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Matt Costa

Born in Huntington Beach, California, in 1982, Matt Costa received his first guitar at age 12. While he was always interested in music, even playing in a band in high school, Costa's first love was skateboarding. His dreams of going pro came crashing to an end, however, when he seriously injured his leg in a skateboarding accident at 18. During his year-and-a-half-long rehabilitation period, Costa decided to refocus his energy on songwriting and guitar playing, and began using a four-track to make demos. One of these demos found its way to No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont, who liked what he heard so much that he offered to produce Costa's music, and soon they had recorded two independently released EPs, Matt Costa and The Elasmosaurus, as well as a full-length early version of Songs We Sing. These caught the ear of Brushfire Records owner Jack Johnson, who was impressed by the young musician's work and signed Costa to his label and invited him to open his 2005 summer tour. In 2006, Costa's official major-label debut, Songs We Sing (slightly different from the 2005 indie version), was released. Unfamiliar Faces arrived in 2008, followed by Mobile Chateau in 2010. In 2013, Costa returned with an orchestral and '70s AM pop-influenced self-titled album. ~ Marisa Brown
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Matt Costa

1. Loving You

2. Early November

3. Eyes For You

4. Good Times

5. Shotgun

6. Clipped Wings

7. Laura Lee

8. Silver Sea

9. Ophelia

10. Golden Cathedrals

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Track List: Mobile Chateau

1. The Season

2. Johnny's Love Of Majik

3. Drive

4. Mobile Chateau

5. Can You Tell Me

6. Idol

7. Witchcraft

8. Painted Face

9. Bleeding Hearts

10. Secret

11. Strings Of Change

12. Next Time

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Track List: Unfamiliar Faces

1. Mr. Pitiful

2. Lilacs

3. Never Looking Back

4. Emergency Call

5. Vienna

6. Unfamiliar Faces

7. Cigarette Eyes

8. Downfall

9. Trying To Lose My Mind

10. Bound

11. Heart Of Stone

12. Miss Magnolia

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Track List: Songs We Sing

1. Cold December

2. Astair

3. Sweet Thursday

4. Sunshine

5. These Arms

6. Ballad Of Miss Kate

7. Sweet Rose

8. Songs We Sing

9. Yellow Taxi

10. I Tried

11. Behind The Moon

12. Oh Dear

13. Wash Away

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Track List: Matt Costa [EP]

1. Astair

2. Acting Like A Fool

3. TV Gods

4. Shimmering Fields

5. Movin' On

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Track List: Eucalyptus

1. Ark Song

2. Beekeeper Becomes Eucalyptus Trees

3. Oriole

4. Pond Hopper

5. Smeared Pointillist Painting

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Track List: Good Times (Single)

1. Good Times

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Track List: Neon Brain EP

1. Easy Feeling

2. Balboa Park

3. Echo In The Sea

4. Neon Brain

5. Traveling Through Space

6. Seven Sins

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Track List: Sacred Hills

1. Good Times

2. Never Change

3. Sacred Hills

4. Loving You

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The beginning of your song sounds like your ripping off bob Dylan " don't think twice its alright"
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madelinewils o n 9
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this you will get injured in two days(u won't die). You started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 143 min. When your done press f6 and your loves name will appear. This is so scary it actually works
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Mitochondria l are the powerhouses of the cell
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Mostly by a guy who owns soul skate were out of Huntington Beach California who is a guitarist and their music sounds pretty much the same
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Was he influenced by the Doors? I hear it...
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Mitochondria is the power house of the cell
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Life's is better when listening to great music
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jafufu99
Ah I love this song!!!!!!!! ! ! ! :):):);):3co l d December
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:) :) :) awesome
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the fact that you guys are discussing jack johnson on MATT COSTA music. Means that 1. He's doing his job because negative or positive attention it's still attention. 2. More people who don't know who jack johnson and see your little bickers will now be like hey who is he?!>?! 3. I can put more money on people listening to his music and liking it than the other way around. A good artist is a good artist and won't ever take into account your negativity.
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you think Matt is good you should check out my band My Morning Boner
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Matt Costa: Skateboarder + Musician= Mega Stoner =Great Music :)
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thoroughly enjoying my homework now that i heard this
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hollyhariel
I love his songs. :)
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Wtf I was born on Huntington Beach ._. Small world!!! Haha that pretty cool :)
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Sounds like something I would like to hear in the background.
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ballen1339
I like this song, but it's sounds just like another song that was popular in he 70's. ...when the weather is high... by Mungo Jerry
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Wirtziegirl1 your fantastic. Keep it up. You care.
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otis redding wrote this
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Cam hoping ur feeling & doing good;) will pray for you!!!!
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Matt Costa first time hearing him! Liking his voice;)
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Got to see Costa open for Ryan Adams and Oasis at Staples Center back in 2006 of course I was there to see Oasis but Costa ended up been the best part for me. The crowd booed him and told him to get off the stage but he just played it cool and did his thing. Completely won me over on how cool he played it it out, he did his set and went on his way. Great melody and catchy songs with some folksy pop that rings true and will stay in your head for a long time. I love Songs We Can Sing
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cam_jones1
Love this song and only ten
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Matt Costa.
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greenha55
you kiddies would not know talent if it hit you in the face. Electronics have rotted your brains...
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k9srockon
Right!?!?! (@Cece S )
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what is with all the rudeness like u r pros or something
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Another soldier in the hipster army. Music is lacking any originality.
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i dont think any of you guys have the right to judge anybodys music. everybody writes to express themselves, and for anybody to preform criticism on anybodys music obviously has no understandin g of true music. these are all good artists. hold your personal opinion to yourself please. after all, these people are not writing music to please you.
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dunelop
wtf? pandoras been around for 4 years?
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Since we're talking about Jack Johnson, yes he puts me to sleep.
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Very good.
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burkify
Chill out vickyenyon. He can state his mild opinion. Plus J. Johnson is overrated.
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@Michael Kemp...yes, Jack Johnson lacks any musical diversity whatsoever.
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Cool cat..Super down to earth
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I am an award winning fiction writer and have a degree in English. Am I allowed to say Jack Johnson is terrible? Just checking.
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More atmospheric than Johnson - more dynamic. I can't listen to Johnson very long before it all starts to sound alike. This guy is really good, along the lines of Iron and Wine.
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colopay calm it down he does have his own children station and is a little over appreciated by every wanna be hipster because he makes music just catchy music not revolutionar y poetry hes fine just not walt whitman
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colopay
Sorry, but Jack Johnson does not sing kiddie songs as his job. His songwriting has some of the most mature, deep, and poetic lyrics out there; and I do not lay down that title lightly as a writer and literary intaker. So please, Vickenyon, do not post insulting things on these forums that only represent your presumptions about music you obviously know very little about.
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this is waaaaay more mature than any kiddie songs jack (off) johnson makes. although i have to say, i'm afraid to thumbs up which will result in j.off.johnns o n playing on my station.

also, sounds more like coconut records to me ...
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jack johnson is better but he's pretty good its funny how bad things can turn out good.
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sikk333
i wish he could of made it pro with skateboardin g and made this amazing music. what a comb0
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londonfog_19 8 7
just found his work. freakin A!
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Really like matt costa's music on the one track mind surf movie.
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new record is dropping shortly, can only imagine another great one.
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hyugene
its been three years, id like to hear a new record. hes good as hell.
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LOVE him!!! this is totally my kind of music...
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mairaccount
way excited! im going to his concert for my bday! love him so much!
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so chill
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jlpurdie2
ok for a break. not my typical artist. but i like.
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