photo: Thomas Patterson
The upcoming release of A Bird In The Opera House got me thinking it would be fun to complile my faves from his collective output for HUSH.
So, without further ado, I present my own top ten which you can listen to by
1) Streaming in the updated Music Player (In the popup just click the playlist on the sidebar) or enjoying on the go via the
The new episode of Into The Woods’ “Feels Like Home” features a performance from Nick Jaina on his hardwood floor, plus a brief cameo (cateo?) from his little feline friend as well. Do I see a collaboration in their future? No? Well, okay then.
Jaina doesn’t do a new song from his forthcoming A Bird in the Opera House LP, instead going with “Maryanne,” the lovely opening number from 2008’s Wool.
From End Hits
A Bird In The Opera House – April 13th
And now with this new record, A Bird In The Opera House. In a way it’s a spring in the opposite direction of A Narrow Way; A carefully crafted studio album. When the band got off of the road last year Nick moved into his friend Local Stuidio engineer Lee Howard’s house having been offered the opportunity to record in the studio he’d been building in the basement.” Nick moved into the little upstairs bedroom and started playing some of the electric guitars lying around the house, which ended up informing the pop-ier electric feel of the album. Later Lee gave Nick an old Kay guitar, the kind that Sears used to sell for fifty bucks and told him to keep it in his room for a week and write five new songs on it. Hence track two’s title, “Another Kay Song”
Nick made this album in the in-between moments, at the times that the studio was otherwise empty, or late at night when Lee wanted to try out a new amp or microphone. It was a gradual process, allowing Nick time to sit up in his room and think about the direction of the songs. To deconstruct them, and put them back together. To live in them without consequence. The result is an intimate album that is positive and upbeat but also rich and dark. It adventures, endeavors, reflects and drifts just like any great story.
Another Kay Song
Days In My Room
I Don’t Believe You
photo: Melanie Brown
Zoologists will tell you, if you ask them, that there is no need to try to parse the vocabulary or understand the grammar of animal language.
Jaina, who hinted at his penchant for long winded preambles in his tour diaries, has taken his writer’s pen and aimed it closer to home with a new column entitled Little Box Of Lies at LocalCut.com
Fortunately, Nick always has a nice payoff–a boomerang hook–for his four paragraphs of positing, and he tends to weave some pretty compelling prose that might just as soon be categorized under essays. It’s a welcome formal and earnest note to the hard workin’ local blog.
The energy at the recent Nick Jaina show was palpable and dynamic at a recent show at The Woods in SE Portland (Ritchie Young’s [Loch Lomond] elegant, and all around pleasing venue) Some highlights:
Some clips from a recent performance at Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR: