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the New Deal Begin Largest Tour In Years

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

the New Deal Begin Largest Tour In Years
Live: Toronto 7.16.2009, Out Now on SCI Fidelity

Toronto’s live-electro pioneers the New Deal kick-off their largest, most ambitious tour in years with dates stretching from Colorado to North Carolina and bills shared with Toubab Krewe, King Britt, Brothers Past and more (details below). As always, tND’s concerts will feature inspired instrumental improvisations and driving beats, but new for this tour, the band will introduce a brand new keyboard setup, implemented to fortify the tND sound.

Touring in support of their latest release, Live: Toronto 7.16.2009 (SCI Fidelity Records) is a perfect snap-shot of the band onstage doing what they do best. With over 800 shows and ten albums released, Jamie Shields (keyboards), Darren Shearer (drums/beatbox) and Dan Kurtz (bass) have established themselves as leaders and innovators in the live electronic world, spawning countless bands, garnering numerous awards and selling out venues around the world. With a massive U.S. tour set for 2010, they prove the best is still ahead.

the New Deal Tour Dates

10/07/10 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre (w/ Brothers Past)
10/08/10 Ft. Collins, CO Hodi’s Halfnote (w/ The Passage Project)
10/09/10 Denver, CO Cervantes’ (w/ Mimosa, Future Rock, Brothers Past)
10/12/10 Bloomington, IN The Bluebird (w/ Papadosio)
10/13/10 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House (w/ Steez)
10/14/10 Madison, WI The Majestic (w/ Steez)
10/15/10 Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig (w/ Steez)
10/16/10 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom (w/ King Britt)
11/03/10 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre (w/ Two Fresh & Mimosa)
11/04/10 Scranton, PA Eleanor Rigby’s (w/ Eclectic Method)
11/05/10 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater (w/Toubab Krewe)
11/06/10 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street (w/ Toubab Krewe)
11/09/10 Blacksburg, VA Attitudes (w/ Eclectic Method)
11/10/10 Knoxville, TN The Valarium (w/ Toubab Krewe)
11/11/10 Athens, GA New Earth Music Hall
11/12/10 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
11/13/10 Live Oak, FL Bear Creek Music Festival


Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

After a summer of headlining some of the world’s biggest festivals, BOOKA SHADE will return to North America this October in support of their 2010 album More! (Get Physical).  Starting October 20 at Club Soda in Montreal, Canada, the electronic music producer/performers, armed with their keyboards, synths and electronic drum kit, will set off on a 10-date tour of headlining shows in Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Boston, New York City and Philadelphia.  Also included are festival appearances at LIVE 105’s Subsonic Spookfest in San Francisco and HARD Haunted Mansion in Los Angeles which closes the tour on Halloween night (10/31).image002

This past year, Berlin’s BOOKA SHADEWalter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier—have cemented themselves as one of the most sought after international electronic live acts.  On their last round of dates on this continent earlier this year, highlights included a sold-out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York City which saw a stage invasion from the crowd (the New York Times (5/19/10) wrote, “This German electro duo is a perennial favorite of dedicated clubgoers – on a dark, sweaty dance floor, its slinky compositions become heavy with intrigue and promise.”), a Red Rocks Colorado performance that literally ‘rocked’ and stellar sets at Washington state’s Sasquatch and the Movement electronic festival in Detroit to close out each.

Meanwhile, fans can get cosmic with BOOKA SHADE‘s “Teenage Spaceman”—the follow-up single to “Bad Love” from More!—which will be available during the tour as an EP featuring five versions.  BOOKA SHADE’s own ‘Booka In Space’ mix is the main title track of the EP and a melancholy masterpiece of suggestion and atmosphere, building to that breathless, eyes-closed moment you can only ever experience on the darkness of the dance floor.  Sei A, one of the U.K.’s most promising techno talents, brings his distinct rich textured sound of warm subtle melodies and moody atmospheric synths with two signature remixes. With productions already signed to Gigolo, Buzzin’ Fly and Turbo, this young Glaswegian delivers a mature style of deep tech house. Tim Deluxe again takes a detour from the style he’s known for and delivers the energetic ‘Future Disco’ remix.  A radio version rounds out the package.

