Simon Joyner

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Simon Joyner
Born 1971 (age 45–46)
Origin Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Genres Americana
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1992–present
Labels Jagjaguwar, Team Love Records, Woodsist

Simon Joyner (born 1971) is an American singer-songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska, United States. He has influenced the music of Bright Eyes.[1] In the early 1990s, Beck listed Joyner in his top 10 albums when asked by Rolling Stone.[2] He is also known for the so-called "Peel Incident," when British DJ John Peel played his album, The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll, from beginning to end on air. Joyner has collaborated with John Darnielle, of The Mountain Goats. He is named after Paul Simon.

Simon Joyner lives in Omaha with his wife and three children.



  • Umbilical Chords (One-Hour OH-002 MC 1992)
  • Iffy (Sing, Eunuchs! MC 1993) (reissue on LP by Unread Records in 2003; ltd. ed. of 300 copies with handmade covers)
  • Room Temperature (One-Hour OH-006 MC & CD 1993) (reissue as a 2LP-set by Jagjaguwar (JAG041) on December 6, 2005)
  • The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll (Sing, Eunuchs! LP 1994) (reissue on LP and CD by Team Love (TL-016) on May 6, 2008)
  • Heaven's Gate (Sing, Eunuchs! LP 1995) (released on CD by Brinkman Records in 1996)
  • Songs for the New Year (Sing, Eunuchs! EUNUCH 38 LP 1997 / Shrimper Records SHR 92 CD 1997)
  • Yesterday, Tomorrow, And in Between (Sing, Eunuchs! 2LP and CD 1998)
  • The Lousy Dance (Truckstop LP and CD 1999)
  • Hotel Lives (Truckstop 2LP and CD 2001)
  • To Almost No One: Singer-Songwriter Series, Volumes 1-5 (w/ The Fallen Men) (Wee Black Skelf set of five 7" vinyl singles; the packaging was all hand-made and only 500 copies were assembled)
  • Verbal Objects (Seagull 011 MC 2002) ("live recordings from the dreary West Coast, 2000")
  • Here Comes The Balloons 1992-1999 (Unread Records compilation MC 2002) (a collection of 16 un-earthed, acoustic ballads, yarble, and dirge, spanning 1992-1999)
  • Blue Melody: Live From The South (Shrimper Records CD-R 2003) (ltd. ed. of 500 copies; live in Chapel Hill, NC, July 2000)
  • Lost With The Lights On (Jagjaguwar LP and CD March 16, 2004)
  • Stranger Blues (w/ Dennis Callaci) (Catsup Plate mini-LP November 2004) (recorded August 29, 2003 in the Callaci living room in Southern California; issued in a single edition of 500 one-sided LP's, silkscreened and hand assembled chipboard jackets in a "traditional" Catsup Plate brown butchers tape design scheme)
  • Beautiful Losers: Singles and Compilation Tracks 1994-1999 (Jagjaguwar JAG076 compilation 2LP and CD March 7, 2006)
  • Skeleton Blues (w/ The Fallen Men) (Jagjaguwar LP and CD November 21, 2006)
  • A Collection Of Tracks From The Team Love Library (Team Love digital download August 20, 2009)[3]
  • Out Into The Snow (Team Love LP and CD September 15, 2009)
  • Spiritual Rags (side-project) (Unread Records/Grotto Records LP 2010)
  • Ghosts (Sing, Eunuchs! 2LP 2012)
  • A Rag of Colts-Disgraced Songs 1987-2012 (Unread Records MC 2013)
  • Grass, Branch & Bone (WOODSIST 2015)
  • "Step into the Earthquake" (2017)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "Why You All So Thief?" (Sing, Eunuchs! split 7" vinyl single w/ The Mountain Goats 1994)
  • "Songs From A Room" (Sing, Eunuchs! various artists 7" vinyl EP 1996)
  • "One for the Catholic Girls" (w/ The Fallen Men) (Wurlitzer Jukebox 7" vinyl single 1998)
  • "The Christine EP"' (Secretly Canadian 12" vinyl and CD EP 1998)
  • "The Motorcycle Accident"' (w/ The Fallen Men) (Roomtone 7" vinyl single 1999)
  • "Grapefruit" (w/ The Fallen Men) (Misplaced Music split 7" vinyl single w/ Two Dollar Guitar 2002)
  • "Here Come The Balloons" (Tongue Master 7" vinyl single 2003)
  • "Time Slows Down in Dreams" (Team Love 7" vinyl single 2009)
  • "The Red Bandana Blues" (Sing, Eunuchs! 7" vinyl single 2012)
  • "Sonny/Megadeth" (Even More Important Records 7" lathe cut single 2014)
  • "Train to Crazy Horse (Demo)" (People in a Position to Know 7" lathe cut single 2014)
  • "Bali Shag" (Folktale 7" vinyl single w/ L. Eugene Methe 2015)
  • "Why Don't You Come Back Around?" (w/ The Ghosts) (Ricardo 7" vinyl single 2016)

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