MP3 Justin Stover - An Utterance of Frugality
Lo-fi indie pop escapism at its finest.
10 MP3 Songs in this album (40:31) !
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My dad was a music teacher. One day when I was 7 he brought home this box of weird percussion instruments that I had never seen before, much less played. There were lots of blue crude wooden blocks with sandpaper on the surface and when you rubbed them together it sounded a little like walking through leaves. I also remember the majority of instruments in that box was some variation on a stick. Sticks with bells on the top. Sticks with slats and dents that, oddly enough, sounded cool when you banged them together. Metal sticks bent into a thin "U" with a wooden ball on the bottom and a wooden horn-bell looking thing on the top. Smack the wooden ball against your palm and the air vibrated. I fell in love and I wish I knew where the hell that box was. But you can''t just depend on a box full of sticks and blocks to make you a musician. Luckily, he also brought home guitars, a drum set, this keyboard that you could hook up to a Nintendo and from its guidance learn to play the organ solo from Kansas''s "Point of No Return." In 5th grade I took up the oboe and liked it, but liked the bass guitar better. In 8th grade I realized I liked the 6-string guitar better and played mostly Lemonheads covers. It was wonderful. All hail Evan Dando. In 10th grade my brother and his college friends started a garage band. They needed a bass player and, even though they hated me, they apparently liked my bass playing enough to ask me to join. We weren''t bad; we just couldn''t commit to one moniker. First we were "Salacious Crumb," then we were "Fretting About Nothing," then we were "Jonashead." I almost got kicked out for skipping practice a week before the show to attend a fundamentalist bible camp. In 11th grade my high school friends and I formed a band that easily committed to a moniker ("Pork: The Other White Meat") but only lasted for one practice. Our hit song was "Fu*k the Butcher." In 12th grade my friend Mike and I banged out original Contemporary Christian songs. One was called Tupperware because apparently without God we''re just an empty piece of plastic. In college I was in a weird pseudo-hippy band that surprisingly gathered a bit of a following. Our moniker was so ridiculous that I don''t want to even say it, so I won''t. We broke up for reasons I still haven''t figured out yet. Since then I''ve been a solo artist. I released a full length indie-folk album in 2003 titled "Throwing Caution to the Wind." I''m not sure how well it aged. Ask someone who owns it. Now, I give to you my latest offering: "An Utterance of Frugality." It''s a bit too lovey at times but I think you''ll love it. If you don''t, then give it a few more listens. I recommend "Lady Venus." If you ever see Lady casting moonspells in the Maine backwoods or smoking peyote over a shamble of bent tarot cards in her teeth-yellow trailer, give her a hug for me. Fall to her temptations. Like everybody else on earth, she''s pretty nice once you give her a shot. My name''s Justin Stover. I write songs in order to make my life sound more interesting than it actually is. If you can relate to this, or if you''re just in the mood for something new, than I invite you to check out my new album, "An Utterance of Frugality."