just woke to hear about ric ocasek. i'm so sad and thinking of him very fondly, as i have almost every day for 24 years. he was a father figure to me, always kind and true. making our first album with him was a transformative experience. i will miss him and be forever grateful. i had loved his songs and sound since my older sister started buying cars records in the early 80s. years later, as i saw him walking into the knitting factory, i approached him and gave him a demo tape. i'd been carrying one ever since seeing mitch easter on a subway train a few weeks before. ric was very gracious, and asked me if my phone number was on it. he called me two weeks later and invited me to his house in gramercy park. i was in such a dreamstate i locked my bike to nothing, missing the pole (it was still there later). i sat with paulina at the kitchen table while he made us coffee. she said "he likes your phrasing." it felt like the first time someone outside the band and our friends had seen something in me. he asked about our demo tape and said we could release it as an album but that if we ever wanted to record it again, he would want to produce it and would charge very little money. i said we had a new drummer and we wanted to make it again. he asked if we had a record deal. i said we didn't. he said to keep in touch and call anytime. a few months later we were at electric lady, recording our debut. he lent me books of poetry and let me use his guitars and amps. we always chose the second or third take, he always chose the first and had me sing a couple of scratch vocals on it. when we were done with guitars, i asked him if it was time to sing. he said "you're done, you did it already." i think he sensed that the "real thing" would make me nervous and wasn't going to let me blow it. the record company wanted to visit during the recording and he wouldn't let them. he was so kind and generous to everyone he worked with. one the greatest songwriters who ever lived. plane taking off, will write more later... 💙
The fan pre-sale for the January / February US tour starts now for most all shows. Ticket link in the bio.
After a long break from the road we’re excited to announce our first US tour in 2020. We’ll be joined by some great support acts including @apexmanor, @aaronleetasjan (solo) and @theleesofmemory. A fan pre-sale begins Wednesday at 11am local venue time (password: NADASURF), and general on-sale is Friday at 11am local venue time. Ticket info in the profile link. Looking forward to seeing you! Photo credit: @anniedressner
Nada Surf will be featured in an audience taping of public radio's ‘Full Disclosure’ -- recording an interview with host Roben Farzad (@fulldradio) with a full performance to follow at Richmond, VA’s historic venue @thenationalva on Sunday, November 10th. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 28th at 12pm EST. Link in bio.
singing some roughs, filling in some words, seeing how things feel
just finished our third week-long rehearsal at @rhinocornstudio and we're ready! we're off to wales tomorrow to start recording ✨✨✨. big thanks to mike for all the help and hospitality. if you live in cambridge and you're in a band or want to start one, this is a great place to work out your songs.
Our annual summer t-shirt sale starts now with 20% off all designs (even already discounted shirts) including best sellers like “Tri-Circle” (pictured) and “3D.” Happy shopping!
Author/documentarian @erinleecarr has a memoir “All That You Leave Behind” out yesterday that documents her relationship with her father, the incredibly talented former NY Times reporter and columnist David Carr. We were thrilled to learn that he was a fan of the band, and so pleased that Erin chose “Always Love” to be in a video of lessons learned from her dad. Link in bio.
we have a new song out. i'm excited for you to hear it. thank you to @salonofficial for premiering the video and for including some words i wrote about the song's inspiration. (link in bio)
current version of portable studio
Three years ago today "You Know Who You Are" was released. Thanks to @nuthouserecording, @barsukrecords, @cityslangrecords and everyone who purchased and streamed the record and came out to the shows! Link to "Cold to See Clear" video in bio!
in 1999, we put together a cd called "North 6th Street" to sell on tour. it was named after the street in brooklyn where we first got together. it has our first singles, some 8-track demos we made in our practice space, some alternate versions, french versions, a couple of unreleased songs and a cover. it has sold out and been re-pressed a few times over the years, but today, for its 20th birthday, we're releasing it everywhere digitally! Tracklisting: 1. The Plan (7" Version) 2. Deeper Well (7" Version) 3. Ice Box (Demo) 4. Psychic Caramel (Demo) 5. Popular (Demo) 6. Zen Brain (French Version) 7. Sleep (French Version) 8. Traffic 9. Me and You 10. Silent Fighting (Demo) 11. Spooky (Alternate Version) 12. The Manoeuvres 13. Sick of You 14. Robot (Demo) 15. Amateur (Demo) 16. River Phoenix 17. Mother's Day (Demo) 18. Dispossession (Alternate Version)
it took 23 years for someone to tell me they took the advice. finally! hahaha i mean, i was kidding, but also i wasn't really kidding, you should tell them honestly, simply, kindly but firmly...
on the morning of our last day, brought the guys on a guided punting tour of the cambridge colleges and bridges. very peaceful, hardly anyone else on the river.