Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Mad about Matt Nathanson

One week from today, Matt Nathanson will be releasing his latest album, Some Mad Hope. He's returned to the studio for this one after last releasing Live at the Point, but for those of you who've seen him live over the last year and a half or so, you'll recognize quite a few songs on the new album that he's been playing at his shows including Car Crash, Wedding Dress, Come On Get Higher, Bulletproof Weeks, and Detroit Waves to name a few.

I have to tell you, I've been listening to it for a few weeks and the more I listen to it, the more I want to listen to it. It's a catchy album that's sure to hook you if you give it the chance. In support of the album Matt is hitting the road, and if he comes anywhere near you, you HAVE to see him. Honestly. He's a brilliantly entertaining performer who displays real showmanship in person who's sure to get lots of laughs and he's flippin' incredible with covers (check out a couple below). His album is just as good; it starts off kind of jamming with Car Crash (listen below), and then slows down a bit (i.e. Wedding Dress). His genre might be common: a lot of acoustic guitar with introspective lyrics that are touchy-feely, but his take on it is anything but. I'm talking catchy with a capital C. Give the following a spin and try not to like them.

Matt Nathanson - Car Crash : Some Mad Hope

Matt Nathanson - Wedding Dress : Some Mad Hope

and one from his last album:

Matt Nathanson - I Saw (live) : At the Point (live)

Visit his website, his label Vanguard Records, and become his friend on MySpace.

Some wonderful covers courtesy of the Internet Music Archive

Matt Nathanson - Blister In The Sun (Violent Femmes cover) : Live at Irving Plaza, NYC 10-27-06

Matt Nathanson - Laid (James cover) : Live 4-29-07 at the MSU Union Ballroom, East Lansing, MI

Matt Nathanson - Any Way You Want It (Journey cover) : Live at Mitchell Hall Theatre on 2-25-06

Matt Nathanson - Starfish and Coffee (Prince cover) / Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees cover) : Live at Mitchell Hall Theatre on 2-25-06


Katharine said...

Hey there

Thankyou so much for informing me of this Matt fellow he is most excellent, I love your blog too!

Katharine said...

o wow no, he's terrible!!

Michael said...

I really like Matt, I got into him through O.A.R.

audreyssyp said...

awesome, thanks so much for putting these songs up. he's great!

Megan said...

hey! i love the blog and i've loved matt for a bit now--he linked this article in his latest myspace blog. i'm glad he did--you've got great taste!

j e n n y said...

I love what you said about Matt... "His genre might be common... but his take on it is anything but.... try not to like them" He really transcends the acoustic guitar/touchy feely lyrics genre. He's some next level type shit! Oh and don't get me started on his live shows.

Can't. Stop. Listening.