I was trying on verylong shirts at Old Navy this weekend (why is everything about 17 inches too long this season? I object.) and, as you may have experienced, the soundtracking in that store can vary from “Omigosh I love this song” to “Help me leap over this rack of embroidered jeans to escape as quickly as possible before my ears start bleeding.”
Luckily when I was in there I was enjoying dancing a little in the fitting room to the sounds of Paolo Nutini, who I’ve written about once before here, but hadn’t had the pleasure of hearing loudly over a store speaker system yet.
The song on the Old Navy rotation is “Jenny Don’t Be Hasty” and I admit that he sounds so catchy and adorable with that accent that *I* almost want to marry him (even though he’s only like 18, as he laments to his older-woman crush in the song). Paolo is a Scot with Italian heritage, hence the Mediterranean name. His sound is sort of an acoustic-new wave with retro tinges, very enjoyable.
According to a recent blurb in Rolling Stone, after Nutini opened for the Rolling Stones in Vienna, he recounts: “I met the guys afterwards, and we had a chat. Mick thought I was Italian. When I told him I was Scottish, he laughed and said, ‘If I’d known you were Scottish, I wouldn’t have booked ya here!’”
Nutini is getting notice from my UK readers, who keep telling me to check him out (his upcoming UK tour is largely sold out already). This acoustic show from last month at Los Angeles’ Hotel Cafe is the perfect chance for you to do just that.
Sept 13, 2006
Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles