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Nina Nastasia


Country of origin:

USA

Type of music generally:

Mostly country-flavoured alternative indie-folk, though occasionally more experimental

Status:

Most recent release, Outlaster (2010)

See also:

Fat Cat Records' Nina Nastasia page

Wikipedia's entry for Nina Nastasia

Nina Nastasia's MySpace page

Comparisons:

Mirah, though the one experimental-flavoured track of hers I've heard really reminds me of Baxter. (Neile)

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Mostly country-flavoured alternative indie-folk, though one track is more experimental

Recommended first album:

Any

Recordings:

  • Dogs (2000, reissued 2005)
  • The Blackened Air (2002)
  • Run to Ruin (2003)
  • On Leaving (2006)
  • You Follow Me (with Jim White, 2007)
  • What She Doesn't Know (2008)
  • Outlaster (2010)

Dogs

Release info:

2000—Socialist—0012

Availability:

Wide in U.S.

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of countryish alternafolk

Group members:

Nina Nastasia—guitar, vocals

Guest artists:

Stephen Day—cello
Dave Richards—bass
Peter Yanowitz—drums
Gerry Leonard—guitar
Juliann Klopotic—violin
Joshua Carlebach—accordion

Produced by:

Steve Albini

Comments:

Has anyone heard Nina Nastasia's album Dogs? I stumbled across a copy a few weeks ago. It is absolutely incredible and comes in the nicest packaging I have ever seen for a cd :) (gordodo@optonline.net)

The Blackened Air

Release info:

2002—Touch and Go Records, P.O. Box 25520, Chicago, IL 60625

Availability:

Wide in U.S.

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of countryish alternafolk

Group members:

Nina Nastasia—vocals, guitar

Guest artists:

Jay Bellerose—drums
Joshua Carlebach—accordion
Stephen Day—cello
Gerry Leonard—guitar, mandolin
Gonzalo Muñoz
Dave Richards—bass
Dyland Willemsa—viola
Peter Yanowitz—drums on 1 track

Produced by:

Steve Albini

Comments:

For me this was a real bait-and-switch. I found one advance sample from this disc—"This Is What It Is" which has an urgent, contemporary feel that the rest of this is lacking. While I like both "Ocean" and "Rosemary", most of this leaves me cold—it's just not my thing. Her moody indiefolk sound didn't do much for me at all, I guess because there's so much of that around here. I was hoping for more like "This is What it is" and only got one more track that was somewhat like it. The rest of the album is somber and world-weary country-ish singer-songwriter stuff. (Neile)

Run to Ruin

Release info:

2003—Touch and Go—241

Availability:

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of countryish alternafolk

Group members:

Nina Nastasia—acoustic and electric guitar, vocals

Guest artists:

Stephen Day—cello
Dave Richards—bass
Gerry Leonard—banjo, guitar, hammered dulcimer
Peter Deimel, Jim White—drums
Joshua Carlebach—piano, accordion

Produced by:

Steve Albini

Comments:

See above.

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