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The Great Basketball Whisperer // Nightlands’ Dave Hartley Writes Sports Column for WXPN

Dave Hartley is a man of many things. You’ve come to know him as the bassist in The War On Drugs and leader of Nightlands – a gentle giant and sci-fi fanatic. Today, we recognize him as the great basketball whisperer. Perhaps we gave you a preview of this when we highlighted Dave’s work for IMPOSE. We are only solidifying his love for the game now. WXPN just announced Dave will head up their new sports column, Top Of The Key. Don’t believe us? Check out that awesome photo of Dave strong arming Baron Davis. GO DAVE!

To put it bluntly, Hartley is a basketball freak with a encyclopedic knowledge of the game.” – WXPN
(you better believe it)

Back to the point. Dave’s first column is now up for your reading pleasure. He so kindly spells out why Andrew Bynum’s injury is not an end-all for the 76er’s. Read the column HERE.

Your Silver Man // Nightlands’ Dave Hartley Announces New Album, ‘Oak Island,’ Listen to First Single Today

The good news keeps on coming! Dave Hartley brings you his sophomore album under the Nightlands moniker. Titled Oak Island, it’s the follow up to Forget the Mantra, released in 2010. Dave uses the Nightlands name as a vehicle to further understand art through the analytical process. He engages a side we don’t often see portrayed in his other endeavors, namely his role as bassist in The War On Drugs.

The new album boasts of ten pops songs, stories that take the listener on a scientific journey through the human experience. Today, the silver-tinged Hartley shares with us the first single and album standout, “So Far So Long.” Come – to space we go. Enjoy the track above or at Pitchfork, where it premiered this morning. Oak Island is out January 22, 2013.

Dave’s got a few shows coming up in Philadelphia. See all dates below!

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Tour Dates:
Thu. Oct. 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Thu. Nov. 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
Tue. Dec. 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA (performing original score to “2001: A Space Odyssey”)

Basketball & Rock ‘n’ Roll: Dave Hartley Interviews Paul Shirley

You all know Dave Hartley as The War On Drugs’ bass player and for his solo endeavor, Nightlands, but today, we refer to him as the great interviewer. Dave’s a bit of a basketball enthusiast and his love for and knowledge of the game has led to his Death Dunk column in Impose Magazine. His most recent installment includes an interview with the ever-animated Paul Shirley, a former NBA pro. With a tag-line of “The NBA bench-warmer and author can’t get fired again from ESPN, but tries in our interview,” Dave never falters from asking the hard questions.

In their lengthy chat, Dave and Paul swap questions concerning both basketball and music. Paul reveals himself to be somewhat of a rarity in the NBA, sharing his feelings of isolation that led him to seek out music. Read the full interview HERE.

Want to know what Paul Shirley thinks of The War On Drugs? Sure yah do. He tells you all about it in Music For Men: The War On Drugs.

Stay tuned for some exciting Nightlands news!!!

THE SASSIEST: The War On Drugs in the Best of Interviews

It’s The War On Drugs in the sassiest interview to come our way. Vice caught up with Adam and Dave while they were at Oya Festival last month and sat down for quite the chit-chat. We’ll let the boys do that talking –> enjoy above.

The War On Drugs have a couple of shows with The Walkmen in October and will end the year with performances at Tokyo’s Hostess Club Weekender and Austin City Limits Festival. Dates HERE.

WATCH: The War On Drugs Cover The Waterboys

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen some pretty big performances from The War On Drugs. Whether it’s been Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Primavera or any of the other summer festivals, TWOD have proved no stage is too big for these dudes to conquer. Today, KEXP takes us on a different route, capturing Adam and Dave in quite a special number. Set in the woods of the Pendarvis farm during Pickathon, they offer a stripped down version of The Waterboys’ “A Pagan Place”. Watch above. ***Keep watching after the credits.

Be sure to catch The War On Drugs on tour! Dates listed below!

TOUR DATES:
10/04/12 Washington, DC930 Club w/ The Walkmen BUY TICKETS
10/06/12 Philadelphia, PAElectric Factory w/ The Walkmen BUY TICKETS
10/12/12 Austin, TXAustin City Limits Festival BUY TICKETS

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Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

VIDEOS

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ

Sunspot by Suuns

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Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

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Suuns
Lille, FR - Ground Zero Festival  w/ Jerusalem In My Heart

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