This is a song I listened to many times before my son was born. Lonely and contemplative, silver with dusky light. What I heard before was its melancholy, its rearward reflection, Anar Badalov’s poetry like the unspooling footage of a previous evening. “All the people that I love / I can count you on one hand / the other one I keep in my pocket.” It was a story of letdowns, foreshadowings. Now I hear it differently. “My dad / he taught me never to run,” Badalov sings. I hear that word, “dad”, and it lands differently.
“Here All Days” is the same song it was. A song of rearward reflection, lonely and contemplative. But now I find that it is also pointing toward tomorrow. It is a person’s possible future – not an ugly future, just a dusky one, a little sad, a little true. I can’t hear it without thinking of M listening to it, on some long-distant night, wherever he is. “My dad / he taught me / never to run.” Is that what I will teach him? When will I decide?
leaving for europe tonight, a week ahead of tour. probably won’t keep a journal for this next solo tour (sept 8-sept 22) because i’ll be busy having conversations with myself. if there are photos, i’ll post them upon return. if you’re reading this and i’m coming to your city, come out and have a beer with me! paka.
Sep 10 – Písek (CZ) – Festival Cool v plotě
Sep 11 – Praha (CZ) – Potrvá w/ Aran Epochal
Sep 12 – Wurzburg (DE) – Kult
Sep 13 – Frankfurt (DE) – venue TBA (keep an eye out here and on the facebook)
Sep 14 – Chemnitz (DE) – Odradek
Sep 15 – Leipzig (DE) – Noch Besser Leben
Sep 16 – Náchod (CZ) – Maštal, w/ Aran Epochal
Sep 17 – Trenčín (SK) – Festival Sám na javisku
Sep 18 – Vienna (AT) – JETZT Bar
Sep 19 – Brno (CZ) – Kabinet Muz, w/ Cars & Trains
Sept 20- Prostejov (CZ) – Klub Echo w/ Leto
Sept 21- Usti nad Labem (CZ) – Hraničář
Sept 22- Berlin (DE) – Schokoladen Club, w/ Saroos
was a huge honor joining Sun Kil Moon last night at the Somerville theater for a cover of Nick Cave’s “Weeping Song.” Mark was nothing but kind before, during and after, and put on one of the most entertaining shows i’ve seen in a while. highlights: soundchecking with the band; standing 3 feet from Steve Shelley and hearing the slap of his brushes on his knees during the verses; the band’s rendition of Judy Collins’ version of “Send in the Clowns”; an epic, gorgeous “Micheline”; “Alesund” rewritten for the piano and guitar; hearing Mark sing my name in his closing credits. Anna was only able to snap two blurry photos before the usher threatened to kick her out.
in other news:
-the next album is fully recorded! not sure yet when it will come out.
-i’m playing a house show in boston on October 24th: https://www.facebook.com/events/1042784032407982/
-short string of solo shows coming in early November. at very least Philly and NYC.
now back to work in my brightly lit hospital room of a cubicle.
p.s. thanks to Eric for the aerial photo.
Well it’s best not to reflect for too long. If you bought a copy, thanks for the support. I’m deeply grateful. If you haven’t yet heard it you should give it a listen when you have 32 minutes: https://newdog.bandcamp.com/.
i’m traveling with a mini ipad and the tiniest keyboard i’ve ever typed on, so expect typos. the shift button also gets lost, so capitalization is out the window. right now I’m writing from a real computer but practicing. i’m also depending on Justin to take the photos since i’m not bringing a camera.
i’m dedicating this “news” page to news, so you can find the tour diary, assuming one will exist after the first few days, in the tour journal & photos section: https://anarbadalov.com/tour-journal-photos/
or follow me here:
here are the albums i’m most excited to listen to in the car:
little wings- explains
jim o’rourke- simple songs
tobias jesso jr- goon
bobby charles- bobby charles
glenn jones- my garden state
mick turner- marlan rosa
cat power- you are free
And here is a really thoughtful review of the new album, from Clicky Clicky Music Blog:
here we go.
