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Signal Problems (Danny Gouker, Eric Trudel, AH, and Nathan Ellman-Bell) are releasing our second album in the coming weeks, entitled Love Letter. We are going on a little tour next week to celebrate this. Danny made a pretty funny promo video that has almost no music in it. We will be playing in the following places, and would love to see you there!
April 17th 11:00a: Masterclass at Towson University
April 17th 8:00p: Signal Problems//The Fun Boys @ The Hippo Hut
April 18th 7:30p: Scott Clark 4tet // Signal Problems at Black Iris (Richmond)
April 19th 5:00p: Happy Hour w/ Signal Problems! (note we’re NOT playing the “Love Letter” set at this one)
April 20th 7:00p: House concert in Ellicott City, MD (message for details)
And here is a preview track from the album, with a little background info about the piece, written by Danny:
Love Letter is a one-of-a-kind 25-30 minute, semi-theatrical suite created by the band, Signal Problems over the period of several years. It starts with a musical interpretation of a mad-lib, and an engine of free association and word play propel the suite on a journey that is unique to each performance. Though there might be a secret theme to any given performance, every performance has many different possible interpretations, and often these differences in interpretation are enacted by the band in real time. Performances are often humorous, but can turn serious in an instant and turn back just as quickly.
Alright alright, Party Pack ICE is hitting the road on December 13 & 14 for a mini-tour to release our recent self-titled album. You can check the album out right HERE on Bandcamp. You can also read a pretty cool review of the record over at avantmusicnews.com where they said nice things like “Every so often an album comes along that is so strangely charming and forthright in its lack of convention that one cannot help but enjoy it.” Pretty nice, yeah? Here is info about the shows! We’ll be hitting Richmond VA and Baltimore MD. Baltimore will be extra special, as our first show was there and it really is our hometown. We hope to see you out to help celebrate! Details:
Thursday December 14
Party Pack ICE // Dave Ballou // Mondawmen @ The Windup Space
12 W North Ave, Baltimore MD
8:00pm doors, $5
***double album release for Party Pack ICE and Dave Ballou’s Quadrants, both on pfMENTUM***
Party Pack ICE is:
Adam Hopkins – bass, compositions
Patrick Breiner – tenor saxophone
Eric Trudel – tenor saxophone
Dustin Carlson – guitar
Nathan Ellman-Bell – drums
In recent news, the 65Fen Music Series, which I help curate with a crew of awesome people, is going on a hiatus after our May 15 show. The series still has a lot of momentum, but we are searching for a new venue to host our weekly Monday night series. Some things in the works, but not firm enough to announce just yet.
So that makes May 1 my last curated concert in the current space, which is near and dear to my heart. I can’t think of a more exciting way to go out than to share a set of music with one of my favorite musical collaborators Chris Hoffman on cello. We’ll play a duo set of some varied things–trying out some new material for Bells & Wires, but in this reduced format. We play at 10:00p, but be sure to come early to hear Jason Mears & Quentin Tolimieri at 9:00p. I’ll miss the current space for sure, but am hopeful and excited for the future of the series. I made a flier:
UPDATE: Hank Roberts has awesomely agreed to play with Chris and I on May 1 at 65Fen. I have been trying to set up shows with Hank and Chris to play duo for some time, so I hope I don’t mess up that idea. Hank is one of my all-time musical heroes, so this makes a show that I was already quite excited about that much more exciting!
My friends Danny Gouker & Kenny Warren run one of my favorite series’ in NYC called A.E. Randolph Presents. The series was started by Will McEvoy over two years ago, and it continues to run strong at the Bar Below Rye in Williamsburg (247 S 1st Street). It was very awesome of Danny & Kenny to allow me to curate the entire month of March, and I am very excited about the concerts. Please come support the series if you can! These will be great nights of music. The lineups are as follows:
Wednesday March 1:
Wednesday March 8:
9:30pm: Grey McMurray (guitar/vocals) w/ Clarice Jensen (cello) & Qasim Naqvi (drums)
10:30pm: Hank Roberts (cello) / Gerald Cleaver (drums)
Wednesday March 15:
WRY: Tim Berne (saxophone) / Mary Halvorson (guitar) / Ches Smith (drums)
TWO SETS: 9:30pm & 10:30pm
Wednesday March 22:
9:30pm: Little Cobweb: Angela Carlucci (vocals/guitar) w/ Leslie Graves, Casey Holford, & TJ Huff)
10:30pm: Ideal Bread: Josh Sinton (baritone saxophone) / Kirk Knuffke (cornet) / Adam Hopkins (bass) / Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
Wednesday March 29:
9:30pm: Jean Rohe (guitar/vocals), others TBA
10:30pm: Moonheart: Kim Mayo / Michael Sachs
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
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.