JASON NARDUCY w/ ANYA MARINA
When he’s not touring as bassist with Bob Mould or Superchunk, Chicago musician Jason Narducy focuses on his band Split Single, instead of his family and children. Split Single has released two full-length albums which have received critical praise from Spin (“Infectious”) and the AV Club (“an impeccable display of detailed songcraft”). Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot described Jason as “…a first-rate songwriter and band leader.” Jason’s mom loves his music, too.
Jason writes and produces short comedy episodes called “The Sexiest Elbows In Rock” which feature Fred Armisen, Michael Shannon, Jeff Tweedy, Todd Barry, Michael Cerveris, Tim Meadows, Dave Hill, Frank Black, and many more.
At age ten, Jason formed a band called Verböten with some friends. The band played at clubs in Chicago, school gymnasiums in the Chicago area, and on NBC’s Kidding Around TV program. The band broke up before he went through puberty but was later featured in Foo Fighter’s HBO Sonic Highways series because Dave Grohl credits the band with introducing him to punk rock (his cousin was the singer in Verböten).
Jason has played bass with Robert Pollard, (Guided By Voices), Eddie Vedder, and Robbie Fulks. He has lost countless guitar picks over the years, often under the couch and just out of reach.
Jason is a featured performer in Margaret Cho’s Psycho special on Showtime (2015) and the Split Single video for “Untry Love” is featured on Funny Or Die (2017).
Anya Marina releases her fourth LP, Paper Plane, in early 2016 on her own Good Rope Records (through Tone Tree). Recorded in Portland, Oregon, and Brooklyn, New York, Paper Plane was produced with help from Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie), Eric Hutchinson, Leo Sidran and Gary Philips. Deeply felt yet approachable, it marks Marina’s first independent release since her 2005 debut, Miss Halfway.
“If I folded my heart into a pretty paper plane and flew it across the Hudson would it come back again?” Marina wonders on “Shut Up,” a lyrical slow-burner that lends the album its title. It’s a hint at what’s to come on the New York City-based artist’s latest effort, whose 12 tracks play like 12 love letters, each a meditation on relationship in its various forms.
Hutchinson lends his vocals and production skills to Paper Plane’s first two singles: the infectious “Gimme Resurrection,” a song whose themes will be familiar to anyone who’s ever wished for a do-over in life, and “Ordinary Dude,” a bouncy number about a make-or-break moment in a relationship.
Other highlights from Paper Plane’s 12 tracks include “We Were Happy Once,” a dreamy ballad co-written with Bess Rogers (Ingrid Michaelson, Secret Someones) that showcases Marina’s trademark razor-sharp lyrics (“sometimes I play a game to see if I still love you / pretend we never met and I know nothing of you”); “Candy,” a beguilingly sweet song about addiction and saying goodbye; and a cover of Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love” like you’ve never heard it before.
After releasing two critically acclaimed albums (Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II and Felony Flats) and an EP (Spirit School) on Chop Shop/Atlantic, Marina turned to Pledge Music to fund Paper Plane.
“Feedback from my Pledge supporters actually helped me solidify which tracks I wanted to include on the album,” Marina says. “It’s exciting to have such an intimate and immediate dialogue with my audience. It feels very new and very now.”
Best known for “Satellite Heart,” from the platinum-selling soundtrack to Twilight: New Moon, and her provocative cover of T.I.’s “Whatever You Like” (6 million YouTube views and counting), Marina’s songs have been featured in national ad campaigns and influential TV series (Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl), remixed by Interpol’s Sam Fogarino, and called “a mixture of Liz Phair sex appeal with a dash of [Carl] Jung” by Rolling Stone. She has toured with Jason Mraz, Paolo Nutini, Chris Isaak, The Dandy Warhols, Tristan Prettyman, and Emiliana Torini, among others.