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Joshua Novak – A Monolith Festival must-see band

“…Singing of betrayal and bitterness with an overflowing beauty, the wave of vocals and guitar weaving and cascading off the stage or speakers…” -Kim Owens, KAFFEINE BUZZ

Joshua Novak, an incredible songwriter from Denver, will be gracing the stage at the MONOLITH Festival on Sept.14th. His song “Tidal Wave” is really and beautifully fucking infectious. Taking cues from The Shins, Mountain Goats, and early Fleetwood Mac, the song just works for me.

The following is an interview that Joshua gave to, the sponsor of the MadeLoud Acoustic Stage , the stage that Josh will be performing on at Monolith, being held at Red Rocks, on Sept 13 and 14th.

This interview can be found at :

Joshua Novak, a songwriter (but not singer/songwriter, he’ll have you know) has been known to take inspiration from car crashes, sex addiction, and counts Tears for Fears and Michael Jackson as early influences over his taste and development as an artist. Alongside musicians John Rasmussen, Kit Peltzel and Nathan Meese, Novak has developed a niche within the Denver music scene, and plans to turn more heads at his Monolith festival appearance.

MadeLoud: How long have you been playing?

JN: I’ve been playing since I was fourteen. Dad bought a guitar then, a right-handed one—I’m left handed—and I didn’t know any better. I taught myself how to play a right-handed guitar upside down.

ML: Who/what inspired your songwriting?

JN: I have to credit my parents to raising me in music, and we had a musical household in terms of listening and appreciating. From as early as four I can remember that was what I wanted to do. I’ve always loved music and wrote my first song when I was eight. Music was never forced on us—my dad was in a band growing up and my parents had big record collections. I felt like in those days I’d spend any allowance I had on buying cassettes, both singles and albums.

ML:Your style is varied, drawing from a lot of different genres and themes. How do you think your penchant for art and visual stuff melds with your spectrum of musical tastes?

JN: I’m a huge Andy Warhol fan Neo Rauch fan. There’s an element of the trashy pop life; nightlife, darkness, and a kind of industrialism I find appealing. I’m kind of a movie head and I love David Lynch. I think that watching a movie and listening to music or looking at art are the same things (sometimes) in terms of the feeling you get from them. That’s why I try to convey more of a feeling about something, and its atmosphere, which sometimes can get overlooked or underappreciated. To me that’s what sticks out the most, and I think it translates commonly through how I appreciate and make art.

ML: Categorizing your work can be difficult, with little nuances of different genres here and there. Can you track the evolution of your work and pinpoint particular shifts?

JN: I started out young as a singer/songwriter, which is funny because we were never raised with a typical singer/songwriters. We listened to lots of music, but there wasn’t a lot of Dylan or Leonard Cohen. We had like Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Tears for Fears. Even when I was young and learning and playing by myself, in my mind my intention was always to have a pop/rock kind of sound, rather than a singer/songwriter one. That’s something I’ve actually fought a lot. It’s a difficult thing, as silly as it seems, to be a musician and fighting off that stereotype, because in a technical sense I suppose you could call me a singer/songwriter, but in terms of how I write things or operate with the band, it’s very much more the rock and pop approach. You kind of have to fight in your corner a little bit to get that in people’s heads constantly. Because my name is on it, people want to put you on a barstool with a piece of wheat hanging out of your mouth. And they want you to be singing about your cats or the Rocky Mountains or something, but it’s completely not true. It’s really frustrating.

ML:How has the city of Denver been an influence on your music?

JN:I think that some people here, and people that don’t live here look at Denver ignorantly as a waiting room for the rest of the country or something. It seems like some people are saying, “I’m going to be in Denver until…”. But especially with the music scene, that’s not the case. I think that Denver’s rich with a lot of really interesting history, especially the dark history. There’s that whole Woven Hand and 16-horse power that have come from here, that I consider more the history of what Colorado sounds like. I’ve known bands that have come here from L.A., you have either the Hollywood Bowl or the Denny’s and there’s nothing in-between to play. In Denver there’s tons of indie rock clubs and there’s a definite sense of community.

ML:Who do you look forward to seeing at Monolith?

JN: I think the world of DeVotchKa—even though they’re local. I was so proud that they were from here. Hootie and the Blowfish would be amazing. The Kills, Neko Case, Vampire Weekend, Cut Copy, Tilly and the Wall, Band of Horses.

