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Dancing Tree Newsletter

September 29th, 2008  

In this issue:

* Latest News
* New Additions
* Coming Soon
* News and Reviews
* Upcoming Festivals
* Video of the Week

LATEST NEWS.

BuzzUniverse - LiveVibes at The Donegal Saloon CD Review
Fiddleworms - Volkswagen Catfish CD Review
Talkdemonic - Eyes at Half Mast CD Review
Loki Music Festival Update
STS9 Tour and NYE Show

After surveys, suggestions, planning and lots of hard work - Home Grown Music is pleased to present you with its new website! Many of you have already seen the brand new interface, and if you haven't, browse on over and have a look - we think you'll like it, and you'll find that it is much easier to navigate, and has a warm & cozy feel. We haven't just refreshed the interface - we've added several new features that should make your visits to our website more fun and user-friendly.

Some of the new features are:

FORUMS
- With our surveys we found that overwhelmingly our users wanted a forum to communicate with others in the scene. You asked for it and its back, and better than ever. So login, start up some new conversations, make friends, and help build our community!
SUBSCRIPTIONS - Stay up to date when we post news articles, CD & Show Reviews or ANY content on our site relating to your favorite artists. Lets say you're a big fan of the Grateful Dead and want to be automatically notified anytime new content is posted about them - now you can. It's really easy - for instructions click here.
USER PROFILES - By far the largest chunk of this project to date. Profiles are totally integrated with the rest of the website. Please login at the main HGMN page and create your user profile, and let HGMN & our community get to know you! It's simple & FUN! Our profiles are similar to those you'll find on sites like MySpace and Facebook.



New Additions:


mmwr1th_0Medeski Martin and Wood - Radiolarians 1 CD - In February 2008, Medeski Martin & Wood began their Radiolarian Series, a three run, three record project. In direct contrast to they way things are usually done, MMW decided to spend 2008 composing the skeleton of new music, taking it on the road to flesh out the composition, and finally putting the (by now well played) notes down as tracks. Three times. Radiolarians 1 is the first in this 3 record series. Check out an in-depth review here! $15.00





deadegyptthGrateful Dead - Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978 (2 CDs & 1 DVD) - Good things come to those who wait! It took 30 years to produce this 2CD/DVD set from the Dead's legendary September 1978 run at the Sound & Light Theater outside Cairo, nestled in the dunes just a short mummy-walk from the Great Pyramid and the mysterious Sphinx. This beautiful and historic package includes two exceptional music CDs and a DVD with over 95 minutes of concert footage from the Egypt shows (plus an impressionistic "Vacation Tapes" mini-documentary that shows the band and Dead family at play). The DVD concert material has been mixed in both stereo and surround sound, with two listening options (DTS 5.1 and PCM Stereo). The beautifully designed booklet (with cover inspired by the late, great Alton Kelley's Egypt 1978 tour poster) contains a revealing essay by longtime Ice Nine Publishing chief and Egypt trip co-organizer Alan Trist, and many rare photos. All that's missing is sand, the smell of camels and some "hubbly-bubbly"! $34.98



fleckjinglethBela Fleck and the Flecktones - Jingle All the Way CD - Bela Fleck, often considered the premiere banjo player in the world, has made a name for himself as a virtuoso instrumentalist unbounded by genre. His band The Flecktones - Victor Wooten on electric bass, Jeff Coffin on sax and flute, and Future Man on percussion - are equally talented and adventurous as Fleck himself, and together they have made a string of critically acclaimed albums that combine bluegrass, jazz, funk and world music with technical prowess, unlimited imagination and occasional zaniness. Their new holiday CD Jingle All the Way is all of that, with bells on - Christmas music as it's never been heard it before, with unique tonal textures (banjo, Tuvan throat singing, klezmer mandolin), hot solos and tight ensemble arrangements that make every measure new. Jingle All the Way is the perfect stocking stuffer for those who like their Christmas music fun and challenging at the same time. $14.99



jbb6thJohn Brown's Body - Amplify CD - An explosive album featuring twelve tracks of drum & bass-heavy dub-inflected electro grooves that make up the sound JBB is known for, with a forward-thinking, fearless approach to tempos, beats, and feel that expands the genre of roots reggae as a whole. Produced by Elliot Martin and Jason "Jocko" Randall. $13.99







willb4thWill Bernard - Blue Plate Special CD - This one grooves hard and will draw the attention of music fans from all walks of life! Will is joined by and all-star cast including Stanton Moore (Galactic), John Medeski (MMW), and Andy Hess for a smoking session called Blue Plate Special! Read an in-depth review here! $16.00








