Deerhoof is an American independent music group formed in San Francisco in 1994. It consists of founding drummer Greg Saunier and singer Satomi Matsuzaki, guitarists John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez. Performing improvised noise punk, Deerhoof became renowned and influential in the 2000s through self-produced creative output combining "noise, sugary melodies, an experimental spirit into utterly distinctive music", they have released 14 studio albums since 1997. Deerhoof began in San Francisco in 1994 as an improvisational bass/drums duo of Rob Fisk and Greg Saunier, they were signed to record a single for Kill Rock Stars after owner Slim Moon witnessed their performance at the 1994 Yoyo A Go Go festival. Satomi Matsuzaki joined Deerhoof within a week of moving to the United States from Japan in May 1995, with no prior experience playing in a band, went on tour as Deerhoof's singer only a week opening for Caroliner, their 1997 debut album The Man, the King, the Girl, recorded on four-track cassette, balanced the wild, clamorous playing of Fisk and Saunier with Matsuzaki's Jingle-like melodies and colorful instrumentation, including toy instruments and broken Casios.
The album art of a magical cow and a rabbit on a unicycle was drawn by Fisk. Many of Deerhoof's enduring traits were in place: mythical lyrics. In 1997 they began recording new songs for what would become Halfbird, but soon abandoned it in favor of a drastic change in style. Kelly Goode joined on Casio VL-1 and Matsuzaki taught herself to play the bass, they removed all traces of noise, improvisation, or unusual instrumentation from their sound, culminating in their 1999 album Holdypaws. The capricious change in style from one album to the next remains a Deerhoof hallmark. Cover art was by Fisk. From 1997 to 1999, Deerhoof had toured the U. S. with Sleater-Kinney, Lightning Bolt and Sonic Youth. But in fall 1999, with both albums and various singles selling poorly and Goode quit. Fisk now performs in King Eider Common Eider. Halfbird was completed by Saunier and Matsuzaki and released in 2001, with artwork by Fisk. In late 1999, they asked Gorge Trio guitarist John Dieterich to join, his virtuosity and interest in electronic music are exhibited on Reveille, with its broad melange of musical styles, fragmented structure, skewed Biblical themes of apocalypse and resurrection.
The album art was drawn by Matsuzaki. Reveille took three years to finish and was the first Deerhoof record to enjoy critical acclaim, being included in best-of-2002 lists published by the New York Times and Pitchfork. In 2002, between Reveille's completion and release, Chris Cohen joined Deerhoof on guitar. Over the next three years this quartet shared the stage with a variety of established artists including Le Tigre, Stephen Malkmus, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, The Roots, Wilco. Legendary radio DJ John Peel invited the band twice to record sessions for BBC Radio 1, Deerhoof was selected by both Sonic Youth and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening to perform at All Tomorrow's Parties festivals, marking their first two of many appearances at that festival. During those same years Saunier joined Cohen's band The Curtains as keyboardist. In contrast to Reveille's protracted and digital production process, 2003's Apple O' was played entirely live to tape in one nine-hour session with Jay Pellicci engineering.
Extinction, nuclear holocaust, invasive species, the Greek god of music all figure prominently in the album's themes. The artwork was drawn by ex-Deerhoof bassist Rob Fisk. Karen O chose Apple O’ in the Rolling Stone 2003 Music Awards, Artists’ Top Albums, the album received some critical praise, notably in the New York Times, but in what was to become a pattern for Deerhoof, the album's critical appraisal improved with time, Apple O' was listed by Pitchfork as one of the top albums of the 2000s. The anti-war themes of the record were underscored by Deerhoof's outspoken opposition to that year's invasion of Iraq. By 2003 Deerhoof had become the longest-running band on Kill Rock Stars. Matsuzaki was editing a Bay Area Japanese magazine, Cohen was waiting tables at a Thai restaurant, Dieterich and Saunier were doing data entry for legal and consulting firms, but that year they all decided to quit their jobs and focus on touring; that year they contributed to Azadi! A Benefit Compilation for the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.
