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Recap and Photos: Nightlands (Feat. Jeff Zeigler) & Mikele Edwards at PhilaMOCA

- by Brandi Lukas (Photos) & Q.D. Tran (Words)

I just have to gush about what a wonderful experience it was to see/hear Nightlands (a.k.a. Dave Hartley) and Arc in Round’s Jeff Zeigler performing a live original score to 2001: A Space Oddyssey at PhilaMOCA, which was curated by BITBY. I hadn’t viewed the film since I was a little child so I really didn’t remember much about it, and it felt like I was seeing the epic masterpiece for the first time. The cinematography was breath-taking, and the fact that the movie came out over a year before we landed on the moon is absolutely mind-blowing and a magnificent example of the true genius of Stanley Kubrick. Hartely and Zeigler also did a beautifully seamlessly job at composing their material with the film. And since I sat on a couch and really didn’t have a view of them playing their instruments, it was often difficult for me to tell when the music was coming from the duo or the movie, which is also a credit to their masterful hard work. After the performance, I chatted with Dave for a moment. I learned that he only had five full days to orchestrate everything with Jeff since he was on tour with The War on Drugs so the two locked themselves away repeatedly watching 2001. However, Hartley is so familiar with the movie that he did piece together ideas while he was on tour. The final result was one trippy-ass, Pink Floyd-esque evening where I really wished that I had dropped some acid, but there are plans to do the performance again in NYC so I might still have my chance. (Anyone out there have a connect? :o) There was also a fine opening performance by Jeff’s Arc in Round bandmate Mikele Edwards, who was joined by Pink Skull’s Julian Grefe (a.k.a. S PRCSS). You can take a look at our pretty photos from the evening that played with the shadows and lights below. 

Nightlands & Jeff Zeigler


Mikele Edwards & Julian Grefe (S PRCSS)










Tuesday Tune-Out w/Nightlands & Mikele Edwards at PhilaMOCA Dec. 4

Be prepared for a mind-bending experience at PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune-Out tonight when Nightlands, a.k.a. Dave Hartley, takes over the weekly music and film series, which is being curated by BITBY. The basketball lovin’, indie music community go-to bassist from The War on Drugs will be performing a live original score to Stanley Kubrick’s epic movie 2001: A Space Oddyssey with assistance from special guest Jeff Zeigler, and Mikele Edwards will also be helping to set the mood with some space-age sounds. If you had any questions about what will be going down this evening, I’ve gathered a series of tweets (below) from Hartley yesterday that should cover most of them.

“YES. The dialog will remain in the film. YES. There will be an intermission. YES. I'll be playing Nightlands songs. YES. I wrote new songs for this performance. YES. There'll be improvised bits. YES. Producer/musician extraordinaire Jeff Zeigler will help. YES. 2001 is the greatest film ever made. YES. smoking reefer to enhance the experience is encouraged. NO, you need to bring your own.”

(No worries about that last one - I’ve got you covered if you forget. ;o) PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 7pm, $14, All Ages - Q.D. Tran


Nightlands Slowly Building Sounds at PhilMOCA Oct. 25

There is no doubt that bassist Dave Hartley ranks up there as being one of the most highly sought-after Philly musicians these days with his skills being recruited to back fine acts like The War on Drugs, Sondre Lerche, Sharon Van Etten and Buried Beds. However, he somehow still finds time to work on his very own project Nightlands, which has a new full-length album titled Oak Island scheduled for release on January 22 via Secretly Canadian. Hartley has also been doing some recruiting of his own pulling from the pool of talented local area musicians to bring his shimmering compositions to life, and you’ll have the opportunity to hear what he has been slowly building when Nightlands headlines tonight at PhilaMOCA. This evening’s bill will also feature Baltimore’s Soft Cat (Friends Records) and a solo set by Michael Johnson, a.k.a. Ape School (Hometapes). PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 9pm, $7 - $10, All Ages - Q.D. Tran


New Track: “So Far So Long” - Nightlands

Nightlands, a.k.a. Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs, just premiered a new track today via Pitchfork called “So Far So Long.” It’s the first single off his upcoming sophomore album Oak Island that will be out January 22 via Secretly Canadian.


Nightlands w/The War on Drugs’s Adam Granduciel Opening for The Spinto Band at KFN May 15

You might be familiar with Dave Hartley’s work from The War on Drugs, Buried Beds, Sondre Lerche, The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society, or whatever rad music project needs the assistance of his sweet low end. Well, in between his time on tour and writing about/tweeting/breathing NBA hoops, he works on his solo project Nightlands, which is also part of the Secretly Canadian family. Hartley will be bringing his multilayered soundscapes to Kung Fu Necktie tonight when he opens for the second installation of The Spinto Band’s residency. It’s his birthday, and War on Drugs bandmate Adam Granduciel will be shredding next to him on stage this evening so there will be a lot to celebrate! Expect a new album coming out from Nightlands soon too. Also on the bill is Brooklyn four-piece Via Audio. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Q.D Tran


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