, the mustachioed multi-instrumentalist that you may know from his two well known projects, The Hold Steady and The World/Inferno Friendship society has just released a new video for the song "Jeff Penatly" from his latest solo release, Major General
. The video portrays Nicolay looking more like Salvador Dali than ever before, and perhaps coincidentally, there is a painter in the video. This painter, who plays the role of Jeff What's His Name, looks like a talentless hack until the very end of the video when we are forced to re-think that notion and finally remember the name of Jeff Penalty. -Greg Lozoff
Franz Nicolay is that multi-instrumentalist and man-about-town peddling a modern vaudeville with full-throated songs and stories shamelessly strident, stentorian and more than a little sentimental. Hes been a member of cabaret-punk circus World/Inferno Friendship Society, worlds best bar band the Hold Steady, Balkan-jazz carnies Guignol, founded the outlaw orchestra Anti-Social Music, has been an occasional touring member of agit-punks Against Me!; and recorded (complete discography here) or performed (complete list here) with everyone from Leftover Crack to The Dresden Dolls. He was recently named #1 of Punks 10 Best Accordion Players.
He has been a contributor to Vice, Blender, Impose, and other magazines; was a regular columnist for the literary journal InDigest, and has released several collections of essays. His first story collection, Complicated Gardening Techniques, was published by Julius Singer Press in 2009 (more writing here).
He has appeared on the comedy/variety shows Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Hot Tub (hosted by Kurt Braunholer and Kristen Schaal), The Chris Gethard Show, Tell Your Friends (hosted by Liam McEneaney), Radio Happy Hour, and The Moon Show.