onesideth_0Oneside - First, to Last CD - Few "neo-traditionalists" have dared to stray too far from the "traditionalist" part of that equation. Fans of the genre tend to be fervently purist. Boston-based band Oneside, however, isn't afraid to risk biting the hand that feeds it. Oneside's debut album, First, To Last, is full of structures, lyrics, and licks that are unabashedly plucked from the traditional American canon. Songs like "Lisa" and "Got To Go" would sound perfectly at home on a Nickel Creek or Alison Krauss album. But right from the opening track, it is apparent that Oneside isn't afraid to make departures from traditional styles. Other songs would fit right in on a Sufjan Stevens or even a Radiohead album. Other bands may play strictly in a conventional roots style, but what sets Oneside apart is their willingness to take these traditional fundamentals and place them firmly in a modern context. $12.99


bongolianthThe Bongolian - Outer Bongolia CD - Nasser Bouzida, aka The Bongolian, is found in his element on Outer Bongolia! He embarks on a psychedelic musical trip to the outer regions of the Funk galaxy, taking in spaced-out heavy Bongo rhythms and Latin Soul along the way creating 100% original dance floor rhythms. Instruments featured include the Hammond, Bongos, Synthesizers, and Vibes. Drawing on all his past influences, Nasser produced an inspired recording blending elements of Funk, Soul and Jazz with grinding percussion and heavy Bongo rhythms. $14.99





bbm2thBig Boss Man - Winner CD - Big Boss Man's second album was produced by the band and Morgan Nicholls (The Streets/Muse). Morgan is the son of Immediate Records in-house songwriter Billy Nicholls, so the studio was choc-full of groovy stuff: The Who's Hammond, Steve Marriott's first guitar, Clavinets, Wurlitzers, etc, all of which were put to good use on the album! Morgan was also involved in the recent Big Boss Man seven-inch only remix of Paul Weller's Top 20 single "The Bottle." Winner continues the trip through 60's funk, along the way taking in bongo/fuzz sounds in "Everybody Boogaloo," Latin soul in "Complicated Lady," French beat in "Tu As Gach," floor-fillers such as "Kelvin Stardust," and general Hammond/Moog mentalness everywhere else. $14.99



jr2thJah Roots - Joy CD - Jah Roots has quickly gained a hard-earned reputation as one of America's most talented homegrown reggae bands. Lead singer Ras Josh perfectly employs his soulful, fervent vocals as an instrument for delivering thought-provoking lyrical content in which themes of love, oppression and spirituality are often explored. Joy was recorded at Lion & Fox Studios in Washington, known internationally as America's preeminent reggae recording studios. The recording of Joy proved to be Jah Roots' first exposure to creating new music in such a high caliber facility, and the benefits of this opportunity are clearly evidenced in every resulting track. Once in the studio, Jah Roots were joined by legendary reggae guitarist Junior Marvin, who served as lead guitarist for Bob Marley & The Wailers from 1977-80. He contributed lead guitar on "Spliff & My Lady" and "Ganja Weed." His skilled efforts serve not only to decorate the two tracks on which he plays, but to imbue the entire album with a timelessness and brilliance that any true Bob Marley fan will recognize. $12.99



dungen3thDungen - 4 CD - The ten tracks on 4 comprise Dungen's most concentrated effort to date, beats surging forth and atmosphere changing as their sound continues to evolve. Every song here runs under five minutes, pushing the group to introduce their confident melodies and arresting ambiance in tighter frameworks. Gauging from the results, this challenge has done them well. Included in this set are the live favorite "Mina Damer och Fasaner," excerpts from a wild psychedelic jam session entitled "Samtidigt," and a storming, Northern Soul-influenced instrumental entitled "Fredag." These stand tall with some of the most fully-realized moments of Dungen's career - percolating prog-pop groover "Det Tar Tid" and eloquent opener "Satt At Se." $12.98



trafficdvd2thTraffic - Live at Santa Monica DVD - On DVD for the first time! Get up close and personal with Traffic in this 1972 show from Santa Monica, CA. The filmmaker's focus is squarely on the band in this one, as the viewer is presented with a myriad of camera angles from which to experience Winwood and Company's stirring soul-rock! $19.99








