Founded in 2014, RECESS continues to impress fans with an infectious blend of electro, funk and soul, powered by the duo of Ian Gilley (keyboardist) and Drew Birch (guitar/production). After jamming together, the two have been inspired to produce new music, inspired by all sorts of styles including the late great J. Dilla. Two years later, the duo are finally ready to release The Brothel Gospel, their debut EP.Listen to the great five-track release below, and scroll down to read out more about this exciting band and new release from Birch himself! You can also order the album via iTunes.L4LM: Your band has seen enormous growth since its foundation in 2014. How did the project form?Drew Birch: We met in elementary school and linked back up after college. Both of us worked on music in our spare time but we weren’t taking it as seriously as we are now. There were a couple songs I had never released that we embellished on and then the rest we made together. A few weeks later, we snagged all of our gear, headed to a studio on the outskirts of town and just started writing. No expectations, no format… just started working on music.L4LM: Where does the name RECESS come from?DB: We wrote a song with organ and guitar licks that kind of bounced back and fourth that never made it to the album. We originally named it ‘RECESS’ because of the loose playful banter between the instruments. Recess is normally associated with high energy and fun so it just fit the style.L4LM: Your new album has a lot of J. Dilla influences, including the track “MicroDilla.” What is it about Dilla’s music that influenced you, and how do you bring those influences to light on Brothel Gospel while maintaining your own unique voice?DB: Most producers have a background in hip hop. I think that’s where it all starts, a classic 90 bpm track that can really flow in any direction musically. Once you start getting into sampling and drums, you find the producers that you just click with. It’s not just about Dilla, there are a lot of producers out there that have that bounce or that raw sample selection… once you find those guys, you realize it’s about presentation and vibe. Letting the drums and bass swing a bit and fit into a lazy pocket just has more flow.L4LM: Can you describe the Brothel Gospel sound?DB: The name sort of blossomed from writing these grimy organ church chords over melancholic guitar lines, so we try and keep that theme prevalent throughout the album regardless of the vibes of the track. How will that translate into live performances?DB: We have some call and response licks we play together that sort of lets each instrument preach its gospel per se. You’re essentially speaking a language to an audience through your instrument and that’s what we try to do in a live setting too.
Beloved bassist Phil Lesh held a free show at his own Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA last night, welcoming a seasoned lineup of “Friends” for the performance. What fans didn’t expect was a recreation of a set from July 31, 1988, with a full year of 1988 discussion with long time photographer Jay Blakesberg.While Lesh had previously scheduled a 1988 tribute show for this Sunday at the venue’s Summer Kickoff party, the show last night featured a full set taken from a classic show at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area in Monterey, CA. Backed by Grahame Lesh, Stu Allen, Scott Guberman, Ezra Lipp and Alex Koford, the two-set performance opened with a fun-filled first half featuring classics like “Playin In The Band,” “Help > Slip! > Franklin’s,” and “Sugar Magnolia.”It was the second set that saw the band work some 1988 Grateful Dead magic, opening up with “Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodeloo” before jamming into classic tunes like “Little Red Rooster,” “West L.A. Fadeaway” and more. The show closed with a potent “Bird Song,” putting a cap on a great night of music.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 6/7/16Set 1: Playing In The Band gl > Dear Mr. Fantasy sa sg > Mountains of the Moon pl, Help on the Way sa > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower sa, Sugar Magnolia glSet 2: Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodeloo sa, Little Red Rooster gl, West L.A. Fadeaway sa, Me & My Uncle gl > Big River gl sa, Ramble On Rose sa, Gentlemen Start Your Engines sg, When I Paint My Masterpiece gl sa, Bird Song saThe above 1st Set originally performed 7-31-88 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, CA.Set list compiled by Rob Scalcione/Deadheadland
As Dave Matthews Band continues to celebrate their 25th anniversary on the road, the group has made an exciting studio release announcement. The band will remaster Crash and release it on vinyl for the first time ever.The 2-LP, 180-gram vinyl release is due out on Friday, July 15th, and will be packaged with a new eight-page booklet filled with unreleased photographs. There’s also a limited edition color splash version on 150-gram vinyl.You can pre-order the standard Crash here, and the color splash version here.There’s also a new Live Trax release coming out, the 38th volume in the series. The new Trax will highlight a June 8, 1996 performance at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, which features a number of Crash songs that were fresh for that summer tour. “#41,” “Jimi Thing,” and “Two Step” segued into “Crash Into Me” all represent Crash on the new release. Check it out here.
