Another Dead Clown, Nik Westman, Kathy Zimmer

Another Dead Clown

The “band” started as a joke between childhood friends, a pseudonym
for the latest song or stupid idea. Later, Another Dead Clown became
the “band” responsible for college recordings and open-mic
appearances, as well as more songs and stupid ideas (now frequently
involving alcohol). Soon, there was a backlog of songs and stupid
ideas, and a deep roster of “band members” that had played along the
way. So we started to play as often as possible.

We interrupted Holiday parties with Curtis Mayfield sound-a-likes
(“Santa Got Robbed”), recorded demos in the backseat of our friends
cars (thanks Kevin), freestyle battled about Star Wars during playoff
games (e.g. “I grew up on Tatooine, I used to find droids with
Kenobi”), forced our friends to record on instruments they’d never
played (sorry Mike, Joe, Zach and Aaron), and made houseguests
improvise verses on Irish Dirges (sorry Meghan, Mike, Morgan, Denise,
and Kevin). Every show began with the announcement (read: warning)
that “we are Another Dead Clown, and so are you, so if you don’t like
the way something sounds come on up and fix it.”

Eventually (after nearly losing primary songwriter and founding member
Chris O’Keeffe in the French Pyrenees), the “band” became a band and
we started recruiting more friends, family, and innocent bystanders to
take part. The regular lineup is now Chris O’Keeffe, Gerad O’Shea,
Meagan Brus, and Ian Deming, but our all-inclusive attitude remains.
We gave up the pre-show warning (after being nearly derailed a few
times) but if you come to a show there’s a 60% chance you’ll end up
with a harmonica, ukelele, megaphone, or drum stick in your hand.

The point of all of this, is that you are Another Dead Clown as much
as we are, so come play with us…forever, and ever, and ever.

Nik Westman

Nik & the Central Plains
Indie/Folk/ Rock

Hi, I'm Nik Westman. I write a bunch songs that swing from Alternative Folk to good ol' indie rock. I'm based out of Brooklyn, NY. The Songs I have posted are a collaboration with my Pals & band mates Kraig Decker & Colin Bronnenkant from Pittsburgh, Pa and a few more wonderful folks. I write songs and do my best to bring them to life through recording them with like minded musicians and artists. Hope you enjoy what I have posted. Most of these songs are listed as " nik & the central plains" that's the name of the band I've been part of since 2006. I'm currently working on a fresh batch of tunes, until those are worked out & recorded you've got a couple of records to delve into.


Kathy Zimmer

If sophistication and open-hearted goodwill could combine into a sound, what would it be? Enter Kathy Zimmer, a New York City singer/songwriter sporting a richly wistful set of pipes and speaking the language of shell-shocked wildflowers. If you’re looking in earnest for something new, this is it.
There is an essence of burnished class that exudes from Kathy’s voice—think of it in Great Gatsby terms: the money that’s in Kathy Zimmer’s voice is equal parts lost Spanish Armada treasure and rural American box social baked goods.
These two extremes are also present in the songs themselves—beautifully eloquent images fly by while the topics they describe are simple and basic; yes, you too have been there and experienced that… it’s just never before been summed up in quite this way.
Here’s a theory: Joni Mitchell is less jazz and more art song… as is Kathy Zimmer. The girl in the upstairs choir is originally from the rural Great Plains, and she sings to the world with a clear voice and a clear gaze.

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