If you haven’t but want to, you can buy the album digitally on itunes or directly at the bandcamp page, where it’s also up to stream: http://newdog.bandcamp.com.Or grab the vinyl here: http://killrockstars.com/classicballroomdances
I’ll be playing shows in Europe, joined by my friend Justin on drums, from June 6th until June 24th. If our paths will cross, come on out and have a drink with us. We’ll also be playing a week of shows down the east coast in July. (dates tba.) I’ll post photos, videos and ramblings when I can:
June 6th: Bielefeld, DE – AJZ club
June 7th: Cologne, DE – Odonien
June 8th: Karlsruhe, DE – Private House show
June 9th: Darmstadt, DE – Oetinger Villa
June 10th: Munich, DE – Kafe Kult
June 11th- Leipzig, DE- Dr. Seltsam
June 12th: Pilsen, CZ – Papirna
June 13th: Broumov, CZ- Silver Rocket festival
June 14th: Brno, CZ – Kabinet Muz
June 15th: Koprivnice, CZ- Mandala
June 16th: Breclav, CZ – Denni bar Dvur
June 17th: Pardubice, CZ – Divadlo 29
June 18th: Berlin, DE – Schokoladen
June 19th: Chemnitz, DE – Odradek
June 20th: Bojkovice, CZ – MisMas Festival
June 21st: Prague, CZ – Strahov 007
June 22nd: DAY OFF [if you’re in Germany and want to set something up, get in touch!]
June 23rd: Ghent, BE- Cafe Video
June 24th: Brussels, BE- Venue TBA
June 25th: Namur, BE- Namur Pointculture
feb 9 2014
writing from plzen, cz. another review of lost weekend (http://www.silver-rocket.org/news/2899), and another bad google translation:
“This whole winter has been until now total about anything. While this wide area evoked more enthusiasm, I do not like at all, really. Winter has yet to come. The right, with snow and frost visible all around. Finally came, and the snow. Just the day that I first embarked on this album – New Dog. As if waiting for it until it finally released.
It was not otherwise than take the dog and go with the freshly snow-Kohoutovice New Doge. It’s quite clear to calls, but that night I really came exactly for these situations Anar wrote those songs. On the one hand, it may seem subtle, soothing and sleepy, but in reality they are cruelly piercing – like freezing air, which from a distance just slightly flickers under the lights of the city lights, but also cuts nicely into your hand. Likewise me these songs on the first real winter evening came quite quickly under the skin. And I hope that there will last at least until the thaw comes.
In fact, it became a ritual. Night walk the dog must be New Dog. When you hear the beginning Sleeping Bag, “Dreams not over yet, but I’m waking up”, I’m on the way up the hill. And at the end of Slow Drifting how actually almost cheerful song vygraduje to whacking a drum machine, which still continues in Dog Bite, I was upstairs and I currently have a view of the entire Kohoutovice. The ideal time for a cigarette. Before I return home, I finished playing the entire album. And it runs, I do not know how.”
January 7, 2014
another kind and thoughtful review, from boston’s clicky clicky music blog (thank you, jay, as always):
and another one from Czech Republic: http://slushzine.com/2014/01/05/new-dog-ze-statu-se-zastavi-v-plzenskem-zachs-pubu/. (thank you, David; can’t wait to make the debut in Pilsen.) Not sure how much justice this google translate does it, but think of it like poetry:
“NEW DOG – a state of perpetual accomplishment, freedom, idea ideas, virtue, virtues, a story where a person so unimportant in the light of the world, the infinity of thoughts and desires of the corruption becomes abolutní backlash in the story beyond good and evil. NEW DOG snowy landscape hearts, paw prints in the mud and the long journey to the last empty capillaries weak body. Where twilight begins, the last sunset glow disappears below the horizon and on the face of it appears that smile that says that perhaps eternity, only the short eternity I have to wait in agony out there exactly where they were born NEW DOG, where you play Lost Weekend headphone and count the seconds of eternity, for every one point will be added to the wall, each by a simple deleting and starting again. This music sends me home, to the point where my mother hugging me and telling me that I do not have to worry about a place where time stands still touches eternity. Here I’m free, I’m here absolute. If the word is living, the ease with which Anar presents his magnum opus here is the incorporation of all that is on the earth divine, in the sense of me as an absolute divine will. Who would want to find the facts here: http://newdog.bandcamp.com/”
December 13, 2013
eight weeks and 118 emails later, the first New Dog European tour has finally come together (almost).
here’s the poster for the tour:
November 30, 2013
so flattered that sleeping bag inspired a short piece from the very talented Sean Michaels at Said the Gramophone:
“A song that turns over, that shifts in its own shadow, as time goes on. It begins as direct address; it ends in solitary quiet, interwoven guitar. There is a guitar solo like a felled wood. There is movement in the air.
Sleeping bag is an ugly phrase. But is anything more intimate than a shared bedroll? Two cocooned shapes, tall sky, earth that seems to go on forever. Touch and murmur, equilibrium, dew. A closeness that can be too close, or next to too close.
A man in a sleeping bag knows the outside space like he is already in it. He feels the tremors in the air. He feels the dappled light. He feels the wind that passes between grassblades, doorposts, hills.
