Jakob Berger & His Hat | Astronaut

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by Jakob Berger & His Hat

Jakob Berger & his hat is a indie-folk musician, heavily influenced by Balkan Gypsy music and instrumentation.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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The album "Who Killed Amanda Palmer" is one that resonates with me for two reasons—one being the songs and recordings themselves. I remember being extremely dissatisfied with so much of music, and had actually stopped listening to music for the most part. I was playing instruments and expressing my own musical ideas, but listening to others’ music was something that I fell out of habit of doing. I had recently acquired an accordion, and a friend of mine who I didn’t know too well but also had an accordion and I got together to see if we could make music together. We got talking music, and she introduced me to the music of Amanda Palmer. Something in my mind clicked—my desire to listen to music was rekindled.

One of the things I love about music is its ability to meet you right where you are at in life. It can become attached to a memory, a moment in time, and take on an entirely different meaning than the writer had intended, just by the context of where and when you were while you listened to a particular song or album.

The second reason this album, and particularly the song “Astronaut,” has been near and dear to me for so long is because it stayed with me during a disruptive point in my life. At the time I was living with my fiancée in Los Angeles, but she decided she hated California and was never coming back. It felt a bit like the rug was pulled out from under my feet. That lead to almost a year of me living on couches and doing a lot of driving up and down the coast, all the while playing Who Killed Amanda Palmer through the car’s speakers. It was soundtrack that accompanied me as I redefined my life, relationships, and myself as an individual.

I’m in a much more stable and better place now; I am living a fulfilling life in Los Angeles, creating community by hosting house concerts and am being perpetually surrounded by fellow musicians that inspire me–I try to help them in whatever small way I can, like offering my couch to folks who need it, or by baking cookies. The album itself will forever rekindle a memory of me learning to be truly me.



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