Arrison Kirby with Dustin Milotte & Brite Flowers
The Micro Jackson EP
“Living on my Own”
Written, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Arrison Kirby
except “Living on my Own” written by Freddie Mercury.
Arrison Kirby – vocals, acoustic guitar, beats, keys, drums
Dustin Milotte – guitars / additional guitar composition
Brite Flowers – bass / additional bass composition
Artwork by Aaron Shugart-Brown
Recorded at El Studio, Knoxville, TN
The mighty London music press outfit, Supajam, provided an early look at forthcoming, The Micro Jackson EP, by Arrison Kirby, with Dustin Milotte and Brite Flowers. Specifically, they shared the first single, “Action.”
There is this question of Paul McCartney playing Americana. That is far too humbling of a comparison for comment. Thanks, Supajam!
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….
Right click and “Save As” to download the tracks:
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
This is a special one-time show happening in good ol’ New Orleans for anyone who is not going to the Essence Festival. This free performance will feature: Arrison Kirby, Dustin Milotte, Grant Parker and Astrid Dees. The music will be something between country and electronica.
Memetics is a project by Aaron Shugart-Brown and Arrison Kirby. Nathan Brown (Obadiah, Hypencrunk, Soulbot) will also be joining them on this evening. Click here to check out an old session with just Aaron and Arrison.
Deep Green is a new, more jazz oriented project featuring some of Knoxville’s finest musicians: Dave Eckman, Dustin Milotte, Grant Parker, Patrick Morgan and Judson Clinton. Click here to check out their sound.
Wasted Youth Party is a brand new project by Wesley Wyrick (DolpynRydyr, COP, Star Mountain). Not sure where to find any of it online so I guess you will have to just come see.
If you have a Facebook, please RSVP on the event page.