We are naughty clouds
Naughty Clouds is a vigorous music duo led by Alexis Moon and Ray Kubian. They are a Brooklyn/New Jersey meeting of the minds and they like to sing songs and beat on things.
Vocals, Guitar / Alexis Moon
Vocals, Drums / Ray Kubian
Photo by Jenny Lee Baniszewski
Winter 2018 Naughty Clouds Forecast
Tickets are on sale now for our February 11th performance as part of Muldoon’s Picnic at the Irish Arts Center. These music and literary events are hosted by Pulitzer-prize winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon and they sell out. Get tickets now if you’d like to join us and a roster of guests that includes poets Stephanie Burt and Amit Chaudhuri and songwriter Wesley Stace.
Joe Belock, host of the 3 Chord Monte show on WFMU, added our single “Everything’s Hard” to his Best of 2018 playlist. To listen, check out the podcast here!
This year, music writer Bob Makin featured the album as Album of the Week, songwriter Adam Bernstein compared our “genuine rock music...with roots in the pre-digital age” to Love and Kinks, and writer Jake Stuiver called the album “a power-pop masterpiece”. We hope we live up to these amazing reviews! Thanks for listening!
You can find our album on ITunes and Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal streaming services, (as well as others all over the world). To buy our album outright, go to https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/NaughtyClouds or our Bandcamp.
News & Updates
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 as Best of 2018 on Joe Belock's Three Chord Monte on WFMU (go HERE for the playlist), on Frank Bridges' Overnight Sensations on WRSU, on Homegrown Radio NJ's First Friday show, and on Erica Rubine’s Sonic Bloom with Esoterica show on WPRB. We were interviewed by Keith Roth on New Jersey’s WRAT and just recently played his show’s 20th anniversary party at House of Independents in Asbury Park along with Monster Magnet, Blue Coupe (feat. members of Blue Oyster Cult and Alice Cooper Band) and The Ribeyes!
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.