Saunier released Nervous Cop, a collaboration album with Zach Hill and Joanna Newsom. Deerhoof's next record took its inspiration from a crudely drawn character created by Japanese artist Ken Kagami. 2004's Milk Man the album featured an campy sound inspired by Broadway and Igor Stravinsky. It received acclaim in Spin, was nominated for “Outstanding Alternative Album” in the California Music Awards, stayed at #1 on the Dusted Radio Chart for six straight weeks, reached #1 on the CMJ Core Chart. In 2004 Deerhoof received the Editor’s Choice Award from 7X7 Magazine, was voted “Best Local Rock Band” by readers of SF Weekly. In 2006 Milk Man was adapted to a children's ballet. Deerhoof's next release was their first to be sung in Matsuzaki's native language of Japanese. 2005's mini-album Green Cosmos combined an orchestral sound with dance music styles of various eras. Artwork was created from original tarot cards designed by music video director Dawn Garcia. Deerhoof spent several months in 2005 in a rented rehearsal space in Oakland and recording daily as a full
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The Mae Shi was an experimental rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 2002. The band was formed by Tim Byron and Ezra Buchla, who had known each other for years, having spent time growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of Claremont together—Jeff Byron and Buchla were classmates at Claremont High School and close friends. Tim played guitar, Buchla played a collection of 30-year-old Buchla modules and sang, varying drummers accompanied them; when Jeff graduated from college, he joined the band on Tim moved to bass. After a few months of practicing together, the three met Brad Breeck, studying at the California Institute of Arts with Buchla and had performed versions of John Zorn's "strategy game piece" Cobra in an ensemble led by Buchla.. The band began performing live in 2003, they were a part of the local scene centered around The Smell. More shows throughout Los Angeles followed, the band gained a reputation for its high-energy performances. Soon after, they released their first EP, To Hit Armor Class Zero, on the label Byron runs, Join Or Die.
They embarked on a tour in the summer of 2003. In Olympia, WA, they met Kill Rock Stars/5RC founder Slim Moon, with whom they kept in touch after the show. Through the fall of 2003 and winter of 2004, they worked on their debut LP, recording songs in their living rooms and bedrooms using borrowed gear, they sent a CD-R of the record to Moon in April 2004, one week in an Instant Messenger conversation, he offered to release it on Kill Rock Stars' sister label 5 Rue Christine. Terrorbird was released in July 2004, the band embarked on a 31-day, 32-show tour to promote it, without using a booking agent; the band played with bands such as Rapider Than Horsepower. To promote their first LP to say thanks to their Los Angeles-based fanbase, they released The Mae Shi 2004 Mixtape; the 70-minute tape collects their favorite parts from their favorite 2000 songs. In 2005, they released an EP, a split LP with Rapider Than Horsepower called Do Not Ignore the Potential on Narshardaa in Europe, they embarked on a five-week tour of Europe in May 2005 with the band Rapider Then Horsepower.
Upon returning to the US in June 2005, they were named "best punk/hardcore band" in the LA Weekly's 2005 Music Awards. In October 2005, they embarked on another US tour. Corey Fogel, who joined the band in the middle of their European tour as a mid-tour replacement for Brad Breeck when he suffered a family emergency, joined the band full-time as drummer. Breeck now plays guitar and drums. To help fund the tour, they released two limited edition CD-Rs, I and II, their debut DVD, Lock The Skull, Load The Gun, was released in April 2006 on 5RC. It combined 32 music videos made by friends and fans with an hour-long tour documentary chronicling their Celebration Tour. In July 2006, it was announced that Buchla had left the band two months before. Fogel has since left the band. Both departing members are now members of Gowns. Breeck has returned to playing the drums, it was announced in September/October 2006 that Jonathan Gray had joined the band as singer/guitarist. Although the band decided to not play outside of their LA home after their Fall 2005 tour, they participated in a small two-week East Coast tour in August 2007 with Yea Big + Kid Static.
