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Music Celebrates 10 Years!
was the 10 year anniversary of Simple Music! The long-awaited celebration
CD is now in the final stages of production, and will be available May
31. The CD features covers of classic and obscure songs by Jonas, Russell
David, and Nick Guerrero.
Jonas - Alas (written by Nick G), Nothing to Say (written by Nick
G), Over the Hills (written by RD), Naked (written by RD), and She's at
that Age (New version by Jonas, originally featured on his debut album
Just Add Water ).
David - Once Again (written by Jonas), Anything (written by Jonas),
I Wanna Go Home (written by Nick G), Dead (written by Nick G), and I Feel
Bad (New version by RD, originally featured on the album You Me We
Guerrero - Independence Day (written by Jonas), Despite the Distance
(written by Jonas), Stay With Me (written by RD), Nothing (written by
RD), and Weak (New version by Nick G., originally featured on the debut
Nick G. Album Mr. G ).
out our compilation catalog to
place your pre-order!
new Simple Music message board is up and running! Check in often to post
your questions, get the latest info (gossip) on upcoming projects/shows,
and meet fellow Simple Music fans. Who knows... you might even get the
chance to exchange posts with a real-life Simple Music artist! Join the
the message board...
debut album from Nevada County's premiere folk/punk phenom, the Mannequins,
is now available! The disc presents 14 tracks of material self-produced
by Mannequin founders Nick Guerrero (vocals/guitar), Nico Bailey (vocals/guitar/drums),
and Jacob Gouveia (bass/vocals) throughout the Spring and Summer of 2002.
The Mannequins came to life early in 2002, and since then, have stunned
music fans with their inherent ear for aesthetic synthesis. Fans and critics
alike have reacted warmly to the refreshing strength of the songs, the
band, and their live performance.
"This album has been the much-awaited release of the year... in my
opinion..." (Jim Pilse of Underground NOW!)
With the folk elegance of tunes like Bailey's "Unsuitable Package,"
the punk authenticity of Guerrero's "My Head is Leaking," and
Gouveia's Talking Heads/TMBG-inspired, "Four Feet Deep," the
band is showing a versatility and breadth seldom seen anywhere in pop
guys cover the ground of 15 bands with their musical inspiration, creativity,
experimentation. I've just never really seen anything like it. And the
song 'L.A.' is beautiful beyond words... " (Jim Pilse of Underground
Then why not MEET THE MANNEQUINS?
Order your FREE copy of The Mannequins
Russell David CD!
David's 9th full-length album, "Songs for When You Think You Made
a Mistake" (see catalog) is available
Tuesday, October 15!
you might guess from the title, the CD is an interestingly crafted requiem
on fear, regret, and loss. It acts as a sort of grab-bag of songs useful
to those feeling lost, alone, and misunderstood. Through 13 tracks, Russell
traces the line of his own broken heart: from religion ("Sometimes"),
lost love ("Cupid Complains to Venus"), compassion ("How
to Survive the Bad Times Ahead"), to piercing self-criticism ("When
it's Over"), and ultimately, surrender to his own vision of love
and passion for the world ("We Can"). We don't know the details
that inspired such feelings within David, but we can relate to his vivid
emotional colors, infuse our own experiences, and take solace from the
fact that there are others out there who understand. (Review by Jim Pilse,
Oct. 2002, Underground NOW!)
the review by R.M. Slinky.
the August 23, 2002 interview by R.M. Slinky.
long last, the much-awaited fourth full-lenth Jonas CD, "Buddha Took
a Tumble," is now available. Completely produced and recorded by
Jonas at his own Three Cylinder Studio, the disc presents a refined,
stripped-down, sound; a collection of thoughtful, melodic, tunes of love,
dream, and hope.
the Jonas catalog, and read the article
by Jack Mars.
three talented musicians, a house, some instruments, an electric fan,
a mic, and some inspiration, together, and what do you get? Amazing music!
This eclectic mix of forces has coalesced around a small 2 bedroom bungalo
in Nevada City, California. We call it: "The Mannequins." Fronted
by Simple Music legend Nick Guerrero, the band has been making it's own
brand of beautifully raucous low-fi-pop-punk since the beginning of 2002.
In that short time, the band has become of taut unit of musical precision
and creativity, and has amassed an unusually rich and varied stable of
songs. Jim Pilse of Underground NOW! has called the Mannequin sound
"a mutant hybrid of the Pixies, Nirvana, Talking Heads, and Velvet
Underground," and has called the band, "the most intense group
I've ever heard from Nevada County." This sonic revolution is made
possible by: Nick Guerrero on vocals/guitar, Nico Bailey on drums/vocals/guitar,
and Jacob Gouveia on bass/vocals/guitar. The Mannequins debut self-titled
cd will be available this Fall on Simple Music. Watch this space for details!
