July 26th, 2006 5:33 pm | by MARK BAUMGARTEN Music | Posted In: Cut of the Day

Nick Jaina, "Maybe Cocaine" from The 7 Stations (unreleased)

Nick JainaSomebody sign Nick Jaina right now. More people need to hear songs like this, a welcome addition to the Cocaine Canon placing Jaina right alongside such luminaries as the Grateful Dead and Bobby Bare Jr. "Maybe Cocaine" is also one of about six verifiable gems found on the sad bastard songwriter's latest, The 7 Stations, which can be found in Jaina's backpack. Because no one has released it. Please, someone release this album! Please! Far from a celebration or a shaming, "Maybe Cocaine" is a brilliant contemplation of the merits of Bolivian marching powder in the face of self-doubt. But it's more than that, as the song is bolstered by Jaina's arrangements, which are really perfect throughout this entire unreleased album. Here, the chorus—"Maybe cocaine/ can ease the weary voices in my brain"—is supported by swelling violin and trumpet lines, a kind of musical pusher that is almost as uplifting as the drug itself. It's like cocaine, in audio form. And just as addictive. Somebody sign him, now!

Nick Jaina's next performance will be at the Towne Lounge, Aug. 5.

Nick Jaina: myspace.com/nickjaina
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