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Jeremy Grobsmith’s mostly essential music


  • Jacki Vitetta
Black Sheep General Manager Jeremy Grobsmith has played in an “indefinite number of terminally local bands,” all of which have included his friend Daniel Harvey. His band Worry just finished recording an album with producer Dave Otero at Westminster’s Flatline Audio that is slated for fall release. In his spare time, he says, he builds and flies quadcopter drones and 3D-prints useless shit. Here’s some of his (mostly) favorite music.

“Wish I’d written that” song: Cave In’s “Programmed Behind.” It’s intense, passionate. It has melody and discord. It’s like a screamo version of Metallica’s “Ride the Lightning,” but way cooler. The singing is off-key, and the recording is unpolished. I just wish I had been hanging outside of the classroom the day Stephen Brodsky was asking people to start a band with him.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. Nobody would have heard this song had it not been for some makeup commercial, and the lyrics are terrible: “Feel the rain on your skin, no one else can feel it for you” — of course they can’t, It’s YOUR FUCKING SKIN!

Essential Sunday morning song: Lately, it’s gotta be Feist’s “Baby Be Simple.” It’s very mellow and unobtrusive. I used to kick off my Sunday mornings with frantic screaming and blast beats, but now I’m a father of two; that’s how my entire day is going to sound, so why start it that way?

Artist more people should know about: Blind, The Thief. Every time I see those guys I think to myself “holy shit, they live here?” I’ve always liked math rock, and I think they’re nailing it. They have this cool sort of groove that I think is often forgotten in that genre, so although you get interesting time signatures and guitar work, heads will still bob.

Guilty pleasure: Crash Test Dummies’ God Shuffled His Feet. I’m so ashamed of this one, I won’t listen to it unless I’m alone. I do think it’s a great album though. It’s a really crisp recording and the songs are thoughtfully dorky. It has great melodies and makes you feel like you’re either jumping in a caravan to hit the Renaissance festival, or donning your off-sage corduroy vest to hang at the local coffee shop where you’ll hopefully strike up a conversation with a girl who looks remarkably like Blossom about art history class during your freshman year at college.

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