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Dead.Net - Introducing Two New Full Show Downloads

Two magical, complete performances from Fall '79, the basis for Road Trips, Vol. 1 No.1. These Spectrum shows, 11/5/79 & 11/6/79, are now available in both FLAC and MP3; documenting the band in the midst of their sparkling three-week eastern swing and capturing the raw excitement of the first tours with keyboardist Brent Mydland.

The New Mastersounds Funk up the Fox Theater | 8/28/08

I'm blessed to have a solid group of friends who love live music, generally as much as me. There is little in life I find more enjoyable than watching close friends I've taken to a new group or artist turn and give me that look of excitement and say "Wow, you were right! These guys are amazing!" This look and this line happened more than a handful of times at the latest New Mastersounds show at the Fox Theater up on the good old Hill in Boulder, CO.

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Girl Talk CD Release Date Pushed Back To October 21st

photo by Andrew Strasser- for the Grateful Web

Pittsburgh artist Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) has scrupulously created music from samples for over eight years. His fourth album, Feed the Animals, continues his sonic evolution towards his party-infested live show. While his first album, Secret Diary (2002), was full of purposeful glitches and noise, his subsequent albums, Unstoppable (2004) and the groundbreaking Night Ripper (2006), moved closer and closer towards dance-able mixes of varying genres, often including dozens of audio sources in a stream of juxtaposed hooks. With the fourth Girl Talk album on the Illegal Art label, Gillis steps even closer towards a creation that is centered on pop musicality rather than attention-deficit sample splicing.

Girl Talk has been known to underground audiences for several years, but it wasn't until 2006 that Gillis crossed over and caught the attention of a larger audience. With Rolling Stone, SPIN, Blender, Pitchfork, and even Beck including Night Ripper in their _best albums of 2006_ lists, Girl Talk has gone on to be booked by major festivals (Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Virgin, All Points West, Pitchfork, DEMF, etc.), and solicited for remixes (Beck, Thrill Jockey, Tokyo Police Club, Grizzly Bear, Simian Mobile Disco, Peter Bjorn & John, TeddyBears, and Of Montreal). And with roughly 200 live shows over the last couple of years, Gillis has consistently played larger venues to capacity crowds (every date on his 2007 North American tour with Dan Deacon sold out).

A year after the critically acclaimed Night Ripper release, Gillis quit his job as a biomedical engineer and now focuses on music full time. With his newly acquired lifestyle he can now work on music during the week and fly out to play shows on the weekend. With only a laptop in hand, the Girl Talk live show is more portable than a traditional band and has afforded Gillis the opportunity to travel the world with minimal overhead. A visceral culture of audience involvement has also become key to the live Girl Talk experience. Performances oftentimes feature the stage being mobbed with a sweaty mass of dancers who surround Gillis as he triggers samples and create mixes, new and old, out of loops from his hard drive. Such performances have quickly become one of the most entertaining and exhilarating live shows many have experienced as Girl Talk has the extraordinary ability to get the crowd ecstatic and keep the thrill going for the entire concert.

The new album, Feed the Animals, collects the material that was developed over the last two years as part of Gillis' ever-changing live show. With hours of material in hand, it still took months to meticulously edit together the seamless album that combines 300+ samples in 50 minutes. Such fastidious care is what separates Girl Talk from the dime-a-dozen remixes that are posted to the Internet daily. In comparison to the previous release, Gillis has described this new album as expanded, with a larger range of tempos and samples. Yet, at the same time the focus has shifted from technical prowess to the flow and balance of each segment in an effort to successful translate the over-the-top party feel of the Girl Talk live show into album form.

Before Girl Talk suddenly reached critical acclaim, a typical show would attract 15-30 people. During those initial years it was an extreme oddity for someone to show up with a laptop and play elaborately constructed mixes of pop samples. In the last couple of years, though, not only have Gillis' live shows exploded, but he is also being recognized for his innovations. From Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips nominating him for the Shortlist Music Prize to Representative Mike Doyle speaking about him to Congress (in relation to copyright laws), Gillis has quickly become a public figure. Emerging from his underground Pittsburgh roots, he is now being lauded as the future of electronic music by techno pioneer Richie Hawtin, while celebrities such as Paris Hilton are vying to dance onstage during a Girl Talk show. Gillis modestly takes it all in stride and has stated in interviews that he will eventually go back to a normal job, all the while reveling in the party while it lasts.

