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Friday, January 23, Bay Area Creative Musicians come together to perform a benefit for Outsound Presents, a non-profit that provides the explorative sonic community with opportunities to promote their vision and perform their music. Four performances from Grex, Moe! Staiano & Ensemble, Teddy Rankin-Parker and Jim Ryan.

Show starts at 8:30pm! Admission is sliding scale, $10-15. 21 & up.

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THANK YOU for attending the Free Salamander Exhibit/Surplus 1980 show on Saturday May 17. It was great to play on their large stage and share the night with the awesomeness that is Free Salamander Exhibit. Your support meant a lot! Thank you for attending, and your enthusiasm!

THANK YOU to Aram Shelton for putting on the great Active Music Festival! See a bit of Moe! Staiano Ensemble's audience-participation-driven live composition -- watch on YouTube!

In early October, Moe! reunited with former Mute Socialite/Surplus 1980 guitarist Ava Mendoza one last recording session before Mendoza leaves the Bay Area for NYC. This session will likely serve as the foundation for the next Surplus 1980 record.


You can order the album NOW before the release date of May 14, on, or come to one of the album release shows (above) and get one in person!

Track List:
1. 99 Is Not 100
2. The Failure of Commitment
3. Arterial Ends Here
1. Cap The Knife
2. How To Fall Apart (In A Minute)
3. The World's Still Here
4. Only Nothing

Moe! Staiano: Drums, percussion, guitar, bass, vocals, piano, melodica
Bill Wolter: Guitar
 Melne: Guitar
Jordan Glenn: Vibraphone
Amar Chaudhary: Keyboards
 Dominique Leone: Vocals
Aaron Novik: Alto clarinet
Kyle Bruckmann: Oboe
Vicky Grossi: Bass, violin
Alee Karim: Bass
 G.W. Sok: Voice

Sqwonk! was stellar in their performance of Moe's new piece for two bass clarinets, "As It Goes Along." Moe! composed the piece especially for Sqwonk! and the piece had its world premiere at the 2013 Switchboard Festival at the Brava Theatre, held on March 24.

Listen to the performance here:

April 1, 2013
"ARTERIAL ENDS HERE" is being pressed!

The new Surplus 1980 10" vinyl EP-plus-CD is now being manufactured! The record will be on gorgeous colored vinyl, and feature 7 new Surplus 1980 songs!

Be sure to come out to one of the record release parties in mid-May! Surplus will be celebrating at The Hemlock Tavern May 15 in San Francisco, and Life Changing Ministries in Oakland May 18. Check the calendar for more details!

January's Jeff Korber Benefit Concert was a great success, with two large ensembles, (one conducted by Gino Robair and the other by Moe!) performing for the benefit of percussionist Jay Korber, who was severely injured in a bicycle accident.

The fundraiser raised over $1000 toward Jay's medical expenses!!

KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS! Surplus 1980's Kickstarter campaign was successful! Thanks to a flurry of last-minute donations, "Arterial Ends Here," the 10" mini-album with seven new songs WILL be released.

The album is being recorded by Carlos Arredondo at New Improved Recording Studio and will be completed in late 2012/early 2013 and be released as a limited edition (300 copies) vinyl 10" LP with an included CD. A copy of the CD will be included with every vinyl 10", and the remainder of the CDs will be available individually. This will be Surplus 1980's second release.

Now you can buy Moe!'s music ONLINE! You can now order and/or download any of Moe! Staiano's catalog on Bandcamp! Please visit the Bandcamp store and check out what's available!

New Moe! videos

A video from the soundcheck of Moe!'s August 15 solo percussion show at Berkeley Arts Festival as part of the Berkeley Arts Festival, and a video from Surplus 1980's performance of "Rat Salad" from May's Undercover Presents Black Sabbath's Paranoid show. Watch both here:

New Surplus 1980 recordings

Moe! has begun writing and in May will begin recording for a new Surplus 1980 album. Moe has already written half a dozen songs, and will be once again recruiting the cream of Bay Area talent to accompany him on the recording. It will likely be a 10" with CD with six or seven songs and will be called "Arterial Ends Here". Stay tuned for more details!

On May 19, Surplus 1980 played the "UnderCover" Black Sabbath show, honoring Black Sabbath's seminal album, "Paranoid."

The "UnderCover" series of shows are based on the concept of recreating a particular influential album. Once the album is picked, then bands are chosen, and each band is assigned a song to cover, and reinterpret as they see fit. Each band records their track and then recreates the album live. The show was a great success, with a full house and lots of great reinterpretations of every stripe.

L-R, Bill Wolter (guitar), Moe! Staiano (drums) and Vicky Grossi (bass and vocals).

To hear Surplus 1980's rendition of "Rat Salad," you can purchase/download the single song or the entire CD by clicking on the link!

View more photos from the UnderCover Presents Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid' show

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