Johnny Brenda's & R5 Productions Present
Steve Gunn (Record Release Show)
Endless Boogie, Psalmships
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:15 PM
This event is 21 and over
Steve Gunn (Record Release Show)
Steve Gunn is a New York-based guitarist and songwriter. With a career spanning nearly fifteen years, Steve has produced volumes of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. His albums with GHQ and longtime collaborating drummer John Truscinski represent milestones of contemporary guitar-driven, forward music. A voracious schedule of international performances has cultivated a fervent fanbase for Gunn’s music throughout the world.
Mining the catalogs of Basho, Bull, Chapman, and Sharrock, among other titans of stringed-things and record-session royalty, Steve has steadily processed these inspirations into a singular, virtuosic stream. Friendships and collaborations with Jack Rose, Tom Carter, Meg Baird, and Michael Chapman colored the disciplined evolution of the discursive, deconstructed blues sound, at once transcendent and methodical, that is now Gunn’s signature. Close listening reveals the influence of Delta and Piedmont country blues, ecstatic free jazz, and psych, as well as Gnawa and Carnatic music, on the continually unfolding compositions.
Gunn’s 2009 solo masterpiece, Boerum Palace, demonstrated a fully realized power for songcraft. Steve started to sing more and developed a commanding vocal style equal to his guitar practice. His acclaimed instrumental duo recordings with Truscinski, Sand City (2010) and Ocean Parkway (2012), cemented his place among the top of his peers, both present and past. These documents display Gunn’s compositional penchant for charting musical travelogues that ramble through city and wilderness alike. Dispatches home are not merely descriptive but corporeal; the evocative, rhythmic power of his writing and phrasing carries the listener along bodily. Steve builds songs as exploratory vessels, opens them up for mechanical tinkering, and lives in them through ceaseless improvisatory permutations.
Paradise of Bachelors is thrilled to release Time Off (2013), his first album as leader of a trio including longtime friends John Truscinski on drums and Justin Tripp on bass, and a record on which Steve’s compelling singing features more prominently than ever before. The album features his oblique character sketches and story-songs about friends, acquaintances, and denizens of his Brooklyn neighborhood, using the trio band format to launch his compositions into new, luminous strata. This is Gunn at the top of his game, writing his most memorable tunes and lyrics, utterly unique but steeped in traditions both vernacular and avant-garde.
Aaron Burr's attempt to seize the Texas Territory for his own dominion has
beguiled composers 'n bands for ages. Allegedly Aaron Copeland's
'Appalachian Spring' was originally entitled 'Blennerhassett Spring' til
Martha Graham had a snit & threatened to tell his socialist pals he was
active in the Lavender Mafia, the fuckin’ witch. But hey, it went on to win a
Pulitzer Prize. Lowell George supposedly had a concept album in the can
(aka, 'Carolina Parakeet') what was all about it, then Neon Park said he
refused to draw a bird sportin Burr's noggin, so George ended up
makin 'Thanks I'll Eat It Here' instead. Then died not long after. Now that's
just a damn shame! And so this fascinatin’ tale of (alleged) treasonous
expansion would end up in limbo until Endless Boogie took up the quill &
recorded this new, inspired masterpiece entitled, 'Vibe Killer'. It's like a
history lesson plundered deep outta the archives of Straight/Bizarre.
Our story opens w/a jowly narrative enunciated by Top Dollar (as
Aaron Burr) callin’ out all them sissy Dem-Rep blaggards, letting 'em know
he's on his own path. Naturally what follows is some tasty sun zoom riffage
a’tween TD 'n The Governor and the wiley Sweenhound, backed solidly by
the Razo/Druzd rhythm union. In fact, through the whole of this opus,
Druzd effortlessly marshals through the sonic undertow while Razo rudders
his bass like a brilliant pulse in a spasmodic vortex. Top Dollar, the
aforementioned Herr Sween & The Governor gnash, morph, crystallize
while the jams flow; it's 'Mirror Man' bum-rushin’ 'Pretties For You'. Before
ya know it, we're at track 5 ('Back In '74') where the plot ostensibly takes
us to a memory've Burr enterin’ college, but is surreptitiously more about
the year Top Dollar gave up on Grand Funk in favor of Josefus.
You're followin’ all of this, right? So as we amble into the ether of this
brilliant opus, we can surmise by title 6 ('Jefferson County') the end is near.
Burr (aka, Top Dollar) reflects on everything from Wilkinson's betrayal to
the excellent meals while in captivity at Fort Stodden, then
suddenly, NO, it's him, Top Dollar-with full Endless Boogie heft-soarin’ high
above the hobo fires that flicker along the bank've the Ouachita River,
drownin’ out forever the simperin’ harmonica bleats’ve tyranny. It’s almost
enough to make you wanna smoke a ham. Friends & collectors, Endless
Boogie have never not occupied the Catbird Seat. Winners gonna win, yo.
They, like Aaron Burr himself, understand manifest destiny & no amount of
port nor Madeira will take them down. Shit, might as well bring the sherry
too. Who knows, maybe your mom's a fan.
An EP called Songs For a Red Bird will be released on November 5th. On
it, Joshua Britton deals with things that matter (darkness, heartache,
forgiveness, and perseverance) through simple but effective imagery;
buffalo, trees, birds, barns, the moon, the ocean. Four songs were
written during a collaboration with local songwriter Joshua Park, and
Britton recorded five additional, older songs with producer Kevin
Killen. However, by the end of mixing, Killen and Britton whittled the
nine down to six songs. Since Psalmships’ start in 2009, Britton has
continued to add personnel to the line-ups that join him in the studio
and on stage, at times forgoing the stark minimalism of his
mostly-solo outings for more expansive, frenetic and intense
performances. Songs For a Red Bird boasts first appearances from Kiley
Ryan (who eschews the fiddle for a banjo), Phil D’Agostino, and Joshua
Park. Longtime members Brad Hinton and producer/multi-instrumentalist
Kevin Killen also perform on the twelfth record by Psalmships.