#795 Nellie McKay – Get Away From Me

Witty, literate, and talented, Ms McKay was 21 years old when she released this in 2004, her debut album. A double album. And if issuing a double album for your debut doesn’t ooze enough confidence already, then you should hear what she has to offer. The title is a piss take on Norah Jones’ worldwide … Continue reading #795 Nellie McKay – Get Away From Me


#337 Noël Coward – Mad Dogs & Englishmen

This two CD compilation of over 40 songs still represents a drop in the ocean of Coward’s prolific output. It includes two live performances, at Las Vegas in 1955 and New York in 1956, and it’s clear from the audience’s rapturous reception and familiarity with the songs that he was as popular with the Americans … Continue reading #337 Noël Coward – Mad Dogs & Englishmen

#378 DeVotchKa – A Mad and Faithful Telling

DeVotchKa are from Denver, although sound like they’re from late Cold War era Prague. For some reason I always associate their music with eating pierogi in a basic, previously government-owned, diner in downtown Krakow in the summer of 2008. Their music has a folky gypsy punk cabaret vibe and I bet they're as much fun … Continue reading #378 DeVotchKa – A Mad and Faithful Telling

#179 David Bowie – In Bertolt Brecht’s Baal

Despite being a Bowie devotee since my school days, first discovering Hunkydory and The Man Who Sold The World via Norwich City Record Library and playing to death the cassettes I lovingly (and illegally) recorded them onto before I had saved up enough pennies of my own to purchase copies, this was an album of … Continue reading #179 David Bowie – In Bertolt Brecht’s Baal