Sounds of Apartment Life: The Music of Cantinero

Cantinero with his dogs

hide captionCantinero with his Jack Russell terrier Max and his redbone coonhound Ruby, who can be heard on the song "Tuesday."

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New York's Lovely Studios, also known as Chris Hicken's apartment.

hide captionNew York's Lovely Studios, also known as Chris Hicken's apartment.

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Three Songs from 'Boxing'

Listen: 'So Low'

Listen: 'Tuesday'

Listen: 'Astronaut'

Cantinero is the musical pen name of British singer-songwriter Chris Hicken.

Cantinero in his home studio.

hide captionCantinero in his home studio.

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A veteran of a number of English bands, Hicken earned the nickname -– the Spanish word for "bartender" –- while tending bar in New York for many years.

He recently released his debut CD, Championship Boxing, a collection of introspective pop songs recorded in New York's Lovely Studios — which happen to be a spare bedroom in the singer's New York apartment.

The CD captures the sound of city apartment life: dripping taps, background television and the barking of Hicken's own coonhound Ruby.

NPR's Sheilah Kast recently visited Hicken's Lovely Studios to talk about his music.

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  • Album: Championship Boxing
  • Artist: Cantinero
  • Label: Artemis Records
  • Released: 2004



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