Jeremy's Web Choices

Back in the olden days, Web pages had links on them, because people couldn't find enough to do on the Internets. Sadly, this is no longer the case, but we can't bear to put the ol' girl down, so here she stays.

Music

They Might Be Giants (www.tmbg.com): When I was in junior high, listening to They Might Be Giants for the first time opened my mind to the possibilities of music and art in general. It is that moment of discovery that made me passionate about art. If not for them, it's quite possible I wouldn't be a musician. The duo of John Linnell and John Flansburgh consistently creates music from well-crafted songs and studio wizardry and that, my friend, has made all the difference.

XTC: Official Site (www.xtcidearecords.com) and Chalkhills (www.chalkhills.org): This much-praised pop band, currently consisting of founding members Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, has been making music since 1977. The bandŐs too-strange-for-the-mainstream sound landed them in turmoil with Virgin Records, culminating in a strike to get off the label. Now the band has its own label, Idea Records and a new site. Old fans, however, have been using John Relph's Chalkhill's resources and mailing lists for ages.

An Unofficial Elvis Costello Page (www.elvis-costello.com): Costello, who also started in 1977, is the man. His music is stunning, and his lyrics are poetry. Very few of his albums suck and several of them are utterly brilliant. This page has most resources you'll need to figure the king out.

Dan Bern (www.danbern.com): This neo-folkie is one of the best lyricists to come along in a while. He's written many a passionate song and isn't afraid to go long and ramble. It really works in songs like "Estelle" and "True Revolutionaries." He's funny, joyously obscene ("Tiger Woods") and can make a moving song out of unlikely subjects ("Monica," about the tennis player).

The Eels (www.eelstheband.com): This band is too often referred to as a second-rate Beck, and I intend to stop that now by including the E and Butch in the links sections. EŐs substantive songwriting creates bittersweet moods, ranging from the despair of an era to hopeful happiness, often in the same song.

Oddity Rock Radio (www.interstellarcafe.com/orr): My first radio appearance as NSPS was on B.C. Sterrett's radio show. Blair later drew the puzzle pieces of recording history for the Returning to the Fetal Position disc art.

Other Stuff:

The Same Dame: My blog (and podcast).

Style of Jamboree Aaron Leitko's blog, full of musical wisdom.

 

 

 

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