Orindal Records Showcase

Orindal Records Showcase

Dear Nora, Nick Krgovich, Karima Walker, Advance Base

Fri, September 15, 2017

8:30 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


Tickets at the Door

Dear Nora
Dear Nora
Katy Davidson was born in 1977 in rural Arizona. Her first home was a geodesic dome her father built on the south side of a mountain in the Sonoran Desert. Every spring the mountain would turn orange when the poppies bloomed. As a child, Katy was obsessed with the albums Third Stage by Boston and Seven and The Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran. She taught herself guitar as a teenager by playing along with Liz Phair CDs on a nylon-string acoustic.

She moved to Portland, Oregon in 1995 to attend college. Portland at the time was a small village of dilapidated Craftsman homes supported by two vegan restaurants. Katy wrote her first song at age 19 in a dorm room. She played in a band with her college friends that sounded a lot like The Mamas and The Papas. She started the band Dear Nora in 1999 after moving into a house full of musicians who introduced her to the wider world of indie music. Magic Marker Records released two 7”s, Dear Nora found an audience through touring the west coast, and Katy decided to devote her life to writing, recording and performing music.

Amy Linton from The Aislers Set recorded Dear Nora’s first full-length album, We’ll Have a Time. Shortly afterward, in early 2001, Katy moved to San Francisco. Her rent was $550 for half of a Victorian apartment. This was a 215% increase in rent from her place in Portland. Later that year, 9/11 happened.

Dear Nora released a handful of enigmatic and compelling albums throughout the 2000’s and played shows in the United States, Japan, Sweden and Australia. Throughout the years, the Dear Nora live band featured a rotating cast of band members, including an auxiliary percussionist named Nora. Oftentimes Katy played solo. She retired the band name in 2008 after a tour of Florida with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. Katy released albums under the names Lloyd & Michael and Key Losers between 2008-2011.

Now Katy has decided to revive Dear Nora because an unnamed music journalist sweetly coerced her, and because Orindal Records is reissuing Katy’s favorite Dear Nora album, 2004’s Mountain Rock, on vinyl in early 2017.

Katy’s music represents a spectrum of styles encompassing melodic folk, experimental music, and ethereal pop. She writes lyrics with layered meanings that contemplate the vast realms and intersections of wilderness, humanity, morality, technology, late capitalism, and love.

Aesthetically, Dear Nora has borrowed from Judee Sill, Young Marble Giants, Joni Mitchell, Arthur Russell, The Roches, Bob Dylan, Kate Bush, Nico, Linda Perhacs, and Yazoo. She is constantly striving to sound a little bit more like Talking Heads.

Katy has assembled a dream team of backing musicians for a January 2017 Dear Nora tour: singer-songwriter Stephen Steinbrink, Zach Burba from the band iji, and author Gregory Campanile.
Nick Krgovich
Nick Krgovich
Nicholas Krgovich is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with No Kids, Gigi and P:ano. He has been releasing records under various monikers since P:ano’s acclaimed chamber pop debut, WHEN IT’S DARK AND IT’S SUMMER (2002). This led to his recordings with the girl group inspired Gigi, the icy displacement of the R&B informed No Kids, and most recently the singular pop dreams released under his own name. Even though the material is often wildly diverse, there is an unmistakable sense of Krgovich’s deep commitment to exploring the endless possibilities of pop, his discerning ear for sonic detail, and an ambition that willfully borders on the absurd.

With songs that owe as much to the Great American Songbook as to perennial favorites like Sade, Prefab Sprout and The Blue Nile, Krgovich has been creating a rich musical universe comprised of intricate vocal melodies, lush orchestral arrangements, layers of analog synths, slinky guitars and tight rhythms of the human (and inhuman) variety.

He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia with his various projects, and has collaborated with artists such as Mount Eerie, Nite Jewel and Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors. In between recording and touring he has participated in a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, written a one-act musical for Vancouver’s Push Festival, contributed songs to myriad film and television productions, and taken his dog, Sally, on countless walks around the neighborhood.
Karima Walker
Karima Walker
Karima Walker is an experimental musician from Tucson, Arizona. Interweaving drone, field recordings, tape loops and traditional song structures she creates large, paced arrangements that provide a horizon for her minimal, ambient songwriting.

Wake the Deaf named Karima Walker's self-released 2016 cassette Hands in Our Names one of their favorite albums of the year. A newly remixed, resequenced and remastered vinyl edition of Hands in Our Names will be released on March 24, 2017 by Orindal Records.
Advance Base
Advance Base
Owen Ashworth used to release his lo-fi keyboard pop under the name Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, but these days he calls it Advance Base.

Walking the line between electronic music and traditional singer/songwriter forms, Ashworth writes minimalist, heavy-hearted, & nostalgia-obsessed songs of longing & regret. His conversational, baritone vocals sing stories of hard-luck Midwesterners & their demons amid swirls of electric pianos, omnichords, drum machines and samples.

Advance Base's second album, Nephew in the Wild, was named #1 Indie Pop album of 2015 by


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The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642