Fresh not moldy
OCTOBER 8, 2009 18:36
Describing Adam Green as off-kilter suggests that he's a visitor in someone else's kiddy corner sheets universe. But in his own world, the 28-year-old American singer/songwriter is the kilter - the center around which everything else revolves. And if that means bucking indie rock trends by performing with an acoustic guitar, getting drunk during shows to the point where lyrics are forgotten, or writing sweet songs with childlike poignancy like "Anyone Else But You" which was featured as a duet by the main teen characters in the 2007 hit indie film Juno, thenâ€¦ welcome to Adam Green's world.
It's a world where, nine years after he recorded the song with his former musical partner Kimya Dawson and their band, Moldy Peaches, Green discovered a sudden notoriety despite having released five peculiarly compelling solo albums in the ensuing years. Despite the focus on his past, Green took the good luck in stride."It wasn't a distraction, it reminded people that the record exists," he told The Post from London. "It's not like I've had to do anything for it or go out on tour in support of it. Mostly, I've just been receiving checks in the mail."
Even without the Juno connection, Green has built a steady cult status, especially in Europe, as this generation's Jonathan Richman, performing rocking acoustic songs about odd subject, including "Jessica" (about Jessica Simpson) and "Novotel" about.. well, you get the picture.
He's a musician's musician, honing his chops in the legendary Sidewalk CafÃ© anti-folk scene in New York City at the turn of the century along with the likes of Regina Spektor. And today, he pals around with folks like The Libertines' Carl Barat and the Hanson brothers. His latest album, 2008's Sixes and Sevens, contains 20 musical vignettes compacted in 49 economical minutes.
Green brings his unpredictable but always entertaining show to Tel Aviv on October 12 at the Barby Club at 9:30 p.m.