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A cavalcade of new releases from the likes of MMW, The Malah, The Duhks, Xavier Rudd, and more, plus pre-order the new moe. live CDs!
Dancing Tree Newsletter

August 25th, 2008

In this issue:

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


Trinumeral Fest Review and Photos
Even More Trinumeral Photos
Porter, Batiste, Stoltz, and McConnell

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New Additions:

malah2thThe Malah - Sound Spectrum CD - The Malah deliver more of their block-rocking, naturally ambient sound on this 75 minute epic! This album's 12 tracks comprise a mind-massaging menagerie of seamless instrumental artistry. Ideas and themes change subtly, creating different atmospheres but always adhering to each other in the neatest possible way. This Greenville, SC quartet is harvesting organically delicious sounds from a fertile musical outpost in the far reaches of electronic space! $12.00

xavier7thXavier Rudd - Dark Shades of Blue CD - This record is a balance of darkness and light, thanks in no small part to the studio presence of Joe Barresi, the man behind the sonics of Tool and Queens Of The Stone Age. For years, audiences have swooned and swayed to the dark throb of Rudd's live shows, the pulsing low-end of the Australian didgeridoo, and the biting drone of his slide guitar - now Dark Shades Of Blue captures that visceral presence with Rudd's guitar and vocals at their most heavy and psychedelic. $16.98

mofro4thJJ Grey & Mofro - Orange Blossoms CD - Produced by long-time cohort Dan Prothero and Grey, Orange Blossoms was recorded in north Florida and boasts some of Grey's most profound and moving music to date. The album features 12 songs (including 11 Grey originals) inspired by Grey's life experiences and visionary observations. With long-time friend and guitarist Daryl Hance, bassist/organist Adam Scone, drummer Anthony Cole, and the Hercules Horns of saxophonist Art Edmaiston and trumpeter Dennis Marion, Grey moves effortlessly from gospel-tent fervor to Southern-fried rockers to deeply emotional soul. Orange Blossoms is a groove-driven masterpiece fueled by JJ's gritty, smoldering vocals and intense, funk-infused guitar and keyboard work. $17.98

mmwzth_0Medeski Martin and Wood - Zaebos: The Book of Angels CD - Focused, ecstatic and wildly improvisational, the trio of Medeski Martin and Wood is one of the most popular and vibrant instrumental ensembles of the last few decades, playing to packed houses from Budokan to Bonnaroo and back again. Original members of the earliest Masada units (reaching back to 1993), they are a natural choice to interpret the lyrical Book of Angels, and here return to the fold like three prodigal sons. Ten exhilarating and creative arrangements of Masada/Zorn compositions that alternately groove, lope, shred and burn with a fiery passion. $15.98

btf3thBackyard Tire Fire - The Places We Lived CD - Distinguished by a rare combination of workingman authenticity and indie-rock eccentricity, The Places We Lived is defiantly contemporary, while remaining true to its Midwestern roots. Spiked with the truth-telling salt of Hank Williams, the beautiful melancholy of vintage Tom Waits and the pop smarts of a Midwest Big Star, this latest effort by the Bloomington, Illinois-based band embodies all the simple things that make rock 'n roll endure. The last 16 months have seen Backyard Tire Fire's national buzz grow by leaps and bounds. $14.98

duhk04thThe Duhks - Fast Paced World CD - Hailed by The New York Times as one of the artists at the forefront of the neo-folk movement, the Duhks continue the evolution with their fourth album, Fast Paced World. "We traveled from Winnipeg, locked ourselves in a Nashville basement, pooled our ideas together and invented a new sound," says new frontwoman and bilingual, budding soul queen, Sarah Dugas (she replaced Jessee Havey in 2007). The Duhks are: Sarah Dugas (lead vocals), Jordan McConnell (guitars), Leonard Podolak (banjos, lead vocals on track 10), Tania Elizabeth (fiddles/strings), Christian Dugas (drums/percussion). $17.00

feat9thLittle Feat - Join the Band CD - Little Feat's new release showcases the very best of their 40 year long career with a stellar list of guest stars including Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Chris Robinson, Bob Seger, Vince Gill, Bela Fleck, Brooks and Dunn, Sonny Landreth, Mike Gordon, Jim Mayer and Inara George, capturing all the energy of one of rock's great live bands. $18.98

spam4thIntroducing Spam Allstars CD - Spam Allstars are Miami's hardest-working Latin band. Spam music, grounded in Latin funk, mixes horns, improvisational electronic elements and turntables with hip-hop and dub, adding touches of Pythonesque humor. This CD was compiled by DJ Bongohead for your dancing pleasure! $11.98

topaz5thTopaz & Mudphonic - Music for Dorothy CD - The vast Blackland Prairie ends at The Balcones Fault line where the Texas Hill Country begins. The rugged hills are covered with ancient live oaks and scrappy junipers. Crystal clear springs bubble up from the limestone depths shocking the arid landscape. Topaz & Mudphonic were born here in Austin, TX, gathering inspiration from this sparse organic phenomenon. Their debut album, Music for Dorothy, was recorded in a barn on the banks of the Colorado River. Thus, the record is steeped in the soul of the humid southern air and soaked in the sediment of the underground aquifers with cicadas and frogs bleeding into the recording. Topaz & Mudphonic take their place alongside such funky, lowdown, southern-drenched fare like that of the North Mississippi Allstars, JJ Grey & Mofro and Maceo Parker. Take your shoes off, open the front door, turn up the volume and let the music do its thing. $11.98

