⚠️Six Course Meal with Ira Elliot of Nada Surf. He talks to us about some of his favourite records!
Ira Elliot is the drummer with New York City band Nada Surf. Last year saw the release of their acclaimed ninth studio album 'Never Not Together' on Barsuk Records. Ira has also previously played drums with The Fuzztones and contributes to side projects Maplewood, Bambi Kino and Champale.
We asked Ira what is coming up on the horizon for him: "So, now that things are beginning slowly to return to normal, Nada Surf is hoping to get together later this summer to do some online performances and perhaps write a few new things. We were kinda cut-off in the middle of touring 'Never Not Together' when the pandemic hit so we’re gonna try to pick up where we let off. We’ll see what happens."
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NOW CHECK OUT HIS SIX COURSE MEAL BELOW Part 1: ____________________ 1️⃣ An album you constantly listen to alone. One that is very close to your heart and you prefer to not listen to in the company of others, a record you feel speaks directly to you!
🎯 "Big Star - '3rd'. First of all understand I basically listen to all albums alone. I don’t DJ in my house and when I listen to any music I take seriously it’s by myself. But in answer to your question, if I were to play a record that is so intimate I can only listen to it by myself, that would likely be Big Star’s '3rd' which is quite dark, sad and has an air of hopelessness about it. So if i’m listening to it it’s probably best that i’m by myself. 'Holocaust' is possibly the saddest song ever written and “Blue Moon” is so dreamy and full of longing. There’ve been days where I put that one on repeat for an hour. Selected track - 'Blue Moon'."
____________________ 2️⃣ An album from your hometown we should hear.
🎯 "Ramones - 'Rocket To Russia'. Well, i’m from a very musical hometown; Forest Hills, Queens NY which is home to a number of notable artists including Simon & Garfunkel and Leslie West of Mountain but the obvious answer to this question is Ramones - 'Rocket To Russia'. That’s the one right there. That came out in the summer 1977 when I was 14 and it couldn’t have made a bigger impression on me. And I couldn’t believe that the coolest band in the world was from my neighbourhood! 'We’re A Happy Family' - “Sitting here in Queens, eating refried beans.” Just the greatest. Selected track - 'Teenage Lobotomy'."
____________________ 3️⃣ A classic album, one that you put on when friends are over or when times are good! A staple in your life.
🎯 "Ha! Well i’m a tremendous Beatles fan and album collector so i’m always looking to show off my collection, early press mono Parlophone copies of their early records. But 'Abbey Road' is a go-to, not mono obviously, but I have seven of them including a picture disc and a green vinyl copy. But then I might put on 'Made In The Shade' which is my favourite Rolling Stones compilation album. It’s a VERY rock ’n’ roll record- 'Tumbling Dice', 'Rip This Joint', 'Dance Little Sister', 'Happy'. Never gets tired to me. Selected track - 'Rip This Joint'."
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