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"RAW FEED" Live on Tour 2009 DVD

by Stan Ridgway

This new DVD brings together great musical performances and off-the-wall banter from the east coast leg of the Stan Ridgway Trio's Spring 2009 acoustic tour - Like sitting in a front row seat - Fantastic!
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2. Train Of Thought
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3. Overlords
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4. Beloved Movie Star
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5. Stan sells...
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6. Can't Stop The Show
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7. Gone The Distance
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11. King For A Day
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19. Mexican Radio
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This new DVD brings together great musical performances and off-the-wall banter from the east coast leg of the Stan Ridgway Trio's Spring 2009 acoustic tour - Like sitting in a front row seat - Fantastic! NYC - PHILLY- DETROIT - and more! Its ALL here ! and it's REAL - and RAW! Great and ya gotta HAVE it ! Why not BUY 2 and give one to a friend and spread the word ! Simply fantastic! also ! Contains new live performances of songs from the soon to be released "Desert Of Dreams".

Stan says, "These shows? I gotta say - I was super surprised at how good they were and how pro the camera works is on these cuts. gee - it REALLY gets us down good ! Great performances from the Trio! On the road in Spring 2009. Can I say this? I LOVE this DVD ! Its a good thang! Thanks folks ! And thank you again for being with us - all this time. YO! "

"Raw Feed" DVD Featuring:
Stan Ridgway: guitar, harmonica, vocals
Pietra Wexstun: keyboards, melodica, vocals
Rick King: lead guitar, bass. vocals
Bob Fierro: swag, maps and road manager
and YOU the Audience!

Compiled, produced, and edited for DVD by John Trivisonno. Editorial Assistant: Betty Ciccone
Live at the Magic Bag / Ferndale, MIch. : Camera - Dan Boyd, Sue Boyd • Production Assistant - Emma
Kent • Editor - Dan Boyd
Live at the Beachland Ballroom /Cleveland, OH: Camera - Tom Weber
Live at World Cafe Live / Philadelphia, PA: Camera - Rob Nagy
Live at The Canal Room / New York City, NY: Camera - John Trivisonno, Betty Ciccone
Front cover photo: Mike Lynch

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STAN RIDGWAY
http://www.stanridgway.com

"Stan Ridgway is equal parts Raymond Chandler and John Huston, Johnny Cash and Rod Serling." NME

"Filtered through his sardonically insightful wit, these stories become engaging not only for the details he includes, but the ones he chooses not to expose as well." THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE

"Stan Ridgway is the Nathaniel West of rock." LA WEEKLY

When it comes to writing songs about ghostly marines, strippers with broken arms, and other dark, strange subjects, `Stan Ridgway is the best there is. Through the musical pictures that he's been painting for 30 years now, the singer-songwriter and guitarist has emerged as a singular voice in contemporary song. He's written songs for film with Stewart Copeland, written and orchestrated music for the surrealist paintings of Mark Ryden, recorded and performed for uber-producer Hal Willner, and produced Frank Black, among other projects. His songs carry listeners to the edge of their seats, while perfectly balancing his sometimes-untrustworthy narrator's voice from the twilight zone.

Stan Ridgway is a true original. One of the most unique singer/songwriters in American music, from his early days with L.A.'s Wall Of Voodoo, to his even more intriguing solo career, Ridgway has created an impressive body of work.

“Music is more than just chords and notes to me, it has the ability to make pictures in the mind,” says noir troubadour and sound alchemist Stan Ridgway. “My records are designed to be seen as well as heard.”

A mad scientist of sound and vision, Ridgway possesses a style unparalleled, at least in our known universe. Making his musical pictures for 30 years now, the singer-songwriter and guitarist has emerged as a singular voice in contemporary song.

“It’s a hybrid of all the music I’ve loved and admired,” he says. “There are no boundaries on art and no rules to follow in music. A song is really just a strong point of view.”

