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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...
Radio, print, online...
Since the release of their single "Everything's Hard", and album of the same name, Naughty Clouds have been featured on Joe Belock's Three Chord Monte on WFMU (Go HERE for full playlist), on Frank Bridges' Overnight Sensations on WRSU (tune in Friday June 1st 10pm to hear our live performance and interview with him), and on Homegrown Radio NJ's First Friday show (see below for podcast). Sunday May 20th, we will be featured on New Jersey's WRAT at 8pm, interviewed by Keith Roth.
makin waves record of the week
Music writer Bob Makin, who writes the Makin Waves column featured in NJStage.com, MyCentralJersey.com, The Aquarian Weekly and, on AsburyMusic.com, has chosen Naughty Clouds' debut Everything's Hard as his Record of the Week!
He calls the album "...a treasure chest of garage rock nuggets".
Click HERE to read the whole review in The Aquarian Weekly.
first friday on homegrown radio, nj
Naughty Clouds played live on Homegrown Radio's First Friday in-studio. Doug McWilliams, aka Uncle Buggy, interviewed the band about their debut album and upcoming shows.
You can listen to the podcast of the performance/interview HERE.