I've been digging the new Novi Split record Pink in the Sink, out March 13th on Hush. Novi Split is David J, who was half of Kind of Like Spitting on the Learn and The Thrill of the Hunt records. He's got a very disarming, affable personality that comes through in his songs. That's especially apparent in opening track "You Got Served", which was sung by Ben Barnett on Hunt. Barnett's got a prickly way of approaching a song, but it takes on new dimensions of empathy here.
David's also got a smart list of influences (Phil Ochs, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Woody Guthrie, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Billy Bragg, David Berman, among others) and seems to think Robyn Hitchcock and John Prine love is something to be guilty about...maybe we can lasso an Uncommon Folk out of him and get to the bottom of this riddle.
There's also a cover of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" I'd put up against Clem Snide's "Beautiful" any day.
MP3: Novi Split - Crazy in Love (Beyonce cover)
Novi Split at Hush
Novi Split page (with more downloads)
Cloak and Dagger Feature (with downloads of Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Material Issue and Robyn Hitchcock covers)