Thursday, April 12, 2012
Introducing Jeff Beam
Yes, children, before Pink Floyd was the Pink Floyd of the The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd was fronted by a genius madman by the name of Syd Barrett. And just so you know where I stand with respect to Mr. Barrett, I listen to a compilation of Syd Barrett's solo work and the Pink Floyd album he created, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, far more often than I listen to the post-Barrett Pink Floyd output. Some of you linear thinkers may be wondering why I'm blathering about my quirky devotion to Barrett's music in a post allegedly dedicated to one Jeff Beam. Well, the answer to that admittedly relevant question is that Jeff Beam creates the kind of quirky, jangly, psychedelic folkish rock that Syd did so well (and Robyn Hitchcock still does).
Jeff has released a nine-track LP titled Be Your Own Mirror. It is available as a name-your-price digital download, or a minimum $5 CD or cassette tape. You can stream it here and judge for yourself, but I think it is really good stuff.
Jeff lives in Portland, Maine, to which he moved from Brooklyn. This month he is touring in the Northeast United States. He also plays in a Portland group called Milkman's Union.
The very nice track "Now" from Jeff's LP is available as an EP with a few non-album tracks (including a cover of Ray Davies' "Phenomenal Cat"). Here is the link to the Now EP --
Twitter ( @Jeff_Beam )