AS BAND LEADER/MEMBER
AS PRODUCER
AS SESSION PLAYER/ARRANGER
UPCOMING OR UNRELEASED

 

AS BAND MEMBER OR LEADER

 

      • World/Inferno Friendship Society – Just The Best Party (Gern Blandsten) BUY
        • keys, case accordion, find mandolin, bkg vox
      • World/Inferno Friendship Society – Hallowmas Live at Northsix (DCN/GoKart Europe) BUY
        • keys, acc, bkg vox
      • The Hold Steady – Almost Killed Me (CD on French Kiss; vinyl on Women Records) BUY
        • piano, organ
      • The Hold Steady – Crisp Songs eMusic exclusives: “Modesto Is Not That Sweet” b/w “You Gotta Dance” BUY
        • accordion, harmonica
      • Rock Against Bush – World/Inferno Friendship Society “The Expatriate Act” (Fat Wreck) BUY
        • keys
      • Anti-Social Music – Greatest Hits Live BUY
        • accordion, composer
      • Guignol – Guignol (Third Story Records TSR-002) BUY CD BUY MP3
        • accordion
      • World/Inferno Friendship Society – Speak of Brave Men EP/7″ (Gern Blandsten) BUY
        • keys, acc, bkg vox
      • The Hold Steady – Separation Sunday (CD on French Kiss; Australian CD on Rogue Records; vinyl on Women Records) BUY
        • piano, organ
      • World/Inferno Friendship Society – Me V. Angry Mob CD/Vinyl (The Company With The Golden Arm) BUY
        • keys, acc, bkg vox
      • Guignol/Nanuchka – Drink The Best Wine First (Fistolo) BUY CD BUY MP3
        • accordion, keys, mandola
      • Mehanata Bulgarian Bar “New York Gypsymania” comp – Guignol “Agada” & “All Or Nothing Machine” BUY
        • accordion, piano, mandola
      • Anti-Social Music – Sings The Great American Songbook (Peacock Records) BUY CD BUY MP3
        • accordion, composer, vox
      • World/Inferno Friendship Society – Red-Eyed Soul (CD on Chunksaah, deluxe vinyl on Bankshot!, European CD/vinyl on The Company With The Golden Arm) BUY
        • keys, accordion, vox, castanets, mandolin, string arrangements, production/engineering
      • The Hold Steady – Boys & Girls In America (Vagrant) (plus B-sides) BUY
        • piano, organ, harmonica, bkg vox, accordion, saw, string arrangements
      • The Hold Steady – Acoustic Session Fall 2006 (acoustic versions of BAGIA songs plus “Against The Wind” and “American Music”)
        • piano, accordion, bkg vox, spoons
      • The Hold Steady – Chips Ahoy! b/w Girls Like Status 7″ (Full Time Hobby)
        • piano, organ, harmonica, vocals
      • “I’m Not There” OST (Sony) – The Hold Steady “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window” BUY
        • piano, organ, harmonica
      • “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters Colon The Soundtrack” OST – The Hold Steady “Girls Like Status” BUY
        • organ, harmonica, backing vox
      • The Hold Steady – “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” (Minnesota Twins) Free Download
        • Wurlitzer, organ
      • The Hold Steady – Live at Fingerprints EP (Vagrant) BUY
        • accordion, harmonica, bkg vox
      • The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations CD single (b/w “Chips Ahoy! (Live at Fingerprints)”, “Teenage Liberation”) (Vagrant/Full Time Hobby) BUY
        • piano, accordion, organ, bkg vox
      • The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations 7″ #1 (b/w “Teenage Liberation”, “Chips Ahoy! (Live at Fingerprints)”) (Vagrant/Full Time Hobby)
        • piano, accordion, organ, bkg vox
      • The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations 7″ #2 (b/w “American Music”) (Vagrant/Full Time Hobby)
        • piano, accordion, spoons, bkg vox
      • World/Inferno Friendship Society – Addicted To Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre’s Twentieth Century (Chunksaah Records) BUY
        • keys, vox
      • The Hold Steady – Massive Nights CD single (Vagrant/Full Time Hobby)
        • organ, piano, bkg vox
      • Franz Nicolay “The Black Rose Paladins (Demos 2007)” BUY MP3
        • piano, guitar, vocals
      • The Hold Steady “Stay Positive” (Vagrant/Rough Trade) BUY
        • piano, organ, accordion, saw, mandola, harpsichord, bkg vox, string arrangements
      • The Hold Steady “Sequestered In Memphis” 7″ (Rough Trade) BUY
        • keys, bkg vox
      • The Dresden Dolls & Franz Nicolay – “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” on All Aboard: A Tribute To Johnny Cash (Anchorless Records) BUY CD VINYL
        • accordion, saw, percussion, bkg vox