ass7thAsylum Street Spankers - What? And Give Up Show Biz? (2 CDs) - This hilarious 2-disc live show incorporates the feel of a "revue" to present the Asylum Street Spankers' whacked-out version of traditional music. Turning the innocent sounds of early jazz, swing, acoustic, and bluegrass on their collective ear, the Spankers combine amazing instrumental talent with a Hollywood-worthy sense of humor and presentation, creating a zany yet fulfilling musical experience. $21.95






saberthSabertooth - Dr. Midnight: Live at the Green Mill CD - This is the most fun you'll ever have with bebop music! Sabertooth is by far the most talented, most inventive, most entertaining traditionally-oriented jazz act in Chicago. Saxophonists Cameron Pfiffner and Pat Mallinger are exciting jazz players who evoke the spirit of historic saxophone tandems like Johnny Griffin & Eddie Davis or Sonny Stitt & Gene Ammons. They formed Sabertooth in 1990 and have been doing the Saturday night After Hours Jazz Party from midnight to 5 AM at Chicago's historic Green Mill jazz club for fifteen years. The incomparable Pete Benson has been Sabertooth's organist for five years, contributing the low end and the fabulous organ melodies and solos, and the group is anchored by the uber-diverse Rebel Souls drummer Ted Sirota. It's not everyday you hear virtuoso players performing jazz with such humor and intensity - witness their interpretation of the Grateful Dead's "China Cat," and see jazz nazis run in fear! Cut loose to the sound of the hilariously titled "It's Surely Gonna Flop If It Ain't Got That Bop!" It's all here folks! $16.98



sirotathTed Sirota's Rebel Souls - Breeding Resistance CD - The Berklee-trained Sirota brings together jazz, afrobeat, blues, reggae, and R&B on this release! Featuring Chicago luminaries all around (including Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker), this album breathes fire with politically charged afrobeat rhythms driving the musicians to create danceable, thought-provoking songs. The album mashes the Chicago school of jazz with far-flung elements of world music, as elegant musicianship is bolstered by a heartbeat of rebellious rhythm. "This CD is dedicated to the spirit of resistance and struggle against oppression. Although often dismissed and glossed over as mere entertainment, Jazz and Blues music are rooted in the struggle against oppression and the forces of reaction. My intention is to let our music be a shot in the battle to defeat those who continually try to lure us back to the dark ages." - Ted Sirota $16.98



zappastage3thFrank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2 (2 CDs) - Departing from the live-compilation format of YCDTOSA Vol. 1, Volume Two is the only installment to include a complete show - Sept. 22, 1974, in Helsinki, Finland, to be exact. The Apostrophe-era band (with George Duke on keyboards, Napoleon Murphy Brock on sax, Ruth Underwood on percussion/marimba, Tom Fowler on bass and future Genesis member Chester Thompson on drums) had never played better, and this set includes long stretches of brilliant instrumental work on "Dupree's Paradise," "Inca Roads" and "Approximate." Also here is the definitive version of the "Village of the Sun" suite and a long version of "Montana" that keeps threatening to turn into "Whippin' Post." $17.99


Coming Soon:

October 7 - Annuals - Such Fun (pre-order CD or LP)
The Best of Del McCoury - The Groovegrass Years CD (pre-order)
Boris Garcia - Once More Into the Bliss CD (pre-order)
Ralph Stanley - Old-Time Pickin': A Clawhammer Banjo Collection CD (pre-order)

October 14 - Ray Lamontagne - Gossip in the Grain CD (pre-order)
Lotus - Hammerstrike CD (pre-order)
Martin Sexton - Solo CD (pre-order)
Dungen - 4 LP (pre-order)

October 21 - The Bridge - Blind Man's Hill CD
Jimmy Herring - Lifeboat CD (pre-order)
Primus - Sailing the Seas of Cheese LP

October 28 - Rodrigo y Gabriela - Live in Japan CD
Freekbass - Junkyard Waltz CD
Family Dog Presents The Chet Helms Tribal Stomp (4 DVDs & 2 CDs)
O'Death - Broken Hymns, Limbs, and Skins CD
Widespread Panic - Live From Austin, TX DVD
The Flaming Lips - Christmas on Mars DVD & Deluxe Edition

November 4 - Greyboy - 15 Years of West Coast Cool CD & LP

November 18 - Phish - At The Roxy Box Set




Last Week's Additions:

