Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on April 22, 2010

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Annie Reichert

Sam Mickens @ Union Pool April 18th, 2010
Sam Mickens

Dear citizens of America & the Earth,

On this day, April 20th, 2010, I officially issue a challenge, on behalf of myself and my Ecstatic Showband, to Ms. Sharon Jones & her Dap-Kings, to a battle of the bands to determine who is truly the greatest working soul band in Brooklyn. Song for song and musician for musician, I believe this should prove a burning and exhaustive contest.

The issuance of this challenge bears no spirit of disrespect or denigration towards Ms. Jones and her work; in fact my feelings are full of admiration and esteem. It does however bear the assertion that cultural vanguards must be replaced, and that only through an environment of healthy and virile competition can the illest work be produced. We will meet Ms. Jones in the venue of her choosing and with any preconditions she wishes to impose. If Ms. Jones fails to respond to this challenge I will accept the title of Heavyweight Soul Champion of Brooklyn by default.

Thanks and best regards,
Sam Mickens

Falsetto-voiced singer Sam Mickens (of the Dead Science) released the above challenge two days after his 'Ecstatic Showband and Revue' played a Sunday, April 18th show at Union Pool in Brooklyn. More pictures from that show are posted below.

The band will be opening Thee Silver Mt. Zion's Sunday, May 16th show at Bowery Ballroom (one of two NYC shows on the Mt. Zion's tour, tickets still on sale).

The Estatic Showband's band's individual members (which can vary at any given show) regularly play around town themselves. Drummer Mike Pride is particularly prolific, with almost nightly gigs. Tonight (4/22) he has two: an early show with Jonathan Moritz Trio at Zebulon, and a late gig with bass/keyboardist Jamie Saft as noise-improv duo Kalashnikov at Southpaw with Shaker jazz group Shakers n Bakers and Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra.

At Union Pool, the group also featured guest vocalists that included Keesha Mishawn, Katie Eastburn (of Young People), Charlie Looker (of Extra Life who, along with the Luyas, open for Owen Pallett at Webster Hall) and Steven Reker. See some of them fronting the band in the pictures below.

As for Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, the band was just stuck in Germany because of a volcano, and their upcoming summer tour include two nights at the Apollo Theater on April 30th and May 1st. They were supposed to appear on Letterman this week, but that isn't happening because of the volcano (rescheduled for May 4th).

More Union Pool pictures and older videos are below...

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Sam Mickens' Ecstatic Showband & Revue | NYC @ Monster Island | 23 Oct 2009

Sam Mickens - "You Send Me" and "Say You, Say Me"

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Comments (36)

This guy is kidding himself if he thinks he has a better band than SJDK.

Posted by JD | April 22, 2010 5:44 PM

Amateur hour James Chance wannabe.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 5:48 PM

am i supposed to care about this or know who the hell that guy is?

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 5:49 PM

music's not a competition. that's why grammy's don't mean anything. but this guy just wants attention anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 5:52 PM

HAHAHAHAHA

You know what happens when the post-ironic-hollow-idea-of-soul challenges real soul? real soul wins.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 5:55 PM

my ears are bleeding

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 5:56 PM

what a moron. nice try!

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 5:58 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 5:59 PM

also, can i rule an extended metaphor KO? featherweights cannot challenge heavyweights to battle -- it's irresponsible, sloppy and tacky -- and heavyweights cannot accept those challenges, it's just not safe to the lil fella.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 5:59 PM

Get back on the goth love boat!

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 6:02 PM

It might be a little bit of attention grabbing but it's really Sharon's call to answer the bell here.

He seems to be having fun with music. Heaven forbid we have any of that anymore. Once upon a time even PF used to be humorous.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 6:03 PM

Dude's shit is so weak though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 6:27 PM

Weak rhythm section. Period.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 6:36 PM

mehweight champion maybe

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 6:37 PM

sharon jones is the baddest bitch around. her and the dap kings would make this clown cry actual blood if they had the chance to throw down on him...

laughable and a lame attempt

Posted by anon | April 22, 2010 6:42 PM

I think Hedwig and the Angry Inch could kick this guy's ass.

Posted by jacob | April 22, 2010 7:11 PM

he couldn't beat her at arm wrestling, let alone singing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 7:26 PM

what a clown

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 8:40 PM

...like Pat Boone challenging Wilson Pickett to a spork battle.

