School Night! ft. Caught A Ghost

Chris Douridas (KCRW) & MFG Present

School Night! ft. Caught A Ghost

DB2, Israel Nash, Guest DJ: The Most Definitely, Resident DJ: DJ Still Life (EVR/Worldwide Smash), Guest DJ: Chris Douridas (KCRW), & Matt Goldman (MFG)

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

or $7 at doors

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School Night! featuring:
School Night! featuring:
Caught A Ghost
Caught A Ghost
Jesse Nolan describes the name of his band 'Caught A Ghost' as referring to the sensation of being filled with the spirit of the past. "It's an old expression," he says, "musicians used to say you caught a ghost if you gave a good performance. Like you were possessed."

As the songwriter, producer and lead singer of the band, Nolan is a devotee of music from bygone eras. But he eagerly expounds upon his affection for vintage soul, delta blues, and 90s rap alike. As Nolan explains, "It's definitely like being possessed. It's an obsession. What's not to be obsessed about? I don't think it makes me unique, it makes me human."

What does make Nolan unique is his musical dexterity (he plays all of the instruments on his recordings except horns and some of the drums) combined with the effortlessness with which he seems to pull from many different genres. His music recalls influences from the soul and rock n' roll traditions (Stax, Motown, Sam Cooke, the Rolling Stones) yet still feel distinctly modern with references to hip-hop and electronic recordings from the 90s to contemporary tracks. The diversity of influences in Caught a Ghost that spawned from Jesse Nolan's mad scientist approach to composition has sparked several comparisons to another Los Angeles native, Beck.

"I had a very rich musical upbringing." Nolan says. "My dad, who is a musician himself, exposed me to a lot of great music. He's a stax/Motown fanatic, and obsessed with seeing live concerts. I also grew up in the 90's watching MTV and listening to rap, so I'm into tracks that hit hard."

The result: Caught a Ghost produces a sound and aesthetic that separates them from the rest of their neo-soul contemporaries. Of course there are threads of classic influence that are apparent, but, for example, the hypnotic synth line on "Time Go" as well as the use of dubstep wobble bass with a full Motown horn section on "Sleeping at Night," quickly sets the band apart from others that have tried to directly revive the Motown sound.

Every song feels on some level like a great remix. "I love the aesthetic of taking something old and repurposing it." Nolan says. "But another difference with my music is that I don't tend to use samples- I'm just sampling my musical memory. It's a very imprecise process really, like a Jackson Pollock painting. I'm just splashing sounds around. I'm an imperfectionist."

"Caught a Ghost is ultimately about a collective experience." Nolan says. "It may have genesis in my weird brain, but it's ultimately about creating community." That spirit is reflected in the makeup of the band, which includes Stephen Edelstein on drums, who was Jesse's kindergarten classmate.

Anyone who has seen Caught a Ghost play live can also testify to that notion. In addition to playing high energy shows with as many as nine musicians and various dancers onstage, the group often makes use of projections and performance art as a means of shaking people out of their comfort zones.

Part of that approach comes from Nolan's desire to stay active. He describes his last label experience as a disaster. Early on in his career, Nolan found himself in another band that was signed to a relatively big record contract that ultimately fell apart just before the release of the first record, ending in the dissolution of that band. The experience left him with the desire to completely re-imagine his approach to music. "I was crushed," He says. "But like anything else, often the best work comes from the darkest turmoil. For me, Caught a Ghost was truly a self-reinvention, on a musical, personal and spiritual level.

Caught a Ghost has signed to +1 Records (The Heavy, The Morning Benders, The Postelles), and their debut EP "Nightworks" will be released on February 12th, 2013. When asked about the title, Nolan says wryly, "I stay up late. It's what Franz Kafka said about writing- that it was nightwork. The night offers peacefulness and the opportunity to go deep into your own head."

