the first time since getting sober, in the city at the center of the universe, no less. He returned to his adopted home state, the prodigal son coming full circle, back to the city the he and his band mates put on the map as the musical Mecca of the northeast in the early 90's.

The Duo | W.E.S.T. | The Higher Ground | 10/16/08 | Review

In 2002, I remember walking down the street that lead to the back of one of the smaller stages at the High Sierra Music Festival late one afternoon and being amazed by the sheet of sound that was slowly encompassing me with every step forward.

Ben Harper to headline Colorado early vote events

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Ben Harper will join with Obama for America and the Colorado Campaign for Change to host early vote events in Boulder and Denver this Saturday.  He'll play a few songs in Denver at Civic Center Park at 12pm and again at UC Boulder's Mary Rippon Theatre at 2pm.  Both events are free and open to the public.

MARCO BENEVENTO Northeast Tour Update

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Marco Benevento has announced a change to his trio's line-up for the first four dates of his November northeast run. Drummer Andrew Barr had to unexpectedly cancel because his tour with Land Of Talk (of which he's also a member) was extended. To the rescue is Jon Fishman who will take over on drums from Hartford on November 7 through Burlington on November 10. Additionally, a date has been added at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ on Sunday, November 9.

 

The upcoming tour dates are:

 

Marco Benevento Trio (featuring Reed Mathis and Jon Fishman)

November 7 / Real Art Ways / Hartford, CT

November 8 / Drom / New York, NY (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 9 / Mexicali Live / Teaneck, NJ

November 10 / FlynnSpace / Burlington, VT (w/ Nathan Moore)

 

Marco Benevento Trio (featuring Marc Friedman and Josh Raymer)

November 12 / Cafe 939 / Boston, MA (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 13 / The Iron Horse / Northampton, MA (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 14 / Narrows Center For The Arts / Fall River, MA (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 16 / World Cafe Live / Philadelphia, PA

 

Marco Benevento is touring in support of Invisible Baby out now on Hyena Records.

DEADMAU5 To Debut New Mau5head at Hard Haunted Mansion in LA

DEADMAU5- for the Grateful Web

Celebrated electronic music producer DEADMAU5 will unveil a Halloween-themed version of his infamous Mau5head—a giant, tailor-made mouse head costume used during live performances—at this year's electronic music festival HARD Haunted Mansion on Friday, October 31 at the Shrine Expo Hall in downtown Los Angeles. DEADMAU5's signature Mau5head already comes in a striking blue and devilish red, but with the spirit of Halloween alive and thriving, the Mau5head will be donned in pitch black with a bright orange light within the eyes of the head to perfectly reflect the image of a pumpkinMau5.
 
Billed alongside some of the biggest names in electronic music today, DEADMAU5 is expected to deliver one of the most highly anticipated live performances at the HARD Haunted Mansion event. Featuring performances by JUSTICE, SOULWAX, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, BOYS NOIZE and CRYSTAL CASTLES, DEADMAU5 joins an elite roster of artists who are taking the electronic circuit by storm.
 
DEADMAU5's appearance at HARD is in anticipation of his debut album Random Album Title, due in stores November 4 via ULTRA Records.  This release brings together for the first time all of the JUNO Award-winning producer's most popular material including the smashes "Not Exactly" and "Faxing Berlin" along with his collaboration with Kaskade "I Remember" plus new songs "Some Kind of Blue" and "Slip." 
 
Meanwhile fans around the globe can experience DEADMAU5, as he continues on his world tour:

DATE                         CITY                                     VENUE                                  
International Dates
Sat      10/17               Dublin, IRE                              Tripod
Sun      10/18               Newcastle, UK                            Digital
Thu      10/23               Brighton, UK                             Digital
Fri      10/24               Nottingham, UK                           Boudoir Superstar
Sat      10/25               Leeds, UK                                Victoria Works Warehouse
North American Dates
Thu      10/30               Sacramento, CA                           The Park
Fri      10/31               Los Angeles, CA                          Shrine Auditorium: HARD Haunted Mansion
Sat      11/1                Las Vegas, NV                            Orleans Arena
International Dates
Fri      11/7                Curitiba, BR                             Park Barigui
Sat      11/8                Buenos Aires, AR                         Creamfields
Sat      11/14               Rio De Janeiro, BR                       Cream
Sun      11/15               Belo Horizonte, BR                       Creamfields
Mon      11/16               Sao Paulo, BR                            Xxxperience
North American Dates
Wed      11/19               Boulder, CO                              Fox Theater
Thu      11/20               Atlanta, GA                              Opera
Fri      11/21               Philadelphia, PA                         Electric Factory
International Date
Sat      11/22               Santo Domingo, DR                        The Cave
North American Dates
Wed      11/26               New York, NY                             Webster Hall
Thu      11/27               Vancouver, BC                            Celebrities
Fri      11/28               Vancouver, BC                            Celebrities
Sat      11/29               Detroit, MI                              Bleu
Wed      12/3                Merida, MEX                              Centro De Convenciones
Thu      12/4                Anaheim, CA                              House of Blues
Fri      12/5                Phoenix, AZ                              Myst
Sat      12/6                Mexico City, MEX                         Vegas Night Club
Fri      12/26               Toronto, ONT                             This Is London

Tatanka Music Festival | Review & Photos

The 1st Annual Tatanka Music Festival happened recently at the oh so beautiful Boulder Reservoir, just north of Boulder, Colorado. It was my pleasure to be on site both days to document a bit of what went down for the inaugural event.

Girl Talk day to day video blog, ebay auction, RiP trailer and more...

Girl Talk- for the Grateful Web

Girl Talk's fall tour in support of the release of Feed The Animals has officially kicked off! And with it, comes all sorts of fun Girl Talk-related things to check out!

Girl Talk fans can see what its like to be on the road for a 6 week tour by checking out the day to day video blog created by Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) and his production crew. Each day a new video will be added to Girl Talk's Myspace page. Check out days 1, 2 and 3 below. Day 1 includes an interview with a guy who proposed to his girlfriend during Girl Talk's set, an interview with Gregg's dad, Gregg and co. eating Philly cheese steaks and more.

Day 1 Philadelphia - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJIpZJrfBDI
Day 2 Washington, D.C. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EpwBXoa9Kw
Day 3 Baltimore - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXts5thBoQ8

Additionally, concert meteorologist Torie Shaw has created a "Girl Talk Concert Forecast" which will be running throughout the tour. Check out the first one here.

Girl Talk is also prominently featured in a new film, RiP: A remix manifesto. Gregg's dad makes an appearance here too! RiP explores the robber barons and revolutionaries squaring off across the digital frontier.  From the control rooms of Washington to the favelas of Brazil, web activist and filmmaker.

Brett Gaylor explores the concept of copyright in the information age, mashing together the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers. Along with Girl Talk, the film's central protagonist, Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, Brazil's Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride. The film has its "beta" launch at the Festival Nouveau Cinema Montreal, then off to the CPH:Dox International Documentary Festival of Copenhagen, then the International Documentary Forum of Amsterdam (IDFA) November 20th.  Stay tuned for US festival appearances in 2009! Watch the trailer for RiP, remix footage and find out more info here.

There's an ebay auction going right now for Girl Talk's Jordan headband. This headband was stolen from Gregg from a place where he used to sleep very often. "Actual Air Jordan headband worn by Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) as seen in pictures hanging out with Bone Thugs and Harmony from his Facebook page. This headband is reversible and in good condition. It can be worn red or black. Buy it and add it to your Girl Talk shrine, or have him autograph it at his next show." The auction ends 10/23. Check it out here. (Gregg's dad is not involved in this ebay auction.)