Telepath - Contact CD
BuzzUniverse - LiveVibes at the Donegal Saloon CD
Thievery Corporation - Radio Retaliation CD
David Gilmour - Live in Gdansk (2 CDs or 2 CD/1 DVD set)
Kings of Leon - Only By The Night CD
Burning Spear - Jah Is Real CD
Old Crow Medicine Show - Tennessee Pusher CD
Fiddleworms - Volkswagen Catfish CD
Allen Thompson CD
Tortoise - Standards (Limited Edition Red Colored vinyl)
Tortoise - It's All Around You (Limited Edition vinyl)
My Morning Jacket - Acoustic Citsuoca LP vinyl
Garage a Trois - Mysteryfunk vinyl LP
Cream - Disraeli Gears vinyl LP
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1


News and Reviews:
BuzzUniverse - LiveVbes at The Donegal Saloon CD Review
Fiddleworms - Volkswagen Catfish CD Review
Talkdemonic - Eyes at Half Mast CD Review
Loki Music Festival Update
STS9 Tour and NYE Show


Upcoming Festivals:

Mantra Bash - 10/17 - 10/19 - Climax, NC - http://www.mantrabash.com
Gory at the Quarry - 10/31 - 11/2 - Garrettsville, OH - http://www.nlqp.com
*Bear Creek Music Festival - 11/14 - 11/16 - Live Oak, FL - http://www.bearcreekmusicfestival.com

*look for the HGMN Booth at this event!


Video of the Week:

Grateful Dead plant the flag at the Pyramids

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!
Bryan Rodgers

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A great new album from Oneside, Wilco vinyl, and festival favorites Crooked Still, Amos Lee, and The Neville Brothers, plus Top 25 and more
Dancing Tree Newsletter

August 11th, 2008  

In this issue:

* Latest News
* New Additions
* Coming Soon
* News and Reviews
* Upcoming Festivals
* Video of the Week

LATEST NEWS

Floydfest Review
The Radiators - Wild and Free CD review


New Additions:

onesidethOneside - First, to Last CD - Few "neo-traditionalists" have dared to stray too far from the "traditionalist" part of that equation. Fans of the genre tend to be fervently purist. Boston-based band Oneside, however, isn't afraid to risk biting the hand that feeds it. Oneside's debut album, First, To Last, is full of structures, lyrics, and licks that are unabashedly plucked from the traditional American canon. Songs like "Lisa" and "Got To Go" would sound perfectly at home on a Nickel Creek or Alison Krauss album. But right from the album's foot-stomping, bluesy opening track "The Letter," which combines elements of bluegrass, rock, jazz, and even reggae, it is apparent that Oneside isn't afraid to make departures from traditional styles. Other songs would fit right in on a Sufjan Stevens or even a Radiohead album. Yet all of the songs are deftly written and produced to create a coherent, if unique and slightly irreverent, sound. $12.99


cs3thCrooked Still - Still Crooked CD - It takes courage to release the security of the familiar and embrace change. After five years of touring and establishing themselves as "the most important folk group to emerge from Boston since the early 60's" (Boston Globe), Crooked Still became five with the addition of fiddler Brittany Haas and Tristan Clarridge on cello and second fiddle. If the first album from the new line-up is any indication, success for this young band will be explosive. Crooked Still continues to perform one of the most compelling forms of alternative bluegrass and string band music today. Still Crooked is an ensemble effort of inspired music making that moves the band's impossible-to-pigeonhole style in new directions while honoring their folk roots. Crooked Still's genre-bending sound is the combination of five distinctive talents who are not content to limit themselves to any one project or style of music. $16.99

Also Available from Crooked Still:
Shaken By A Low Sound CD $16.99
Hop High CD $16.99


wilcoyhfvthWilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2 180-gram LPs plus CD) - 2 LPs of 180-gram quality comprise this fantastic collector's item. Also included is a CD of the full album. The artwork really shines on this LP release! $25.00








amos3thAmos Lee - Last Days at the Lodge CD - Last Days at the Lodge is Lee's third record. This 2008 record was produced by Don Was, and features Lee on guitars, Doyle Bramhall Jr. (Eric Clapton) on guitar, Spooner Oldham (Neil Young, Aretha Franklin) on keys, Pino Palladino (The Who, D'Angelo) on bass, and James Gadson (Bill Withers) on drums, along with many others. $17.99

Also available from Amos Lee:
Amos Lee CD $17.99



nevillelivethThe Neville Brothers - Live in New Orleans CD - This amazing 1982 show from Tipitina's shows why the Neville Brothers quickly vaulted to international stardom! Simmering R&B grooves, classic NOLA funk strutting, and joyful songwriting make these tunes legendary! $9.99

