Party Pack ICE Album Preview Track

A long-standing band of mine, Party Pack ICE, recorded an album last year. The playing on the record sounds great, and I’m currently working with Nathaniel Morgan to finish the mixes. We should have a finished product by the Spring time. One of my favorite tracks on the album had two versions that I really loved, but it didn’t make sense to have the same song on the album twice. So I have released the alternate take of a song called The Stephanies via Bandcamp. Please enjoy the track free of charge! It was mixed and rough mastered by Nathaniel Morgan, and features these awesome musicians:

Patrick Breiner-tenor saxophone (solo)
Eric Trudel-tenor saxophone
Dustin Carlson-guitar
AH-bass
Nathan Ellman-Bell-drums

New Sextet Video 12/18/2015!

I was honored and excited to have great saxophonist/friend Anna Webber ask me to include a band on her recent residency at iBeam in mid-December 2015. She was also extra awesome to film it and let me have the footage. Below is some of that footage! These are performed by my yet-t0-be-named sextet, and are 2 of the 4 compositions we played on 12/18/2015. Enjoy! The band is:

Anna Webber-tenor saxophone
Ed Rosenberg-tenor saxophone
Josh Sinton-low reeds
Jonathan Goldberger-guitar
AH-bass
Devin Gray-drums

Laila & Smitty II

I’m really late in announcing the release of this album, but that doesn’t make me any less excited about it! Over the summer, while Jeremiah Lockwood was back in town from the West Coast Laila & Smitty released their second album at Barbes in Brooklyn. We don’t get too play too much these days, but when we do it makes it extra special, which was certainly true of this Barbes show. We played the album top to bottom, but if you missed it (or even if you were there and just want to hear the album!) you can check it out here. All of this was conceived and made real by Kenny Warren, who is just the man for his time and place.

Laila & Smitty is Kenny Warren-trumpet, vocals, compositions; Jeremiah Lockwood-guitars; Myk Freedman-lap steel; AH-bass; Carlo Costa-drums; Ilusha Tsinadze-guitar.

Out of Your Head BK Continues at Threes Brewing

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Some really exciting things going on with Out of Your Head Brooklyn through the summer (and hopefully beyond!) We have found an awesome home inThrees Brewing, and are excited to have an extended run of dates for the summer.

We’ve just secured (and are very, very excited about) these dates at Threes. For May, June, July, and August we will be at Threes on the LAST Sunday of every month. Easy to remember, right? Those dates will be:

Sunday May 31
Sunday June 28
Sunday July 26
Sunday August 30

And hot off the press, to end this awesome co-curated run with Danny Gouker & Eric Trudel, here is the lineup for Sunday May 31. Huge thanks to Eric & Danny for all their work on this–these sets have been truly awesome & inspiring!

May 31 OOYH @ Threes:

Doors at 8:00p, $10 suggested donation

SET ONE (8:45p):

Matt Holman-trumpet
Sebastien Ammann-keyboard/piano
Nico Soffiato-guitar
Sam Ospovat-drums

SET TWO (9:45p):

Michael Foster-reeds
Rick Parker-trombone
Chris Welcome-guitar
Cody Brown-drums

SET THREE (10:45p):

Patrick Breiner-clarinet
Ben Syversen-trumpet
Landon Knoblock-keyboard/piano
Zach Swanson-bass

2015 Updates–Out of Your Head BK, BeepHonk, Party Pack ICE, Lubbock, 65Fen, things…

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Hey Friends! It’s been a little while, and maybe about time for me to post some 2015 happenings and updates. Some great things on the horizon for the return of Out of Your Head Brooklyn and our new home Threes Brewing, and some recordings that should be coming soon. Also the music series that I help curate (65Fen Music Series) is off a great start and really has some momentum–read all about this stuff below. Or if you’ve had enough, carry on! Some updates:

Out of Your Head Brooklyn:

We have a new home for the series to occur monthly at a great new venue in Gowanus, Brooklyn called Threes Brewing. We did our debut event in the space with three bands, and three VERY different sets of music. It was great fun, and a huge success all around, so we’ve been invited to return. In the interest of keeping the series fresh, and keeping attendance always up I have decided to just do OOYH BK once a month, but with three sets each night. Might as well make it a hang, right? The new venue is awesome–they have great beer, and are some of the friendliest folks around, so please try to check one of these out! The upcoming dates are:

Sunday March 22, Sunday April 19, & Sunday May 31–lineups and details coming soon. As always, please check outofyourhead.org/brooklyn for updates.

Recordings:

BeepHonk (Dave Ballou, Anthony Pirog, Mike Kuhl, and myself) is a band that came to life in Baltimore after a chance meeting on a night Out of Your Head about 4 years ago. It was so good that we made it a band, but until now had not recorded any music with the group. We went into Ben Frock’s awesome new Baltimore studio Heartwood Sound Studio. It looks like we got an album’s worth of material, so we’ll be doing something with it in the later part of this year.

