Remember Duncan Sheik? I didnt think I wanted to, given that he recorded Barely Breathing, one of the worst/most popular singles of the late 90s. Then came Spring Awakening, the Broadway sensation that earned Sheik Grammy and Tony Awards for his orchestral skills, not to mention a coveted slot authoring The New York Times Sunday Playlist on January 25. Here, he extolled the virtues of one Rachael Yamagata, a gorgeous, husky-voiced singer of a genre that can now simply be referred to as Greys Anatomy Soundtrack. Of Yamagatas latest release, Elephants ... Teeth Sinking Into Heart, Sheik said: You know for a fact that there was not a single A&R or P.R. or marketing person that was in the process remotely, because theres not a single up-tempo song on the whole album. Theyre all completely self-indulgent, in the best possible sense of the word, indulging in the beauty of the sadness. Weve had Yamagatas album in steady rotation for months now, and share Sheiks sentiments word for word. Obviously, we still remember Duncan Sheik, and for good reason.
Tue., March 31, 8 p.m., 2009