Entries tagged with: Mike Pride
by Ian Chainey
Last year, Many Arms' Nick Millevoi and Hyrrokkin's Edward Ricart folded together the experimental fringes of out-there jazz and rock as the Ricart/Millevoi Quartet. Haitian Rail, the resulting date with Travis Laplante on tenor sax and Ches Smith on drums, was equal parts avant-garde jazz soundbomb, bruising noise rock, and spiderweb-intricate prog. The varied timbres made for quite a palette. Ricart's bass lines busily fluttered and were caked with AmRep grime. Millevoi played like an attacking chessmaster, tossing out chameleonesque scales and runs that challenged the rest of the band to react. The rest of the band were up to the task. A record like Haitian Rail lives and dies by the interplay between its builders. Haitian Rail thrived.
Fast forward a year and another Ricart/Millevoi album is on the way. This one is called Solarists, out on July 22 through New Atlantis Records. There are some changes. Most notably, the quartet have shifted operations under a familiar sobriquet, Haitian Rail. Plus, there are some new friends within in the ranks. Trombonist Dan Blacksberg (Deveykus) takes over Laplante's counter-melody duties and drummer Kevin Shea (Most Other People Do the Killing) assumes Smith's stool. And, jeeze, if "Trembler" and Solarists' cover art is any indication, things are getting dark.
"Trembler" cuts right to the chase. Shea and Ricart weave in, out, and around each other by way of blink-and-you'll-miss-them rhythms. They're like two bikers lane-splitting during a traffic jam. Ricart, in particular, seems intent on exhausting notebook after notebook of riffs and song ideas. So, with the space eaten up by the rhythm section, Millevoi and Blacksberg hang back. Millevoi again covers a lot of miles with his tone. He starts out swishing around a Duane Denison twang and then spits corrosive skronks upon whatever Shea and Ricart are constructing. Blacksberg, on the other hand, mops things up with comparatively melodic legato sweeps, also adding in percussive periods and commas when required. Suddenly, Shea takes over with a drum solo that is both athletic and cerebral. It sounds like someone dropped an ant farm on his kit and he's trying to quickly eradicate the scourge, yet he plays with so much balance. His logical calculations catch on and the entire band finally comes together, ending with a spiky arrangement that could be a caffeinated read of Eric Dolphy's "Gazzelloni."
Or, in other words, holy crap.
"Trembler" is the opening song on Haitian Rail's Solarists, available July 22 on New Atlantis Records (preorder). It makes its premiere in this post and can be streamed below.
Nick Millevoi will also be out on tour with Many Arms soon, including a NYC show Thursday (6/5) at Saint Vitus with Dysrhythmia and Mick Barr/Marc Edwards (tickets). Speaking of Dysrhythmia, they'll be on a bill featuring Oneida and Beach Creeps at Glasslands Gallery on July 17 (tickets). And the always-working Mick Barr has a number of engagements upcoming, including solo sets and collaborations with Mike Pride. All of those are listed below.
Stream "Trembler," along with the Solarists cover art, tracklisting, and list of dates, below...
Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Edie Brickell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, James Taylor, and more are playing the Children's Health Fund 25th Anniversary Concert at Radio City Music Hall on October 4. Tickets for that show are very expensive and on sale now.
Prong is playing Rocks Off cruise during CMJ on October 19 with Eminence and For Sleeping or Jumping. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Sam Sparro plays Webster Hall on November 30. Tickets go on sale at noon.
BAIO (aka Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend) is playing Glasslands on October 26 with Germany Germany. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Iggy Azalea and Havana Brown are opening for Rita Ora at Highline Ballroom on October 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Theophilus London is playing Gramercy Theatre on October 20 with Chip Tha Rippa and Phony PPL. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Tickets to the Owen shows at Mercury Lounge and Union Hall go on sale today at noon.
Sam Mickens also plays as a duo with Mike Pride at Death by Audio on October 14 with Aurora and Glockabelle.
Founded in June 2010 the Undead Jazzfest is new kind of festival, bringing together an incredible array of artists from the new jazz and improvised music community currently exploding in New York City. With no headliners, affordable tickets, unorthodox venues and no drink minimums, the Undead Jazzfest aims to shake the public perception of what jazz can be today, celebrating the incredible music being made in a setting that is inviting to both the veterans and curious new fans.Encompassing eleven venues over its four days (6/23 - 6/26), the Undead Jazzfest will feature appearances from more than 50 bands including names like Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Mountains and many others. The full list of participating bands is below. Four day passes are on sale for $45 until 4/28. The price increases to $50 after.
