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Allison Weiss - “I Had To Do It”

Second track from my time-release record: The Teenage Years!! This one has been a fan favorite for a while, so I hope you like how it turned out!!! Written by yours truly sometime before I could drink alcohol. Percussion by me and Seth Faulk. Guitars by me and Dan Romer. Rhodes and other keys by Dan Romer. Produced and engineered and mixed and mastered by Dan Romer!!

If you donated over $15 to my Kickstarter project, you will get this song in your inbox within the hour.

EVERYONE ELSE: DOWNLOAD THIS SONG HERE

Once There Was a Hushpuppy
  • Once There Was a Hushpuppy
  • Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)
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When Mary came up with today’s theme of favourite tracks from favourite movies, I knew instantly that I’d be posting Once There Was a Hushpuppy from Beasts of the Southern Wild. I also knew that I’d be sat here for a while, as I am, failing desperately in coming up with any kind of commentary that does it justice.

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Video for “YOUR APARTMENT” from the album AN UNWAVERING BAND OF LIGHT.

Preorder the album (out 2/7/12) now: http://www.jennyowenyoungs.storenvy.com

directed by
Molly Green

featuring
Andy DeYoung
Noël Wells

thanks to:
James Leffler
Naaman Esquivel
Hunter Hill
Chuck McCarthy
Logan Strobel

“YOUR APARTMENT” was produced by Dan Romer and performed by:
Jenny Owen Youngs
Dan Romer
Elliot Jacobson
Adam Christgau
Kenny Warren
Phil Rodriguez
Corey King

A truly memorable film soundtrack not only opens up the world onscreen, but allows you to enter it—providing a sensory gateway that isn’t so much manipulative as it is emotionally captivating. And when a soundtrack is great, you can listen to it months or years after seeing a film and find yourself thrown back in your cinema seat, consumed by the sights and sounds happening before you—and with Benh Zeitlin and Dan Romer’s stunning soundtrack for Beasts of the Southern Wild (written and directed by Zeitlin), you get the pleasure of that experience precisely. Turn up the volume and drown out the world with “Once There Was a Hushpuppy” and suddenly your tear ducts begin to tingle as you find yourself back in the world of the Bathtub, filled with the strength of the little girl who astounded us all.

Musically Speaking: Talking With ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Composer Dan Romer

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

Paper Boats
  • Paper Boats
  • Cara Salimando
  • July EP
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JULY EP! (sorry it’s late sorry sorry I’m sorry)

The first song off this EP is a song I wrote when I was 14 called “Paper Boats”. A lot of people have worked on this song. I first started tracking it when I was 17 and working with Jon Leidersdorff. If you listen really closely, you can almost hear my lips snag on my braces constantly in the vocal. Just kidding that’s gross, but that’s how long ago I started recording this jam. A year later Dan Romer tore it apart and made it sound more vibey. I always forget about this song, but it deserves to be let out into the universe now. It’s a good sign when you write a song that you can still tolerate years after you wrote it. “Paper Boats” is one of those. Take a listen! 

PAPER BOATS

I saw the water beyond the buildings
Young boys were floating paper boats.
I saw the lanterns along the shoreline
People were dancing in summer clothes.
I saw the sunset turn the sky bright red
It made my heart start to beat in and out of tempo.
And all the young boys boats fill up with water, and
I see the struggle,
they fail to float.

One boy screams,
“Didn’t you, don’t you know that I dream too?”
He screams,
“Didn’t you, don’t you know that I dreamed of you?”

Across the water,
The sailor’s daughter walks among seagulls down at the docks.
She hums a sea song and picks up a small stone,
she throws it desperate and hears it drop. 
And all the seagulls scatter and startle,
Their silhouettes so black against the red of the sky.
The sailor’s daughter sees a boat of paper
and across the water a young boy hopes.

And she screams,
“Didn’t you, don’t you know that I dream too?”
She screams,
“Didn’t you, don’t you know that I dreamed of you?”

I saw the water beyond the buildings,
a young boy sends off a paper boat.
Across the water, the sailor’s daughter
watches the harbor for some small hope.
The sailor’s daughter sees a boat of paper
She picks it up and carries it carefully inside.
Sets it on a shelf with all of the others from her lover on the other side.

And she did, and she does know that he dreams too
And he did and he does still dream of her too,
Of her too,
Of her too.


I dreamed of you
Of you,
Of you.

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Once There Was a Hushpuppy
  • Once There Was a Hushpuppy
  • Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)
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Once There Was a Hushpuppy composed by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin for the film, Beasts of the Southern Wild. This is my favorite song from the soundtrack and I highly recommend purchasing the entire album which you can do from here.

Never Come Home
  • Never Come Home
  • Cara Salimando
  • June EP
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SECOND SONG OFF THE FREE “JUNE” EP! : Never Come Home

Some of you folks from the 100 Monkeys tour I did in Europe or the very recent tour I did with William Beckett may remember this song. After every show someone would ask me if this song was on the physical EP I was selling, and it always bummed me out to tell them it wasn’t. SO, here it is! For free. Who doesn’t like free? 

This song is a co write with my super awesome friend Dan Romer. One time we made an entire record together and this song was supposed to be on it (along with You Are, Another Night, Kill A Little Time…). I love this song the most out of all the songs we did together and I’ve been DYING to release it. STEAL IT! It’s FREE, after all.

“Never Come Home”

Say something sweet as you walk away from me,
keep me hanging on a string.
But I won’t plead,
Won’t unravel when you leave.
I know that it won’t change a thing.

Cause I give, and you take everything that you can claim.
Still I give, and you take,
What else is there to say?

Don’t try to make it any harder.
Don’t say it’s worse to be alone.
The more you pull, I’ll run farther.
You thought I’d never leave,
But now I’ll never come home.
 

Your majesty, it’s difficult to breathe.
I can’t do much of anything.
I know your rules, and although you think it’s true
A paper crown can’t make you king.

Cause I give, and you take everything that you can claim.
Still I give, and you take,
What else is there to say?

Don’t try to make it any harder. 
Don’t say it’s worse to be alone.
The more you pull, I’ll run farther.
You thought I’d never leave,
But now I’ll never come home. 

You can beg for me to stay,
but there’s nothing left to save. 

Don’t try to make it any harder. 
Don’t say it’s worse to be alone.
The more you pull, I’ll run farther.
You thought I’d never leave,
But now I’ll never come home.