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Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday Music Blog: Recommendations

So goes another guest stint.  Thanks to Dan et al. for having me.

As much as I like to recommend music, I really love to get recommendations.  So I offer a trade: I'll make one more recommendation, and you all can make some recommendations in the comments.

My recommendation is Jesca Hoop.  You can listen to her music here, here, and here.  I saw Jesca ("Don't call her Jessica") Hoop open for Mark Kozelek at the Troubador in West Hollywood, California.  At the time, I remember thinking that her music was odd in a lovely sort of way, similar to Bjork but with a softer, more personal sensibility.  I finally got around to listening to her new full-length album, Kismet, and it's really wonderful.  I really recommend it.  Nic Harcourt, the music director at KCRW and who is , in my mind, perhaps the best source for new music, ranked Kismet number one on his list of the best albums of 2007.  (Surf here for the whole list.)  But my favorite fun fact about Jesca Hoop is that she met her music mentor, Tom Waits (awesome!), while working as a nanny for the Waits clan.  Not a bad job for an up-and-coming muscian.  Enjoy!

So what do you suggest?

Posted by Zachary Kramer on February 29, 2008 at 01:52 PM in Music | Permalink


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Meiko - her new CD is amazing.

Posted by: Anon | Mar 3, 2008 5:10:32 PM

Seriously, you can't do much better. Maybe Bob Dylan.

Posted by: Zak Kramer | Mar 3, 2008 12:01:28 AM

Nanny for Tom Waits must without a doubt be the coolest domestic service gig anywhere!

Posted by: eric | Feb 29, 2008 6:53:22 PM

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