BOOKA SHADE gave the opportunity to aspiring film directors to make the video to “Teenage Spaceman.” After many brilliant entries from around the world, Matthew Harris from New Zealand was chosen by the duo as the winner.  “There was the video from Matthew Harris, where a loner finds contact to the world again with a self-made space suit.  The narrative is held together with amazing special effects and a fantastic performance by Scott Orr.  The video is freaky, funny, a little trashy (in a positive Dee Lite circa early ‘90s way),” says Arno Kammermeier.  “We’ve never had a video with a sense of humor before and our initial reservations were slowly quashed as something kept making us return to watch it over and over.” Check here for the winning video:

Catch BOOKA SHADE on tour:


Wed    10/20               Montreal, QC               Club Soda
Thu      10/21               Toronto, ON                Mod Club
Fri        10/22               Detroit, MI                    St. Andrew’s
Sat       10/23               Chicago, IL                  Congress
Mon     10/25               Boston, MA                  Royale
Tue      10/26               Brooklyn, NY               Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wed    10/27               Philadelphia, PA          Factory
Fri        10/29               San Francisco, CA     LIVE 105’s Subsonic Spookfest @ Cow Palace
Sat       10/30               Dallas, TAX                 TBD (DJ Set)
Sun      10/31               Los Angeles, CA         HARD Haunted Mansion @ Shrine Expo Hall

HEAD JAMZ 2010 Review

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Contributing Writer/Photographer : Bryan Flanagan

Thanks to kyshmoo at YouTube for the video!

Looking for a low-key festival over a holiday weekend that is well-ran, with great bands, good people and the freedom to come and go?  Head Jamz is your festival and you will need to make plans to attend next Labor Day in Adams, TN.

If you read my preview (, you would know that I had my doubts about how everything would go down.   After all was said and done, I ended up quite surprised and thrilled with the results.

During the devastating spring floods in middle TN, the campground was literally under 50 feet of water raging at over 50 mph.  Water reached all the way to the rafters of the covered pavilion that was creatively used as the stage, marked by a small poster that eerily reminded everyone how lucky we were to be standing there.  Despite huge challenges, Head Jamz rocked in its’ 2nd year over Labor Day Weekend. We had no waiting line to get in, onsite access to necessities (other than a run to the Dollar General for cold pills- wife caught a minor cold), plentiful great vendors, amazing weather (kind of a shot in the dark for Labor Day weekend in TN) and a very well organized event.

Now onto the music, and what a lineup it turned out to be. With so many great bands scheduled I was amazed the lineup was arranged in a way that I was almost able to catch them all. I can only hope to be fortunate enough next time to have as solid a campsite as I had this year, as I could hear all bands clearly from it. This meant instead of waking up in the morning to eat quickly and get to a specific stage, I could simply roll out of my tent, put the coffee on the percolator and listen to the first bands of the day.

We headed over Friday afternoon to hear Charles Butler and the Associates ( and they were a great start to the fest. Hyryder  ( was the next band that we hit. They did some covers of bands I love and did them very well. Normally it is difficult to cover Phish, Grateful Dead, Talking Heads and really make it sound like their own, but Hyryder does this extremely well. This band kept us in front of the stage the entire set with songs that never get old.  I was really anticipating Emmit-Nershi Band ( as I have been to a few String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon shows and they were absolutely not a letdown. As a matter of fact, I prefer the bluegrassier side to String Cheese and I definitely got it with Emmit-Nershi Band. Of course I am always a huge sucker for the song “Jellyfish” and we got a fantastic version. I thought at that point my weekend was a huge success, only to be proven that there was MUCH more in store for me the rest of the weekend.

The Friday late nite set came from Chicago’s Future Rock  ( and the energy was exactly what the crowd needed to keep them going on the first day of the fest.  I especially loved the drive the band had onstage: the drummer never stops and the keyboard player kept the crowd into it by giving hand signals letting us know it was going to rage soon. Perfect mix of synth and drums with this group and they are worth checking out as soon as possible.

Saturday started out a bit rough as it normally would at a festival, but Flea Market Hustlers ( was a perfect fix. I wasn’t the only festival goer that thought Flea Market Hustlers could have played even later in the day as they were fantastic. They stuck around all weekend as fans had the constant party going late night with some live tunes under the stars and a sweet disco ball hanging from a tree. I never made it over to their late night jams, but heard much about it and will make a point to hit it up next year.  They play some unexpected bluegrass covers of songs I wouldn’t have imagined done that way and it was great.


Saturday afternoon we tried out the Disc Golf course that is built on the grounds each year (18 holes done by Cloud 9 Disc Golf It got up near 90 during the day, so it was pretty damn hot and we didn’t pack enough beer in the cooler to finish all 18 (9 of which were in the woods).  It seemed many other attendees were disc golf players as the course was quite busy, but the setup allowed for many players at one time on the course.

After relaxing for a bit back at the campsite, we got back over to the stage for Old Union (, and they were firing on all cylinders. I cannot express how much I enjoy the lead singer’s voice as it reminds me a bit of Warren Haynes.  It was my first time seeing them live after hearing them on local radio ( and I will be sure to check out some more shows.  Next up was Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk ( and they surely brought the funk. It came to me during this set that we were so lucky to be hearing excellent tunes at this small venue, especially since 2 weeks prior I had visited and questioned if this would work. The stage was absolutely beat down from the 50 ft. flooding and had looked as though it had not been used in years. We were seeing a big name headliner at the same stage, in a perfect setting and with everything we needed around us. I guess the funk brought out some profound thoughts and it was a nice end to the evening by the stage.

We were able to listen to the last band by a fire at our site as the temps dropped into the high 40’s.  I will have to see The Twin Cats ( again because they had a great sound that made me keep wondering exactly what was going on onstage; fortunately, Skippy the Hippy (great neighbors) brought the laser pen with different tips and we had a private light show in the woods.

We had paid for a Sunday canoe trip ahead of time.  It seemed not to matter if you paid for the 4 or 6 hour trip; you jumped on the bus and rode to the drop spot.  It was a long trip with lots of spilled beer, but we had a blast. We again didn’t pack enough beer and were definitely done with canoeing about 4 hrs in. Definitely should have started a bit earlier with the canoe trip as we missed most of the bands during the afternoon.  I did make it back over for the unique rockin style of Captain Midnite Band, whose lead singer also seemed to be on site volunteering all weekend. Costumed and all, they had a good set that we caught the latter half of. We listened to the Max Allen Band ( ) from the campsite while making dinner that night and because we were beat from the canoe trip. I was really excited for the rest of the night so some rest was needed.  They were really a different sound, a combination of a lot of the music we had heard so far during the weekend.

There was a definite buzz throughout the weekend in anticipation for Cornmeal ( and they pleased everyone. With their jam-grass style, they are able to start a song, break into a jam as long as they want it to go, and then end the tune very clearly for even folks that had never seen them before. They are one of those rare gems that you sometimes wish had a ton more success, but are glad they have stuck to their sound and continue to be there for us to enjoy in intimate settings. They definitely now have a few more fans out there, including my cousin. After Cornmeal, the raffle numbers were called off (all money went to Flood Relief for local area) and some really cool prizes were given out (cigar box guitar, signed festival poster, etc). Hoping they get the word out about the raffle better next year, because it seemed they sold very few tickets.

Sunday nite was The New Mastersounds, a smooth way to end the weekend for us. They kept us grooving past midnite and really felt like a good soundtrack to end the weekend. The last band came on at roughly 2 AM and I was done for the weekend so we crashed as the only thing left to do was pack everything up and head home in the morning.

There is no doubt we will be back at Headjamz next year, probably with an even bigger group.  Between the stellar performances, great people and vendors, location on the river, and surprisingly affordable price, you really can’t go wrong.


Monday, September 27th, 2010 brings you the second part of it’s Dirty Projectors show at the Congress. Enjoy!