Party Pack ICE is a band I started in NY, but when I still lived in Baltimore. It started as a guitar trio of myself, Dustin Carlson, and Nathan Ellman-Bell, but after doing one performance (and only one performance to date!) with Patrick Breiner & Eric Trudel both on tenor saxophones, I decided to never go back to the trio. I have a lot of music that I wrote between 2011 and now for the band, and it’s time to get it on record. In mid-March Nathaniel Morgan will be recording the band, and who knows when it will see the light of day, but I’m excited to get it down on tape.

Also, I’m hopefully finally getting the Lubbock record mastered and released. Lubbock is a Baltimore-based dectet that is very near and dear to my heart, consisting of some of my best friends and favorite musicians anywhere. We recorded a 7-track album in January 2012, with compositions by myself, Dave Ballou, Eric Trudel, and Colin Renick. I love the record, and I’m excited to hopefully soon allow it to see the light of day! Lubbock is John Dierker, Eric Trudel, Cam Collins, and Colin Renick on reeds, Dave Ballou, Brent Madsen, and Jim McFalls on brass, and Chris Pumphrey, myself, and Nathan Ellman-Bell in the rhythm section.

65Fen Music Series:

There is a great new music series happening in Flatbush Brooklyn that I am really happy to be a part of as one of six curators. 65Fen Music Series is a weekly event (every Monday night) featuring two sets of music by two different bands. Each week is curated by one of Josh Sinton, Patrick Breiner, Michael Foster, Sean Ali, Jake Henry, or myself. The greater number of curators than normal really allows for a huge range of different types of bookings, so it’s been quite different so far from week-to-week. My next week of curating will happen on Monday March 9 and feature .michael. (Michael Sachs & Michael Buishas) at 8:30pm, and Patrick Breiner’s Double Double at 9:45pm. More information and a full schedule can be found at 65fenmusicseries.tumblr.com.

Upcoming Performances:

And some upcoming performances that I am particularly excited about (please see the performances page of this site for a more comprehensive list and more details about the following):

2/27–BeepHonk performs as part of Dave Ballou’s iBeam residency

2/28–Laila & Smitty @ the Beverley House Concert in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

3/9–Patrick Breiner’s Double Double @ 65Fen Music Series

3/18–How To Make a Mountain @ The Brooklyn Conservatory as a double bill with Sweet Talk

3/19–Double Double takes it on the road to the Carriage House in Baltimore

3/22–Out of Your Head Brooklyn @ Threes Brewing, Lineup TBA

Out of Your Head Brooklyn RETURNS Jan. 25 @ Threes Brewing

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I am very excited about OOYH BK being given the opportunity to do a trial show at Threes Brewing on Douglass Street in Gowanus. I just saw the space for the first time today and it is the perfect venue for the series. If you are free on Sunday January 25 (even if just for one set!) please come support the series so we can hopefully do more events in the space. We are packing it in on this one, with three sets, all awesome guaranteed party down barn burners. The bar is open until 2am serving drinks, and they will be serving Roberta’s Pizza until midnight. Here are the details–hope to see you there!

Out of Your Head Brooklyn @ Threes Brewing
Sunday January 25, 2015
333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn NY
8:00pm Doors, $10 suggested donation

LINEUP:

SET ONE (8:30pm):

Brian Drye-trombone
Angela Morris-saxophone
JP Schlegelmilch-keyboards
Martin Urbach-drums/percussion
Tomas Fujiwara-drums/percussion

SET TWO (9:45pm):

Nathaniel Morgan-saxophone
Sam Weinberg-saxophone
Andrew Smiley-guitar
Simon Jermyn-bass
Sam Ospovat-drums

SET THREE (11:00pm):

Michael Foster-saxophone
Yoni Kretzmer-saxophone
John Blevins-trumpet
Landon Knoblock-keyboards/synthesizers
Kim Cass-bass
Devin Gray-drums

Out of Your Head BK Returns (briefly)–Search and Restore Interview

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Just a brief post to say that I’m very excited that Out of Your Head Brooklyn is back for a few summer concerts at Douglass Street Music Collective on July 14, 28, and August 24. The full lineup is available on the OOYH BK website HERE.

Also, I’m very excited to have spoken with Sam Weinberg of Search and Restore about both the Brooklyn and Baltimore chapters of the series. He asked some great questions, and I did my best to answer them with as few words as possible. You can check it out here: OOYH Interview on Search and Restore

The collective’s run at DSMC is unfortunately going to be short-lived, and ending come the end of August. So please come check it out while we’re still at it! Would be great to see you there.