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Must-have new stuff from Sim Redmond Band, Donna the Buffalo, Widespread Panic, The Black Ghosts, David Becker Tribune, Del McCoury Band, and Sound Tribe Sector 9.
Dancing Tree Newsletter

July 10th, 2008  

In this issue:

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

Mile High Music Festival Schedule
Speakeasy's SuperEasy Summer Tour

New Additions:

sim7thSim Redmond Band - Room in These Skies CD - With their first studio recording since 2006's Each New Day, Sim Redmond Band returns listeners to their mellow, melancholy musical world with Room in These Skies. SRB's unique blend of roots-rock, Afro-Carribean, and reggae music continues to spread like wild fire. They are based in Ithaca, NY but their magnetic pole is Africa, particularly the sounds eminating from West & South Africa. This magnetic pole has served as a pivot for the Sim Redmond Band to spring between straight rock grooves and pumping reggae. The vocal teamwork of Sim Redmond, Jen Middaugh, and Nate Silas Richardson creates a male/female chemistry that is rare and beautiful. $12.99

sts98thSound Tribe Sector Nine - Peaceblaster CD - STS9 thrives on friction. This may be surprising coming from five musicians who think of themselves as a collective as much as a band. But consider the title of the California-based outfit's long-awaited fourth album. The two words rub against each other to create an image that is simultaneously utopian and violent, fraught with the very contradiction that permeates America circa now. Armed with a batch of song ideas and fueled by the tension of the times, the band took a break from their masochistic touring schedule and holed up in their recording studio. The result is a tour-de-force of gut-punching rhythms and textured, shimmering tones, dense with the Eno-esque layering of live and electronic instruments that STS9 is known for - the chords and samples swirling atop the pulsing bass and drums. But between the beats there is a distinctly human element absent from past records. $14.99

don8thDonna the Buffalo - Silverlined CD - Embodying the culmination of two decades of collaboration between founding members Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear, Silverlined builds on the band's signature sound - a bedrock of traditional mountain music infused with elements of Cajun, rock, folk, reggae, and country. Silverlined also includes the talents of well-known guests Bela Fleck, Claire Lynch, David Hidalgo and Amy Helm. This release marks the 20th anniversary of Donna the Buffalo! $15.99

wsp120100thWidespread Panic - 12/1/00 Carbondale, IL (3 CDs) - WSP's first ever "vault" release - and it's a hot one from the Houser days, friends! Recorded live at Southern Illinois University Arena in Carbondale, IL on December 1, 2000. $27.99

del6thDel McCoury Band & Friends - Moneyland CD - This compilation gathers songs old, new, angry, somber, and everything in between to shine a spotlight on the sad situation of rural America in the 21st century. Moneyland revitalizes country and bluegrass music's connections to the lives of hardworking people in ways that honor the past, look to the future, and challenge the listeners to act in the present. The collection explores the hardships of rural and urban working people and their families through a thoughtful selection of new songs, neglected gems, and classic favorites performed by The Del McCoury Band, Merle Haggard, Marty Stuart, Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Bruce Hornsby, and others. Highlights include McCoury's vitriolic "Moneyland," Patty Loveless' creepy "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive," and the gospel-infused "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby featuring only piano, vocals, and guest vocals from the Fairfield Four. $15.99

radiators08thThe Radiators - Wild & Free (2 CDs) - If there's been one constant in American Rock & Roll in the last 30 years it's The Radiators. This New Orleans based quintet has either been touring or recording over this entire time frame. Still consisting of the 5 original members, this band is as relevant today as when they first started out. Now, for the first time, they have gone back through the vaults and put together a retrospective that covers all the stages of their career, highlighting live performances and rare studio recordings of their all-time classics, as well as offering unreleased gems. In addition they've recorded two new tracks specifically for this compilation. One listen to this CD and you'll know why "Wild & Free" is not only a great song but also describes the Rads way of life. $13.99