Undead Jazzfest is also responsible for curating another show outside of said festival, this one going down at Central Park Summerstage on June 11th with Medeski Martin & Wood, Josh Roseman's King Froopy All Stars and Jim Black's AlasNoAxis. It's one of many free 2011 Summerstage shows that have been announced.
AND, Undead Jazz presents a show at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (4/25) with Orchestre National de Jazz with Daniel Yvinec and John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble with special guests Theo Bleckmann , Kate McGarry and Uri Caine. Undead Jazz also presents Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors and Mary Halvorson Trio at the same venue on May 18th.
Full Undead Jazzfest 2011 lineup below.
by Andrew Frisicano
The annual NYC Winter Jazz Fest starts tonight (Friday, 1/7) and continues Saturday with shows that go late into both nights at a handful of Greenwich Village venues. Like last year's fest - a huge success that spawned a similar festival in the summer - one pass gets you into any of the venues. All are in close proximity, and show hopping is encouraged. You'll also be rewarded for staying put: Take, for example, Saturday's lineup at LPR, which features two guitar slingers, Charlie Hunter and Nels Cline (as Stained Radiance with painter Norton Wisdom), in consecutive sets. For the number of acts (46 on Saturday night alone) at the price ($25 for one day, $35 for both), the festival is pretty can't lose.
Jazz resource and show promoter Search and Restore has two showcases as part of the fest. They'll be celebrating the fact that their Kickstarter campaign met its $75,000 (!) goal. As a result they'll be launching an ambitious project to film four jazz shows a week over the next year (and post the results online as part of an expanded site). Congrats!
Also this weekend are a set of shows at Cornelia St. Cafe that are also part of the APAP conference (the ostensible reason for the Winter Jazz Fest, the show at City Winery tonight, the show at 92YTribeca tonight, GlobalFEST and others). Your Jazz Fest passes won't work there, but the lineups include Theo Bleckmann/Gary Versace/John Hollenbeck, Jon Irabagon & Mike Pride and Mario Pavone's Totem Quartet.
Saxist Tim Berne, who played Cornelia St. Thursday night with his band Los Totopos, will be at the Stone twice on Saturday. The second set is listed as "Tim Berne Duo," with keyboarist Matt Mitchell, but he mentioned that the whole band (Ches Smith on drums and Oscar Noriega on woodwinds) would be appearing. Mitchell will be at the venue on Sunday night too, to play with John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet (who blew away a packed Bitter End at Jazz Fest 2010).
Check out the full Winter Jazz schedule below...
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Shout Out Louds @ White Slab in March (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"Some Americans think of Cinco De Mayo as a "Mexican Independence Day," which is actually Sept. 16, when the reality is that Cinco De Mayo is in remembrance of the Mexican army backing down the French military on May 5, 1862. Cinco De Mayo is Spanish for the 5th of May and is not a national holiday in the United States." [Epoch Times]tonight in NYC
* The English Beat @ Maxwell's
* So Percussion @ Carnegie Hall (free)
* Lord Mantis, Sea of Bones @ Union Pool
* Washed Out, Small Black @ The Bell House
* Shout Out Louds, Freelance Whales @ Webster Hall
* Hot Hot Heat, The Willowz, Grooms @ Public Assembly
* Ensemble Simul Cantare, Mick Barr @ Issue Project Room
* Givers, Drink Up Buttercup, King Expressers @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Cheeseburger, Hard Nips, Wizardzz @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Common & Queen Latifah (being actors) @ the Apple Store
* ArpLine, Hooray For Earth, Midnight Masses @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Dead Stars, Hounds Of Hate, The Hidden Ratio, New Yoga @ Coco 66
* Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7, Moneybrother @ Mercury Lounge
* Dan Friel, Adult Themes, Food Stamps, Imaginary Weapons @ Bruar Falls
* Bradford Reed, Sabrina Chap, Mike Pride, Get The People @ Death By Audio
* Walter Schreifels, Atlantic/Pacific, Jump Into The Gospel @ Studio at Webster Hall
Hounds of Hate continue their NYC run.
The always-busy Mike Pride describes tonight's Death By Audio show as "MP- drums + Jon Irabagon- tenor sax - We play 3rd, around 10pm. - Get the people features Kevin Shea on drums too!"
Video of The National, who have a show coming up very soon at BAM, playing their song "Little Faith" live in a castle is below.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti played Mercury Lounge last night.
Dan Deacon is playing a free NYC show this summer.
