maybe its guitar backbone is less appealing than synths to some. i kinda love her in this hi-fi mode, now, though, & that as someone for whom the bedroom-synth thing was special, felt v current, etc.
just went back to her stonesthrow podcast, loving the patrice rushden & prophet picks
― honest weights, square dealings (schlump), Friday, 7 October 2011 13:58 (4 years ago) Permalink
i kinda love her in this hi-fi mode, now, though,
Was just gonna say the same. I love the drifty earlier stuff too, but I also like that she's not afraid to actually make great dance pop, not just sort of reprocess it. And I love the hard, bright edge on the guitar there. Sounds great.
― something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 7 October 2011 14:00 (4 years ago) Permalink
yeah, agree. i think, i guess because after the first record there was her new stuff, & also finding out about her touchstones & hearing her spin & stuff, there is that danger that she would make the leap into just adoringly, meticulously recreating music she loved. but i think that this is all kinda sharp & quick & sincere enough to skirt that - elements like the bass-playing are definitely learnt from previous music but she is making great, new, collaborative music. i still play good evening all the time anyway, & things like 'natural causes' are back to that mindset.
anyhow i can't wait for the lp, if it wasn't mentioned above it's early 2012 on secretly canadian.
― honest weights, square dealings (schlump), Friday, 7 October 2011 14:04 (4 years ago) Permalink
No, I LOVE 'It Goes Through Your Head'! This one's not happening for me (I'm willing to grant that could be a 'yet').
― She Got the Shakes, Friday, 7 October 2011 14:17 (4 years ago) Permalink
let us reconvene. i ordered the single & i don't think will hear 'sister' til it lands on my doormat, so we can see how it has aged then. really wanna catch her playing sometime soon - think it might be solo shows? - but won't be in the right place at the right time.
― honest weights, square dealings (schlump), Friday, 7 October 2011 14:19 (4 years ago) Permalink
but yeah it goes through your head is great, dam funk remix just as dope too
i am not in the us, so am not, but getting i am real free would sway me into pre-ordering.
― quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 20:43 (3 years ago) Permalink
alsohttp://nylonstylus.tumblr.com/post/17605980978/in-the-dark-off-of-la-based-nite-jewels this lp is gonna be really weird & is gonna slay
― quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 20:51 (3 years ago) Permalink
new song at the secretly canadian link rules
― Trip Maker, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 20:59 (3 years ago) Permalink
this album is pretty chill
― Number None, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 23:29 (3 years ago) Permalink
is it out?
― I'm going to allow this! (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 23:42 (3 years ago) Permalink
it's "out". Autograph is really dreamy
― Number None, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 23:58 (3 years ago) Permalink
yeah. i'm still playing in the dark, all day long. i have a bunch to write about the record but might wait until more people have heard about it. because there are parts - the first song! - & there is the cover, which make those moves towards affiliation and kinda more overt affectation, i think, w/a lot of '80s music, all of which i think came up upthread when she was releasing it goes thru your head, &c, in hi-fi. i'd imagine the angle from which it does this is probably some of the subject of the big sprawling ilm destroyer thread, playing with a genre, playing with a form. even the sleeve, to me in some ways it's kinda a retro image to make, and in other ways i think it's just trying to be strong like those records, like a patrice rushen lp that puts the singer up front as a face on the lp, & making a record that will look the same way ten years from now. but it's interesting in a lot of ways. there are a couple of songs where the live drums make me really miss the nj slink, & some where the synth sounds don't coast or glaze or ride like good evening did in its way - just has become a preexisting form it loved & descended from instead of the weird, evolved byproduct that thing had produced. but it hits some really great highs too, & like memory man, say, becomes something that sucks me in more the more of a hold i get on it, which i think will happen with all of it. the words etc. i can't work out if she mentions heating up something in the microwave at some song towards the end of the record. she's so my fav, just so pleased to be around for these records.
― quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Thursday, 16 February 2012 00:05 (3 years ago) Permalink
Yeah this is awesome. Lot of cool little left field touches - country twang on "Memory Man", Frippesque guitar on "Sister"...