Umphrey’s McGee continued their summer tour last night with a stop at Charlotte, NC’s The Fillmore. The band has been firing on all cylinders lately, and they took it up a notch last night with a powerful setlist filled with heavy tunes, old classics, and two huge bust out covers.Set one started with a new intro song, as Umphrey’s debuted “Lord Bail Ship”, which flowed right into an intense “1348” before transforming into “White Man’s Moccasins”. Rock ballad “Loose Ends” came next, and they jammed the song into old favorite “Resolution”, and continued the segues with a move into “Similar Skin”. After a funky “Dump City”, the Umphrey’s closed the first set with a combo of two heavy, progressive songs with “Spires” into “The Floor”.Set two started with a huge “The Bottom Half” sandwich. Opening with the great version of “The Bottom Half”, which segued into the older song “Sweetness”, then “Cut the Cable”, before closing out the final segment of “The Bottom Half”. Next up, Umphrey’s started up the reliable jam vehicle “Red Tape”. However, instead of a typical “Jimmy Stewart” section in the song, the band segued into Radiohead‘s “Meeting in the Aisle”, performing the track for the first time in 172 shows, and only the 17th time ever after debuting the cover back in 2006. The band finished the rare cover before returning back to the end portion of “Red Tape”. The band finished the first set with a raucous “Phil’s Farm” that wound it’s way back into “1348”, completing the version that opened the show.Umphrey’s returned to the stage for a single encore, featuring another huge bust out cover in Pink Floyd‘s “Time”. The Dark Side of the Moon classic has only been played by Umphrey’s 14 times ever, and last appeared on a setlist in April 2015, 116 shows ago. The band absolutely crushed the cover, ending the show on a high note.Umphrey’s McGee continues their summer tour next Friday, July 15th, at the Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD. See below for full setlist details, courtesy of All Things Umphrey’s, and check out a video of Umphrey’s playing Pink Floyd’s “Time” from Luther Blevins on YouTube.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC – 7/9/16Set 1: Lord Bail Ship > 1348 > White Man’s Moccasins, Loose Ends > Resolution > Similar Skin, Dump City, Spires > The FloorSet 2: The Bottom Half > Sweetness > Cut the Cable > The Bottom Half, Red Tape > Meeting in the Aisle > Red Tape, Phil’s Farm > 1348Encore: Time
Beloved Allman Brothers captain Gregg Allman has been on a tear with his new solo band, rocking tours with Peter Frampton and hosting his own Laid Back Music Festival series nationwide. Today, Allman has announced some major plays in New York City, hitting the famed City Winery for ten nights in November.The run will stretch from November 6th through the 18th, and the public ticket on-sale begins on August 11th. Vinofile club members can buy tickets ahead of time, and you can join the club via the City Winery website.With Allman Brothers classics, blues jams and more, these are some shows that you won’t want to miss!
