No, fear not! You’ve come to the Nikki O’Neill Band website. But our drummer extraordinaire, Rich Lackowski, also happens to play drums in the LA punk/comedy band sASSafrASS. They like to describe themselves as “Tenacious D meeting X.”
Today they released their first video, “Pink Slip.” It’s hilarious. More amazing is that they shot the whole video on an iPhone. Rich is the guy in the video that doesn’t like his alarm clock and keeps getting fired at all his jobs. :)
Nikki’s rock guitar instruction book is coming out in January! Today she did the photo shoot for the cover and all the inside pictures, demonstrating bends, tapping and other fun guitar-nerdy stuff!
She gives a special thanks to photographer Larry Lytle (www.larrylytlephoto.com), and Nat Gunod and Holly Frazier at Alfred Music for being so awesome to work with that day.
Nikki’s definitely going to launch her own lesson channel on YouTube as soon as the book is done, so stay tuned for more news on that…
So here’s what we’re up to:
1) Rich and I are writing new songs, and doing all the things we need to do to get ready to record them (arranging, rehearsing, trying them out live.)
2) I’m releasing a rock guitar instruction book next year! Alfred Music Publishing is the publisher, and the book will be a great resource for many of you who’ve learned about me through my old guitar lesson videos on Mahalo. Stay tuned!
3) I’m translating a truly amazing Swedish e-book series on songwriting to English. Since the Swedes have brought us First Aid Kit, The Hives, Jorgen Elofsson (who wrote Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger”), and of course also ABBA, they’re a force to reckon with in pop and rock. The series should be released this fall. For any of you out there who have a passion for writing songs and want to get better at it, stay tuned for this series…
Many of you have asked me to post new guitar lesson videos. I don’t work with Mahalo anymore, but I plan to launch my own video lesson channel on YouTube this fall, once Rich and I have recorded new music, and I’ve completed a few more stages with my book projects. I thank all of you who have posted really nice comments on the lessons, and I truly appreciate those of you who took the time to visit this website to check out our music and post comments.
Have a great summer and be well!
Fans of jazz drumming: Rich’s newest book “On The Beaten Path Jazz” is available for sale as a hardcover on Amazon and also as an ebook on iTunes!
Drum! Magazine just sent out their newsletter, and his book was featured in it too. Check the newsletter out by clicking on this link.
As 2012 is wrapping up, we’d like to thank everybody who’s come to see our shows, bought our EP, “liked” us on our Facebook page, and taken the time to write positive comments to us here on our official site. Every one of these gestures of support has put smiles on our faces and brightened up our days this year!
For those of you who have our EP: we would be so happy if you could write a short review of it on the iTunes page of your country.
Our EP is sold on iTunes worldwide, as well as Amazon, Google and other sites.
Here’s the link to our EP on iTunes in the United States.
Thanks so much for your support! Have a great holiday and a Happy 2013!
The Nikki O’Neill Band
Did you see the 12/12/12 benefit show for Hurricane Sandy on TV? We also played a benefit - ours was at Club Trip on Dec 8 in support of the many people who are still suffering from the consequences of the hurricane. Many thanks to host Big Joe Hurt and the organization NY Cares for making this show happen with so many great soul, funk, blues and roots bands!
Here’s a little clip of us covering Bill Withers “Kissing My Love”… Noah Wilson is playing the bass.
Tonight come down and hear some live soul and funk acts – including us! – in support of Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts, hosted by none other then L.A’s very own DeLUXE of Too Pretty For Porn.
Gabe Roseann Band: 8.00-8.30 PM
Rooster Ra: 8.30-9.00 PM
The Nikki O’Neill Band: 9.00-9.30 PM
Houdini and King D! 9.45-10.30 PM
Big Joe Hurt Band: 10.30-midnight
No cover – bring donations and coats for the NY Cares organization!