Jeremy Messersmith: Metropolitan Poetry : World Cafe If he's ever homesick, Jeremy Messersmith just needs to play his new album, The Silver City. It brims with nostalgia for his Minneapolis home, with breezy storytelling and '60s-style Beach Boys pop. Here, Messersmith discusses the album, which juxtaposes love and hope against an urban backdrop.
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Jeremy Messersmith in Studio on World Cafe 1/28/09

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Jeremy Messersmith: Metropolitan Poetry

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Set List

"Franklin Avenue"

"Skyway"

"7:02"

"Miracles"

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Jeremy Messersmith's second album of dreamy pop, The Silver City, employs minimalist storytelling to pay homage to his home of Minneapolis, Minn. A concept record, it's heavily influenced by the lives of city-dwellers and largely autobiographical, chronicling Messersmith's experiences in the Twin Cities. With simple chord progressions and beautifully crafted melodies, his music feels reminiscent of '60s-style, Beach Boys-influenced pop.

Though Messersmith claims to work better in solitude, his collaboration with Grammy-winning musician Dan Wilson gives the album fresh energy. In a session with host David Dye, Messersmith describes Minneapolis' tradition of inspiring musicians — and plays a cover that follows in this tradition, "Skyway" by The Replacements.

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Album
Silver City
Artist
Jeremy Messersmith
Label
Princess
Released
2008

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