Wednesday, January 28, 2009

In the mood for a nice Nellie

After having slept on Nellie McKay's LP Obligatory Villagers from last year, rediscovering the record has been an unexpected surprise, as it's hard not to somehow fall in love with her satirically smart, jazz infused songs that can be at times maddeningly inconsistent but almost always interesting. As a devotee of the Church of Tom Waits, it's fun to see a somewhat unconventional personality with an old show business sense of grandeur coupled with a willingness to take funny risks off the beaten path.

For a taste of this dashing dame's style here's the always fun "Mother of Pearl" and the lovely lullaby light "If I Had You":

And an adorably entertaining interview and performance on the Sound of Young of America:


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