– Francesca Camillo

Joshua Novak – 01 Tidal Wave1.mp3
Joshua Novak – 04 My Darling Criminal Lover.mp3
Joshua Novak – 02 Theives.mp3
Joshua Novak -theres been an accident.mp3


Josh Novak – MySpace
Buy his music.
Go and support him by seeing him live….at Monolith and beyond.


August 31, 2008 Posted by | joshua novak, monolith festival, red rocks | Leave a comment

Dr. Dog have lost their moose at Amoeba Records

from the band:


At our recent Amoeba in-store performance in Hollywood I had the misfortune of being separated from a beloved plastic Moose, or rather: it from me.

This Moose was given to me by a dear friend and is inscribed with the word “ALASKA” on one flank and “DR. DOG” on the inverse. For the past year, the Moose has ridden along on the handle of my stand at each and every show. Musicians, like humans, are a ritualistic bunch and I cherished its role in my daily routine.

Perhaps the Moose was simply knocked to the ground in the chaos of the post-performance stage-strike, perhaps, perhaps… but what if it were something more sinister? I shutter at the thought of foul play, but I cannot help being cynical at such a time as this.

I must digress, though: whatever the case may be, I would like nothing more than to have the Moose returned to his rightful place at the helm of my keyboard case. Anyone with any information is strongly encouraged to contact our manager Brian Winton at


Z. Ulrich Miller

Dr. Dog

August 26, 2008 Posted by | amoeba records, Dr. Dog, moose | Leave a comment

Okkervil River posts new vids of artists covering O.R.’s new songs

In preperation for the release of Okkervil River’s new album The Stand Ins, the band has been releasing a series of brand new videos of artists and friends covering the new songs off of the album, which is due on Sept 9th. Get it? STAND INS!

One of the selections here, “Lost Coastlines”, is quickly becoming one of my top track of “the Ocho”, right along with “Singer Songwriter”. Will sat down and recorded the track acoustically, with New Pornographer A.C. Newman taking the vocals of recently-Shearwatered Jonathan Meiburg. Following that, there’s David Vandervelde and his stab at the aforementioned “Singer Songwriter”, and “Starry Stairs” performed by aussie Jack Ladder. Enjoy.

Intro to the series – Will Sheff

A.C. Newman and Will Sheff perform “Lost Coastlines”

David Vandervelde performs “Singer-Songwriter”

Jack Ladder performs “Starry Stairs”

August 26, 2008 Posted by | a.c. newman, acoustic, americana, david vandervelde, indie, jack ladder, lost coastlines, new pornographers, okkervil river, singer songwriter, stand ins, starry stairs | Leave a comment

Ted Kennedy conquers the DNC

Senator Edward Kennedy, in only his second public appearance since having surgery to remove a brain tumor, spoke last night at the Democratic National Convention

August 26, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fun with FAQ’s – The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood

I was doing a little websurfing today when I stumbled across LA’s Hotel Cafe website. Hotel Cafe is a performance venue in Hollywood that’s been listed on Paste Magazine’s Top 40 music venues. Anyway, any music lover will find a chuckle in their FAQ. It reads like the script for “High Fidelity“.

These are some frequently asked questions, and some frequently given answers to go along:

Q: Can I ask you a question?
A: Yes.

Q: So, where is The Hotel Café?
A: 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd. In Hollywood. 1/2 a block south of Hollywood Blvd on the West side of the street.

Q: What time do you open?
A: 7pm. Sometimes earlier, depending on showtime. Check calendar.

Q: Is The Hotel Café still an all ages venue?
A: No. We are now 21+.

Q: Since you’re not an all ages venue anymore, should i call or email to ask if the show is all ages?
A: No.

Q: But i have a friend that will be 21 in two weeks.
A: No.

Q: Do you serve food?
A: Yes.

Q: Do you take credit cards?
A: Yes.

Q: Do you take reservations?
A: No.

Q: Do you pre-sell tickets to shows?
A: Sometimes, will be noted on the calendar.

Q: If a show on the calendar doesn’t have “Tickets Available HERE” or something similar next to it, should I call, email, or come by the hotel cafe to get tickets for a show that is 3 weeks away?
A: No.

Q: If a show says SOLD OUT next to it, does that mean I shoud email or come by to ask how to buy tickets?
A: No.

Q: If I send you a package, can i use Fed Ex or UPS?
A: No.

Q: Regular mail?
A: Yes.

