Songlines Podcast: Jessica Lea Mayfield
Thursday November 20th 2008, 8:13 am
Filed under: Podcasts
Posted by: Melanie
Don’t look now, but Akron, Ohio has developed quite a music scene. Sure, Chrissie Hynde emerged from there years ago, but she jumped at the chance to leave town and never looked back. Actually, strike that — never say never. Hynde has recently moved back to help care for her mom, has opened a vegan restaurant there, and has been spotted giving props to her hometown, wearing a rotating cast of Akron t-shirts of late. The Black Keys and Joseph Arthur have both made their ways from Akron into rotation. And now comes young Jessica Lea Mayfield, who grew up in nearby Kent. Her new record, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt,
comes with high praise from the Avett Brothers and collaborations with the Black Keys and Dr. Dog. Get a feel for its sound by checking out this podcast.
Despite only conjuring up a 6.8 for “music,” Pitchfork gave Jessica’s record an 8.2 last week. In my favorite part of the review, they call Dan Auerbach’s production of the album “more Brick than Double Indemnity.” If you haven’t seen those two movies, put them in your Netflix cue. You will thank me.