NEM#187: Eszter Balint Interprets Her Past

Eszter is an actor/musician, gaining initial fame starring in Jim Jarmusch’s first major film Stranger Than Paradise (1984). She has released four albums of often autobiographical songs since 1998.

We discuss “The First Day” (and end by listening to “Freaks”) from I Hate Memory (2022) feat. Stew and Syd Straw; this album has been made into a stage show. We then turn to “Exit at 63” from Airless Midnight (2015) and “Almost Gone” from Flicker (1998). The introduction is the theme from her debut film, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You.” For more, see

Watch the video for The “First Day.” Watch Eszter performing “Exit at 63” live. Here’s another live track from that duet show so you can see some of her violin playing.

Here’s a clip of Eszter in Stranger Than Paradise, in Trees Lounge, and much more recently on the TV show Louie.

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