Nick Jaina & band @ Mississippi Studios, 1-25-08
Nick Jaina's Wool is full of the kinds of songs that sound as if they could have been written in any one of the past several decades, as comfortable next to Cole Porter as they are Tom Waits or (to a lesser degree) the Black Heart Procession. Jaina threw a lovely, lovely wrench into his formula for the latest, resulting in an album of all piano-based songs that unfolds like an extended bedtime story, best taken in from start to finish. Jaina and his band joined us at Mississippi Studios for a performance and interview- we talked to him about some of the interesting circumstances surrounding the recording of the new album, including playing on a piano that once belonged to Elliott Smith, as well as his love/hate relationship with producing for others.
Recorded by Graham Nystrohm at Mississippi Studios in Portland.