The Peculiar Pretzelmen - Innumerable Seeds of Calamity
This CD was recorded in 2010, so I don't know if Kevin did not have some of his current hand-made instruments (the film canister banjo and uke, to name a couple) or if it simply the recording techniques, but the stringed instruments sound more organic here, which I like. The horns are of the less common clarinet/oboe variety (as opposed to sax/trumpet/etc.), which adds to the nostalgic feel. But, Incroyable's songwriting has enough oddness throughout to keep you from ever quite knowing what to expect next and his vocals range from a croon to a howl. Deacon's highly creative percussion compliments the stories that Kevin tells and is often another voice for the lyrics.
While I use Waits as a touchstone to give an idea of the style, the Pretzelmen really just sound like themselves - and they have quite a bit of variety within their idiom. All of the CDs - and there are a number - they are quite prolific - are great and they're highly entertaining live, so see 'em/hear 'em whenever and however you can!