Musical Elective Of The Week

October 19, 2008 | Blog

The Musical Elective of the Week is Matt Nathanson.

Matt is a San Francisco-based singer/songwriter currently on a U.S. tour. (For local readers, he plays the Majestic Theatre in Madison on November 19th.) But he’s originally from the Boston area — as so many good people are. His sixth studio album, Some Mad Hope, was released in August 2007, featuring the single “Come On Get Higher.”

Although I’m a very recent convert to Nathanson’s music, I’d suggest that good entryways to his music would be his latest album or his first major-label release, 2003’s Beneath These Fireworks that included the brilliant single “Little Victories” (used in Season 7 of NBC’s Scrubs).

I’d put Matt’s music and sound in the company of Howie Day, David Gray, Griffin House, and Amos Lee. He’d be a great addition to your Ipod filled with smart songwriters and deft folk/pop delivery.

Nathanson’s web site is

And I’ll be awful sometimes
Weakened to my knees
And I’ll learn to get by
On the little victories

–“Little Victories,” Beneath These Fireworks (2003)


Extra Credit–Past Musical Electives of the Week:

Hothouse Flowers
The Decemberists
Ron Sexsmith
Kasey Chambers
Lucinda Williams
Great Big Sea
Griffin House
Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer
Neil Finn
Ray LaMontagne
Stuart Stotts
Dan Wilson
Kathleen Edwards


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