Talibam! to release ultra-limited box set containing 15 NEW albums in celebration of their 15th anniversary; announce German festival residency and tour dates

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There’s “doing it,” and then there’s “overdoing it.” Guess which way NYC’s premier “Dadaist provocateurs” are leaning?

Never ones to mail it in, Talibam! have carved out a 15-year career revealing the often-engrossing uniqueness of a band that has remained confidently outside any easily recognizable genre but has embraced so many. Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea have never shied from showing us their fun and exploratory side; so to celebrate their musical lives together thus far, they’ve announced a new box set containing basically a bazillion new albums and a bunch of German festival shows that are as quirky as they are.

An ambitious and artistic box set creation, 15th Anniversary Box Set, 2003-2018, Presenting 15 New Albums for 2018 is exactly that: 15 NEW albums on 8 CDs to celebrate Shea and Mottel’s 15 years as Talibam! This is not a band that caters to any act of convention; so, naturally, each album is a different affair featuring a slew of styles and collaborators, such as Audrey Chen and Phil Minton, Alan Wilkinson, and Colin L. (in fine Billy Joel Cover Band form). All eight discs also include covers adorned with photography by Mottel’s father, the late, esteemed lensman, theater director/producer, and media consultant Syeus Mottel. The CD box is being released in a limited-edition of 100 only, so go here now and send it to someone you love (yourself).

Meanwhile, Mottel and Shea are currently playing around in Europe until the beginning of June, after which they will return stateside for a couple of gigs in Miami and Brooklyn. All dates listed from May 18-May 21 are part of Talibam!’s “Artist in Resistance” residency at the Moers Festival in Germany and feature a variety of Talibam! shows and events, sessions, and discussions featuring Mottel, Shea, and frequent collaborators Matt Nelson, Ron Stabinsky, and Luke Stewart. Pour yourself a drink and raise a glass to commemorate one of the most overdoingist bands of the last 15 years. You’ll need a pretty big glass, though; there is a LOT of info below.

Billy Joel Cover Band (2017) by Colin L. & TALIBAM!

15th Anniversary Box Set, 2003-2018, Presenting 15 New Albums for 2018:

I. Talibam! + Audrey Chen & Phil Minton – Purple Piano
II. Talibam! + Tamio Shiraishi & David Watson – Seizure’s Palace
III. Talibam! + Alan Wilkinson – Konfrontationen16
IV. Talibam! – Sequenzas for Cello, Bass Clarinet, Guitar & Tuba/Distortion
V. Talibam! + Joe McPhee, Sandy Ewen & Luke Stewart – Lone Pine Road
VI. Talibam! + Audrey Chen – Elastic Upload
VII. Talibam! + Ron Stabinsky – Trio For Timpani & Synthesizer
VIII. Talibam! – Marimba Files (Launch Pad Extraction 2)
IX. Talibam! + Jeremy Wilms – Sanifarian Equipage
X. Talibam! – Techno Chango
XI. Talibam! + Colin L. – Billy Joel Cover Band
XII. Talibam! – Itri Riff Probe
XIII. Matt Mottel + Steve Dalachinsky – s/t
XIV. Kevin Shea Quintet feat. Sam Kulik, Ron Stabinsky, Tim Dahl & Tom Blancarte
XV. Talibam! – Box Set in Tandem
XVI. BONUS PODCAST — Talibam! discusses their 15th Anniversary Box Set

Talibam! live:

05.18.18 – Moers, Germany – ENNI Eventhalle, Moers Festival (TALIBAM! Hard Vibe feat. Matt Nelson & Ron Stabinsky)
05.18.18 – Moers, Germany – ENNI Eventhalle Foyer, Moers Festival, (“mœrs sessions! #1” feat. Bernd Oezsevim, Bart Maris, Matthias Müller, Matt Mottel)
05.19.18 – Moers, Germany – Schlosstheater, Moers Festival (TALIBAM! & Colin L. – Billy Joel Cover Band)
05.19.18 – Moers, Germany – Innenstadt Musikschule, Moers Festival, (“mœrs sessions! #2” feat. Matt Mottel, Bernhard Meyer, Matt Nelson, Luca Marini)
05.19.18 – Moers, Germany – ENNI Eventhalle, Moers Festival (“mœrs sessions! #3” feat. Wilbert de Joode, Ron Stabinsky, Emilio Gordoa, Steve Swell, Matthias Muche, David Dornig, Matt Nelson, Moritz Baumgärtner)
05.20.18 – Moers, Germany – Innenstadt Musikschule, Moers Festival (TALIBAM! E.T. Pt.2 feat. Luke Stewart & Ron Stabinsky)
05.20.18 – Moers, Germany – Retro 77/Freizeitpark, Moers Festival (“mœrs sessions! #4” feat. John Dikeman, Kevin Shea, Gonçalo Almeida, Luke Stewart)
05.20.18 – Moers, Germany – Innenstadt Musikschule, Moers Festival (Composer Kids collaboration featuring Kevin Shea, Ron Stabinsky & others)
05.21.18 – Moers, Germany – ENNI Eventhalle, Moers Festival (TALIBAM! Big Impakt feat. Chad Taylor, Bobby Hall, Tchseser Holmes, Christian Lillinger, Giuseppe Mautone, Valentin Duit, Spazzfrica Ehd &
Achim Zepezauer)
05.21.18 – Moers, Germany – Innenstadt Gymnasium Filder Benden, Moers Festival (“mœrs sessions! #5” feat. Gonçalo Almeida, Kevin Shea, Jasper Stadhouders, Bart Maris, Ron Stabinsky, John Edwards, Dominik Mahnig, Andy Milne, Luke Stewart, Ralph Alessi)
05.21.18 – Moers, Germany – ENNI Eventhalle, Moers Festival (“Discussion #5” w/Tom Liwa & Gäste, Jacques Palminger, Dodo Kis, Kevin Shea + Florian Walter
05.22.18 – Brussels, Belgium – Magasin 4 (with Dirty Primitives and You Got No Jams)
05.23.18 – Zurich, Switzerland – Umbo (with Flo Goette Solo)
05.24.18 – Marone, Italy – Lido Mad Hops
05.25.18 – Milan, Italy – Cox18 (with Grid)
05.26.18 – Lugano, Switzerland – Lido San Domenico & La Buvette
05.27.18 – Dueville (Vicenza), Italy – Viaroma17
05.29.18 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Fuga
05.30.18 – Vienna, Austria – Celeste
05.31.18 – Prague, Czech Republic – Cafe V Lese (with 5K HD)
06.01.18 – Basel Switzerland – Atelierhaus Klingental, Klappfon Music Festival
06.02.18 – Geneva, Switzerland – L’écurie
06.22.18 – Miami, FL – The Ground, The Perfect Trip: Miami Psych Fest II
07.23.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Pioneer Works (Talibam! + Audrey Chen with This Is Not This Heat)