      • Franz Nicolay “Major General” (Fistolo Records) BUY CD in U.S.; BUY CD in U.K. & Europe; BUY MP3
        • Producer, vocals, guitar, piano, organ, percussion, accordion, banjo, string arrangements
      • The Hold Steady “Atlantic City” (Springsteen cover) on Heroes (War Child benefit comp) BUY CD/MP3 VINYL
        • piano, bkg vox
      • The Hold Steady “A Positive Rage” DVD documentary/live CD package (Vagrant Records) BUY
        • keys, accordion, bkg vox, string arrangements
      • Franz Nicolay “St. Sebastian of the Short Stage” EP (Team Science Records) BUY VINYL BUY MP3
        • Producer, accordion, keys, guitar, vox
      • Anti-Social Music “Fracture: The Music of Pat Muchmore” (Innova) BUY CD BUY MP3
        • accordion
      • Guignol & Mischief Brew “Fight Dirty” (Fistolo Records, CD) BUY CD (The Cottage Records, cassette) BUY CASSETTE BUY MP3
        • accordion, piano, bkg vox
      • Emily Hope Price & Franz Nicolay “Z for Zachariah” STREAM
        • vocals, mandola, banjo, glockenspiel, xylophone
      • “World/Inferno Presents: Vox Inferne” 7″ (Team Science Records) BUY
        • vocals, arrangements
      • The Bushwick Book Club, Vol. 1: January-November 2009 (BBC-GBM) BUY
        • Producer, piano, accordion, percussion, vocals
      • Guignol “Live on WUML 3/9/10″ BUY
        • accordion
      • Franz Nicolay “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) [feat. Sxip Shirey]” on Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute to Bob Dylan’s “Bringing It All Back Home” (Reimagine Music) BUY
        • Producer, vocals, banjo, guitar, percussion
      • Franz Nicolay “Luck & Courage” (Team Science Records/Decor Records/Sabot Productions) BUY US/UK MP3
        • Vocals, banjo, glockenspiel, guitar, horn & string arrangements, keys, percussion, pong laang, ukulele
      • Anti-Social Music vs. Franz Nicolay “Unlucky & Discouraged (Remixes)” DOWNLOAD
        • Source material
      • Franz Nicolay “It Is Never A Mistake To Say Goodbye” on “Live Fast Get Folked” compilation Download
        • baritone ukulele, vocals
      • “Con Artist” (DVD) dir. by Michael Sladek, incl. music by Guignol & Mischief Brew BUY
        • accordion
      • Franz Nicolay “This Is Not A Pipe” on Xtra Mile Records “Xtra Mile High Club Vol. 3″ (compilation) BUY/Stream
        • Vocals, banjo
      • Franz Nicolay “Live Free (Tour EP 2011)” BUY CD BUY MP3
        • Vocals, banjo, guitar, accordion
      • Franz Nicolay “This Is Not A Pipe (Live) on “Roll Over, Pretty” (compilation) BUY
        •  Vocals, banjo
      • Franz Nicolay & Emilyn Brodsky “Party” (X-Ray Spex cover) on “REBEL ON THE UNDERGROUND: A Tribute to X-Ray Spex” BUY
        • Vocals, banjo, guitar
      • Anti-Social Music “Sleeps Around: Music of dalek & His Name Is Alive” BUY LP BUY DIGITAL
        • Executive producer, vocals
      • Franz Nicolay “Do The Struggle” (Xtra Mile/Sabot) BUY UK/EUROPE BUY N. AMERICA DIGITAL BUY N. AMERICA CD/VINYL
        • Vocals, banjo, guitar, keys, accordion, percussion, arrangements
      • Franz Nicolay “Rainbow Connection” (Muppets cover) on “PV Undercover” comp FREE DOWNLOAD
        • Vocals, banjo
      • Franz Nicolay & Frank Turner “Sing Noel Coward” split 7″ (Asbestos Records) BUY
        • piano, vocals
      • Franz Nicolay “I Had A Good Time Tonight” on “Fest Friends” 12″ vinyl comp (Underground Communique Records) BUY
        • guitar, vocals
      • Franz Nicolay “Bad Advice” EP BUY
        • Vocals, guitar, keys, percussion
      • Franz Nicolay/Mischief Brew “I Drink/The Mary Ellen Carter” split 7″ (Silver Sprocket) BUY
        • accordion, piano, percussion, vocals
      • Franz Nicolay “The Hearts of Boston/No Matter How Good You Are” 7″ (Sabot Productions) BUY
        • Vocals, guitar, accordion, percussion
      • Franz Nicolay & The Cut Ups “Bearing Torches: The Rottingdean Session” BUY
        • Vocals, guitar, accordion
      • Franz Nicolay “To Us, The Beautiful!” BUY U.S. BUY UK/EU DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
        • Vox, guitar, banjo, accordion, keys, percussion
      • Franz Nicolay “To Us, The Beautiful!” on “Punknews.org ‘My Org’ Mixtape” (cassette) BUY
        • Vox, guitar
      • Franz Nicolay “Springtime (Leatherface cover)” on “Wolfmask’s Creep Comp” (free download) DOWNLOAD
        • Vox, banjo
      • “In The Forest Of The Night” – dance score for Alison Chase/Performance BUY
        • keys, accordion, electronics, saw, production

