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.
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 http://justinfarren.com/. Backing vocals on “The Great Long Rest” provided by Jay Shaner and for more info, please see http://jayshaner.com/. 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 http://damiansol.com/. 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!
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 with Be Brave Bold Robot and The Autumn Electric (Seattle)
We’ll be bringing the Songs for Presidents show to Chicago for July 3 (Hideout) and July 4 (Taste of Chicago “Taste” Stage).
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!
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).
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
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April 22, 12:00PM
Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
Live daytime, outside show for whoever wanders by
April 25, time TBA
House show, Marysville, CA
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May 1, 9:00PM
Luna’s Cafe, Sacramento, CA
June 6, 9:00PM
Luigi’s Fun Garden, Sacramento, CA
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 Men. Click on over to its page and grab it. Yessir.
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.
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.