Ridgway works in his own unique form of aural tradition, chronicling all that lies beneath the safe and sane surface. He craftily sets his dark materials to off-kilter and eerie melodies that echo the uneasy action of a cast of characters on the brink. His tales often take place in the microcosmic miasma of L.A. and its outer desert, where his creations try to wrest meaning from the beautiful catastrophe of their lives. The combination makes for a stunning stew of universal provocations.

“Mystery and irony are attractive to me but that said, I have no problem with entertainment,” he says. “Orson Welles was a magician as well as a Shakespearean actor. There’s a certain brilliance to that.”

Ridgway has soaked himself in European soundtrack music, American folk tradition, primitive rock 'n' roll, blues, psychedelia, free jazz and all that is avant-garde. All of it has seeped into his musical vocabulary.

“Life is absurd. But that doesn’t mean it has to be meaningless,” he says. “From an early age music centered me in a chaotic world that didn’t make sense.”
Ridgway's uncanny ability for brushing Old World charm against contemporary disturbances and oddities just might define the disjointed landscape of 21st century life. In a further stunning feat of beatnik burlesque, Ridgway's inimitable vocal style carries listeners to the edge of their seats, while perfectly balancing his sometimes-untrustworthy narrator's voice from the twilight zone.

“I’ve always liked tall tales, urban myths and ghost stories,” he says. “I like a strong protagonist, as well as a story that unfolds with drama, color and detail. A song should take you away for awhile and into another world.” Sounds like the definition of a Stan Ridgway song…
Raised in L.A., Ridgway began his love affair with Southwestern gothic 30 years ago as front man of vanguard electro-art punks Wall of Voodoo, who originally formed with the intention of scoring low-budget horror films. Ridgway sang on the band's debut EP and first two albums, Dark Continent and Call of the West (which included the accidental MTV hit “Mexican Radio”).

It's been 25 years since Ridgway first told his stories of the numb and narcoleptic workingman in “Factory” and the suburban couple of “Lost Weekend” (adrift in a loser's Las Vegas). These early snapshots left an indelible impression on a decade more often remembered for its musical frivolity than for its depth: As it happens, “Mexican Radio” is enjoying a hit run once again with a version cut by Mexican super-rockers Kinky.

As he takes to the road, Ridgway is staging a series of retrospective shows in honor of over 25 years of musical mystery from the House of Ridgway. He'll be screening his vivid stories starring his classic cast of anti-heroes, dreamers and schemers lost in the darkened drive-in theater of America. The jungle-bound soldier from “Camouflage” (a surprise Top 5 Hit in Europe from Ridgway's 1986 solo debut The Big Heat), the runaway driver of “King for a Day” (from his most recent offering Snakebite: Blacktop Ballads and Fugitive Songs), and the frustrated outsider in “Don't Box Me In” (written with Stewart Copeland of the Police for the Francis Ford Coppola film Rumblefish) are but three of Ridgway's creations that persist, long after the song is over and the curtain has dropped.

Pulling numbers from Wall of Voodoo's revolutionary past and moving into his own honed, sardonic style of present, Ridgway will be accompanied at the shows by Pietra Wexstun on keyboards, electronics and vocals; Rick King on guitar, bass and vocals; and Joe Berardi on drums and percussion. Wexstun and Ridgway have lived and worked in tandem for more than 30 years; her keyboard and vocal sounds are perfectly in tune with his not-so-typical stories of proverbial American tragedy and triumph.

Ridgway's flair for concise character portraits was first noted by uber critic Greil Marcus, who called The Big Heat “probably the most compelling portrait of American social life to appear on a rock 'n' roll record since Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska." Author Mikal Gilmore said it was “the best L.A.-founded record of that year.” Ridgway followed with the existential-humanist Mosquitoes (featuring the anthemic “Mission in Life,” and the Euro-hit, “Calling Out to Carol”). Partyball (1991) explored the outer-limits of Ridgway's unique world, while 2002's Black Diamond was a more Spartan and personal statement on love and loss.

“I sometimes use songs as a way to figure out the puzzle of how things fit or don't. When the balance is right, what the listener brings to it is just as important as what I bring to it,” he says.