 

AS PRODUCER

 

      • Mirah/Emilyn Brodsky/The Vibration – split 7″ (Third Story) BUY
        • producer, guitars, keys, acc
      • The Old Bailey “You Want It? They’ve Got It!” – Reds Strike The Blues: A Tribute To The Redskins BUY
        • producer, banjolin, piano, bkg vox
      • “Please My Favorite Don’t Be Sad” on World/Inferno Friendship Society – Red-Eyed Soul BUY CD/VINYL BUY MP3
        • producer
      • The Debutante Hour “The Birth And Death Of Meaning” BUY
        • Producer, additional engineering, guitars, glockenspiel, mandola, keys, baritone ukulele, ukulele, banjo, additional vox and percussion
      • Pearl And The Beard “Black Vessel” EP BUY CD BUY MP3
        • producer, engineer, string arrangement for “Manek & Ilona”
      • The Debutante Hour “Follow Me” EP BUY
        • producer, banjo
      • Pearl and The Beard “Killing The Darlings” BUY CD BUY MP3
        • producer, string arrangements, keys, accordion, additional vocals and percussion
      • Anti-Social Music “Is The Future Of Everything” BUY CD BUY MP3
        • producer, editor
      • The Debutante Hour “An Awkward Time With…” BUY
        • co-producer on “M. Bovary” and “Everybody Thinks I’m A Spy”
      • Emilyn Brodsky “Eats Her Feelings” BUY
        • producer, guitar, keys

 

SESSIONS

 

