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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.   F**k Was I
  4.   Witch
  5.   Fuck Was I
  6.   Wake Up
  7.   Teacher's Pet
  8.   Porchrail
  9.   Never Kill a Boy on the First Date
  10.   Ring Of Fire
  11.   Two by Two
  12.   Have You Forgotten
  13.   Nighty Night
  14.   From Here
  15.   Clean Break
  16.   Angel
  17.   Dissolve
  18.   Lightning Rod
  19.   The Harvest
  20.   Welcome to the Hellmouth
  21.   Sleep Machine
  22.   Why You Fall
  23.   Born To Lose
  24.   O God
  25.   Pirates
  26.   Your Apartment
  27.   Love for Long
  28.   Secrets
  29.   Led to the Sea
  30.   If I Didn't Know
  31.   Things We Don't Need Anymore
  32.   Coyote
  33.   Woodcut
  34.   Voice on Tape
  35.   P.S.
  36.   Bricks
  37.   Transmitter Failure
  38.   No More Words
  39.   Hot In Herre
  40.   Here Is a Heart
  41.   Drinking Song
  42.   Keys Out Lights On
  43.   What Beats Within
  44.   Already Gone
  45.   First Person
  46.   So Long
  47.   Over The Bow
  48.   Start + Stop
  49.   Great Big Plans
  50.   The Pack

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