Julian Lage Trio – Arclight

I received this e-mail from Julian Lage tonight. In a word, “awesome sauce.”


Hello All and Happy 2016!

It is with great joy that today we are able to announce the upcoming release of Arclight (Due on March 11th), the debut recording of my trio. This record features two of my dearest friends and cohorts, Scott Colley on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums, percussion, and vibraphone. Arclight was produced by one of my favorite people and all around badass, singer-songwriter and guitarist, Jesse Harris.

We recorded this album over the course of three days last spring with the intent of documenting a collection of original music as well as a few covers from the pre-bebop era. These covers were songs I fell in love with from the American Songbook that may have been a little left of center from the jazz norm of the 1920s and 30s. In a weird way, it feels like we share so many things in common today with the kind of music being played during the last turn of the 20th century: this kind of convergence of folk traditions with modern explorations, all arranged in relatively short pieces of music. Almost like miniature orchestral events. Additionally, being the guitar nerd that I am, no instrument makes more sense for celebrating these qualities than the electric guitar: a telecaster through an old tweed amp.

We are beyond excited to share this music with you and can not wait bring this project to a town near you soon! – Julian Lage

Nocturne,” one of the tracks off his forthcoming album, Arclight, on Mack Avenue Records.

The Julian Lage Trio will be performing at The Fairfield Theatre Company, Stage One on Friday May 6, 2016.

Jorma Kaukonen and Barry Mitterhoff Concert

Acoustic Duet
Jorma Kaukonen and Barry Mitterhoff
Stage One – Fairfield, Connecticut
Saturday, March 14, 2015

We saw Jorma Kaukonen and Barry Mitterhoff perform a warmly inviting acoustic concert at the Fairfield Theater Company last night. It was amazing sitting no more than 15 feet away as Jorma and Barry got into their zone. These accomplished musicians played period Americana music I grew fonder of as the night progressed.

I loved witnessing their interplay. Jorma plays fantastic guitar augmented by  reassuring vocals. His mastery of the guitar helped to gain a deeper appreciation for the guitar workshops he leads at the Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy, Ohio.

Barry Mitterhoff complemented Jorma smartly. I marvelled at his command of the mandolin among other instruments he played. It was like watching a hummingbird’s wings evoke crystal integrity. Barry portrayed the patience of Job as he waved his soft, magical touch over twelve strings.

The high part of the evening was “Good Shepherd” which they played extended going off into “Volunteers of America” for a spell as they eased back to “Good Shepherd”.

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. I See The Light
3. Heart Temporary
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Ain’t In No Hurry
6. How Long Blues
7. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
8. River Of Time
9. Barbeque King
10. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
11. The Other Side Of The Mountain
Second Set:
1. Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
5. Candy Man
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Come Back Baby
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Tom Tom Club announces new recording “Genius of Live” plus U.S. tour dates!

Tom Tom Club News!!!!!

Genius Of Live’ Will Be Released September 28th; It Will Feature Select Tracks From Tom Tom Club’s Album ‘Live At The Club House’ As Well As A Latin Alternative Remix Tribute To The Timeless Smash Hit “Genius Of Love”

‘Live At The Club House’ Found The Iconic Group Performing At Peak Energy For A Collection Of Friends In Their Home Studio And Traveling Their Catalog From “Genius Of Love” And “Wordy Rappinghood” To Their Signature Covers Of Al Green’s “Take Me To The River” And Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing”

“Genius Of Love” Has Been Prominently Sampled Since The Early Days Of Hip Hop, From Grandmaster Flash To Mariah Carey And Tupac Shakur To T.I.; On The New Tom Tom Club Release, ‘Genius Of Live,’ Artists Like Ozomatli, Nortec Collective, Money Mark And The Pinker Tones Tackle The Track

While Tom Tom Club Has Performed From Connecticut To Spain And Japan In The Past Year, They Will Embark On Their First Lengthy U.S. Tour In 10 Years This Fall


9/21 – StageOne – Fairfield, CT
9/22 – – StageOne – Fairfield, CT
9/23 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
9/24 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
9/25 – Midpoint Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH
9/26 – Exit In – Nashville, TN
9/27 – The Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO
9/28 – Metro – Chicago, IL
9/29 – Mickey Finn’s Pub – Toledo, OH
9/30 – Phoenix Theatre – Toronto, ON
10/1 – Cabaret Mile End – Montreal, QC
10/2 – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge – Burlington, VT
10/3 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
10/8 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
10/9 – The Getty – Los Angeles, CA
10/10 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
10/12 – Casbah – San Diego, CA

Nacional Records is proud to announce the September 28th release of Tom Tom Club’s ‘Genius Of Live.’ The iconic group’s new album will feature select tracks from classic album ‘Live At The Club House’ as well as a remix tribute to the smash hit, “Genius Of Love.” Tom Tom Club will embark on their first lengthy U.S. tour in 10 years this fall.

“It will be a real pleasure for us to see so much of the USA again this fall,” says Tom Tom Club drummer/founder Chris Frantz. “We are all very excited about this tour, to go out and make new friends and reconnect with old friends. The band consists of seven players, is smoking hot and completely live. We don’t use any sequencers or backing tapes at all!”

‘Live At The Club House’ was recorded with the group performing at peak energy for a collection of friends in their Connecticut home studio. It features Tom Tom Club’s effervescent, energetic, and upbeat live show while proving their original fusion of hip hop, reggae, Afrobeat and funk is truly timeless. The album travels the group’s catalog from “Genius Of Love” and “Wordy Rappinghood” to their renowned covers of Al Green’s “Take Me To The River” and Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing.” It was recorded shortly after the September 11 tragedy, converting the stress and paranoia of the times into positive energy.

“We have a really exciting band and wanted to record the band for posterity while we were all together,” Chris says. “Who knew if we would still be all together in the future? This was in October immediately following the harrowing events of September 11 and we wanted to do something positive and fun to counteract the sad and confused feeling people were experiencing at the time.”

“Genius Of Love” has been prominently sampled since the early days of hip hop, from Grandmaster Flash to Mariah Carey and Tupac Shakur to T.I. On ‘Genius Of Live,’ Latin alternative artists like Ozomatli, Nortec Collective, Money Mark (Beastie Boys) and The Pinker Tones tackle the track for their own remixes.

“‘Genius Of Love’ is a song that really has taken on a life of its own,” Chris explains. “It is not just about dancing or getting down. It’s about musical salvation; that a life can be saved by funky music. When we were first introduced to Grandmaster Flash, he said, ‘You’re going to hear a lot of people using this track.’ Of course, we had no idea how right he would turn out to be.”

Chris and Tina originally connected with Nacional founder/president Tomas Cookman in a conversation about Cookman’s longtime management client Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. They were approached to produce the legendary Argentine band’s album ‘Rey Azucar.’

“I took one look at the video for ‘Matador’ and before I knew it, I was on a plane to Puerto Rico to meet the Cadillacs,” Chris recalls. “I soon found out that Tomas had been a habitué of CBGB’s and we shared a lot of common. My first thoughts were, ‘How will I communicate with the band if I cannot speak Spanish?’ But, when I met them for the first time and saw what amazing musicians they were, I knew that we would be able to understand each other on a musical level. Producing ‘Rey Azucar’ in the Bahamas was a completely satisfying and successful experience and one that we will always remember with great affection.”

The Tom Tom Club was formed by Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth in 1981. Graduates from the Rhode Island School of Design, they moved to New York City where they founded the Talking Heads as a trio with David Byrne in 1975. Chris played drums, Tina played bass and David sang and played guitar. In early 1981, the Talking Heads took a hiatus after five years of touring internationally and four studio albums. Chris and Tina began the Tom Tom Club and signed with Chris Blackwell and Island Records.

When legendary reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry failed to show up for the scheduled recording sessions in the Bahamas, Blackwell allowed Chris and Tina to produce the album themselves with Jamaican engineer Steven Stanley. The Tom Tom Club’s first single was “Wordy Rappinghood,” an unusually original mix of schoolyard rap over a funky groove that went into the top of the charts in 17 countries. “Wordy Rappinghood” turned out to be seminal in bringing mainstream attention to the new spirit of hip-hop.

The group’s second single was the remarkable “Genius of Love.” Released in the UK before North America, the track was bubbling up in the underground with dozens of unsolicited remixes and versions–most notably, Grandmaster Flash’s “It’s Nasty/Genius of Love” in 1982—a massive hit in the clubs and on the R&B and dance charts, soon earning the Tom Tom Club debut a Gold sales award. In 1995, Mariah Carey hit #1 with “Fantasy,” her version of “Genius of Love” featuring Ol’ Dirty Bastard rapping over the original instrumental track. “Genius of Love” continues to be frequently sampled by various artists, from Tupac Shakur to most recently, T.I. feat. Fergie and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.

Beginning their artistic careers as painters, Chris and Tina often tell stories about originally planning to pursue music for a couple years. But it’s become a lifelong pursuit. “Painting is a beautiful medium, it’s something that you can do until the day you die,” Chris says. “Still, once you’ve rocked the house with Tom Tom Club, there really is nothing quite as satisfying. Without exaggeration we can say that we truly love this band.”

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