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The female half of the moldy peaches, Kimya Dawson is not exactly a new artist. With two Moldy Peaches albums and three (I think) solo albums, she is one of the important names in the "anti-folk" scene. you may have come across her music in the Juno soundtrack.

I just bought her latest solo venture, "remember that I love you" and I'm loving it. here's her myspace page. "loose lips" is one of the songs from the juno soundtrack by the way.

Here are the lyrics from the song "competition"

I never wanted to be better than my friends

I just wanted to prove wrong the people in my head

the ones who told me I'd be better of dead

the ones who told me that I would never win

when I delivered newspapers they said I was too slow

when I was a barista they said I made lousy foam

when I worked in retail they said I was a slob

much too dumb for school and much too lazy for a job

so I rode my bike like lightning

and I made cappuccinos that would make the angels sing

took two showers a day and I dressed up like a princess

shook my fist in my own face and said I'll show you who's the best

I wrote the kinds of papers teachers hang up on their walls

I was employee of the month at seven different shopping malls

and one time playing football I pulled the tendons in my leg

to prove that I was tough I hopped on one foot

and finished up the game

I thought if I succeeded I'd be happy and they'd go away

but first thing in the morning I'd still wake up and I'd hear them say

"you're fat, ugly, and stupid, you should really be ashamed

no one will ever like you you're not good at anything"

and sometimes I'd rise to the challenge

but other times I'd feel so bad that I could not get out of bed

and on the days I stayed in bed I sang and sang and sang

about how crappy I felt no realizing how many other people would relate

now people send me emails that say thanks for saying the things they didn't know how to say

and the people in my head still visit me sometimes

and they bring all of their friends but I don't mind

I play my guitar like lightning

when I sing I like it when you sing too loud and clear

different voices different tones all sayin' "yeah, we're not alone"

I got good at feeling bad and that's why I'm still here

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I don't think I know Jeffrey Lewis :blush:

and Adam Green is one of the few US musicians that is much bigger in Germany than in the English speaking music world...

even though his newest album doesn't seem to be very good, the two before that (Jacket full of Danger and Gemstones) are very cool :grin:

*ahem* back to Kimya Dawson

there are four more full length tracks on last.fm

:)

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I saw Kimya at an in-store performance in Seattle and she was very charming. Shy at first, but then she brought her 10 year old nephew onstage to sing with her. I like a lot of her stuff, especially "I Like Giants," which isn't in Juno. The funny thing about this success from the soundtrack is that Kimya had pretty much decided to get out of music and raise a family. She's working on an album for little kids at the moment, which seems pretty appropriate for her. My only problem with her is her fairly constant use of scatological terms, but you can't deny the power of a lot of her lyrics. Again, not for everyone, but very emotionally moving if you're into her style.

I can't agree with the "boring" comment though. Obviously someone who hasn't listened to very many of her songs.

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