Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dylan Carlson interview

I had the opportunity to interview Dylan Carlson (Earth), the guitarist behind some of my favorite slow-guitar jams, for Tiny Mix Tapes a few weeks ago before we shared a bill together in Philly.

Check it out here:

Monday, June 6, 2016


I'm hitting the road starting Wednesday, June 8, with Johnny DeBlase and Kevin Shea.

Check us out in one of these places:

w/Johnny DeBlase on bass and Kevin Shea on drums

June 8th - Hudson, NY - The Spotty Dog w/Slow Collins
June 9th - Toronto, ON - Burn Down The Capital @ Ratio w/Steve Kado and zhang
June 10th - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes w/Ben Miller
June 11th - Chicago, IL - Elastic Arts w/Katherine Young's quartet and Michael Vallera
June 12th - Lafayette, IN - Spot Tavern
June 13th - Columbus, OH - Cara Bar w/Ryan Jewell Quintet, A Beamed Gelling Rose, Faster Island
June 14th - Pittsburgh, PA - City of Asylum 

Here's a great preview from the Chicago Reader:

Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio, Katie Young, Michael Vallera 

When: Sat., June 11, 9 p.m.
Price: $10 suggested donation
On most recordings I’ve heard by Philadephia guitarist Nick Millevoi his playing is unapologetically aggressive and noisy, unleashing jaggedly lacerating outbursts that fit neatly within the general brutal prog milieu (see: his long-running trio Many Arms). Millevoi’s playing is no less furious with free-jazz quartet Haitian Rail or when he teams up with improvisers like Toshimaru Nakamura or Dead Neanderthals. So I was pretty shocked the first time I heard the new Desertion (Shhpuma), an often melodic quartet album that showcases a reserved, atmospheric side of his music. Deftly supported by keyboardist Jamie Saft, drummer Ches Smith, and Many Arms bassist Johnny DeBlase, Millevoi carves out enough space to turn American music into one sprawling cosmic jam, balancing country with a kind of denatured funk. It’s not all chill, as opening cut “Desertion and the Arsonist’s Match” draws upon classic prog gestures, with massive organ swells from Saft, overdriven beats by Smith, and needling, upper-register leads from the guitarist—all before segueing into one of many passages that evoke post-Morriccone renderings of the American southwest. “Just for a Moment, I Stood There in Silence” most surprised me: the tender, twangy waltz features lyric violin fills by guest June Bender and eventually veers into straight Crazy Horse territory with a luxuriantly stomping groove. On “Where They Do Their Capers,” Millevoi hovers within clouds of reverb and texture, waiting for a resolution that never arrives. His touring lineup includes DeBlase and drummer Kevin Shea of Haitian Rail and Mostly Other People Do the Killing.
— Peter Margasak

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Desertion on Bandcamp

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Desertion will be released May 20 (this Friday), but you can stream the whole thing over at Noisey now for free:

Featuring an interview and really great words by Brad Cohan, including:

"For his newest solo project, Millevoi dialed down his usual firestorm of proggy notes and upped the epic Neil Young-influenced guitar solo ante on the apocalyptic desert blues of Desertion. Throughout its six tracks, Millevoi channels the countrified acid-rock twang of the Meat Puppets while under the sonic influence of the atmospheric guitar heroics Young explored on Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man soundtrack."

Once you're done, get your pre-order on over here:

Friday, April 1, 2016

NYC Taper post

On March 6, Desertion Quartet played its first gig with Johnny DeBlase on bass, Christopher McDonald on Roland Juno, and Kevin Shea on drums. NYC Taper was there to document it.

Stream or download here:

Then head over here and pre-order Desertion, which comes out May 20:

Friday, March 11, 2016

"Desertion and the Arsonist's Match" premiered at NPR Music

Lars Gotrich says, "When Nick Millevoi plays the guitar, it's like a rocket darting skyward between clouds..." in the premiere of my song "Desertion and the Arsonist's Match."

This track features Jamie Saft on Hammond organ, Johnny DeBlase on upright bass, and Ches Smith on drums.

Check it out here:

Desertion will be released May 20 on Shhpuma.

Pre-order for Desertion is up now at

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Desertion track premiered at Aquarium Drunkard

I'm happy to announce that in May, Shhpuma, a great part of the Clean Feed label that focuses on releasing music that goes "beyond, below and above the jazz realm," will release my new record, Desertion.

This album features my Many Arms bandmate, Johnny DeBlase, on upright and electric bass, Jamie Saft on Hammond organ and piano, and Ches Smith on drums, masterfully recorded by Saft at Potterville International Sound. Dan Blacksberg contributed a trombone choir and a string arrangement performed by June Bender.

Aquarium Drunkard dropped the first taste today, premiering the track "Just For a Moment, I Stood There in Silence," in a review that also discusses the new Solar Motel record (on which I play), and the new Sunwatchers record.

Check it out here: