SOME STUFFS: Stanton Moore ready to interact with “Conversations”

Stanton Moore is hitting us with a new album in a month called Conversations (The Royal Potato Family) and for this project he is in a trio setting with James Singleton on bass and David Torkanowsky on piano. Moore is calling this album “(a) return to my roots and a reinvention”, and when you are centiered well, you always know where to return. Listen to what he’s about to unveil in four weeks with “Lauren Z”.

Conversations will be released digitally and on vinyl and CD. Each format (in that order) can be pre-ordered below via Amazon.

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SOME STUFFS: Galactic talk about how they create, record, and mix in the studio for their latest album

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Ya-Ka-May (Anti-) is the new album due out on February 9th from Galactic, whose music continues to thrill music buyers and concert audiences no matter where they are. There is a really good interview with Galactic’s Ben Ellman and producer/mixing engineer Chuck Brody at EQ Magazine as they speak on how they created the songs from start to finish.

Click here for a great read.

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REVIEW: Garage A Trois’ “Power Patriot”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic If you’ve never heard of the band Garage A Trois, let me define the ingredients that go into this audio stew: Skerik on saxophones; Marco Benevento on piano and keyboards; Stanton Moore, drummer extraordinaire; Mike Dillon on vibes. If you know of their work as individuals or the countless jamming and session work they’ve done in the last decade or so, then you should already be a fan of Garage A Trois. If not, and the concept of these four guys joining each other in the studio is just too much, let me welcome you to “too much”, but in in a good way.

Power Patriot (Royal Potato Family) is an album created by a band who have expanded from their trois set-up that they started out as. Charlie Hunter left a few years ago but has been replaced by the incredible Marco Benevento, and the new chemistry found within is perfect, as their style of jazz goes above and beyond what is expected. That is to be expected since these guys are incredible improvisational musicians, and the kind of spontaneity can be felt and experienced on this new album, which begins with two psychotic tracks that may loosely be called psychedelic jazz. Or if not psychedelic, it definitely combines hints of electronic influences with distortion and rock, to where it doesn’t sound like jazz at all. “Rescue Spreaders” does indeed sound like a rescue mission, as if you get a chance to hear rage, anxiety, anticipation, fear, and strength through music. One is literally sitting on the edge of their seat trying to take it all in and just as it feels it could continue, the band pull a complete 180 and create something with a bit of pop flavor, as if Elton John decided to come into the studio and say “I’d like to join you, mates.” You’ll hear something that sounds like a saxophone, but then it moves into a layer of distortion and it sounds and is played like a guitar. You hear something that sounds like a bass guitar, but is it a synth, or the vibraphone, or something else? You know who’s on this but you smile at the fact that you’re hearing sounds that aren’t in the credits. Imagine if Jazzanova or Jaga Jazzist found some incredible ludes and decided to share it between each other.

The most surprising song is “Purgatory”, which actually starts out moody and maybe melancholy, or maybe it’s trying to set-up the situation. About a minute or so in, it gets dark and ugly and now it’s as if these guys turned into a stoner/sludge metal band.

What you’ll also find throughout Power Patriot is an electronic soundscape, which isn’t dominant but it sounds nothing like what you’d expect from anything in jazz. You’ll hear sounds that could be from ancient 8-bit video games or cell phones, or reverbed elements that seem to last forever, or an electronic (even hip-hop) approach to the production that would make Madlib or The Angel fans proud. It’s mutated jazz, it’s freakish jazz, yet it goes over the rim to where it’s almost not jazz, and perhaps that’s what they were trying to do. That is, to boil over the top and see what drips and for how long and where.

Power Patriot is incredible as is, constructed in style and form that is similar to Gnarls Barkley‘s St. Elsewhere in terms of creativity and adventure. The ending sounds like an ending, but you want it to continue and never stop satisfying. To hear these four creative minds go at it like a militia is insane, and I’m certain that these songs in a live setting will be a much bigger honey-dipped mindfuck.

SOME STUFFS: Garage A Trois create a new menage in 2009

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Comprehend the blend:
Marco Benevento
Skerik
Stanton Moore
Mike Dillon

The idea makes you want to pee upside down, doesn’t it? This is Garage A Trois, and they’re about to drop a new album called Power Patroit (The Royal Potato Family) on October 27th. The group will be doing a few shows in support of the album, and when any of these guys are involved in something, it’s a must-see event. With them together as one, it’s going to be mandatory. Here are the concert dates in support of Power Patroit, which takes them through to the beginning of winter:

November 14 | Bear Creek Festival | Live Oak, FL
November 19 | DBA | New Orleans, LA
November 20 | Chelsea’s | Baton Rouge, LA
November 21 | The Parish | Austin, TX
December 8 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA
December 9 | Nightlight Lounge | Bellingham, WA
December 10 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR
December 11 | Red Fox Tavern | Arcata, CA
December 12 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
December 19 | The Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY
December 20 | North Star Bar | Philadelphia, PA
December 21 | The 8X10 | Baltimore, MD

The CD can be pre-ordered now through CD Universe.