Wearing your own t-shirt is always frowned upon

Posted March 2nd, 2009 by eric

I just happened to be listening to NPR last night and caught an interview with Ben Kweller and was sort of taken aback how much his speaking voice sounds like his singing voice. Most people sound nothing like themselves when they sing, but Kweller’s sort of laid-back, eternally youthful, stoner cadence is unmistakable. NPR has embedded a video of his in-studio performance of “Fight” on its site, while “Want Her Again” and “The Ballad of Wendy Baker (Short Version)” are streaming. All of which can be found on Kweller’s latest record, Changing Horses, which harkens back to his Texas roots for its country-tinged themes. During the interview on All Things Considered, I hadn’t realized how much of a role The Lemonheads’ Evan Dando played in Kweller’s solo career. Evidently, Dando got a copy of Kweller’s self-pressed demo, called Kweller up, and asked him to go on tour. Simple as that. But, I guess, when you’re a child prodigy, weird, life-changing events are not so abnormal.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 K // Mar 2, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    I bet we see more artists wearing their own shirts more often as a way to get their personal brand out there. (that sounds like I’m channeling Hipster Runoff, but I promise I’m not)

  • 2 Eric Greenwood // Mar 3, 2009 at 8:30 am

    it’s just such a spinal tap-ian farce to do so.