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Late July

March 29, 2011

Nicole Simone, Late July

“Good Behaviour,” the first single from Late July‘s forthcoming album Hospital Quiet, is a jagged little confection. Like its creator, the song is Californian with a Canadian chill, or Canadian kissed by California sun; Laurel Canyon in a lake-effect snowstorm. Sharp, biting lyrics, and quirky instrumentation make the song a pleasure for the ears and instantly hummable.

Late July (a.k.a. Nicole Simone) is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter. Born in Toronto, Ontario she spent her early years state side in Del Mar, California. After moving back to a suburb of Toronto, she began playing the guitar at the age of 13. She spent all her free time in record stores and is heavily influenced by Pavement, Tom Waits and Jeff Buckley. She is a three time graduate of Seneca College and York University in both arts, music, and sociology respectively. In 2010 Late July released her debut EP entitled ‘Side Swept’ produced by Adrian Ellis.

Late July will be celebrating the release of Hospital Quiet this week in Toronto. Join her March 30th at the Painted Lady with special guest Jessica Mitchell.

1. What is your hometown?
Aurora, Ontario with a shout out to Del Mar, California.
2. With what fictional character do you most identify?
Lydia from Beetle Juice.
3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.
Winona Ryder.
4. What work of art speaks to your soul?
Anything by 19th century photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.  I saw some of her work at the MOMA in NYC and was quite moved.
5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?
“The Artists Way” by Julia Cameron is my personal bible and everyday ‘go to’ book.
6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?
It’s not released yet… but Will Currie & The Country French’s new record “Awake, You Sleepers!”
7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?
“The Diving Bell & Butterfly”
8.  Cat person or dog person?

Dog person. 100%.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Kindness.

10.    How do you define sin?

By recklessly hurting others for your own advantage.

11.    How do you define virtue?

Doing what is right based on your own values.

12.   Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

It would read Charles Bukowski’s poem “The Laughing Heart” with my name and birth/death date.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?
Brock McLaughlin
Connections:
Miss Late July
Miss Late July on Bandcamp
@MissLateJuly
Late July Album Release Party flyer
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