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Dear Colleagues: Talibam! is a Fun Band That Entertains.

Talibam! is one of the most potent and fascinating bands in today's music scene. The five plus years of interplay between Mottel and Shea has created one of the most unique and exciting live shows and some of the most powerfully recorded documents of any era. At a time when most culture sticks to conservative niche opportunities, Talibam! is interested in expansion and exploration; They manage to part the sea by not sticking to genre, aesthetic predisposition or the usual norms of what being a 'band' is. More inclined to put on a show that any and all will like, and not be stymied by 'avant' type casting, they have won over both unsuspecting and in the 'know' audiences worldwide. The energy of Kevin Shea's full steam drumming is not to be missed, nor is the primal tone of Mottel's synth run through a Marshall Half Stack.


Matthew Mottel (synthesizer) has been a voice in contemporary music for the past ten years. He was an invited member of Bard College's Electronic Music Ensemble, which was led by the eminent Richard Teitelbaum. At the same time, he was apprenticing in New York with seminal free jazz musicians Tom Bruno (TEST!), Cooper-Moore, Butch Morris and many others. He formed his own band EYE-DOOR that toured nationally in 2000, and started to collaborate with other musicians such as Chris Corsano, Sean Meehan, Daniel Carter, Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) and Kenny Wolleson. Since 2003, he has led his own band Shadowmaps (a synth/bass/drum power trio), been the versatile keyboardist for many acclaimed New York's rock n' roll groups such as Awesome Color, Akron Family and Jeffrey Lewis, and now is part of a 12 piece minimalist funk collective with Colin from USAISAMONSTER.

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”Talibam take that moment in 'Sister Ray' when John Cale decides to kick the shit out of Lou Reed as their starting point. They rock the shit out in every way imaginable: fury and fun, performance and presence. Talibam are a punk Coltrane, noise as affect - everybody in the audience is left smiling.” -

“Their name-- taken from a New York Post headline celebrating American bombings in Afghanistan-- may be a joke, but their music is far from a punchline. Not that it's super-serious either: Most of Talibam!'s songs are rollicking, blood-pumping workouts that surely take a few cases of Red Bull to complete

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