Sarah Dooley Releases Debut Album 'Stupid Things'

Dooley became a campus celebrity as an undergraduate at Columbia University. She won over Internet critics with a comedy Web series. She combines sweetness and irony in some irreverent lyrics.

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SARAH DOOLEY: (Singing) If it snows and school is canceled, do not fret. You can come over to my house, watch "Goonies" at my house...

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is the voice of Sarah Dooley. We're introducing you to her music this morning. She became a campus celebrity as an undergraduate at Columbia University. She won over Internet critics with a comedy Web series called "And Sarah." Her debut album is just out now. It's called "Stupid Things."

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DOOLEY: (Singing) You sit there. I'll sit here. Can you see I'm so happy you're watching "Goonies" at my house. It's just that I have been waiting ...

GREENE: Sarah's sensibility combines sweetness and irony with some irreverent lyrics. She lives in Brooklyn now, but was raised in Indiana on a steady diet of comedy.

DOOLEY: We used to listen to Steve Martin's comedy album on road trips. And we also - (Laughing) typical Midwestern fashion - would pull the TV around for dinner time and watch "The Simpsons" or, you know, "Seinfeld."

GREENE: Her Midwestern childhood, which she describes as idyllic, figures heavily on the album.

DOOLEY: Like a group by a cornfield, and there was a 24-hour diner on the corner.

GREENE: And that meant when she moved to New York City at age 19, it was a bit of a wake-up call. Her song "Willow Tree" plays on some of that disillusionment.

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DOOLEY: (Singing) Peter Pan is all grown up. He's a dentist in downtown Chicago. And the Tooth Fairy OD'd on noxious fumes. The mocking bird is Argon material, and where shadows sleep in a separate room...

I think I find inspiration in the transition between childhood and adulthood.

GREENE: That's Sarah Dooley. Her new album, "Stupid Things," is out now.

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DOOLEY: (Singing) Riding on the subway, there's no room for us. Riding on the subway, make some room for me and my friends. Trying another car, try another car, there's no room....

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