September 20, 2010

seems we made a mess with nothing much to show

clem tiny desk

The simplicity and, dare I say, perfection of Clem Snide frontman Eef Barzelay always ambushes me. Eef recently stopped by the NPR Tiny Desk offices to perform four songs, and I find myself cueing it up on repeat today.

The NPR intro completely nails what makes Clem Snide special: “As a general rule, Barzelay doesn’t get enough credit: He may be the most underrated songwriter in the business today, with a sneakily firm grasp on poignancy and humor, and his live performances convey a kind of awkwardly fidgety fearlessness. He’s a disarming performer: He can seem above it all, until he hits an emotionally devastating kill shot when listeners least expect it.”

Eef Barzelay on NPR
[setlist: “With Nothing Much To Show Of It,” “Something Beautiful,”
“We Are Flowers,” and “Denver”

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  • I was converted with Soft Spot. Something about the way Eef got to the marrow of being human in real relationships just clocked me. Still does.

    I should’ve known you’d be on Team Eef.

    Paul — September 21, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

  • Come clean. You just like it for the CO reference now, don’t you?

    Dainon — September 21, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

  • Heather – I can’t get down. I was once your f/b friend because i was such a fan – and no question i follow your footstep to what happens in the west – but i can’t warm up to Clem. Please Help – is there something I’m missing??

    Wherry in DC,

    Alan Lamb — September 22, 2010 @ 12:55 am

  • This blog is amazing! I fell in love with it when you gave us the rare M.ward tracks (i’m getting Matt tattooed on me) and now this. When Eef was in los angeles a while back I was lucky enough to smoke “medicinally” with him practically in the middle of a busy street! He’s a very down to earth genius and I will always love him in the most hetero way I can manage.

    Christian Noel — September 25, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

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