Nick Thorburn Debuts New Islands Songs

Radio Happy Hour is a live murder mystery / comedy hour done in the style of an old radio program. They do it every couple months at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. Past guests have included David Bazan (covering Vic Chestnutt), Andrew W.K., Michael Showalter, Tunde Adebimpe, and, last month, Nick Thorburn. He performed solo, but did three new songs that he said would eventually become Islands songs. If they don’t, he’s got five other projects to feed. These songs would fit Islands really well, though, as Thorburn mentions, they’re very stripped down, so it’s hard to tell what direction the next Islands record is going (hopefully not South). They’re called “Shotgun Vision,” “Lonely Love,” and another that we didn’t catch the name of, but it’s about Buddy Holly’s widow. So they fit Islands in theme as well.

Radio Happy Hour will have the Postelles and David Dondero on the 17th, and Born Ruffians in October. Tickets here.