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Kimya Dawson and Friends

by Dan Weiss

Kimya Dawson and Friends

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Kimya Dawson's earnestness throws people off, fine. But being embarrassed of her is just wrong; no other artist of the current alternative nation -- or possibly ever -- possesses her directness, except for Eminem, who wishes very different consequences for his mother. Allow your jaw to drop: "My mom's sick/ She's in a hospital bed/ I've got a word for all you ghosts in her head/ And skeletons in her closet/ Leave her alone/ Leave her alone please/ Because my mom needs you gone/ As long as she is haunted/ She'll never get strong." And yet before all that, "I will lose my sh*t if even one more person I know dies." She's a master of simple, modern truths like "Why do I always pretend/ I can spoon a guy and still be his friend," yet also a hilariously dirty Mad Libber on her debut with Adam Green as The Moldy Peaches and a formidable rap partner for Aesop Rock on The Uncluded's album Hokey Fright, which should be checked out for its amazing song about organ donation among other things.

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