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Kimya Dawson

Singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson is best known for her work with the anti-folk outfit the Moldy Peaches, but she also maintained a lo-fi solo career during the 2000s. She made her solo debut with 2002's I'm Sorry That Sometimes I'm Mean, a collection of spare tunes performed mostly on the acoustic guitar, and continued releasing her own albums after the Moldy Peaches took a hiatus in 2004. Along the way, she contributed eight songs to the chart-topping Juno soundtrack, which brought her music to a wider audience, and made a foray into children's music.

The quirky songwriter was born and raised in Bedford Hills, NY, where her parents ran a day-care center from their home. Dawson and fellow Moldy Peach member Adam Green met in 1995 at a record store in Mt. Kisco, NY, where she worked. For the next four years, Dawson moved back and forth between New York and Washington, but she and Green began writing songs together whenever time allowed. In 1999, Green followed Dawson to Washington, where they formed the Moldy Peaches. Green returned to New York after a year, with Dawson following later. Eventually, the Moldy Peaches -- now featuring a lineup that included Dawson, Green, drummer Strictly Beats, bassist Steve Mertens, and guitarists Jack Dishel and Toby Goodshank -- began playing the city's anti-folk circuit.

The group released their self-titled debut in 2001 to critical acclaim. All the songs were co-written and sung by both Dawson and Green, and the band toured the States and abroad in support of its release. Dawson also began working with other artists by contributing backing vocals to Ben Kweller's 2002 solo debut, Sha, Sha. Later that same year, the Moldy Peaches began a hiatus of indefinite length when both Dawson and Green's (Garfield) solo albums were released. I'm Sorry That Sometimes I'm Mean was well received by critics, and Dawson embarked on a tour of Europe and the United States.

In 2004, Dawson released two more albums of material culled from her bedroom sessions: Knock-Knock Who? and My Cute Fiend Sweet Princess. Later that year, Hidden Vagenda arrived on K Records. Dawson resurfaced in 2006 with the Kimya Dawson/Matty Pop Chart EP, as well as a full-length album titled Remember That I Love You. Her career took a slight but surprising turn in 2008, when the Juno soundtrack became a multi-platinum success and K Records released her first children's album, Alphabutt, which included the songs "Wiggle My Tooth," "Little Monster Babies," and "Pee Pee in the Potty." ~ Christina Saraceno, Rovi
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I Love metal and punk but I love words more than any thing she is more punk and metal together blows my small mind
I love her shes amazing
Remember that we love you, Kimya!
Kimya is my hero. Her music has touched me in ways no one will ever understand.
Love album art
sadielansom
On Juno?
Kimya always puts a smile on my face.
miss.monkee1 2 3
Kimya is amazing.
No need to be hateful. The people why people like her is because her music is unique. It's so simple and it brings me great joy and her lyrics are very fun. Please, stop.
There's no need to leave a negative comment. You can change the song, change the station, and move on. You don't need to be hateful towards someone just because you don't like them, if more people understood that the world would be a far better place than it currently is.
Your songs make me happy when I'm sad. You're the best Kimya!
ethanmazur1
people are sooo f**king cruel... kimya is a brilliant songwriter and her voice is uniquely amazing....a n y o n e that doesn't recognize that needs to stop listening to music all together and take up something mundane like ball in a cup..... this is why I hate 99 percent of people
This song is horrid ( I wouldn't go as far 2 put a penis in her mouth but it does suck)
Oh panda, oh kimya. I love u guys so much!!! Lets play another show together soon!!!
i love kimya dawson
Yuck yuck yuck Kimya sucks my dick
pandacatlove r
Amazing person and song writer
966446365
i love this song
Her voice is so pure and natural love her music :)
I like giants
Especially girl giants
...
Nuff said.
walk like thunder !!
Dear Kimya, I needed this today.
emily.s.tayl o r 9 4
I cannot explain the amount of love I have for her music and personality.
I admire this woman very much. She is such a beautiful artist and mama. My reguards to Miss Panda. =)
ambersoppick
her voice is so raw and effortless.
ummm Juno IS mentioned in the bio sooooo...... .
i think shes pretty good
id make baby with her
The most authentic, inspiring and honest musician. Fire is a personal favourite of mine.
joe44807
*vomits*
If she wasn't married I'd be like Kimya we are on.
I absolutely love her music!!!
She is the most humble beautiful human being and her songs are so authentic
jami.lee7
Juno IS mentioned...
ya luv me sum...my war paint is sharpie ink and i'll tell you how much my s**t stinks...goo d s**t, that juno!!
cjmcc1
Why isn't Juno mentioned in the biography?
She's not flashy, that's what's really great. It's just...effor t l e s s . I wish I knew about her before Juno.
wscnanc7
I love herAAAAAA
This woman's music is amazing! You make me not only remember, but think... love you!
There just something about her music... I just cant get enough
i dont know i didnt really like her before and my love for the mountain goats turned into a love for lo-fi indie stuff. and now i really like her. odd how my musical prefrences have evolved. i used to only listen to classic rock haha mostly rush
I love how her songs make no sense, yet make perfect sense.
Hey Kaisa, pick up a dictionary. Big words don't make you look so smart when they're spelled incorrectly.
In the comercial world she is an unmanufacute d or uncooked article, without cultivatian or rifinement. Thats what draws me to pronounce her as my fave. To pronounce... t o utter articulately , as a human being should. As not to speak a word. Her lyrics..and her tone very unique. I feel my appetite for a cleansing for the surpflous in and outs of life recompense. She is truly soothing.
rayjay92
remember that i love you is the best album, and Juno was a major contributor to her success.
her songs are political and each of then have a secret meaning... i loves it.
Probably got alot of listeners now from Juno ahthough Kimya is a great song writer.
kimya validated a lot of other music. Call it 'anti-folk' or punk asthetic? Not everyone who writes on acoustic cares a whit for Pete Seeger or Joan Baez. Further, many noticed Dylan could barely sing OR play. Many a normal person falls into the cliche pretentious folkie trap as soon as they pick up an acoustic guitar. In the caverneous tunnel of sensitive singer-songw r i t e r music Kimya is the not-too-prec i o u s crown jewel. Rock on.
Saw her at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in August 2008. She's not much of a musician, but that's part of her charm. I was a little suspicious that the shyness & her barely audible voice when talking to (or actually away from at times) the audience was a schtick, but I walked away a believer in Kimya. She's the real deal & there is more than enough room for her in the modern folk scene. I hope to see much more from her in the coming years. — Scott, Philadelphia PA
Kimya Dawson's music got me through a tough period. My commute was the exact length of her album My Cute Fiend Sweet Princess which was set in the town I was living in. Her shows there were the most spellbinding and warm & fuzzy things I've ever experienced. If you just see her you'll feel she's one of your best friends. She gives great hugs. She's a holy person.
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