Videographer's Journal: Tiny Desk "Good Kids"

Hey y'all,

Gabe here. The Nice Ones and I just wrapped up a helluva fun multi-platform video project for NPR Music's Tiny Desk contest. It's of the song "Good Kids" which will be on a brand new record coming out this fall!

The plan was to film the performance with a camera angle or two, plain and simply showcasing the sensational modern prog rock indie hit potential of the song. Then our resident four-string whiz-kid suggested something neat: let's stream the dang thing right on Facebook Live, too. Pressure's on.

So I set up Dillon's iPhone 6 (the most advanced among the group) on a tripod and clicked some buttons and next thing ya know we're viral. Well, getting there anyway.

All the while I've got my camera propped up on a God-forsaken bongo atop one of those tall, boxy music things that looks like an amp but somehow isn't, because my tripod is preoccupied with Dillon's phone rubberbanded and duct-taped to it, and I'm also putzing around with my inferior iPhone 5s filming grainy looking 80s cutaway shots. An intimidatingly futuristic looking audio recorder found its place somewhere in the midst.

Well friends these efforts and files converged for a product I think is kind of swell, because, for one, it's twofold! (Language is fun)

Watch the Facebook video captured live

Watch the video produced for YouTube

With that, I'll sign off and hope that you'll enjoy and show your friends to help launch The Nice Ones into super-stardom because gosh darn-it they deserve it!

Nice Ones set summer run amidst full-length recording

Much of summer 2016 will be spent behind the scenes recording full length album #2 at Stone Studio with Graham Stone, who produced The Nice Ones' last release Hungry Ghosts EP in 2015. The new record will be preceded by a lead single and music video — pre-production of which is underway. Through these projects is a limited, predominately-NYC set of shows at Black Bear Bar (6/3), Pianos (6/25), Rockwood Music Hall (7/8), and The Bitter End (7/28). The run includes a sixth consecutive appearance at Spring for Sound (6/11), the Hudson Valley music festival where The Nice Ones debuted at the event's inauguration in 2011. Across the border to the east, a show at Norfolk, CT's Infinity Hall (7/2) features a co-bill with funk lords The New Review, who join along at Black Bear Bar as well. The summer sets will preview material from the album as it develops to fruition.

Friday, June 3rd at 8pm
Black Bear Bar
70 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
cover: $10
age: 21+
with The New Review

Saturday, June 11 at 10:45pm
Spring for Sound
Railroad Plaza, Millerton, NY 12546
cover: $20 advance, $30 at the door
age: all ages

Saturday, June 25th at 8pm
PIANOS
158 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
cover: $10 advance or at the door
age: 21+

Saturday, July 2nd at 8pm
Infinity Hall
20 Greenwoods Rd W, Norfolk, CT 06058
cover: $19-$29 advance
age: all ages
with The New Review

Friday, July 8th at 11:59pm
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
cover: $10 suggested donation
age: 21+

Thursday, July 28th at 11pm
The Bitter End
147 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
cover: $7
age: 18+