On the tour, the band offered two limited edition CD-Rs, "III" and IIII, along with a limited release of HLLLYH on cassette. The same year they appeared in the film What We Do Is Secret performing as The Screamers in The Masque scene, playing a cover version of the Germs' "Sex Boy" with Rich Moreno playing the role of Tomata du Plenty. On December 2, 2007 the band debuted Bill Gray and Marcus Savino in their live line up to replace bassist Tim Byron and drummer Brad Breeck, who will continue on with the Mae Shi, but not tour with them. With their new line up, they embarked on a 4-day West Coast tour with The Germs in late December 2007, followed by a two-week tour in the UK during January/February 2008 promoting their new album. Marcus soon left the Mae Shi, Jacob Cooper joined the crew as they prepared to tour more, they ambitiously played 18 shows at SXSW in March 2008. Their third release, HLLLYH, was released on the labels Moshi Moshi and Team Shi on February 11, 2008, they are working on a new EP featuring all six current members of The Mae Shi.
The Mae Shi has been chosen as one of the "Best New Bands" of California by Boston Phoenix Annual 50 Best Bands in America. The Grays and Cooper are now working under the name Signals, Jeff Byron leads Physical Forms and Breeck performs as Skull Tape. In 2009, Byron started a band with rapper Busdriver called Physical Forms; the Mae Shi is known for composing music for Nickelodeon's CG-animated series, Fanboy & Chum Chum. They first recorded the theme song for the series, followed by the promotional song, composed musical cues for the show in some episodes, such as "Back from the Future" and "The Great Bicycle Mystery". "Run to Your Grave" "R U Professional" Lock The Skull, Load The Gun Official Mae Shi Webpage Official Mae Shi Myspace Interview Interview in the OC Weekly Interview in Dusted Magazine Interview in SUPERSWEET, May 2009 The Mae Shi has been chosen as one of the "Best New Bands" of California by Boston Phoenix Annual 50 Best Bands in America
Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith was an American singer and multi-instrumentalist. Smith was born in Omaha, raised in Texas, lived much of his life in Portland, where he first gained popularity. Smith's primary instrument was the guitar, though he used piano, bass guitar and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style, characterized by his "whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery", used multi-tracking to create vocal layers and harmonies. After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994, with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars. In 1997, he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records. Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song "Miss Misery"—included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting —was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998. Smith was a heavy drinker and drug user, was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and major depressive disorder, his struggles with drugs and mental illness impacted his life and work, with these topics appearing in his lyrics.
In 2003, aged 34, he died in Los Angeles, from two stab wounds to the chest. The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted or the result of homicide. At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth studio album, From a Basement on the Hill, posthumously completed and released in 2004. Steven Paul Smith was born at the Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, the only child of Gary Smith, a student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Bunny Kay Berryman, an elementary school music teacher, his parents divorced when he was six months old, Smith moved with his mother to Duncanville, Texas. Smith had a tattoo of a map of Texas drawn on his upper arm and said: "I didn't get it because I like Texas, kind of the opposite, but I won't forget about it, although I'm tempted to because I don't like it there."Smith endured a difficult childhood and a troubled relationship with his stepfather Charlie Welch. Smith stated he may have been sexually abused by Welch at a young age, an allegation which Welch has denied.