Look who's playing Lincoln Center's 2010 Out of Doors Festival.
The Fall, whose record release party we hosted last night at Coco66, have a new video for their new song "Bury". Whatch that below too.
Public Image Ltd are now playing a tinier venue later this month.
Joanna Newsom played "'81," one of her new album's best, on Jools Holland. That's below...
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Annie Reichert
Sam Mickens @ Union Pool April 18th, 2010
Dear citizens of America & the Earth,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.
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,
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...
by Andrew Frisicano
Sam Mickens (by Elizabeth Leitzell)
The Dead Science's Sam Mickens pulls together a rotating crew of some of NYC's most talented jazz regulars to form his Sam Mickens' Ecstatic Showband and Revue, a falsetto-fronted act that combines twisted bubblegum pop with the vocabulary of retro soul. They play the Cake Shop on Friday, January 29th (tonight) with genre-crossing, soul/funk/post-punk acts D. Rider and Whales & Cops. Videos of all three are below.
Mickens & Pride add saxist Darius Jones to form Black Lantern Trio, again at Zebulon, on February 21st. A video of that group is below.
The Showband & Revue have another show on Mike Pride's exhaustive schedule, listed below - it's a TBA date in Bushwick on March 12th. Videos and all tour dates are below...
Frank Black @ Siren Fest in July (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Robin Williams @ Town Hall
* Melt Banana @ Bowery Ballroom
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Royksopp, Nite Jewel @ Webster Hall
* Pixies, Black Gold @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Les Paul Guitar Tribute w/ Mike Stern @ Iridium
* Sumbrellas, Jason Anderson, Sora Ann @ Cake Shop
* Daytime, Dinosaur Feathers, pow wow!, Eula @ The Cameo
* Devendra Banhart, Little Joy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Atlantic/Pacific, Dave Walsh, Blacklist @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Mick Barr/Kevin Shea/Tim Dahl, GDFX, Congs for Brums @ Death By Audio
* Precious Metal w/ Aidan Baker, Inswarm, AoK Suicide Forest, Alkahest @ Lit Lounge
* Small Beast w/ McGinty & White, Rachelle Garniez, Carol Lipnik, Bonfire Madigan @ The Delancey
Melt Banana plays tonight with "Melt Banana Lite" - another version of the band with no guitars but samplers and synth (and drums and vocals).
Pixies play four shows in three nights at Hammerstein Ballroom.
A video of Mike Pride's From Bacteria To Boys quartet playing at Death By Audio on November 20st is below.
by Andrew Frisicano
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DOWNLOAD: The Dead Science - Garden Wall [mixtape track] (MP3)
The Dead Science
Seattle's The Dead Science (not to be confused with The Dead Weather) are planning a North American tour this June. That includes two NYC shows: Monday, June 15th the band plays the Studio at Webster Hall with Bobby Conn & Monica Bou Bou and Zs (Tickets). The next night, Tuesday, June 16th, the band performs at Death By Audio with Skeletons, From Bacteria to Boys and Charlie Looker.
The Dead Science's last record, Villainaire, came out on Constellation Records in 2008. The supporting tour for that release brought the Dead Science to NYC's Knitting Factory on a bill with Brooklyn band Extra Life. This time around, the band will play with Extra Life's songwriter/frontman, Charlie Looker, on its second NYC show, and Zs, a band that included Looker for six years, on its first.
Extra Life are currently on a month-long tour of Europe. The DBA show is scheduled to be Looker/Extra Life's first show back in the US.
Pride plays in a number of local groups (that counts collaborating with Charlie Looker on a project called Period). Recently, Pride gigged as part of Whoopie Pie at Pie member Jamie Saft's Wednesday residency at Zebulon. On Wednesday, May 6th, Whoopie Pie's special guest was Marc Ribot (who's in the midst of a weeklong b-day retrospective). Tonight, Wednesday, May 13th, at Zebulon, the group will be joined by Dead Science frontman Sam Mickens as "special guest vocalist."
Mickens returns to Zebulon just two days later, on Friday, May 15th, to record and film a live album with the "Sam Mickens Ecstatic Showband and Revue." That band includes Mike Pride on drums and in the past has featured Charlie Looker and other members of Extra Life.
The final band on that June 16th DBA bill, Skeletons, has other upcoming NYC dates too. Those include May 19th at the Cake Shop with Nick Krgovich, To Bad Catholics and Katie Eastburn and June 24th with Zs at the Studio at Webster Hall.
All Dead Science and Skeletons tour dates below...