|

Click here to expand and collapse the player

Nite Jewel

Rate It! Avg: 3.5 (16 ratings)
  • Nite Jewel

  • Nite Jewel

  • Nite Jewel

Albums

Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Nite Jewel is the alias of Los Angeles musician and multimedia artist Ramona Gonzalez, whose lo-fi, synth-based compositions draw inspiration from dance music -- primarily 1980s freestyle and electronic disco and early-'90s R&B -- filtered through the arty haziness of shoegaze and an experimental D.I.Y. approach to recording. Born in Oakland and raised in Berkeley by politically progressive and musically inclined parents, Gonzalez briefly attended school in New York City before jumping coasts back to Los Angeles, where she studied philosophy at Occidental College. She remained involved in music throughout, playing in a series of rock bands with her husband, Cole M. Grief-Neill (later a member of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti), creating ambient synth pieces for sound-based installation art, and eventually initiating her self-contained musical project under the Nite Jewel moniker. With ties to both New York's electronic neo-disco imprint Italians Do It Better (she released her first 12" through the label and has toured with flagship act Glass Candy) and L.A.'s visionary art and music organization Human Ear (a collective that includes many of her friends and collaborators), her music reflects and integrates the often disparate aesthetics of both of these camps. However, despite production help and occasional co-writing assistance from Grief-Neill and live reinforcement from Emily Jane, Gonzalez's working methods are essentially autonomous: like her icon and associate Ariel Pink, she records exclusively on a portable eight-track cassette recorder, building up her songs with layers of analog synths and drum machines before adding her melodically ethereal vocals. After a self-released six-song CD-R titled My CD, which caught the ear of New York's tastemaking Other Records, and the What Did He Say 12" in 2008, Nite Jewel issued the full-length Good Evening through Human Ear Music.

In 2009, Nite Jewel's profile grew among the indie rock community with the release of the Want You Back 12" on Italians Do It Better, a self-released CD of demos called You F O, and two 7" singles. In 2010, she collaborated with Dâm-Funk on a single for Stones Throw and released a late summer EP, Am I Real?, on Gloriette. 2011 saw Gonzalez busy with scant releases and more collaborations. Various 7"s and the It Goes Through Your Head EP on Mexican Summer added to the discography, along with collaborations with sound artists Julia Holter and Jason Grier. Following this slew of tracks on various labels, Nite Jewel inked a deal with Secretly Canadian and began work on her least murky set of recordings to date. The highly polished full-length One Second of Love arrived in March of 2012.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
07.07.17 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA US
07.08.17 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR US
07.09.17 Barboza Seattle, WA US
07.14.17 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT US
07.15.17 Lost Lake Lounge Denver, CO US
07.19.17 The Chop Shop & 1st Ward Chicago, IL US
07.21.17 The Baby G Toronto, ON Canada
07.26.17 ONCE Ballroom Somerville, MA US
07.27.17 Brooklyn Night Bazaar Brooklyn, NY US
07.28.17 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA US

eMusic Features

0

Who Are…TEEN

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

"I'll do it better, I'll do it better, I'll do it better than anybody else," sings Teeny Lieberson just 90 seconds into In Limbo, the first proper full-length from TEEN. As it turns out, that line is a feint; the group may open In Limbo with forthrightness, but the rest of In Limbo is full of bewitching misdirection. Just one song later, Teeny is singing "Come back, I don't wanna sleep another night alone" while… more »

0

New Adventures in Hi-Fi

By David Greenwald, Contributor

D.I.Y. and hi-fi have rarely gone hand in hand. From the muscular crackle of Black Flag to the basement anthems of Guided by Voices, the sound of indie rock has long been the proudly noisy product of four walls and a four-track recorder. As laptops have replaced boomboxes, the aesthetic has endured, with bands embracing digital fuzz as a signal of both outsider cool and a thin wallet. But with the late-2000s lo-fi boom that launched… more »

0

New This Week: The Men, Jenny Scheinman & More

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

New ones from The Men, Jenny Scheinman and more this week. Let's get to it. The Men, Open Your Heart: Here it is. People, if you only download one record today, make sure this is it. Big, loud, roaring rock & roll that ricochets between scuzzy garage, roughed-up punk and lovely, laid-back country with equal aplomb. Needless to say, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Here's eMusic's Austin L. Ray with more: The album is divided roughly into three categories: rockers… more »

Activity