”I’ve always thought of songs like films in the mind really, except I’m the actor and the director, the lighting and prop person and DP too. When it’s working, you should be able to see the song as well as hear it.”

Ridgway is often compared to his cinematic counterparts David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino and hard-boiled literary types like Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson. The San Francisco Chronicle said, “He conjures “Burroughs, Bukowski and Brecht,” while his hometown LA Weekly called him “the Nathaniel West of rock.”

His sonic innovations and explosive performances have made Ridgway a favorite repeat collaborator among his fellow visionaries. His diverse credits include shaping soundtracks as well as writing and orchestrating music for the surrealist paintings of Mark Ryden (along with co-composer Wexstun). He's an occasional contributor to Wexstun's group Hecate's Angels; the pair collaborated most recently with guitarist Rick King for Barbeque Babylon, the third excursion by their electro-experimental-noise combo Drywall. And he is frequently called on to collaborate with celebrated producer Hal Willner, contributing to Lost in the Stars: The Songs of Kurt Weil, the live performance piece Shock and Awe: The Songs of Randy Newman, and, most recently, the Johnny Depp-commissioned Rogues Gallery, Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys.

Whether it's confronting the cruelty of the sea or contradictions on land, Ridgway is a rare performer and songmaker whose enduring sketches nail the human condition down cold while his characterizations of life remain absolutely fresh and alive. The primal urges that drive his creations--whether they're searching for a home in “Underneath the Big Green Tree,” or acknowledging our collective heritage in his electronic reworking of Johnny Cash's “Ring of Fire”-- see Ridgway finding humanity in all stripes, as he celebrates the circus of our lives.

“At the end of the day I really consider myself just an inventor, or like a link in a chain,” the artist says. Music and songs and recording are an obsession for me — sound. It’s all in there, the art, ideas and things that influenced me. To see it and tell it your own way is the challenge. That’s the last true, honest place to be. It might even be the new frontier right now".

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PRESS

"Some know him just as the long lost singer with the great Wall Of Voodoo, others as one of the great unsung maverick geniuses of our time." MELODY MAKER

"For Stan Ridgway life is like an old detective movie, full of furtive con men and tough dames who hide their daily crimes in the gray mist of the city. This is mature music, short on sentimentality, long on imagination and style." PEOPLE MAGAZINE

"Stan Ridgway has a cast of thousands at his fingertips, and a wealth of tales in his head. A rare and famous talent. Not part of any club or click, just a maverick in his own right." LONDON MIDWEEK

"Stan Ridgway is one of the most unique and talented songwriters around." RECORD MIRROR

"Haunted by America's pulp serial past, Stan Ridgway has become his own wireless theater." THE FACE

"Stan Ridgway is equal parts Raymond Chandler and John Huston, Johnny Cash and Rod Serling." NME

"Filtered through his sardonically insightful wit, these stories become engaging not only for the details he includes, but the ones he chooses not to expose as well." THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE

"Stan Ridgway is the Nathaniel West of rock." LA WEEKLY

"Ridgway has the talent to hold your attention by telling a tale in the same intense and clear way that rockers like Neil Young and Lou Reed do. A cool Californian commentator with a sense of humor to match his sense of history." Q MAGAZINE

"Ridgway's tales of the sad, soft underbelly of the American Dream are songs of hope petering into resignation, of idealism soured into cynicism; he's a very adult writer operating in an arena more usually home to the naive and infantile." THE INDEPENDENTS

"In fact he's an ingenious writer with a grip on low - life imagery that hearkens back to that of Burroughs, Bukowski and Brecht.. If a modern American counterpart to Bertol Brecht's collaborations with Kurt Weil exits, it's the music of Stan Ridgway." SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"If David Lynch were a musician, he would be Stan Ridgway. Both look at Leave It To Beaver America and see serial killers lurking beneath its porches. Both can infuse a simple everyday object with weirdness and dread, creating A world that;'s consistentlg disturbing, fascinating and cool." L.A. WEEKLY





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