He wrote about this part of his life in "Some Song". The name "Charlie" appears in songs "Flowers for Charlie" and "No Confidence Man." In a 2004 interview, Jennifer Chiba, Smith's partner at the time of his death, said that Smith's difficult childhood was why he needed to sedate himself with drugs as an adult: "He was remembering traumatic things from his childhood – parts of things. It's not my place to say what."For much of his childhood, Smith's family was a part of the Community of Christ but began attending services at a local Methodist Church. Smith felt that going to church did little for him, except make him "really scared of Hell". In 2001, he said: "I don't buy into any structured version of spirituality, but I have my own version of it."Smith began playing piano at age nine, at ten began learning guitar on a small acoustic guitar bought for him by his father. At this age he composed an original piano piece, "Fantasy", which won him a prize at an arts festival. Many of the people on his mother's side of the family were non-professional musicians.
At fourteen, Smith left his mother's home in Texas and moved to Portland, Oregon, to live with his father, working as a psychiatrist. It was around this time, he began experimenting with recording for the first time after borrowing a four-track recorder. At high school, Smith played guitar and piano, he graduated from Lincoln High School as a National Merit Scholar. After graduation, Smith began calling himself "Elliott", saying that he thought "Steve" sounded too much like a "jock" name, that "Steven" sounded "too bookish". According to friends, he had used the pseudonym "Elliott Stillwater-Rotter" during his time in the band A Murder of Crows. Biographer S. R. Shutt speculates that the name was either inspired by Elliott Avenue, a street that Smith had lived on in Portland, or that it was suggested by his then-girlfriend. A junior high acquaintance of Smith speculates Smith changed his name so as not to be confused with Steve Smith, the drummer of Journey. Smith graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1991 with a degree in philosophy and political science.
"Went straight through in four years", he explained to Under the Radar in 2003. "I guess it proved to myself that I could do something I didn't want to for four years. Except I did like what I was studying. At the time it seemed like,'This is your one and only chance to go to college and you had just better do it because some day you might wish that you did.' Plus, the whole reason I applied in the first place was because of my girlfriend, I had gotten accepted even though we had broken up before the first day." After he graduated, he "worked in a bakery back in Portland with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and legal theory". While at Hampshire, Smith formed the band Heatmiser with classmate Neil Gust. After Smith graduated from Hampshire, the band added drummer Tony Lash and bassist Brandt Peterson and began performing around Portland in 1992; the group released the albums Dead Air and Cop and Speeder as well as the Yellow No. 5 EP on Frontier Records. They were signed to Virgin Records to release
Nirvana was an American rock band formed in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. It was founded by guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting and best-known being Dave Grohl, who joined in 1990. Though the band dissolved in 1994 after the death of Cobain, their music maintains a popular following and continues to influence modern rock and roll culture. In the late 1980s, Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing its first album, for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989, they developed a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts between quiet verses and loud, heavy choruses. After signing to major label DGC Records, Nirvana found unexpected worldwide success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit", the first single from the band's second album Nevermind, which has now been ranked as one of the greatest songs in the history of rock music. Nevermind has been called one of the greatest albums of all time and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
Nirvana's sudden success popularized alternative rock and grunge, Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the "spokesman of a generation", with Nirvana considered the "flagship band" of Generation X. After touring and releasing Incesticide and Hormoaning, Nirvana's third studio album, In Utero, was released to critical acclaim; the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart and featured an abrasive, less mainstream sound and challenged the group's audience and has since sold over 15 million copies worldwide. In Utero would be Nirvana's last studio album in their active career. Nirvana's active career ended following the death of Cobain in 1994, but many various posthumous releases have been issued since, overseen by Novoselic and Cobain's widow Courtney Love; the posthumous release MTV Unplugged in New York won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996. Overall, Nirvana have received twelve awards from twenty-five nominations winning an American Music Award, Brit Award, Grammy Award, seven MTV Video Music Awards and two NME Awards Since its debut, the band has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone, over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.
