Has released three full albums. The Alcatraz Kid deals with growing up and young adulthood, The Silver City with married life and the working years, and The Reluctant Graveyard is about death and the residents of the titular graveyard. All of his albums are available for name your price download here.
- Ambulance Chaser: The narrator in "Deathbed Salesman" is rather tactless seller of coffins.
- Awesome McCoolname: 'Messer' are knives in German, so his name reads as 'Knife-smith'.
- Bilingual Bonus: Not quite, but "Skyway" and "Light Rail" make more sense if you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul.
- Boy Meets Ghoul: "A Boy, A Girl, and A Graveyard," though it's the boy who's a ghost, and he may actually be a golem of some sort, rather than a plain 'ol ghost.
- Happily Married: If the couples in "Old Skin", "Tomorrow", and "Day Job" aren't Happily Married, they may as well be.
- I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: "Beautiful Children" and "Dead End Job." However, neither are played entirely straight. "Dead End Job," in particular, has some teeth.
- "I Want" Song: If it's not about a relationship gone bad, it's about longing for lost opportunities. Sometimes both.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Almost half of his stuff is sweet, wispy music about horrible relationships.
- Race for Your Love: A possible interpretation of "Virginia."
- Silly Love Songs: Subverted, many of his songs are either about love gone sour or clinging to a broken relationship because it's harder to start over. "Love You To Pieces" is one of his few real love songs, and it's about falling in love with The Ophelia.
- Stepford Suburbia: "Welcome To Suburbia" seems like it will be about one of these, but it ends on a positive note.
- Talky Book Ends: The Silver City has these. Unusual in that it's an album, not a music video.
- Twin Cities: ''The Silver City" is named after the Minneapolis skyline.