I am a sucker for film-noir-ish music, the kind you'll hear from artists like Joe Henry, Julee Cruise, Neko Case and lately, Sea Wolf...so I'm always on the lookout for music that plays off the darkness meets light dynamic that David Lynch brings to the big screen. (Blue Velvet is one of my absolute favorites).
So, I was real happy to discover the music of a Jersey Girl (she even lives in Asbury Park...and yes, she occassionally runs into The Boss) who counts Angelo Badalamenti (composer for Twin Peaks and other Lynch flicks) as a fan, has the soaring pipes of a Roy Orbision and has enough girl group sunshine to make you want to do the Madison Time.
Her name is Nicole Atkins and she's got a very intriguing debut called NEPTUNE CITY (after the Jersey Shore town she grew up in). She's also a muralist, which is very cool and you can see those touches for yourself in the video for the title track. Check out Dave Letterman's reaction in the second video. I think he was impressed.