Dear Nora

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Dear Nora

Nicholas Krgovich, Hello Shark

Tue, September 12, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Dear Nora - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Dear Nora
Katy Davidson was born in 1977 in rural Arizona. Her first home was a geodesic dome her father built on the south side of a mountain in the Sonoran Desert. Every spring the mountain would turn orange when the poppies bloomed. As a child, Katy was obsessed with the albums Third Stage by Boston and Seven and The Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran. She taught herself guitar as a teenager by playing along with Liz Phair CDs on a nylon-string acoustic.

She moved to Portland, Oregon in 1995 to attend college. Portland at the time was a small village of dilapidated Craftsman homes supported by two vegan restaurants. Katy wrote her first song at age 19 in a dorm room. She played in a band with her college friends that sounded a lot like The Mamas and The Papas. She started the band Dear Nora in 1999 after moving into a house full of musicians who introduced her to the wider world of indie music. Magic Marker Records released two 7”s, Dear Nora found an audience through touring the west coast, and Katy decided to devote her life to writing, recording and performing music.

Amy Linton from The Aislers Set recorded Dear Nora’s first full-length album, We’ll Have a Time. Shortly afterward, in early 2001, Katy moved to San Francisco. Her rent was $550 for half of a Victorian apartment. This was a 215% increase in rent from her place in Portland. Later that year, 9/11 happened.

Dear Nora released a handful of enigmatic and compelling albums throughout the 2000’s and played shows in the United States, Japan, Sweden and Australia. Throughout the years, the Dear Nora live band featured a rotating cast of band members, including an auxiliary percussionist named Nora. Oftentimes Katy played solo. She retired the band name in 2008 after a tour of Florida with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. Katy released albums under the names Lloyd & Michael and Key Losers between 2008-2011.

Now Katy has decided to revive Dear Nora because an unnamed music journalist sweetly coerced her, and because Orindal Records is reissuing Katy’s favorite Dear Nora album, 2004’s Mountain Rock, on vinyl in early 2017.

Katy’s music represents a spectrum of styles encompassing melodic folk, experimental music, and ethereal pop. She writes lyrics with layered meanings that contemplate the vast realms and intersections of wilderness, humanity, morality, technology, late capitalism, and love.

Aesthetically, Dear Nora has borrowed from Judee Sill, Young Marble Giants, Joni Mitchell, Arthur Russell, The Roches, Bob Dylan, Kate Bush, Nico, Linda Perhacs, and Yazoo. She is constantly striving to sound a little bit more like Talking Heads.

Katy has assembled a dream team of backing musicians for a January 2017 Dear Nora tour: singer-songwriter Stephen Steinbrink, Zach Burba from the band iji, and author Gregory Campanile.
Nicholas Krgovich - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Nicholas Krgovich
Nicholas Krgovich is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with No Kids, Gigi and P:ano. He has been releasing records under various monikers since P:ano’s acclaimed chamber pop debut, WHEN IT’S DARK AND IT’S SUMMER (2002). This led to his recordings with the girl group inspired Gigi, the icy displacement of the R&B informed No Kids, and most recently the singular pop dreams released under his own name. Even though the material is often wildly diverse, there is an unmistakable sense of Krgovich’s deep commitment to exploring the endless possibilities of pop, his discerning ear for sonic detail, and an ambition that willfully borders on the absurd.
With songs that owe as much to the Great American Songbook as to perennial favorites like Sade, Prefab Sprout and The Blue Nile, Krgovich has been creating a rich musical universe comprised of intricate vocal melodies, lush orchestral arrangements, layers of analog synths, slinky guitars and tight rhythms of the human (and inhuman) variety.

He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia with his various projects, and has collaborated with artists such as Mount Eerie, Nite Jewel and Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors. In between recording and touring he has participated in a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, written a one-act musical for Vancouver's Push Festival, contributed songs to myriad film and television productions, and taken his dog, Sally, on countless walks around the neighborhood.

He is currently readying his latest solo record entitled THE HILLS for a winter 2016 release.
Hello Shark - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Hello Shark
Hello Shark’s Lincoln Halloran has the knack for making the most crushing verses feel heartwarming, simply because his eloquent expression raises the awareness that another human has experienced a similar feeling. September’s Delicate is Hello Shark’s first proper LP, and it promises to introduce Halloran and his introspective musings aptitude to brand new audiences.

Hello Shark began when a teenage Halloran moved from his home of Massachusetts to Vermont in 2006. He quickly recorded an amateur but heartfelt debut called Book Lungs and began touring the Northeast, slowly building a community web that would stretch to include Owen Ashworth (of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Advance Base), Rochester’s Attic Abasement, and the members of Brooklyn collective the Epoch.

A major breakthrough for Hello Shark arrived in July 2011 with the album Break Arms, which was released on New Hampshire label Burst & Bloom. Break Arms is a confessional classic that manages to be melancholy, self-critical, and hopelessly sentimental without hardly ever rising above a quiet murmur. Break Arms marks the first time that Halloran’s penchant for gorgeous and sparse compositions were clearly expressed, and a small but passionate fan base took notice. 2013’s HS forgoes the folky fragility of its predecessor for a bolder, more electric sound. Over the 11 tracks, Halloran comes off as considerably more self-assured though he continues to explore a gentle vulnerability.

Delicate is Hello Shark’s first release since moving to Philadelphia in 2014, as well as the first on Orindal. The change in location, in addition to the two year gap between releases, has manifested itself in an exploration of disco tones and pop production. At recent concerts, Halloran has performed several tracks off Delicate alone with a drum machine. The display has a distinct karaoke vibe: equipped with just a microphone, Halloran seems to mentally erase the crowd and sing from a deep and cool sanctuary within; it makes sense that in 2011 Halloran sang “heaven for me is karaoke.” Fortunately, this purity of expression endure on the final Delicate recordings. Pseudo-title track “Jackson Browne” reads as a tipsy reflection over a barebones beat; the chorus “baby I’m delicate” resembles a late-night disclosure shared beneath blankets with the lights out, when hearts can truly be bared. Later on “Drake Night,” which features vocals from Florist’s Emily Sprague, an encounter at a dance club allows Halloran to revisit a relationship. Floating through Delicate are the vocal and bass work of Free Cake for Every Creature’s Katie Bennett. Bennett offers an ethereal presence to many of the tracks, adding a soft counter-texture to Halloran’s serene warble, perhaps most prominently on the yearning “Fishing for Bats.” On the other hand, songs like “Danny” and “New Jersey” summon the twangy tones of early Hello Shark songs. This is in part due to the recording work of Attic Abasement’s Michael Rheinheimer at his Rochester home (Rheinheimer also recorded Break Arms in Savannah, Georgia). Also contributing to Delicate’s recording are Matthew and Keith Hampson of Philadelphia synth-pop outfit Power Animal.

The music that ends up meaning the most is often not discovered until too late. Nick Drake’s Pink Moon did not become a cult favorite until long after its creator’s death, Arthur Russell’s legacy has only become clear since his passing, and so on. Hello Shark’s Delicate recalls both Drake and Russell, but luckily we are able to experience its beauty in the present.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/