Nirvana has been ranked as one of the greatest music artists of all time with Rolling Stone placing them at number 27 on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" in 2004, at number 30 on their updated list in 2011. Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its first year of eligibility. Cobain and Novoselic met while attending Aberdeen High School, although they never connected, according to Cobain; the pair became friends while frequenting the practice space of the Melvins. Cobain wanted to form a band with Novoselic, but Novoselic did not respond for a long period of time. In persuading Novoselic to form a band, Cobain gave him a demo tape of his project Fecal Matter. Three years after the two first met, Novoselic notified Cobain that he had listened to the Fecal Matter demo and suggested they start a group; the pair recruited Bob McFadden on drums. In early 1987, Cobain and Novoselic recruited drummer Aaron Burckhard; the three practiced material from Cobain's Fecal Matter tape but started writing new material soon after forming.
During its initial months, the band went through a series of names, starting with Skid Row and including Fecal Matter and Ted Ed Fred. The group settled on Nirvana, which Cobain said was chosen because "I wanted a name, kind of beautiful or nice and pretty instead of a mean, raunchy punk name like the Angry Samoans". With Novoselic and Cobain having moved to Tacoma and Olympia, Washington the two temporarily lost contact with Burckhard; the pair instead practiced with Dale Crover of the Melvins, Nirvana recorded its first demos in January 1988. In early 1988, Crover moved to San Francisco but recommended Dave Foster to the band as his replacement on drums. Foster's tenure with Nirvana lasted only a few months. Cobain and Novoselic put an ad in Seattle music publication The Rocket seeking a replacement drummer, which only yielded unsatisfactory responses. Meanwhile, a mutual friend introduced them to Chad Channing, the three musicians agreed to jam together. Channing continued to jam with Cobain and Novoselic, although the drummer noted, "They never said'okay, you're in,'" and Channing played his first show with the group that May.
Nirvana released its first single, a cover of Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz", in November 1988 on the Seattle independent record label Sub Pop. They did their first interview with John Robb in Sounds who made the release single of the week; the following month, the band began recording its debut album, with local producer Jack Endino. Bleach was influenced by the heavy dirge-rock of the Melvins and Mudhoney, 1980s punk rock, the 1970s heavy metal of Black Sabbath. Novoselic said in a 2001 interview with Rolling Stone that the band had played a tape in their van while on tour that had an album by The Smithereens on one side and an album by the extreme metal band Celtic Frost on the other, noted that the combination played an influence as well; the money for the recording sessions for Bleach, listed as $606.17 on the album sleeve, was supplied by Jason Everman, subsequently brought into the band as the second guitarist. Though Everman did not play on the album, he received a credit on
Electronic music is music that employs electronic musical instruments, digital instruments and circuitry-based music technology. In general, a distinction can be made between sound produced using electromechanical means, that produced using electronics only. Electromechanical instruments include mechanical elements, such as strings, so on, electric elements, such as magnetic pickups, power amplifiers and loudspeakers. Examples of electromechanical sound producing devices include the telharmonium, Hammond organ, the electric guitar, which are made loud enough for performers and audiences to hear with an instrument amplifier and speaker cabinet. Pure electronic instruments do not have vibrating strings, hammers, or other sound-producing mechanisms. Devices such as the theremin and computer can produce electronic sounds; the first electronic devices for performing music were developed at the end of the 19th century, shortly afterward Italian futurists explored sounds that had not been considered musical.
During the 1920s and 1930s, electronic instruments were introduced and the first compositions for electronic instruments were made. By the 1940s, magnetic audio tape allowed musicians to tape sounds and modify them by changing the tape speed or direction, leading to the development of electroacoustic tape music in the 1940s, in Egypt and France. Musique concrète, created in Paris in 1948, was based on editing together recorded fragments of natural and industrial sounds. Music produced from electronic generators was first produced in Germany in 1953. Electronic music was created in Japan and the United States beginning in the 1950s. An important new development was the advent of computers to compose music. Algorithmic composition with computers was first demonstrated in the 1950s. In the 1960s, live electronics were pioneered in America and Europe, Japanese electronic musical instruments began influencing the music industry, Jamaican dub music emerged as a form of popular electronic music. In the early 1970s, the monophonic Minimoog synthesizer and Japanese drum machines helped popularize synthesized electronic music.
