Artist Feature #1: Jacob Borshard

I decided to start up a new thing on my blog where I write about bands/singers I like and then ask them to answer 10 short, easy questions to accompany the post.

So here is the first of (hopefully) many!


Jacob Borshard is a musician and artist currently based in Austin, Texas. He makes fun folk pop songs on his ukulele. He has 3 albums, Songs For A Small Stereo (2004), The Last Brontosaurus (2006) and the most recent A Glow In The Dark (2008). You can download all three via his website here. He also has a single which was put out on London based label WeePop! Records.

I love WeePop, they have a really lovely DIY ethic and hand package everything beautifully. Jacob released “Cocktail” with them a while ago now. It’s a 3″ cd and comes with a wonderful fold-out map (which is impossible to fold back up once you fold it out-grr!). It only costs £3 and is limited to 120 copies (I got 8/120 woo!) I really recommend getting a copy and supporting Jacob and WeePop.

Not only is Jacob a great musician, he’s also an artist! Anyone who knows me personally or has read the blog a few times will know I love to draw, and so Jacob’s artistic talents make me like him even more! Jacob designs his own album artwork and also does some great comics.

Here are the 10 questions Jacob kindly answered:

1. What was your first musical instrument and where did you get it?

My first ukulele came from the music store near my house in Plano, Texas.  I got it in 1994, and it cost 39.99.  I was fifteen and broke, and had to save up my allowance of three dollars a week.  Meanwhile, my parents bought my brother a thousand dollar violin!  So unfair.

2. Do you download music or buy hard copies? Or both?

I sold all my cds a couple years ago, not to go digital but to wipe the slate clean.  Since then I’ve gotten mp3s from friends and bought a few cds, but really I can’t get off the ground again one way or the other.  It’s a confusing new world.

3. Favourite music venue to play and why?

I like to play anywhere where there are a few dozen people and I can have their attention.  That’s a rare occurrence.

4. Last book read:

Big Ideas by Lynda Barry – one of her first comic collections.  I’ve been reading mostly comics recently.

5. Last movie watched:

The last movie I watched in a theater was a midnight showing of TRON.

6. Current favourite thing on tv:

The Simpsons

7. Best moment on tour?

I’ve never gone on tour.

8. Worst moment on tour?

There aren’t any.  I guess that’s the benefit of not going on tour.

9. Favourite band/singer/album you discovered recently?

I really like Randy Newman’s new album, ‘Harps and Angels’, even though the songs go around in my head like crazy.

10. If you could get any two musicians to collaborate with each other, who would they be and why?

Jonathan Richman and Phil Spector.  Maybe it would have to be recorded live in a prison bathroom or something.  I would simply love to hear it.

Be sure to check out his songs and art on his website.

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