        • Leftover Crack – Fuck World Trade (Alternative Tentacles) BUY
          • accordion, keys
        • The Blam – Caveat Emptor BUY
          • accordion
        • Mischief Brew – Smash The Windows (Fistolo) BUY
          • accordion
        • Nanuchka – A Carefully Planned Accident (self-released) BUY
          • keyboards, accordion
        • Demander – The Unkindness of Ravens (self-released) BUY
          • Moog, accordion
        • The Ratchets – Glorybound (Pirates Press) BUY
          • piano, organ
        • The Sharp Things – A Moveable Feast (Bar/None) BUY
          • accordion
        • The Loved Ones – Build & Burn (Fat Wreck Chords) BUY
          • piano, organ, accordion, harmonica, saw
        • The Max Levine Ensemble – OK Smartypants (Plan-It-X) Free Download
          • keyboards
        • The Living End “White Noise” (Dew Process) BUY
          • keys, string arrangements
        • Emilyn Brodsky “Emilyn Brodsky’s Greatest Tits” (Third Story Records) BUY
          • keys, accordion
        • Star Fucking Hipsters “Until We’re Dead” (Fat Wreck Chords) BUY
          • accordion, keys
        • Jennifer O’Connor “Here With Me” (Matador) BUY
          • accordion, piano, organ
        • Voltaire “To The Bottom Of The Sea” (Mars Needs Music) BUY
          • accordion
        • The 241ers “Murderers” (Household Name Records) BUY
          • accordion
        • Alan Semerdjian “The Big Beauty” BUY
          • accordion, tack piano
        • Likeness To Lily “Farewell, Recruit” BUY
          • accordion
        • The Loved Ones “Distractions” EP (Fat Wreck Chords) BUY
          • keys
        • Emily Hope Price “The Crux and the Bluestocking” BUY
          • accordion
        • Pearl and the Beard “God Bless Your Weary Soul, Amanda Richardson” BUY CD BUY MP3
          • accordion
        • Mark Eitzel “Klamath” BUY
          • accordion
        • Demander “Future Brite” BUY
          • keys
        • Yoni Gordon & The Goods “Turning Chaos Into A Career” BUY
          • accordion, organ
        • B Is For Baroness “B Is For Baroness” BUY
          • accordion
        • Yoni Gordon & The Goods “Fairytale of New York (feat. Franz Nicolay & Emilyn Brodsky)” (Free Christmas single) Free Download
          • accordion, keys, bkg vox
        • Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley “Evelyn Evelyn” BUY
          • vocals
        • Maurice Davis Band “Are We Permanent” BUY
          • keyboards
        • The New Students “Ship of Fools” BUY
          • saw
        • Frank Turner “England Keep My Bones” BUY
          • accordion
        • Junior Battles “Idle Ages” BUY
          • keys, banjo
        • Anna Vogelzang “Canary In A Coal Mine” BUY
          • accordion
        • More Humans “Demon Station” BUY
          • keys
        • Voltaire “Riding A Black Unicorn” BUY
          • accordion
        • Anthony Da Costa “Secret Handshake” BUY
          • keyboards, accordion
        • Hoots & Hellmouth “Salt” BUY
          • accordion
        • The Cut Ups “Building Bridges. Starting Here.” (Household Name Records) BUY
          • keys
        • Jack River Kings “Mansion & the Money” BUY
          • accordion, keys
        • Morning Glory “Poets Were My Heroes” (Fat Wreck) BUY
          • “casting”
        • The Secret History “Americans Singing In The Dark” BUY
          • vocals
        • Voltaire “Raised By Bats” BUY
          • accordion
        • Hamell On Trial “The Happiest Man In The World” (New West) BUY
          • banjo, accordion, saw, keys, string arrangements
        • Patrick Craig “It Will Get Better” EP BUY
          • vox
        • Direct Hit! “Wasted Mind” (Fat Wreck) BUY
          • keys

 

UPCOMING OR AS-YET-UNRELEASED

 