A recent graduate of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU, Daniel Bazán, Jr. p/k/a DB2 is the new breed and definition of "multi-threat" in the music business. Composer, producer, engineer, and artist are just some of the hats that the future music mogul likes to wear. Born in Queens, and raised in the Dominican Republic, Daniel picked up his first instrument, the piano, at age 11. Daniel started playing music in local churches, cultural centers, and school choirs. After shining bright amongst his peers, Daniel honed his craft, and progressed his music education by studying jazz formally in New York City, slaying statewide music competitions, and even performing for Mayor Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion. While writing, recording, producing, and performing with many up-and-coming artists around town, Daniel captured the attention of Swizz Beatz, and had an opportunity to talk music with him in person for a special feature by The New York Daily News. Daniel joined forces with emerging hip-hop artist Najee The 1 and collaborated on a new and buzz-worthy project called Settle For Greatness EP. The creative process behind the production of the album was profiled by The New York Times, during a recording session in one of Converse's Rubber Tracks studios, and by Jay-Z's lifestyle blog Life + Times, during a live string-quartet session at NYU. Daniel debuted his work on this album and shined bright like a star alongside Najee The 1 at the BET Music Matters Showcase on February, 2012, where BET asked him to join their campaign in an official capacity to embrace fans as a solo artist and a force to be reckoned with. Sky is the limit for this brand new artist.
Israel Nash
Israel Nash
Israel Nash has fully embraced the meandering hills and endless skies of his new Central Texas home. Having relocated from New York City, the songwriter has found himself surrounded by land so isolated that it is not uncommon to be crossed by a tumbleweed or to hear the percussive warning of an agitated rattlesnake. There is an unease that comes with the visual thrill of living in the untainted lone star hills, and Nash’s newest album, Rain Plans, is like a sonic acquiescence of this fact. As a writer, Nash's songs have always been poignant, but never before has his music sounded so haunting and contemplative. Electric guitar leads wind in and out of these new songs like curious spirits, with steel guitar bending and soothing the ache of the subtle melodies. Reverb enraptures the listener like a child running in slow motion through white sheets hanging from clotheslines. Rain Plans is a testament to the overwhelming grandeur of nature and our place in it. These songs are about finding solace in family and the fear of the future; knowing what you’ll never know and the uncertainty that comes with that knowledge. At times melancholy celebrations and at other times standoffish guitar rock, Nash’s new surroundings have helped him create a tone only hinted at in his previous work, and a songwriting sophistication that comes with great time and effort. With allusions to Lefty Frizzell, Lou Reed, and Neil Young on Rain Plans, Israel Nash is a songwriter’s songwriter. His performances, tight and effectual, are equally inspired no matter the venue, with songs occasionally broken up by his dry sense of humor. Rain Plans is new territory for him, both literally and figuratively, as well as an expression of his finding a strange sort of direction in the fragility of existence. It’s an effort as delicate as plucking a cactus flower, but, luckily for Israel, he now has plenty of flowers to choose from.

Rain Plans will be available in North America Summer 2014.

Guest DJ: The Most Definitely
If there was ever a project that found it's origin organically, The Most Definitely is it. The Most Definitely was founded in a Brooklyn basement and Tim Mullowney founded it to tell the world of his love for music. TMD went from a side-project-blog and has come grown to become a record label, production house and taste-maker in the indie music world. It is the product of years of listening to music, digging for new sound, and wanting to take people out of their reality and into an alternate time and space - when the only thing that matters is the present. TMD has expanded itself out of the cyber-sphere and now Tim is DJ'ing live. He has appeared at festivals such as South By Southwest where he has shared the stage with legends such as Miami Horror, Goldroom, Touch Sensitive, The Knocks Ghost Beach & Cherub.
Resident DJ: DJ Still Life (EVR/Worldwide Smash)
Resident DJ: DJ Still Life (EVR/Worldwide Smash)
DJ Still Life is a member of a dwindling tribe: DJs who learned the craft on turntables and vinyl, and were raised on dubbed mix cassettes in the rapid fire cut-and-paste tradition of the Bronx forefathers. Whether spinning golden era hip-hop, brand new electronic productions, vintage rarities, or club essentials, Still Life puts a premium on presentation and inventive mixing. His current regular gigs include a weekly East Village Radio show, a throwback boogaloo residency at The Commodore with DJ Small Change, and a summertime West Coast hip-hop daytime BBQ. Keep up with him at
Guest DJ: Chris Douridas (KCRW)
Guest DJ: Chris Douridas (KCRW)
"I plan an interview like a trip," says longtime music curator, radio host, and two-time Grammy nominee Chris Douridas. "I know I'm going to get from here to there, but the side trips and roadside attractions are always the most interesting." Chris' penchant for crossing borders has led him to audiences around the world. Throughout most of the 90's, Chris held the music director position at KCRW. As host of KCRW's popular daily new music program Morning Becomes Eclectic (1990-1998), he was the first to play demos from then-unsigned artists Beck, Gillian Welch and eels, among many others.

