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Jenny Owen Youngs

Coming up strong behind R. Stevie Moore as the most talented singer/songwriter to be based in the nondescript bedroom community of Montclair, NJ, Jenny Owen Youngs fuses Liz Phair's perceptive and brashly funny lyrics with the orchestrated folk-pop of Regina Spektor and Erin McKeown, adding just a hint of Nellie McKay's jazzy cabaret leanings and Cat Power's throaty, confessional angst. Born in New Jersey in 1981, Youngs first picked up the guitar at the age of 14 and attended the music program at the State University of New York, having enrolled during a period in which the previously obscure art school was single-handedly populating what would become the entire New York "anti-folk" scene: besides Youngs and Spektor, Jeffrey Lewis, Langhorne Slim, and the Moldy Peaches' Adam Green, and Kimya Dawson were all SUNY-Purchase graduates. Maintaining a friendship with Spektor, who chose Youngs as her opening act on the tours following her breakthrough album, Soviet Kitsch, Youngs wrote and recorded her debut album, 2005's self-released Batten the Hatches. Although the album garnered generally positive reviews, it attracted little notice until one of its highlights, the rueful "Fuck Was I," was used in the second-season opener of the popular cable sitcom Weeds. Signing with the Canadian indie Nettwerk Records, Youngs released a remixed and repackaged version of Batten the Hatches in early 2007. She returned to the road shortly thereafter, opening shows for the likes of Vienna Teng while compiling material for a new album. Released in 2009, Transmitter Failure marked the artist's second full-length release. ~ Stewart Mason
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Jenny Owen Youngs

  1.   Song
  2.   Last Person
  3.   Secrets
  4.   Your Apartment
  5.   Things We Don't Need Anymore
  6.   Wake Up
  7.   Dissolve
  8.   So Long
  9.   F**k Was I
  10.   Clean Break
  11.   What Beats Within
  12.   From Here
  13.   Ring Of Fire
  14.   Great Big Plans
  15.   Already Gone
  16.   Two by Two
  17.   Sleep Machine
  18.   Born To Lose
  19.   Pirates
  20.   Love for Long
  21.   Have You Forgotten
  22.   Transmitter Failure
  23.   No More Words
  24.   Nighty Night
  25.   Led to the Sea
  26.   Hot In Herre
  27.   Keys Out Lights On
  28.   Coyote
  29.   Woodcut
  30.   Bricks
  31.   Voice on Tape
  32.   Lightning Rod
  33.   Fuck Was I
  34.   Drinking Song
  35.   First Person
  36.   If I Didn't Know
  37.   Here Is a Heart
  38.   Why You Fall
  39.   O God
  40.   Porchrail
  41.   P.S.
  42.   Over The Bow
  43.   Start + Stop

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