Back in 2009, on that first Mount Eerie / No Kids tour, I didn't really have any idea who No Kids were. Aside from being blown away by hearing them play Wind's Poem in its entirety with Phil, I was moved to tears by their own opening set. It was partially comprised of older songs, but the very best tunes were part of what Nick described as an "LA-themed" album yet-to-come, that would invoke the hot summer nights nights and breezy bedrooms of 1940s Los Angeles, populated by the Hollywood dames and forgotten dreamers of late noirs like Sunset Boulevard and Chinatown.
Anyway, there was a criminally-underrated teaser for this album in the form of the Judy at the Grove EP in 2010, but for the most part I've just been waiting for three long years to hear Nick post this on his blog: "I think John and I finished my record this week. Things are happening! XO NK" nicholaskrgovich.tumblr.com/
I know a lot of people just can't handle the smooth R&B/Steely Dan-esque stylings that make No Kids so incredible, but there've got to be a couple of you in here. Let this be the official hype thread.
I saw them as well. And to this day it was one of the funniest and fun shows I've ever seen. what he does in the beginning of the following mix (http://soundcloud.com/nicholas_krgovich/32-45-mix) is pure magic. He (Krgovich, Nick) has some really really good ear and taste. It's incredible. every wednesday you can download a song from 'Real Life' on his blog apparently.
I recorded "Afternoon at the Pendleton's from the 7" picture disc with my phone.
Also, just to clarify, Real Life is a tour CDr of covers; it's not the epic LA-themed album that's been in the works since forever.
I actually emailed Nick about it a few months ago. Here's what he had to say:
LA record's been done since April, it's been really crazy trying to find a proper home for it so far... But it will be coming out on 7 e.p. in Japan in October... Then hopefully domestically early next year... Sorry for the wait!
Well, here we are at the end of October. With how fucking great these songs are, it's sad to me that this isn't a p4k "best new thing" in everyones' itoonz already. Phil and I talked about it when he was touring through here a while ago - he's heard it and thinks it's incredible. Hope some of you will join me in hyping the shit out of this when it finally does come out.
I did notice one glimmer of hope on the Mount Eerie/Nick Krgovich Japan tour site, though...
There's also a super sparse video for the title track, which I felt weird about at first but which I like more and more with every listen. Bleak shit, man. www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOWJnghb7Qc
This whole album feels like it's coming out of the same LA neo-noir misery as Joan Didion's writing or Polanski's Chinatown. The fact that it was apparently inspired by Sinatra's suicidal album Only the Lonely is definitely telling. Note that this is not the grand LA-themed album we've (maybe just I've) been waiting for, which I still hope will surface eventually. Still definitely worth your time - dude is seriously a songwriting genius.