Goh Nakamura, the San Francisco indie songwriter who can make the topics of parking tickets and minimum wage into beautiful songs, will play his CD release show with Scrabbel and Michelle Amador (Brooklyn) at Cafe Du Nord next Wednesday, August 20.
His second album is entitled Ulysses, and is a collection of songs the way Nakamura does them best – with sensative guitars hovering below emotional melodies. His lyrics on the new album seem to have gotten slightly more “serious,” for lack of a better term, but we can surely expect a few of the characteristic Nakamura-style songs, with honest lyrics that merge the mundane with the beautiful. Todd Inoue of Hyphen magazine called him the “patron saint for lonely code warriors with good record collections.”
The record was recorded at The Hangar Studios in Sacramento (home of Tape Op Magazine) and mixed at Tiny Telephone with the well-known Scott Solter, who has recorded may prominent musicians including Mountain Goats, Spoon and Okkervil River. Nakamura writes on his blog that Solter accomplished his goal to “push the sounds outside the speakers.” Solter’s reputation and the rawness of Nakamura’s songs is sure to be a winning combination.
You can hear the track “Somewhere” from the album in the video below, or you can visit Goh Nakamura’s website for some great live and intimate videos of new songs as well as a “making of” video on the new album. Then, check out the show. It starts at 8:30 and costs $10.