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Featured Post: East Coast Fall 2015 dates with JD McPherson


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Very excited to share the stage with this Rock n Roller this Fall! Let the good times roll!

September 2, Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Ontario
September 3, Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Ontario
October 8, Palace Theater, Stafford Springs, CT
October 9, Webster Hall, New York City, NY

Featured Post: Nicole to Tour with Mercury Rev as Main Support this November in the UK & Europe!


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Nicole is honored to be opening solo for Mercury Rev on their November Uk & Europe tour! Please go to the Tour link for dates and tickets!



Happy 100th B-Day Moscot!

Our friends at Moscot Eyewear have been around since 1915! That means they’re celebrating 100 years this year. As part of that they asked Nicole to record a track for a special video they premiered at their anniversary party earlier this month. Check out the video here and then download the track for $1 / pay what you want on Nicole’s Bandcamp here!

Happy Birthday Moscot!

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“War Torn” As Heard On Late Show with David Letterman!

Click here to purchase “War Torn” from Slow Phaser Deluxe feat. Live from the Masonic Temple as heard on the Late Show with David Letterman! & Check out the performance below!

Late Show With David Letterman!!!!

Nicole will be on the Late Show With David Letterman on Friday, January 9th!! Be sure to tune in to your local CBS station to see her performance!

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Tour

TOUR

Aug
16
Stone Pony Summerstage w/ Avett Brothers
6:00P - Asbury Park, NJ
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Aug
30
Blues, Brews, & BBQ @ Snowbasin - FREE
4:00P - Huntsville, UT
Sep
02
The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Toronto Ontario w/ JD McPherson
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Sep
03
The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Toronto, Ontario w/ JD McPherson
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Oct
08
Palace Theater
Stafford Springs, CT w/ JD McPherson
Oct
09
Webster Hall
New York City, NY w/ JD McPherson
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Nov
06
DR Studio 2
Denmark, Copenhagen w/ Mercury Rev
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Nov
08
Botanique - Orangerie
Belgium, Brussels w/ Mercury Rev
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Nov
09
Studio 672
Germany, Koln w/ Mercury Rev
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Nov
11
Postbahnhof
Germany, Berlin w/ Mercury Rev
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Nov
13
Lauba
Croatia, Zagreb w/ Mercury Rev
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Nov
14
Bronson
Italy, Ravenna w/ Mercury Rev
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Nov
15
Kranhalle
Germany, Munich w/ Mercury Rev
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Nov
16
Alhambra
France, Paris w/ Mercury Rev
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Nov
17
Komedia
UK, Brighton w/ Mercury Rev
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Nov
19
The Sage
UK, Gateshead w/ Mercury Rev
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Nov
20
Art School
UK, Glasgow w/ Mercury Rev
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Nov
23
RNCM
UK, Manchester w/ Mercury Rev
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Nov
24
Oval Space
UK, London w/ Mercury Rev
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About

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A neon noir tour de force of hi-def late-night pop, Slow Phaser marks Nicole Atkins’ most ingenious and indelibly modern collection to date. Produced by Tore Johannson – with whom she partnered on her now-classic 2007 debut, Neptune City – the album is a milestone for the acclaimed singer/songwriter, her restless creativity fully realized via the addition of some surprising colors to her already diverse paintbox. Songs like the poptastic “Girl You Look Amazing” and the sultry “Red Ropes” positively swirl with day-glo danceability, the bright hues setting Atkins’ distinctive creative voice in a brilliant and undeniable new light. Bittersweet yet life affirming, Slow Phaser is Nicole Atkins at her confident and unpredictable best – spirited, sexy, and determinedly forward thinking.

“I wanted to make something that no one’s ever heard before,” she says, “including myself.”

A charismatic and committed live performer, Atkins followed 2011’s adventurous Mondo Amore with a long year on the road. Upon her return, the New Jersey-based artist began to rethink her overall approach. Atkins went on creative walkabout, visiting various musician friends across the country and starting a productive collaboration with veteran drummer/producer Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Cramps, Teenage Jesus & The Jerks). The two clicked immediately, penning three songs on the very first day they set to work.

“Jim really helped me articulate a lot of what I was feeling,” she says. “He helped me make the things I was writing sound more like when I just wrote songs for myself.  He taught me a lot about writing… again.”

Luckily – or perhaps not – she was in Memphis when Hurricane Sandy wreaked its havoc on the Jersey Shore and her familial home.

“It was awful,” she says. “The whole first floor was flooded, we didn’t have power for 18 days. Everything is pretty much back now, but its different. Everybody in the town aged a lot this year.”

As she pondered her next move, fate rang long distance. Hearing of her recent travails, her old producer Tore Johansson – known for his work with Franz Ferdinand, The Cardigans, and many others – invited Atkins to come record at his residential Malmö, Sweden studio.

“He said, ‘As soon as you can get here, get here,’” she says. “It was the perfect double whammy. Here was someone who was going to help me make my record and give me a place to live.”

Atkins packed up two years of songs, poetry, and journals, not to mention the hundreds of beat-based musical ideas stored on her iPhone. With Johansson’s able assistance, she devised a compelling new sonic approach, melding psychedelic energy, prog rock adventurism, after hours disco ambience, and the raw emotional purity of the finest country soul. Atkins stripped her traditional instrumentation to its core – Johansson handled bass duties, joined by The Cardigans’ Lars-Olaf Johansson on guitar, keyboardist Martin Gjerstad, and Asbury Park’s own Sam Bey behind the drum kit – placing considerably more emphasis on electronics than on her previous recordings.

