Franklin Bruno – La Radia 7”
Little Teddy Recordings, 1997
Acquired: Love Garden, Used, 2009
Some really excellent tunes from the Nothing Painted Blue frontman. I’ve been more and more interested in Mr. Bruno’s jams since he’s been known to pal around with John Darnielle. Well, if “pal around” means playing on all the recent Mountain Goats records and putting out Undercard, the latest Extra Lens record, and one of my favorite albums of 2011. Bruno doesn’t get to sing a lot on the Extra Lens records, but his guitar work shines through. I would be cool with him singing more with the Extra Lens, because he’s pretty good at it in his own way. All four tracks on La Radia are real good. Good in a sort of Robert Pollard way. A handful of songs that just kind of happened and now exist and they’re great little tunes that no one will ever hear. Granted Pollard’s got way more exposure and releases way more records, but this little 7” feels like a quiet little corner of the world of indie rock where you can relax with some lovely little ditties.