03
Apr

HEY JOE - A Kickstarter Cover For Matt Frohlich

Dear friends: here is my take on Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe,” over which I toiled and toiled as though it were a complex soufflé! I prepared this cover at the request of Kickstarter backer Matt Frohlich, who is pretty much a totally sainted saint. Thank you Matt!

30
Mar

human centipede, sneak-attack “Last Person” callbacks, and family band times with Kristin & Dannielle.

02
Aug

Nighty Night

by Jenny Owen Youngs & Jukebox the Ghost

"Nighty Night" from the Jukebox the Ghost + Jenny Owen Youngs collaborative EP, now totally available from iTunes et cetera.

01
Aug
JUKEBOX THE GHOST + JENNY OWEN YOUNGS EP …is now totally straight-up available from iTunes & other digital platforms!!
The track listing is like:
1. Last Person (sung by Tommy & Ben)2. Good Day (sung by Jenny)3. Nighty Night (sung by Tommy & Ben)4. Ghosts In Empty Houses (sung by Jenny)
The backstory is like:
Jukebox the Ghost co-headlined a US tour with me back in April & May 2009. We wanted to do something special in advance of the tour, so we hatched a plan to record four songs (two Jenny, two Jukebox) with Dan Romer. Together we created new arrangements of all four songs, tracking all the instruments live in one room. I sang the Jukebox songs and Ben & Tommy handled vocals on my songs. The whole thing was completed in two nights - and it’s worth saying that we barely knew each other, and were fairly unfamiliar with one another’s songs. The result is rowdy, very seat-of-the-pants, and one of my favorite things I’ve ever made. 
Cover photograph by Baldomero FernandezArt direction by Gail Marowitz

JUKEBOX THE GHOST + JENNY OWEN YOUNGS EP 
…is now totally straight-up available from iTunes & other digital platforms!!

The track listing is like:

1. Last Person (sung by Tommy & Ben)
2. Good Day (sung by Jenny)
3. Nighty Night (sung by Tommy & Ben)
4. Ghosts In Empty Houses (sung by Jenny)

The backstory is like:

Jukebox the Ghost co-headlined a US tour with me back in April & May 2009. We wanted to do something special in advance of the tour, so we hatched a plan to record four songs (two Jenny, two Jukebox) with Dan Romer. Together we created new arrangements of all four songs, tracking all the instruments live in one room. I sang the Jukebox songs and Ben & Tommy handled vocals on my songs. The whole thing was completed in two nights - and it’s worth saying that we barely knew each other, and were fairly unfamiliar with one another’s songs. The result is rowdy, very seat-of-the-pants, and one of my favorite things I’ve ever made. 

Cover photograph by Baldomero Fernandez
Art direction by Gail Marowitz

05
Jun

A cover of the song “Hallelujah,” written by Leonard Cohen and famously covered by Jeff Buckley.

Made especially for Ms. Karina Paje, in recognition of her very meaningful support re: Kickstarter. THANKS KARINA!!!

28
May
OMG hey ladies and also dudes.
On Sunday June 30th @ 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific, I will be embarking on a co-StageIt adventure with my dear friend and incredible songwriter Gregory & the Hawk (aka Meredith). Our show is entitled “friendship bracelet!,” because like… girl talk and stuff. I’m going to visit Meredith in Portland Oregon and while I’m there we’re going to play some songs and answer some questions and give away some signed CDs and lyric sheets and other stuff. So far our top choices for collaborative covers include a Lemonheads song and also “Kiss From A Rose.” Just sayin.Join us by snagging a ticket over HERE.

OMG hey ladies and also dudes.

On Sunday June 30th @ 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific, I will be embarking on a co-StageIt adventure with my dear friend and incredible songwriter Gregory & the Hawk (aka Meredith). Our show is entitled “friendship bracelet!,” because like… girl talk and stuff. 

I’m going to visit Meredith in Portland Oregon and while I’m there we’re going to play some songs and answer some questions and give away some signed CDs and lyric sheets and other stuff. So far our top choices for collaborative covers include a Lemonheads song and also “Kiss From A Rose.” Just sayin.

Join us by snagging a ticket over HERE.