Then why not MEET THE MANNEQUINS?
Guerrero - Liability
Released Tuesday, July 30!
nearly a year of expectation, Nick Guerrero's third full-length cd release,
"Liability" is now available for order (see our catalog).
The album marks the first self-produced project by the multi-talented
Guerrero, who since 1999, has challenged his listeners with songs of personal
testimony, revelation, and sincerity. Nick recorded the 12-song project
at his own "Gun Gallery" studio in Grass Valley, California,
throughout the Winter and Spring of 2002, and worked with Russell David
and Mario Yee on post production throughout June and July. "I'm really
happy with it" said Nick in a telephone interview, "I can't
imagine how anyone would not like these songs! Seriously!"
Fans, and newbies alike, will appreciate the unique low-fi-neo-pop groove
to tunes like "Atoma," "Plus One Minus Two," and G's
personal favorite, "George Was Here."
Order now! Copies are FREE! Tell your friends
Music is proud to announce the release of the third full-length Jonas
album, "Funny, I don't FEEL fine." The CD highlights songs mostly written
and recorded in the second half of 2001, and continues the artists examination
of love, spiritual connection, and the search for creative authenticity.
"I think it's a great group of songs," said engineer Mario Yee, adding,
"There's a lot to think about in there. It's excellent stuff!" The first
singles: the passionate "Clutch Me," and movingly anthemic "Christ on
Columbia Avenue," deliver on the promise only hinted at in Jonas' earlier
albums "Just Add Water" (2000) and "Fly Little Hedgehog" (2001). "It's
like a cross between Ozzy and Woody Guthrie," says Simple Music's own
Tone Def, who mastered the project and acted as creative consultant on
the post-production. If you're a Jonas fan, or just someone who enjoys
well-crafted, thoughtfully personal music, you must check this out! See
our catalog for
more details, and stay tuned for Jonas 2002 tour dates!
compilation CD nears completion...
post-production work is being completed on the long awaited "Effortless"
compilation CD! The Simple Music superband "The Nick G. Hard Drive" (featuring
Nick Guerrero, Jonas, and Russell David) has completed recording, and
are eagerly awaiting the full-scale release of the project on March 18,
2002. Among other highlights, limited edition copies of "Effortless" contain
a rare live recording of the band's much acclaimed signature song "Voice
of God." Recorded at the original Gun Gallery in August of 2001, the song
captures the energy and passion of the live Hard Drive. With the bands
future, and the promise of new live shows now in question, this limited
edition bonus track is a must-have for all Simple Music fans! Watch this
space for the latest release info!
G., Gun Gallery, move...
traveling Hayward California’s Hesperian Avenue will be surprised by the
conspicuous absence of an area landmark. Nick G’s legendary “Gun Gallery”
has relocated. Once nestled on the golden, smog-ridden, east shore of
the San Francisco Bay Area, Nick G. and his entire facility have moved
east to the bucolic farming community of Grass Valley, California.The
reason for this sudden move is unclear, though rumors indicate the move
was precipitated by severe creative conflict in G’s band, “The Nick G.
called me one day and said: ‘The band is breaking up, I’m outta here,’”
commented NGHD member Russell David, “It
Mario Yee reported a similar discussion, “Yeah, Nick called me. He was
upset. He just said something like: ‘hey, yeah, Mario, the bands gotta
break up... it’s not you, you’re great, it’s those other two a**holes…sorry
about this…I just can’t work with sh*t heads like them.’ I guess he meant
RD and Jonas.”
player/Vocalist Jonas did not talk to Nick prior to his announcement,
he was reached while on tour in Sacramento, “Nick is a jerk, and he’s
hard to work with, so I think the Nick G. Hard Drive will be better off
for an interview, Guerrero commented only, “I don’t want to get into it.”
G is reported to be working on his 3rd Simple Music release in his new
location. Anonymously reported sightings have described the star “fishing
in a nearby lake, picking flowers, and meditating in a field every evening
exclusive Nick G interview
by Cornelius Wiley.
2001 Tour Dates in U.K.
Guerrero and Russell David have recently confirmed their joint London
tour, scheduled for the second and third weeks in November 2001. Well
be mostly in the Fulham area of the city, hosted by our friend Lareina
Lynn, said David, She has some connections with a few local
pubs and the like, and were hoping shell
get us free beer.
is a longtime friend, supporter, and former Simple Music photographer.
