Friday, 15 January 2010

new discoveries

As amazing as it is rediscovering old favorites, nothing compares to discovering great new artists/bands. I can't remember how I stumbled across Failed Attempts At Facial Hair, but it was certainly not intentional. Apart from Jam On Bread and occasionally Jacob Borshard the whole lone-man-with-a-uke thing isn't really my thing. But now I'm gonna have to add another name to that list, because his songs have been played more than anything else over the past month.

Failed Attempts At Facial Hair is John Crodian and I really don't know anything about the guy. According to his myspace he's from West Chester, Pennsylvania, and I guess his influences says it all:

"Magnetic Fields, Mr. T Experience, realizing you've had dried toothpaste in the corners of your mouth all day, plan-it-x, Tullycraft, Calvin Johnson, feeling like everyone at the show is laughing at you for dancing stupid, snobbery, positive hardcore"

It's random yes, but when you hear his music it all makes sense. The songs are simple but instantly likeable, covering subjects such as falling for grindcore girls with Anal Cunt badges to sleeveless t-shirts and bad haircuts. It's sweet, funny and feels very sincere.

Go to his myspace page to order the CD-R of the album Girls, Friends and Girlfriends. You won't regret it. Here's a taster.

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