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|Origin||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, synthesizer, violin, bass guitar|
|Labels||Gnomonsong, Ribbon Music|
|Associated acts||Lower Dens|
Jana Hunter is a Baltimore-based songwriter and musician. Hunter was born in Texas.
Hunter is currently the singer and primary songwriter for Lower Dens. After releasing their debut, Twin-Hand Movement, on Gnomonsong in 2010, Lower Dens were one of the first bands signed to the Ribbon Music label and released their second album, Nootropics, on Ribbon in 2012.
Hunter has performed and/or recorded as a member of Jracula, Castanets, Matty & Mossy, Ejaculette, Unitus, and Krazy Nerds, and played in/recorded for Sharon Van Etten, Trentemøller, Food Pyramid, Airwaves, Indian Jewelry, Matteah Baim, Metallic Falcons, Phosphorescent, and CocoRosie.
Hunter is the inspiration for several characters in the stories of J.M. Appel, including providing the basis for Maggie in the novella Fallout (2010).
Hunter has toured with Tara Jane O'Neil, Devendra Banhart, Rasputina, Viking Moses, Castanets, Deer Tick, Marissa Nadler, Peter & the Wolf, Cass McCombs, and Woozyhelmet, among others. In 2005, Hunter accompanied Meadows, Lights, and Mouth of Leaves on their Summer of Golden Blood tour throughout the South. In 2006, Hunter performed at North East Sticks Together.
Hunter has appeared at Mad Vicky's Tea House in Brooklyn, NY, owned by "Mad Vicky", Bianca Casady of the musical duo CocoRosie.
Matty and Mossy
Hunter founded and played in the Houston band Matty & Mossy with Heath Flagtvedt, Matt Frey and John Hunter. Their album, Fraimers Haimey, was recorded in Athens, Georgia with Chris Bishop and released on Fleece Records. The album reached #1 on the radio charts of Rice Radio and KSPC, and songs from the album were used in the soundtrack of Andrew Bujalski's films Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation.
- Escape from Evil (with Lower Dens) (Ribbon Music) March 31, 2015
- Nootropics (with Lower Dens) (Ribbon Music) May 1, 2012
- Twin-Hand Movement (with Lower Dens) (Gnomonsong) July 20, 2010
- Carrion EP CD (Gnomonsong) September 18, 2007
- Carrion EP LP (Woodsist) September 2007
- There's No Home CD & LP(Gnomonsong) April 7, 2007
- Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom CD (Gnomonsong) October 4, 2005
- Jana Hunter / Devendra Banhart (split with Devendra Banhart, Troubleman Unlimited #153, LP, 2005)
- JH CD-R 2004
- JH CD-R 2003
- The Enlightened Family (Voodoo-EROS #1, CD)
- The Black and White Skins (Les Disque Du Crespuscule, CD, France)
- The Golden Apples of the Sun (Bastet #1, CD, 2004)
- Hockley-Smith, Sam (February 1, 2012). "Lower dens: building a better world". The Fader. Andy Cohn via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- Breihan, Tom (May 14, 2010). "New Release: Lower Dens: Twin-Hand Movement". Pitchfork.
- Patel, Puja (May 1, 2012). "Lower Dens, 'Nootropics' (Ribbon Music)". Spin.
- Appel, JM. Fallout. Afterword, 2010
- Grimm, Beca (March 31, 2015). "Lower Dens' Jana Hunter Makes an Escape Worth Celebrating". The Village Voice.