February 18, 2014

My Record Collection by Jeremy Messersmith
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My Record Collection by Jeremy Messersmith

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith, who's getting ready for the release of his new album Heart Murmurs, let's go digging through the crates together...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"A Christmas record by the Gaither Vocal Trio. I think I was about 6 years old and I bought it for seven dollars after a church service in the church lobby. I'm pretty sure no one else in the world has that as their first record!"



The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"'Achtung Baby' by U2. I think everyone wants to be Bono for at least 5 minutes of their life, but for me it lasted several years. "One" is simply a fantastic song and the production is more daring than on their previous records."

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"'OK Computer' by Radiohead. This is the album that got me into my all time favorite band. Strangely, it wasn't any of the big songs, but 'No Surprises' that I threw on repeat immediately on first listen."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"Anything by The Jackson 5. I know it was the totally manufactured pop of it's day, but the hooks are too good. It's hard to find anything else that exuberant."

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"Blue by Joni Mitchell. I recently heard Joni Mitchell state that she "has no contemporaries." At first I laughed at the apparent arrogance of the statement, then tried hard to think of anyone else comparable. I couldn't."



The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"'Easy' by The Easybeats. I'm not sure if this is underrated or just unknown, but most people don't know anything about this band and that's a real shame. It's 60's rock at it's best- primal, young, and a little horny."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"It's got to be Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' 'Whipped Cream and Other Delights'. The complete lack of taste is funny in some way."



The record with my favourite title is…

"'The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner' by Ben Folds Five. The title started as a reference to fake id's used by the band's drummer, Darren Jessee. The band didn't realize that Reinhold Messner was actually a real person, indeed, the first person to climb Everest solo, until they were half finished with the record. He supposedly sent the band a note after the record came out to let them know he enjoyed his biography."

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"Anything by Rush. My bandmates adore Rush and keep trying to get me into it, but I can't do it! It's technically amazing, but I'm just not there yet."



The last record I bought was…

"CAVES by Tristen. Tristen is a fantastic artist based in Nashville. Her newest record is a master class in moody synth production and melodic hooks."



The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2014 is…

"The new record from Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. They're both masterful songwriters and I've been a longtime fan."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"'Hunky Dory' by David Bowie. A few records by Bowie could be contenders for the greatest record of all time, but I'm opting for the album that has "Life on Mars." It's simply one of the greatest songs in music history."

 

Jeremy Messersmith's new album Heart Murmurs is released on May 12th and you can hear 'Tourniquet' from the album by clicking below. He headlines London's Slaughtered Lamb on February 25th. 

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Paper Moon Jeremy Messersmith
Jeremy Messersmith -Tourniquet

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