Coming Halloween 2019: Noon Fifteen’s epic prog-pop suite, At the Festival, unveiled in a special super-sized episode. At the Festival tells the story of a man in mourning whose trip to a music festival takes a dark turn toward the supernatural.

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The third release from the in-progress Finish What You Started record, “The Cell” puts a narrative twist on the common R&B lyrical motif of cheating on one’s lady, with musical inspiration from The Meters. The band also considers their songwriting backlog, and what we’ll be hearing next!

This podcast (and accompanying video) precedes a pause, but the band hints at more music to come. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast so that you can listen in and “Finish What You Started!”

Referenced in this episode:
Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley – Robert Palmer
The Meters

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Finish What You Started

The second release in the episodic Finish What You Started project is the Harry Nichols-penned title track, which describes an unsuccessful relationship through the lens of a mediocre vampire movie. Along the way, the band discusses the career of Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe, considers the evolution of home media technology, and explores the old maxim, “podcast like your parents are dead.”

Referenced in this episode:

Daybreakers (2009 film)
Willem Dafoe
Joe Estevez
I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
Finish What You Started
– Harry Nichols, original demo, 2016
-Noon Fifteen, live on WVBR, 2017 (Chris Armitage, drums)

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Harry talks about breaking away from traditional pop song structure (and accessible song titles) with “Dave Coulier” (track 5 of Volume 1). Sam talks the ups and downs of self-producing a recording project.

Also heard in this episode:

You Oughta Know – Harry Nichols
Original working demo of “Dave Coulier,” 2017

Dave Coulier – Noon Fifteen
-In-studio rehearsal recording, May 2017
-Take 4 (unused), June 2017
-Sam’s rough mix
-Mark Hennessey’s remix
-Sam & Mark’s tweaked final mix
-Gabe Solomon’s final master

One Hell of a Pill – The Flying Pigs
From Same Place Next Year, 2011

Also mentioned in this episode:

Mark Hennessey (producer/engineer/musician/songwriter)
Gabe Solomon – S&S Studios
You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette from Jagged Little Pill (1995)
Abbey Road
Smile

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Harry discusses Annie’s Song (track 4 of Volume 1) and how fatherhood has changed his writing process. Sam talks about the challenge of writing string arrangements. Mandy realizes it’s time to make a dentist appointment.

Also heard in this episode:

Annie’s Song – Harry Nichols
Original Demo (2017)

Premonition – Julia Felice
From Diving for Falls (2014)

Mecca Song – Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band
From Songs to Make You Wealthier and More Attractive (2012)

Other artists mentioned in this episode:
Bluefish
Joseph Campbell

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Harry Nichols recounts how his demo of Just Like You (the third track from Volume 1) evolved into a full-band arrangement. Joe tells us how easy his job is.

Other tracks you heard in this episode:

The Astronaut – Harry Nichols
From Love En Route (2012)

Just Like You – Harry Nichols
Original demo (2015)

Music Behind the Box – Thru Spectrums
From Process (2017)

Recovery Time – Harry Nichols
Original Demo (2016)

Recovery Time – Julia Felice and the Whiskey Crisis
From Devil on Your Back (2017)

Also mentioned in this episode:
The Beach Boys
Gospel tambourine

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Vocalist Mandy Goldman discusses the frustration that birthed “Let You Roll,” the second track on Volume 1 and one of the band’s first collaborative efforts. Harry and Sam compare themselves to music legend Michael McDonald.

Other tracks you heard in this episode:

The Haunt – Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band
From Ten Square Miles (2015)

Sweet Calypso – Harry Nichols
From Love En Route (2012)

Big Ohio Bed – Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band
From Songs to Make You Wealthier and More Attractive (2012)

Let You Roll – Noon Fifteen
Early Rehearsal Recording (2016)

Other artists mentioned in this episode:
Led Zeppelin
Faces
Michael McDonald

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Host Dan Cole talks to the members of Noon Fifteen about the origins of the Ithaca, NY-based prog-soul band. The group discusses the true story that inspired “Knock Knock Knock,” the opening track from their debut record, “Volume 1.”

Other songs you heard in this episode:
Lucifer Falls – Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band
from Ten Square Miles (2015)

What You Say – Thru Spectrums
From Process (2017)

Starship – Harry Nichols Band
from This Isn’t the Album You’re Looking For… (2014)

Nola – Fall Creek Brass Band
from Prime Time (2017)

Satisfy Me – Noon Fifteen
Live on Tuesdays with the Band, WVBR FM, Ithaca (2016)

Indian Summer, Hillview Place – Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band
from Ten Square Miles (2015)

Knock Knock Knock – Samuel B. Lupowitz
Original home demo (2016)

Other artists mentioned in this episode:
The Blind Spots
Alan Rose and the Restless Elements
Vulfpeck
Lake Street Dive
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

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