Mike Gordon just confirmed his fall tour with dates in LA, SF, Chicago, NYC and more. He played moe.down this weekend and debuted his addition to Phish’s recent set of new tunes, “Idea.” You can download that set here in anticipation of his fall tour, which kinda throws out the notion that we’ll see any Phish dates around Thanksgiving. Here’s the announcement video for the fall tour…
His new album is set for October 19th release and it’s called Moss. Here’s the info from Dy Goods…
Moss, Mike’s third solo album, comes only two short years after The Green Sparrow, and about half of its songs stem from the same 50-song burst of creativity that seeded that album. Gordon’s bass lines wind through these songs like strands of DNA, determining the forms that the surrounding instruments and overall composition take. This is not an entirely far-fetched comparison, as lyrical references to double helixes, spirals and corkscrews – some of the shapes that DNA and other bits of cellular material assume – run through these songs, especially the dreamier, more otherworldly ones.
A four-song sequence, comprising “Flashback,” “The Void,” “Got Away” and “Spiral,” goes places no songs have gone before. You might suppose these soundscapes are musical evocations of particularly fanciful sights and sounds experienced while on hallucinogenic vision quests. Songs like “Spiral” and “The Void” detour into evocatively abstract, meterless areas of sound with a mysterious, textural richness. On the other hand, such numbers as “Can’t Stand Still” and “Fire From a Stick” – both joyfully devoted to muses, mentors and the ecstatic wellspring of inspiration – are infectious, danceable, upbeat and viscerally planted in the here and now. Drummers Joe Russo and Doug Belote crop up throughout the album, and other guests include organist Marco Benevento, keyboardist Page McConnell and drummer Jon Fishman.
Mike Gordon 2010 Tour Dates
11/06 – The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
11/07 – The Independent, San Francisco, CA
11/08 – Aladdin Theatre, Portland, OR
11/10 – The Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA
11/11 – The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
11/12 – The State Room, Salt Lake City, UT
11/13 – The Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO
11/14 – The Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
11/16 – Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN
11/17 – Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI
11/18 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
11/19 – Bluebird Nightclub, Bloomington, IN
11/20 – Madison Theatre, Covington, KY
11/22 – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
11/23 – Westcott Theatre, Syracuse, NY
11/26 – Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME
11/27 – Royale, Boston, MA
The tickets are now on-sale; go to http://mikegordontickets.rlc.net to request tickets.
Update: check out the incentives to pre-order the album…
Anyone who pre-orders Moss on CD or Vinyl will receive one of four Limited Edition sketch replications of the original Moss album cover concepts from Mike’s Journal – all individually signed by Mike himself. In addition, everyone is automatically entered to win a chance at the Moss Grand Prize: a bona fide 30 minute, private bass lesson with Mike. Don’t even play bass? Even better! We’ll finalize time and location with the lucky winner.