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Pride, Mike's Scene Fucker #5

The Ensemble Is An Electronic Device

Pride, Mike's Scene Fucker #5: The Ensemble Is An Electronic Device (Public Eyesore)

Mike Pride's ensemble with Brian Moran, Jessica Pavone, Aaron Ali Shaikh in an extended work recorded live at Freddy's in Brooklyn in February of 2003, a slowly building work of unusual acoustic and electronic improvisation.

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UPC: 628740798027

Label: Public Eyesore
Catalog ID: 94
Squidco Product Code: 14217

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live at Freddy's, Brooklyn, NY on February 27th, 2003 by Brian Moran.


Jessica Pavone-viola

Aaron Ali Shaikh-Bb saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone

Brian Moran-electronics

Gerald Menke-pedal steel guitar

Mike Pride-percussion, glockenspiel, electronics, microcassette

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track listing:

1. Scene Fucker #5 34:39
Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Quintet Recordings

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"Back in November last year I got a huge package of discs from "Omaha's most unknown label", Bryan Day's wonderfully active and often ignored Public Eyesore, which first came to my attention a while back when I was asked to write liners for Jack Wright and Bob Marsh's Birds in the Hand. I haven't heard much from PE - that's Public Eyesore, btw, not Public Enemy (though come to think of it I haven't heard much from them lately either) - for a while, so forgive me if some of the releases I'm nattering on about here aren't exactly new.

This one for example was recorded way back in February 2003 and appeared a couple of years after that. It's one of an ongoing series of releases by the ahem attractively named Scene Fucker project, which is basically percussionist Mike Pride and anyone he can get his hands on. Very much Improvisation, as opposed to Improvised Music (if you read what I wrote on the subject in last month's Wire): we're talking a gnarly no-holds-barred snarling mess of moments, some inspired, some less so, but all constantly entertaining. Like life, really.

Joining Pride, who plays percussion, glockenspiel (though as the glockenspiel is a percussion instrument to start with you wonder why it merits a separate mention), electronics and microcassette, are Gerald Menke on pedal steel, Jessica Pavone on viola, Brian Moran on electronics and Aaron Ali Shaikh on soprano and alto saxophones. At times lyrical (Pavone sounds great, and so does Menke - imagine Bill Frisell playing Scelsi), at times gritty and combative (Pride is especially good at throwing spanners in the works - he even gets stuck in a kind of drum'n'bass groove at one point, to the apparent indifference of everyone else involved), it's a fine example of what American improvisers do best: get down, get dirty, take risks, go for it."-Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic 02/2007

Artist Biographies:

"Mike Pride: Percussionist • Composer • Vocalist • Visual Artist

Born and raised in Southern Maine, but based out of New York City since 2000, Mike Pride currently performs solo, leads modern-jazz quartet From Bacteria To Boys, the 7-drummer installation-band Drummer's Corpse, and the MDC piano trio I Hate Work. He also co-leads the ensembles Pulverize The Sound (w/ Peter Evans and Tim Dahl), and Period (w/ Charlie Looker and Chuck Bettis). Pride is renowned for his ability to excel in a wide range of genres and ensembles. He has worked with everyone from improvised music icon Anthony Braxton to punk legends Millions Of Dead Cops, toured extensively on four continents, appeared on more than 100 recordings, and is currently touring the world opening for comedian Amy Schumer with Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore.

A short list of his collaborators includes Mick Barr, Tim Berne, Boredoms, Eugene Chadbourne, Nels Cline, Andrew D'Angelo, Trevor Dunn, Dynamite Club, Peter Evans, Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Drew Gress, Mary Halvorson, Curtis Hasselbring, Nona Hendryx, Jon Irabagon, Brad Jones, Haino Keiji, Kirk Knuffke, George Lewis, Frank Lowe, Bill McHenry, Tony Malaby, Sam Mickens, Butch Morris, Joe Morris, William Parker, Marc Ribot, Matana Roberts, Herb Robertson, Jamie Saft, Sonny Simmons, Craig Wedren, Nate Wooley, Otomo Yoshihide and John Zorn.

Pride's versatility doesn't end with his eclectic résumé as a popular sideman and leader/co-leader of many active ensembles spanning the worlds of modern-jazz, avant-rock, noise and doom metal improv. He is also a busy educator and clinician, a soundtrack composer for TV shows, video games, podcasts, independent films, and websites, and an experienced and exhibited visual artist.

Mike proudly uses Yamaha Drums & hardware, Vic Firth striking implements, and Humes & Berg Cases."

-Mike Pride Website (

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