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Experimental trio Nicey Nice World -- singer/cellist Joyce Rooks (the Dinettes), keyboardist Jim Call (Cardiac Kids), and electronic whiz Marcelo Radulovich -- will debut their self-titled full-length at the Casbah on August 31.

The band will also be visiting Tim Pyles on his radio show on 94/9 FM this Sunday night (8/28) around 9 PM. Listen online at: http://www.fm949sd.com/stream949/listen.aspx


“Attendees can expect real good, super vibrant magic fire music performance kind of stuff,” says Radulovich, “with tongue in cheek drama, fuzzy distortion, wild Theremin, rich and riffy cello, vintage drum machine beats, virtuosic iPod musical finger noodles, yodeling in Spanish about a mountain girl who makes eggs, and toast like nobody’s business.”

Among the band’s unusual instruments is a hurdy gurdy, as made famous by sixties folk icon Donovan in “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” and a Theremin, popular in science fiction film soundtracks.

According to Radulovich, “The first time we got together at my place, we started playing and improvising, and it all clicked so naturally that we were all a bit stunned, with ‘let’s play some more’ grins on our faces. We’ve all been around the original San Diego music scene for so long, it was refreshing to finally get together as a trio and hear the joyful noise oozing out of us.”

James Call recently told the Reader's Mary Leary that “We’ve all known each other for a long time...Finally, at a party, the three of us were speaking. We observed how nice it would be to get together to play and see what came of it. When we did, a particularly felicitous chemistry was noted, making us want to do it again.”

According to Radulovich, “We were in the annoying period a group experiences at the onset, the ‘What are we gonna call it?’ period. We were talking about something — cultural misconceptions, perhaps. Jim said something along the lines of, ‘They want it to be a nicey-nice world.’”

Says Rooks, “We make unlearned music and, insofar as it’s possible, unplanned. We are bound only by the physical limitations of our instruments. We never practice. We only perform. We embrace accidents, glitches and equipment failure; which rather than impede, inspire. We are thrilled by the instantaneous immediacy of happenstance.”

As of 2011, the band is doing a monthly residency at Ducky Waddles bookstore/art gallery, owned by Rooks and her husband Jerry.

Their self titled debut album sports collage cover artwork by Radulovich. “I followed this graphics trip I've been on, collaging, incorporating elements from the songs into the design. The boat is an old german depiction of the building of Noah’s Ark. On board, we have Dracula, a lamb, a lion, a book of matches, a host of characters, and the instruments we use when we play, out riding the waves of a stormy, invisible sea. We three and busy interactions are dipping into the abyss, pulling up $28 dollars each day. The boat churning, powered by Marcel Duchamp's readymades, is propelling us through the undertow.”

“Oh, and can’t forget the toast in the guises of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Charles Darwin, all protectors of nice things; kudos to them!”

Nicey Nice World / Illuminauts / Riververb

Wednesday August 31 - 9PM

THE CASBAH: 2501 Kettner Blvd.


21 + up - $7


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