― Number None, Thursday, 16 February 2012 00:07 (3 years ago) Permalink
sister is still one of my fav things she's done, it's perfect. there is another jam on the lp that is in the same territory but doesn't quite synthesise as well.
― quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Thursday, 16 February 2012 00:12 (3 years ago) Permalink
and it's a bonus track, weirdly. Not that that means much these days
― Number None, Thursday, 16 February 2012 00:14 (3 years ago) Permalink
yeah. i bought an expensive seven inch from yours truly, w/it, & it's warped. i need to fuss around & try to get another.
in the dark, i played it all day long. singing a little below her range & then all up, high, little skips where the drums quicken, occasional edges of guitar strings, it's so great.
― quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Thursday, 16 February 2012 00:24 (3 years ago) Permalink
She's Always Watching YouIn the DarkMemory ManAutograph
― calstars, Saturday, 18 February 2012 23:29 (3 years ago) Permalink
i have a fondness for mind, mind, mind, mind, mind, mind, mindandeyes
― john-claude van donne (schlump), Saturday, 18 February 2012 23:45 (3 years ago) Permalink
She sounds like Yukimi Nagano on 'In the Dark'
― calstars, Sunday, 19 February 2012 19:55 (3 years ago) Permalink
i kinda get a Beach House vibe from that one
― Number None, Sunday, 19 February 2012 20:08 (3 years ago) Permalink
unearthly delights & clive slowly unfurled, revealed themselves, after more listening. they feel a nice evolution of the other part - the kinda less '80s/disco part - of the dna of good evening, which you hear a little in natural causes & elsewhere. i am really into this now, after being slightly thrown at first.
― john-claude van donne (schlump), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 23:37 (3 years ago) Permalink
clive just kills me. the words.
― john-claude van donne (schlump), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 14:15 (3 years ago) Permalink
if she took this record, put a load of hazy disco filters over everything then, like, recorded it over an old reel to reel to degrade the sound.. it would be 100%
― merked, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 22:47 (3 years ago) Permalink
― Number None, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 22:52 (3 years ago) Permalink
this shit is mad smooth, didn't know she had it in her.
one has to think though, is CGN really the mastermind behind her new found pop shininess? you could kinda hear it on good evening, but it was skewered and just slightly off in a good way and now this...
― gaspard von trier, Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:01 (3 years ago) Permalink
Well it was produced by Cole MGN of The Samps and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti but i see no reason to think it wasn't an entirely collaborative effort. That's why i don't understand merked's comment, the pop smoothness of the thing is what makes it work. Couldn't get into Good Evening at all
― Number None, Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:11 (3 years ago) Permalink
that's what i liked about Nite Jewel in the first place, the bedroom sonics.. the songs on the new one are sculpted with a lot more purpose and confidence, and so are the vocal performances (this new assurance is probably what's allowed her to step out from behind the haze) - but i still liked that old sounde
― merked, Thursday, 23 February 2012 21:32 (3 years ago) Permalink
Looking forward to hearing this
― used to have a crush on Dawn from En Vogue (admrl), Thursday, 23 February 2012 21:36 (3 years ago) Permalink
Sounds like a Dirty Projectors record at times ('She's Always Watching You' esp.)
― HO WBEAUTIFUL IS THE GENTLYFALLINGBLOOD? (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 23 February 2012 23:56 (3 years ago) Permalink
shit is mad smooth
― Luomas (admrl), Thursday, 8 March 2012 22:38 (3 years ago) Permalink
hoping that she plays with a band on the tour
― calstars, Saturday, 10 March 2012 02:49 (3 years ago) Permalink
really like mind & eyes
― johnny crunch, Saturday, 10 March 2012 19:48 (3 years ago) Permalink
Completely in love with this girl
― calstars, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 00:37 (3 years ago) Permalink
i heard this on a mix NJ made for bomb, it's so funny how it's the same kinda palette/genepool as her first rec
― john-claude van donne (schlump), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 11:41 (3 years ago) Permalink
She played Kraftwerk's Computer Love last night in LA...wish I was there.
