Cover Art Assistances

Please help Nice Monster design our record art.  Our third record is to be released this summer by Grayscale Records.  Choose from the following really great ideas, or forward your own. This is your chance to be on the ground floor in cover art design, as you have requested.  *Pardon the typo in the JPEG below.


Published in: on May 14, 2015 at 6:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Nice Monster CD Release – Fox & Goose – June 12th with Odame Sucks

Nice Monster has completed work on its new CD, “The Great, Long Rest.” Compared to the two previous albums, “Good Times + Sharp Knives” and the self-titled EP, the arrangements are somewhat tighter, the drumset grew some new toms, there are more lyrics per song, the tempos are a little faster, there is less transfat, the songs each get higher miles per gallon, and we have a great cast of Sacramento musicians pitching in! “The Calvinists” features backing vocals by Justin Farren. If you know what is good for you, see Backing vocals on “The Great Long Rest” provided by Jay Shaner and for more info, please see He also has a great project called 50-Watt Heavy. They have a Facebook page. Violin on “Sports Report” played by Damian Sol, and you, too, can have him on your record – please see The CD is set for release in June on Grayscale Records. Our CD release show is scheduled for June 12th at the Fox and Goose with special guest Odame Sucks!

New cover art for "The Great, Long Rest."

New cover art for “The Great, Long Rest.”

Published in: on May 9, 2015 at 12:37 am  Leave a Comment  

Nice Monster Live at Luigi’s. Friday, Feb. 21st. 8pm. All Ages. With Be Brave Bold Robot and The Autumn Electric (Seattle).

Nice Monster Live at Luigi's. Friday, Feb. 21st. 8pm. All Ages. With Be Brave Bold Robot and The Autumn Electric (Seattle).

Published in: on February 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Nice Monster Live at Luigi’s. Friday, Feb 21st with Be Brave Bold Robot and The Autumn Electric (Seattle)

Nice Monster Live at Luigi's. Friday, Feb 21st with Be Brave Bold Robot and The Autumn Electric (Seattle)

Published in: on February 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Presidents to Chicago

We’ll be bringing the Songs for Presidents show to Chicago for July 3 (Hideout) and July 4 (Taste of Chicago “Taste” Stage).


Published in: on June 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Live at Davis High

May 15, 2009, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Davis Senior High School Library
315 W. 14th Street, Davis, CA

Live “Songs for Presidents” show with Davis High guests Doodle, Shiva Shahmir, and The Cast Shadows helping us out.  Educational outreach!  Woo!

E-mail to rvsp so we can make sure we have it covered!
Published in: on May 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Washington Photographs

For those interested in the show in Washington, DC back in January, Jeff Hutton’s photographs have been collected in a fine book with texts by Christian Kiefer, J. Matthew Gerken, Jefferson Pitcher, Stephen Kilroy (of Middle Distance Runner), Scott Leftridge, Chip Conrad, and Tim Fite. It more or less tells the story of the album and features new live photographs of us and the various guests involved: Nellie McKay, Tim Fite, Hiss Golden Messenger, Joe Pug, Denison Witmer, Laura Burhenn, Middle Distance Runner, Jukebox the Ghost, The Potomac Buccaneers of Leesburg Virginia, and These United States. Did I miss anyone? Probably. Click below for a preview of the beast (although note also that the preview is of the Intro section, which only has our press photos–the show starts later in the text).

Of Great and Morta…
By Jeff Hutton
Published in: on April 21, 2009 at 4:40 am  Leave a Comment  

Local (to us) Shows

Some local (to us) shows and events that will feature songs from Of Great and Mortal Men…

April 15, 7:00AM
Rotary Club, Rocklin, CA
Lecture on Presidents project
April 18, 7:00PM
House Show, Davis, CA
E-mail for location and information
April 22, 12:00PM
Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
Live daytime, outside show for whoever wanders by
April 25, time TBA
House show, Marysville, CA
E-mail for location and information
May 1, 9:00PM
Luna’s Cafe, Sacramento, CA
June 6, 9:00PM
Luigi’s Fun Garden, Sacramento, CA

Published in: on April 7, 2009 at 10:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Obama song

Folks!  If you’ve not already grabbed it from NPR or elsewhere, our song for the Obama presidency is permanently housed here.  That’s the #44 addendum to Of Great and Mortal MenClick on over to its page and grab it. Yessir.

Published in: on March 2, 2009 at 9:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Old Lonesome Sound


Splice Today’s “Old Lonesome Sound” compiliation went live a day or two ago.  It features tracks from past, present, and future Presidential folks: Christian Kiefer, These United States (part of John Adams on the record, live in DC and upcoming at SXSW with us), Radar Bros. (Coolidge on the album), and others who are slated to (we hope) join us for Presidents live at SXSW this year.  More on that as it unfolds, but it will be amazing.

Old Lonesome Sound can be grabbed from here and for free.  You just need a login to Spice Today (easy and thus far, in my own experience, spamless).

My compatriots Jefferson Pitcher and J. Matthew Gerken also have relatively new music out, but I’ll wait for them to tell you about that.

Published in: on February 19, 2009 at 9:43 pm  Comments (1)