Camera/Editing: Raymond Grubb

Audio: James Linck

Special Thanks to Kingtello Presents…

Dandy Warhols Announce U.S. Fall Tour

Friday, September 24th, 2010

The Dandy Warhols Announce U.S. Fall Tour
The Dandy Warhols Collection: The Capitol Years: 1995-2007 On Now On Capitol/EMI
The Dandy Warhols’ First Compilation Release Features 14 Dandy Classics and One Exclusive New Song

The Warhols will play an exclusive Portland, Oregon show, where Peter, Zia & Courtney join up with original Dandy’s drummer Eric Hedford for a one-time only performance of select tracks from the first 2 Dandy Warhols albums. This gig will be at the soon-to-be out of business all ages club Satyricon, where the band got their start back in 1994.
A new CD and digital collection of 14 Dandy Warhols standout singles and album tracks, plus one brand new song, will be released by Capitol/EMI in North America on August 24. To be titled The Capitol Years: 1995-2007, this is the Dandy Warhols’ first compilation release, spotlighting the influence the Portland, Oregon-based band has had, and continues to have, on modern music.

The Capitol Years: 1995-2007 is comprised of material culled from the Dandy Warhols’ four Capitol Records releases, The Dandy Warhols Come Down (1996), Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (2000), Welcome To The Monkey House (2003), and Odditorium or Warlords of Mars (2005), plus a new song, “This Is The Tide,” which is exclusive to this release, and two tracks from The Dandy Warhols Are Sound (the long-awaited original mixes of The Monkey House, released in 2009), making it an essential addition to the Dandys’ recorded canon.

The Dandy Warhols Come Down, the band’s second album and Capitol debut, was released in 1996 in the U.S. and in 1997 in Europe.  The album featured the hits “Boys Better” and “Every Day Should Be A Holiday” and showcased lush, layered guitars, otherworldly Velvet Underground-inspired spaceouts and sing-along rock anthems that were sorely lacking from the day’s grunge rerun-saturated rock radio. The band first garnered international attention with the world’s catchiest anti-heroin song, “Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth.”

Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia followed, laying amplified elaborate guitar freakouts (“Godless”) atop the catchiest pop songs the Warhols had written to date. Trying not to sing-along with “Get Off” proves futile, while “Bohemian Like You” demonstrates that, in documenting the band’s subculture lifestyle in Portland, the Dandy Warhols succeeded in recording a manifesto for the modern hipster. This was the record that forever changed the band members’ lives; they now played to hundreds of thousands of rabid fans at festivals all over the world.

In 2003, Welcome To The Monkey House showcased a fresh-faced Warhols experimenting with an ‘80s keyboard-driven sound. Fans commended the band for mixing the expansive organic and electro elements that today are viewed as having been particularly forward-thinking and relevant. Featuring the anthemic kiss-off “We Used To Be Friends” and the icy cool breakup song “The Last High,” the Dandy Warhols stepped out on a ledge while staying true to the pop hooks and experimental sonic journeys they’d become notorious for championing.

Odditorium or Warlords of Mars, thick with space-rock jams and sexed-up anthems, was the first album the Dandy Warhols recorded at the Odditorium, the band’s massive, newly-minted recording studio/practice space in Portland.  The album echoes sounds first flirted with on early hits from their self-titled debut. “Holding Me Up” evokes every great rave-up they’ve written, honed to its sheer essence, while “All The Money Or The Simple Life Honey” cheekily winks at the band’s then-newfound freedom.

In 2008, setting out on their own and acting as masters of their own universe, the band released Earth To The Dandy Warhols to great acclaim via the band’s new label, Beat The World Records.  Last summer, they released the original Russell Elevado (a GRAMMY-award winning soul mixing engineer) mixes of Welcome To The Monkey House under the title The Dandy Warhols Are Sound, revealing the lo-fi, earthy nature of the record’s original surface.

Today, the Dandy Warhols are in the Odditorium, playing, partying and continuing to perpetuate their own scene — one that continues to hold a grip on music lovers the world over. That grip’s steadfastness is unsurprising: the Dandy Warhols just have this certain thing about them. They simply write some of the best rock songs of this generation.

Throughout the summer, the Dandy Warhols will tour to major music festivals and theatres across Europe, followed by North American dates into the fall.  European festivals confirmed to date include Switzerland’s Blue Balls Festival, France’s Rock Festival and Secretes Festival, and Portugal’s Coura Festival.  Additional dates will be announced.