― calstars, Saturday, 2 June 2012 19:51 (3 years ago) Permalink
I was there - it was pretty great. I'm not a big Nite Jewel fan but they did a good job of it after a slightly shaky start.
Also it was the headlining portion of a "Krautrock Classics" night. First half of the night was a bunch of bands doing one-off covers. DNTEL did Faust's "Jennifer," Ariel Pink and White Magic teamed up for a song (I didn't recognize who the originator was), ESP did Can, Sun Araw did Krokodil, and another group did a Popol Vuh song. Whole night was pretty awesome.
― scott pgwp (pgwp), Saturday, 2 June 2012 19:56 (3 years ago) Permalink
feel like everyone would be into this: nice Russian thing, prod. by NJ:
― blossom smulch (schlump), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 12:11 (3 years ago) Permalink
I keep coming back to this album, "Autograph" and "In The Dark" are amazing songs but the whole thing is so smooth and languid, yet with all these idiosyncratic sonic touches that keep it interesting, and her vocals on this are stunning in places.
Why does she have to call herself Nite Jewel though, Ramona Gonzalez is such a brilliant name.
― boxedjoy, Saturday, 30 June 2012 21:05 (3 years ago) Permalink
haha. i think nite jewel's totally apt tho. nite jewel ft. ramona gonzalez
― blossom smulch (schlump), Saturday, 30 June 2012 21:32 (3 years ago) Permalink
i just caught these guys. so great! the live band kills in a totally different way from her & emily bopping to keyboards. prophet cover, too <3
― , Blogger (schlump), Sunday, 15 July 2012 22:54 (3 years ago) Permalink
They will be covering Computer World live in NY next month
― calstars, Sunday, 15 July 2012 23:43 (3 years ago) Permalink
saw her/them last night, was v good although the audience was tiny. i thought she was popular/hip/whatever! my favourite bit was the vocoder-free version 'all out of order,' it sounded incredible.
― jabba hands, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:53 (3 years ago) Permalink
so true!, i saw them in a kinda full-enough room but i thought they would be a cool thing & it'd be rammed. it was nice though, eventually everyone was dancing & all; from the start it felt like it would've been a better show to be dancing to than staring at foot-tapping. i had thought all out of order was natural causes, not really recognising it. i really liked let's go (the two of us together), for being the first really explosive weird disco thing, & it goes through your head, which was so exciting.
― , Blogger (schlump), Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:03 (3 years ago) Permalink
yes it would have been good for dancing but i feel a bit self-conscious doing that in a mostly empty room, so i settled for head nodding instead. 'it goes through your head' was another highlight for sure :)
― jabba hands, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:13 (3 years ago) Permalink
first record fiiiinally reissued on wax, w/bonus tracks inc a dam mix of what did he say:
― , Blogger (schlump), Thursday, 9 August 2012 19:54 (3 years ago) Permalink
the cover of the inner space song is good too.
going to see her in NYC in a few weeks
― calstars, Thursday, 9 August 2012 20:26 (3 years ago) Permalink
Finally got around to hearing the newer stuff. I'd almost forgotten about her, even though I'd expected her to become somewhat popular. 'In the Dark' is great, her voice is really strong. Reminds me of Tracey Thorn, perhaps, maybe because of that wistful quality? It'll be that kind of song you love that ends up on an anodyne chill-out compilation. I was a fan of Good Evening and played it a lot for about a year but its appeal wore off a little. I think the production worked for most songs, especially in that it had a specific kind of tone and texture that appealed to my sensibilities, but I'm glad she's gone for a more polished, less dank kind of sound on the latest album. I've seen some of her influences, and she strikes me as someone who's been angling to make this kind of music for a while. It seems quite comfortable for her, which is not to say the music's perfunctory, but I could see her wanting to move on from the gauzy lo-fi thing, which probably wouldn't have gone anywhere esp. interesting after an album that suffered from sameness and lethargy at times.
― bed raggled (qiqing), Monday, 10 December 2012 11:44 (2 years ago) Permalink
good evening is a classic for all time
― what is google (schlump), Monday, 10 December 2012 15:34 (2 years ago) Permalink