Shannon McArdle Record Release

Shannon McArdle Record Release

David Nagler, Jason Lawrence

Fri · August 24, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Shannon McArdle Record Release
Shannon McArdle Record Release
Shannon McArdle releases her third solo album, A Touch of Class, on August 24, 2018. Fittingly, August is the tenth anniversary of her first solo release, Summer of the Whore, “an acoustic dejection that's like Guyville-era Liz Phair facedown in a gutter.” - SPIN
This is the third full recording by McArdle since the Mendoza Line disbanded in 2007. Collaborating on arrangements with former Mendoza Line alum Clint Newman, her album is a sparse, sea-and-trail-inspired affair that delivers a wide variety of moods and textures.

When Shannon McArdle left the Mendoza Line in 2007, she was also leaving behind a marriage to fellow member, Timothy Bracy. Along with a cast of contributors, the Mendoza Line recorded a remarkable body of work that wrestled with the intoxication of life and love on the edge of the new millennium. McArdle met Bracy in the late 1990s in Athens, Georgia, the band made its move to New York City, establishing themselves as a rollicking, well-read rock band with a love for The Replacements, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and the Velvet Underground.
After five albums with the group and another project with Bracy called Slow Dazzle, Shannon McArdle headed out on her own with an unflinching report from the frontlines of divorce. Summer of the Whore was a unique, fearless view of her life from the summer of 2007. She followed SOTW up with Fear the Dream of Axes in 2012, produced by Adam D. Gold.
A Touch of Class is McArdle’s most intimate project, with Newman handling the majority of instrumentation and recording beautifully simple productions. Newman brought in Mendoza Line producer, Ray Ketchem (Guided by Voices, Luna, Elk City) to put the finishing touches on mixes and masters. Bob van Pelt holds down bass with authority. Be prepared for guest appearances by David Nagler, the musical director for Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders, and poet Michael Robbins, who offers up his poem “Country Music” to McArdle’s singular, melodic interpretation.
David Nagler
David Nagler
David Nagler is a Brooklyn-based musician, singer, and songwriter. His new project is The Appointees: 11 songs informed and provoked by Trump cabinet appointees.

Nagler's 2016 release, David Nagler & Friends: Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems, is an orchestral folk song cycle that celebrated the centenary of the poetry collection and features guest vocals from Chicago musicians including Jeff Tweedy, Robbie Fulks, Sally Timms, Jon Langford, Kelly Hogan, and Daniel Knox. The record was featured in Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, and more.

As musical director for Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders (featured on NPR and, Nagler has performed with over 125 different artists including Joan Baez, Aaron Neville, Rosanne Cash, Fred Armisen, Steve Earle, Moby, Andrew Bird, and Stephin Merritt (of The Magnetic Fields).

Nagler has arranged a Welsh men’s choir for Jon Langford’s Skull Orchard Revisited, a 17-piece orchestral pop ensemble for Chris Mills’ The Wall to Wall Sessions, and a “feral choir” for the Mekons’ Existentialism. He has played live and/or recorded with Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), Martin Courtney (Real Estate), electro-R&B duo The System, and Tanya Donelly (Belly). He is the founder and frontperson for NY metropolitan area pop group Nova Social.
Jason Lawrence
Jason Lawrence
Jason Bemis Lawrence is a drummer and multi-instrumentalist based in NYC by way of Louisville, KY. He has recorded and performed in bands such as Dean & Britta, Jesse Marchant, and The Building.

Growing up in Louisville, Lawrence took to studying drums and guitar at a young age. He attended college in St. Louis, where he focused his attention on drums and joined the Dischord-inspired bands Let Sleepers Lie and Speak Low. He returned to Louisville in the early 2000s and played in bands like Fire the Saddle and the Middle Men, while teaching drum lessons and quietly honing his songwriting.

In 2005, Lawrence moved to NYC to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he met Anthony LaMarca (The War on Drugs). Jason began playing drums in Lamarca’s new project, The Building, which led to additional opportunities playing with Dean & Britta, Jesse Marchant, and Heather Woods Broderick, among others.

The constant gigging with talented and accomplished artists—in NYC and around the world—inspired Lawrence to bring his own songwriting into the light, and in 2013 Lawrence recorded a few original songs with producer Josh Kaufman. The sessions were fruitful and instructive, and Lawrence felt inspired to write and tour more before finishing his debut full length album.

In 2016, The Building recorded a live performance at Peppermint Studios in LaMarca’s hometown of Youngstown, OH, and Lawrence knew he had found the place where he would make his album. Over the course of six days in March and July of 2017, Lawrence and LaMarca recorded eleven songs. The friends’ extensive experience performing together allowed them to create a natural, full-band sound while preserving the quiet intimacy of Jason’s lyrics and vocals. Guest appearances by Heather Woods Broderick and Chris Hoffman, as well as the expert mixing and mastering of longtime collaborator D. James Goodwin were the finishing touches.

Another Hotel Hallway will be released this fall, on September 7. The album revolves around themes of isolation, as well as mortality and time. Ideas for many of the tracks were conceived while on tour across the country, during bouts of feeling like a perpetual guest or stranger. “It can be disquieting,” Lawrence says, “but distance can provide the opportunity to reflect on values and beliefs, as well as how we handle change and adapt.”
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215