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FloydFest 2008

Floydfest 7 was, no doubt, a Family Affair.
dgffThe feeling of magic was in the air, as per usual, and some 15,000 music lovers, young and old, enjoyed livng in this enchanted village of whimsy in the heights of the Blue Ridge Mountains for four summer days.

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All kinds of goodies from Railroad Earth, Delta Nove, Ekoostik Hookah, Robert Walter, N.E.R.D., My Morning Jacket, Boards of Canada, Radiohead, The Infamous Stringdusters, Grateful Dead, and more
June 9th, 2008

In this issue:

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


Yarmony Grass Festival Announced
Mike Gordon's The Green Sparrow & Tour
Gathering of the Vibes Additions
Zach Deputy's New Album Due This Month

New Additions:

dnove6thDelta Nove - Fire It Up EP - This succinct summertime sizzler from Delta Nove was created with one thing in mind - make the sweltering summer months even hotter with a fiery mix of global percussion, California funk, and superbad soul! $6.99

dnove6thEkoostik Hookah - Live at the Newport DVD - Live at the Newport, recorded live at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio, on September 21, 2007, is the first official DVD release by Ekoostik Hookah since the return of guitarist/songwriter John Mullins. The DVD features 9 original songs selected from 2 sets of music, including both new material and beloved classics, all on one DVD in an environmentally friendly, biodegradable cardboard sleeve. Track listing on the back cover features a photo of the band and a ticketstub from the show! $18.00

dnove6thRailroad Earth - Amen Corner CD - Gorgeous, intricate, and atmospheric yet deliciously twangy and grooving, the musical scenery around Railroad Earth's Amen Corner is sure to stick in your mind as vividly as a stunning natural vista. This album gets more and more enjoyable with every passing song! Railroad Earth has produced their most tuneful, well-produced, and infectious effort here, with acoustic instruments zinging and ringing tastefully around vocals that make you want to sing along as best you can! $15.98

dnove6thRobert Walter - Cure All CD - Instrumental jazz-funk is the name of Robert Walter's game. The top-notch organ/piano player is one of the founding members of Greyboy Allstars. He's joined here by bassist extraordinaire James Singleton (Astral Project) and drumming guru Johnny Vidacovich for a set that features pulsating grooves alongside some jazzier moments for good measure. $15.98

dnove6thMy Morning Jacket - Evil Urges CD - My Morning Jacket's Evil Urges moves the band into a completely new realm. With their epic sound intact, the band dabbles in a wide range of stylistic variants to create an album that is as surprising as it is enjoyable. Dashed with humor and unexpected twists along with some of MMJ's more tried-and-true elements, Evil Urges is an adventure for your ears from start to finish! $13.99

dnove6thN.E.R.D. - Seeing Sounds CD or 2 LPs - Seeing Sounds, N.E.R.D.'s third album, is a blistering mash-up of booming hip-hop beats and rollercoaster rock riffs, rumbling rhythms and scintillating soul music. Whereas their first album, In Search Of..., was an imaginative exploration of identities, and their second album, Fly Or Die, sought out the range of genres and sounds that have influenced the group, Seeing Sounds grinds everything together, evoking a sound that is un-tethered by preconceptions and convention. It is also an album that amplifies the style and attitudes that have made Pharrell, Chad and Shae transcendent cultural icons. CD $16.99; 2 LPs $17.99

dnove6thThe Infamous Stringdusters CD - The Infamous Stringdusters' self-titled new release represents all the band has become during two years of intense touring, meticulous woodshedding, and brotherly jamming. It's their first record with accomplished guitarist Andy Falco, whose blues-infused licks and stunning virtuosity have added a new facet to the band's musical personality. It's also the first with the band's dream producer, Tim O'Brien, a Grammy-winning musician who has pioneered and embodied the progressive school of roots and bluegrass that underlies the ISD sound. $16.98

dnove6thRadiohead - The Best of: The Videos DVD - 21 videos are featured on Radiohead: The Best Of The Videos DVD, including "Just," "Street Spirit," "Karma Police," "Paranoid Android," "No Surprises," "Knives Out," "Pyramid Song" and "There There." The DVD also includes the more experimental visuals created for Radiohead songs not released as singles, and nine videos make their DVD release debuts on the new collection. $22.99

dnove6thMy Morning Jacket - Okonokos (4 LP Box Set) - 4-LP Box set includes bonus tracks not found on the CD or DVD release - "Where to Begin," "Sooner," and "Strangulation." Comes in deluxe packaging - Artwork-covered sleeves in a closed-lid box. $34.98

dnove6thGrateful Dead - Let it Grow T-Shirt - Blue, yellow, and green highlight the tie-dye design on this high-quality t-shirt with "Let It Grow" artwork on the front and back. Please choose size (XXL adds $2). $26.95

dnove6thGrateful Dead - U.S. Blues T-Shirt - Dark greyish/blue high-quality t-shirt with unique Grateful Dead Steal Your Face logo on front with stars and stripes. Please choose size (XXL adds $2). $19.99

dnove6thBoards of Canada - Trans-Canada Highway Vinyl - We're pleased to bring you the LP version of BOC's last (and final?) album. $13.99

We've rounded out our James McMurtry collection with these titles:Best of the Sugar Hill Years CD
Saint Mary of the Woods CD
It Had To Happen CD

Trey Anastasio's Original Boardwalk Style has been postponed until further notice for retail outlets.

