Saturday, October 18, 2008

Musical Elective Of The Week

The Musical Elective of the Week is Matt Nathanson.

Matt is a San Francisco-based singer/songwriter currently on a U.S. tour. (For local readers, he plays the Majestic Theatre in Madison on November 19th.) But he's originally from the Boston area -- as so many good people are. His sixth studio album, Some Mad Hope, was released in August 2007, featuring the single "Come On Get Higher."

Although I'm a very recent convert to Nathanson's music, I'd suggest that good entryways to his music would be his latest album or his first major-label release, 2003's Beneath These Fireworks that included the brilliant single "Little Victories" (used in Season 7 of NBC's Scrubs).

I'd put Matt's music and sound in the company of Howie Day, David Gray, Griffin House, and Amos Lee. He'd be a great addition to your Ipod filled with smart songwriters and deft folk/pop delivery.

Nathanson's web site is
And I'll be awful sometimes
Weakened to my knees
And I'll learn to get by
On the little victories

--"Little Victories," Beneath These Fireworks (2003)

Extra Credit--Past Musical Electives of the Week:
Hothouse Flowers
The Decemberists
Ron Sexsmith
Kasey Chambers
Lucinda Williams
Great Big Sea
Griffin House
Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer
Neil Finn
Ray LaMontagne
Stuart Stotts
Dan Wilson
Kathleen Edwards

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