Slightly Stoopid Is Sitting On Top of the World: New Album Out Today
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NEW ALBUM FEATURES HIT TITLE TRACK PLUS GUESTS G. LOVE, BARRINGTON LEVY, FISHBONE'S ANGELO MOORE AND OTHERS
California's own Slightly Stoopid is back with their signature good time grooves for the first time in four years. Their new album, Top of the World, is being released today, and it is being streamed for free on AOL Music and MSN Music.
Released on the band's own label, Stoopid Records, Top of the World is the seven-piece band's seventh studio release. An all-star crew of guest artists gathered to appear on the record, including reggae legends like Don Carlos of Black Uhuru and Barrington Levy, "unofficial 8th member" Karl Denson (of Greyboy Allstars,) longtime band friend and touring partner G. Love, Angelo Moore (frontman of legendary funk/rock/ska band Fishbone,) Dumpstaphunk's Ian Neville, and hit-making singer/songwriter Angela Hunte. It's the first Slightly Stoopid album to be created at the band's own recording studio and rehearsal clubhouse, within the warehouse district of Mission Valley (just inland of Ocean Beach.)
"In the past two years, we started our own studio, which really enabled us to make the record at our own pace, and to make the right record for us at this time in our career," multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Miles Doughty (who co-founded the band with Kyle McDonald) says. "What's nice about it is having our own environment to record in and analyze the music, and it really lets you keep an organic feel. For us, I feel like it's a step into the next level, as far as understanding the process of recording, understanding the process of songwriting. We took everything that we've learned over the years and really put it into this record."
Riffing on some of the album's highlights, Doughty excitedly says "I really love 'Hiphoppablues,' the song G. Love did. I love the song 'Way You Move,' Ian Neville did a great guitar line throughout the whole song. We worked with Barrington Levy on 'Ur Love,' he is a true architect of the dance hall! Definitely 'Ska Diddy' with Angelo-it's a fun rant and shout out to a lot of the nooks and crannies we play across the country."
Since forming in 1995, Slightly Stoopid has toured virtually non-stop, and this summer is no different. Doughty says: "This summer, we're doing The Unity Tour with 311. That was really cool-those guys approached us about doing a tour with them. For the last five years, we've been headlining all the amphitheater tours, so it's kind of nice that we're going to co-headline with them. It's a good chance to not only play for our fans, but to play for 311 fans and show them the new direction of the new record. The band recently announced a brand new set of fall tour dates, see below for details.
Slightly Stoopid's current line-up consists of Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals) and McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals), along with Ryan "Rymo" Moran (drums), Oguer "OG" Ocon (congas, percussion, harp, vocals), C-Money (trumpet), Dela (saxophone) and Paul Wolstencroft (keyboards).
Slightly Stoopid tour dates:
Unity Tour dates with 311
8/14 Indianapolis, IN - The Lawn at White River State Park 8/15 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre 8/17 Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion 8/18 Bonner Springs, KS - Cricket Amphitheatre 8/19 Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre 8/22 Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre 8/23 Los Angeles, CA - KROQ Red Bull Sound Space 8/24 Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 8/25 San Diego, CA - Cricket Amphitheatre 8/28 Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre 8/29 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara County Bowl 8/31 San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater 9/01 Las Vegas, NV - The Beach at Mandalay Bay 9/02 Reno, NV - Lawler Events Center 9/04 Portland (Ridgefield), OR - Sleep Country Amphitheatre 9/05 Seattle, WA - Marymoor Amphitheatre
Fall Tour Dates (Just Announced!)
9/06 Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavilion 10/03 Tuscaloosa, AL - Bama Theater 10/04 Oxford, MS - The Lyric Theatre 10/05 New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues 10/06 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre 10/07 Lexington, KY - Buster's 10/10 Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works 10/11 Charleston, SC - Music Farm 10/12 Knoxville, TN - Valarium 10/13 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel 10/14 Morgantown, WV - Metropolitan Theater 10/17 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground 10/18 Portland, ME - State Theatre 10/19 Providence, RI - Lupo's At The Strand 10/20 Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
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