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DOWNLOAD: Wino - "Release Me" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Bakerton Group - "Peruvian Airspace" (MP3 Snippet)
DOWNLOAD: The Bakerton Group - "Bait & Switch" (MP3, from Space Guitars EP)
DOWNLOAD: The Bakerton Group - "Mainstream" (MP3, from Space Guitars EP)
DOWNLOAD: The Bakerton Group - "The Mack" (MP3, from Space Guitars EP)


Recognize those dudes? That's the original members of Clutch.... but it's also The Bakerton Group, aka "the psychedelic instrumental jazz-laden alter ego" of Maryland's finest. The Bakerton Group have recruited Per Wiberg (Opeth) for their third release, the J.Robbins (Jawbox) produced LP El Rojo!. The album will be released, on their own Weathermaker imprint, on Feb 17th, 2009. Check out the MP3 snippet of "Peruvian Airspace" above.

The Bakerton Group & The Bakerto-, er-, I mean Clutch, will tour (together?) in February around the release of El Rojo!, so look for those dates as the come up. In the meantime Clutch have some shows scheduled this month in Jersey, CT and elsewhere (dates below). In the Spring, Clutch will hit the studio to record their follow-up to From Beale Street to Oblivion. Full Fathom Five, a live CD (and separately, a DVD) dropped on Nov 11th.

Clutch/TBG skinsman extraordinaire Jean-Paul Gaster is also manning the kit on the new album by doom legend Scott "Wino" Weinrich, Punctuated Equilibrium. We previewed the record recently (and also way before that). Look for it in January 2009 on Southern Lord and check out the first track "Release Me", downloadable above.

Neil Fallon of Clutch is also frontman for The Company Band featuring members of Fireball Ministry, Fu Manchu, CKY, and Puny Human. The Company Band released their debut EP in early 2008, Sign Here, Here, & Here, with plans of a follow-up LP in 2009.

Per Wiberg's band members in Opeth have a masterful side project as well, Bloodbath.

Clutch dates below...

Dec 27 2008 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, New Jersey
Dec 28 2008 Webster Theater Hartford, Connecticut
Dec 29 2008 930 Club Washington DC, Washington DC
Dec 30 2008 Newport Music Hall Columbus, Ohio
Dec 31 2008 Orbit Room Grand Rapids, Michigan

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