Posted November 22, 2005
Last month, a friend told me about Hartley Goldstein, “the David Sedaris of Indie Rock.” Intrigued? Me too. So I borrowed her CD, Songs in the Key of Zoloft and discovered hysterical, neurotic, and totally charming songs that make me grin every time I listen. The sweet ballad A Love Song For Annie Hall celebrates Diane Keaton’s New York residency, imploring, “I’d play tennis with you, and I’m a Jew/ in other words, simply put, I’m as mixed up as you,” while Brad Wood is a boppy ode to Ben Lee’s producer that sounds a little like That Thing You Do, but—obviously—much smarter. You’ll be laughing so hard by the last track, which, by the way, is called The Mystery of George Harrison’s Beard. See? You’re smiling already.
$4 at Other Music, 15 E. 4th St., at Broadway, 212-477-8150; othermusic.com.