Keep on dreaming, lil' fella.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 9:19 PM

sam mickens deserves the attention! his other band (the dead science) is awesome, and with this one, he's doing something interesting/new with the soul genre. plus he has an endless supply of gorgeous vintage blazers. note the one in the video is BROCADED.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 12:47 AM

^^^ i understand you love your boyfriend but he looks like he got rejected from a killers cover band.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 12:58 AM

Yes! This is exactly what Brooklyn needs! For those of you who don't know, Gabe Rothman of Daptone generally is some douche who copied Aaron Fuchs of Tuff City for what he is doing know. Unlike a true visionary thought, Gabe pretty much fueled his mediocre soul with the funds from some rich guy from Spain or something with a burnt out church singer (yes my little j boy you neede the street cred) manned with sub par musicians from his "temple".

Sam Will blow the doors off of them, but will the too school for school trustafarian dickhead fans and band bite?

Posted by charles lazar | April 23, 2010 3:00 AM

6:36
the most hilarious comment so far. you seem to know as much about music as the pope does about fucking.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 8:41 AM

Uhhhh, not sure what papers you are reading but I think the Pope and all his men know a little about the old in and out....

Posted by charles lazar | April 23, 2010 9:45 AM

"burnt out church singer" ?

@ 3:00 am what do you think the best soul singers are and have historically been? you mention street cred (whatever that is in your mind) but your comments indicate that you would have none of this, also that you are 17 years old and wouldn't know soul even if the Devil slapped you in the face with your own before offering to give it back free of charge.

Posted by RW | April 23, 2010 9:55 AM

9:45
well, I wouldn't consider someone overly 'in the know' about fucking that has to force their dirty ass onto kids. just saying....

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 10:12 AM

Horn section needs to memorize their parts if they want to look more professional....

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 10:34 AM

Burnt Out Church Singer...very true

Posted by anon | April 23, 2010 11:59 AM

Doesn't even hold a candle to Ms. Jones and the Dap-Kings.
SJ and the DK are so much tighter than those guys. Not bad but Sharon knows what soul is. tight ass hell soul.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 1:53 PM

This is just weird. I saw Dead Science like two years ago and they blew me away with their cover of "Sign Your Name"by Terence Trent D'arby. But funky or soulful, they are not. I honestly don't think he's quite serious. Like how I don't think Insane Clown Posse are completely serious with "Mircales". Or like how I don't think Banksy is totally serious that "Exit through the Giftshop" is a true story.

Posted by Aaron | April 23, 2010 5:33 PM

Sam's band has a "weak rhythm section"!?
What would you do to make it stronger? Who are you hoping they reference? What would make them "stronger"?
Last I checked music was about individual expression, taking chances and being creative (aka: creating something somewhat new), hence the "muse" in music. If you can't get with that I am sure there are plenty of other cities in the USA you can go to and see plenty of rehashed, quotational, uninspired music.
Any rhythm section that can basically site read/interpret 2 hours of music on the spot can hardly be deemed "weak".
I would love to know what rhythm sections you have seen live you normally deem strong? They must be amazing and on some kind of secret genius level I have not yet observed.
Lastly, on Sam wanting to take on Sharon and the Dappers...it's all fun people. Isn't that why you like SJ and the DKs? It's fucking FUN to hear them slay as a band, and it's a blast to see Sharon bringing so much love and excitement to so many people who need the release. She exudes delight, she is great, & she is who she is when she is who she is. Sam is great, as Sam does as Sam does. The guy is a hustler and takes chances. Either you like it or you don't. Try not to let it ruin your night. It's a big music world out there. We should applaud Sam for having the nerve, self-confidence and drive to issue such a seemingly ridiculous challenge. Relax people. Enjoy yourselves...

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 7:22 PM

if best means "more modern or different sounding", yes, Sam's band would take the prize there.

...but his music - and his band - doesn't make anyone want to dance (which i've seen firsthand at a number of his shows), whereas SJDK has entire crowds on their feet at every show.

using the term "best soul band" is childish & asinine on a number of levels but regardless i would think anyone have a hard time awarding that prize to a "soul" band that doesn't play music that gets a crowd to dance.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2010 11:53 PM

my boy sam did this shit on a whim just to make you internet geeks go nuts...

mission accomplished.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2010 8:43 PM

Yo ...'real soul' Dap-kings soul was 30 years ago. There is no 'real soul'. They are a great band but just because you follow the blueprint and work hard doesn't make you special. Get your collective heads out of your internet-dependent-i'm-safe-behind-my-anonymous-internet-posting asses and be open to something new. It's a challenge. Let it be so and talk later. Candy asses.

signed

anonymous

Posted by Bob Shoop | April 28, 2010 2:11 PM

if best means "more modern or different sounding", yes, Sam's band would take the prize there.

...but his music - and his band - doesn't make anyone want to dance (which i've seen firsthand at a number of his shows), whereas SJDK has entire crowds on their feet at every show.

using the term "best soul band" is childish & asinine on a number of levels but regardless i would think anyone have a hard time awarding that prize to a "soul" band that doesn't play music that gets a crowd to dance.

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