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Michael Nestor

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Michael Nestor
Michael Nestor at NJIRF 2016.jpg
Nestor on September 10, 2016.
Background information
OriginMaryland, U.S.
GenresIndie rock, indie pop
Occupation(s)singer, songwriter, musician
Instrumentsvocals, guitar
Years active1994–present
LabelsThe Beechfields Record Label, Magnatune, OTP Records, Mint 400 Records, Modern Hymnal Recordings
Associated actsPupa's Window, The Seldon Plan, Underlined Passages

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Michael Nestor is an American musician. He is the lead singer of Underlined Passages, and the founder of The Beechfields Record Label.


In 1994, Nestor formed Pupa's Window in Eldersburg, Maryland, mostly as a vehicle to document the recording process and produce lo-fi cassette recordings. Pupa's Window recorded music at the advent of cassette-based, lo-fi indie pop. The project had some early success on college radio, and later on, Pupa's Window records began to become more orchestrated, and involve other musicians.[1][2] Shortly after joining The Beechfields Record Label in Baltimore, Maryland, Pupa's Window began to be regarded as one of the "best-kept indie-pop songwriter secrets in the city".[2] Their music draws comparison to Lou Barlow, Bill Callahan and Elliott Smith.[3] Pupa's Window released over eighteen home recordings, and collaborated with another Baltimore-based artist Private Eleanor.[4] Concurrently with this project, from 1998 to 2001, Nestor played in a shoegaze band, called Lowell.[2]

The Seldon Plan[edit]

Nestor joined the alt-rock group the Seldon Plan in 2002.[5] The group has released four albums, and two EPs. The band was part of the DIY movement, that had a revitalization in Baltimore music across the late 1990's through the mid 2000s. [6]

The Beechfields Record Label[edit]

In 2003, he founded The Beechfields Record Label.[7] Nestor notes in an interview with Baltimore City Paper, the goal was to maintain an artist-centered approach to releasing records, which was based on Virginia label Simple Machines, founded by Jenny Toomey.[2] In 2004, Baltimore musician Austin Stahl began working at Beechfields. [6][8]

Underlined Passages[edit]

Nestor formed Underlined Passages in 2014. The group has released three albums with Mint 400 Records.[9] Dagger describes the music as "pretty sweet pop music in the vein of Nada Surf and I even hear some Ted Leo in there, too".[10]



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  • Hinely, Tim (22 March 2016), "Underlined Passages - The Fantastic Quest (Mint 400 Records)", Dagger, retrieved 21 March 2019
  • Masterson, Jan (February 8, 2008), "Loudness war stirs quiet revolution", Chicago Tribune, archived from the original on February 12, 2019
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  • McCabe, Bret (May 19, 2004), "Playing With Themselves", Baltimore City Paper, archived from the original on August 9, 2009
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  • Whelon, Robbie (December 11, 2007), "Music", Urbanite, archived from the original on June 8, 2008

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