Minneapolis’s Jeremy Messersmith is a geeky indie folk music fan’s dream come true. With his latest release, 2010′s The Reluctant Graveyard, Messersmith embraces a musical and visual aesthetic that’s something like Elliott Smith meets Elvis Costello meets The Addams Family. Sound strange? Watch the video above, for “Organ Donor,” and see (and hear) for yourself. Go ahead, we’ll wait.
Pretty funky, no? And if you like that, and are still in the Star Wars mentality from Wednesday, his video for “Tattooine“—a condensed, paper-animation version of the entire original trilogy—is a must-see. (“Tattooine” director Eric Power was recognized by PBS for helping the music video make a comeback in its SXSW showing.) And it’s not just a shtick; Messersmith has been known to run the table in Star Wars Trivial Pursuit on his first turn.
Being clever can only get you so far if there isn’t good music at the core; fortunately, Jeremy Messersmith’s music excels. You might not want to spend too much time in many graveyards, but his Graveyard is one you could happily lose a few hours in, listening on repeat. But if you’re still not convinced, and if you’re reluctant to splurge to buy an album by some guy who just has some cool YouTube videos, fear not: The Reluctant Graveyard don’t cost nothin’ to download. (Nor do his two previous albums, The Silver City and The Alcatraz Kid.)
But here’s what’s going to happen. You’re going to download the albums for free, you’re going to love them, and then you’re going to feel all guilty for not having helped Jeremy Messersmith make some bank for his awesome talent. So what can you do (apart from going back and re-buying the album download, this time spending some money for it) is to buy tickets to see Messersmith’s live show, as he’ll be on the road this summer. The current slate of dates is below, and you can follow Jeremy on Twitter and check his web site for more live show updates.
June 10 – Madison, WI – The Terracee
June 11 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
June 12 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch
June 13 – Cincinnati, OH – Southgate House
June 14 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
June 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
June 16 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
June 17 – Boston, MA – T.T. the Bear’s Place
June 18 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
June 19 – Washington, DC – DC9
August 19 – Apple Valley, MN – Minnesota Zoo