MMW: Radiolarians II


Restlessly inventive improvising trio Medeski Martin & Wood are set to release the second installment of The Radiolarian Series on April 14, 2009. Recorded last summer, Radiolarians II demonstrates MMW's bold and wild side. Strong rock riffs and hooks butt up against noise, and classic jazz seamlessly. The jazz tunes on this record feel fresh, yet familiar.

The Radiolarian Series­ named after a type of single-celled organisms with dazzlingly intricate exoskeletons ­is designed to subvert the age-old music industry cycle of write->record->tour. The trio, consisting of keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin, and bassist Chris Wood, convened for brief writing retreats, performed only that new material on tour, recorded the material immediately after getting off the road, and are now releasing these albums on their own Indirecto label.

The band has repeated this process three times, resulting in three albums, the first of which, Indirecto released as Radiolarians I, on September 30, 2008. Radiolarians II is scheduled for an April 14, 2009 release. The third installment will be released on August 4, 2009. The three albums will eventually be compiled into a limited-edition boxed set with extensive packaging and bonus audio and video content, coming out just in time for the holiday season of '09.

"Witnessing The Radiolarian Series unfold has been really inspiring" said long-time band manager Liz Penta. "I've watched these guys reinvent themselves a hundred times, yet this series has yielded a particularly strong, creative body of work. The band got better at the process as they went along. Each tour got better and the band developed each set of songs further."

"By the third tour, we were really deep in the process, and enjoying ourselves," said John Medeski. "Writing the material and performing it was a pleasure. When you've been together for 18 years, it's pretty great to find that kind of synergy."

The first Radiolarian Series shows were in February of 2008, and were followed by recording sessions in March. The second leg of touring took place in July followed by subsequent recording in August. Again, following five days of collective composition by Medeski Martin & Wood, the final touring leg of The Radiolarian Series took place in November 2008.

MMW tour dates available here.

[Published on: 3/13/09]

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BRAHnnie_lott Fri 3/13/2009 11:42AM
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badass can't wait for this boxset to come out

BBFCFM515 Fri 3/13/2009 11:49AM
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best jazz trio ever

ClaysTribe starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/13/2009 12:16PM
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good stuff

very good stuff

Warpar1 Fri 3/13/2009 01:10PM
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Ter starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/13/2009 02:08PM
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IF MMW comes to your town there really is no better act to see in a small intimate venue - solid every time - thank you MMW!! Looking forward to this for sure.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/13/2009 03:41PM
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^ agreed, loved it when they played the coachouse in san juan capistrano - what a great little venue, they fuckin rocked it

adventuresinperception starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/13/2009 04:45PM
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love this band to death. good shit here folks

futhepharmer Sat 3/14/2009 08:29AM
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San Jaun Capistrano. Isn't there a mission there where all the swallows flock?

sandoz Sat 3/14/2009 11:45AM
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These guys can't be touched. I don't think they've ever played a song the same way.

Joshc104 starstarstarstarstar Sat 3/14/2009 04:26PM
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Anyone know where we can find archives of Trey playing with MMW @ 10klf?

(let the fucking begin !!!)

karrvingwaves starstarstarstarstar Sat 3/14/2009 07:31PM
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love these guys

tequilacheesenweed Sat 3/14/2009 07:48PM
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I love mmw and scofield but the show they played for this radiolarians shit in roanoke, va was hands down the worst show I've ever seen. Alot of people walked out before the fire alarm went off. I mean worst show that I've ever seen including watching shitty bands practice. Does anybody know what the deal is with the actual albums?

Are they recorded from the shows or were they just mindlessly jamming to write "songs" and record them later. I never got it.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Sat 3/14/2009 08:44PM
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Fut yes there is, its a beautiful place

WarmCarl Sat 3/14/2009 09:19PM
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So do these guys just make it up as they go along or what? Anybody can do that. Medeski, Martin and Mayonnaise. See, I just did it.

Adamist Sun 3/15/2009 08:23AM
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Saw them spun out of my gourd at Roo '04 late night Saturday, somehow they got my limp body groovin again!

End of the World Party is my fav album, I'll have to check this out...

bubba666shallsuccumb Sun 3/15/2009 09:59AM
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there you go joshc104, i downloaded this show as soon as we got back but still have never listened to it almost 3 years later, i do remember it being quiet crazy, all spun out and then these guys from some local mn band came up to me while i was sitting in the grass after GRAB and told him the mothership told them to come talk to me, then mmw started playing weird "alien music" as i described it. and no sooner did those guys come up and say that to me and i say that about alien music then trey comes out w/mmw and a guy walks by us carrying an alien blow up toy on his back while playing frisbee w/a glow in the dark disc that was definitely a ufo at that point, one crazy night

OysterDead starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/16/2009 08:06AM
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MMW = "Evolutionary Extraordinaries Radiolarian."

I'm always on the MMW news!! Get into this if you like TALENT.

kminator starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/17/2009 12:42PM
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I saw the Roanoke show "tequilacheeseandweed" mentioned above, and will admit it was not the greatest concert I've ever seen. I think a lot had to do with the auditorium the show was in, they were also playing a lot of ambient music that was not exactly overwhelming at the volume it was played. The show had a lot more in common with the new Radiolarians album and Electric Tonic (lots of buildup, occasional grooves) then it did their other studio albums or some of their more upbeat club shows they play. The fire alarm did kinda throw off the vibe of the show but they seemed to try to make up for it afterwards, playing for quite a while longer.

That said, saw them five times at Camp MMW since then and got well more then I bargained for, have seen them a dozen or so other times and if one down show amidst 15 years of touring is all you get then I can still walk away satisfied. It was nice to hear how much the tunes had developed between said Roanoke show and the release of the Radiolarians 1 album. Considerable refining and a lot of good work in the studio.