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Many Arms

New Nick Millevoi Album Available for Streaming

Guitarist Nick Millevoi dips his feet into a myriad of musical of outlets (Many Arms, Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel,  Hollenberg-Millevoi Quartet etc.) So, it’s not surprising when one hears that he’s releasing new material. His forthcoming album Desertion, will be released via ShhPuma /Clean Feed May 20. It is currently streaming over at Noisey.  Melodically smoothing over a union of Americana and psych-rock, the record ventures onto boundless terrain beautifully experimenting while hinting at the familiar. 

Many Arms Record Release Show at KFN June 6

Many Arms - a sublime piece of musical schizophrenia - will be celebrating the debut of their 4th album Suspended Definitions (Tzadik) at the Kung Fu Necktie tonight. A blend of alt-punk aesthetics and a jazz compositional style, their sound is basically what would happen if someone handed Miles Davis an electric guitar and said "surprise me." Each song is essentially a prolonged, furious guitar solo over already breakneck instrumentals, all able to turn on a dime; the band manages to weave a wry, ominous voice without even thinking about vocals. Many Arms' latest release has already earned them a spot in Spin's list of "50 Best Albums of 2014...So Far." They’ll be joined by Toronto saxophonist Colin Fisher of Caribou Vibration Ensemble, who also joined the group for the recordings of Suspened Definitions, for a special late night performance. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 11pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Matt Hurst) - Daniel Ludwig


New Many Arms Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Punk-jazz outfit Many Arms just dropped their new album Suspended Definition via John Zorn's Tzadik Records. It's their second release with the independent label. You can stream the mind-blending work in its entirety over at Brooklyn Vegan. Added to the lineup of Nick Millevoi on guitar, Ricardo Lagomasino on drums, and John DeBlase on bass, you'll find saxophonist Colin Fischer (of Caribou).


Many Arms Team Up w/Colin Fisher to Perform New Material at The Rotunda Jan. 4

Nick Millevoi’s way with intricate jazz-rock has spawned a solo career and the consistently impressive power trio Many Arms with bandmates John Deblase and Ricardo Lagomasino, as well as the numerous other projects that his magical fingers have touched. Recently welcomed into the Tzadik Records stable, the patchwork aesthetic of this group is an experimental gem. They play an entrancing combination of punk and free jazz, harnessing the gnashing relentless forward motion of the former to the wild unpredictability of the latter; however disjointed their compositions get, such as the appropriately-writhing “Snakes In The Grass,” though, the rapport of these three musicians shines through, with a clarity to each member's contribution. Their show tonight at the Rotunda is free, and they'll be teaming up with master tenor saxophonist Colin Fisher to perform a set of new material. Fisher will also be opening the evening with a solo guitar set of his own. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., 8pm, Free, All Ages - Alyssa Greenberg


Album Review: Many Arms - Many Arms

Recent signees to John Zorn’s famously experimental Tzadik label, Many Arms are a free-jazz-circa-punk rock trio whose new album features three sprawling, dissonant, quarter-hour epics with forebodingly heady titles like “Rising Artifacts in a Five-Point Field” and “In Dealing with the Laws of Physics on Planet Earth.” As with most Tzadik releases, Many Arms seem destined for a niche audience made up of those who would read this review’s first sentence and not want to continue scrolling down this page with newfound vigor, but if you’ve made it here and your interest is piqued, then buckle in: Many Arms may not be the most coddling album, but in its technical mastery, it is nothing if not impressive.
While Many Arms’ brand of ordered chaos doesn’t do well for casual listening, the musicianship it can showcase is on full display as the band takes obtuse ideas and shape-shifting time signatures and slowly constructs them into frenetic squalls. In the tradition of minimalism, their songs don’t move as arcs but as journeys, with new ideas blossoming from variations on a main theme. Guitarist Nick Millevoi, bassist John DeBlase, and drummer Ricardo Lagomasino prove formidable improvisers, as they manage to keep the tempo at tantrum speed while playing out these new variations, some of which are absolutely unreal. This is especially true of opener “Beyond Territories,” a track whose monster central riff is given fifteen minutes of unrelenting pounding so that by the end of the song, it’s a different but no-less-furious beast. With the freedom to do basically whatever they want, these guys indulge their wildest ideas to create extended sections of anarchic madness.
With Many Arms, the thrill of hearing three virtuosos create a ruckus is the album’s central appeal, but it’s also what might stunt any emotional connection to the music. The band’s latest offering is quite admirable in its travels off the beaten path, however, it will probably be lost to listeners outside of their niche, which can be the kind of damning compliment one gives art-films of recognizable value but never watches. That’s what Many Arms feels like: A technically impressive endeavor that will ultimately be pushed aside by something friendlier, even if it isn’t as mind-boggling. While a little temperance would’ve gone a long way in broadening their fan base, it would not stay true to why the talented trio was signed to Zorn’s experimental record label in the first place.
Many Arms will be celebrating the release of their self-titled album this Friday at Circle of Hope (2009 Frankford Ave.) with Heavy Medical and Color is Luxury. - Adam Downer

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