Menahan Street Band
Menahan Street Band & Charles Bradley (Jazz Fest Wien 2011)
Menahan Street Band & Charles Bradley (Jazz Fest Wien 2011)
Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York, United States
GenresAfrobeat, funk, jazz, soul
Years active2007 – present
LabelsDunham Records, Daptone
Associated actsAntibalas, Budos Band, El Michels Affair, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley. Frank Dukes
MembersThomas Brenneck (guitar)
Nick Movshon (bass)
Homer Steinweiss (drums)
Dave Guy (trumpet)
Leon Michels (saxophone)
Past membersMike Deller (organ)

Menahan Street Band is a Brooklyn, New York-based instrumental band formed in 2007, that plays funk and soul music. The band features musicians from Antibalas, El Michels Affair, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and the Budos Band. The group was founded by Thomas Brenneck while living in an apartment on Menahan Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick. Their debut album, Make the Road by Walking, was released in 2008 on Dunham, a sublabel of Daptone Records.

Various songs from Make the Road by Walking have been sampled by hip hop artists, including the title track, which was sampled by Jay-Z on the track "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)...",[1] "Going The Distance", which was sampled by Kid Cudi on his song "Solo Dolo Pt.II" featuring Kendrick Lamar on Cudi's third studio album Indicud, and "The Traitor," sampled by 50 Cent on his mixtape War Angel LP and by Cudi on his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day. In addition, the song "Tired of Fighting" is used as a primary sample in Kendrick Lamar's "Faith" from his eponymous 2009 EP, as well as YBN Cordae's 2019 track "Family Matters" from his debut album The Lost Boy.

After a ten-year hiatus, the band announced in December 2020 a new album, The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band, to be released in February 2021.[2]

Members

All members are active on the Daptone roster, and most have played together in Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, El Michels Affair, The Budos Band, and/or Antibalas, among other projects.[3][4][5]

  • Thomas Brenneck – bandleader, guitar, bass, keyboards (2007–present)
  • Dave Guy – trumpet, guitar (2007–present)
  • Leon Michels – saxophone, woodwinds, organ (2007–present)
  • Nick Movshon – bass, percussion (2007–present)
  • Homer Steinweiss – drums (2007–present)
  • Mike Deller – organ, piano (2007–2017; contributing musician: 2017–present)

Discography

Studio albums

TitleAlbum details
Make the Road by Walking
  • Released: October 14, 2008
  • Label: Dunham Records
  • Format: LP, CD, digital
The Crossing
  • Released: October 30, 2012
  • Label: Daptone/Dunham Records
  • Format: LP, CD, digital
The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band
  • Released: February 26, 2021
  • Label: Dunham Records
  • Format: LP, digital

Collaborative albums

  • Charles BradleyNo Time For Dreaming (2011)
  • Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming (The Instrumentals) (2011)
  • Charles Bradley – Victim of Love (2013)
  • Charles Bradley – Changes (2016)
  • Charles Bradley – Changes (The Instrumentals) (2017)
  • The Sha La Das – Love In The Wind (2018)
  • Charles Bradley – Black Velvet (2018)
  • Charles Bradley – Black Velvet (The Instrumentals) (2019)

Singles

TitleYearAlbumFormat
"Make the Road by Walking" / "Karina"2006Make the Road by Walking7"
"The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" / "Heartaches and Pain"2007No Time for Dreaming (with Charles Bradley)7"
"The Telephone Song" / "Tired Of Fighting"20087"
"The Wolf" / "Bushwick Lullaby"2009Non-album single7"
"Heart Of Gold" / "In You (I Found A Love)"2011No Time for Dreaming (with Charles Bradley)7"
"No Time for Dreaming" / "Golden Rule"7"
"The Crossing" / "Everyday A Dream"The Crossing7"
"Lights Out / Keep Coming Back"20127"
"There's a New Day Coming" / "Tommy Don't"2019Non-album single7", digital
"Queen's Highway"2020The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Banddigital
"Midnight Morning" / "Stepping Through the Shadow"7"
"The Duke" / "Midnight Morning"20217", digital
"The Starchaser"digital
"Devil's Respite"digital

Split singles

  • Australian Tour EP b/w Charles Bradley (2009)
  • "Run it Back" b/w Charles Bradley (2012)
  • "I'll Slip Away" (Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band) b/w Rodriguez (2012)
  • "Revelations" b/w Charles Bradley (2016)
  • "How Did I Get Here?" b/w Larose Jackson (2021)

Guest appearances

Selected credits[6]

References

  1. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2007". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 4, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2007.
  2. ^ Kreps, Daniel (2020-12-03). "Menahan Street Band Announce First New Album in Nearly 10 Years". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  3. ^ Friday, Ryan Madora; October 20th; 2017 (2017-10-20). "Bass Players To Know: Nick Movshon". No Treble. Retrieved 2021-03-06.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Dave Guy". The Dap-Kings. Retrieved 2021-03-06.
  5. ^ "Homer Steinweiss". The Dap-Kings. Retrieved 2021-03-06.
  6. ^ "Menahan Street Band". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-03-06.

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