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Medeski Martin & Wood – 20 Download (reblog)

29th Mar 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

Today is the day… the first two songs are available for download. Go to the original post (below) for info on how to get Medeski Martin & Wood’sMe2” and “Shackman“…

Medeski Martin & Wood - 20 Download Medeski Martin & Wood have been around for 20 years.  And to celebrate, they’re digitally releasing two new, never-released tracks each month (starting March 29th), for a total of 20 tracks by the end of the year. You can pre-order the entire package now for only $9.90… right HERE.  If you wait until after March 29th, the price per download is $0.99.  So, act now, and get the new tracks for essentially half price. With the pre-order, you wi … Read More

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Medeski Martin & Wood – 20 Download

8th Mar 11 (Tue) 3 comments

Medeski Martin & Wood have been around for 20 years.  And to celebrate, they’re digitally releasing two new, never-released tracks each month (starting March 29th), for a total of 20 tracks by the end of the year.

You can pre-order the entire package now for only $9.90… right HERE.  If you wait until after March 29th, the price per download is $0.99.  So, act now, and get the new tracks for essentially half price.

With the pre-order, you will be alerted by email when the monthly 2 tracks become downloadable!  The first two tracks will become available for download March 29th, 2011. See below for the release schedule for the remaining tracks:

4/26/11 – Tracks 3 & 4
5/31/11 – Tracks 5 & 6
6/28/11 – Tracks 7 & 8
7/26/11 – Tracks 9 & 10
8/30/11 – Tracks 11 & 12
9/27/11 – Tracks 13 & 14
10/25/11 – Tracks 15 & 16
11/29/11 – Tracks 17 & 18
12/20/11 – Tracks 19 & 20

If you happen to be in Oregon, specifically Portland, check John Medeski, Billy Martin & Chris Wood out TONIGHT at the Roseland Theater!

~Dan – np: Colin Stetson w/ My Brightest DiamondNew History Warfare – Judges, Vol. 2

MMW’s Radiolarians boxset

18th Oct 09 (Sun) Leave a comment

So, I was skeptical of the Radiolarians: The Evolutionary Set for the three great jam/jazz albums that I already had, until I saw what Medeski Martin & Wood were offering in the boxset… all three CDs, a remix CD, a live album, a double vinyl with choice cuts, and a DVD…

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Plus… pre-order by 11/10/09 and get 20% Off retail price and be entered to win 2 Free Tickets to an MMW concert on their Nov/Dec tour!  Pre-order by 11/30/09 and get a Free T-shirt from their “Free Tee Department.”

Find out more at MMW.com’s store HERE.

Let’s just say, “I listed my current Radiolarians on Amazon for sale used”…

~Dan – np: Piano MagicOvations

REVIEW: Medeski Martin & Wood @ McDonald Theatre (Eugene, OR – – 11/15/08)

16th Nov 08 (Sun) 2 comments

FYI… my PHOTOS of the SHOW are at the BOTTOM

Keys player John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin, and bassist Chris Wood make up one of my favorite groove and experimental jazz trios on the scene today.  I’ve seen them twice prior (once only casually, once as a hardcore fan), and this third time was again in the clearly hardcore fan category.

This tour from Seattle to Reno is the last of three short jaunts in 2008 that are all part of their Radiolarian experiment.  This special series – named after a type of single-celled organisms with remarkable exoskeletons – sees the trio getting together for five days to hammer out new material. Then they go on a brief tour to practice the pieces live, after which they cut a record of the new material. Instead of the standard industry practice of write -> record -> tour, MMW will write -> tour -> record.

The opener was no one.  This was an “Evening With MMW” type of thing.  Which, IMO, just rocked.  It’s not to say that an opener might not have been enjoyable, but sometimes you just want to dig into to the real deal.

Medeski Martin & Wood were on top of their game.  The hit the stage around 8:20pm and played a 1st set that was about 60/40 on the experimental vs. groove jazz.  Their experimentation seemed a little bit more cohesive than, say, their Live at Tonic from a few years back.  I dug it a lot, but some of the crowd was definitely itching for their more danceable, groove-oriented jazz.  They ended this first set around 9:30pm and took a break…

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I toyed with the idea of leaving… I mean, I just saw 70 minutes of fantastic MMW.  I’m glad I stayed, though.  They hit the stage again around 10:00pm and played another solid hour plus of 120% groove.  Great vibe, great fun… at one point all three were playing percussion of some sort.  They also had a more rock tune in the bunch.  Near the end of their 2nd set, I went to the “lounge” area to see what it was all about.  I grabbed a beer and partially watched the encore via the TVs in the lounge (a weird but convenient trend in concert going these days).  Near the end of the encore, I had to see it from the floor.  Fantastic show all around!!

MMW’s setlist for tonight?  Ha!  I could only tell you that it was a smokin’ 2++ hour show… but song names and jazz music are usually hard to recollect.  If I get wind of a set list via the MMWSetlist site, I’ll post it here.  It may very well have been all Radiolarians Part 3 outside of the encore (which had been “Crosstown Traffic” at recent shows).

Their newest album, Radiolarians 1, is out now and is fantastic.  As is their John Zorn / Masada Book Two album, ZaebosRadiolarians 2 & 3 are expected out early 2009, I imagine.  I’m glad to be part of the Radiolarians 3 performance this swing through Eugene.  They’re going in to record Radiolarians 3 over Thanksgiving (or so said the merch lady).

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Next show… tomorrow (Monday the 17th) is Jason Schimmel’s Orange Tulip Conspiracy at Samurai Duck in Eugene.  OTC is a great eclectic instrumental band (similar to Jason’s other band Estradasphere but without the “metal” aspect).  I wish it weren’t late on a Monday at a dive bar, but it promises to be a VERY good show nonetheless.

~Dan – np: John ZornFilm Works XXI: Belle de Nature / The New Rijksmuseum

MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD CONCERT PHOTOS
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Voodoo Doughnut

3rd Sep 08 (Wed) Leave a comment

On a lighter, fluffier note – – Voodoo Doughnut in downtown Portland (22 SW 3rd Ave) is rad… http://www.voodoodoughnut.com/

Mogwai show in 2 hours.  Nooch!

~Dan

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News bulletin (posted up in here after the initial post, hence the lack of MMW subject line): Medeski Martin & Wood is touring the West in November:

MMW’s newest album Radiolarians 1 will be released on September 30th 2008. A limited number of signed copies are available for pre order through our Website

The final tour dates in the Radiolarian Series begin November 12th in Seattle Washington. Tickets are available for these shows starting today, Sept. 3rd 2008, Here

November 12 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theater
November 13 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
November 14 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
November 15 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater
November 16 – Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theater
November 18 – Petaluma, CA – McNears Mystic Theater
November 19 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater
November 20 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
November 21 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
November 22 – Sparks, NV – Celebrity Showroom

 

Medeski Martin Wood & Zorn

4th Jun 08 (Wed) 6 comments

OYG!

According to Downtown Music Gallery‘s catalog search and this MTV entry, the next treatment for John Zorn‘s Masada Book Two: Book of Angels series is… MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD. Wow.

It’ll be #11 in the series on Tzadik Records, and it’s named after the angel/demon Zaebos.

My recent review of #10 in the series (Secret Chiefs 3’s Xaphan) is HERE. I’m equally stoked about this forthcoming MMW treatment… and quite frankly it totally caught me completely off guard (I think I knew about the SC3 one, like, 18 months ahead of time).

~Dan – np: Bar Kokhba SextetMasada Book Two: Lucifer

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