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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto by Michael Yu, 2014

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.


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


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


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


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.

Signal Problems and Double Double Album Releases

Two albums were released recently that I am very proud to have been a part of. In February Signal Problems did a couple of release shows in our home town of Baltimore at the Windup Space, and our current town of residence, Brooklyn, at Korzo’s Konception series. This band has been honing our sound for almost 6 years now, and I think that is very much present on the record. I am biased, but even still I think it is a really awesome release. The record is currently only available for purchase at the pfMentum website.

Just a few weeks ago Patrick Breiner put together a CD Release show for Double Double at the Korzo Konceptions series. I think the new record Milage is a great representation of the band, but the release show was a whole new level for this group which makes me very excited to see where it goes in the future. If you missed the release show, you can catch us later this month at the Launch Pad on April 24.

More info about both records (and some blasts from the past!) available in the discography section of this very website! Here is a direct link if you’d like to check it out: Discography

Thanks for all of the continued support. Some very exciting upcoming concerts are on the horizon, including but not limited to Laila and Smitty CD Release at Littlefield on May 9, and a CD Release on May 1 at Douglass Street Music Collective and short European tour with Ideal Bread in support of our new album Scratching The Seventies on Cuneiform Records.

Wildcard on Wing Walker Music

The fine folks at Wing Walker Music (wingwalkermusic.com) recently asked me to participate in their Wildcard series, which I was happy to do. The concept was described to me as a “snapshot in time” in terms of what I’m listening to musically. It isn’t at all a best-of, or a top-5 favorite albums list, but really more of what you are listing to currently and how you feel about it. This was easy for me because as of late I’ve had a broken iPod and my phone can only hold 5ish albums at a time. Thankfully I had some good stuff on there, and I enjoyed talking about it briefly for their blog posting. Thanks to Drew Williams and John Blevins for asking me to participate. Keep up the great work with the website!

You can check out the full post HERE and read about some pretty awesome albums by Fred Frith, Skeleton Crew, David Bazan, Kris Davis, and the 5049 Podcast. Enjoy!

Video: Adam Hopkins Quartet @ Evolving Music Series 1.20.2014

I had an amazing time premiering my new quartet (which will hopefully soon have a better name!) at the Evolving Music Series. The fine people who run Vision Fest run this series weekly on Monday nights, and the lineups are always worth checking out. I’d highly recommend checking the calendar and catching a show…a nice audience, and very well organized! You can check out their schedule HERE.

And some new music! This quartet is brand new and features Anna Webber and Ed Rosenberg on tenor saxophones, myself on bass, and Jason Nazary on drums.

Video: Haverchuck at Barbes 1.15.2014

Here’s a video clip of (part of) one of the pieces from Haverchuck at Barbes’ Palimpsestic Series on January 15, 2014. Sorry for the audio clipping! Going to be posting some videos of the recent quartet performance as well. Coming soon…enjoy, and thanks for listening!