Coming Soon:

June 24 - Roots of Creation - Live Vol. 1 CD (pre-order)
Scrapomatic - Sidewalk Caesars CD (pre-order)
Warren Haynes Presents The Benefit Concert Vol. 8 (2006 XMas Jam) DVD (pre-order)
Rose Hill Drive - Moon Is the New Earth (pre-order CD & LP)
Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark (180g 2-LP set) (pre-order)
G. Love and Special Sauce - Superhero Brother (pre-order CD & LP)
Seth Yacovone - Land of Split Decision (2 CDs)
Zach Deputy - Out of the Water CD (pre-order)

July 1 - Charlie Wheeler Band - Highway Run CD (pre-order)

July 8 - Donna the Buffalo - Silverlined CD (pre-order)
Sim Redmond Band - Room in These Skies CD (pre-order)
The Radiators - Wild & Free (2 CDs)
Sound Tribe Sector Nine - Peaceblaster CD

July 22 - Dr. Dog - Fate CD/LP
My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves 2-LP Set
The Avett Brothers - The Second Gleam (CD and LP)
Tea Leaf Green - Raise Up the Tent CD
Ozric Tentacles - Jurassic Shift CD & DVD
Medeski Martin and Wood - Zaebos: The Book of Angels Vol. 11 CD

August 5 - Mike Gordon - The Green Sparrow CD

August 12 - The Duhks - Fast Paced World CD

August 19 - Xavier Rudd - Dark Shades of Blue CD

September 9 - Michael Franti & Spearhead - All Rebel Rockers CD
Ray Lamontagne - Gossip in the Grain CD

Last Week's Additions:

Freekbass - Grooveyard CD
The Herbaliser - Same As It Never Was CD
Anthony Smith's Trunk Fulla Funk - Life As We Know It CD
Four Finger Five - Four Finger Five CD

News and Reviews:

Yarmony Grass Festival Announced
Mike Gordon's The Green Sparrow & Tour
Gathering of the Vibes Additions
Zach Deputy's New Album Due This Month

Upcoming Festivals:

Bonnaroo - 6/12 - 6/15 - Manchester, TN - http://www.bonnaroo.com
Pink Floyd/Led Zep Celebration - 6/13 - 6/15 - Garrettsville, OH - http://www.nlqp.com
Sonic Bloom - 6/19 - 6/22 - Winter Park, CO - http://www.sonicbloomfestival.com
Telluride Bluegrass Fest - 6/19 - 6/22 - Telluride, CO - http://www.planetbluegrass.com
Vortex Music Festival - 6/27 - 6/28 - Asheville, NC - http://www.myspace.com/vortexmusicfestival
JamBaLoosa - 6/27 - 6/29 - Pittsburgh, PA - http://www.jambaloosa.com
Lazy River Music/Arts Fest - 6/27 - 6/29 - South Elgin, IL - http://www.lazyrivermusic.com
4th of July Rhythmfest - 7/3 - 7/6 - Garrettsville, OH - http://www.nlqp.com
Rothbury Music Festival - 7/3 - 7/6 - Rothbury, MI - http://www.rothburyfestival.com
High Sierra Music Festival - 7/3 - 7/6 - Quincy, CA - http://www.highsierramusic.com
All Good Music Festival - 7/11 - 7/13 - Masontown, WV - http://www.allgoodfestival.com

Video of the Week:

Ekoostik Hookah performing "Utopia" at the Newport in 2004

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

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Mimi Fishman Foundation Launches New Online Charity Auction

The Mimi Fishman Foundation has launched another in their continuing series of online charity auctions. The auction, which concludes April 4, 2008, includes a signed guitar donated by Jordan Stutz and the Victory School for children with Autism.

Conscious Alliance Plans Busy Spring Season

Colorado based not-for-profit Conscious Alliance continues its mission to help feed America’s hungry communities, hosting food drives at various music events this winter/spring. Look for Conscious Alliance at the Langerado Music Festival at the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in Florida on March 6th -9th , along STS9 and EOTO Winter Tours, and at select one-off concert events including Keller Williams and The WMD’S on February 2nd at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado and New Monsoon (featuring Tim Carbone from Railroad Earth and EOTO with special guest Michael Kang) on February 9th at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA. As always, patrons can donate 10 non-perishable food items or $10.00 to receive a limited edition rock art poster.

6th Annual Langerado Music Festival announces lineup

Today, the sixth annual Langerado Music Festival announces its initial artist lineup. The 2008 event takes place March 6–9. After five years of strong growth and consistently eclectic musical lineups, Langerado organizers have moved the event to the expansive Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation for this sixth year.

Floydfest 6 - July 26-29, 2007

Come July, I can always feel the magnetic pull of Floydfest World Music & Arts festival; 2007 was no different. The journey down the Blue Ridge Parkway is glorious; lush green trees atop majestic mountains usher you into one of the most peaceful and inspiring weekends of the summer. The sky looked a bit iffy, so I prayed for sunlight to bless the fine folks who have worked for months and months to provide this magical experience for music lovers. Each time we stopped for gas we saw a pack of our Floydfest friends on their journey; it feels great to be a part of the family!
ff07crowdWe missed Thursday's festivities to our dismay, but were happy to arrive by Friday evening to the festival in full swing. Like always, friendly volunteers greeted us and saw us to our campsite. When there was a bit of confusion with our check-in, one of the staff members went out of her way to accommodate us. To me, this embodies the festival spirit.

Interview with John Skehan of Railroad Earth

As Railroad Earth sets out on there Spring/Summer tour, we interview John Skehan, mandolin player, of Railroad Earth. He explains the times on the road, his feeling at festivals, and states how everything leads back to Garcia.


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