Q: Where can I park when I come to The Hotel Café?
A: Paid parking is available in 2 fairly convenient lots. One just behind the Hotel Cafe and 1 about a ½ block North on the same side of the street. Other lots in the neighborhood are available. Follow signs that say “Parking”. Street Parking is also available, but limited.

Q: I’m playing tonight, where do I park?
A: See above.

Q: I’m playing tonight, where do I load in?
A: Load in through the back door in the alley.

Q: I am playing tonight, can my guest list be 50 people?
A: No.

Q: 30 people?
A: No.

Q: 10?
A: Maybe.

Q: 7?
A: Yes.

Q: I’m not on the list, but I am *insert industry related job title here*, can I get in for free?
A: No.

Q: What if I give you my card?
A: No.

Q: It’s a nice card…
A: Yes it is.

Q: It’s got rounded edges…
A: Yes, I see… Very impressive…

Q: So, how about it then?
A: No.

Q: Can I bring in my own beer or wine?
A: No.

Q: What kind of beer do you have?
A: A Bunch…

Q: What kind of reds do you have?
A: A Bunch…

Q: Whites?
A: Yes..

Q: Can I get a Vodka Cranberry then?
A: YES. Yes you can.

Q: Can I book bands for you?
A: No.

Q: Is this thing on?
A: Yes.

Q: Is the plexi-glass around the soundboard bullet proof?
A: No.

Q: So, I do this comedy act…
A: No.

Q: Abrah Cadab…
A: No.

Q: Do you have a problem with comedians or magicians?
A: No.

Q: I see on the calendar that you have a few TBAs. Can I have the one on the 15th?
A: No.

Q: The one on the 23rd?
A: No.

Q: Any of them?
A: No.

Q: So, I am from Saskatoon Dink, Canada, and I don’t know anyone in LA, and no one knows me. Can I have a headlining spot at The Hotel Cafe?
A: No.

Q: Can I have a residency?
A: No.

Q: Please?
A: No.

Q: Can I play with a Marshall Half Stack?
A: No.

Q: What if I turn it down?
A: No.

Q: But it doesn’t sound right unless it’s really loud.
A: No.

Q: Do you have a piano?
A: Yes.

Q: Is the piano tuned?
A: No.

Q: Do you have an extra 9 volt battery?
A: No.

Q: Can I shoot a movie at The Hotel Cafe?
A: Yes. Click HERE for more info..

Q: Can I smoke in The Hotel Café?
A: No.

Q: Is this The Burgundy Room?
A: No.

Q: Is this The Room?
A: No.

Q: Do you rent rooms by the week?
A: No.

Q: Can I rent a room?
A: No.

Q: Is this even a Hotel?
A: No.

Q: Can you give my CD to Nic Harcourt?
A: No.

Q: Can I have Gary Jules’ phone number?
A: No.

Q: Is Max or Marko here?
A: They might be.

Q: I don’t have a demo, but I’m really good, can you book me?
A: No.

Q: I can play a little right now, sort of an audition…
A: No.

Q: Do you have an open mic night?
A: No.

Q: You should.
A: No.

Q: I am a music reviewer for an online magazine you’ve never heard of. We get 150 unique hits per day… I don’t have a business card, but I would appreciate being on the “House List” every night to photo-review acts that preform at…
A: No.

Q: But I have a camera.
A: So do I.

Q: Do you allow fliming in the Hotel Cafe?
A: Not any more…

Q: Why?
A: Because Youtube video quality sucks… and 30 people holding their damn cell phones in the air blocking everyone elses view of the stage is somewhat annoying…

Q: But i work for *insert pop culture-content whoring giant coorporation here* and we’d be sure to…
A: No…

Q: That seems harsh…
A: That’s not a question.

Q: I run an online music site you’ve never heard of, and we believe your venue would benefit greatly from advertising on our site, which stresses the importance of DIY music. Our ad rates start at…
A: No.

Q: I am playing tonight, can my girlfriend and all of her friends drink for free?
A: No.

Q: I played tonight, and brought 3 people to see me. Do I get Paid?
A: No.

Q: Does this beer taste funny to you?
A: No.

Q: Is a Stella Artois glass smaller than a pint glass?
A: No.

Q: It looks smaller?
A: Yes it does.

Q: Why is that?
A: Physics.

Q: Can I have a job?
A: No.

Q: How about I just leave my resume?
A: No.

Q: What happened to the pool table?
A: It’s gone.

Q: Do you still have the open jazz jam?
A: No.

Q: Why?
A: Because no one in LA appreciates jazz.

Q: That’s sad.
A: Yes. Yes it is.

