Liz Pappademas: 'Vacation Romance' Pappademas says she was "born in the back seat of a Checker cab in front of Lincoln Center in New York," but grew up in San Francisco, where she made 11 Songs. It's a beautifully downbeat collection of art-pop tunes reflecting on broken hearts, bitterness and murder.
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Liz Pappademas: 'Vacation Romance'

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Liz Pappademas: 'Vacation Romance'

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Liz Pappademas says she was "born in the back seat of a Checker cab in front of Lincoln Center in New York," but grew up in San Francisco, where she wrote and recorded her latest CD, 11 Songs. It's a beautifully downbeat collection of piano-driven art-pop tunes reflecting on broken hearts, bitterness and murder.

Pappademas sings with a slightly raspy voice that's earned comparisons to Fiona Apple, and the production on her latest album is reminiscent of Apple's work. But Pappdemas' music is less theatrical and more introspective. There's little percussion on 11 Songs and the overall mood is one of pure melancholy.

Additional recordings for 11 Songs were made "in basements, closets, and other small dark spaces in San Francisco and Austin," says Pappademas. The album features Austin musicians Gary Newcomb on pedal steel, Jeff Johnston on bass and Rob Sanchez on drums.

Pappademas says she and producer Brian Kehew "had a great time... ...coming up with names for the record, among them: Downer, Take Prozac Before Listening, Lashes Long, Dork Hill, Saturate!, Tours, Not Wars, Enjoying the Lope, DelRubio!, A Rhodes By Any Other Name, Middle of the Rhodes, Dwarves, Ape Men and White Robed Giants (thank you, Ralph), and Scare the F*** Out of You. But "after long deliberation I decided on 11 Songs."

This is the second time Pappademas has appeared on Open Mic. She was first featured with her previous and short-lived band, Hurts to Purr in early 2006.

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