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Darren Jessee of Hotel Lights
|Origin||North Carolina/Brooklyn, NY|
|Associated acts||Ben Folds Five|
|Members||Darren Jessee, Alan Weatherhead, Jay Brown, Zeke Hutchins|
Hotel Lights (album) (2006) featuring Archers of Loaf drummer Mark Price and Sparklehorse touring guitarist Alan Weatherhead, had previously been available only as a very limited self-release, one that generated a serious interest and prompted lots of internet chatter about when the album might actually show up at the local bricks-and-mortar record store. The album was officially released by Bar/None Records in March 2006. In support of the first album, Hotel Lights toured with Bishop Allen, Tift Merritt, and Nada Surf.
2006 also saw the release of six song ep Goodnightgoodmorning and a Hotel Lights recording of "The End of the Tour" for They Might Be Giants tribute album, Hello Radio.
Firecracker People (2008), recorded at Butch Vig's Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin, features longtime collaborator and guitarist Alan Weatherhead with rhythm section Jay Brown and Zeke Hutchins of Tift Merritt's band. The album was praised for its understated elegance and songwriting. The fifth track, "Amelia Bright", was originally performed by Ben Folds Five on their final tour.
In 2009 The band joined Ben Folds on tour in the northeast and supported shows for Mark Eitzel and Joel Plaskett in Brooklyn, NY.
The newest album, Girl Graffiti, was released August 16, 2011.
Television and Film
Hotel Lights song "Follow Through" was used in the television shows Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill.
"Miles Behind Me" was heard in the film Baby Mama.
"Through the Crowd" from the album Girl Graffiti was in NBC's Chuck.
- Hotel Lights (album) (2004/2006)
- Goodnightgoodmorning (2006)
- Firecracker People (2008)
- Girl Graffiti (2011)
- Official Hotel Lights site
- Chris Parker's Independent Weekly "Homebrew" album review.
- Jason Warburg's Daily Vault album review of Hotel Lights.
- Jason Warburg's Daily Vault album review of Goodnightgoodmorning.
- Article: "Whatever happened to the rest of Ben Folds Five."
- Kitchen Mastering studios discusses the mastering of the 2005 Hotel Lights EP.
- Done Waiting's Darren Jessee update, "What's Up, Darren Jessee, Former Drummer of Ben Folds Five?"
- Info on the lost Ben Folds/Darren Jessee collaboration, "Wandering," now part of the Ben Folds Speed Graphic EP.
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