- Dan Brown
- Greg Anderson
Dan Brown is a man. Like all men Dan Brown was born a man-child. This event took place in New York. After a brief sojourn in the Empire State he, along with his family, moved to the nice beach community of Miami, Florida. It was here that Dan's musical journey began, starting with an aural exposure to his mother's Yoko Ono record collection. It was this inoculation along with other events (which can be found in the journal Crab Juice: Nectar of the Gods) that got the wheels of little Danny's mind a whirling. During his years Dan was able to persuade his parents, through negotiations and Sufi mystical mind tricks that he should be allowed bring the family piano into his room so that he could play it while at the same time playing drums. Without much going into the particulars, the rest of Dan's years as an adolescent were spent in a blazer and shorts.
Reaching the age of majority Dan found himself in New York once again and attending an unnamed but high-priced private university to learn how to put two pieces of film together to make one piece of film. It is also at this time that his musical career starts to blossom. Dan gives up the era of the solo artist and enters into the musical industrial mill known as God Is My Co-Pilot. The band is world renown for their punk attitude. Dan's tenure in the group takes place during its infamous equipment defenestration period in which other bands equipment were given the same treatment as certain Czech political figures. Dan plays in Europe, on the John Peel show, and is able to further hone his percussion abilities as well as his groundstroke. Dan then gives up the glory to join the shadowy anarcho-musical terrorist group Salmon Skin. Dan's movements at this time are shrouded in a sea of mystery and a layer of filo dough. He reappears in the group Pacer, an outfit that Gerard Cosloy compared to Sonic Youth. After the failure of Pacer to finish in the money during the Nirvana 500, he begins his current group Hall Of Fame. The band has released three LPs that have garnered musical praise as well as interest from the world famous foot in mouth composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. HOF's continuing explorations of music and sound have allowed Dan to attempt a number of different audio pathways. He’s been David Grubbs’ recent drummer of choice and is featured along with Grubbs and Tony Conrad on an upcoming musical project that is being released in early 2002 on Blue Chopsticks.
Which brings us to Inner Boroughs. Here Dan comes full circle and plays solo once again. With the help of Nicholas Vernhes as engineer and some other percussive muscle brought to you by Greg Anderson of Dan Melchior's Broke Revue he brings his own vision into focus. The personnel here is limited but the instrumentation is varied and open. Inner Boroughs exists in a realm, a tradition, which isn’t necessarily jazz or rock or experimental, but draws on a variety of sources from “Suite for Toy Piano” from John Cage’s Early Works, to Don Moye’s Sun Percussion, Hal Blaine’s Psychedelic Percussion and Art Blakey’s Holiday for Skins volume 1. But you can hear that for yourself. What more can we say about Gywneth Paltrow's favorite avant-garde percussionist? Dan Brown abides. Dan Brown is a man.
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