A song like this, you wonder: what would we do without guitars? How would we show the world?”
November 15, 2013
really nice review of “Lost Weekend” in the Boston Globe today. thank you, Luke.
“… ‘Dog Bite’ is a largely instrumental track that devolves into static percussion, while ‘Smoking in the Living Room’ glistens with brightly interlocking guitar lines. ‘Do you wanna start a family? You can almost smell the fire. Do you wanna see the flames?’ he asks on the slow-burn bucolic folk of ‘Baltimore,’ sounding both ominous and amorous at once, a pretty close approximation of the record’s overall unsettling affect.”
October 17, 2013
“Smoking in the Living Room” featured on Urban Outfitters’ music blog:
October 15, 2013
The first solo record is up for pre-order. You can stream a few tracks and order it at the bandcamp: http://www.newdog.bandcamp.com. I have a very limited print-run of this one, with some surreal cover art from the artist Vasilios Paspalis.
The reviews aren’t in yet, but one kind blogger writes, “Smoking In The Living Room weaves finger-picked guitars, a simple metronomic beat and tinkling piano into a soft tapestry of sounds that dissipates as quickly as it takes shape. Slow Drifting bounces around a pokey rhythm with a playing style more attuned to acoustic blues before coalescing around some big melodic chords in the song’s final minute… Badalov still possesses great facility in building music centered around an entrancing, meditative core.”
I’m really proud of this one, and hope you’ll enjoy it, too–preferably late at night, in the dark.
Thanks as always for the support.
October 1, 2013
hey there friends, the new website is up and running. voila. updates:
-Lost Weekend will officially be available on November 26th, 2013. You can order it over at the bandcamp (www.newdog.bandcamp.com).
-Been hard at work practicing the tunes with my buddy James Lynch (on guitar and keys and sampler), and we should be playing around the Boston/NYC/Baltimore area come November/December. Planning on coming to Europe (germany/france/czech republic/poland) in February 2014. Fingers crossed.
-join the mailing list? pretty please.
August 19, 2013
NEW DOG is on rotation at the Nave Gallery exhibit about Somerville artists and musicians. details:
The Nave Gallery (Somerville, MA) will host a group exhibition From August 10-31 in its annex gallery space in Davis Square. Featuring 12 Somerville-based artists, Entering Somerville showcases art inspired by or created from the people, events and geography taking place in the 4.2 square miles that make up the City of Somerville, MA.
This group exhibition is juried by printmaker Ted Ollier and Brian and Steven Beaucher of Boston Coasters and Wardmaps. The exhibition presents work by Cathy Piantigini, Seth Berkowitz, Grace Durnford, Stan Eichner, Danielle Festa, Pauline Lim, Suzanne Lubeck, Leonardo March, Rachel Mello, Peter Murphy, Catie Nasser, Rachel Strutt and Marshall Zidel.
“Somerville is an interesting mix of many worlds,” Ollier states. “On one hand, it is a hotbed of creativity. From visual art to music to public festivals, this city revels in artistic expression. But there is still something very old-world about it. Maybe it’s the prevalence of yard shrines that hold fast amidst the condo-izing of triple deckers; or the fact that you’ll likely run into your neighbor at a square nearby—no matter how hip it’s become. It’s one of the densest cities in the US, and it still retains a small-town feel. People live here because it strikes a chord. So, why not have a show celebrating it?”
Ollier collaborated with the brothers Beaucher—Brian and Steven—of Boston Coasters and Wardmaps to put on the show. “It was a perfect fit for us,” says Steven Beaucher. Our businesses focus on geography and place and the emotional response that people have to the space they call “home.” Somerville is one of our most sought after subjects. People connect with the city and its people in a very meaningful way.”
Entering Somerville also spotlights the city’s musical talent. A compilation of music from musicians who have influenced the Somerville scene will be played on a loop during the exhibit. The soundtrack features: Abbie Barrett, Audrey Ryan, Banditas, Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion, Dan Blakeslee, The Dents, Faces on Film, Gem Club, Ghost Box Orchestra, Hands and Knees, Magic People, Movers & Shakers, New Dog, Quarterly, Ryan Lee Crosby, Sleepy Very Sleepy, Tim Gearan and the Tony the Bookie Orchestra. Jenn Harrington, a Somerville resident who has produced numerous art exhibitions and events throughout the city, organized the soundtrack for the show.
An opening reception will take place Friday, August 9, 2013, 6-9:00 pm. Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester Ave, Somerville, MA 02144 Exhibition Dates and Hours: August 10-August 31, 2013, Wed-Fri 6-8, Sat 2-8, Sun 2-6