From September 8th through 10th, the Stable Studios in Spencer, IN were filled with tons of eager fans and great artists for the annual Hyperion Music & Arts Festival. Hyperion packed their lineup with tons of talent, including The Werks, Future Rock, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, CSBY SWTR and more! With jams flowing throughout the weekend, those in attendance got a non-stop dose of beautiful music! What a party.Thanks to Phierce Photo, we can see a full gallery of the festivities. Check it out below! Load remaining images
Justice duo Gaspard Michel Andre Augé and Xavier de Rosnay have released the first official single off their forthcoming album Woman. The industrial-inspired disco track “Randy” featuring vocals from Morgan Phalen, is the second new track released by the group this year. Back in June, “Safe and Sound” debuted at an Ed Banger House Party during a Busy P DJ set.Justice Releases ‘Safe and Sound’, First New Track In Five Years“‘Randy’ started as an almost industrial techno track, but we were in such a good mood that day that we ended up making the song as it is, that is real like joyful,” Justice’s Xavier de Rosnay told BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, who debuted the track. “Like if you’re in the car with your best friends or your lover or your kids. And that’s the feeling of the whole record I guess.”Woman is due out mid-November. Listen to “Randy” below:[via Rolling Stone]
After a few weeks off the road, Widespread Panic returned to the road last night by starting off a three-night run at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI. WSP made their debut at the storied Milwaukee haunt exactly ten years prior, and has kept the location among their regular tour destinations ever since.Their return to the road was marked by some smokin’ hot Southern jam-rock, as the band opened up with a set that was heavy on originals like “One Arm Steve,” “Good People,” “Holden Oversoul” and more. The jams kept coming in the second set, marked by a huge “Driving Song” that included a cover of J.J. Cale’s “Ride Me High.” The hits kept on coming, and a great “You Got Yours > Climb To Safety” ended the second set.The encore saw the band return with “Worry” and close out the night with their first “Fairies Wear Boots” since April 2016. Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream. A full upload of the show will be available on that website later today.Setlist: Widespread Panic at the Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI – 10/21/16Set 1: One Arm Steve, Who Do You Belong To?, Good People, Little Lilly > Shut Up and Drive, Holden Oversoul, Weak Brain, Narrow Mind, Street Dogs For Breakfast, Porch Song (55 mins)Set 2: Tail Dragger > Ribs and Whiskey Diner, Papa’s Home > Driving Song > Ride Me High > Driving Song > St Louis, Up All Night, You Got Yours > Climb To Safety (93 mins)Encore: Worry, Fairies Wear Boots* (12 mins)* LTP 4/8/16[Photo via souls_nolageorgia // Instagram]
Since the announcement that Donald Trump had won the Presidential election, the nation has been wrought with various occurrences of hate crimes, defacing of property by drawing swastikas with graffiti, and plenty of “Pro-Trump” rhetoric with regards to the deportation and registration of Muslims and illegal immigrants. It has been a trying time for many, to say the least.The most recent incident came yesterday, with a picture taken in Brooklyn at late Beastie Boys‘ Adam Yauch, aka MCA, NYC Memorial Park (formerly Palmetto Park), showing the property defaced with graffiti of swastikas and wording of “Go Trump.” The area is heavily Jewish, which makes the occurrence even moreso disturbing.Yauch, born a Jew, was a practicing Buddhist and major human rights activist, who founded The Milarepa Fund, as well as the Tibetan Freedom Concert back in the 90’s. Interestingly enough, the swastika, or the gammodion cross, is a sacred and ancient Buddhist and Hindu symbol of auspiciousness dating back over 11,000 years. Unfortunately, the symbol has come to take on a more dark and hateful meaning since the rise of the Third Reich.
The Motet have been on a tear this fall. The band finished off an extensive run of dates with a two-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl at the beginning of this month, and followed up the incredible run with Hometown Hustle, their triumphant Colorado homecoming, the following weekend.This past weekend, the funky seven-piece headed out to Oregon for a three-night, three-city victory lap, including performances in Eugene, Portland, and Ashland. You can check out photos of Friday’s show at Portland’s Revolution Hall below, courtesy of photographer Jordan Inglee.Aside from a one-off performance at Mesa Theater in Grand Junction, CO on December 10th, the band will be off the road until their four-night New Year’s Run December 28th-31st, which will take them to Minneapolis and Milwaukee (with special guests Pho), Chicago (along with Umphrey’s McGee) and, finally, Atlanta on New Year’s Eve (along with Roosevelt Collier Trio). Tickets for The Motet’s upcoming shows are available through their website.Photography by Jordan IngleeWebsite: www.visualsuplex.com // FB: /visualsuplex // Instagram: @visualsuplexSetlist: The Motet at Revolution Hall, Portland, OR – 11/18/16Set: Corner, Truth, Ain’t No Way, Own It, Rynodub, Damn!, Handcuffs > Plexus > Keep On, Glide > Knee Deep* > Cloak > Extraordinary% > Closed%Encore: Fool* = with Josh Cliburn on sax% = w/ Paul Creighton on vocals Load remaining images