I am quite under the weather this weekend, which means that I'll be missing the one guy I've been wanting to see for over a year and a half now: Richard Hawley. He's playing tonight at the Bowery Ballroom, and well, l won't be there. Other folks do a much better job of explaining the beauty that is Hawley's music, but I'll just say here that I'm not often captivated by a crooning baritone (even if he cut his chops as a touring member of Pulp). And yet, there's something so wonderfully, straightforwardly ... blue about Hawley's songwriting, and something so immediately catchy and shimmery about the melodies, that leaves me completely enraptured. Think Roy Orbison (early years) or Glen Campbell. It seems a little silly to call it old school, but I do think Hawley's music is a throwback to less ironic times, but with all of the sardonic wit of a 21st century virtuoso. (How else to get away with a song title like The Light at the End of the Tunnel (Was a Train Coming the Other Way)? Heh.)
I won't say more. You can listen to his first "big" "hit" (in the UK, anyway), "Baby You're My Light,"
here -- the song is on heavy rotation on my iPod. (Update: Okay, maybe not. Well, watch the video here.) There's also a few more tracks here. Man, I am a sad sad puppy today.