11
Jan
REVIVAL TOUR is back and I AM ALL UP IN IT!!!! GOOD TIMES AHEAD!!!!
Chuck Ragan, Tim McIlrath, Dave Hause, Rocky Votolato, Jenny O (no relation), me, and more to be announced!! I’m on from March 15th through April 7th!!
Presale bundles, sweet swag, and info: therevivaltourtix.com
To quote some ladies I know: “THE DAY OF RECKONING HAS COME!” 

REVIVAL TOUR is back and I AM ALL UP IN IT!!!! GOOD TIMES AHEAD!!!!

Chuck Ragan, Tim McIlrath, Dave Hause, Rocky Votolato, Jenny O (no relation), me, and more to be announced!! I’m on from March 15th through April 7th!!

Presale bundles, sweet swag, and info: therevivaltourtix.com

To quote some ladies I know: “THE DAY OF RECKONING HAS COME!” 

09
Jul
DEAR AMERICA, LET’S HANG OUT IN SEPTEMBER!!!
I’m coming your way with the one and only FRANK TURNER, plus LARRY & HIS FLASK. These shows are gonna be such a blast!! 
Here’s where we’re headed…
9.06.12 - Boston MA @ Palace - TICKETS 9.07.12 - Boston MA @ Palace - SOLD OUT 9.10.12 - Pittsburgh PA @ Mr Smalls - TICKETS9.11.12 - Detroit MI @ St. Andrews - TICKETS9.12.12 - Cleveland OH @ Grog Shop - TICKETS9.16.12 - Minneapolis MN @ Varsity Theater - TICKETS9.17.12 - Lawrence KS @ Granada Theater - TICKETS9.18.12 - Denver @ Summit Music Hall - TICKETS9.20.12 - Anaheim CA @ House of Blues - TICKETS9.21.12 - Phoenix AZ @ Crescent Ballroom - TICKETS9.22.12 - Albuquerque NM @ Launchpad - TICKETS9.24.12 - Houston TX @ Fitzgerald’s - TICKETS9.25.12 - New Orleans LA @ The Parish - TICKETS9.26.12 - Atlanta GA @ Masquerade - TICKETS9.28.12 - Baltimore MD @ Rams Head Live - TICKETS9.29.12 - New York NY @ Webster Hall - TICKETS9.30.12 - New York NY @ Webster Hall - TICKETS
http://www.jennyowenyoungs.com/tour

DEAR AMERICA, LET’S HANG OUT IN SEPTEMBER!!!

I’m coming your way with the one and only FRANK TURNER, plus LARRY & HIS FLASK. These shows are gonna be such a blast!! 

Here’s where we’re headed…

9.06.12 - Boston MA @ Palace - TICKETS
9.07.12 - Boston MA @ Palace - SOLD OUT
9.10.12 - Pittsburgh PA @ Mr Smalls - TICKETS
9.11.12 - Detroit MI @ St. Andrews - TICKETS
9.12.12 - Cleveland OH @ Grog Shop - TICKETS
9.16.12 - Minneapolis MN @ Varsity Theater - TICKETS
9.17.12 - Lawrence KS @ Granada Theater - TICKETS
9.18.12 - Denver @ Summit Music Hall - TICKETS
9.20.12 - Anaheim CA @ House of Blues - TICKETS
9.21.12 - Phoenix AZ @ Crescent Ballroom - TICKETS
9.22.12 - Albuquerque NM @ Launchpad - TICKETS
9.24.12 - Houston TX @ Fitzgerald’s - TICKETS
9.25.12 - New Orleans LA @ The Parish - TICKETS
9.26.12 - Atlanta GA @ Masquerade - TICKETS
9.28.12 - Baltimore MD @ Rams Head Live - TICKETS
9.29.12 - New York NY @ Webster Hall - TICKETS
9.30.12 - New York NY @ Webster Hall - TICKETS

http://www.jennyowenyoungs.com/tour

18
Jun

"So Long." Track 10 from AN UNWAVERING BAND OF LIGHT. Guest vocals by Ben Thornewill and Tommy Siegel of Jukebox the Ghost.

