Nina Nastasia

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Nina Nastasia
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Background information
Born (1966-05-13) May 13, 1966 (age 51)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Origin United States
Genres Folk
Years active 1999–present
Labels Socialist Records Touch and Go Records Fat Cat Records

Nina Nastasia (born May 13, 1966)[1] is a New York City-based singer-songwriter born in Hollywood, California.


Nina Nastasia was born in Hollywood, California and is of Calabrian and Irish descent.[2] She began writing songs in 1993,[3] and released her first album, Dogs, in 2000. Only 1,500 copies of the album were initially pressed, with Nastasia putting together the album packaging herself in her apartment. Nastasia sold them at her shows, quickly selling all of them. By the end of the year 2000, the album was out of print. Famed DJ John Peel took notice of the album (calling it "astonishing") after having been given a copy by Steve Albini. Peel began playing songs from it constantly on his radio show on BBC Radio 1. The album, as well as Nastasia, subsequently gained a cult following.[4]

Nastasia has released six albums, one in collaboration with Jim White. Her first album, Dogs, was initially released in 2000 on Socialist Records. Her subsequent albums, The Blackened Air (2002) and Run to Ruin (2003), were released on indie label Touch and Go Records, which also re-released Dogs in 2004. In 2006, On Leaving was released on Fat Cat Records. In 2007, an album on which she collaborated with Jim White entitled You Follow Me was released through Fat Cat. All of Nastasia's albums to date were recorded by Steve Albini, who has ardently praised her music in a number of interviews.

Nastasia recorded six sessions for late BBC disc jockey John Peel's show. The last one was recorded with the help of Tuvan throat singing group Huun-Huur-Tu. Two of Nastasia's songs were included in Peel's annual Festive Fifty: "Ugly Face" (ranked 4th in 2002) and "You, Her & Me" (ranked 13th in 2003).[5]

A 7-inch single, titled "What She Doesn't Know" was released on February 25, 2008. The single featured the title track, along with the song "Your Red Nose". Both tracks were recorded by Steve Albini during the On Leaving sessions. Nastasia has called the single "a good complement to You Follow Me".[6] A solo American and European tour coincided with the release of the single.

The single "Cry, Cry, Baby" was released on May 10, 2010 internationally and May 18 in the US.[7] Her sixth studio album, Outlaster, followed on June 7, 2010.[8]



  • 2000 Dogs (Socialist)
  • 2004 re-released (Touch and Go)


  • 2008 What She Doesn't Know (Fat Cat)
  • 2010 Cry, Cry, Baby (Fat Cat)
  • 2010 You Can Take Your Time (Fat Cat)


  • 2001 "I Will Never Marry", on the compilation album Comes with a Smile, Volume 3 - Pretty Together
  • 2005 "The Matter (of Our Discussion)", on the Boom Bip album Blue Eyed in the Red Room (Lex)
  • 2005 "Bird of Cuzco", song on John Peel: A Tribute compilation (WEA)
  • 2009 "Repulsion", on the compilation album Black and White, given free with issue #12 of Esopus[9]
  • 2010 "Outside the Haus Tambaran", "Sand Reflection" and "Final Call" from the David Corter album Didgeridoo Dimensions[10]

Band members[edit]

  • Nina Nastasia, voice & guitars
  • Steven Beck, piano (Run to Ruin, On Leaving)
  • Jay Bellerose, drums (The Blackened Air, On Leaving, Outlaster)
  • Paul Bryan, bass, orchestral arrangements (Outlaster)
  • Joshua Carlebach, accordion (Dogs, The Blackened Air, Run to Ruin)
  • Oto Carillo, French horn (Outlaster)
  • Stephen Day, cello (Dogs, The Blackened Air, Run to Ruin, Outlaster)
  • Kennan Gudjonsson, piano (Dogs)
  • Anne Mette Iversen, double bass (Run to Ruin)
  • Juliann Klopotic, violin (Dogs)
  • Rubin Kodheli, cello (On Leaving)
  • Gerry Leonard, guitar, mandolin (Dogs, The Blackened Air, Run to Ruin)
  • June Matayoshi, oboe, English horn (Outlaster)
  • Gonzalo Muñoz, saw (Dogs, The Blackened Air)
  • Jeff Parker, guitar (Outlaster)
  • Dave Richards, bass (Dogs, The Blackened Air, Run to Ruin)
  • Jason Stein, bass clarinet (Outlaster)
  • Matt Szemela, violin (Outlaster)
  • Amie Weiss, violin (Outlaster)
  • Jim White, drums (Run to Ruin, On Leaving, You Follow Me)
  • Dylan Willemsa, viola, violin (The Blackened Air, Run to Ruin, On Leaving)
  • Peter Yanowitz, drums (Dogs)
  • Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin, viola (Outlaster)


  1. ^ "Nina M. Anastasia, Born 05/13/1966 in Los Angeles County". California Birth Index. Retrieved July 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ Pedder, Alan (April 6, 2012). "nine things you never knew about nina nastasia". Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  3. ^ DISCORDER Nina Nastasia
  4. ^ Murray, Robin (March 31, 2012). "Nina Nastasia Album Preview". Clash. Clash Music. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  5. ^ Nina Nastasia's page at BBC's John Peel website Access date: October 13, 2010.
  6. ^ Nina Nastasia New Single: Nina Nastasia News on This Is Fake DIY
  7. ^ "Cry, Cry, Baby" press release information Access date: 2010-03-29.
  8. ^ Incoming: Nina Nastasia release information Access date: 2010-03-29.
  9. ^ ESOPUS #12 CD: BLACK AND WHITE LYRICS/CREDITS Retrieved 2010-11-13.
    Note: "Repulsion" listed down bottom of the page, as track 11.
  10. ^ "Nina Nastasia / Credits / AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 23, 2013.