In the 1970s, electronic music began having a significant influence on popular music, with the adoption of polyphonic synthesizers, electronic drums, drum machines, turntables, through the emergence of genres such as disco, new wave, synth-pop, hip hop and EDM. In the 1980s, electronic music became more dominant in popular music, with a greater reliance on synthesizers, the adoption of programmable drum machines such as the Roland TR-808 and bass synthesizers such as the TB-303. In the early 1980s, digital technologies for synthesizers including digital synthesizers such as the Yamaha DX7 were popularized, a group of musicians and music merchants developed the Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Electronically produced music became prevalent in the popular domain by the 1990s, because of the advent of affordable music technology. Contemporary electronic music includes many varieties and ranges from experimental art music to popular forms such as electronic dance music. Today, pop electronic music is most recognizable in its 4/4 form and more connected with the mainstream culture as opposed to its preceding forms which were specialized to niche markets.
At the turn of the 20th century, experimentation with emerging electronics led to the first electronic musical instruments. These initial inventions were not sold, but were instead used in demonstrations and public performances; the audiences were presented with reproductions of existing music instead of new compositions for the instruments. While some were considered novelties and produced simple tones, the Telharmonium synthesized the sound of orchestral instruments, it achieved viable public interest and made commercial progress into streaming music through telephone networks. Critics of musical conventions at the time saw promise in these developments. Ferruccio Busoni encouraged the composition of microtonal music allowed for by electronic instruments, he predicted the use of machines in future music, writing the influential Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music. Futurists such as Francesco Balilla Pratella and Luigi Russolo began composing music with acoustic noise to evoke the sound of machinery.
They predicted expansions in timbre allowed for by electronics in the influential manifesto The Art of Noises. Developments of the vacuum tube led to electronic instruments that were smaller and more practical for performance. In particular, the theremin, ondes Martenot and trautonium were commercially produced by the early 1930s. From the late 1920s, the increased practicality of electronic instruments influenced composers such as Joseph Schillinger to adopt them, they were used within orchestras, most composers wrote parts for the theremin that could otherwise be performed with string instruments. Avant-garde composers criticized the predominant use of electronic instruments for conventional purposes; the instruments offered expansions in pitch resources that were exploited by advocates of microtonal music such as Charles Ives, Dimitrios Levidis, Olivier Messiaen and Edgard Varèse. Further, Percy Grainger used the theremin to abandon fixed tonation while Russian composers such as Gavriil Popov treated it as a source of noise in otherwise-acoustic noise music.
Developments in early recording technology paralleled that of electronic instruments. The first means of recording and reproducing audio was invented in the late 19th century with the mechanical phonograph. Record players became a common household item, by the 1920s comp
The Decemberists are an American indie rock band from Portland, Oregon. The band consists of Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, John Moen, their debut EP, 5 Songs, was self-released in 2001. Their eighth and latest full-length album I'll Be Your Girl was released on March 16, 2018 by Capitol Records, is the band's fifth record with the label. In addition to their lyrics, which focus on historical incidents and/or folklore, The Decemberists are well known for their eclectic live shows. Audience participation is a part of each performance during encores; the band stages whimsical reenactments of sea battles and other centuries-old events of regional interest, or acts out songs with members of the crowd. In 2011, the track "Down by the Water" from the album The King Is Dead was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 54th Grammy Awards; the Decemberists formed in 2000 when Colin Meloy left his band Tarkio in Montana and moved to Portland, Oregon. There he met Nate Query, who introduced Meloy to Jenny Conlee and the three scored a silent film together.