August 24, 2008 Posted by | faq, high fidelity, hollywood, hotel cafe, L.A. | Leave a comment

Ray LaMontagne just touched me in my special area

Everyone’s favorite backwoodsman, Ray LaMontagne has returned with a HIGHLY-anticipated new album of material, titled Gossip in the Grain, being released on October 14, 2008 on RCA Records. Here is the second song to be previewed off of the album, titled “Let It Be Me”, and, yes, once again, the bearded one has touched me in my ‘special area’, my cardiac area.


Ray LaMontagne – Let It Be Me [from Gossip In The Grain].mp3


There comes a time, a time in everyone’s life
Where nothin’ seems to go your way
Where nothing seems to turn out right
There may come a time, you just can’t seem to find your place
For every door you walk open, seems like you get two slammed in your face.

That’s when you need someone, someone that you can call.
And when all your faith is gone
Feels like you can’t go on
Let it be me
Let it be me
If it’s a friend that you need
Let it be me
Let it be me

Feels like your always comin’ up last
Pockets full of nothin’, ain’t got no cash
No matter where you turn you ain’t got no place to stand
Reach out for something and they slap your hand
I remember all too well
Just how it feels to be all alone
You feel like you’d give anything
For just a little place you can call your own
That’s when you need someone, someone that you can call

And when all your faith is gone
Feels like you can’t go on
Let it be me
Let it be me
If it’s a friend you need
Let it be me
Let it be me.


and a little added bonus for today (I couldn’t pass it up)

Ray LaMontagne w/ Damien Rice – To Love Somebody (Bee Gees)[live]
…till next time…

August 23, 2008 Posted by | acoustic, art rock, gossip in the grain, indie, let it be me, new album, ray lamontagne, singer songwriter | Leave a comment

I LOVE the new and improved IConcertCal plugin….so much better than before

when a band plays on my computer, a little tiny fast widget pops up and tells me if they are playing nearby, or if an album is coming out soon. I love it. Now I don’t have to revert to that stupid calendar they had…..

ron sexsmith is playing at TT the Bears in Cambridge. I never would have seen that shit if it weren’t for for Itunes

August 23, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lookout Providence: Dr. Dog’s going to Hell

Coming up on 10/07/2008:

an event not to be missed:

w/ Delta Spirit
and Hacienda
Club Hell
$12 Advance | $14 Day of
Doors 7 pm | Show 8 pm

August 22, 2008 Posted by | 100 years, Dr. Dog, fate | 2 Comments

G/E’s Song of the Week: Catfish Haven

Jesus, I think I’m already drunk on the sunshine.

G/E’s song of the week:

Catfish Haven – ‘Set In Stone’ from the album Devastator, due Oct. 9th

This halcyon-tinged, funked-out number fits perfectly in the ‘wasting your hard earned dolla, drinking a Pabst Blue Ribbon, sitting around the pool, watching your neighbor cut the grass’ playlist.


Catfish Haven, who’s last 2 albums rocked, btw, are set to release a new collection of their own brand of classic rock/soul/funk on Oct. 9th. The new album, called “Devastator”, will feature lead singer George Hunter’s Chris Robinson-cum-Huey Lewis vocal growl, and, judging by the preview track and album cover…”Devastator” might just live up to it’s epithet.

And besides, at any rate, they can play in my city…anytime.

Catfish Haven – Set In Stone.mp3

August 22, 2008 Posted by | catfish, devastator, haven, indie, rock, set in stone, song of the week | Leave a comment

Wilco, nudie suits, and what effin good is a meet-and-greet pass?

So I got to see Wilco last night. While it was against my better judgement and against my bank account to do so, it will be a night that I won’t soon forget.

Matt and I had talked about this show for a long time. All spring and summer, in fact. With all of the shows and all of the vacations that were to be squeezed in this summer, a little Wilco show in the Berkshires was probably not gonna make it onto the itinerary. You see, Matt and I have been alums of Wilco’s for a couple of years. He met his wife at that Agganis Arena show in ’05, days after I had broken up with my (now) fiance. He had found love and I had lost love with Wilco that summer. We were both at the Pines last summer, the day after my engagement to Jess, and at New Haven this February. I want Matt to know that it was a complete accident how I got to meet Jeff Tweedy after the free show I saw at Tanglewood.

