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Xanthe Alexis’ go-to records


Local singer-songwriter Xanthe Alexis is resting up from her eight-day, seven-city tour across California, Arizona and New Mexico by train, and looking forward to a Sept. 8 Minneapolis show opening for Gaelynn Lea. Here are some of her favorite songs to help get you through this week and the ones to follow.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “Case of You” by Joni Mitchell. So much depth and emotion and metaphor in that song. “I am frightened by the devil, I am drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid.” Golden poetry right there.

Essential Sunday Morning song: Lauryn Hill’s “Lose Myself.” If you wanna get right with any kind of God, Lauryn is the perfect tour guide. That song is an all-time favorite of mine.

First record I bought with my own money: Whitney Houston’s self-titled debut album, back when I was 9 years old. I remember staring at that iconic picture of her, looking like some tropical Goddess, just blown away by the power of her voice.

Current favorite song to cover: Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne.” It’s such a beautiful song. Heartbreaking. True.

My latest online discovery: “Imagining My Man” by Aldous Harding. Her voice is smoky and playful and just delicious.

Artist more people should know about: My Name is Harriett. She is a genius. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around what that woman hears and is able to execute in live performance. I am incredibly inspired by her, and in awe, and a little scared shitless of her too. Her music is real and transcendent and that is such a rare coupling.

Guilty pleasure: I am not guilty about this — because it’s these odd tics that keep me sane — BUT I listen to the same song over and over, hundreds of times. I’ve listened to “Whispering Light” by Jesca Hoop about five times a day for the last three months. I like repetition. Probably really annoying for my family, but it comforts me.

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