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The Wednesday What’s New? – Franz Nicolay

Ah, dear Franz Nicolay. Erstwhile keyboard player/soul of the Hold Steady, he released a very wonderful solo album recently and supported Eitzel on his recent tour. It is undoubtedly the best one-man guitar/accordion/banjo show you will see.

Here he is performing ‘Jeff Penalty’, a song detailing the time he was asked to support the Dead Kennedys, only to note they were hamstrung without one important component – Jello. Instead, some bloke named Jeff was doing the vocal chores. Having previously dismissed him, he reconsidered. It’s a song of punk rock redemption. Just don’t aske about Pisspuddles the Clown.

Franz’s album Major General is available now. You’ll probably have to go online for it, mind.

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