A week and a half ago I was reading a blog post about the Newport Folk Festival on a great blog site, Ryan’s Smashing Life. He had written a post on the previous day announcing a Wilco ticket giveaway, courtesy of his site, and Wilco’s band management. I thought it would be worth a go, so I emailed him, as instructed. And then I forgot about it. Well, Monday morning I got an email from Ryan.

Hey Jameson,

Can you make this show tomorrow?


I replied. I knew that if Jess and I couldn’t swing it, then maybe Matt and Jules could. Ryan emailed me back and told me that a set of lawn tickets would be waiting for me at Will Call.

We left Providence an hour late. 5:30. That sucked but traffic was a bitch. When we got into the car and set the gps, our estimated arrival time to western Mass was 7:47. OUCH. Showtime was 6:30. I put some pedals to metals and didn’t look back. We were sacrificing Andrew Bird, but we might catch the start of Tweedy and Co. Might.

After stopping on the turnpike for a five minute break, we limped into Lenox, Mass at 10 minutes till eight. I walked up to the ticket window and the ticketing guy said he recognized my name, pulled a thin white envelope and handed it to me.

“Enjoy the show”, he said earnestly.

“You know I will”, I replied, with even greater earnest.

As I hurriedly handed our tickets to the woman manning the entrance gate, she said, “I think they must be waiting for you…they’ve been ringing the bells for a few minutes, now. So get to your seats, they’re about to start.”

“Thanks”, I said, not knowing where I was going. “These are lawn seats, right?”

She looked at my ticket again, and said, “No. B15 is a box seat. They’re pretty nice tickets.”

Our seats were not lawn seats. They were right behind the soundboard in the absolute perfect location for sound, and visually WAY better than the lawn….

When we got to our seats, the lights went out and the show began. Wilco came out, dressed in the Nudie suits that they wore at this years’ landmark Lollapalooza show in Chcago. Not a soul sat down the entire night.

A few songs in, they brought out their horn section, the “Total Pro Horns”, which would allow them to play a bunch of songs off of Summerteeth that they reall can’t play normally.

The complete setlist was as follows:

Either Way
Remember The Mountain Bed
Muzzle of Bees
You Are My Face
Impossible Germany
A Shot in the Arm
What Light (w/Total Pros horns)
California Stars (w/TPs)
Pieholden Suite (w/TPs)
Handshake Drugs
Pot Kettle Black
Summer Teeth
Jesus, etc.
Poor Places>
Spiders (Kidsmoke)
Can’t Stand It (w/TPs)
Hate It Here (w/TPs)
Walken (w/TPs)
I’m The Man Who Loves You (w/TPs)
The Late Greats (w/TPs)
Heavy Metal Drummer
Monday (w/TPs)>
Outtasite (Outta Mind) (w/TPs)
I’m A Wheel

The encores were the sickest Wilco I’ve ever seen. A complete rock show. Nudie suits, horns, Pat Sansone’s Townshend-impressions. Hands down 100 percent energy. Nobody wanted the show to end, but when the lights went out it was time to go.

While people filed out, we sat. Talked Wilco. Caught our breath. The very nice security woman who was standing next to us, turned and asked inquisitively, “Do you guys have a meet-and-greet pass, too?” We said, “Um, no? Can we get one?” But alas, she just chuckled and we knew that we weren’t THAT cool. No meet and greets for us tonight.

So Jess always accuses me of ambling. I’m always walking very slowly wherever I go. Well, as we were walking towards the exits, I decided to amble off the beaten path and wound up at the tour buses about 10 minutes after the show ended. A few minutes after getting there, Jeff Tweedy left the venue and entered his bus, then he came out and started talking with the 20 or so people milling around the area. He signed some stuff, some girl’s Converse All-stars, somebody gave him a sock monkey, yeah a sock monkey. A pregnant woman wanted her unborn to meet Jeff. One guy was having a reaction to mushrooms or something (at Wilco, dude?) and Jeff had to tell him to chill the fuck out….

…..I got a signature and a picture. I got to throw my arm around Tweedy. How cool. Cue Marsha Brady :”I’m never washing this cheek again”. Well, things were getting pretty hectic pretty quick and Jeff was about to make an exit so we were Audi. Great show capped off with a nice personal meet-and-greet with Jeff Tweedy. Who needs a meet-and-greet pass? Jeff just skipped out on that anyway.

Thanks to Ryan’s Smashing Life and Wilco’s Management for gifting me such a great night. I’ll never forget it.

August 13, 2008 Posted by | horns, jeff tweedy, live music, ryan's smashing life, tanglewood, wilco | 1 Comment