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Obadiah Parker: The Siren and the Saint

img  Tobias Fischer

Famed for his apologetic, unplugged cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya,” Obadiah Parker is the adopted name of Phoenix busk-rocker Mat Weddle, who apparently popped in at the Howard Stern show, I’m assuming to talk about his addictions (now that Stern’s on pay-radio, isn’t it hilarious watching him squirm while trying to get Leno audiences and everyone else all caught up?).

On his first full-length, Weddle’s got a Train-like backing band spouting shuffling, angular, Dave Mathews-ish faux-jazz, over which he croons/sighs in a vague cross between Robert Palmer and Amos Lee. What’s most amazing here is that it’s all DIY; the production makes it sound like Weddle couldn’t make a single move without the consent of such-and-so bloated New York AOR hack producer.

Nothing wrong with the songs, either; apparently the guy simply has the ideal DNA for urban dinner-jazz-pop.

Homepage: Obadiah Parker

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