      • Max Levine Ensemble “Government Center” (Jonathan Richman cover)
        • keys
      • Untitled project by Mikey Chuck Rivers
        • theremin, banjo, keys
      • Emilyn Brodsky “Digestion” 
        • accordion, keys
      • Untitled Johnathan Coody project
        • keys
      • Billy Liar/Joe McMahon split 7″
        • accordion, keys
      • The Cut Ups “The Nerves”
        • keys, vox
      • Travis Morrison “Giving Up” 
        • keys, accordion
      • JUICEBOXXX “Rustbelt Nights”
        • keys
      • Untitled project by Adam Silvestri
        • accordion, harmonica

In 2009, audiologist
musician Franz Nicolay left his job in the Hold Steady, viagra 60mg
aka “the world’s greatest bar band.” Over the next five years, traumatologist
he crossed the world with a guitar in one hand, a banjo in the other, and an accordion on his back, playing the anarcho-leftist squats and DIY spaces of the punk rock diaspora. He meets Polish artists nostalgic for their revolutionary days, Mongolian neo-Nazis in full SS regalia, and a gay expat in Ulaanbataar who needs an armed escort between his home and his job. The Russian punk scene is thrust onto the international stage with the furor surrounding the arrest of the group Pussy Riot, and Ukrainians find themselves in the midst of a revolution and then a full-blown war.

While engaging with the works of literary predecessors from Rebecca West to Chekhov and the nineteenth-century French aristocrat the Marquis de Custine, Nicolay explores the past and future of punk rock culture in the post-Communist world in the kind of book a punk rock Paul Theroux might have written, with a humor reminiscent of Gary Shteyngart. An audacious debut from a vivid new voice, The Humorless Ladies of Border Control is an unforgettable, funny, and sharply drawn depiction of surprisingly robust hidden spaces tucked within faraway lands.

“The book would be much like what Paul Theroux might write if he played the musical saw, lived on beer and borscht, and had a sense of humor…A pleasing romp: punk in attitude but literary in execution and a fine work of armchair travel for those unwilling to strap on an accordion on the streets of Rostov for themselves.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Adds a layer of depth by exploring the ways music, specifically punk music, inspire and unite the local populace.” – Publishers Weekly

“Paul Theroux meets Lester Bangs” – Omnivoracious/The Amazon Book Review

“Franz Nicolay has always been the kind of musician who can sound like he’s roaming the world in the course of a single song. In this amazing road tale he captures how it feels for a wandering artist, scrounging in the underground punk scenes of Russia and the Balkans—sleepless nights and shaky trains, strong beer and unsavory companions–watching history turn inside out.” – Rob Sheffield (“Love Is A Mixtape,” Rolling Stone)

“If there isn’t already a shelf for Classic Punk Literature, we need to build it and stock it with Franz Nicolay. Part low-budget tour diary and part Slavic history lesson, this book is a love letter to the punk vie boheme; a delicious and hilarious borscht stew of untold histories, literary references, beautiful strangers and backstage vodka.” – Amanda Palmer(musician, “The Art of Asking”)

“Funny and wistful, The Humorless Ladies of Border Control is an engrossing romp that casts fresh eyes on Old World cultures rich in paradox. Franz Nicolay taps into the current cultural zeitgeist in the best travelogue tradition, with vivid scenes capturing the absurdities of daily life in the context of history and a deft reading of some of the most important cultural figures. –Gregory Feifer, NYTimes best-selling author of Russians: The People Behind the Power

“A truly remarkable book. On the surface, it’s a tour diary of shows around the wilder reaches of Eastern Europe and Russia, which would be interesting in itself. In actual fact, however, Franz has written a profound and perceptive travelogue in the vein of Paul Theroux or Rebecca West; like them, he teaches you about the places he visits, about the people he meets, about a forgotten but fascinating corner of world culture, and ultimately, about himself.” – Frank Turner (musician, “The Road Beneath My Feet”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7″ from the Scottish DIY label Make-That-A-Take Records, viagra
containing “Low Bridge, Everybody Down” b/w “Home Is Where They Take You In,” the two outtakes from the To Us, The Beautiful sessions produced by J. Robbins. Includes digital download code.

 

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