Golden Suits (Fred Nicolaus of Department of Eagles)

Golden Suits (Fred Nicolaus of Department of Eagles)

Golden Suits is Fred Nicolaus of the band Department of Eagles. He wrote or co- wrote with Daniel Rossen many of the group's best known songs, including "No One Does it Like You," "Teenagers," "While We're Young," and "Herringbone." Their last album, In Ear Park, was awarded ʻBest New Music by Pitchfork and made The New York Times' year-end top ten list.

Golden Suits is Nicolaus' first project working alone. It was inspired by a strange year that saw him get chased out of an apartment by a rat infestation, go through a painful breakup, travel to Germany to learn about his grandfather's death in WWII, go broke, and lose forty pounds. Throughout that chaotic time, he became obsessed with a book of short stories by the fiction writer John Cheever, and started writing songs that blended his own experiences with fragments from the book (the name "Golden Suits" is a reference to the final line of a Cheever story). The result is a collection of ten songs that combine nostalgia, sentimentality, skewed references to a book about suburban marriage in the 1950s, personal confessions and abstract non-sequitors that take a shot at the sublime.

Musically, the songs follow the thread of Department of Eagles' swervy take on classic pop in the vein of Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks, Paul Simon, and Lennon and McCartney solo. Nicolaus, who generally wrote the simpler, poppier material in DoE, followed the mold of ʻtake a straightforward, direct song and play with it until there's something interesting going on.ʼ Working outside of the band was a chance to indulge in production ideas that wouldn't have flown within it, like the Graceland-inspired one-two beat and female vocals on "Swimming in '99" or the unadorned piano ballad feel for "Restaurant Song."

Throughout the recording process, Nicolaus played most of the instruments, but had help from a talented group of friends including Chris Bear and Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear; Fraser McCulloch from Milagres (who engineered the album); Becca Kauffman and Felicia Douglass from Ava Luna; Kris Nolte and Ian Davis from Mason Jar Music (who arranged strings); and Daniel Rossen (who sang harmonies and was an all-around supportive spirit). All in all, the album took about two years of writing and recording in several studios and psuedo-studios in Brooklyn to finish.

Dream House

Dream House are a group of friends who have been playing music together in one iteration or another for a long time. Their songs tell stories of giant sea-creatures, track-walkers, and phantoms that are interwoven with multiple part harmonies that sing deeply personal and haunting narratives. Songs braid into one another and usually feature Molly Murphy playing acoustic guitar and ukulele, Andrew Conner on electric guitar, Robert Raymond behind drums, and our their newest member Jared Padovani playing bass guitar.

All four members of Dream House met in college in the South Bay. Robert and Andrew moved into a house in San Jose and lived in the basement where they set up a ton of instruments and spent many nights playing dreamy, droney psyched out music together. It wasn't long until they re-connected with Molly, who had been writing songs on her own in Redwood City this whole time. Both Robert and Andrew were immediately struck by the beautiful imagery and spine-tingling melodies in Molly's music, and the three began collaborating and playing at open mics around San Jose. Since then Dream House has been quite active, always writing new material and adapting old songs, touring up to Seattle, and most recently, being joined by bass player Jared Padovani from San Francisco post-rock instrumental band The Cryptics.

Dream House is currently in the studio working on a three part piece named Leviathan, which they will be releasing in mid-June as an E.P. by the same name. "

The Devil and A Penny

The Devil and a Penny are a band formed by childhood friends. They play a unique form of dark indie rock.

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