nfthThe New Familiars - The Storm EP - From the foothills of Appalachia a new musical combo has appeared, grown from seeds of the folk, blues, and bluegrass found abundant in the Carolinas, yet shaped by the undeniable power of rock and roll. Known as The New Familiars, these five gentlemen combine an amazing passion for harmony with multi-instrumental talent and unusual storytelling abilities. While describing their songwriting as "folk music from the core", the band has constantly stretched the boundaries of 'genre labels'. Since their debut in late 2006, they've fused the multitudes of musical influences that each member brings to the table onto a foundation built upon traditional instruments such as resonator guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica. $11.00

hjb2thThe Heavenly Jams Band - Bridging the Gap CD - Yosi Piamenta's Heavenly Jams Band is back with another stellar live offering titled Bridging the Gap. Recorded at Club 99 in Decatur, GA on 1/11/07 and Mexicali Blues in Teaneck, NJ on 8/9/07, this expansive collection of mystical melodies and modern improvisation blends the worlds of rock, jazz, blues, and Middle Eastern music into a smoking guitar-led concoction of spiritual sonic salvation! Featuring Kofi Burbridge, Todd Smallie, & Yonrico Scott of Derek Trucks Band plus appearances by Barry Richman, Andrew Black, Shai Bachar, Kenwood Dennard, Moni Piamenta, and more! $14.00

bt12thBlues Traveler - North Hollywood Shootout CD - It's not every band that's still staking out new musical territory and embracing fresh challenges more than 20 years into their career, but that's the case with Blues Traveler. Having long ago graduated from the jam-band underground to mainstream stardom, the iconoclastic combo has consistently stuck to its guns and played by its own rules. For their new release, the quintet ventured out of their creative comfort zone to explore some adventurous new horizons. The album's biggest sonic curveball is "Free Willis, Ruminations from Behind Uncle Bob's Machine Shop." The spoken-word sound collage finds the band jamming over an insistent drumbeat while actor Bruce Willis, a longtime fan and friend, delivers a colorful freeform monologue/rant. As their history demonstrates and North Hollywood Shootout confirms, Blues Traveler have consistently managed to avoid stagnation and continue moving forward. $15.99

lm2thSoulville: Soul Stuff for Kids of All Ages CD & Book - As a companion to All Together Now, Little Monsters are releasing Soulville, a collection of classic R & B, some ubiquitous, some obscure, to provide kids with an introduction to the music that helped shape our culture. The album is packaged with a book with art by elementary school kids and graphic designer Nate Williams, poems for toddlers and 'Soul Facts' for older kids and their parents. The Little Monsters join in with spectacular soul singers Tabitha Fair, Ray Frazier and Chocolate Genius. $16.99

lm1thAll Together Now: Beatles Stuff for Kids of All Ages CD & Book - The All Together Now CD/Book set has a new look! In its first run as a Barnes & Noble exclusive, ATN got great reviews, sold out quickly, and even won awards for Nate Williams' beautiful artwork. Now, the album, which features real kids singing along with Rachael Yamagata, the Bangles, Marshall Crenshaw and other guests, will enjoy the audience it deserves. We hope it gives families an opportunity to introduce the Beatles to their children and even to rediscover what so many consider to be the world's greatest band! $16.99

ymsbtrouttthYonder Mountain String Band - Trout T-Shirt - White YMSB Trout design on brown short sleeve t-shirt. Sizes Small through XXL. XXL adds $2.00. Designed by Cricket Press, this tee is printed on Anvil 100% Organic Cotton. Sizes run slightly small. $22.00
We also have new YMSB stickers - Original logo stickers and Black Die-Cut Yonder Decal

My Morning Jacket LPs have just arrived! It Still Moves and Z are now in stock on Vinyl!

Coming Soon:

September 2 - moe. - Dr. Stan's Prescription Vol. 1 (3 CDs) (pre-order)

September 9 - Michael Franti & Spearhead - All Rebel Rockers (pre-order CD - LP - CD & DVD)
Herbert Wiser Band - Between the Wounds and the Whiskey CD
Josh Phillips Folk Festival - Wicker CD
Radiohead - Live DVD

September 16 - George Clinton & His Gangsters of Love 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 (pre-order)
Grateful Dead - Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978 (2 CDs & DVD)
Dungen - 4 CD/LP
Medeski Martin and Wood - Radiolarians 1 CD
Will Bernard - Blue Plate Special CD
Asylum Street Spankers - What? And Give Up Show Biz? CD

October 7 - Annuals - Such Fun CD/LP

October 14 - Ray Lamontagne - Gossip in the Grain CD
Lotus - Hammerstrike CD

October 21 - The Bridge - Blind Man's Hill CD
Jimmy Herring - Lifeboat CD

Last Week's Additions:

Oneside - First, to Last CD
Crooked Still - Still Crooked CD
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2 180-gram LPs plus CD)
Amos Lee - Last Days at the Lodge CD

News and Reviews:

Trinumeral Fest Review and Photos
Even More Trinumeral Photos
Porter, Batiste, Stoltz, and McConnell

Upcoming Festivals:

Grateful Fest #9 - 8/29 - 9/1 - Garrettsville, OH -
moe. Down - 8/29 - 8/31 - Turin, NY -
Backwoods Pondfest - 9/5 - 9/7 - Peru, NY -
Mulberry Mt. Harvest Festival - 9/11 - 9/13 - Ozark, AR -
Recipe Family Cookout - 9/12 - 9/14 - Garrettsville, OH -
Harvet Time Music Festival 9/26 - 9/27 - Hiram, ME -
Sublime Weekend - 9/26 - 9/28 - Garrettsville, OH -

Video of the Week:

Xavier Rudd on Jimmy Kimmel

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

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