“It sounds large but not cluttered,” she says. “We only used four instruments and tracked everything live. Instead of layering on a bunch of strings and horns and bells, the idea was to try to make everything have such complex melodies that they fit together like a puzzle. Every little bit counts.”

The result is remarkably vivid and varied, with songs like the opening “Who Killed The Moonlight?” blazing with transcendent pop hooks and floor-filling rhythms unlike anything Atkins has done before. She further pushed her songwriting by penning a series of wry, candid songs casting a mordant eye at pretentious boyfriends (“It’s Only Chemistry”), ponderous hipsters (“Cool People”), and the endless highway that is her perpetual home (“Gasoline Bride”). Slow Phaser comes to its poignant emotional close with “The Worst Hangover” – replete with images of shattered disco balls glittering on the storm swept Jersey shoreline – and the sparse, powerful “Above As Below,” which finds our heroine alone at sea, “surrendering to the void, just me, seagulls, and the gods.” A committed believer in the enduring power of the album-as-art form, Atkins embraced a classically tripartite sequencing inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky’s notorious psychotropic western, El Topo.

“When it starts out, the protagonist is really cocky and sure of himself and makes terrible decisions without thinking about the repercussions,” she says. “In the second part, he has everything taken away and is really put in his place. Then, in the end, he accepts it and tries to find spiritual meaning in order to be a better person.”

Atkins plans to release Slow Phaser on her own Oh’Mercy! Records, an assertion of ownership that embraces her ever fervent fanbase, who helped fund the project through a successful PledgeMusic campaign. In addition, the always ambitious artist plans to indulge her defiantly prog dreams with the most theatrical live performances of her career thus far.

“I’m going to wear a cape and shoot lasers out of my hands,” she says. “Really.”

Inventive and irresistible, Slow Phaser positively radiates with idiosyncrasy and a palpable sense of fully empowered musical discovery.

“It’s taken me a while to figure out who I really am,” Nicole Atkins says. “Musically, and as a person. It’s constantly changing. I’m not just this one character. I’m an artistic person trying to figure shit out.”

 

Audio

Slow Phaser
2014
Track List
1. Who Killed The Moonlight?
2. It's Only Chemistry
4. Cool People
5. We Wait Too Long
6. Red Ropes
7. What Do You Know?
8. Gasoline Bride
9. The Worst Hangover
10. Sin Song
11. Above As Below


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Mondo Amore
2011
Digs Other People's Songs
2008
Neptune City
2007
Track List
2. Together We're Both Alone
4. Cool Enough
6. Love Surreal (Atkins, Tore Johannson, Jens Lindgard, Martin Gjerstad)
8. Brooklyn's on Fire!
9. Kill the Headlights
10. Party's Over


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Bleeding Diamonds EP
2006
Track List
2. Snowshakes
4. War Torn
5. Delora
6. Neptune City (In A Different City Version)


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Video

War Torn
LIVE ON LETTERMAN
Nicole performs her track "War Torn", available on Slow Phaser Deluxe: Live at Detroit's Masonic Temple, on Late Night with David Letterman.
Who Killed The Moonlight
OFFICIAL VIDEO
Animated by Ilinca Höpfner
Girl You Look Amazing
OFFICIAL VIDEO
Directed by Laurel Parmet
Vultures
OFFICIAL VIDEO
directed by Mandy Bisesti and Lucia Holm
"Dark Magic in Your Eyes"
OFFICIAL VIDEO
MONDO AMORE Vignette 1 - directed by Mandy Bisesti and Lucia Holm
"And What I Wouldn't Do"
OFFICIAL VIDEO
MONDO AMORE Vignette 2 - directed by Mandy Bisesti and Lucia Holm
"Metal and Memories"
OFFICIAL VIDEO
MONDO AMORE Vignette 3 - directed by Mandy Bisesti and Lucia Holm
Hotel Plaster
OFFICIAL VIDEO
directed by Mandy Bisesti and Lucia Holm
My Baby Don't Lie
OFFICIAL VIDEO
directed by Mandy Bisesti, Lucia Holm & Joe Jennings
Maybe Tonight
OFFICIAL VIDEO
The Way It Is
OFFICIAL VIDEO
directed by David Sutton
Neptune City
OFFICIAL VIDEO
directed by David Sutton
The Way It Is
LIVE VIDEO
on David Letterman
Maybe Tonight
LIVE VIDEO
on Later… with Jools Holland
The Tower
LIVE VIDEO
for Sideshow Alley
Heavy Boots
LIVE VIDEO
at Bonnaroo 2011
My Baby Don't Lie
LIVE VIDEO
at the Music Hall of Williamsburg

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management: Ryan Mchugh
listentonicoleatkins@gmail.com

booking (north america): Paul Lohr at New Frontier Touring
paullohr@newfrontiertouring.com

booking (UK & Euro): Oliver Ward at The Agency Group
oliverward@theagencygroup.com

publicity (US): Ken Weinstien at Big Hassle
weinstein@bighassle.com

publicity (UK & Euro): Matt Reynolds at Savage Gringo
matt@savagegringo.com

record label: Oh’Mercy! Records
ohmercyrecords@gmail.com

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