Get the song, get the album:
iTunes / bandcamp / physical

06
Jun
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27
Apr
BORN TO LOSE is track 5 on AN UNWAVERING BAND OF LIGHT. I think it might be my favorite song to play live right now. I’d say it’s the most Tom Waits-influenced thing I’ve written. Dan and I looked a lot to Swordfishtrombones and Rain Dogs during the recording of An Unwavering Band of Light. On this song in particular, I sought the Waits within while trying to finish what ended up being the second-creepiest set of lyrics I’ve ever written. (The first-creepiest set of lyrics dates back to high school, and no they will never see the light of day, the song is just too fucked up.)  
When I started writing it, the tempo was slower and the feel implied a one-five kind of bass line. During the arranging sessions, we sped it way up and Dan (in typical Dan fashion) came up with a sick bass line I never could have guessed into existence, which drives the song forward like a charioteer from hell (in my opinion).
Getting the horns for this song was one of the most euphoric moments of the recording process for me. Kenny Warren, Corey King, and Phil Rodriguez made up our horn trio. (Kenny, who is responsible for assembling these particular avengers, plays in a sick sick sick band called SLAVIC SOUL PARTY and also contributed to Transmitter Failure.)    Constructing the horns went like so: Dan had all the chord changes written out, and for the legato stuff in the choruses, I think he had an idea going in of how he wanted the horn voices to move. For the verses and breaks, though, it was all about getting the players to go as apeshit as possible without losing sight of what would best serve the song - a delicate balance!!   
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Here lies some photographic documentation of the brave souls who helped this song sound the way it does.
Corey King during the horn arrangement session for “Born To Lose,” “Your Apartment,” “Sleep Machine,” and a b-side which has yet to see the light of day. —->

Seth Faulk tracking percussion for “Born To Lose.” —->

Rob Hecht, master of the spoooooky fiddle on “Sleep Machine” and “Born To Lose,” tracks some bass clarinet on “Wake Up” (which ended up not working… but this is the only photographic evidence I have of Rob.) —->

Please excuse photo quality, these were taken on a first-generation iPhone. I KNOW, RIGHT?
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Hear/buy the album version: iTunes / bandcamp / CD & **NEW VINYL**
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Every Friday I will share a story about a song from the new album here on Tumblr, until I run out of songs (math suggests this will go on for a total of eleven weeks).  

BORN TO LOSE is track 5 on AN UNWAVERING BAND OF LIGHT. I think it might be my favorite song to play live right now. I’d say it’s the most Tom Waits-influenced thing I’ve written. Dan and I looked a lot to Swordfishtrombones and Rain Dogs during the recording of An Unwavering Band of Light. On this song in particular, I sought the Waits within while trying to finish what ended up being the second-creepiest set of lyrics I’ve ever written. (The first-creepiest set of lyrics dates back to high school, and no they will never see the light of day, the song is just too fucked up.)  

When I started writing it, the tempo was slower and the feel implied a one-five kind of bass line. During the arranging sessions, we sped it way up and Dan (in typical Dan fashion) came up with a sick bass line I never could have guessed into existence, which drives the song forward like a charioteer from hell (in my opinion).

Getting the horns for this song was one of the most euphoric moments of the recording process for me. Kenny Warren, Corey King, and Phil Rodriguez made up our horn trio. (Kenny, who is responsible for assembling these particular avengers, plays in a sick sick sick band called SLAVIC SOUL PARTY and also contributed to Transmitter Failure.)    Constructing the horns went like so: Dan had all the chord changes written out, and for the legato stuff in the choruses, I think he had an idea going in of how he wanted the horn voices to move. For the verses and breaks, though, it was all about getting the players to go as apeshit as possible without losing sight of what would best serve the song - a delicate balance!!   

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Here lies some photographic documentation of the brave souls who helped this song sound the way it does.

Corey King during the horn arrangement session for “Born To Lose,” “Your Apartment,” “Sleep Machine,” and a b-side which has yet to see the light of day. —->

Seth Faulk tracking percussion for “Born To Lose.” —->

Rob Hecht, master of the spoooooky fiddle on “Sleep Machine” and “Born To Lose,” tracks some bass clarinet on “Wake Up” (which ended up not working… but this is the only photographic evidence I have of Rob.) —->

Please excuse photo quality, these were taken on a first-generation iPhone. I KNOW, RIGHT?

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Hear/buy the album version: iTunes / bandcamp / CD & **NEW VINYL**

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Every Friday I will share a story about a song from the new album here on Tumblr, until I run out of songs (math suggests this will go on for a total of eleven weeks).  

19
Apr

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I'm a singer, songwriter, and natural history enthusiast. I was raised in the woods, but now I live in Brooklyn. My spirit animals are Johnny Cash, Kate Bush, Tom Waits and Jack White.

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