I Missed | Jeremy Messersmith

Dillinger Eyes

I received a copy of Jeremy Messersmith’s Reluctant Graveyard at the end of last year.  Through all the madness that is ‘end of the year’ lists I didn’t get a real chance to express how much I really loved The Reluctant Graveyard.  I missed out on posting this when it was new, but its well worth a mention now more than ever.

The Minnesota based songwriter admittedly painted this album in the image of the Beatles, its seriously all over it.  See above ‘Dillinger Eyes’ or ‘Violet’ if you don’t believe me.  In absolutely no way is it a bad thing either.  The album is flipping amazing.  I’ve seriously listened to it too much.

Whats so fantastic about this album is the lyrics and art behind them.  In ‘Dillinger Eyes’ the song is a fun bouncy track about a case of mistaken identity leading to eventual demise, its all told with a mood that’s kind of funny, a self deprecating homicide song if you will.  Messersmith’s ability to tell these stories on the album with the mood and tone he uses is what immediately drew me to this album. These are just perfect pop songs.

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Further than the album, Messersmith released a new youtube video (below) where he sings a medley of songs where the lyrics are commonly mistaken.  Using flash cards a la Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” he reveals the mistaken lyrics… for example the Ramones ‘I wanna be sedated’ mistaken for ‘I wanna piece of bacon.’  Its all done so well and hilariously funny.

Messersmith has also announced a tour for this summer… including a boston night(too excited)

6/10 – Madison, WI University of Wisconsin
6/11 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
6/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
6/16 – Philadelphia, PA – Philly World Cafe Live Upstairs WXPN Presents
6/17 – Boston – TT the Bear’s
6/18 – New York – Mercury Lounge