While Chris was still in his KCRW role, Geffen Records enlisted him to identify and recruit new artists as an A&R consultant, bringing to the label the bands Remy Zero and That Dog. Two years later, he became an A&R executive at DreamWorks Records where he brought in the eels and Propellerheads, among others.

While at DreamWorks and KCRW, he hosted the debut season of Sessions at West 54th, a weekly PBS music performance and interview program, which bowed in the summer of 1997, and is still in syndication. The show featured interview segments filmed by D.A. Pennebaker, and extended sets from Beck, Fiona Apple, Ben Folds, Sonic Youth, and Zap Mama, along with the television performance debuts of Belle and Sebastian and Jane Siberry, among many others.

Chris is probably best known in film circles as a music supervisor and consultant for major motion pictures and television series, having put together music for Northern Exposure, the Austin Powers series, One Eight Seven, As Good as It Gets, Heat, Grosse Point Blank, Grace of My Heart, American Beauty (GRAMMY nominee for Best Soundtrack), One Hour Photo, Down With Love, The Girl Next Door, The Chumscrubber, Rumor Has It, the record-setting Shrek 2 (GRAMMY nominee for Best Soundtrack) and Bobby, the Robert Kennedy tribute from director Emilio Estevez.

As the new millenium began, Chris set new standards in the online arena as the former VP at AOL Music where he created, produced and hosted the popular Sessions@AOL interview and performance program. For Sessions, Chris interviewed Paul McCartney, U2, Moby, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Nelly, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow and Avril Lavigne, among hundreds of others.

Also a creative programming consultant for Steve Jobs and Apple's iTunes Music Store, Douridas created and produced the inaugural two years of the live performance and interview series, iTunes Originals, featuring Paul Simon, Jack Johnson, Alanis Morissette, Sting, Willie Nelson, Bjork, PJ Harvey, and others. Additionally, Douridas created and curated the launch of iTunes Essentials, an ongoing series of downloadable music playlists for the iPod culture.

In his voice-over work, Chris was recently heard in the Nissan Shift TV commercial campaign.

He continues his dedication to discovering and nurturing unsigned and forward-leaning artists through his global radio program, heard on KCRW-FM and
& Matt Goldman (MFG)
& Matt Goldman (MFG)
MFG Productions is an event production & promotion boutique based in downtown Los Angeles. We have produced influential live music and DJ events since 2006, having averaged over 200 shows per year ranging from 100 to 10,000 people in attendance. Our partners include music festivals, international hotel chains, relevant magazines, influential radio stations, leading beverage brands, and every facet of the apparel industry. We are consistently approached for our understanding of current and future trends in art, fashion, design and, most importantly, music.

“Matt Goldman is an LA nightlife titan, responsible for Thursday’s Dance Right at La Cita and Monday’s School Night at Bardot, as well as the bi-coastal Swimming with Sharks summer pool parties at the NY and LA Standard Hotels. And then there’s the match-made-in-heaven team-ups with Mad Decent and Scion, the one-off after-parties for poised-to-be-huge bands like Foster the People, the secret shows with M.I.A. and Spoon... should we keep going? Because [MFG] is...”
- Excerpted from Paper Magazine Nightlife Issue
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249

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