In honor of the third annual Finger Lakes Thaw festival, and the global onset of COVID-19, Noon Fifteen presents “Thaw,” a mini-suite about winter dangers at home and abroad. The song moves through four seasons of soul, metal, progressive rock, and New Orleans funk.
Dan Cole talks to Sam and Mandy about the life-threatening story (and rental property) that inspired the song, and Phil discusses playing hand drums without his hands. Joe and Harry’s children make guest appearances.
In this super-sized Halloween episode, Noon Fifteen gathers at Sunwood Recording in Trumansburg, NY to discuss At the Festival, their new 22-minute, multi-movement suite. At the Festival tells the story of a man in mourning whose trip to a music festival takes a dark turn toward the supernatural. Harry, Sam, Mandy, Joe, and Phil are joined by studio owner/engineer Chris Ploss, who recorded and mixed the project, and regular host Dan Cole, to dive into the writing, arranging, and recording of this mini rock opera.
The band talks about the challenges and delights of ushering the narrative-driven piece from Harry Nichols brainchild to complete recording, and how their past projects and influences coalesced to create something new in At the Festival. Plus, the usual array of jokes and snide remarks you’ve come to expect from Noon Fifteen. As usual, you’ll hear the finished product at the end of the episode.
At the Festival is composed by Harry Nichols, except for part VII by Harry Nichols and Samuel B. Lupowitz.
Recorded & Mixed by Chris Ploss at Sunwood Recording, Trumansburg, NY
Additional Recording by Samuel B. Lupowitz
Mastered by Matt Saccuccimorano, Scaramanga Industries
Artwork by J.P. Feenstra
Other music heard or mentioned in this episode:
“Dear George” – Harry Nichols Band (from This Isn’t the Album You’re Looking For, 2014)
“At the Festival (original demo)” – Harry Nichols & Samuel B. Lupowitz (2016)
“The First Time” – Between Walls (from The Currency, 2006)
“Machine” – Baku (from Poison with Perfection, 2014)
“Walk This Way” – Run DMC ft. Aerosmith (1986)
“Walk Back” – Medeski, Martin & Wood (from Radiolarians III, 2009)
“Too Many Puppies” – Primus (from They Can’t All Be Zingers, 1990)
“Robot Hell” – from Futurama (1999)
“Golden Slumbers” – The Beatles (from Abbey Road, 1969)
“In the Flesh?” – Noon Fifteen [Pink Floyd cover – live at The Loft, Ithaca, NY, December 2017 – Dan Collins, drums] (originally from The Wall, 1979)
“Heaven on Their Minds” – Murray Head (from Jesus Christ Superstar, 1970)
“A Bower Scene” – The Decemberists (from Hazards of Love, 2009)
“Roundabout” – Yes (from Fragile, 1971)
Special thanks to:
-George Wilhelm III
Noon Fifteen returns, with new drummer Phil Shay in tow, and host Dan Cole back to plumb the depths of the band’s music.
The band’s sophomore effort, Finish What You Started, will be released in non-sequential installments via this podcast and the Noon Fifteen YouTube channel. The record’s songs explore themes of fear and temptation. The first three releases will coincide with the band’s “Julyfecta” of summer 2019 shows, with additional music forthcoming.
The first release, on July 4th, 2019, is Sam Lupowitz’s “The Tick.” Here, the band discusses the inspiration of Led Zeppelin, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, and the politics of the United States.
Other music heard in this episode:
The Tick horn ideas – 2015 cell phone voice memo
Hollow Bones – Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
Take Me Down – Jen Cork and the Good Hope
Didn’t Want You – Julia Felice and the Whiskey Crisis
To the Daylight – Thru Spectrums