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Half-baked tracks with organic music quality

Local Natives, Nicey Nice World, Sully Band, Deaf Club, Steve Poltz

Local Natives
Local Natives

According to a November 20 online message posted by pop-punk rockers Local Natives, “We covered a few songs for and were in last night’s episode of The Shrink Next Door streaming on Apple TV+. To celebrate, we’ve released a new EP of ‘80s covers, three of which are in The Shrink Next Door, all of which are streaming everywhere. A special cassette version is available this Friday at independent record stores for Record Store Day.” The band is seen on the show performing three ‘80s covers at the PEN Gala, where Ike (Paul Rudd) uses Marty’s (Will Ferrell) money to buy expensive auction items for charity. The band also appears as extras in a bidding scene. “Thank you [director] Michael Showalter for inviting us into your ‘80s dream world and getting us to cover Michael McDonald. Getting to watch legends Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd film in person was incredible, let alone be alongside them in a couple scenes.” The Music from the PEN Gala 1983 EP features songs made famous by Roxy Music, Gerry Rafferty, Michael McDonald, and 10cc.

Nicey Nice World

Marcelo Radulovich (Playground Slap, Me Me the Moth) and Jim Call (The Penetrators), founders of Nicey Nice World, like to make experimental music featuring unusual instruments such as the hurdy gurdy (made famous by sixties folk icon Donovan in “Hurdy Gurdy Man”) and the theremin, popular in science fiction film soundtracks from the ‘50s through today. The group has a new album called Nonsectarian. “The half-baked tracks were recorded in 2014,” says Radulovich. “They consisted of eight electronic compositions I created with my iPhone using an app called Kaossilator by Korg. I presented these tracks to the lads, they came in and played along to them, added a great organic musical quality. At that time, the band consisted of Mike Watson on fretless guitar, Barney Firks on fretless bass, and Nathan Hubbard on drums, with Jim Call and myself always present as founding members of the band. Took me a few years of on and off work on these songs to get them to this stage, something like a finished product. All this covid stuff has turned the world upside down, so there won’t be a release show or party. Just putting the album out there because I think a lot of people would enjoy hearing this music.”

Sully Band

Sully Sullivan (Sully & the Souljahs) was six when he first picked up a nylon-string guitar and played the opening chords of “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” with his dad. An all-American football player in high school and a theater buff at college, he tried his hand at a music career in LA, and instead spent the next three decades moving up from Price Club cashier to self-made entrepreneur to local radio/TV personality, eventually making his way back to the stage and recording studio. Winners of a Best Live Performer trophy at the 2020 San Diego Music Awards, The Sully Band’s debut album Let’s Straighten It Out is due March 11 via Belly Up Records. Recorded at Henson Recording Studio in Hollywood (formerly A&M Studios), the album was tracked in five days, with “mostly-live” renditions of ten classic ‘60s and ‘70s soul, blues, and R&B tunes. Songs curated by Grammy Award-winning producer Chris Goldsmith (Blind Boys of Alabama, Ben Harper) include Billy Preston’s “Nothing From Nothing,” Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher,” and “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” by Ray Charles. Local soul singer Rebecca Jade duets with Sullivan on “When the Battle Is Over” by Mac Rebennack aka Dr. John (released as a single on December 3), and Jessie Hill, and young Fallbrook guitar sensation Anthony Cullins plays on “If You Love Me Like You Say” by the late Albert Collins.

Deaf Club

Deaf Club features Justin Pearson (The Locust, Dead Cross, Planet B), Brian Amalfitano (ACxDC), Scott Osment (Weak Flesh), Jason Klein (Run with the Hunted), and Tommy Meehan (The Manx, Chum Out!). The band, which says they “approach music as an opportunity to confront our collective sicknesses,” recently released a cover and video of Killing Joke’s “The Wait” as a benefit for Fair Fight, an organization founded by political lightning rod Stacey Abrams. Other current music videos include a long form performance of their entire upcoming full-lenth Productive Disruption, and they collaborated with clothing brand Brain Dead to release limited test pressings of the album. Additional promotions have included a handful of shows in Southern California, including under a bridge in DTLA lit by the spotlight of a police helicopter hovering overhead. A single called “Planet Bombing” is now available from Productive Disruption, which is due January 6 via Pearson’s local Three One G label on limited edition vinyl, with 700 “persecutor color” copies and 300 “pyrolysis color” LPs, as well as a limited run of 100 cassettes.

Steve Poltz

Occasional Rugburn Steve Poltz’s 14th solo album (and first new LP in over two years), Stardust & Satellites, was produced by Oliver Wood and Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers and is due February 18 via Red House Records. Regarding its lead single “Conveyor Belt,” Poltz says “My mom passed away, and then a year later my dad crossed over. I started thinking that I was next on the conveyor belt in a factory on the wheel of time. Next thing I know, I grabbed my guitar and this song appeared to me like a gift. It didn’t exist and then, voila, there it was. It’s all a mystery to me. I’m lucky to be a conduit.” The album came together during the pandemic shutdown, as Nashville roots rockers The Wood Brothers (with Poltz’s former neighbor Chris Wood) frequently joined him for socially distanced outdoor hangs, and Poltz ended up recording a new song with Wood and Jano Rix called “Frenemy.” Poltz is on tour and will be joined by the Wood Brothers for a run that kicks off January 25 in New York, followed by his annual two-day 50th Birthday Bash at the Belly Up on February 18 and 19. The second night features guest Oliver Wood and a Rugburns reunion performance.

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According to a November 20 online message posted by pop-punk rockers Local Natives, “We covered a few songs for and were in last night’s episode of The Shrink Next Door streaming on Apple TV+. To celebrate, we’ve released a new EP of ‘80s covers, three of which are in The Shrink Next Door, all of which are streaming everywhere. A special cassette version is available this Friday at independent record stores for Record Store Day.” The band is seen on the show performing three ‘80s covers at the PEN Gala, where Ike (Paul Rudd) uses Marty’s (Will Ferrell) money to buy expensive auction items for charity. The band also appears as extras in a bidding scene. “Thank you [director] Michael Showalter for inviting us into your ‘80s dream world and getting us to cover Michael McDonald. Getting to watch legends Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd film in person was incredible, let alone be alongside them in a couple scenes.” The Music from the PEN Gala 1983 EP features songs made famous by Roxy Music, Gerry Rafferty, Michael McDonald, and 10cc.

Nicey Nice World

Marcelo Radulovich (Playground Slap, Me Me the Moth) and Jim Call (The Penetrators), founders of Nicey Nice World, like to make experimental music featuring unusual instruments such as the hurdy gurdy (made famous by sixties folk icon Donovan in “Hurdy Gurdy Man”) and the theremin, popular in science fiction film soundtracks from the ‘50s through today. The group has a new album called Nonsectarian. “The half-baked tracks were recorded in 2014,” says Radulovich. “They consisted of eight electronic compositions I created with my iPhone using an app called Kaossilator by Korg. I presented these tracks to the lads, they came in and played along to them, added a great organic musical quality. At that time, the band consisted of Mike Watson on fretless guitar, Barney Firks on fretless bass, and Nathan Hubbard on drums, with Jim Call and myself always present as founding members of the band. Took me a few years of on and off work on these songs to get them to this stage, something like a finished product. All this covid stuff has turned the world upside down, so there won’t be a release show or party. Just putting the album out there because I think a lot of people would enjoy hearing this music.”

Sully Band

Sully Sullivan (Sully & the Souljahs) was six when he first picked up a nylon-string guitar and played the opening chords of “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” with his dad. An all-American football player in high school and a theater buff at college, he tried his hand at a music career in LA, and instead spent the next three decades moving up from Price Club cashier to self-made entrepreneur to local radio/TV personality, eventually making his way back to the stage and recording studio. Winners of a Best Live Performer trophy at the 2020 San Diego Music Awards, The Sully Band’s debut album Let’s Straighten It Out is due March 11 via Belly Up Records. Recorded at Henson Recording Studio in Hollywood (formerly A&M Studios), the album was tracked in five days, with “mostly-live” renditions of ten classic ‘60s and ‘70s soul, blues, and R&B tunes. Songs curated by Grammy Award-winning producer Chris Goldsmith (Blind Boys of Alabama, Ben Harper) include Billy Preston’s “Nothing From Nothing,” Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher,” and “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” by Ray Charles. Local soul singer Rebecca Jade duets with Sullivan on “When the Battle Is Over” by Mac Rebennack aka Dr. John (released as a single on December 3), and Jessie Hill, and young Fallbrook guitar sensation Anthony Cullins plays on “If You Love Me Like You Say” by the late Albert Collins.

Deaf Club

Deaf Club features Justin Pearson (The Locust, Dead Cross, Planet B), Brian Amalfitano (ACxDC), Scott Osment (Weak Flesh), Jason Klein (Run with the Hunted), and Tommy Meehan (The Manx, Chum Out!). The band, which says they “approach music as an opportunity to confront our collective sicknesses,” recently released a cover and video of Killing Joke’s “The Wait” as a benefit for Fair Fight, an organization founded by political lightning rod Stacey Abrams. Other current music videos include a long form performance of their entire upcoming full-lenth Productive Disruption, and they collaborated with clothing brand Brain Dead to release limited test pressings of the album. Additional promotions have included a handful of shows in Southern California, including under a bridge in DTLA lit by the spotlight of a police helicopter hovering overhead. A single called “Planet Bombing” is now available from Productive Disruption, which is due January 6 via Pearson’s local Three One G label on limited edition vinyl, with 700 “persecutor color” copies and 300 “pyrolysis color” LPs, as well as a limited run of 100 cassettes.

Steve Poltz

Occasional Rugburn Steve Poltz’s 14th solo album (and first new LP in over two years), Stardust & Satellites, was produced by Oliver Wood and Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers and is due February 18 via Red House Records. Regarding its lead single “Conveyor Belt,” Poltz says “My mom passed away, and then a year later my dad crossed over. I started thinking that I was next on the conveyor belt in a factory on the wheel of time. Next thing I know, I grabbed my guitar and this song appeared to me like a gift. It didn’t exist and then, voila, there it was. It’s all a mystery to me. I’m lucky to be a conduit.” The album came together during the pandemic shutdown, as Nashville roots rockers The Wood Brothers (with Poltz’s former neighbor Chris Wood) frequently joined him for socially distanced outdoor hangs, and Poltz ended up recording a new song with Wood and Jano Rix called “Frenemy.” Poltz is on tour and will be joined by the Wood Brothers for a run that kicks off January 25 in New York, followed by his annual two-day 50th Birthday Bash at the Belly Up on February 18 and 19. The second night features guest Oliver Wood and a Rugburns reunion performance.

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