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 Novi Split (1 Albums, 6 Tracks)


LOCATION:Los Angeles, CA
  • Notes:
  • Album art by Margaret Gallagher
  • Mastered by Mark Chalecki at Little Red Book Mastering
  • Written by David Jerkovich
  • Cake Party (ASCAP)
  • Artwork by Jeff Enzor
  • Performed by:
  • Tripp Beam : Drums
  • Michael Biazevich : Piano
  • Vicki Brown : Violin on ‘Stupid’
  • Carlos Michael Gutierrez : Guitar
  • David Jerkovich : Vocals and Guitar
  • Pauline Lay : Violin on ‘Hollow Notes’
  • Jeff Roffredo : Upright Bass
  • Michael Rozon : Pedal Steel
  • Bright Eyes
  • Bonnie Prince Billy
  • Kind of LIke Spitting
  • M Ward
  • Tom Waits
  • Blaze Foley
  • Naim Amor
  • CMG

Listing among his influences musicians such as "Springsteen, Roger Waters, Phil Ochs, Tom Waits, KRS-1, Leonard Cohen, Woody Guthrie, Marvin Gaye . . ." and even the likes of "John Prine, Raekwon the Chef, Robyn Hitchcock, Randy Newman, [and] Rod McKuen,"[1] David J. started his musical career early and made an early mark with bands such as Kind of Like Spitting and The Real Diego.[1]

By 2003, David J. started recording his own version of lo-fi indie folk-pop under the moniker "Novi Split." The following is his explanation behind the name:

Novi means 'new' and Split is a city on the Adriatic Coast. In America, when you have a large concentration of a certain people in one place you name the city after them. Little Italy, China town, Korea town, et cetera. There is a huge Croatian population in San Pedro [California]. One night my friend Mike B. wanted to lead an angry group of Croats down to City Hall to declare San Pedro [be renamed] Novi Split. End of story. It always stuck in my head.[2]

In 2004, he released his first album, Keep Moving on Sunset Alliance Records. While, according to David J., he wrote and recorded each individual song in under an hour,[3] that lo-fi record received quite positive reviews from critics.[4]

After releasing Novi Split's first record, Kind of Like Spitting broke up. Consequently, David J. signed a new record deal with Hush Records to replace KOLS among its stable of bands, and to gain a wider distribution for his own music.[2]

Since then, Novi Split has released one album, Pink in the Sink and one EP, Hollow Notes. Each of these records have received positive reviews[5] and have even led to Novi Split's music being featured on the popular WB/CW television series One Tree Hill on two occasions. Episode 7.06, "Deep Ocean Vast Sea" featured the songLeaving It from Pink in the Sink,[6] and episode 7.01, "4:30am (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad)," featured the song Hollow Notes, which can be found on the DECA Compilation and well as the Hollow Notes EP.


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If Not This, Then What?
01. You Got Served (02:45)
02. Stupid (03:24)
03. Hold Tight (03:03)
04. Hollow Notes (03:13)
05. Young Girls (05:46)
06. Clay Pigeons (04:23)


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