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Postby MWM » Wed May 16, 2007 9:08 am

You can hear "Odd Said the Doe" on Nina Nastasia's MySpace now. It's not one of my favorites from the album, but it's nice enough.
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Postby Hugues » Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:52 am

I've been listening to You Follow Me for a while now, and I must say I don't get into this one as easily as I got into The Blackened Air and On Leaving (I still need to purchase Dogs and Run to Ruin).

I don't think I'm distracted or disturbed by the drums. I rather have the impression the songs are less inspired or catchy, though there's still a strong tension that keeps the album worthy of repeated listens that I still need to give, probably. You Follow Me sounds quite rough and dry, and less immediately haunting. But Nina Nastasia is still doing her thing.

By the way, now I can say that the other singer she recalls the most is Laura Veirs. I think they're of the same generation.

And here are good samples of her live shows : http://fr.youtube.com/results?search_query=Nina+Nastasia&search=Rechercher
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Postby MWM » Wed Aug 01, 2007 2:06 pm

I got into Nina before I got into Laura, although I've been familiar with Laura's music for longer, but I can definitely hear the similarities. Everytime I hear "Wind is Blowing Stars" from Laura's Carbon Glacier, it sounds so much like something off of Nina's On Leaving to me.

I also agree about You Follow Me being less accessible and in a lot of ways less interesting than Nina's other records. Her voice is beautiful (and I will say that this record showcases the most impressive aspects her voice--it's really powerful in a lot of the songs) and her songwriting is incredible, but for me the biggest draw to her is the nuanced, intricate arrangements she comes up with for her songs, and those are obviously lacking on this record. The melodies, too, are not as immediate than they were on the others. They took longer to get into, especially something like "I've Been Out Walking" or "The Day I Would Bury You," which go through several movements during the course of the songs. The record takes more of an investment than some of her previous ones. I think it's still certainly a great record, but it's the one I feel like listening to the least.

You gotta get Dogs and Run to Ruin though, Hugues. Dogs will seem downright cheery compared to the other two you have and then Run to Ruin will balance that out and take you back to the dark side. The very very very dark side. :lol:
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Postby keith from ny » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:28 am

Finally got my hands on You Follow Me and I really like it, although not quite so well as her earler CDs with the brilliant string arrangements. Very unique sound, they're kinda like the anti-White Stripes! Wish they'd mixed the drums a little lower on some tracks, however.
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Postby Hugues » Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:44 am

Until today, I thought Jim White playing drums for Nina was the gothic singer songwriter, whereas it's the drummer of Dirty Three. :roll:
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Postby MWM » Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:07 am

Here's a performance from some TV show of Nina and Jim playing "Odd Said the Doe."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oj_TmfHBYQ

Interesting to see her playing with some alternate tunings. She uses them a lot on this record. I also love that she always wears the same clothes, haha. She must have four million little black dress and pairs of tall black boots. She's so weirdly, darkly pretty to me.
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Postby marybeth » Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:43 pm

Interesting, Matt!
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Postby MWM » Thu Nov 22, 2007 3:59 pm

I found a really nice little set of solo performances on YouTube from a recent show, and the quality is really good. Plus, you get to listen to Nina's stage banter, which is sort of weird as disorienting for me, as I always picture her being very solemn and silent. She tells lots of stories here though, it's very endearing.

"In the Evening":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQXlYH4jGmU


"Stormy Weather":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUWLlm65_7g


"Roadkill":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vX3jvwVQIs


"Regrets":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS4AyZiXNcg


A beautiful new song that I have never heard (!):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha9oyZe1als


"Our Discussion":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOfJKoL5HyQ
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Postby MWM » Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:48 pm

Nina's going on a solo tour of the US and Europe starting at the end of this month. Here are the dates taken from her MySpace:

Jan 31 2008 8:00P
Black Cat, Washington DC

Feb 1 2008 8:00P
Local 506, Chapel Hill

Feb 3 2008 8:00P
Jonathan Benton Booksellers, Birmingham, Alabama

Feb 4 2008 8:00P
TBC, New Orleans, Louisiana

Feb 5 2008 8:00P
Rudyard’s, Houston, Texas

Feb 6 2008 8:00P
Mohawk, Austin, Texas

Feb 7 2008 8:00P
Lola’s, Dallas, Texas

Feb 8 2008 8:00P
Randy Bacon, Springfied/KC, Missouri

Feb 9 2008 8:00P
Bluebird, St Louis, Missouri

Feb 11 2008 8:00P
The Hideout, Chicago, Illinois

Feb 12 2008 8:00P
Art Hospital, Bloomington, Indiana

Feb 13 2008 8:00P
Pike Room, Pontiac, Michigan

Feb 14 2008 8:00P
El Mocambo, Toronto, Ontario

Feb 15 2008 8:00P
Cagibi, Montreal, Quebec

Feb 16 2008 8:00P
Maverick’s, Ottawa, Ontario

Feb 28 2008 8:00P
Schokoladen, Berlin

Feb 29 2008 8:00P
Objekt 5, Halles

Mar 1 2008 8:00P
Scheune, Dresden

Mar 2 2008 8:00P
Kapu, Linz

Mar 3 2008 8:00P
Fluc, Wien

Mar 4 2008 8:00P
Vereinsheim, München

Mar 5 2008 8:00P
TBC, Offenburg

Mar 6 2008 8:00P
Epicerie Moderne, Feyzin (Lyon)

Mar 6 2008 8:00P
Epicerie Moderne, Feyzin (Lyon)

Mar 7 2008 8:00P
Emmetrop, Bourges

Mar 8 2008 8:00P
Le Vauban, Brest

Mar 9 2008 8:00P
Nouveau Casino, Paris

Mar 10 2008 8:00P
YAMOY, Nantes

Mar 12 2008 8:00P
Cave Aux Poetes, Roubaix

Mar 15 2008 8:00P
South Street Reading
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Postby keith from ny » Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:17 pm

Thanks Matt. I wish she'd play here in NY!
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Postby RightOverThisMess » Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:02 pm

And Minnesota. Grrrness.
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Postby marybeth » Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:21 pm

Hey cool, she's coming to Munich!
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