While Girl Talk's music is often categorized alongside mashups, or DJ mixes, it is critical to note how distinct his assemblages are from the conventional mixing of two simultaneous tracks. Gillis' roots lie more in the rich history of sample-based compostion as demonstrated by artists such as Dickie Goodman, Negativland, John Oswald, Steinski, Public Enemy (The Bomb Squad era), and countless others. Rather than taking mashups to an extreme, Girl Talk is more focused on the art of the sampling and developing new tracks that have their own character, and surpass the original elements. Such transformative work is what helps qualify his output as being protected by the _fair use_ principle of U.S. Copyright Law.

The CD release of Girl Talk's Feed The Animals on Illegal Art has been pushed back to October 21st due to manufacturing issues. Its been delayed to ensure the product is perfect and distinctive. This delay has nothing to do with copyright issues. As a reminder, Girl Talk's nationwide tour in support of this release kicks off next month. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

Thu-Sep 18, 08    Newark            DE   University of Delaware
Fri-Sep 19, 08    Saratoga Springs  NY   Skidmore College w/ Prefuse 73
Thu-Oct 9, 08     Philadelphia      PA   Starlight Ballroom w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses    
Fri-Oct 10, 08    Washington        DC   9:30 Club w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Sat-Oct 11, 08    Baltimore         MD   Sonar w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Mon-Oct 13, 08    Carrboro          NC   Cats Cradle w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Tue-Oct 14, 08    Asheville         NC   Orange Peel w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses         
Wed-Oct 15, 08    Knoxville         TN   Valarium w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Thu-Oct 16, 08    Atlanta           GA   Variety Playhouse w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses         
Fri-Oct 17, 08    New Orleans       LA   House of Blues New Orleans w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses    
Sat-Oct 18, 08    Houston           TX   Warehouse Live w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Mon-Oct 20, 08    Austin            TX   Emos w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Tue-Oct 21, 08    Dallas            TX   Palladium Ballroom w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses        
Thu-Oct 23, 08    Tucson            AZ   Rialto Theater w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses      
Fri-Oct 24, 08    Los Angeles       CA   Henry Fonda Theater w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses       
Sat-Oct 25, 08    Los Angeles       CA   Henry Fonda Theater w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK        
Mon-Oct 27, 08    San Francisco     CA   The Fillmore Auditorium w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses        
Tue-Oct 28, 08    San Francisco     CA   The Fillmore Auditorium w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Thu-Oct 30, 08    Salt Lake City    UT   In The Venue w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Fri-Oct 31, 08    Denver            CO   Ogden Theater w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK  
Sat-Nov 1, 08     Lawrence          KS   The Granada Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK         
Mon-Nov 3, 08     Minneapolis       MN   First Avenue w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Tue-Nov 4, 08     Milwaukee         WI   Turner Hall Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Wed-Nov 5, 08     Urbana            IL   Canopy Club w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Thu-Nov 6, 08     Nashville         TN   Cannery Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Fri-Nov 7, 08     Louisville        KY   Headliners Music Hall w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK    
Sat-Nov 8, 08     Chicago,          IL   Congress Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK
Sun-Nov 9, 08     Cincinnati        OH   Bogarts w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Mon-Nov 10, 08    Cleveland         OH   Beachland Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK          
Tue-Nov 11, 08    Pontiac           MI   Eagle Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK         
Wed-Nov 12, 08    Toronto           ON   Koolhaus w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Thu-Nov 13, 08    Montreal          PQ   Club Soda w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK        
Fri-Nov 14, 08    Foxborough        MA   Showcase Live w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Sat-Nov 15, 08    New York          NY   Terminal 5 w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK
Sun-Nov 16, 08    New York          NY   Terminal 5 w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses

Umphrey's McGee Storms Back into Colorado

The Chicago progressive jam outfit Umphrey's McGee brought their explosive live show back to Colorado over Labor Day weekend, and rained down a handful of stunning performances to the Rocky Mountain faithful.

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Umphrey's McGee Ties One On in Boulder

There's a lot of music floating around out there these days that falls under the greater umbrella of rock and roll, but doesn't really subscribe to any specific genre therein.  Bending and blending genres has almost become a genre unto its self.  Not that I'm complaining, and not that it hasn't always been this way to some extent in the world of music.  But being where we are in history, there is more music behind us than there ever has been in the past, meaning there are more possible sources of influence than ever before too.  This, of course, should be obvious, since every moment in time

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Widespread Panic Announces New Years Shows in Denver

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Widespread Panic has confirmed 2 shows in Denver, Colorado playing the Pepsi Center on December 30th and 31st. Their New Years shows in Denver will be accompanied by Nederland's own Yonder Mountain String Band.  Tickets go on sale October 11th. In addition to New Years, Widespread has announced additional fall tour dates.  Their run starts in Austin, Texas at the Backyard on October 10th.