Also Available from Neville Brothers:The Millennium Collection CD $12.99





Coming Soon:

August 19 - Xavier Rudd - Dark Shades of Blue CD (pre-order)
Darrell Scott - Modern Hymns CD (pre-order)
The Duhks - Fast Paced World CD (pre-order)

August 26 - Little Feat - Join the Band CD (w/ Fleck, Gordon, etc) (pre-order)
Introducing Spam Allstars CD (pre-order)
Backyard Tire Fire - The Places We Lived CD (pre-order)
JJ Grey & Mofro - Orange Blossoms CD (pre-order)
Topaz & Mudphonic - Music for Dorothy CD (pre-order)

September 9 - Michael Franti & Spearhead - All Rebel Rockers CD
Ray Lamontagne - Gossip in the Grain CD
Herbert Wiser Band - Between the Wounds and the Whiskey CD

September 16 - George Clinton & His Gangsters of Love CD
Medeski Martin and Wood - Zaebos: The Book of Angels Vol. 11 CD
Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile CD
Marc Broussard - Keep Coming Back CD
Keller Williams - Live CD
Blind Boys of Alabama - Higher Ground CD re-release
Gov't Mule - Tail of Two Cities DVD

September 23 - BuzzUniverse - Live at the Donegal Saloon CD

Sept. 30 - John Brown's Body - Amplify CD
Oneside - First, To Last CD

October 21 - The Bridge - Blind Man's Hill CD



Last Week's Additions:

Phish - Walnut Creek (2 DVDs)
Mike Gordon - The Green Sparrow CD
Phish - Live Phish : 5/8/93 Durham, NH; 12/7/97 Dayton, OH; 7/6/98 Prague, CR
Brazilian Girls - New York City CD
Benji Hughes - A Love Extreme (2 CDs)


Top 25 Sellers for July 2008:


1- Various Artists - Home Grown 8
2- Sound Tribe Sector Nine - Peaceblaster
3- SOJA - Get Wiser DVD
4- Ekoostik Hookah - Live at The Newport DVD
5- Derek Trucks Band - Live at Georgia Theatre
6- SOJA - Get Wiser
7- Rhythm Devils - Concert Experience DVD
8- Donna the Buffalo - Silverlined
9- Bonerama - Live in New York
10- The Stairwell Sisters - Get Off Your Money
11- Seth Yacovone - Land of Split Decision
12- The Allman Brothers Band - Jazz Fest 2007
13- Ryan Montbleau Band - Patience on Friday
14- Xavier Rudd - Good Spirit DVD
15- Various Artists - Funky Kidz
16- Phish - The White Tape
17- Tea Leaf Green - Raise Up the Tent
18- Bonerama - Live at the Old Point
19- Ryan Montbleau Band - One Fine Color
20- Sound Tribe Sector Nine - Artifact
21- Bonerama - Bringing it Home
22- Cornmeal - Feet First
23- Boombox - Visions of Backbeat
24- The Brew - Back to the Woods
25- Railroad Earth - Amen Corner

News and Reviews:

Floydfest Review
The Radiators - Wild and Free CD review


Upcoming Festivals:

Yarmony Grass - 8/15 - 8/17 - Copper Mountain, CO - http://www.yarmonygrass.com
Root Down Fest - 8/15-8/17 - Pleasant Garden, NC- http://www.myspace.com/rootdownfamilyfest
Waterfest - 8/15 - 8/17 - Garrettsville, OH - http://www.nlqp.com
Hot August Blues - 8/16 - Cookeville, MD - http://www.hotaugustblues.com
Naukabout Festival - 8/16 - East Falmouth, MA - http://naukabout.tix.com
Nedfest - 8/22 - 8/24 - Nederland, CO - http://www.nedfest.com
Outside Lands Festival - 8/22 - 8/24 - San Francisco, CA - http://www.sfoutsidelands.com
Grateful Fest #9 - 8/29 - 9/1 - Garrettsville, OH - http://www.nlqp.com
moe. Down - 8/29 - 8/31 - Turin, NY - http://www.moe.org
Backwoods Pondfest - 9/5 - 9/7 - Statesville, NC - http://www.backwoodspondfest.com
Mulberry Mt. Harvest Festival - 9/11 - 9/13 - Howard, CO - http://www.mulberrymountainmusic.com
Recipe Family Cookout - 9/12 - 9/14 - Garrettsville, OH - http://www.nlqp.com


Video of the Week:

Crooked Still at Shetland Folk Festival



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