Buzz Artist: Jay Brannan

It’s time again for another Buzz Artist post here on Beausic, and this month’s Buzz Artist was a really obvious, easy choice. The point of these Buzz Artist posts is to showcase up-and-coming artists or those who are not as well-known and this month’s Buzz Artist definitely fits the bill. Jay Brannan has been one of my favorite independent artists for years, ever since I first saw him as one of the stars of one of my favorite films of all-time, 2006’s “Shortbus.” Jay, in general, is not actually an actor, although he has dabbled into it in “Shortbus,” as well as 2007’s “Holding Trevor.” He has also dabbled a bit into modeling. Still, Jay’s main career is as a musician. After gaining some notoriety from the film “Shortbus,” Jay began posting videos of his original music, as well as a good deal of cover songs on YouTube, eventually independently releasing a gorgeous EP called “Unmastered.” Since his career got it’s start with the YouTube videos, I wanted to showcase some of those early YouTube videos, starting with one of his most famous tracks, “Soda Shop,” which he actually performed in “Shortbus.”


“Soda Shop”


“26-Hour Day”


“Half-Boyfriend”


“Ever After Happily”


“Goddamned”


“At First Sight”


“Christmas Really Sucks”


In 2008 Jay released his first full-length album, “Goddamned,” through his own label, Great Depression Records. This album featured many tracks from his early YouTube videos, as well as some brilliant new tracks, all with a much higher production value than anything he had released previously. It was also around this time that he released his first official music videos, including two of his singles that are my favorite songs and two of the songs that I kind of relate to the most in life, “Housewife” and, one of my personal anthems in life, “Can’t Have It All.” Below are all of his official music videos, including the most recent one, “Beautifully.”


“Body’s A Temple”


“Housewife”


“Can’t Have It All”

“Beautifully”


As mentioned above, along with his original songs, he also posted a lot of cover songs on his YouTube Channel, ranging from current hits to classics. Jay also released his second full-length record, “In Living Cover,” a collection of cover songs, from artists like Terra Naomi, The Verve Pipe, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Cranberries, Ani Difranco and Jann Arden. I wanted to showcase some of these brilliant cover videos he posted on YouTube, including one that I am completely obsessed with at this point, his cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games,” (and you all KNOW how I feel about Lana Del Rey!)


“Straight Outta Compton” by NWA


“The Freshmen” by The Verve Pipe


“Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson


“California” by Joni Mitchell


“Someone Like You” by Adele


“Ice Cream” by Sarah McLachlan


“Video Games” by Lana Del Rey


On March 27, 2012 Jay released his third full-length studio album, “Rob Me Blind,” and it is his best yet, in my personal opinion. “Rob Me Blind” features the singles “Greatest Hits” and “Beautifully,” as well as 8 other gorgeous tracks. This record also shows his highest production values to date and his music is taking on a much more pop sensibility, in a lot of ways, while maintaining Jay’s personality and haphazard style. This album shows a great deal of growth as an artist and gives me a lot of hope that Jay will manage to find much more mainstream success in the future. Leading up to the release of the album, Jay also posted videos of a lot of the album’s tracks on YouTube, so I wanted to feature some of those here, as well, to give you a taste of what this album is all about.


“The State Of Music”


“Greatest Hits (acoustic)”


“Myth Of Happiness”


“The Spanglish Song”


“Rob Me Blind”


“A Love Story”


“La La La”

Jay Brannan Sampler

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  1. Soda Shop
  2. Half Boyfriend
  3. Body’s a Temple
  4. Can’t Have It All
  5. The Freshmen
  6. All I Want
  7. Beautifully
  8. Greatest Hits

I felt a little awkward about including downloads of Jay’s music because he does release all of this stuff independently but I really wanted to share some of his music with you all! Still, if you enjoy this music, I definitely recommend supporting Jay’s work by actually purchasing his music on iTunes. The 8-track sampler above is only the tip of the iceberg! He’s got some really amazing music – all three of his albums are absolutely stunning, as well as the “Unmastered” EP and his gorgeous live record, “Live At Eddie’s Attic.” Seriously, his music has made such an impact on me and I really hope that you all can be impacted and inspired by it as much as I have! If you still aren’t convinced of how brilliant Jay is, you can at least agree about how adorable he is – just check out this one last video below!

Most adorable thing in the world, right? I totally want to marry him! While I wait for that to happen, I wish you all a beautiful rest of the week and a beautiful life!

Jason

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