Playing a solo show prior to meeting Query, Meloy met Chris Funk. Funk was a fan of Tarkio and played pedal steel on the first two Decemberists releases, not "officially" becoming a member until the third effort; the band's first drummer, Ezra Holbrook, was replaced by Rachel Blumberg after Castaways and Cutouts, who in turn was replaced by John Moen after Picaresque. The band's name refers to an 1825 insurrection in Imperial Russia. Meloy has stated that the name is meant to invoke the "drama and melancholy" of the month of December. 5 Songs, the band's debut extended play, was self-released in 2001. The members at that time played for several hours in a McMenamins hotel the night before to raise the money needed to record in the studio the next day; this served as a demo tape and the five songs on it were recorded in under two hours. After releasing its first full record and Cutouts, on Hush Records, the group moved onto the Kill Rock Stars recording label. After the re-release of Castaways, Her Majesty the Decemberists was released in 2003.
In 2004, the band released "The Tain," an eighteen-and-a-half minute single track based on the Irish mythological epic Táin Bó Cúailnge. The band's final album with Kill Rock Stars was Picaresque, recorded in a former church. In March 2005, the band distributed a music video via BitTorrent, the self-produced "16 Military Wives". In the same month, the band's equipment trailer was stolen; the band received help from Lee Kruger, the Shins, The Dandy Warhols, other musicians. C. F. Martin & Company offered 6- and 12-string guitars on permanent loan. In early April, police discovered the trailer and a portion of the band's merchandise in Clackamas, but the instruments and equipment were not recovered. On December 12, 2005, Meloy revealed to Pitchfork Media that the band had signed to Capitol Records, planned to begin recording their major label debut with producers Tucker Martine and Chris Walla in April 2006; the band's first album on Capitol, The Crane Wife, was released on October 3, 2006. The release was accompanied by an appearance the same day on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, during which the band performed "O Valencia!".
The supporting tour began on October 2006, at Portland, Oregon's Crystal Ballroom. The opening act was Lavender Diamond. In the tour, Alasdair Roberts opened for the band. In 2006, The Crane Wife was voted NPR listeners' favorite album of the year, as announced on the December 5 episode of All Songs Considered, it remains one of the Decemberists' most critically acclaimed records. In November 2006, the band encouraged fans to create a music video for the single "O Valencia!" using footage of the band in front of a green screen. On his Comedy Central program, Stephen Colbert started a mock feud with the band, claiming his "green screen challenge" came first; the feud culminated in a December 20 guitar solo competition on Colbert's show, with lead guitarist Funk representing the band. After Colbert feigned a hand injury, Peter Frampton won an audience vote. Show guests got involved, with New York Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer and Dr. Henry Kissinger declaring, "Tonight, I think the American people won."
The prize for winning the challenge was revealed to be a copy of The Crane Wife. According to Meloy, the Colbert challenge was not scripted, though the band was told that Frampton would step in for Colbert. In July 2007, the band embarked on a five-date tour with a full orchestral accompaniment. On July 7, the tour put the band on the stage of the historic Hollywood Bowl for the first time, pairing them with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. On July 15, the band performed with The Mann Festival Orchestra at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, where they debuted a new song. On July 23 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the legendary Chastian Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia; the band played a free concert in Chicago at the Millennium Park with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. On October 6, 2007, the band announced the cancellation of the remainder of their European tour, citing the ill health of a band member. On November
Based in Hillsborough, NC, Redeye began in 1996 by focusing on the rich independent music of the southeast and providing the artists that made up the scene with a distribution option to give them access to all retail accounts located in their region. Over the course of the last two decades, Redeye has charted a course of steady, sustainable growth by developing a strong physical and digital distribution network both nationally and internationally and providing a multitude of services to distribution partners. Services provided by Redeye include worldwide physical and digital distribution and manufacturing. Redeye is represented worldwide with U. S. offices in Hillsborough, NC, as well as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City. The company is a member of multiple industry-related organizations including Merlin, the Music Business Association, A2iM. Redeye owns and operates the Yep Roc Music Group, a label group that includes Yep Roc Records, Break World Records, Studio One Records as well as the Riff City Sounds publishing company.
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