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One of the nation's most under-appreciated songwriters (really), nobody can turn a phrase like Franklin Bruno. Franklin was one of the leading lights of the early 1990's underground pop, lo-fi and DIY movements, both as a solo artist and as lead singer for the California trio Nothing Painted Blue. The band self-released their first album on their own Jupa imprint and Fourteen stripped-to-the-essentials pop tracks dealing in classic Bruno-esque themes of love, loss, alienation and insecurity, all done with a uniquely Franklin sense of wit and wry humor.Franklin has released three discs of his solo work, with more on the way, as well as collaborations with The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle (as the other half of The Extra Glenns) and Tsunami's Jenny Toomey ("Tempting").