Photo by Jenny Lee Baniszewski
News & Updates
April 2018 news and updates...
Naughty Clouds is pleased to announce our debut album, Everything's Hard, is set to be released on Friday, April 27th! Stay tuned here for where to download or stream (that will be EVERYWHERE!!)
In celebration of our new record, we will be hosting a star-studded evening at John & Peter's in New Hope, PA on 4/27! Graham Brice and Desertion Trio are all set to be on the bill, and good friends Keith Kenny and Keith Hartel will be playing with NC later in the evening.
Later in the spring we will have shows at Pino's in Highland Park, NJ (on May 18th with Mr. Payday and Pixies tribute act Gigantic) and, on June 12th, we hit NYC with Lizzie & The Makers at Bowery Electric. Stay tuned for more about that bill...
Have a naughty spring!!
Naughty clouds is...
...the meeting of the minds of two songwriters from different sides of the Hudson River.
Ray Kubian and Alexis Moon met doing a David Bowie tribute at Arlene's Grocery in NYC (six months before the untimely death of the Thin White Duke.) They became fast friends on social media, "liking" each other's posts on everything from Bernie to Buzzcocks.
At the time, Ray was playing drums with a few renowned NJ and PA bands (as great drummers who sing are wont to do) such as Dean Ween Group, Chris Forsyth's Solar Motel Band, Chris Harford's Band of Changes, and backing up Pulitzer prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon.
Alexis Moon, a native of NYC, had cut her teeth (a few times over) as a solo singer-songwriter performing at venues such as Wetlands Preserve and Knitting Factory in TriBeca, as well as having sung for Joe Gallant's jazz-rock orchestra Illuminati.
In the month that our lord and savior, David Bowie, passed, Ray and Alexis happened to be rehearsing together again for the first time since the previous summer's Bowie tribute. Commiseration was like a salve for both musicians and, that quartet, which featured guitarist Keith Hartel and bassist Tom Shad, eventually became an early incarnation of Naughty Clouds.
Duo chemistry prevailed, however, and Ray and Alexis began to play out on their own, having started to accumulate a set of co-written music. As a duo, they have now released their first full length album Everything's Hard. Because everything IS hard.
Although, it's a little easier with two...
Print, radio, online...
"Ray Kubian...founding member of The Dean Ween Group...and his Life Partner, classically trained former Opera singer and actress Alexis Moon have a new project, forthcoming record and a life time in the Rock & Roll world to talk to us about as well as playing some of their new songs for us."
-Paul Alirangues (interview/acoustic performance) Summer 2016
"Two nights later in the same space, like an induced recurring dream, I’m back to see another steadily unstable triple-feature, starting with the very well-adjusted Naughty Clouds (a single-guitar/lone-cajon duo with Alexis Thomason and Ray Kubian). Kubian's lifegiving rhythm, and Thomason's sweet survival in wisely sad syncopated ballads, anchored the ascent serenely."
-Adam McGovern (review of an all-acoustic show) Summer 2016