Widespread Panic Tour Dates

10/10 Austin, TX @ The Backyard
10/11 Austin, TX @ The Backyard
10/12 Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
10/15 Memphis, TN @ Mud Island Amphitheatre
10/17 Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
10/18 Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
10/22 Tallahassee, FL @ Leon County Civic Center
10/24 Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum
10/25 Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum
10/26 St. Augustine, FL @ Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
10/28 Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre
10/29 Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre
10/31 New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena
11/01 New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena
11/05 Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Centre
11/07 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/08 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/09 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
12/30 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
12/31 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

Phish: Walnut Creek DVD

Since it has been over four years that Phish has toured, it is easy to forget how exciting and inspiring it can be to watch them play.  Though there has been a recent slew of delightful audio performances released, the emergence of the Walnut Creek DVD (recorded at the famed venue in North Carolina during their 1997 summer tour) finally gives fans another chance to have Phish illuminate their eyes as well.

Bob, Phil, Billy & Mickey to Play Obama Benefit on 10.13

Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart announced today that they will join together again on October 13th to headline a benefit concert for the Presidential campaign of Senator Barack Obama, at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA. Also appearing will be the Allman Brothers Band, plus opening act to be determined.

Hot Buttered Rum for Two Nights in Boulder - Oct 10 & 11

HBR @ All Good Fest - photo by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

In the Fall of 2006, itching to release their first live album, Hot Buttered Rum announced that it would be recording a handful of shows for official release.  Live in the Northeast (released May 2007) beautifully reveals the true core of live Butter: music that is forceful without being flashy, serious without being stuffy, intricate without being inaccessible, and diverse without being distracting.  The performances were professionally multi-tracked and later carefully mixed by Butter's long-time sound engineer, Josh Osmond. The result is striking, presenting the unique energy and improvisational spirit of a Hot Buttered Rum live performance in studio-quality sound.

Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, no prior Butter recording has so perfectly displayed the band's bolder and heavier side.  Their full sound permeates Live in the Northeast - from the reggae-tinged "Return Someday" and psychedelica of "Desert Rat" through definitive covers of the Grateful Dead's "Cumberland Blues" and Leo Sayer's "Feel Like Dancin'" - winding the listener through a robust and intense set of acoustic rock.

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, the guys of Hot Buttered Rum grew up on the trails, in the mountains, and on the slopes.  Their ties with nature have only grown and as a group, the band has dedicated much time and energy to reducing their carbon footprint and promoting alternative fuel sources.  As a heavily touring band, Hot Buttered Rum had to face the tough reality of how a national tour can affect the environment and counter it with a positive change.  In response, the band helped to promote the biofuel renaissance, touring the country on recycled vegetable oil and biodiesel as early as 2003.  Band members have participated in numerous Renewable Energy and Biofuel conferences, as well as sitting on discussion panels at such renowned music festivals as Bonnaroo and High Sierra.  Highlighted in the November/December 2005 issue of E: Environmental Magazine, Hot Buttered Rum is commended for trying to "leave an impact on its fans, and not solely on the road that passes beneath its bus tires as it travels from coast to coast".  For more information on Hot Buttered Rum and their greening efforts, visit the band's website.

The band's current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

September 07 Rancho Nicasio Nicasio CA
September 13 Mulberry Mountain Music Festival Ozark AR
September 23 Humboldt Brewery Arcata CA
September 24 Stillwater Ashland CA
September 25 Domino Room Bend OR
September 26 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR
September 27 Triple Door Seattle WA Two Shows!
September 28 W.O.W. Hall Eugene OR
October 10-11 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
October 30-31 Las Tortugas at Evergreen Lodge Groveland CA
November 08 8 x 10 Club Baltimore MD
November 20 East Hartford Community Center East Hartford CT
November 21 Lowell Auditorium Lowell MA supporting Dark Star Orchestra
November 22 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA supporting Dark Star Orchestra
November 23 Fairfield Theatre Bridgeport CT supporting Dark Star Orchestra
January 24 Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Utica NY
February 20-21 Wintergrass Tacoma WA

More dates to be announced. 

The widespread appeal of Hot Buttered Rum's music stems not only from the band's musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together.  It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success. The band has performed at festivals as diverse as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has shared the stage with such artists as Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Peter Rowan, the last two of whom worked with the band on its critically-acclaimed studio release, Well-Oiled Machine.

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