blackghoststhThe Black Ghosts - The Black Ghosts CD - After two years of occasional underground club singles, the long wait is over - and The Black Ghosts' sublime, stunning debut is finally out in the U.S. - featuring all the club hits like "Face," "Something New," and more. If you like a perfectly pitched sonic mix of electro, rock, pop, and dance, you came to the right place. With vocals from Simian's ex-lead singer Simon Lord, this is really the "third" Simian album, but why quibble with perfection? $13.99

dbeckerthDavid Becker Tribune - Leaving Argentina CD - Jazz Podium calls him "a poet on the guitar." When you hear David Becker play, you are hearing one of the true greats of modern jazz guitar - an artist who will eventually find his name mentioned alongside giants like John McLaughlin and Wes Montgomery. Leaving Argentina doesn't overwhelm with Latin styles, but injects enough of their flavor into Becker's satisfying compositions to create a distinctly enjoyable album. The BBC says "this is a jazz album with a hint of Latin spice and a whole lot of warmth, skill and style. A really lovely album, in fact." $15.99

Coming Soon:

July 15 - Jeff Coffin Mu'tet - Mutopia CD (pre-order)
Drew Emmitt - Long Road CD (pre-order)

July 22 - Dr. Dog - Fate (pre-order CD/LP)
The Avett Brothers - The Second Gleam (pre-order CD and LP)
Tea Leaf Green - Raise Up the Tent CD (pre-order)
Ozric Tentacles - Jurassic Shift CD & DVD (pre-order)
Medeski Martin and Wood - Zaebos: The Book of Angels Vol. 11 CD (pre-order)
Slightly Stoopid - Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid CD (pre-order)

August 5 - Mike Gordon - The Green Sparrow CD
Phish - Walnut Creek (2 DVDs)
Phish - LivePhish CD releases (5/8/93 Durham, NH; 12/7/97 Dayton, OH; 7/6/98 Prague)

August 12 - The Duhks - Fast Paced World CD

August 19 - Xavier Rudd - Dark Shades of Blue CD
Darrell Scott - Modern Hymns CD

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

September 23 - Buzzuniverse - Live at Donegal Saloon CD

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

Last Week's Additions:

Various Artists - Home Grown 8 CD
Rhythm Devils - Concert Experience (2 DVDs)
Tiedye Keith - Tiedye Black: Thursday's at TDK's CD
Hymn For Her - Year of the Golden Pig CD
Seun Kuti - Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80 CD
Tree of Music T-Shirt

News and Reviews:

Speakeasy's SuperEasy Summer Tour
Mile High Music Festival Schedule

Upcoming Festivals:
*All Good Music Festival - 7/11 - 7/13 - Masontown, WV -
Laisy Daisy Fest - 7/12 - 7/13 - Garrettsville, OH -
Camp Bisco Seven - 7/17 - 7/20 - Mariaville, NY -
Northwest String Summit - 7/18 - 7/20 - North Plains, OR -
Tabfest - 7/18 - 7/20 - Mendon, OH -
Mile High Music Fest - 7/19 - 7/20 - Commerce City, CO -
10,000 Lakes Fest - 7/23 - 7/26 - Detroit Lakes, MN -
*Floydfest - 7/24 - 7/27 - Floyd, VA -
Summer Hookah #12 - 7/25 - 7/27 - Garrettsville, OH -
*Gathering of the Vibes - 7/31 - 8/3 - Bridgeport, CT -
Grateful Garcia Gathering - 7/31 - 8/3 - Thornville, OH -
Summerdance - 8/1 - 8/3 - Garrettsville, OH -
Pickathon Roots Music festival - 8/1 - 8/3 - Portland, OR -
*Trinumeral Music Festival - 8/8 - 8/10 - Mills River, NC -

*look for the HGMN Booth at this event!

Video of the Week:

A Look at Summer Camp 2008 w/ Avett Brothers, more

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

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