Peaceful Ghosts Live With Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg came about after Nada Surf frontman and main songwriter Matthew Caws received a surprise email asking about a potential collaborative orchestral project with the Austrian national radio station FM4. A little over a year later, the result is a beautiful recording, culled from two live performances in Vienna and Potsdam early this summer, that covers a broad stylistic range, from James Bond at one extreme to the joy and wonder of Walt Disney at the other, with a whole range of surprises in between. Classics such as the delicate melancholy of "Blonde On Blonde" unfold to surprising new places with soaring countermelodies, while new favorites from You Know Who You Are, including "Rushing" and "Out of the Dark", showcase the power and majesty of the original without losing the lyrical and musical subtlety that has become the hallmark of Nada Surf for the past twenty years.
Customers outside the US can order the album from CitySlang.
Nada Surf has always been a quintessential New York band, wielding big guitars and heart-on-sleeve lyrics, fueled by artistic ambition, casual cool, and sarcastic smarts. Founded in 1992, Nada Surf has only grown more creative and resourceful as time has marched on, each consecutive release notable for the quality of its craft as well as singer/guitarist Caws' ongoing growth as both songwriter and human being. Brimming with midlife wisdom and teenage vigor, You Know Who You Are may well be the most representative collection of Nada Surf's two decade career, capturing in its 10 tracks every beloved facet of the band while also pushing those sounds towards whatever comes next.
Listen to "Believe You're Mine" here.
Customers outside the US can order the album from CitySlang.
A compilation of digital rarities, which includes tracks that had previously only been available on limited-edition CDs, including a few excellent covers and tracks that were previously unreleased in the US.
This EP is a culmination of stripped-down, highlight tracks from the band's album, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy.
"Did you ever, as a kid, want to crawl into the speakers?" asks Nada Surf singer-guitarist Matthew Caws. "I did here was OK, but there was much better." And that's pretty much what Nada Surf is all about Caws, bassist Daniel Lorca, and drummer Ira Elliot are in love with the way rock music can transport you to a new and wonderful place in a beguiling rush of beats, chords, hooks and words. And they do it 10 times over on their brilliant sixth album, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy.
ALSO: The Dulcitone Files, a beautifully recorded set of stripped-down acoustic versions of songs from The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy originally available on an extremely limited basis at indie retailers is now available at digital retailers everywhere.
Two demos of songs to be included on Nada Surf's next full-length, presented on 7" vinyl for Record Store Day 2011. Available April 16th at record stores across the globe.
OUT OF STOCK! We've sold through all the copies we have, but you can still purchase the box set from independent retailers across the US. We also have some of the band's albums as individual LPs.
Limited edition CD with live in-studio performances of seven great Nada Surf tunes.
Lucky, the title of Nada Surf's fifth album, is at once literal and ironic. Like the songs that singer-guitarist Matthew Caws, bassist Daniel Lorca and drummer Ira Elliot crafted for their previous two albums, Let Go (2003) and The Weight Is A Gift (2005), Lucky is filled with images of restlessness, longing and the elusiveness of love. Yet the band counterbalances the lyrical bittersweetness with a musical buoyancy. Intimate songs become in-it-together anthems, thanks to the chiming guitars, propulsive rhythms, and the emotional candor in Caws' vocals. A song like "Beautiful Beat" segues from a sparsely arranged, confessional first verse into a harmony-laden chorus and reaches multi-layered, canon-like proportions before the track fades out. If Caws is often suggesting that romance and resolution may still be an inch or two out of reach, he's also proffering immediate musical solace. Turn up the volume, hit the repeat button, and your troubles, for a blissful three minutes or so, will disappear.
An iTunes exclusive digital release, featuring five live tracks taken from a KEXP acoustic session (produced by KEXP Radio Seattle and the Triple Door on February 26, 2006).
bark46 · CD / DIGITAL / DOUBLE CD / LP
Barsuk Records · September 2005
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Sonic Boom Recordings · November 2005
Here it is. Barsuk is proud to bring you The Weight Is a Gift, Nada Surf's sharp, compact, and brilliant follow-up to their acclaimed 2003 masterpiece Let Go. After two years of touring the world, our heroes Matthew, Daniel and Ira returned to the studio with producer Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, The Thermals) and, after some additional time working at home in NYC, have delivered a perfect pop album sure to alleviate the growing breathless anticipation among both longterm fans and recent converts.
"Like their peers Weezer, Nada Surf have matured without all the negative aspects that might imply: flitting between driving power-pop, blue-skies post-grunge and acoustic rock balladry, Let Go is an enchanting and subtle album that consigns the band's curmudgeonly, satirical edge to the dumpster. It's often beautifully simple: the curious 'Blonde on Blonde' finds frontman Matthew Caws singing of listening to Bob Dylan on his headphones as he strolls in the rain, while 'Happy Kid' is a wide-eyed rollercoaster ride that boasts not a single cynical bone in its rosy, plump frame. Add this to the fact that there's some wry-but-muscular rock songs here that could take Rivers Cuomo on at his own game (see the fluorescent punk-pop rush of 'The Way You Wear Your Head') and it suddenly becomes clear that Nada Surf are far more than 'Popular' they're a smart, alluring, attractive 21st century rock band that are so over high school it hurts." (Amazon.com)
Nada Surf bring their trademark sense of harmony and musical craftsmanship to 12 of their favorite songs with their new release, if i had a hi-fi, the band's first album of covers.
Excellent 6-song EP from 2007.
Nada Surf released their sophomore album The Proximity Effect in 1998, but due to some major label nonsense, it did not receive the attention it deserved. The band is trying to fix that by re-releasing this gem of a record, and you should make sure not to miss it this time.
With The Proximity Effect, Nada Surf set out to make a "good" record and ended up, in their own inimitable way, making a great one. One that didn't wedge itself in any particular subgenre, and, like all great rock records, one that wasn't trying to be anything except what it was: a collection of intelligent songs dealing with break-ups and showdowns, getting drunk and getting over it, fixing yourself for the last time and meeting yourself for the first. The album is built of indelible melodies and heart-stopping choruses that won't leave your head for days. "Hyperspace," "Amateur" and "Bad Best Friend" have the stand-out hooks, but there isn't an average song to be found in the bunch they all just get better with every listen and with the gravity-defying "80 Windows", Nada Surf wrote themselves a genuine classic.
Get There is the debut collaborative album from accomplished musicians Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws. Over the last two decades, both have carved out long-lasting and strikingly independent careers within a dependably fickle music business, Caws with his now 20-year-old New York City group Nada Surf, and Hatfield with the Boston-reared Blake Babies, the Juliana Hatfield Three, Some Girls, as well as a number of releases under her own name. Along with sharing lead vocals and writing credit on all of Get There's eleven tracks, Matthew and Juliana played every instrument beside the drums, conjuring up an ever-shifting range of sounds and feelings. It's not just the timbre of the voices and the shared vision of their musical explorations, but the emotional tone of Caws and Hatfield's songs and lyrics that blends so seamlessly. Their attraction to themes of restless solitude and constant longing have always been a compelling part of their individual repertoires, and Minor Alps expresses an ageless existential yearning tempered by hard-fought wisdom, maturity, or maybe just acceptance of certain eternal truths.