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The Micro Jackson EP by Arrison Kirby with Dustin Milotte and Brite Flowers to be released 10.15.2013

The Micro Jackson EP is the fifth release from Knoxville producer, Arrison Kirby. It features Dustin Milotte (Star Mountain, Hypenkrunk) on guitar and the mysterious Brite Flowers on bass.

With the exception of a Freddie Mercury cover (“Living on my Own”), this collection of songs was written by Kirby over a series of years. Milotte and Flowers were commissioned specifically for a one-time performance at Checkpoint Charlie’s in New Orleans. These versions, with each of their own compositional additions, were arranged, rehearsed and recorded over a series of sessions in 2012

Milotte’s guitar gives this release more of a southern feel than Kirby’s previous recordings, while maintaining the avant-garde foundation that Kirby typically works from. The sound captured here is at times reminiscent of Wilco, mated with Ben Folds, David Byrne, and a touch of Devo playing the Grateful Dead.

This is the nineteenth release from Knoxville’s El Deth recording label. It will be digitally available through all major online distributors on October 15th, 2013.

Here’s the first single….

click here for a clean version of the track.

Checkpoint Charlie’s Rehearsal for 7.7.2012 – Arrison Kirby, Dustin Milotte & Grant Parker

Checkpoint Charlie's, New Orleans, LA

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“Burned Out”
“Do As”
“Action”
“Bomb”
“Living on My Own” (Freddie Mercury)
“Crick”
“Single Politician

This was our next to last rehearsal for our performance on July 7th at Checkpoint Charlie’s in New Orleans, LA.  This entire act was set up specifically for this show.  First it was booked (under the name “El Deth Music”) with help from, Jak Locke.  Then I set out a call for people who wanted to come along and contribute.  Dustin Milotte (Deep Green, Star Mountain) and Grant Parker (Deep Green, Big John and the Nationals) answered that call to perform.  Astrid Dees also came along for logistical and moral support…and to shop and have a good time and stuff.  Dustin and Grant and I fleshed out material and rehearsed for about a month and a half before the show.  This particular session was recorded on June 26th.  It’s highly likely that we will record this material more formally (i.e.  tracked out without all the wounds showing)  and releasing it in the near future, most likely under the name The Mighty Whites.

This is the exact set we did at Checkpoint Charlie’s, without random stage banter, of course…but we did keep “Crick.”  “Bomb” was one I used to do during acoustic sets years ago.  Dustin remembered it from those days and suggested we bring it back out.  (I changed the word “president” to “congressman” since it was initially written when George W. Bush was in office.  I’m still not sure about the Sadam Hussein reference staying in there).  We also covered a Freddie Mercury song, “Living on my Own,” that was introduced to me by Josh Lunsford when we recorded in Shiver Me Timbers together.  We closed with “Single Politician,” which was originally performed by Never Sorry.

I want to mention that, in addition to setting up the show, Jak Locke also performed with the Jak Locke Rock Show.  We saw him play music at a burlesque show at the Allways Lounge the night before, too.  It was all quality and I implore you to check out his stuff.

New Orleans really is a magical place.  The staff and patrons at Checkpoint Charlie’s were all warm and hospitable.  Really, pretty much everyone we encountered in Orleans Parrish was.  No complaints at all, other than the fucking heat.

Arrison Kirby – vocals, beats, acoustic guitar
Dustin Milotte –  electric guitar
Grant Parker – bass