Though no longer officially connected with the label, Lynn has promoted
Simple Music to her friends and coworkers, and has nurtured a small fan
base in the area. Thisll
be a nice break for me
said Guerrero, who is busy recording his 3rd (as yet untitled) project.
wanna get away from the studio for a while. Im
looking forward to it.
This will be Davids
second trip to the great isle, having made several appearances this past
spring on the Jonas Fly
tour. Though invited, Jonas
heavy fall schedule, and roll-out of his new album Funny,
preclude his participation in this event.
Nick G. album released July 31!
two years of silence, Nick Guerrero has stepped from behind his enigmatic
blue blockers, and given his fans another look at the world through his
eyes. “God Hasn’t Blessed Me Yet” (Nick's second full-length release)
features 12 never-before-heard tracks of Nick's soulful ruminations on
death, fear, loneliness, isolation, and love. The songs were written in
the past two years, following the controversial 1999 release, "Mr.
G," that put Nick on the fast track to junk-punk stardom. The new
album was recorded over the past 9 months, at Simple Music, and G’s own
“Gun Gallery” studio. "I'm impressed with this project," said
Russell David (who acted as engineer/producer), "honestly it's one
of my all-time favorite simple music cd's." Simple Music technical
director Mario Yee concurred, "Nick is an awesome talent. Seriously.
The album does suffer from some amateurish engineering/producing, but
that's not Nick's fault." Yee added, "The amazing thing is that
Nick transcended those limitations. Like a pheonix from the flame. Nothing
can hold down an artist of this calibur." When
asked to comment, the ever-cryptic G said only, “I like the songs, and
overall I'm happy with the project, but next time I'm producing the thing
by myself or with Mario." Following
the completion of post production in mid July, Nick has again removed
himself to an undisclosed location in the foothills of the Sierra's. Nick
is reported to be working on songs for a third (yet untitled) project.
We only hope we don't have to wait another two years for more. -R.M. Slinky
FREE copy of "God Hasn't Blessed Me Yet" NOW!
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for a track listing and ordering info.
Evil in a Good Way
Released Tuesday, June 12, 2001
in a Good Way,” Russell David's offering for the year 2001, is now available
(see our catalog
for your FREE copy). The album features 17 songs, over 70 minutes of passionate,
low-fi, music. “Most of the tracks are love songs written to people I
see, people I know, or people I've known in the past, and some others
I hope to yet meet,” said David. “I think these songs take a somewhat
interesting perspective on the idea of obsession, passion, love, etc."
was recorded over the past 10 months, and was produced by Simple Music
mega-talent Mario Yee. "I felt like the horse whisperer," said
Yee, "I'd come into the studio and RD would be raving around about
some beautiful woman he just saw on the corner, and I'd try to focus that
energy into the performances, calm him down and sort of bottle that passion."
Such deft handling is evident in such tracks as "17 by 23,"
and "Deja Vu," both of which circle around the theme of maniacal,
pathological, passion. "I
think it worked, and I'm mostly happy with the final product," Yee
added, "but it also has its limitations. David's no Dylan or Lou
Reed, so we try to do the best with what we've got." This was Yee's
first project of a 3 album contract with Simple Music.
Russell's May15, 2001 interview.
the hostile review written by aesthetician K. Levin.
Jonas Takes London!
was a cold blustery night in merry old England. March 2nd, 2001-the release
date of Jonas’ second album: Fly Little Hedgehog. Jonas, his entourage,
and a few of his most loyal fans in the UK, assembled at the historic
“Grenadier” for a release celebration heretofore unheard of in the annals
of civilized humankind. “I’m the king of the world!” screamed Jonas, as
he balanced himself on a rickety bar stool, thanking the crowd for their
devotion and love. “I really am the most kick-ass musician ever to draw
breath,” he continued, “you are all blessed to be here tonight in my presence,
and I’m sure you recognize that.” Though invited, Osmond family member
Jimmy could not attend the event. In lieu of his presence, Osmond sent
a beautiful breakfast bouquet, and his congratulations on what he termed
the “Jonas phenomenon.” Osmond added his compliments and well wishes for
a continued “victory over the evil independent music empire.” Other notable
invitations included Ozzy, Lou Reed, Jad Fair, Brent Michaels (of Poison),
Flea, Roger Waters, and Sting. Regretably, none of these fellow artists
were able to attend, or put words to their regret. Jonas is currently
accepting applicants for invitation to his next release party, currently
scheduled for August 2001 in scenic San Leandro, California. Select fans
will be invited based on their response to the following essay question:
“Jonas is like God the Father because:___________.” Submit your essay
and entry packet to email@example.com . Essays will be judged,
and invitations awarded, by Jonas himself!
more photos of Jonas in London!